Ferris gears up for “Bulldog Beach Bash”

Festivities are right around the corner as the Ferris State University homecoming committee puts the final touches on this year’s “Bulldog Beach Bash” celebration.

Homecoming week will commence Sept. 30 with several campus-wide contests and wrap up Oct. 5 following the Ferris football game. This year’s logo features Brutus the Bulldog riding waves.

“Think Jimmy Buffett but Bulldog style,” Ferris homecoming king and queen selection chairperson Steve Balkema said.

Events are scheduled throughout the homecoming week. Celebrations culminate on Saturday when students, alumni and community members can watch the Bulldogs take on Saginaw Valley State University. Other events include a 5K race, parade and homecoming royalty crowning.

“We will be giving out prizes and giveaways to students as incentives to come on out for this year’s homecoming,” Balkema said. Presently, the homecoming committee is focused on its search for king and queen candidates.

All Ferris students are encouraged to apply for their chance to be named homecoming royalty. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 11 via OrgSync.

In order to be an eligible candidate, Balkema said individuals must be involved in a registered student organization and have two sponsoring RSOs.

“It is highly recommended that candidates be upperclassmen,” Balkema said. “This will give them more exposure since they’ve been at Ferris longer.”

Interested candidates must attend one informational meeting with their campaign manager. Meetings are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. on Tuesday. All meetings will be held in IRC 107.

Once crowned, the king and queen’s duties include talking to an FSUS class about their overall Ferris experience, attending 10 campus events throughout the school year and completing 20 hours of community service.

For more information about homecoming, visit ferris.edu.