What’s on Tap?

Events to look forward to for the fall semester

Keep your eyes, your ears and your schedules open. Ferris has many events taking place in the fall that you won’t want to miss.

If you are new to Ferris and Big Rapids, you won’t want to pass up Bulldog Bonanza on Sept. 17.

Bulldog Bonanza is a great way for students to get acquainted with local businesses, Ferris service departments and more 200 registered student organizations (RSO).

Take a walk, meet some people and find something that interests you from 4-7 p.m. in the Wink Arena.

A couple weeks later, homecoming kicks off on September 28 with a Bedsheet Banner Contest. There will be events every day of the week such as a lip sync competition, kickball tournament, bonfire and comedian.

“There’s events for everyone, whether it be competitive events such as the kickball tournament and king and queen campaign or just fun, social events like the bonfire and comedian,” comedian chair Josh Olszewski said. “It’s great way to meet people who you wouldn’t normally meet.”

Saturday, Oct. 4 is the grand finale of the week. There will be a parade at noon followed by a morning of tailgating and a chili-cook off in Lot 37.

Finally, the Ferris State Bulldog football team plays Findlay at 2 p.m. at Top Taggart Field.

The theme of this year’s homecoming is Motown.

“The Motown theme gives us a chance to do some really cool things with events such as lip sync because the Motown Era is famous for the whole matching outfits and synchronized dancing,” Olszewski said.

While exact dates are yet to be announced, the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) will also be hosting its annual fall concert, Autumn aLive.

“Autumn aLive is going to be changing from what people are used to,” MIMA president Sam Wohlfeil said. “Instead of a single concert, we are planning on having multiple concerts during the semester, making up more of a series.”

MIMA plans to hold shows in October, November and December. Students can look forward to multiple genres and multiple artists.

“This will allow for great entertainment for the students throughout the course of the semester,” Wohlfeil said.

While homecoming and Autumn aLive are a blast, don’t forget to grab your suit and ties. Career Week is starting on October 20.

Students can take advantage of events like keynote speakers, workshops and the Career and Internship fair thanks to the Ferris Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services.

The Career and Internship fair brought in a variety of more than 170 employers during the spring semester for students to discover new opportunities, make connections with professionals in their field and possibly land an interview.

To find more events on campus, visit the University Calendar at calendar.ferris.edu