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Ferris Inspires Sixth Graders to Pursue Higher Ed

April 1, 2014


Sixty sixth grade students from Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School visited the College of Business for their first look at a college campus.

This visit to Ferris was part of a long-term effort to inspire the students to pursue higher education after high school. Most of the students had never been on a college campus before, and they were ecstatic to explore Ferris.

Students piled onto a bus to travel from Muskegon to the doors of the IRC. Ferris students from the Public Relations program greeted the bus with enthusiastic high-fives and welcoming smiles as the sixth-graders jumped happily off the bus and met Brutus for pictures.

After a big welcome from Jeff Ek, Patrick Bishop talked about what life is like as a student at Ferris. The Reeths-Puffer students met Coach Annese, the Head Football Coach, for pictures with the team. Then, Graphic Design students led the visitors in making posters in the Mac Computer Lab.

The students enjoyed a delicious feast at the Rock before heading over to three workshops that featured the Graphic Design, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising programs. Each workshop involved the visitors in a few of the skills that students develop in these programs.

“With posters in hand, they were greeted by their parents, who were told over and over that they had the best day ‘of their lives,’” said Kelley Peel, counselor at Reeths-Puffer.“I so wish I could bottle what our day at Ferris did for our students.”

In a few years, some of these students may return to become full-time Bulldogs!


Public Relations, Design, Marketing, Advertising/ Integrated Marketing Communications