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Ferris State University President David L. Eisler speaks with guests about Ferris State University and higher education in Michigan.
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In this episode, President David Eisler speaks with the Diversity and Inclusion Office’s Independent Living Skills Coach Janette Ward and Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives David Pilgrim. Janette and David share information on their work with the Ferris Youth Initiative which provides mentoring and support services to students who have experienced foster care.
In this episode, President David Eisler speaks with Ferris State University employees Luke Hedman, Brian Pacholka and Emily Zoet about the establishment of the COVID-19 Community Response Team and the efforts implemented to assist Operation Face Shield and help frontline workers in our community, state, region and world during the pandemic.  
In this episode, President David Eisler speaks with the University's Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives Dr. David Pilgrim and Multi-media Specialist Franklin Hughes on their new book, Haste to Rise: A Remarkable Experience of Black Education during Jim Crow. They discuss how this book came to fruition and highlight some of the students who came to Ferris State University, excelled in their studies and became accomplished in their professional fields. 
In this episode, President David Eisler speaks with the University's new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bobby Fleischman. They discuss what attracted Dr. Fleischman to Ferris State University, what he is most excited to accomplish this academic year and more. 
In this episode, President David Eisler talks with Ferris' Higher Learning Commission Leadership Team members Jeff Ek, Jennifer Hegenauer and Mandy Seiferlein about the University's upcoming review and virtual site visit by the Higher Learning Commission. 
In this episode, President David Eisler talks with Gayle Lopez, Professor and Management Department Chair in the College of Business, and co-chair of the VPAA search committee, about the search for the University’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In this episode, Ferris State University President David L. Eisler talks with Andrew Peterson, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, and Jono Eaton, Course Pro & eSports Coordinator, about the rise of eSports at Ferris. The Ferris eSports club sport was founded in 2018 and competes against other colleges across the country. Currently, the Ferris eSports club has a diverse population of 300 members that stretch across many different majors and degrees at Ferris.
In this episode President David L. Eisler talks with Associate Professor/Creative Writing and Literature in Person Coordinator Deirdre Fagan. She shares with the audience her love of creative writing and poetry, and a few selections from her recently published chapbook "Have Love." 
Moving Ferris Forward

Moving Ferris Forward

2020-01-2915:08

President David L. Eisler speaks with David Pilgrim, vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives, and co-chair of the University's Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Together they discuss the University's new Strategic Plan, Ferris Forward.
Join President David L. Eisler as he explores the history of Ferris State University with Mary Kay MacIver, associate director of advancement and prospect management and chair of the University's History Task Force.
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