FSU staff welcomes students back to campus

Maggie Walcott chalks a welcoming message into the sidewalk for FSU students. They are returning Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday Aug. 23. (Pioneer photo/ Catherine Sweeney)

BIG RAPIDS — On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Ferris State University faculty spent the day covering campus grounds in chalk messages for their annual Chalk the Walk for Inclusion event.

The event, which took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., served as a welcoming gesture to FSU students returning to campus.

“When the event originally was born a couple years ago, there were some national policies put into place that had a lot of international students worried, so it was important to me to show these students they’re welcome here,” Maggie Walcott, administrative assistant at FSU and organizer for the event, said.

Since then, the event has grown to include all FSU students, as a way to welcome them back to campus after a summer away.

“We have a really vibrant history of inclusion here at Ferris,” Walcott said.

While FSU faculty and staff are typically the ones who participate in “chalking the walk,” Walcott said everyone in the community was invited to come out and welcome students back to Big Rapids.

Maggie explained event participants began in FSU’s quad to grab chalk and welcome message stencils before spreading out to write messages all over campus.

“It’s just a small gesture, but it gets students excited to come back to Ferris,” Walcott said.

FSU students return to campus during general move-in on Thursday, Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 23.

This message was written in FSU’s quad to welcome students back to campus. Staff were encouraged to come out and write inspirational messages on FSU’s sidewalks at the Chalk the Walk event. (Pioneer photo/ Catherine Sweeney)

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