Friday, October 2, 2009

Ferris In The News

Ferris Students Assist in Stabilizing Eroding Portion of Pere Marquette River

Kayakers on the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin recently may have been concerned they were coming “under fire,” the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. On one stretch of the river, rocks were tumbling down the banks. Those tumbling rocks came from volunteers helping stabilize the banks along a portion of the river. Volunteers included the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, Conservation Resource Alliance and a group of 38 Ferris State University Honors students. There were 50 cubic yards (70 tons) of rocks used to stop erosion along the bank. “The Pere Marquette is one of the best trout rivers,” Honors student Joe Bauer said. “If re-stabilizing the bank helps to preserve this great fishery, then it’s worth it. I’m having fun.” Pere Marquette Watershed Council member and Ferris Humanities department head Dr. Grant Snider said he began fishing the Pere Marquette in 1993. “Taking care of it and giving back to the river are important. This project is important for students because they can see the great resources we have in Michigan and that they can help take care of the environment for the future.”

Ferris Celebrates History, Looks to Future

At a time when many are looking back at Ferris State University’s 125-year history and influence on Big Rapids, President David Eisler is looking forward, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Eisler said now is the ideal time to explore how the university can improve its image as a go-to school in Michigan. Centralized in Big Rapids, Ferris has expanded to 19 locations throughout Michigan, making a name for itself with programs that are hands-on and centered on getting students into the workforce after graduation, Eisler said. There is a range of 170 degree programs offered, Dean of Enrollment Services Kristen Salomonson said. Some of the most popular majors at Ferris include Pharmacy, with 1,006 students enrolled in either the program or pre-program; Criminal Justice, with 947 students; and Nursing, with 884 students. Senior Kelly Toren of Cedar Springs said she was initially drawn to Ferris for its small-town feel and Honors Program. She will graduate with a Nursing degree this year. “The job placement rate for the programs Ferris offers is amazing,” she said. “The people in your field of study will help in any way possible.”

Ferris Alumnus Named Chief Pharmacy Officer for Company Advancing Cancer Care

Roger W. Anderson, Dr. P.H., was named chief pharmacy officer for one of the nation’s leaders in advancing cancer care in America, US Oncology, Inc. Anderson will oversee pharmacy services for US Oncology and its affiliated practices, PR Newswire Reports. He also will represent US Oncology network interests and the pharmacy program in public policy initiatives, industry associations and within the healthcare industry overall. “I am enthusiastic about joining such a dynamic company and continuing to make advancements in my field,” Anderson said. “US Oncology has an excellent reputation, and I look forward to contributing to the next advancements in pharmacy operations for the company.” Anderson received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. US Oncology, Inc., headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, works closely with physicians, payers, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers to identify and deliver innovative services that enhance patient access to advanced cancer care. Read more at

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