Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ferris In The News

MCO Family Health Care Clinic Offers Vision Services for Community

Amber Roberts, 30, of Big Rapids, said she has needed glasses for months, but a recent cut in Medicaid means she cannot purchase them, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. Roberts, a Ferris State University student, said she cannot afford glasses. The mother of four adds, “If it wasn’t for Medicaid, I couldn’t bring my kids to the eye doctor.” Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s executive order to balance the state’s budget cut funding to most state departments this summer. As a result, Medicaid coverage for routine eye exams were eliminated for patients 21 years or older starting July 1. Dr. Renee Mika, associate professor, Michigan College of Optometry, said the university has responded to an increase in Lake County by setting up an eye care center for uninsured and underinsured patients in Baldwin. At the Family Health Care Clinic, Ferris Optometry students – under the supervision of university faculty – provide vision services at reduced rates for eligible patients. “For those patients who have lost their routine vision services through Medicaid, I want them to know that there are resources available, such as community health centers that include sliding-scale fees,” she said.

Kendall Students Lend Artistic Hand to Benefit Guiding Light Mission

The annual event to support Guiding Light Mission was held in downtown Grand Rapids Wednesday night and was called “Faces of Homelessness,” WZZM13 reports. Kendall College art students helped to create decorative masks that were auctioned off during the dinner. The masks were molded from the faces of men who have escaped homelessness and addiction in Grand Rapids through help from the non-profit organization, which says it relies on private donations from the community to keep its programs running. According to Mary Stockreef, development manager, “Any one of us could find ourselves being homeless. All it takes is one parent to lose a job, some sort of setback, a death in the family or a mom that’s a working mom.” Guiding Light Mission helps individuals and families year-round by providing more than 100 beds per night and 2,200 meals per week. It also provides various programs to help homeless men like Bob VanLaan get back on their feet.

Coles Returns to Alma Mater to Discuss Collegiate Athletics

High school athletes hoping to compete at the collegiate level need to come up with a game plan in order to achieve their ambition. That was a message from Ferris State associate athletic director and Greenville High School graduate Jon Coles, who spoke to parents and student-athletes prior to the Ferris-Aquinas men’s basketball game, the Greenville Daily News reports. Coles detailed what student-athletes wanting to make that next move should do in order to get noticed. He used his own experiences as an example. “I didn’t do what I needed to do to get noticed,” he said, adding that one’s high school coach will be a student-athlete’s key ally. At Ferris, Coles' primary duties are overseeing the Athletics department’s business operations, working as the marketing and promotions director, and coordinating game day management for football and hockey. Read more at

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