Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ferris In The News

Michigan College of Optometry Faculty Receive Honors

The Michigan Optometric Association recently honored three Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry faculty during its annual MOA Winter Seminar Awards Luncheon, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Award recipients include: Optometrist of the Year Mark Swan, Young Optometrist of the Year Sarah B. Hinkley and Keyperson RenĂ©e O. Mika. Swan, O.D., M.Ed., F.A.A.O., is a professor in the MCO, where he serves as chief of pediatrics and binocular vision services. He also is the chief of optometry at Saint Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids. Hinkley, O.D., is an assistant professor and chief of Low Vision Services for the MCO. Mika, O.D., is an associate professor for the MCO. She currently serves as the director of Community-Based Services for the MCO and led the establishment of a satellite eye clinic at Baldwin Family Health Care in Baldwin, Mich. Read more at

Ferris Task Force Addresses Pedestrian Safety

Ferris State University’s Pedestrian Safety Task Force has taken some initial steps to make the crosswalks on State Street more visible and safe, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The task force continues to explore a number of other solutions to improve pedestrian safety through education, behavior change and physical improvements in and around campus. Task force member Pam Augustine, Michigan Department of Transportation traffic engineer, coordinated the placement of pedestrian signs to identify crosswalks on State Street, beginning at the south end of campus at Knollview Drive near Ewigleben Sports Complex and continuing north to Morrison Street by Burger King. “This was something immediate and cost effective that we could do to call drivers’ attention to crosswalks in high traffic areas along State Street,” she said. Augustine is one of 15 members of the Ferris Pedestrian Safety Task Force chaired by Vice President for Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby. Read more at

Ferris Extends Student Recruitment to 16 States and Ontario

Ferris State University is making the option of attending an out-of-state school at in-state tuition rates more attractive to prospective students in 16 states and Ontario, Canada, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Beginning next fall, first-time eligible freshmen and transfer students from California; Florida; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Maryland; Minnesota; Missouri; New York; Ohio; Ontario, Canada; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia; and Wisconsin can qualify for in-state tuition for 15 credit hours per semester through Ferris’ Great Lakes Scholarship. Ferris began placing a greater emphasis on recruiting out-of-state students in 2008 when it introduced the Chicago Area Scholarship for students in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties in Illinois. Because of its popularity, the scholarship was expanded to all counties in Illinois and three other states, including Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, and renamed the Great Lakes Scholarship. Read more at

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