Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ferris In The News

Festival of the Arts Kicks Off Thursday

A month-long celebration of the arts begins at 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 28) with an opening reception at Big Rapids City Hall. The reception kicks off a series of 77 events that will take place throughout February, including such activities as artist displays, foreign films, photography exhibits, musical performances and more, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. The opening reception will feature Oliver Evans, vice chancellor of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Evans is excited to help kick-start the third annual arts celebration, he said, adding festival organizers have done a great job exposing the community to a variety of art mediums. “I like the idea that the festival extends into different areas of art such as literature and music,” Evans said. “This is a great asset to the Big Rapids community.” Also highlighted during the opening reception is “Big Wave” Dave Downs, who is building a sand castle, something Chair Bruce Dilg thinks children will enjoy. “Festival of the Arts offers activities for people of all ages,” Dilg said. For a complete list of activities and events, visit

Ferris’ Hinkley Becomes COVD Fellow

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development has certified Dr. Sarah Hinkley of Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry as a COVD fellow, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Hinkley was one of 26 optometrists awarded fellow status. The certification process serves to identify doctors of optometry who are prepared to offer state-of-the-art clinical services in behavioral and developmental vision care, optometric vision therapy and vision rehabilitation. The COVD is a professional association of optometrists, optometric vision therapists, optometry residents, optometry students and other eye care professionals.

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