Torch News Briefs

Michigan College of Optometry names new interim dean

Dr. Bruce Morgan was named Interim Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry. Dr. Morgan will replace the previous dean, Dr. Michael Cron, who announced his retirement last fall, until a permanent dean is hired.

He has 25 years of experience as an optometrist and educator. He is currently also the chief of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and director of Residencies and Externships.

Wildlife Education Center Benefit

In order to raise funds for educational programs, the Card Wildlife Education Center at FSU is holding an open house, benefit dinner and auction on Saturday, Sept. 15 beginning at 3 p.m.

The Card Wildlife Education Center, located in the Arts and Sciences Commons, displays close to 200 wildlife specimens. The center is an educational resource for all students and community members.

Funds raised will go to reimbursing schools for transportation costs to the center, purchasing materials for optional classroom-based exercises and fund outreach programs that focus on animal behavior, ecology and the environment, according to university news and events.

Tickets, $50 per person or $90 per couple, can be purchased by calling ext. 5387 or visiting online at

Bulldog Bonanza

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, FSU will hold Bulldog Bonanza, where students can learn how to get involved on campus and get acquainted with the community.

The event will take place at the Jim Wink Arena from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ferris’ Office of Student Leadership and Activities and the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bulldog Bonanza is created to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the 200 plus student organizations on campus.

New art exhibit

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, a new art exhibit, “The Enchanted Transient Reality,” will be featured in the Rankin Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature works by Rob Vander Zee and Kathleen Elliot.

The exhibit is free and will continue until Oct. 13. An artist discussion is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. on opening night, and a reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, according to university news and marketing.

Fall gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the Rankin Art Gallery, visit