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Reed Elected to AOA Board

SCO Board of Trustees Chair Steven T. Reed, OD '95, of Magee, Mississippi, was recently elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees. The election took place at the AOA's annual meeting in Boston.

"We are honored to have a man with Dr. Reed's commitment and outstanding service to the profession of optometry as a member of the Board," said Dr. Greg Loose, Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA) president. "He has a passion for the profession of optometry but beyond that, he has a passion to make a difference in the lives of others."

As a community and professional leader he is a past president of the MOA, the Southwest Optometric Society, the Magee Chamber of Commerce, and the Magee Lion's Club. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Southern College of Optometry and Mississippi Trustee to the SECO International Board.  In 2010, he was named Mississippi's Optometrist of the Year.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Reed has helped organize eye screenings at Magee Elementary and Magee Middle School. He also helped coordinate the first annual Glaucoma Awareness Day in Magee and the first annual Mac McCarty Lions Club Golf Tournament to raise funds for glasses and eye care services for the underserved of Simpson County.

Dr. Reed graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Magna Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry as a Doctor of Optometry.  

He and his wife Kendra are active members of Goodwater Baptist Church where he serves as deacon. Dr. Reed has two children, Calder and Emily.

 

Posted by Jim Hollifield at Thursday, July 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Elkins Named Director of Academic Programs

Dr. Linday Elkins, Southern College of Optometry Assistant Professor, was recently named the college's Director of Academic Programs.

The Director of Academic Programs is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of the college's academic programs, with emphasis on the didactic and laboratory components of SCO's curriculum.

In her new role, Dr. Elkins reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and works closely with The Eye Center's Chief of Staff and the Faculty Curriculum Committee.

A 2007 SCO graduate, Dr. Elkins has served as the college's Coordinator of School Screenings. She was appointed to the faculty in 2008 and is a recipient of SCO's Young Alumni Award.
Posted by Jim Hollifield at Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 0 comments

Reich Inaugurated as SCO President

Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, was formally inaugurated as the seventh president to lead Southern College of Optometry during a ceremony held on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the institution's midtown Memphis campus.

The SCO community welcomed more than 300 visitors, including representatives from other optometry colleges, local institutions of higher learning, representatives of the ophthalmic industry, and other invited guests. 

In his introduction, SCO Board of Trustees Chair Steven Reed, OD '95, congratulated Dr. Reich on earning the trust and respect of SCO's Board during nine months that Dr. Reich served as interim president before officially being named by the board to the position in a permanent capacity.

A number of representatives delivered greetings from their respective constituencies, including the local and academic communities, alumni, students, family, and faculty/staff. In her remarks representing faculty/staff, Dr. Aaron Kerr, Faculty Chair, announced that more than $27,000 had been raised to create a new scholarship in Dr. Reich's honor, with approximately $23,000 donated by faculty members to support the effort.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Reich outlined three top priorities for the college's future:

  • Making SCO a top school of choice for the best qualified students,
  • Ensuring good stewardship of the college's financial resources to help control student expenditures, particularly in light of increasing student debt at the undergraduate level, and
  • Working to enhance SCO's reputation within Memphis and the newly formed Memphis Medical District Collaborative effort.

The ceremony concluded with SCO President Emeritus Billy Cochran, OD '68, leading the optometric oath for the optometrists in attendance. 

Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held on campus with seven food trucks and live entertainment selected to offer guests a sampling of food and music popular in Memphis. A reception in Dr. Reich's honor was also held the evening prior as part of the inaugural festivities.

To read more about Dr. Reich's background and the event, a copy of the inaugural program may be read online here.

Photo galleries will be made available soon. 

 

Posted by Jim Hollifield at Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 0 comments

SCO's 2016 Commencement Held

Southern College of Optometry welcomed 130 new graduates into the profession of optometry on Friday, May 6, 2016 during the college's annual commencement ceremony held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas delivered the commencement address. He also received the Doctor of Ocular Science degree, conferred on those who have made outstanding contributions and rendered distinguished service to the profession of optometry and the field of visual science.

SCO President Emeritus William E. Cochran, OD '68, received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition to his service of his outstanding support of the college through the years.

Valedictorian was Monica Perry; Salutatorian was Ryan Wilkerson. The class address was given by Class President Katherine Araiza-Brown

Congratulations to this year's graduates:

  • Katherine Allen, B.A.; Knoxville, TN
  • Alex Amann, B.S.; New Athens, IL
  • Jennifer Anderson, B.S.; Atlanta, GA
  • Brittney Angelo, B.S.; Yorktown Heights, NY
  • Katherine Araiza-Brown, B.S.; Aurora, CO
  • Feyi Aworunse, B.S.; Nashville, TN
  • Caroline Babb, B.S.; Kingsport, TN
  • Erin Bales, B.S.; Blue Springs, MO
  • Craig Baxter (in memoriam), B.S.; North Platte, NE
  • Brennan Berwald, B.A.; Butler, MO
  • Steven Blake, B.S.; Richfield, UT
  • Marie Bolin, B.S.; Eagle, NE
  • Matt Boswell, B.S.; Wichita, KS
  • Joseph Brewer, B.S.; Pinedale, AZ
  • Daniel Brigham, B.S.; St. Augustine, FL
  • Eric Brinkley, B.S.; Irmo, SC
  • Mitch Brown, B.A.; Kingston, TN
  • Natalie Brown, B.S.; Piggott, AR
  • Aaron Buchanan, B.S.; Morgantown, WV
  • Lindsey Burdick, B.S.; Spartanburg, SC
  • Jamison Carr, B.S.; Camargo, IL
  • Frank Carusone, B.S.; Columbiana, OH
  • Hunter Chapman, B.S.; Monroe, LA
  • Inen Cheng, B.A.; Merced, CA
  • Alex Compton, B.S.; Franklin, KY
  • Chris Connor, B.S.; Lincoln, NE
  • Halie Cottrill, St. Marys, WV
  • Jansi Damarla, B.S.; Bardonia, NY
  • Shalini Dave, B.S.; Charlotte, NC
  • Kevin Davis, B.S.; Mount Juliet, TN
  • Samantha Devlin, B.S.; Bentonville, AR
  • Devon Dixit, B.S.; Ocean Springs, MS
  • Jaimen Dixon, B.S.; Boise, ID
  • Brooke Dugas, B.S.; Franklinton, LA
  • Wesley Dunnam, B.S.; Jonesboro, AR
  • Erica Durlacher, B.S.; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Emily Edwards, B.S.; Cedarcreek, MO
  • Stephen Ellison, B.S.; Atlanta, GA
  • Gabriel Fickett, B.S.; Waynesboro, PA
  • Anthony Fioravanti, B.S.; Cabot, PA
  • Trent Gaasch, B.S.; Clarksville, TN
  • Dominique Garcia-Robles, B.S.; Memphis, TN
  • Adeline Goh, B.A.; Charlotte, NC
  • Dani Gretz, B.S.; Orange Park, FL
  • Angela Haas, B.S.; Greenville, SC
  • Dahlia Haddad, B.S.; Martin, TN
  • Kristin Hammill, B.S.; Middleton, TN
  • Angela Han, B.S.; Kenner, LA
  • Chris Harlan, B.S.; Memphis, TN
  • Blake Hayden, B.S.; Owensboro, KY
  • Matt Hennen, B.S.; Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Lauren Hernandez, B.A.; Cove, AR
  • Leah Herron, B.S.; Saint Marys, GA
  • Hannah Holtorf, B.A.; Overland Park, KS
  • James Hoover, B.S.; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lindsey Hubert, B.S.; Oakley, KS
  • Greg Johnson, B.S.; Plantersville, MS
  • Stephanie Johnson, B.S.; Memphis, TN
  • Sarah Jones, B.S.; Pickens, SC
  • Shawn Joseph, B.S.; Hollywood, FL
  • Daniel Kelly, B.S.; Hendersonville, TN
  • Jessica Kenney, B.S.; Coral Springs, FL
  • Rachel Kenney, B.S.; Owatonna, MN
  • Tyler Kitzman, B.A.; Northfield, MN
  • Chris Kowalski, B.S.; Traverse City, MI
  • Lauren Lusardi, B.S.; Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Preslee Trammell Magee, M.S.; Greenville, MS
  • Adam Malik, B.S.; Madison, AL
  • Tabitha Margritz, B.A.; Salina, KS
  • Lindsay Martin, B.S.; Canon, GA
  • Chalise Maybee, B.S.; West Bloomfield, MI
  • Spencer McConkie, B.S.; Salt Lake City, UT
  • Darah McDaniel-Chandler, B.S.; Mountain Home, AR
  • Scott McIntosh, B.S.; Greenville, NC
  • Kirsten McKnight, B.S.; Memphis, TN
  • Marla McNutt, B.S.; North Canton, OH
  • Courtney Melchione; B.S.; Lexington, VA
  • Alley Meredith, B.S.; Mountain Home, VA
  • Winn Meredith, B.S.; Jonesboro, AR
  • Andrew Mitchell, B.S.; Louisville, MS
  • Jake Mortemore, B.S.; Lambertville, MI
  • Joanna Murray, B.S.; Franklin, TN
  • Andrew Neighbors, B.S.; Paragould, AR
  • Taylor Neumann, B.A.; Council Bluffs, IA
  • Haley Nguyen, B.S.; Tucker, GA
  • Brett O’Connor, B.S.; Jacksonville, FL
  • Logan Oliver, B.S.; Sparta, NC
  • Dillon Ott, B.S.; Aberdeen, MS
  • Enrique Palacios, B.S.; Southbridge, MA
  • Billy Parsley, B.A.; Memphis, TN
  • Elizabeth Parsons, B.S., B.A.; Charleston, WV
  • Michael Pegg, B.S.; Grenada, MS
  • Monica Perry, B.S.; Kingsport, TN
  • Tram Pham, B.S.; Greenville, SC
  • Robert Phyfer, B.S.; West Point, MS
  • Michael Polo, B.S.; Colonial Heights, VA
  • Kay Powell, B.A.; Madison, WI
  • Will Price, B.S.; Lakeside, AZ
  • Jamin Quilla, B.A.; Overland Park, KS
  • Shaleen Ragha, B.S.; Alpharetta, GA
  • Christen Jade Rice-Coats, B.S.; Hot Springs, AR
  • Katie Richardson, B.S.; Ripley, MS
  • Jonathan Routon, B.S.; Paris, TN
  • Christy Sager, B.A., Pleasanton, CA
  • Whitney Seltman, B.S.; Atlanta, GA
  • Karan Shah, B.S.; Marietta, GA
  • Ruhina Shemna, B.A.; Raleigh, NC
  • Megan Shirey, B.S.; Magnolia, AR
  • Kelly Short, B.A.; Sugar Land, TX
  • Andrew Shum, B.S.; Fisherville, TN
  • Amy Sickman, B.S.; Kansas City, MO
  • Brent Smith, B.S.; Stockbridge, GA
  • Jennyffer Smith, B.S.; Memphis, TN
  • Megan Stanford, B.S.; Olive Branch, MS
  • Anna Stephenson, B.S.; Springfield, TN
  • Gregory Stewart, B.A.; Birmingham, AL
  • Gerald Stinson, Jr., B.S.; Holly Springs, MS
  • Kyle Stott, B.S.; Lancaster, CA
  • Jamie Taylor, B.S.; Manchester, TN
  • Danyetta Thomas, B.S., M.S.,; Calhoun, LA
  • Emy Thompson, B.S.; San Antonio, TX
  • Ryan Tieu, B.S.; Duluth, GA
  • Ashley Toland, B.S.; Big Rapids, MI
  • Chrissy Ulrich, B.S.; Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Kara Vitus, B.S.; New Middletown, OH
  • Chelsea Wahl, B.S.; Kiln, MS
  • Madison Wall-Hayes, B.S.; DeQuincy, LA
  • Rebecca Wenig, B.A.; Cary, IL
  • Ryan Wilkerson, B.S.; Lebanon, MO
  • Hillary Yungblut, B.S.; Abilene, TX
Posted by Jim Hollifield at Friday, May 6, 2016 | 0 comments

2016 Senior Awards Presented

Southern College of Optometry’s 31st Annual Student Awards program honored academic and clinical achievement by members of the Class of 2016 in an on-campus ceremony held the day prior to commencement.

Thanks to the generosity of SCO's donors from the ophthalmic industry and alumni supporters, the following students received awards and recognition during the event:

VALEDICTORIAN

Monica Perry

SALUTATORIAN

Ryan Wilkerson

GOLD KEY HONORARY OPTOMETRIC SOCIETY

Membership in Gold Key is the highest leadership honor attainable by an optometry student and is restricted to ten percent of the fourth-year class:

Feyi Aworunse, President; Hunter Chapman, Vice President; Frank Carusone, Secretary; Megan Stanford, Treasurer; Marie Bolin, Katherine Araiza-Brown, Halie Cottrill, Gabriel Fickett, Trent Gaasch, Angela Haas, Scott McIntosh, Tram Pham, Kay Powell 

WHO’S WHO AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

Selection for inclusion in Who’s Who is based upon academic achievement, community service, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success. The following seniors were selected by the faculty, staff and the senior class:

Katherine Allen, Katherine Araiza-Brown, Feyi Aworunse, Marie Bolin, Joseph Brewer, Daniel Brigham, Frank Carusone, Hunter Chapman, Halie Cottrill, Kevin Davis, Brooke Dugas, Stephen Ellison, Gabriel Fickett, Anthony Fioravanti, Trent Gaasch, Angela Haas, Dahlia Haddad, Hannah Holtorf, Daniel Kelly, Tyler Kitzman, Preslee Trammell Magee, Scott McIntosh, Kirsten McKnight, Andrew Neighbors, Brett O’Connor, Enrique Palacios, Robert Phyfer, Michael Polo, Kay Powell, Jennyffer Smith, Megan Stanford, Gerald Stinson, Danyetta Thomas 

BETA SIGMA KAPPA

Membership in Beta Sigma Kappa is awarded annually to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement:

Katherine Allen, Brittney Angelo, Caroline Babb, Brennan Berwald, Marie Bolin, Joseph Brewer, Daniel Brigham, Eric Brinkley, Natalie Brown, Frank Carusone, Christopher Connor, Halie Cottrill, Kevin Davis, Devon Dixit, Jaimen Dixon, Brooke Dugas, Emily Edwards, Gabriel Fickett, Anthony Fioravanti, Trent Gaasch, Angela Haas, Dahlia Haddad, Hannah Holtorf, James Hoover, Sarah Jones, Daniel Kelly, Jessica Kenney, Lauren Lusardi, Preslee Trammell Magee, Adam Malik, Lindsay Martin, Spencer McConkie, Darah McDaniel-Chandler, Scott McIntosh, Marla McNutt, Courtney Melchione, Andrew Neighbors, Taylor Neumann, Brett O’Connor, Logan Oliver, Dillon Ott, Elizabeth Parsons, Monica Perry, Kay Powell, Christen Jade Rice-Coats, Katie Richardson, Christy Sager, Whitney Seltman, Amy Sickman, Brenton Smith, Megan Stanford, Gregory Stewart, Danyetta Thomas, Emy Thompson, Kara Vitus, Rebecca Wenig, Ryan Wilkerson 

NOSA RECOGNITION 

Feyi Aworunse, Dominique Garcia-Robles, Angela Han, Kirsten McKnight, Haley Nguyen, Tram Pham, Gerald Stinson, Jr., Ryan Tieu, Danyetta Thomas 

ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY PART II HIGHEST SCORE    

Devon Dixit

EXCELLENCE IN DISPENSING SKILLS

ESSILOR LABS OF AMERICA AWARD    

Joseph Brewer

EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS

JOHNSON & JOHNSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS PATIENT CARE    

Chalise Maybee

GP LENS INSTITUTE CONTACT LENS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD    

Gregory Stewart

X-CEL CONTACTS OUTSTANDING GP FITTING AWARD    

Anthony Fioravanti

SOUTHWEST CONTACT LENS SOCIETY    

Natalie Brown

EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION REHABILITATION

LS&S GROUP LOW VISION AWARD    

Stephen Ellison

NoIR LOW VISION AWARD    

Jennyffer Smith

ESCHENBACH OPTIK LOW VISION STUDENT AWARD    

Daniel Kelly

DESIGNS FOR VISIONS, INC. WILLIAM FEINBLOOM LOW VISION AWARD    

Halie Cottrill

OPTELEC EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION AWARD    

Megan Stanford

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE IN PRIMARY CARE

MARCHON EYEWEAR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AWARD    

Devon Dixit

SOUTHERN COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRISTS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD    

Preslee Trammell Magee

DR. BERNARD L. KAHN MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP    

Whitney Seltman

EXCELLENCE IN OCULAR DISEASE

OCULAR INSTRUMENTS, INC. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE    

Emy Thompson

BEAVER-VISITEC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (BVI) PARTNERS IN OPTOMETRY AWARD     

Danyetta Thomas, Brennan Berwald

EAGLE VISION    

Shalini Dave

RAFIEETARY ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD    

Dahlia Haddad

EXCELLENCE IN PEDIATRICS AND VISION THERAPY

COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN VISION DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE IN VISION THERAPY    

Marie Bolin

GLEN T. STEELE, OD AND L. ALLEN FORS, OD DEVELOPMENTAL VISION SCHOLARSHIP    

Marie Bolin

STEREO OPTICAL CO., INC.    

Elizabeth Parsons

OEP CLINICAL CURRICULUM AWARD    

Kay Powell

OUTSTANDING CLINICIAN AWARDS

Katherine Allen, Daniel Brigham, Jaimen Dixon, Gabriel Fickett, Leah Herron, James Hoover, Brett O’Connor, Dillon Ott, Kara Vitus, Ryan Wilkerson 

STUDENT RESEARCH

DRS. FRED AND CHARLENE BURNETT STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD    

Trent Gaasch, Andrew Neighbors, Brett O’Connor

FOR COMMITMENT OF SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE

BEAU WILLIS ENDOWED AWARD

Feyi Aworunse

DR. DAVID P. SLOAN MEMORIAL AWARD

Hunter Chapman

BAYS FAMILY SERVICE AWARD 

Katherine Araiza-Brown

ESSILOR OF AMERICA/VARILUX STUDENT GRANT AWARD

Logan Oliver

OPTOMETRIC LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD    

Feyi Aworunse, Kevin Davis

TO HONOR A GRADUATE’S COMMITMENT TO PURSUING PRIVATE PRACTICE OPTOMETRY

OOH LA LA DE PARIS    

Frank Carusone

THE WINSTON FAMILY ENDOWED AWARD    

Kevin Davis

MOTHERSHED ENDOWED AWARD    

Gabriel Fickett

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Chris Borgman, OD

Posted by Jim Hollifield at Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 0 comments