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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.

2016 senior awards winners

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

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Boozman, Cochran to Receive Honorary Degrees

Southern College of Optometry will present honorary degrees to two distinguished alumni at this year's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6 in Memphis.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, a 1977 SCO graduate, and SCO President Emeritus William E. Cochran, a 1968 graduate, will be recognized.

Senator Boozman will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 as they graduate. In addition to speaking, Senator Boozman will also be formally presented with SCO’s honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degree.

In 2014, Senator Boozman was scheduled to receive the degree and speak at commencement but illness prevented his participation. The only optometrist serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Boozman is running for a second term this year.

He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives following decades of practice as an optometrist in Arkansas. He received SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Receiving SCO’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree is Dr. Cochran, who served as SCO President from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. Under his leadership, SCO constructed The Eye Center and increased the college's reserve fund from $2.8 million to $37 million.

Following his retirement, Dr. Cochran has served on a number of boards. He previously served as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, as president of the Memphis Association of Colleges and Universities, and on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Cochran was inducted into the American Optometric Association's National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2012.

SCO's commencement ceremony will be held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. Visit SCO's commencement page to learn more details about this year's ceremony and special events.

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SCO Launches Online CE Video Library

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has launched its new Online Continuing Education Library featuring 10 video courses with faculty member lecturers. Each video was professionally recorded in high definition in SCO’s state-of-the-art academic classrooms constructed as part of the college’s recent academic facility expansion.

Hosted on the SCO website, the Online Continuing Education Library’s video courses have also been made accessible to optometrists in other countries. At the invitation of the World Council of Optometry (WCO), an SCO Portal was created on the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) website to support the WCO’s goal of creating and disseminating educational materials to optometrists and optometric organizations in developing nations.

“The World Council of Optometry welcomes SCO’s leadership and their support of our goal to expand the reach of freely accessible educational content to other countries,” said Mark A. Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, WCO Executive Director.

“SCO is proud to partner with the WCEA as we share the expertise of our faculty members with optometrists around the world who are in need of excellent continuing education to assist in the care of their patients,” said Jeanie Snider, SCO’s Department of Continuing Education Program Manager.

SCO’s online CE courses are approved by the Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), the primary method used by optometric regulatory boards to promote the continuing competence of licensed optometrists.

Short video clips of each course offer optometrists a chance to preview SCO’s Online Continuing Education Library. Users who opt to take a course for credit will be directed to SCO’s Portal on the WCEA website and asked to create a login and password. Once registered, users can re-access video courses for up to seven days at their convenience. Requests for Course Completion Certificates can also be completed through this account.

“SCO worked with our faculty members to cover a wide range of course content to appeal to optometrists,” Snider said. “We plan to add more online video courses to expand our library in this format that has become increasingly popular with active professionals who need convenient access to educational content.”

Currently, the following courses are available:

In addition to the new video library, SCO’s CE program also hosts Spring and Fall educational events on the college’s campus, as well as “destination CE” events as part of the college’s commitment to offering COPE-approved CE courses for alumni and other optometrists.

Founded in Memphis in 1932, SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 525 students and residents from 40 states. The college’s public clinic, The Eye Center at SCO, serves more than 60,000 patients annually as one of the nation’s largest clinics in optometric education. The college also operates University Eyecare, a full service clinic on the campus of the University of Memphis, and the TearWell Advanced Dry Eye Center with locations in Memphis.

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Several Members of the Class of 2016 Matched to Residency Positions

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016 who have been offered a residency position after graduation:

  • Jennifer Anderson, Crownpoint Comprehensive Health Care, Crownpoint, NM
  • Feyisayo Aworunse, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Marie Bolin, Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, Plano, TX
  • Joseph Brewer, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, Sacaton, AZ
  • Daniel Brigham, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Halie Cottrill, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL
  • Jansi Damarla, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Brooke Dugas, William Chappell VA Outpatient Clinic, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Gabriel Fickett, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
  • Dominique Garcia-Robles, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Dahlia Haddad, Maryland VA Health Care Service - Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Hannah Holtorf, Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR
  • James Hoover, Toyos Clinic, Germantown, TN
  • Sarah Jones, Bowersox Vision Center, PSC, Shelbyville, KY
  • Jessica Kenney, Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Tyler Kitzman, Northeastern State University - Oklahoma COO, Tahlequah, OK
  • Lauren Lusardi, New Jersey Veterans Health Care System, Lyons, NJ
  • Darah McDaniel-Chandler, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
  • Marla McNutt, Ohio Eye Alliance, Alliance, OH
  • Haley Nguyen, Child and Family Eye Care, Wichita, KS
  • Monica Perry, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Jamin Quilla, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Shaleen Ragha, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Megan Shirey, Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR
  • Amy Sickman, Salem VA Medical Center, Salem VA
  • Jennyffer Smith, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
  • Kara Vitus, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Rebecca Wenig, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
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New Student Ambassadors Selected

Ten members of the Class of 2019 have been selected as Southern College of Optometry's newest student ambassadors.

Student ambassadors assist in student recruitment, admissions, and public relations functions of the college. They are selected each spring from the current first-year class on the basis of academic performance and personal interviews.


Laila Tawfik (KS/University of Kansas)
Jed Harrison (UT/Brigham Young University)
Brittany Glatting (WI/University of Wisconsin)
Jon Hoaglund (IA/Morningside College)
Blair Flint (TX/University of North Carolina)
Kelly Reed (SD/Concordia College)
Shelby Kruse (NE/University of Nebraska)
Nicolas Vu (TX/University of Southern California)
Sarah Kenning (KS/University of Kansas)
Royce Miles (MS/University of Mississippi)

Congratulations to each of these students!
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