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SCO Announces New Board Members

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) recently named two members to its Board of Trustees and a third as the college’s Alumni Council representative. 

Joining the board are Amanda Brewer-Lord, OD ’97, and Chris Wroten, OD ’02, who previously served as the Board’s Alumni Council Representative. The new Alumni Council representative to the Board is Larry Otten, OD ’77 (not pictured).

Dr. Amanda Brewer-Lord obtained her optometry degree from SCO in 1997. A graduate of King College in Bristol, Tennessee, she received her Master of Science degree in Education from Radford University in Virginia.

Upon graduation, Dr. Brewer-Lord established Wythe Eye Associates, a private practice with two locations in Virginia. She has been active in leadership positions in optometry, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Optometric Association, the Board of Directors of the Banzai Consortium, the Board for TLC Laser Eye Center, InfantSEE Regional Liaison, and as SECO Logistics Committee Vice-Chair, among others. 

At the local level, she has served on the Board of Directors for 1st Bank of Virginia and the Wytheville Chamber of Commerce. Her awards include being named Virginia’s Young OD of the Year and numerous Clinic of the Year awards in Wythe County. 

Dr. Chris Wroten graduated from SCO in 2002 prior to completing a hospital-based residency in Primary Eye Care at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. After two years on staff at West Tennessee Eye in the Memphis area, he returned home to Louisiana in 2005 to become a partner in the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinics with three offices in southeast Louisiana. 

Dr. Wroten serves as the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic’s Chief Operating Officer and supervises its Family Practice Residency and Optometric Externship programs, both of which he founded. He has twice been elected President of the Optometry Association of Louisiana, received a number of state, regional, and national professional awards, and serves on several boards and committees both within and outside of the profession of optometry.

In addition to participating in clinical research, Dr. Wroten has also authored clinical case reports and eyecare articles, lectured as a continuing education speaker, and presented a number of educational posters and workshops at regional and national optometric conferences.

Joining the Board as SCO’s Alumni Council representative is Dr. Larry Otten, a graduate of the University of Washington and a 1977 SCO graduate. He opened his first Seattle-based clinic in 1978. After selling his practice in 2001, he joined a multi-clinic ophthalmology group in Redmond, Washington. 

He later purchased the practice and practiced there until his 2013 retirement. He is remaining active by working with a community college optician’s program and traveling abroad performing mission work in addition to working with local homeless clinics to provide vision care. 

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Posted by Jim Hollifield at Friday, January 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Dr. Lewis Reich Named SCO President

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (January 12, 2016) – The Board of Trustees at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has appointed Interim President Lewis Reich, OD, PhD, Professor, as the institution’s new president. Dr. Reich was previously named Interim President in March 2015.

“The Board of Trustees is proud to announce that we unanimously voted for Dr. Reich to be SCO’s new president,” said Dr. Steven Reed, SCO’s Board of Trustees chair. “The Board of Trustees has done its due diligence, and we strongly believe that this decision represents what is best for the future of SCO and the profession.”

Prior to being named Interim President, Dr. Reich served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He joined SCO’s faculty in 2008 following nearly a decade of service at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where he served as Associate Professor and as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. 

A 1988 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and later joined the faculty. He received his PhD from the University of Houston in 1999. Dr. Reich and his wife, Diane, are the parents of a son, Isaac, and reside in Memphis. 

Dr. Reich becomes SCO’s seventh president in the college’s 85-year history. 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. SCO’s Community Outreach program reaches more than 12,000 children throughout Shelby County. 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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Posted by Erin Jaffe at Monday, January 18, 2016 | 1 comments

In Memory of Craig Baxter, '16

A message from Dr. Lewis Reich, SCO President:

"It is with great sadness that I share this message to report the passing of our fourth-year extern, Craig Baxter. Craig's body was discovered Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

At SCO, we pride ourselves in building a tight-knit community, and so Craig's passing is one that impacts us all. During this difficult time, I ask each one of you to join together to honor his memory as we extend our condolences to his family, friends, classmates, instructors, and all those who knew and loved him.

Following Craig's disappearance last week, more than 25,000 people joined a Facebook group aiding in his search. Hundreds of volunteers combed the area where he was last seen, and the concern for his safety made headlines from Nebraska to Memphis. During such a difficult time, it has been heartening to see so many people show compassion.

More details about services or memorials will follow in the coming days. In the meantime, let's all remember Craig's loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. To Craig's classmates in the Class of 2016, please do not hesitate to reach out to one another or to faculty and staff here at the college for moral support. We are all here for each other in good times and bad, as this past week has demonstrated.

In memory of Craig Baxter, age 28, a member of the Class of 2016."
at Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 Convocation Honors Achievement

SCO's 2015 Convocation ceremony honored the achievements of the college's students, alumni, faculty and staff. First-year students from the Class of 2019 recited the Student Optometric Oath as part of their formal induction into the profession of optometry.

SCO Board of Trustees member Jarrett Johnson, OD '90, was recognized as the college's 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the college upon its alumni. 

Scholarships and other awards were presented in recognition of academic excellence, leadership and and service. Many of SCO's scholarships were made possible by the generous support of SCO's Annual Campaign and Endowed Scholarship funds. Students received more than $87,000 in scholarships.

Among those recognized at Convocation:

Military Services Scholarships

  • U.S. ARMY: Trent Gaasch ’16, Emy Thompson ’16, Stephen Tipton ’17
  • U.S. NAVY: Katherine Allen ’16

Basic Science and Clinical Science Awards

  • 1ST YEAR BASIC SCIENCE AWARDS: Ethan Adkins ’18, Laura Brown ’18, Melinda Dang ’18, Kristen Davis ’18, Elizabeth Fahy ’18, Danny Garcia ’18, Kendra Harbison ’18, AJ McCleary ’18, Slater Smith ’18, Alex Soliz ’18
  • 1ST YEAR CLINICAL SCIENCE AWARDS: Ethan Adkins ’18, Melinda Dang ’18, Kristen Davis ’18, Elizabeth Fahy ’18, Kendra Harbison ’18, AJ McCleary ’18, Ryan Piche ’18, Emma Pope ’18, Alex Soliz ’18, Kelsey White ’18
  • 2ND YEAR BASIC SCIENCE AWARDS: Leslie Alitz ’17, Celeste Baker ’17, Celia Baker ’17, Jordan Hamric ’17, Derek Hennig ’17, Erin Keim ’17, Sara Petska ’17, Kevin Rice ’17, Ben Roach ’17, Meagan Williams ’17
  • 2ND YEAR CLINICAL SCIENCE AWARDS: Leslie Alitz ’17, Celia Baker ’17, Caroline Fogleman ’17, Jordan Hamric ’17, Derek Hennig ’17, Sara Petska ’17, Laura Prindeze ’17, Shalon Rothstein ’17, Whitney Watson ’17, Meagan Williams ’17 
  • 3RD YEAR CLINICAL SKILLS AWARDS: Feyi Aworunse ’16, Erin Bales ’16, Marie Bolin ’16, Daniel Brigham ’16, Dahlia Haddad ’16, Hannah Holtorf ’16, Scott McIntosh ’16, Kara Vitus ’16, Chelsea Wahl ’16, Ryan Wilkerson ’16

Class Scholarships

The following Endowed Class Scholarships recognize outstanding leadership and professionalism by members of the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018. 

  • CLASSES OF ’54, ’56, ’59 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Chris Herring ’17
  • CLASSES OF ’60, ’61, ’63 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Mary Nethaway ’18
  • CLASSES OF ’64, ’65, ’66 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Taylor Chesnut ’17
  • CLASSES OF ’67, ’68, ’69 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Halie Cottrill ’16, Ruhina Shemna ’16
  • CLASSES OF ’70, ’71, ’74 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Katie Richardson ’16, Ryan Wilkerson ’16
  • CLASS OF 1977 SCHOLARSHIP ($3,000): Brad Anders ’17
  • CLASS OF 1978 SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Derek Hennig ’17
  • CLASS OF 1984 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Liz Perch ’18
  • CLASS OF 1997 JIMMY SHERIDAN MEMORIAL AWARD ($1,000): Zach Baumfalk ’17
  • CLASS OF 2001 SCOTT WHITAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Emily Caldwell ’17

Alumni and Friends Scholarships

SCO alumni and friends generously support and recognize academic accomplishments and leadership within the student body. As such, the following endowed scholarships and awards have been established in support of SCO students.

  • ROSEMORE FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Ben Roach ’17, Kay Powell ’16, Frank Carusone ’16
  • NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY AWARD, PART I ($1,000): Sarah Jones ’16
  • MAULDIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Will Price ’16
  • ALUMNI COUNCIL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Angela Haas ’16
  • DR. ALLAN AND MRS. SUSAN BARKER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Courtney Morrow ’17
  • DR. FREDDY WILFRED CHANG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Gabe Fickett ’16
  • W. DAVID SULLINS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR LEADERSHIP ($1,000): Hunter Chapman ’16
  • DR. CHARLES L. HAINE HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Alex Soliz ’18
  • WAYNE W. PYEATT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Preslee Trammell ’16
  • PEGGY REMKE MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Kevin Davis ’16
  • DR. JOHN A. GAZAWAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Taylor Neumann ’16
  • KANSAS ALUMNI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Stacey Looper ’17
  • FRED FARIAS, III, OD ’87, FAAO ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Emy Thompson ’16
  • JERRY L. CLAY ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Hallie Portner ’17
  • DRS. BERGER & MOSCOW FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Peyton Glass ’17
  • DON E. WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($3,000): Brett O’Connor ’16
  • DR. STANLEY M. DICKERSON ENDOWED LEADERSHIP AWARD ($1,000): Kirsten McKnight ’16
  • JAMES AND EDNA DUNCAN AWARD ($500): Shay Sechler ’17

State and Professional Associations

  • KENTUCKY OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS ($1,000): Elizabeth Fahy ’18, Julie Rallo ’18
  • MISSISSIPPI OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, HONORING DR. WILLIAM E. COCHRAN ($1,000): Devon Morris ’16
  • TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS SCHOLARSHIP  ($1,000): Trent Gaasch ’16
  • AUXILIARY TO THE ARKANSAS OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION ($1,000): Mark Machen ’17
  • ARKANSAS OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION ($1,500): DR. WILLIAM H. TOWNSEND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Jade Rice ’16
  • DR. MILTON WEBB OPTOMETRIC LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP: Kaitlin Short ’17

Corporate Partners and Ophthalmic Industry

  • REVIEW OF OPTOMETRY AND THE RICK BAY FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EYECARE EDUCATION AWARD ($500): Monica Perry ’16
  • J. PAT CUMMINGS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Erick Henderson ’17
  • VISION SERVICE PLAN SCHOLARSHIPS ($4,000): Feyi Aworunse ’16, Dahlia Haddad ’16
  • WALMAN OPTICAL COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP ($1,050): Marie Bolin ’16
  • PRECISION OPTICAL LABORATORIES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS ($2,000): Tyler Boone ’17, Matt Page ’17
  • OCULAR INSTRUMENTS AWARD (Product Certificate): Megan Stanford ’16, Sandy Trybus ’17, Joe Johnson ’18
  • WELCH ALLYN CO. AWARD (Panoptic Ophthalmoscope and Lithium Icon Handle): Lisa Russell ’17
  • HEINE USA AWARD (Hand-held Slit Lamp): Daniel Brigham ’16 
  • KEELER INSTRUMENTS AWARD (Streak Retinoscope and Mini Charger): Katie Araiza-Brown ’16
  • OPTOMETRY CARES INFANTSEE SCHOLARSHIP ($2,500): Kyle Stott ’16
  • ESSILOR OF AMERICA/VARILUX STUDENT GRANT AWARD ($1,000): Logan Oliver ’16 

2014-15 Faculty of the Year

CLASS OF 2016

  • Didactic: Patricia Cisarik, OD, PhD
  • Clinic: Christopher Borgman, OD

CLASS OF 2017

  • Didactic: Scott Ensor, OD '01
  • Clinic: Janette Dumas, OD

CLASS OF 2018

  • Didactic: John Mark Jackson, OD '99
  • Clinic: Betty Harville, OD

BSK TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

  • Didactic: Patricia Cisarik, OD, PhD
  • Clinic: Christopher Borgman, OD

Burnett Faculty Recognition Award

  • Christopher Borgman, OD

Board of Trustees Resolutions

  • Daniel Fuller, OD
  • Feyi Aworunse ’16  

Class of 2019 

  • Kevin Ables
  • Parth Amin
  • Ashley Anastasio
  • Sara Arbutus Duczkowski
  • Heather Ashley
  • Heather Bae
  • Kara Barrett
  • Rusha Barua
  • Christianne Belair
  • Brooke Blankenship
  • Justine Bolduc
  • Daniel Boone
  • Lindsey Brise
  • Vikarma Brooks
  • Thomas Brown
  • Zachary Burroughs
  • Elizabeth Cappellari
  • Kelly Cawley
  • Brian Chado
  • Mary Chivetta
  • Sohyun Cho
  • Kara Clark
  • Ashley Cochran
  • Sydney Cooper
  • Abagail Daugharthy
  • Aubrey Davidson
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Jae DeBerry
  • Betsy Del Valle
  • Julie Ervin
  • Lindsay Estel
  • Anna Fagan
  • Taylor Ficek
  • Colleen Fischman
  • Blair Flint
  • Zachary Ford
  • Alicia Genilo
  • Zachary German
  • Amanda Giulietti
  • Brittany Glatting
  • Emily Haddix
  • Emily Hammer
  • Victoria Harlow
  • Elizabeth Harris
  • Jed Harrison
  • Courtney Hegener
  • Kamil Hill
  • Nathaniel Hitt
  • Jonathan Hoaglund
  • Victoria Howard
  • Cayley Hyder
  • Eric James
  • Jessica Jankiewicz
  • Marjorie Jenkins
  • Suzanne Johannes
  • Bailey Kennedy
  • Sarah Kenning
  • Julia Kitchens
  • Kathryn Koslowski
  • Melanie Kovacs
  • Larissa Krenk
  • Shelby Kruse
  • Kevin Lambert
  • Rebecca Lassley
  • Jake Lewis
  • Cameron Lindsey
  • Amanda Lorencz
  • Matthew Lorson
  • Lydia Luther
  • Vanessa Manlove
  • Shelby May
  • Kristin McArdle
  • Matthew McBride
  • Brandon McChesney
  • Morgan C. McClintic
  • Weston McCowan
  • Elilzabeth McDowell
  • Annedrea McMillan
  • Blake Means
  • Logan Michael
  • Royce Miles
  • Taylor Mills
  • Doan Bui Moore
  • Spencer Moore
  • Mallory Morris
  • Morgan Muller
  • Eric Nelson
  • Kassidy R. Nelson
  • Kelsey Newcome
  • Jennifer Nguyen
  • Minh Nguyen
  • Katelyn Palmer
  • Ryan Parrish
  • David Phaup
  • Mary Price
  • Elisa Puerto
  • Nicholas Qualls
  • Kelly Reed
  • Stephanie Rice
  • Jenny Rider
  • Nicholas Risbrudt
  • Madilyn Roghair
  • Anna Roxberg
  • Shriya Ruparel
  • Joel Saslawsky
  • Will Sawyer
  • Genevieve Schade
  • Stephanie Schwendt
  • Sam Scott
  • Caroline Seger
  • Zachary Shriver
  • Maria Sicco
  • Brittany Smith
  • Jennifer Stewart
  • Kaley Stinnett
  • Laila Tawfik
  • Benjamin Taylor
  • Joshua Taylor
  • Kelsey Teneycke
  • Amber Thulin
  • Amrik Tiwana
  • Kaitlyn Trahan
  • Kelly Trapp
  • Jessica Vickery
  • Hannah Vollmer
  • JoAnna Vrotsos
  • Nicolas Vu
  • Jeromica Ward
  • Kyle Wells
  • Sarai Wethington
  • Laura Whipple
  • Brian Williams
  • Zachary Williamson
  • Tiffany Wooten
  • Taylor Wrege
  • Donald York 

Class of 2019 First Year Parent Tributes

Southern College of Optometry appreciates the generous support of SCO alumni, parents and friends of the college. This support is critical in shaping the positive outcome of all that we accomplish. The following first-year students have had donations made in tribute to them by their families.

  • Brooke Blankenship: Brad and Brenda Blankenship
  • Mary Chivetta: Chris and Anne Chivetta
  • Kara Clark: James and Melanie Clark
  • Anna Fagan: Shelby Fagan
  • Eric James: Dale and Sandra James
  • Bailey Kennedy: Jeff and Sandy Caffee
  • Vanessa Manlove: Steven and Sandra Manlove
  • Matt McBride: Kenny and Becky McBride
  • Elizabeth McDowell: Gary and Ina McDowell
  • Kelsey Newcome: Matt and Tammy Newcome
  • Minh Nguyen: Robert T. McKay and Ha Thu Mai
  • Mary Price: Kathy Price and the late Randy Price
  • Nick Qualls: Rick and Ann Qualls
  • Sam Scott: Sallye Scott, OD ’78 and Randy Scott
  • Zach Shriver: Matt and Angie Shriver
  • Jennifer Stewart: Toni Stewart
  • Kaley Stinnett: Chris and Kim Stinnett
  • Laila Tawfik: Sahar Kamel and Ossama Tawfik
  • Kelsey Teneycke: Steve and Alana Armstrong
  • Kelly Trapp: Timothy and Cynthia Trapp
  • Laura Whipple: Erik and Wanda Brokaw
  • Zachary Williamson: Dr. Scott and Amy Williamson

Photos from the event may be found on SCO's Flickr galleries. A DVD of the ceremony may be ordered directly by Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church by calling (901) 722-6222.

 

Posted by Jim Hollifield at Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 0 comments

SCO Introduces MobilEYES Program

Southern College of Optometry introduced MobilEYES, its newly branded mobile eye exam unit with a dedication ceremony held at the college's midtown campus on Wednesday, September 16. The unit is new to SCO, having been officially acquired in late 2014 from S.A.V.E. (School Advocates for Vision and Education), and will be used to reach schoolchildren, seniors, the working uninsured and other members of the community without adequate access to vision care.

The unit, a customized recreational vehicle with two exam rooms and an optical dispensary, will continue to provide on-site vision care in conjunction with SCO’s clinical programs at Shelby County schools. SCO plans to continue the unit’s work and further increase the number of Shelby County residents benefitting from the mobile unit by expanding its reach through additional schools, public health fairs, senior centers and other programs.

“As an extension of The Eye Center in midtown Memphis, the MobilEYES unit is designed to take care to where patients need it,” said Dr. James E. Venable, vice president for clinical programs at the college. “MobileEYES will also visually assist our effort to remind the public about the importance of regular vision care, including those outside the nearly 50,000 patients who visit The Eye Center each year for their eye and vision health care needs.”

“SCO’s dynamic, expanding community outreach programs have enabled us to absorb the operation and expand its potential,” said Christine Weinreich, director of corporate and foundation relations at SCO. “We’ll initially bring the unit out three days per week, with the goal of expanding that throughout the year to serve a diverse community of people in need of vision care services.”

The transition, one supported by The Plough Foundation, will continue these much needed services to area children but also to the additional people who will be served by the increased capacity brought on by SCO’s amplified involvement.

For more information on MobilEYES or to inquire about bringing it to your site, contact Bailey Gurley, coordinator of Mobile Vision Care Services, at 901-722-3274 or bgurley@sco.edu. For more information on SCO, please visit memphisvision.org.  

at Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 0 comments