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Johnson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Memphis, Tenn., July 30, 2015 New Orleans optometrist Jarrett Johnson, OD, MPH, has been selected to receive Southern College of Optometry’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the college Convocation ceremony on Friday, September 25.

In receiving SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Johnson will be recognized for her significant contributions to the profession of optometry. A Past President of the New Orleans Optometric Society, Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, SCO.

A graduate of Xavier and Loyola Universities, she holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. Dr. Johnson received her Doctor of Optometry degree from SCO in 1990.

Dr. Johnson has worked in numerous public service roles, including Coordinator of Mobile Clinics for Vision Service Plan and the Red Cross’s Hurricane Katrina Project. She has also held several positions with the Great Expectations Foundation, including Vice President of Community and Organizational Development, in which she oversaw the Infant Mortality Review Project.

She has also served as a consultant for various federal healthcare grant programs, as Chief of Optometry for the New Orleans Health Corporation and as Minority Outreach Coordinator with a New Orleans AIDS Task Force. She has been in private practice since 1994 and is the owner of Primary Eye Care, a successful practice celebrating 25 years in New Orleans.

Dr. Johnson has served on the board for Lighthouse Louisiana and the Ponchartrain Chapter of the Links, Inc. In addition to serving on the board for VSP, she has published a number of articles and serves as an advisor to the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum’s Quality Measurement Committee.

She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the National Optometric Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.

In addition to serving as a two-term SCO Board Chair, she also co-chaired SCO’s “Envision Our Progress” campaign with OAL Executive Director and fellow SCO Board member James Sandefur, OD. The campaign proved to be the most successful in SCO’s fundraising history, surpassing an original $4 million goal by raising more than $4.7 million in just three years of what was originally scheduled to be a five-year campaign.

SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the college bestows upon its graduates.


About Southern College of Optometry
Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1932. SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with nearly 500 students from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 80,000 patients annually, helping make the college one of the top in the nation for clinical optometric education. For more information on SCO, please visit www.sco.edu.

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Posted by Amy Dunbar at Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Class of 2015 Commencement Held

Southern College of Optometry welcomed 130 new graduates into the profession of optometry on Friday, May 8, 2015 during the college's annual commencement ceremony held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

Dr. David Cockrell, President of the American Optometric Association, 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.

Martin Wall, longtime Executive Director of the Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry (ASCO), received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Valedictorian was Jessica Haynes; Salutatorian was Jacob Muller. The class address was given by Class President Amy Puerto.

Congratulations to this year's graduates:

  • Autumn Elizabeth Adams, B.S.; Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Braden Gene Anderson, B.S.; Grain Valley, Missouri
  • Kyle Paul Anderson, B.L.S.; Boone, Iowa
  • Heather Nichole Atcherson, B.S.; Annapolis, Maryland
  • Travis Wayne Bailey, B.S.; Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Kelly Erin Bain, B.S.; Evans, Georgia
  • Michael Bingham, B.S.; Advance, North Carolina
  • Stephen Daniel Bollinger, B.S.; Lake St. Louis, Missouri
  • Madeline Rose Bost, B.S.; Jacksonville, Florida
  • Alison Kate Bozung, B.S.; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Rebecca Allison Briggs, B.S.; Atlanta, Georgia
  • Brittany Lauren Brinkley, B.S.; Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Andrew David Brown, B.A.; St. Louis, Missouri
  • Andrew David Brown, B.S.; Piggott, Arkansas
  • Ryan Matthew Bunch, B.S.; Springdale, Arkansas
  • Stacey Leigh Butz, B.S.; Geneva, Illinois
  • Carissa Michelle Chambers, B.S.; Huntsville, Tennessee
  • Michael Wayne Cole, B.S.; Preston, Idaho
  • Fallon Nichole Cone, B.S.; Selmer, Tennessee
  • Jordan Gregory Conley, B.S.; Flatwoods, Kentucky
  • Maxx Moliske Craggs, B.S.; Taylorville, Illinois
  • Mark E Curtis, B.S.; Lehi, Utah
  • Jordan P. Dau, B.S.; Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Theresa Marie Dellaert, B.A.; Dubuque, Iowa
  • Jennifer Leonard Dooley, B.S.; Meridian, Mississippi
  • Jill Renae Dorsey, B.S.; Olathe, Kansas
  • Samantha Jean Dougherty, B.S.; Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Joseph Dufour, B.A.; Rogers, Arkansas
  • Lindsay Michelle Durtschi, B.A.; Jacksonville, Florida
  • Meghan Marie Earley, B.S.; Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Megan Anne Ebel, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
  • Elizabeth Fioravanti Ellison, B.S.; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Emily Jane Evans, B.S.; Springfield, Illinois
  • Janice Fan, B.S.; Metairie, Louisiana
  • Lillian Fasman, B.A.; Springfield, New Jersey
  • Brenda Flores, B.A.; Brownsville, Texas
  • Kaeleen Anne Franson, B.S.; Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Danielle Gaeta, B.S.; Gillette, New Jersey
  • Daniel Geary, B.S.; West Newton, Pennsylvania
  • Michelle Nicole Glass, B.A.; Covington, Kentucky
  • Molly Marie Goodman, B.S.; Pittsfield, Illinois
  • Virgilio Palma Gozum, Jr., B.S.; Jackson, Tennessee
  • Jared Acker Grant, B.S.; Oxford, Mississippi
  • Jill Allison Greene, B.S.; Peachland, North Carolina
  • Kevin Michael Hart, B.A.; West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Brandon Steven Hauck, B.S.; Humboldt, Iowa
  • Andrew James Hawkins, B.S.; Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jessica Ann Haynes, B.S.; Manchester, Tennessee
  • Ashlee Brooke Henderson, B.S.; Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Jenny RuthAnn Hines, B.S.; Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Craig Edward Hossenlopp, B.S.; Chapin, South Carolina
  • Lauren Nichole Howard, B.S.; Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Aron Paul Hughes, B.S.; Lufkin, Texas
  • Robin Gerilyn Hughes, B.S.; Arlington, Texas
  • Barbara Allane Jodoin, B.S.; Madison, Alabama
  • Samuel Lee Johansen, B.A.; Ninety Six, South Carolina
  • Jarvis Dewayne Johnson, B.S.; Gordon, Georgia
  • Alanna Marie Khattar, B.S.; Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Aja Leigh Kimrey, B.S.; Mendota, Illinois
  • Robert Bruce King, B.S.; Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cade John Kowallis, B.S.; Roosevelt, Utah
  • Jennie Leann Kutschka, B.S.; Salina, Kansas
  • Michael Benjamin Lam, B.S.; Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Meredith Brooke Lanham, B.S.; Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Carrie Anne Le, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
  • Elena Margarita René Lopez, B.S.; Morrilton, Arkansas
  • Kari Linnae Maffitt, B.A.; Madison, Wisconsin
  • Nbba Malik, B.A.; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Kaitlin Elizabeth Mayo, B.S.; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Donald Clay McFadden, B.S.; London, Kentucky
  • Chelsea Mothershed McKnight, B.S.; Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Christopher Scott Meyer, B.S.; Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Mark Gray Miriello, B.S.; Sanford, North Carolina
  • Mark Matthew Mixan, B.S.; Omaha, Nebraska
  • Daniel J. Monzon, B.A.; Miami, Florida
  • John L. Moonan, III, B.S.; Rochester, New York
  • Caitlyn Brown Moore, B.S.; Alamo, Tennessee
  • Carrie Elizabeth Moore, B.S.; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Justin Thomas Morden, B.S.; Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Craig Matthew Moss, B.S.; Eagle, Idaho
  • Lisa Ann Muiller, B.S.; Ellinwood, Kansas
  • Jacob Walter Muller; Clarinda, Iowa
  • Marc Musto, B.S.; Lutz, Florida
  • Sarah Elizabeth Nabors, B.S.; Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jordan Michael Netzel, B.S.; Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • Aaron Dwight Neufeld, B.S.; Fremont, California
  • Tri Minh Nguyen, B.S.; Pensacola, Florida
  • Eleanor L Null, B.S.; Bartlett, Tennessee
  • Nathan E. Osterman, B.S.; Columbus, Ohio
  • Joshua Kyle Richard Parmelee, B.S.; St. Simons Island, Georgia
  • Thomas James Parrish, B.S.; Auburn, Nebraska
  • Jigna Arun Patel, B.S.; Sarasota, Florida
  • Cody Glenn Patterson, B.S.; Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Katlyn Potts, B.S.; Racine, Wisconsin
  • Amy Arlene Puerto, B.S.; Somerset, Kentucky
  • Randal J. Rabon II, B.S.; Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Amanda Elizabeth Radeke, B.S.; Sarasota, Florida
  • Kristi Amanda Raess, B.A.; Cary, North Carolina
  • Brian Raymond Repking, B.S.; Teutopolis, Illinois
  • Michael Clarence Richardson, Jr., B.S.; Pensacola, Florida
  • Lois Ailene Rollins, B.A.; Columbus, Ohio
  • Scott Ronhovde, B.S.; Eagle, Nebraska
  • Chelsea Ray Root, B.S.; Cumberland, Maryland
  • Jordan Dirk Rothlisberger, B.S.; St. Johns, Arizona
  • Forrest Landon Sherrill, B.S.; Crossville, Tennessee
  • Janna Lynn Shifflett, B.S.E.; Osceola, Iowa
  • William Colin Smith, B.S.; Mequon, Wisconsin
  • C. B. Stebel, B.S.; Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Matthew Paul Steciak, B.S.; New Hartford, Connecticut
  • Crystal Leigh Stone, B.S.; Henderson, Kentucky
  • Ashley Michelle Stowe, B.S.; Jacksonville, Florida
  • Lisa Cheryl Stuart, B.S.; Midlothian, Virginia
  • Austin Coy Swain, B.S.; Pinetown, North Carolina
  • Amber Leigh Teten, B.S.; Norton, Kansas
  • Allyson Elizabeth Thomas, B.S.; Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Christopher Chawla Thomas, B.S.; Independence, Louisiana
  • Inna Timshina, B.S.; North Port, Florida
  • Brittany Lynn Tounsel, B.S., M.S.; Chicago, Illinois
  • Tam Minh Vo, B.S.; Wichita, Kansas
  • Andrea R. Walker, B.S.; Ozark, Arkansas
  • Xuetong Wei, B.A.; Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Katherine Ann West, B.S.; Martin, Tennessee
  • Christopher L. White, B.A.; Folsom, California
  • Ryan John Widdison, B.S.; Palmdale, California
  • Michael Andrew Wiles, B.S.; Norman, Oklahoma
  • Cheryl Lynn Wiltse, B.A.; Charles City, Iowa
  • Meredith Reed Yingling, B.S.; Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Liyang Zhang, B.S.; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Pinto Franco Ng Zhao, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
  • Laura Jean Zink, B.S.; Jamestown, North Dakota
Posted by Erin Jaffe at Friday, May 8, 2015 | 0 comments

2015 Senior Awards Presented

Southern College of Optometry’s 30th Annual Student Awards program honored academic and clinical achievement by members of the Class of 2015 in an on-campus ceremony held at the conclusion of Capstone week. Thanks to the generosity of SCO's donors from the ophthalmic industry and alumni supporters, graduates received nearly $40,000 in awards.

The following students received awards and recognition during the event: 

NOSA Recognition

Virgilio Gozum, Brittany Tounsel 

Academic and Clinical Excellence

OOH LA LA DE PARIS Award, given by Raul Arencibia, OD '88, and Jefrey Northcutt, OD '88
Virgilio Gozum   

NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY PART II HIGHEST SCORE   
Alison Bozung, Kevin Hart

Excellence in Dispensing Skills

ESSILOR LABS OF AMERICA AWARD   
Chelsea McKnight

ESSILOR CRIZAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE   
Michael Bingham

Excellence in Contact Lens

JOHNSON & JOHNSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS PATIENT CARE    
Jill Greene

GP LENS INSTITUTE GP CONTACT LENS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD    
Crystal Stone

X-CEL CONTACTS OUTSTANDING GP FITTING AWARD    
Michelle Glass

SOUTHWEST CONTACT LENS SOCIETY    
Brenda Flores

BAUSCH & LOMB AWARD   
Jacob Muller

Excellence in Low Vision Rehabilitation

LS&S GROUP LOW VISION AWARD   
Andrew Hawkins

NOIR LOW VISION AWARD    
Sherry Wei

ESCHENBACH OPTIK LOW VISION STUDENT AWARD    
Emily Evans

DESIGNS FOR VISIONS, INC. WILLIAM FEINBLOOM LOW VISION AWARD    
Brandon Hauck

OPTELEC EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION AWARD    
Lisa Muiller

Clinical Excellence in Primary Care

MARCHON EYEWEAR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AWARD    
Craig Moss

SOUTHERN COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRISTS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD  
Kristi Raess

DR. BERNARD L. KAHN MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP    
Heather Atcherson

Excellence in Ocular Disease

OCULAR INSTRUMENTS, INC. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE    
Brittany Brinkley

BEAVER-VISITEC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (BVI) PARTNERS IN OPTOMETRY AWARD    
Sarah Nabors, Carissa Chambers

EAGLE VISION 
Mark Miriello

RAFIEETARY ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD    
Aja Kimrey

Excellence in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy

COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN VISION DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE IN VISION THERAPY    
Jacob Dufour

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

STEREO OPTICAL CO., INC.     
Lisa Stuart

OEP CLINICAL CURRICULUM AWARD    
Mark Curtis

OUTSTANDING CLINICIAN AWARDS

Heather Atcherson
Alison Bozung
Elizabeth Ellison
Alanna Khattar
Aja Kimrey
Lisa Muiller
Scott Ronhavde
Jordan Rothlisberger
Allyson Thomas
Brittany Tounsel


Student Research

DRS. FRED AND CHARLENE BURNETT STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD  
Cade Kowallis
Katy Potts
Jordan Rothlisberger

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

DR. DAVID P. SLOAN MEMORIAL AWARD  
Amy Puerto

BAYS FAMILY SERVICE AWARD 
Jigna Patel

COMMITMENT TO PURSUING PRIVATE PRACTICE OPTOMETRY

LUXOTTICA EXCELLENCE OF SERVICE AWARD   
Brittany Tounsel

THE WINSTON FAMILY ENDOWED AWARD    
Fallon Cone

MOTHERSHED ENDOWED AWARD    
Elizabeth Ellison

Gold Key Honorary Optometric Society Membership
Heather Atcherson, Fallon Cone, Andrew Hawkins, Craig Hossenlopp, Elena Lopez, John Moonan, III, Tri Nguyen, Nathan Osterman, Jigna Patel, Amy Puerto, Crystal Stone, Brittany Tounsel, Pinto Zhao

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Heather Atcherson, Alison Bozung, Andrew Brown, (Missouri),Carissa Chambers, Fallon Cone, Emily Evans, Elizabeth Ellison, Molly Goodman, Virgilio Gozum, Jr., Kevin Hart, Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Haynes, Craig Hossenlopp, Barbara Jodoin, Alanna Khattar, Aja Kimrey, Elena Lopez, Mark Miriello, John Moonan, III, Jacob Muller, Tri Nguyen, Nathan Osterman, Jigna Patel, Amy Puerto, Scott Ronhovde, Jordan Rothlisberger, Crystal Stone, Brittany Tounsel, Xuetong Wei

Beta Sigma Kappa
Michael Bingham, Stephen Bollinger, Carissa Chambers, Michael Cole, Fallon Cone, Maxx Craggs, Jordan Dau, Megan Ebel, Lillian Fasman, Brenda Flores, Daniel Geary, Brandon Hauck, Jenny Hines, Lauren Howard, Samuel Johansen, Robert King, Meredith Lanham, Christopher Meyer, Donald McFadden, Chelsea McKnight, John Moonan, III, Caitlyn Moore, Sarah Nabors, Jordan Netzel, Aaron Neufeld, Thomas Parrish, Forrest Sherrill, Janna Shifflett, Lisa Stuart, Allyson Thomas, Christopher Thomas, Brittany Tounsel, Tam Vo, Ryan Widdison, Cheryl Wiltse, Meredith Yingling, Amy Zhang, Laura Zink


Posted by Amy Dunbar at Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

2015 Hayes Center Award Recipients Announced

The Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at Southern College of Optometry is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Practice of Excellence Award. The award identifies and rewards successful practices, recognizes achievements of SCO graduates and helps foster joint relationships that benefit SCO’s alumni and current optometry students.

Three different $5,000 awards were designated to honor recent alumni at different stages of their optometric careers. All three recipients own their own practices and exemplify the private practice principles embodied in the Hayes Center’s mission encouraging practice success. Recipients include:   

Dr. Joe Sugg, Class of 2009, who practices at Heber Springs Eye Care Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas.  

Dr. Randall Glass, Class of 2006, who practices at Fowler Eye Care in Texarkana and Ashdown Eye Care in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Dr. James Hertzog, Class of 2006. Dr. Mitchell practices at Hertzog Family Eye Care in Cabot and Jacksonville, Arkansas.

“These alumni demonstrate the qualities and attitudes of successful private practitioners who excel at managing the business side of their practices,” said Dr. Lisa Wade, Director of the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence at SCO. The awards were selected by members of the Hayes Center Advisory Board, made up of alumni private practitioners, and Dr. Wade.

Recipients were judged on their practice’s ability to excel as documented via profit and loss statements, most recent balance sheet, office meeting agendas or minutes, and other key metrics, including gross collected receipts, proper staff management, and a written explanation of how the practice maximizes net income. Recipients shared their private practice experiences with SCO’s graduating class during the college’s Capstone educational program prior to commencement in May.

The Hayes Center’s creation marked one of the first educational centers based at an optometric college dedicated specifically for the purpose of teaching current and future optometrists how to manage the business side of practice.  Visit http://www.sco.edu/hayescenter to learn more about the resources offered to SCO’s students and alumni, including reading room materials, podcasts and other information.

Posted by Amy Dunbar at Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Two individuals were selected to receive honorary degrees at Southern College of Optometry's May 8th commencement ceremony for their contributions to the profession of optometry.

American Optometric Association President David Cockrell, OD ’81, is this year’s recipient of the Doctor of Ocular Science degree. The 12th SCO alumnus to lead the AOA, Dr. Cockrell was also invited to deliver this year’s commencement address.

In addition to his duties as AOA President, Dr. Cockrell serves as chair of the AOA’s Agenda and Executive Committees and is a member of the Personnel Committee. Prior to his election to the AOA Board, Dr. Cockrell served as chair of the AOA State Government Relations Center, as well as AOA Primary Care and Patient Management, Statutory SCOPE, and Nominating and Resolutions committees.  He has also served in the AOA Federal Government Relations Center.

Dr. Cockrell is a past president of the Southwest Council of Optometry. He is a past President of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and a former Oklahoma Optometrist of the Year. He was named the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians Distinguished Optometrist of the Year in 2012. He has also served on the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry since 1997.Dr. Cockrell practices in Stillwater, OK, with his wife, Cherry B. Cockrell, OD ’81.

Marty Wall, longtime Executive Director of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, is this year’s recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Wall is retiring this year after a quarter century’s service in serving the nation’s optometry colleges. During his tenure, ASCO saw greater involvement of faculty involvement in Special Interest Groups, the implementation of a central admissions application process, and the establishment of the Partnership Endowment. He also organized two national symposia on optometric education involving a number of optometric organizations that resulted in strategic plans to guide the professional education of 21st century ODs.

A graduate of Ohio University, Wall earned a Master’s in Public Administration from American University and is a Certified Association Executive. He served as President of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions from 1999-2001.

Posted by Amy Dunbar at Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 0 comments