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SCO Promotions Announced

Several faculty and staff promotions have been announced at Southern College of Optometry. All became effective as of July 1, 2014.

  • Dr. Lewis Reich was promoted to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Reich, who joined SCO in 2008, will serve as acting CEO when SCO's president is away from campus. A new department, Interprofessional Education, will be formed and report directly to Dr. Reich as well. He graduated with his optometry degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1988. Following graduation, Dr. Reich completed a residency in low vision rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry before serving on faculty and leadership roles at other optometry colleges.
  • Dean Swick was promoted to Executive Director of Information Services. He joined the college in 1997 and has served several tours of duty in recent years as an U.S. Army Reserves officer. Prior to joining SCO, he served as Director of Information Systems for the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas. Reflecting the increasing electronic nature of libraries, SCO's Library Services will move into the Information Services' area of responsibility under Swick's leadership.

Additionally, a number of faculty rank promotions also took effect July 1, including:

  • Dr. Kristin Anderson, to Professor from Associate Professor
  • Dr. Mary Bartuccio, to Associate Professor from Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Michael Dasinger, to Assistant Professor from Instructor
  • Dr. Scott Ensor, to Associate Professor from Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Paul Harris, to Professor from Associate Professor 
  • Dr. Jeung H. Kim, to Assistant Professor from Instructor
  • Dr. Wilson McGriff, to Assistant Professor from Instructor
  • Dr. Christina Newman, to Assistant Professor from Instructor 
  • Dr. Pamela Schnell, to Associate Professor from Assistant Professor

To read full biographies of SCO's entire faculty complement, visit sco.edu/faculty.

Posted by Amy Dunbar at Tuesday, July 1, 2014 | 0 comments

SCO To Open TearWell Dry Eye Center

Memphis, Tenn., June 16, 2014 – Southern College of Optometry will open a clinic dedicated to the treatment of dry eye, a condition that affects nearly five million people over the age of 50 in the United States. The TearWell: Advanced Dry Eye Treatment Center will be located on the college campus in midtown Memphis. It is set to open July 1, 2014.

"Dry eye is a prevalent issue, especially among older adults," said Dr. Whitney Hauser, TearWell’s clinical director. “The condition is often exacerbated by allergic reactions, making Memphis a tough climate for people suffering from dry eye. That’s one reason we are so proud to open this clinic.”

The new clinic will utilize a cutting-edge treatment called LipiFlow®. After completing an evaluation, patients receiving the treatment will have a gentle, pulsating heat applied to their eyelids to massage out liquefied blockages that often cause dry eye. The procedure takes approximately 12 minutes, and 79 percent of patients report relief within four weeks. The results typically last up to one year.

“We have treated a handful of patients already, and they report remarkable results,” said Dr. Alan Kabat, who will be leading the TearWell’s optometric physicians team. “This is going to be a game-changer for so many people in the Mid-South.”

Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes are not producing enough tears to adequately lubricate and nourish themselves. People suffering from this condition typically do not have enough tears or produce poor quality tears. It is a common, often chronic problem that worsens with age and is often associated with other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problems.

TearWell's website will launch soon; social media users may also follow TearWell on Facebook and Twitter



Posted by Amy Dunbar at Monday, June 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Faculty/Staff Campaign Breaks Record

Faculty and staff at Southern College of Optometry (SCO) recently concluded their Annual Campaign with record numbers of support. 

Ninety-four percent of the college's employees participated in the campaign, securing a record high $103,654 in support of college programs.

A number of faculty members additionally pledged $3,250 to support the Al Fors, OD Memorial Tribute Room, raising total gift amounts to $106,904 in memory of long-time faculty member Dr. Al Fors several months after his passing in early 2014.

"Our faculty and staff showed tremendous support, generosity and teamwork," said Cecily Freeman, Annual Giving Coordinator at SCO. "SCO continues to lead by example because of our faculty and staff. Their gifts will make a difference in lives of our students and patients."

SCO is midway through its five-year "Envision Our Progress" campaign launched in the fall of 2011 in support of student scholarships, patient care opportunities and academic facilities that include construction of the college's new state-of-the-art classrooms completed in the summer of 2013.

Alumni and friends of the college may support any number of SCO's programs by using the gift form on SCO's website or by contacting the Office of Institutional Advancement at (901) 722-3216.

Posted by Amy Dunbar at Monday, June 9, 2014 | 0 comments

SCO Student Earns HIghest Score on Boards

SCO student Jessica A. Haynes, '15, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence in recognition of receiving the highest score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I Basic Science Examination this year.

The award was established to honor Dr. Wallis’ 25 years of outstanding service as Executive Director of the NBEO. It consists of a personalized plaque as well as a full refund of the Part I registration fee. The Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) by Dr. Alan J. King, President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.  

Haynes is a native of Manchester, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. Haynes is the daughter of Sherry and Mark Taylor, also of Manchester.

Established in 1951, the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is a private, nonprofit organization that develops, administers, and scores examinations, and reports the results, that state regulatory boards utilize in licensing optometrists to practice eye care. Licensure is a public interest, public protection regulatory function of many professions, particularly in the health professions, due to the importance of receiving competent care.

In serving the public and the profession for 61 years, the National Board has compiled a distinguished record of accomplishments that include being the first national board among the doctoral level health professions to eliminate grading-on-a-curve, and one of the few national boards in any profession with a repertoire of examinations that includes conventional multiple-choice tests (single- and multiple-response items), computer-based examinations, and a clinical skills test with standardized patients at the National Center of Clinical Testing in Optometry.  

Posted by Amy Dunbar at Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

SCO Hosts 2014 Commencement

This year’s commencement ceremony saw 115 new graduates enter the profession of optometry on Friday, May 9, 2014. Class President Andrew Bradbury delivered the class address.

Dr. Dori Carlson, former President of the American Optometric Association, delivered the commencement address. She 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.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, OD '77, also received the Doctor of Ocular Science degree in absentia as he continues to recuperate from a recent illness. Ralph Stone, PhD, former Vice President at Alcon, received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Valedictorian was Christina Grosshans; Salutatorian was Erinn Tolomei.

Following is a list of all the graduates and those who graduated with honors. A complete graduation program can be viewed here..

Melissa Elizabeth Agramonte, B.S.; Miami, Florida
Amy Marie Atherton, B.S.; Waterville, Iowa
Mason James Authement, B.S.; Montegut, Louisiana
Ashley Danielle Ballard, B.S.; Fayetteville, North Carolina
Joseph Marshall Ballard, B.S.; Fayetteville, North Carolina
Leah Day Beckman, B.S.; Greenville, Michigan; Cum Laude
Emanuela Ann Bercea, B.S.; Dearborn, Michigan
Ellesse Ann Boiwka, B.A.; Amherst, Ohio; Summa Cum Laude
Robert Andrew Botts, B.S.; Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Andrew William Inglis Bradbury, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee; Cum Laude
Christopher James Bright, B.S.; Henderson, Tennessee; Magna Cum Laude
Dustin Colt Briscoe, B.S.; Howell, Michigan
Mollie Nicole Broadway, B.S.; Jonesboro, Arkansas
Michael Wesley Broome, B.S.; Augusta, Georgia
Savannah Faye Brunt, B.A.; Charleston, West Virginia; Magna Cum Laude
Bradley Alan Bugg, B.S.; Union City, Tennessee
Bret James Butterfield, B.S.; Riverton, Utah; Summa Cum Laude
Whitney Gail Cansler, B.A.; Houston, Texas
Keri Alyse Cassels, B.S.; Cairo, Georgia
Samuel David Chado, B.S.; Frederick, Maryland
Ross Jex Chatwin, B.S.; Saint George, Utah
Jingya Jeanne Chen, B.S.; Fayetteville, North Carolina
Todd Reed Christensen, B.S.; Richland, Washington
Jeffrey David Coats, B.S.; Independence, Missouri; Cum Laude
Heather Cohen, B.A.; Long Beach, Mississippi
Amy Marie Combs, B.S., B.A.; Knoxville, Tennessee
Michael J. Connell, B.A.; Morristown, Tennessee
Lucas Andrew Cook, B.A.; Davenport, Iowa; Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Ryan Cox, B.A.; Burlington, North Carolina
James N. Crawford, B.A.; Escalante, Utah; Magna Cum Laude
John Brandon Dawson, III, B.S.; Tupelo, Mississippi
Julie Brewer Dawson, B.S.; Milan, Tennessee; Magna Cum Laude
John Peter Deshaies, B.S.; North Reading, Massachusetts; Magna Cum Laude
Alisha Christine Duffy, B.S.; Maple Grove, Minnesota
Devin Acel Duval, B.S.; Orem, Utah
Jacqueline Carmen Elizabeth Evans, B.S.; San Mateo, California
Susan Anne Evans; Kingsport, Tennessee; Magna Cum Laude
Daniel Joseph Foster, B.S.; Oskaloosa, Iowa; Cum Laude
Farryl T. Franklin, B.S.; Ridgeland, Mississippi
Rebecca Nye Garcés, B.S.; Raleigh, North Carolina
Kathryn Elizabeth Gault, B.S.; Rock Hill, South Carolina
Anh My Giang, B.S.; Brandon, Mississippi; Magna Cum Laude
Jay Preston Goldstein, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
Lindsay Brianne Gould, B.S.; Howard, Pennsylvania; Cum Laude
Christina Ellen Grosshans, B.S.; La Cañada, California; Summa Cum Laude
Suzanne Elizabeth Guin, B.S.; Raleigh, North Carolina
Brandon Joseph Hadel, B.S.; Olathe, Kansas; Summa Cum Laude
Jenna Marie Hall, B.A.; Blanding, Utah
Annie Yunjie Hao, B.S.; Ann Arbor, Michigan
Jason R. Harper, B.F.A.; Raymore, Missouri
Kamri Mack Herndon, B.S.; Jonesboro, Arkansas
Mary Giang Hoang, B.S.; Gulfport, Mississippi
Stacey Leigh Hoins, B.S.; Ashland, Kansas; Summa Cum Laude
Linh B. Hong, B.S.; Mesquite, Texas
Meaghan Dellar Horton, B.S.; Little Rock, Arkansas; Magna Cum Laude
Kathryn Grace Huebner, B.A.; Lincoln, Nebraska
Blake Leslie Jarrard, B.S.; Paris, Arkansas
Bobby Singh Johl, B.S.; Auburn, California
Kellie Marie Jones, B.A.; Hernando, Mississippi
Kristal Lynn Jones, B.S., B.A.; New Prague, Minnesota; Summa Cum Laude
Micah James Juedes, B.S.; Wausau, Wisconsin; Magna Cum Laude
Kyle Allan Kasper, B.A.; Denver, Colorado
Rajinder Kaur, B.A.; Weirton, West Virginia
Navid Khoshooee, B.S.; Orlando, Florida
Erin Renee Kizewski, B.S.; Hatley, Wisconsin
Brian Allen Knight, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
Jacqueline Marie Kronlage, B.A.; Dyersville, Iowa
Anna Helen Lammers, B.S.; Traverse City, Michigan; Magna Cum Laude
Keith Michael Levinson, B.A.; Randolph, New Jersey
Stephanie Megan Lew, B.S.; San Ramon, California
Andrew Joseph Loudon, B.A.; Chino Hills, California; Magna Cum Laude
John Matthew MacDonald, B.S.; Anderson, South Carolina; Magna Cum Laude
Rachel A. Miller, B.S.; Salisbury, North Carolina; Magna Cum Laude
Canaan Matthew Montgomery, B.S.; Paducah, Kentucky; Cum Laude
Lauren Elizabeth Nelson, B.S.; Russellville, Arkansas
Han Huy Nguyen, B.A.; Sacramento, California
Chidinma Ugonma Nwachukwu; Grayson, Georgia
Kimberly Gail Orr, B.S.; Raleigh, North Carolina; Cum Laude
Adrienne Elizabeth Pak, B.S.; Timberlake, North Carolina; Cum Laude
Jennifer Lynn Pancoast, B.S.; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Cum Laude
Jane Ellyn Pancurak, B.S.; Toms River, New Jersey
Meha Jayendra Patel, B.S.; Stockbridge, Georgia
Priya Ashvin Patel, B.A.; Sunbury, Ohio
Jordan Max Paul, B.A.; San Antonio, Texas
Janette Nicole Perkins, B.S.; Dickson, Tennessee
Christina T. Phan, B.S.; Chantilly, Virginia
Mallory Elizabeth Phillips, B.A.; Brandon, Mississippi; Cum Laude
Kristen Marie Piery, B.S.; Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Christopher Mark Prough, B.S.; Pleasanton, Texas
Michael Roy Quackenbush, B.S.; Lee, Florida; Magna Cum Laude
Tyler Sullivan Roberts, B.S.; Lexington, South Carolina
Brandon James Rushing, B.S.; Memphis, Tennessee
Lekha Mary Samuel, B.S.; Augusta, Georgia
Kristin Lee Schick, B.S.; Collierville, Tennessee; Summa Cum Laude
Priya Nitin Sheth, B.S.; Raleigh, North Carolina
Jacquelyn Gayle Short; Archbold, Ohio; Magna Cum Laude
Rachel Ann Siegel, B.S.; Fort Loramie, Ohio
Brandon Carl Sloan, B.S.; Rexburg, Idaho; Cum Laude
Emily Layne Smith, B.S.; Batesville, Arkansas
Chelsea Piro Spalding, B.S.; Coral Springs, Florida
Nathan Mark Stahr, B.S.; York, Nebraska; Summa Cum Laude
Anne Marie Strong, B.S.; Gahanna, Ohio
Jessica Faith Sumrall, B.S.; Olive Branch, Mississippi
Shannon Dawn Swayne, B.S.; Hays, Kansas
William L. Tantum, B.A.; Maryville, Tennessee
Sarah Lilley Thompson, B.A.; Windsor, North Carolina; Summa Cum Laude
Erinn Jane Tolomei, B.S., M.P.H.; Mars, Pennsylvania; Summa Cum Laude
Ngoc Uyen Thuy Tran, B.S.; New Orleans, Louisiana
Samantha Lynn Triplett, B.S.; Portsmouth, Virginia; Magna Cum Laude
Ashley Varakalayil, B.S.; Bloomingdale, Illinois
Laura Catherine Verwilst, B.S.; Niles, Michigan; Cum Laude
Ngoc-Lan Thi Vu, B.S.; Seattle, Washington; Cum Laude
Gloria Wong, B.S.; Edmonton, AB, Canada; Cum Laude
Douglas Alan Wright, B.S.; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Magna Cum Laude
Robert Adam Young, B.S.; Stone Mountain, Georgia

Andrew Bradbury, President
Rachel Miller, Vice President
Stephanie Lew, Secretary
Priya Patel, Treasurer

Priya Sheth and Meha Patel

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