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Congratulations to Tiffany McElroy, OD '12, on being named the 2020 Helen St. Clair Young Optometrist of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association. The award is presented annually to an optometrist who has been practicing for 10 years or fewer and recognizes their contributions to the profession and the public.
As a member of MOA, she is chairman of the Grassroots Committee and invests countless hours volunteering during the legislative session. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association.
In March, she was voted Jones County’s Best Optometrist in the Laurel Leader-Call’s Reader’s Choice award.
She is a member of Laurel Main Street, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Laurel Arts League.
Read more in this article.
Matt Willis, OD ’11, of Omaha, was named the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the Year during the association’s virtual annual convention. This honor is given to an association member who has been licensed 10 years or less and has contributed time and talent in the most outstanding manner for the betterment of the visual health and welfare of the public, and to the profession.
Dr. Willis currently serves as vice-president of the association and has served on its board of directors since 2016. He is a graduate of the NOA Leadership Institute, serves on the association’s education and legislative committees, and helps coordinate optometrists’ involvement in advocacy and political affairs.
Dr. Willis practices at Midwest Eye Care in Omaha. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis in 2011 and served on the board of the American Optometric Student Association for three years while in optometry school. Since entering optometric practice in Nebraska, he has been a volunteer for multiple programs providing free vision care in the Omaha area, has spoken to pre-optometry clubs, and is an active member at St. Columbkille Church in Papillion.
I actually asked my colleague her opinion on my greatest accomplishment or success story and she emphatically replies, “hands down it’s Mr. _____!”
In 2015, I was working with a resident and I palpated a stye that turned out to be lymphoma. This patient still says I saved his life—primary B cell lymphoma really is not life-threatening, but the patient thinks highly of me, per my colleague. So, she says that is my greatest accomplishment, but I would have to say teaching her throughout her student rotation and residency year, and now mentoring her in the early stages of her career, has been my greatest accomplishment.
Lecturing in Hawaii for Pacific & AFOS is pretty high up on the list, too!
I did not have a lot of money for application fees, so I only applied to two schools. SCO was the first to offer me an interview, which I attended, received an acceptance, and awarded a scholarship before I was even offered an interview from Ohio State. I felt so at home on campus from the moment Joyce greeted me at the front door. When you know, you know, and SCO always felt like the only choice for me.
I have too many. I could mention the time I received test answers because one of the professors could not keep the email addresses for student Elkins (me) and the doctor Elkins (Lindsay) straight. (Note: I did not open the email!)
I also love remembering Dr. Chang’s test answer choices of a) true, b) false, c) none of the above.
The story I love to tell my current students and residents is when I received a text message from Dr. Sparrow telling me to check the primary care resident refrigerator. I figured it was some Reese’s Cups, but inside was my very own Wills Eye. A post-it note from her was on the front: “Take care of those patients.” I have bought every edition since then, but that copy and that post-it still sit at home. I hope that I have lived up to her charge. I think I have.
This year’s St. Jude Marathon is going virtual, with participants training and running their race distances on their own but still for a good cause. Alumni are invited to join SCO’s team, the largest corporate team during last year’s marathon. Be sure to join the “Southern College of Optometry” team when you sign up: https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/fitness-fundraisers/memphis-marathon.html
SCO’s team training is organized with the workout app Strava. The team is doing THEMED runs every week until race weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2020. When you finish your run, make the title your favorite thing about St. Jude and then check out everyone else's love for St. Jude. When you download the app, search for our team page "SCORuns4theKids" or use this link to join our Strava team: www.strava.com/clubs/SCORuns4theKids
NASHVILLE, TENN. – United States Senator John Boozman, OD ’77 (R-AR) has been inducted into the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association’s (TICUA) inaugural Hall of Fame.
Tennessee’s Independent Colleges and Universities have helped shape some of our nation’s most distinguished and impressive citizens - from Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to faith leaders, entrepreneurs, and elected officials.
TICUA created the TICUA Hall of Fame to honor the distinguished alumni of its 35 member institutions while highlighting their contributions to our state, nation, and world.
“The inaugural class of the TICUA Hall of Fame features a diverse and incredibly impressive group of citizens that our institutions have helped prepare,” said TICUA President Claude Pressnell, “While you will recognize many of the names, all of these alumni have made significant contributions worth learning about. We are proud to be able to give them just a small portion of the recognition they deserve.”
The honorees exemplify the value of the liberal arts education and how it can be used in a variety of career fields. The inaugural TICUA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are:
TICUA engages Tennessee's private, non-profit colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to serve better the State and its citizens. TICUA membership includes 35 member institutions comprised of four-year colleges and universities and professional colleges. In fall 2019, TICUA member colleges and universities throughout the State enrolled over 81,000 students and employed over 20,000 faculty and staff. For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org