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Southern College of Optometry recently hosted its fourth annual State Day event that brought more than a dozen representatives to campus from state and national optometry associations. The event was designed to promote the importance of organized optometry to SCO’s nearly 500 optometry students.
Students heard a keynote address by AOA Trustee David Cockrell, OD, a 1981 SCO graduate. Panelists representing a number of state associations also participated in question and answer sessions with students. The panels allowed students to interact and learn more about the state of optometry and the need for students to get involved early in networking and becoming engaged with the AOA and their state associations.
The afternoon of SCO’s State Day is spent with a tradeshow format. State associations were allocated booths to provide information and meet one on one with students. A number of student clubs joined representatives from their home states at dinner to conclude the evening.
In addition to the AOA, representatives were in attendance from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. This year’s representation included three states that participated for the first time.
“Since we first launched this event in 2009, we’ve been pleased to see interest grow in facilitating these networking events both here at SCO and at other schools of optometry,” said Kristin K. Anderson, OD, SCO Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
“State Day allows our students the opportunity to interact and learn more about the benefits of involvement in their state, regional and national associations,” she added. “We appreciate organized optometry’s enthusiasm about our program as it continues to grow each year.”