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SCO hosted its third annual State Day on Wednesday, January 12. A number of representatives from state and national optometry associations visited campus to participate in Q&A sessions with students and to network in a optometry fair-style event.
Representatives were in attendance from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and the American Optometric Association. (Several other states were scheduled to be represented but inclement weather impeded travel).
"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."
Christine Cook, OD '98, represented the Virginia Optometric Association as she talked to Tim LaFreniere, '12.
Mario Contaldi, OD '84, represented the Texas Optometric Association as he talked to (L-R) Priya Patel, '14, Linh Hong, '14, and Neil Dickerson, '11.
Illinois Optometric Association President R. Scott Wooley, OD, talks with Danielle Davis, '11.
(L-R): Uyen Tran, '14, Emanuela Bercea, '14, and JJ Lant, '12, network with James Sandefur, OD '65, Executive Director of the Optometry Association of Louisiana.
Sarah Sweeney, '11, talks with Jeffrey A. Kempf, OD '01, representing the Illinois Optometric Association.