Next Steps

Recently, SCO saw the retirement of a pillar in optometric education. Dr. Jim Newman’s legacy spanned across nearly 40 graduating classes and over the course of his career, he’s taught roughly half of the college’s graduates. The impact he’s made on the lives and careers of those alumni is immeasurable. His kind-hearted and good-natured demeanor made him effective in providing academic support and his antics made getting through Theory and Methods lecture just a little easier. He willingly shared his extensive knowledge in a way that was enlightening and challenging for us all. Needless to say, he has made an indelible impact on many of the nation’s optometric physicians. He was truly a one-of-a-kind professor!

Dr. Newman still stands ready to take on any willing soul on the racquetball court and has not missed a beat! And every once in a while he still enjoys dabbling in building his Mickey Mouse collection. All told, Dr. Newman is a legend in his own time and his contributions to optometry deserve to be recognized in a permanent way.

SCO’s academic complex now includes a new and improved theory and methods lab where students can practice clinical skills in a state-of-the-art facility that is second to none. The administration thought it befitting to name this area in honor of Dr. Newman, and the SCO Board of Trustees has generously agreed to match any donation in support of this effort dollar for dollar.

Please join us in honoring a man who has given so much to us. Total donations of $250,000 are needed to see this effort come to fruition. Any donation will help, but a donation of $1,000 from 250 alumni would ensure timely completion. What’s more, all donations received will be designated for student scholarships unless otherwise noted by the donor. As soon as the designated goal is met, signage will be erected right outside the lab for generations of optometrists to see for years to come. Dr. Newman’s legacy will forever remain a part of SCO.

Make your donation online today here.