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Southern College of Optometry
Students will have until midnight on Wednesday, August 26 to view 12 pre-recorded presentations covering some SCO essentials, such as Security, Mail Service, Health Insurance, the History of SCO, and more. These videos are hosted on Moodle, a learning platform you will be using throughout your time at the college.
On August 26th, you’ll participate in an in-depth TEAMS meeting with the Information Services team going over Moodle, but for now, here are the basic instructions on how to access and view the presentations:
If you have any problems using Moodle or accessing the video presentations, please contact Melissa Powers at [email protected] Remember, you have 12 videos to view in their entirety, so please don’t wait until the last minute.
Over the course of 5 TEAMS meetings, SCO faculty and staff will introduce students to optometry, their first-year instructors and Institutional Advancement, as well as familiarize them with our technology.
You will receive Microsoft TEAMS invites for all of these meetings with links allowing you to join, so please check your email often and follow through on any requests to RSVP.
LAB GROUP NUMBERS
Thursday, August 20
Introduction to Optometry
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Dr. James Venable, VP of Clinical Programs
Wednesday, August 26
1A, 1B, 1C, 5A
Computers, Tophat, Moodle & More
9:00AM – 9:45AM
IS Team: Melissa Powers, Dean Swick & Thomas Vanelli
2A, 2B, 2C, 5B
9:50AM – 10:35AM
3A, 3B, 3C, 5C
10:40AM – 11:25AM
4A, 4B, 4C
11:30AM – 12:15PM
Meet the Faculty
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Dr. Lindsay Elkins -- Chair of Optometric Education -- & First Year Instructors
Academic Support, Diversity & Inclusion, and Meet Institutional Advancement Dinner*
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Dr. Carrie Lebowitz, Director of Academic Support Services; Dr. Janette Dumas-Pepper, Coordinator for Student Diversity & Inclusion; The IA Team
Thursday, August 27
Meet Your Industry Partners
5:30PM – 6:30PM
Cecily Freeman, Senior Director of Development
*Each student will receive a virtual gift card so they can order delivery from the restaurant of their choice and eat together as a virtual “dinner”.
These sessions will be the most similar to the traditional SCO Orientation experience. Students will be coming to campus to hear from faculty and staff, collect necessary materials -- such as white coats -- and most of all, get to know each other!
To limit the number of students on campus at one time, these on-campus sessions will be spread over two days (Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28) and divided based on lab groups.
We ask that all students wear a t-shirt or golf shirt displaying their Alma Mater to these sessions. Otherwise, the dress code is casual. Face masks are required to enter any building on campus.
To view a detailed itinerary for your on-campus sessions, please click on your respective lab groups below:
Lab Groups 1A, 1B, 1C, 5A
Lab Groups 2A, 2B, 2C, 5B
Lab Groups 3A, 3B, 3C, 5C
Lab Groups 4A, 4B, 4C
Traditionally, the Meet Your Advisor Dinner and Student Org Fair would occur all in-person during the first week of class. However, due to COVID-19, these will be hybrid events combining brief interactions in-person and virtual TEAMS meetings.
Additional information is forthcoming, but in the meantime, please note these events on your calendar.
Dates and times are subject to change, so check for updates often.