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Our very own SCO students were in the spotlight at this year’s American Optometric Association (AOA) meeting in St. Louis, MO.
Callie Mashburn, '20, received the highest National Board score of any optometry student in the nation. Aaron Tollett, '20, was named AOSA Student of the Year and was also profiled in this video that played at the AOA meeting.
Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, '21, was honored as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Walmart/Sam's Club Project Foresight national scholarship competition. In addition to being named one of 19 $2,000 winners, Noelle also was presented the $5,000 grand prize and traveling trophy held in the photo by President Reich.
Rounding out AOA news, Rachel Werner, '20, represented SCO at the AOSA student bowl, where SCO's t-shirt design earned a save for another chance in the competition.
Congratulations to our SCO students!
Southern College of Optometry was in the spotlight at the Volunteer Memphis Awards, taking home two of the top categories for our service to the Memphis community.
The awards recognize “individuals, civic groups, non-profits, and companies who represent excellence in volunteerism and make the Mid-South a better place.”
Jan Frazier-Scott from SCO’s Human Resources team was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for her commitment for her service through the NAACP Memphis chapter and her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded to a volunteer has demonstrated significant hours of service for 2018. Jan’s award was presented by host Stephanie Scurlock, News Channel 3 anchor.
SCO was awarded the Corporate Citizens Award in the Medium Companies category for our commitment to service by providing eye care and participation in various service projects in the Mid-South including Project Homeless Connect, EyeSpy: A Day at the Zoo, Eye Serve Memphis, and many others. The Corporate Citizens Award recognizes companies that have positively influenced and impacted the local community and that has demonstrated a strong concentration of service in the community through outreach and employee engagement. The award was accepted by Kate Bucko, Interim Director of Grants & Community Engagement.
Congratulations to Jan Frazier-Scott and thanks to everyone who help volunteer and represent SCO in our community!
Southern College of Optometry welcomed 130 new graduates into the profession of optometry on Thursday, May 9, 2019 during the college's annual commencement ceremony held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.
Optometrist and entrepreneur, Ronald Blum, OD ’72, delivered the commencement address and received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of optometry.
Co-Valedictorians were Brian Chado and Larissa Krenk. The class address was given by Class President Amrik Tiwana.
Congratulations to this year's graduates:
Southern College of Optometry’s 34th Annual Student Awards program honored academic and clinical achievement by members of the Class of 2019 in an on-campus ceremony held the day prior to commencement.
Thanks to the generosity of SCO's donors from the ophthalmic industry and alumni supporters, the following students received awards and recognition during the event:
GOLD KEY HONORARY OPTOMETRIC SOCIETY
Membership in Gold Key is the highest leadership honor attainable by an optometry student and is restricted to ten percent of the fourth-year class:
Amrik Tiwana, President; Shelby Kruse, Vice President; Blair Flint, Secretary; Elizabeth Davis, Treasurer; Alicia Genilo, Jediah Harrison, Cayley Hyder, Jessica Jankiewicz, Caroline Seger, Nicolas Vu, Jeromica Ward, Brian Williams, Sarai Williams
BETA SIGMA KAPPA
Membership in Beta Sigma Kappa is awarded annually to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement:
Doan Thuc Moore
ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE
NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY PART II HIGHEST SCORE
LUCY KATHERINE BONE ORGAIN AWARD
SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL OPTOMETRISTS OF GEORGIA
EXCELLENCE IN DISPENSING SKILLS
ESSILOR LABS OF AMERICA AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS
JOHNSON & JOHNSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS PATIENT CARE
GP LENS INSTITUTE CONTACT LENS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
X-CEL CONTACTS OUTSTANDING GP FITTING AWARD
VALLEY CONTAX AWARD
SOUTHWEST CONTACT LENS SOCIETY
EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION REHABILITATION
LS&S GROUP LOW VISION AWARD
NoIR LOW VISION AWARD
ESCHENBACH OPTIK LOW VISION STUDENT AWARD
DESIGNS FOR VISIONS, INC. WILLIAM FEINBLOOM LOW VISION AWARD
OPTELEC EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION AWARD
DR. LEWIS REICH LOW VISION ENDOWED AWARD
FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE IN PRIMARY CARE
MARCHON EYEWEAR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AWARD
ALCON CASE STUDY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
SOUTHERN COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRISTS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
DR. BERNARD L. KAHN MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
HOYA VISION CARE AWARD
NATIONAL VISION, INC. AWARD
SHOPKO OPTICAL AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN OCULAR DISEASE
OCULAR INSTRUMENTS, INC. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
KATENA / EAGLE VISION
RAFIEETARY ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
EXCELLENCE IN PEDIATRICS AND VISION THERAPY
COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRISTS IN VISION DEVELOPMENT EXCELLENCE IN VISION THERAPY
GLEN T. STEELE, OD AND L. ALLEN FORS, OD DEVELOPMENTAL VISION SCHOLARSHIP
DR. W.C. MAPLES AWARD
STEREO OPTICAL CO., INC.
OEP CLINICAL CURRICULUM AWARD
OUTSTANDING CLINICIAN AWARDS
Given in memory of former faculty member, Robert L. Henry, OD.
DRS. FRED AND CHARLENE BURNETT STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
FOR COMMITMENT OF SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE
SUSAN GRISSOM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
SECO PAST PRESIDENTS ENDOWED AWARD
BEAU WILLIS ENDOWED AWARD
DR. DAVID P. SLOAN MEMORIAL AWARD
BAYS FAMILY SERVICE AWARD
SOUTHWEST COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRY ENDOWED AWARD
OPTOMETRIC LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD
CLASS OF 1967 ENDOWED AWARD
MARK J. MURPHY ENDOWED AWARD
SPARROW, EVANS AND WAYMON SCHOLARSHIP
TO HONOR A GRADUATE’S COMMITMENT TO PURSUING PRIVATE PRACTICE OPTOMETRY
DR. SIDNEY EDELSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD
THE WINSTON FAMILY ENDOWED AWARD
MOTHERSHED ENDOWED AWARD
HALPERN FAMILY ENDOWED AWARD
DR. JAMES SANDFEUR ENDOWED AWARD
SPIVEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Ronald Blum, OD ’72, was chosen to receive SCO’s Doctor of Ocular Science degree and deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2019. The Founder and Chairman of NewSight Reality, Inc., Dr. Blum has founded and led a number of companies, including Encore Health and Encore Vision, which merged and sold to Novartis in 2017.
He also founded and led The Egg Factory, PixelOptics, and Innotech, part of his track record of success as a visionary innovator and businessman. As the inventor or co-inventor of more than 750 patents worldwide, Dr. Blum is one of the world’s leading inventors in the fields of optics, electronic eyewear, and vision correction. He was one of the inventors of eye drops for treating presbyopia and for spectacle lenses that block high energy blue light to provide protection against macular degeneration.
He led and managed the team that invented an developed the Definity Lens, a progressive addition lens acquired in 2005 by Essilor, the world’s largest lens manufacturer. The Definity Lens at the time became the number one selling digitally surfaced progressive addition lens in North America. ‘’
Dr. Blum founded a practice that had grown to be one of the largest multi-location private professional practices in the Southeastern United States. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Roanoke College. Although he stopped examining eyes in 1989, he continues to contribute to advances that improve sight and improve vision care through his active work as an inventor and entrepreneur.