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Nominations Sought for Honorary Degrees

SCO is accepting nominations for honorary degrees to recognize distinguished ODs and other individuals to be recognized at the college's 2019 commencement ceremony. Recipients must be of sufficient stature and character as to honor the college; anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

Specific criteria must include at least two of these:

  • Distinguished record of scholarship;
  • Outstanding contributions to society through humanitarian efforts, public service, or education;
  • Outstanding contributions to optometry or the optometric profession.

Nominations and supporting materials should be sent to Academic Affairs (Honorary Degrees), c/o SCO, 1245 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, or emailed to [email protected]. The deadline is November 30.

at Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018 Convocation Ceremony Honors Achievement

Southern College of Optometry's 2018 Convocation ceremony recognized the achievements of students, alumni, faculty, and staff with several awards and recognition presented. Of special note, the Class of 2022 gathered for its official white coat group portrait.

Receiving SCO's Lifetime Achievement Award - the highest honor bestowed by the college - was Norma K. Bowyer, OD '77. Dr. Bowyer was honored for her philanthropic work and efforts to help establish the connections between learning and vision.

Norma K. Bowyer, OD '77

Members of SCO's Class of 1968 were also recognized as they returned for their 50-year reunion during Fall Homecoming and Continuing Education Weekend. Each attendee was presented with a 50-year commemorative diploma.

Scholarships and other awards were presented to attendees from throughout the SCO campus community. Many of SCO's student awards and scholarships were made possible by the generosity of the college's alumni and friends who support the Annual Campaign and Endowed Scholarship funds.

 

Among those recognized:

Military Service Scholarships

U.S. AIR FORCE

Francis Parr ’20

U.S. ARMY

Samantha Macchio ’20

U.S. NAVY

Trey Ketchum ’21

 

Basic Science and Clinical Awards

  • 1ST YEAR BASIC SCIENCE AWARDS: Daniel Bloemer ’21, Savannah Caro ’21, Brittany Darnley ’21, Samantha Ellingson ’21, Hannah Fann ’21, Yeji Kim ’21, Anna Lansdell ’21, Samantha Lee ’21, Paige Parkhurst ’21, Breeley Sellier ’21
  • 1ST YEAR CLINICAL SCIENCE AWARDS: Jacquelyn Brown ’21, Marly Coleman ’21, Tommy Cung ’21, Dianna Elrod ’21, Anna Lansdell ’21, Samantha Lee ’21, Chelsea Lula ’21, Emily Moody ’21, Michelle Nagro ’21, Sara Stockwell ’21
  • 2ND YEAR BASIC SCIENCE AWARDS: Christy Alfano ’20, Anthony Barbiero ’20, Torrie Garner ’20, Kelci Glover ’20, Cori Jones ’20, Callie Mashburn ’20, Matt Meredith ’20, Jana Plant ’20, Trevor Schramm ’20, Katie Stuckey ’20
  • 2ND YEAR CLINICAL SCIENCE AWARDS: Christy Alfano ’20, Rachel Christie ’20, Victoria Long ’20, Katie McGee ’20, Brittany Murrell ’20, Francis Parr ’20, Brian Post ’20, Stephanie Ross ’20, Trevor Schramm ’20, Mallory Troyer ’20
  • 3RD YEAR CLINICAL SKILLS AWARDS (Given in memory of former faculty member, Dr. Robert L. Henry.): Heather Ashley ’19, Taylor Ficek ’19, Blair Flint ’19, Ali Genilo ’19, Jed Harrison ’19, Larissa Krenk ’19, Shelby Kruse ’19, Morgan McClintic ’19, Spencer Moore ’19, Sarai Williams ’19

 

Class Scholarships

The following Endowed Class Scholarships recognized outstanding leadership and professionalism by members of the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

  • CLASSES OF ’54, ’56, ’59 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Mary Price ’19
  • CLASSES OF ’60, ’61, ’63 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Shandi Beckwith ’21
  • CLASSES OF ’64, ’65, ’66 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Angelica McIntyre ’20
  • CLASSES OF ’68, ’69 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Madelyn Mullally ’20
  • CLASSES OF ’70, ’71, ’74 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Taylor Ficek ’19, Sarah Kenning ’1
  • CLASS OF 1977 SCHOLARSHIP ($3,000): Blair Flint ’19
  • CLASS OF 1978 SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Shelby Kruse ’19
  • CLASS OF 1984 SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Marie Huegel ’21
  • CLASS OF 1997 JIMMY SHERIDAN MEMORIAL AWARD ($1,000): Colin Hunsaker ’20
  • CLASS OF 2001 SCOTT WHITAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Elyse Rayborn ’20

 

Alumni and Friends Scholarships

SCO alumni and friends generously support and recognize academic accomplishments and leadership within the student body. As such, the following endowed scholarships and awards have been established in support of SCO students.

  • ROSEMORE FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Vik Brooks ’19, Taylor Epp ’20, Jon Hoaglund ’19
  • NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY AWARD, PART I ($1,000): Brian Chado ’19
  • MAULDIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Zach Shriver ’19
  • ALUMNI COUNCIL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Jed Harrison ’19
  • DR. ALLAN AND MRS. SUSAN BARKER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Samantha Macchio ’20
  • DR. FREDDY WILFRED CHANG ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Callie Mashburn ’20
  • W. DAVID SULLINS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR LEADERSHIP ($1,000): Caroline Seger ’19 
  • WAYNE W. PYEATT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Amber Thulin ’19
  • PEGGY REMKE MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Jae DeBerry ’19
  • DR. JOHN A. GAZAWAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Morgan Thorson ’19
  • KANSAS ALUMNI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP  ($1,000): Laila Tawfik ’19
  • FRED FARIAS, III, OD ’87, FAAO ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Nicolas Vu ’19
  • JERRY L. CLAY ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Ali Genilo ’19
  • DRS. BERGER & MOSCOW FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Katie McGee ’20
  • JAMES AND EDNA DUNCAN AWARD ($500): Abagail Kirk ’19
  • CHUCK AND CAROLE ALDRIDGE ENDOWED AWARD ($1,000): Casey Krug ’21
  • CHARLES A. CALLAWAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Kira Winston ’20, Yeji Kim ’21
  • DR. LES MANNING ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): John Phifer ’20
  • STANLEY M. DICKERSON LEADERSHIP AWARD ($1,000): Roy Miles ’19

 

State and Professional Associations

  • KENTUCKY OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIPS ($1,000): Daniel Bloemer ’21, Jesse Boles ’21 
  • MISSISSIPPI OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, HONORING DR. WILLIAM E. COCHRAN ($1,000): Jeromica Ward ’19
  • TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRIC PHYSICIANS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Kaley Stinnett ’19
  • SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL OPTOMETRISTS OF GEORGIA ($2,500): Justine Bolduc ’19
  • AUXILIARY TO THE ARKANSAS OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION ($1,000): Aaron Tollett ’20
  • ARKANSAS OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION – DR. WILLIAM H. TOWNSEND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Anna Fagan ’19 
  • DR. MILTON WEBB OPTOMETRIC LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP ($1,500): Mary Price ’19
  • NORTH CAROLINA OPTOMETRIC FOUNDATION ($5,000): Corey Burr ’20
  • VINCENT SALIENNO SCHOLARSHIP ($2,000): Chris Muegge ’20

 

Corporate Partners and Ophthalmic Industry

  • REVIEW OF OPTOMETRY AND THE RICK BAY FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EYECARE EDUCATION AWARD ($500): Stephanie Ross ’20
  • J. PAT CUMMINGS SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Jacob Weber ’20
  • VISION SERVICE PLAN SCHOLARSHIPS ($4,000): Brittany Glatting ’19, Donald York ’19
  • ESSILOR OF AMERICA VARILUX STUDENT GRANT AWARD ($1,000): Tiffany Wooten ’19
  • OPTOMETRY CARES INFANT SEE SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Lindsay Estel ’19
  • WALMART NOSA SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): Jae DeBerry ’19
  • OCULAR INSTRUMENTS AWARD (Product Certificate): Larissa Krenk ’19, Cori Jones ’20, Samantha Ellingson ’21
  • WELCH ALLYN CO. AWARD (Panoptic Ophthalmoscope and Lithium Icon Handle): Rachel Werner ’20
  • HEINE USA AWARD (Hand-held Slit Lamp): Jessica Jankiewicz ’19
  • KEELER INSTRUMENTS AWARD (Streak Retinoscope and Mini Charger): Kelly James ’19

 

2017-18 Faculty of the Year

CLASS OF 2019

  • Didactic: Dr. Patricia Cisarik, PhD
  • Clinic: Dr. Christopher BorgmanPatricia Cisarik, OD, PHD

CLASS OF 2020

  • Didactic: Dr. Scott Ensor ’01, MS
  • Clinic: Dr. Jennifer Sanderson

CLASS OF 2021

  • Didactic: Dr. Jennifer Snyder ’12, MS
  • Clinic: Dr. Betty Harville

BSK TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

  • Didactic: Dr. Al Kabat
  • Clinic: Dr. Jennifer Sanderson

 

Other Awards

Burnett Faculty Recognition Award: Dr. Jennifer Snyder ’12, MS

 

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SCO Student Loan Default Rate Remains at 0% for the 22nd Consecutive Year

For the 22nd consecutive year, Southern College of Optometry’s student loan cohort default rates remains at zero percent. This is according to the U.S. Department of Education’s newly released numbers for FY2015. 

The FY2015 student loan cohort default rates reveal that SCO graduates are successfully transitioning to the optometric practice. 

“This is great news,” said Cindy Garner, Director of Financial Aid. “Our graduates continue to have much success practicing optometry and doing what they least want to do, which is to repay their student loans.” 

A cohort default rate represents the percentage of a college or university’s borrowers who have defaulted on their student loans. The FY2015 national average was 10.8 %, down from last year’s rate of 11.5%, yet SCO’s default rate remained at zero percent.

“The cohort default rate is an important measure of a school’s overall quality.  It reflects our success in preparing our students to practice optometry,” said Garner. “This is a great accomplishment and it reflects admirably on each member of the SCO family.  

SCO’s Financial Aid Office actively works with students to provide them with strategies to manage their student indebtedness levels. From budgeting workshops to one-on-one sessions with a financial aid counselor, the college is committed to partnering with students to ensure their success in optometry. Student scholarships provided by SCO’s alumni and friends also play an important part in managing student debt levels.

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Thursday, October 4, 2018

SCO Awards 46 Scholarships to the Class of 2022

SCO recently awarded a record 46 scholarships to the Class of 2022. SCO is working to expand scholarship opportunities to attract the best-qualified applicants; read more this enhanced effort on this here

Front Row: Taylor Canamore, Alexis Grycko, Caleb Chesnut
Middle Row: Lindsay Thornton, Caitlin Lingg, Tessa Lau
Back Row: Cassidy Youssef, Regan Stone, Kamden Badger
 
 
Front Row: Jessica Kongelf, Katherine Boone, Lillian McEntire
Middle Row: Ann McLean, Lauren Goettemoeller, Madison Kloster
Back Row: Griffin Smith, Savannah Holman, Jamie Myers
 
  
Front Row: Mia Taylor, Onyale Donloe, Sarah Spangler
Middle Row: Mats Jaslow, Rachel Williams, Holly Pederson
Back Row: Tanner Beard, Christopher Pope, Blade Grupe

 


Front Row: Maria Bontrager, Ellilta (Elu) Mezgebu, Erin Mozingo
Middle Row: Nathan Robinson, Ryan Holiday, Abigail Klick
Back Row: Landon Voigt, William Feriend, Jordan Carlson
 

Front Row: Stephania Carreno, Alexandria Cloud, Mason Garbs
Middle Row: William Ratliff, Kalina Harrell, Matthew Blaseg
Back Row: Matthew Bills, Andrew Dahl, Ryan Livesay, Jeffrey Morrison

 

Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for earning these scholarships through their achievements and accomplishments!

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Thursday, September 13, 2018

SCO and Sight Savers America Give Memphis Children the Gift of Sight

Southern College of Optometry is partnering with Sight Savers America, a national nonprofit that coordinates free eye care for children, to donate electronic video magnifiers or other assistive technology to 14 Memphis-area children, ages 8-18, who are suffering from low vision.

The event is set to take place Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Southern College of Optometry, located at 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.

Low vision impairment cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgical treatment, making everyday tasks and schoolwork difficult for children struggling with low vision. The donated Onyx EVMs magnify images and objects up to 118 times. The equipment will dramatically improve the children’s quality of life and independence and empower them to read, write and even see people’s faces clearly. 

During the clinic, doctors from the college and Sight Savers will individually train each child and their families to use the EVM. They will also provide extensive follow-up care and keep record of the child’s progress with their vision equipment until the child reaches the age of nineteen. All services will be provided at no cost to the families. 

Because EVMs are expensive and are not covered by medical insurance, the donated EVMs were purchased through funding from The Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust, Southern College of Optometry, VFO™ and Belz Foundation.

Children receiving the EVMs were identified by low vision doctors from SCO and by teachers serving visually impaired students in Shelby and Fayette counties. 

To learn more about Sight Savers America, visit sightsaversamerica.org. 

Posted by Jennifer Sharp at Thursday, July 26, 2018