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SCO employees spent their morning volunteering in a number of hands-on activities to help other nonprofits in our community as part of SCO's Staff Service Day.
SCO continues our work to enhance collaboration with community partners through community engagement and various service opportunities.
Volunteers interacted with patients at LeBonheur Children's Hospital, prepared food and participated in a community cookout at Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, attended a ceremony and dropped off food honoring First Responders, set up a book fair and read to schoolchildren at Bruce Elementary School, and packed meals to be distributed by Meals of Hope.
Visit our Facebook page to view the photos from our SCO Service Day.
SCO recently awarded a record 73 scholarships to the Class of 2023. SCO is working to expand scholarship opportunities to attract the best-qualified applicants; read more this enhanced effort on this here.
Front Row (L-R): Molly McNally, Lane Brown, Joelle Reitz
Middle Row (L-R): Edgar Judd, Landon Jarvis, Kalen Thompson
Back Row (L-R): Nathan Baggett, Kaitlyn Gynnild, Weston Acosta
Front Row (L-R): Kylie Bible, Mary Theresa Taormina, Madyson Locke
Middle Row (L-R): Julia Sewell, Tianyu Wang, Alayna Cox
Back Row (L-R): Adam Trevino, Jacob Allan, Adam Reichert
Front Row (L-R): Chad Walters, Noam Nicholson, Jamie Kao
Middle Row (L-R): Jacqueline Malish, Laurel Heskett, Cam Ngo
Back Row (L-R): Heather Quintanilla, Caroline Sutton, Coralis Millien
Front Row (L-R): Matthew Schroeder, Hannah Fairchild, Ethan Gerstein
Middle Row (L-R): Carolyn Tran, Sara Eveler, Jacquelyn Melton
Back Row (L-R): Carlee Nestrud, Michelle Alaimo, Phaedra Lipsey
Front Row (L-R): McKenna Scott, Lucas Medeiros, Justin Buoch
Middle Row (L-R): Samantha Blanke, Aleece Kanai Dietz, Jessica Jacob
Back Row (L-R): Ashley Shannon, Nathan Sharp, Courtney Whitlock
Front Row (L-R): Emme Gilchrist, Nicole Wohlfort, Angelina Dang
Middle Row (L-R): Tanner LaFont, Meredith Fry, Will Kreuser
Back Row (L-R): Maria Layton, Rachel Ressler, Natalie Terryberry
Front Row (L-R): Jadyn Nelson, Rim Tarzi, Erin Geyer
Middle Row (L-R): Alice Hanson, Ashley Vu, Karrie Sestak
Back Row (L-R): Hun Ki Hong, Amy Cox, Gabrielle Crockett
Front Row (L-R): Terry Lu, William (Russell) Harrison, Diana Tran
Middle Row (L-R): Apryl Fincher, Christopher Frampton, Seth Jones
Back Row (L-R): Tyler Meek, Kylie Scott, Maverik Shumway
Not Pictured: Lindsey Tillery
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for earning these scholarships through their achievements and accomplishments!
SCO is excited to welcome two faculty members to the SCO family.
Dr. Catherine (Wood) Hogan received her BA from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. After graduating from SCO in 2017, she completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Memphis Area Veteran’s Medical Center. Since then, Dr. Hogan worked at Distafano Eye Center in Chattanooga, TN where her focus was on treatment of ocular disease. Dr. Hogan is a FAAO, and member of AOA and TAOP. She and her husband have settled in the East Memphis area.
A 2018 SCO graduate, Dr. Laurel Roberts is delighted to be back home in Memphis. Dr. Roberts spent the last year in Chicago where she recently finished her cornea and contact lens management residency at Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Roberts is a member of TAOP and AOA. She and her finance have put down roots in the Central Gardens area.
After recently completing her cornea, contact lens and refractive surgery residency at SCO, Dr. Lily (Yueren) Wang is returning to the College as a faculty member. She earned her O.D. at University of California at Berkeley’s School of Optometry.
Congratulations to our new faculty members!
It’s that time of the year again when we welcome a new class to the SCO campus!
We are excited to welcome 135 fresh faces to campus as they will embark on a 4-year journey in becoming optometrists. Here are a number of historic firsts to note about the class of 2023, including:
The students are being introduced to SCO with a 2-day New Student Orientation that will end with SCO’s White Coat Ceremony, which will be live-streamed on Friday, August 30 at 4:30 pm CST.
The rising 2nd year class of 2022 was invited to enter a contest to shadow optometrists during their summer break. Participants were tasked to shadow at a minimum of two optometrists in at least two different practice modalities. They had to log and verify their hours and complete a written reflection of their experiences. The top three contestants shadowed a total of 584 hours in seven practice settings. The top three winners were awarded Amazon gift cards with a total cash value of $1000. The HCPE and SCO are proud of these aspiring ODs and their accomplishments!
1st Place Winner
“My experience at Carolinas Vision Group is what made me decide that private practice is the modality I ultimately prefer. Private practice allows an optometrist to be the ultimate decision-maker in their business tactics, and grants them the freedom to make changes in order to increase profits.”
2nd Place Winner
Des Moines, IA
“Shadowing three different office settings in the same metro area showed me how vast the field of optometry truly is. It opened my eyes to all the different ways I could potentially practice, just in my hometown. This experience further solidified my goals to pursue a career in pediatric behavioral/developmental optometry, doing vision therapy, sports vision, and rehabilitative services.”
3rd Place Winner
“Optometry is a great medical profession and a field where honestly one could never get bored. Every exam is different because every patient is different. There are so many opportunities for specialization, and I look forward to my future in this ever-growing profession.”
Congratulations to our winners!