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SCO's 2015 Convocation ceremony honored the achievements of the college's students, alumni, faculty and staff. First-year students from the Class of 2019 recited the Student Optometric Oath as part of their formal induction into the profession of optometry.
SCO Board of Trustees member Jarrett Johnson, OD '90, was recognized as the college's 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the college upon its alumni.
Scholarships and other awards were presented in recognition of academic excellence, leadership and and service. Many of SCO's scholarships were made possible by the generous support of SCO's Annual Campaign and Endowed Scholarship funds. Students received more than $87,000 in scholarships.
Among those recognized at Convocation:
Military Services Scholarships
Basic Science and Clinical Science Awards
The following Endowed Class Scholarships recognize outstanding leadership and professionalism by members of the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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.
State and Professional Associations
Corporate Partners and Ophthalmic Industry
2014-15 Faculty of the Year
CLASS OF 2016
CLASS OF 2017
CLASS OF 2018
BSK TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Burnett Faculty Recognition Award
Board of Trustees Resolutions
Class of 2019
Class of 2019 First Year Parent Tributes
Southern College of Optometry appreciates the generous support of SCO alumni, parents and friends of the college. This support is critical in shaping the positive outcome of all that we accomplish. The following first-year students have had donations made in tribute to them by their families.
Photos from the event may be found on SCO's Flickr galleries. A DVD of the ceremony may be ordered directly by Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church by calling (901) 722-6222.
Southern College of Optometry introduced MobilEYES, its newly branded mobile eye exam unit with a dedication ceremony held at the college's midtown campus on Wednesday, September 16. The unit is new to SCO, having been officially acquired in late 2014 from S.A.V.E. (School Advocates for Vision and Education), and will be used to reach schoolchildren, seniors, the working uninsured and other members of the community without adequate access to vision care.
The unit, a customized recreational vehicle with two exam rooms and an optical dispensary, will continue to provide on-site vision care in conjunction with SCO’s clinical programs at Shelby County schools. SCO plans to continue the unit’s work and further increase the number of Shelby County residents benefitting from the mobile unit by expanding its reach through additional schools, public health fairs, senior centers and other programs.
“As an extension of The Eye Center in midtown Memphis, the MobilEYES unit is designed to take care to where patients need it,” said Dr. James E. Venable, vice president for clinical programs at the college. “MobileEYES will also visually assist our effort to remind the public about the importance of regular vision care, including those outside the nearly 50,000 patients who visit The Eye Center each year for their eye and vision health care needs.”
“SCO’s dynamic, expanding community outreach programs have enabled us to absorb the operation and expand its potential,” said Christine Weinreich, director of corporate and foundation relations at SCO. “We’ll initially bring the unit out three days per week, with the goal of expanding that throughout the year to serve a diverse community of people in need of vision care services.”
The transition, one supported by The Plough Foundation, will continue these much needed services to area children but also to the additional people who will be served by the increased capacity brought on by SCO’s amplified involvement.
For more information on MobilEYES or to inquire about bringing it to your site, contact Bailey Gurley, coordinator of Mobile Vision Care Services, at 901-722-3274 or [email protected]. For more information on SCO, please visit memphisvision.org.
Memphis, Tenn., July 30, 2015 – New Orleans optometrist Jarrett Johnson, OD, MPH, has been selected to receive Southern College of Optometry’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the college Convocation ceremony on Friday, September 25.
In receiving SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Johnson will be recognized for her significant contributions to the profession of optometry. A Past President of the New Orleans Optometric Society, Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, SCO.
A graduate of Xavier and Loyola Universities, she holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. Dr. Johnson received her Doctor of Optometry degree from SCO in 1990.
Dr. Johnson has worked in numerous public service roles, including Coordinator of Mobile Clinics for Vision Service Plan and the Red Cross’s Hurricane Katrina Project. She has also held several positions with the Great Expectations Foundation, including Vice President of Community and Organizational Development, in which she oversaw the Infant Mortality Review Project.
She has also served as a consultant for various federal healthcare grant programs, as Chief of Optometry for the New Orleans Health Corporation and as Minority Outreach Coordinator with a New Orleans AIDS Task Force. She has been in private practice since 1994 and is the owner of Primary Eye Care, a successful practice celebrating 25 years in New Orleans.
Dr. Johnson has served on the board for Lighthouse Louisiana and the Ponchartrain Chapter of the Links, Inc. In addition to serving on the board for VSP, she has published a number of articles and serves as an advisor to the Louisiana Healthcare Quality Forum’s Quality Measurement Committee.
She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the National Optometric Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.
In addition to serving as a two-term SCO Board Chair, she also co-chaired SCO’s “Envision Our Progress” campaign with OAL Executive Director and fellow SCO Board member James Sandefur, OD. The campaign proved to be the most successful in SCO’s fundraising history, surpassing an original $4 million goal by raising more than $4.7 million in just three years of what was originally scheduled to be a five-year campaign.
SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the college bestows upon its graduates.
About Southern College of Optometry
Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1932. SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with nearly 500 students from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 80,000 patients annually, helping make the college one of the top in the nation for clinical optometric education. For more information on SCO, please visit www.sco.edu.
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Southern College of Optometry welcomed 130 new graduates into the profession of optometry on Friday, May 8, 2015 during the college's annual commencement ceremony held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.
Dr. David Cockrell, President of the American Optometric Association, delivered the commencement address. He also received the Doctor of Ocular Science degree, conferred on those who have made outstanding contributions and rendered distinguished service to the profession of optometry and the field of visual science.
Martin Wall, longtime Executive Director of the Association of Colleges and Schools of Optometry (ASCO), received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Valedictorian was Jessica Haynes; Salutatorian was Jacob Muller. The class address was given by Class President Amy Puerto.
Congratulations to this year's graduates:
Southern College of Optometry’s 30th Annual Student Awards program honored academic and clinical achievement by members of the Class of 2015 in an on-campus ceremony held at the conclusion of Capstone week. Thanks to the generosity of SCO's donors from the ophthalmic industry and alumni supporters, graduates received nearly $40,000 in awards.
The following students received awards and recognition during the event:
Gozum, Brittany Tounsel
Academic and Clinical Excellence
OOH LA LA DE PARIS Award, given by Raul Arencibia, OD '88, and Jefrey Northcutt, OD '88
NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY PART II HIGHEST SCORE
Alison Bozung, Kevin Hart
Excellence in Dispensing Skills
ESSILOR LABS OF AMERICA AWARD
ESSILOR CRIZAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Excellence in Contact Lens
JOHNSON & JOHNSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONTACT LENS PATIENT CARE
GP LENS INSTITUTE GP CONTACT LENS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
X-CEL CONTACTS OUTSTANDING GP FITTING AWARD
SOUTHWEST CONTACT LENS SOCIETY
BAUSCH & LOMB AWARD
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
Clinical Excellence in Primary Care
MARCHON EYEWEAR PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AWARD
SOUTHERN COUNCIL OF OPTOMETRISTS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
DR. BERNARD L. KAHN MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
Excellence in Ocular Disease
OCULAR INSTRUMENTS, INC. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
BEAVER-VISITEC INTERNATIONAL, INC. (BVI) PARTNERS IN OPTOMETRY AWARD
Sarah Nabors, Carissa Chambers
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
STEREO OPTICAL CO., INC.
OEP CLINICAL CURRICULUM AWARD
OUTSTANDING CLINICIAN AWARDS
DRS. FRED AND CHARLENE BURNETT STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD
COMMITMENT OF SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION OF OPTOMETRY AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE
DR. DAVID P. SLOAN MEMORIAL AWARD
BAYS FAMILY SERVICE AWARD
COMMITMENT TO PURSUING PRIVATE PRACTICE OPTOMETRY
LUXOTTICA EXCELLENCE OF SERVICE AWARD
THE WINSTON FAMILY ENDOWED AWARD
MOTHERSHED ENDOWED AWARD
Gold Key Honorary Optometric Society Membership
Atcherson, Fallon Cone, Andrew Hawkins, Craig Hossenlopp, Elena Lopez, John
Moonan, III, Tri Nguyen, Nathan Osterman, Jigna Patel, Amy Puerto, Crystal
Stone, Brittany Tounsel, Pinto Zhao
Who’s Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges
Heather Atcherson, Alison Bozung, Andrew Brown, (Missouri),Carissa
Chambers, Fallon Cone, Emily Evans, Elizabeth Ellison, Molly Goodman, Virgilio
Gozum, Jr., Kevin Hart, Andrew Hawkins, Jessica Haynes, Craig Hossenlopp, Barbara
Jodoin, Alanna Khattar, Aja Kimrey, Elena Lopez, Mark Miriello, John Moonan,
III, Jacob Muller, Tri Nguyen, Nathan Osterman, Jigna Patel, Amy Puerto, Scott
Ronhovde, Jordan Rothlisberger, Crystal Stone, Brittany Tounsel, Xuetong Wei
Bingham, Stephen Bollinger, Carissa Chambers, Michael Cole, Fallon Cone, Maxx
Craggs, Jordan Dau, Megan Ebel, Lillian Fasman, Brenda Flores, Daniel Geary, Brandon
Hauck, Jenny Hines, Lauren Howard, Samuel Johansen, Robert King, Meredith
Lanham, Christopher Meyer, Donald McFadden, Chelsea McKnight, John Moonan,
III, Caitlyn Moore, Sarah Nabors, Jordan Netzel, Aaron Neufeld, Thomas
Parrish, Forrest Sherrill, Janna Shifflett, Lisa Stuart, Allyson
Thomas, Christopher Thomas, Brittany Tounsel, Tam Vo, Ryan Widdison, Cheryl
Wiltse, Meredith Yingling, Amy Zhang, Laura Zink