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Retired SCO faculty member Dr. Ralph Parkansky died on November 17, 2022.
Dr. Parkansky taught from 1992 until his retirement on July 1, 2011. He was a retired Naval officer who practiced optometry at numerous Naval hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Parkansky was a 1969 ICO graduate and earned a masters degree and an MBA. Our condolences to his family, former colleagues, and students.
Read more in Dr. Parkansky's obituary: https://sellarsfuneralservices.com/tribute/details/12182/Ralph-Parkansky/obituary.html#tribute-start
SCO's Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society has formally welcomed nearly 60 new members. Yesterday evening, BSK’s officers held an induction ceremony and administered the organization’s oath. Ceremony participants posed for a group photo afterward.
Congratulations to the following new members:
Kylie Kaylor Hix
Three Southern College of Optometry students took home the top prize at this year’s Fifth Annual EssilorLuxottica Academic Challenge held during the American Academy of Optometry meeting in San Diego.
More than 1,000 students cheered on contestants representing 25 schools and colleges of optometry as they answered academic questions related to eye and vision health.
Meredith Fry, Karrie Sestak, and Lindsey Tillery, all members of the Class of 2023, received medallions as Challenge Champions. They also received a $1,000 prize from the American Academy of Optometry and a pair of Ray-Ban Stories from EssilorLuxottica.
Read more in this Vision Monday article.
Marcus Mitchell was recently appointed as SCO’s new Director of Campus Safety & Security. A veteran law enforcement professional with the Memphis Police Department, Mitchell has 30 years of experience.
Mitchell began his career as a Patrol Officer with the Memphis Police Department and was promoted several times, progressing to his most recent rank as Major at the city’s Ridgeway Station, where he supervised 12 lieutenants, 12 sergeants, and approximately 100 officers.
He was named Supervisor of the Year in 2020 and Investigator of the Year in 2014.
A graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, he has served the youth in the Memphis community by coaching youth sports. He also recently served as a youth mentor through the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation.
Southern College of Optometry recently welcomed three new instructors to our faculty:
• Dr. Amy Perkins is a 2011 SCO graduate and a 2006 graduate of Mississippi State University. She practiced in Los Angeles at Laser Eye Center of Southern California where she primarily saw refractive surgery patients. She also practiced at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group and Vision To Learn. Since moving back to Tennessee, she worked in private practice and consulted at SCO prior to officially joining the faculty. She serves in the Adult Primary Care Clinic as well as The Focal Point at Crosstown Concourse.
• Dr. Elyse Raborn is a 2020 SCO graduate who completed her primary care residency at SCO in 2021. Prior to entering optometry school, she worked as a paraoptometric and optician, obtaining certification in both, while earning her undergraduate degree. During her SCO residency, she earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Christian Brothers University. She was also accepted to ASCO’s Future Faculty program.
• Dr. Lisa Wadolowski Koehler completed her residency in Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, and Vision Rehabilitation following her 2021 graduation from SUNY College of Optometry. A 2016 graduate of Binghamton University, her areas of clinical interest include visual development, infant and toddler eye care, and vision therapy. She serves in the Pediatric, Teen, and Vision Therapy departments at The Eye Center.