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Southern College of Optometry recently hosted its eleventh annual State Day event that brought 20+ representatives to campus from state and national optometry associations. The event was designed to promote the importance of organized optometry to SCO’s optometry students.
During the first day of the 2-day event, students were treated to an evening reception with state representatives and state club dinners.
During the second day, students attended a State Day Presentation about “A moderated discussion of burning optometric issues,” which was moderated by James Venable, O.D. ’89. Panelists including AOA Trustee Ron Benner, O.D., Kentucky Optometric Association representative Dinah Bevington, J.D., Colorado Optometric Association representative Katie Brown Bond, O.D., ’16, and Pennsylvania Optometric Association representative Erick Henderson, O.D., ’17 participated in the question and answer sessions with students. The panel allowed students to interact and learn more about the state of optometry and the need for students to get involved early in networking and becoming engaged with the AOA and their state associations.
An evening event allowed students to students to participate in a tradeshow where State associations were allocated booths to provide information and meet one on one with students. A number of student clubs joined representatives from their home states at dinner to conclude the evening.
In addition to the AOA, representatives were in attendance from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.