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Boozman, Cochran to Receive Honorary Degrees

Southern College of Optometry will present honorary degrees to two distinguished alumni at this year's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 6 in Memphis.

U.S. Senator John Boozman, a 1977 SCO graduate, and SCO President Emeritus William E. Cochran, a 1968 graduate, will be recognized.

Senator Boozman will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 as they graduate. In addition to speaking, Senator Boozman will also be formally presented with SCO’s honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degree.

In 2014, Senator Boozman was scheduled to receive the degree and speak at commencement but illness prevented his participation. The only optometrist serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Boozman is running for a second term this year.

He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives following decades of practice as an optometrist in Arkansas. He received SCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Receiving SCO’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree is Dr. Cochran, who served as SCO President from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. Under his leadership, SCO constructed The Eye Center and increased the college's reserve fund from $2.8 million to $37 million.

Following his retirement, Dr. Cochran has served on a number of boards. He previously served as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, as president of the Memphis Association of Colleges and Universities, and on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Cochran was inducted into the American Optometric Association's National Optometry Hall of Fame in 2012.

SCO's commencement ceremony will be held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. Visit SCO's commencement page to learn more details about this year's ceremony and special events.

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SCO Launches Online CE Video Library

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has launched its new Online Continuing Education Library featuring 10 video courses with faculty member lecturers. Each video was professionally recorded in high definition in SCO’s state-of-the-art academic classrooms constructed as part of the college’s recent academic facility expansion.

Hosted on the SCO website, the Online Continuing Education Library’s video courses have also been made accessible to optometrists in other countries. At the invitation of the World Council of Optometry (WCO), an SCO Portal was created on the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) website to support the WCO’s goal of creating and disseminating educational materials to optometrists and optometric organizations in developing nations.

“The World Council of Optometry welcomes SCO’s leadership and their support of our goal to expand the reach of freely accessible educational content to other countries,” said Mark A. Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, WCO Executive Director.

“SCO is proud to partner with the WCEA as we share the expertise of our faculty members with optometrists around the world who are in need of excellent continuing education to assist in the care of their patients,” said Jeanie Snider, SCO’s Department of Continuing Education Program Manager.

SCO’s online CE courses are approved by the Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), the primary method used by optometric regulatory boards to promote the continuing competence of licensed optometrists.

Short video clips of each course offer optometrists a chance to preview SCO’s Online Continuing Education Library. Users who opt to take a course for credit will be directed to SCO’s Portal on the WCEA website and asked to create a login and password. Once registered, users can re-access video courses for up to seven days at their convenience. Requests for Course Completion Certificates can also be completed through this account.

“SCO worked with our faculty members to cover a wide range of course content to appeal to optometrists,” Snider said. “We plan to add more online video courses to expand our library in this format that has become increasingly popular with active professionals who need convenient access to educational content.”

Currently, the following courses are available:

In addition to the new video library, SCO’s CE program also hosts Spring and Fall educational events on the college’s campus, as well as “destination CE” events as part of the college’s commitment to offering COPE-approved CE courses for alumni and other optometrists.

Founded in Memphis in 1932, SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 525 students and residents from 40 states. The college’s public clinic, The Eye Center at SCO, serves more than 60,000 patients annually as one of the nation’s largest clinics in optometric education. The college also operates University Eyecare, a full service clinic on the campus of the University of Memphis, and the TearWell Advanced Dry Eye Center with locations in Memphis.

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Several Members of the Class of 2016 Matched to Residency Positions

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016 who have been offered a residency position after graduation:

  • Jennifer Anderson, Crownpoint Comprehensive Health Care, Crownpoint, NM
  • Feyisayo Aworunse, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Marie Bolin, Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, Plano, TX
  • Joseph Brewer, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, Sacaton, AZ
  • Daniel Brigham, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Halie Cottrill, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL
  • Jansi Damarla, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Brooke Dugas, William Chappell VA Outpatient Clinic, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Gabriel Fickett, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
  • Dominique Garcia-Robles, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Dahlia Haddad, Maryland VA Health Care Service - Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Hannah Holtorf, Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR
  • James Hoover, Toyos Clinic, Germantown, TN
  • Sarah Jones, Bowersox Vision Center, PSC, Shelbyville, KY
  • Jessica Kenney, Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Tyler Kitzman, Northeastern State University - Oklahoma COO, Tahlequah, OK
  • Lauren Lusardi, New Jersey Veterans Health Care System, Lyons, NJ
  • Darah McDaniel-Chandler, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
  • Marla McNutt, Ohio Eye Alliance, Alliance, OH
  • Haley Nguyen, Child and Family Eye Care, Wichita, KS
  • Monica Perry, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Jamin Quilla, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN
  • Shaleen Ragha, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Megan Shirey, Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR
  • Amy Sickman, Salem VA Medical Center, Salem VA
  • Jennyffer Smith, The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
  • Kara Vitus, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • Rebecca Wenig, Memphis VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
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New Student Ambassadors Selected

Ten members of the Class of 2019 have been selected as Southern College of Optometry's newest student ambassadors.

Student ambassadors assist in student recruitment, admissions, and public relations functions of the college. They are selected each spring from the current first-year class on the basis of academic performance and personal interviews.

Laila Tawfik (KS/University of Kansas)
Jed Harrison (UT/Brigham Young University)
Brittany Glatting (WI/University of Wisconsin)
Jon Hoaglund (IA/Morningside College)
Blair Flint (TX/University of North Carolina)
Kelly Reed (SD/Concordia College)
Shelby Kruse (NE/University of Nebraska)
Nicolas Vu (TX/University of Southern California)
Sarah Kenning (KS/University of Kansas)
Royce Miles (MS/University of Mississippi)

Congratulations to each of these students!
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Campbell Named Vice President for Academic Affairs

J. Bart Campbell, OD '87, Professor, has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs after serving as Interim Vice President since last spring. The announcement was made by SCO President Lewis Reich, OD, PhD. 

Following his graduation from SCO, Dr. Campbell completed his Contact Lens Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Since joining SCO's faculty in 1988, he has served in several leadership capacities, including as Chair of the Department of Optometric Education. 

Currently Chair of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, Dr. Campbell is a professor at SCO. His professional areas of interest include contact lens practice with a special emphasis on the management of presbyopia and astigmatism with contact lens correction and the development and administration of optometric residency programs.

Dr. Campbell also has served as the Chair of the Department of Optometric Education, with primary responsibility for the design and implementation of the College's optometric curriculum. He is an author on numerous publications and two book chapters dealing with his areas of interest. He has presented lectures at SCO-sponsored continuing education, at the American Academy of Optometry, and at several other organizations.

Dr. Campbell is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

He has served on numerous committees, including: a National Board of Examiners in Optometry Examination Construction Committee (chair for two years), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Residency Affairs Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Residency Committee (chair for two years), the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Leadership and Professional Development Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Quality Improvement Committee, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Planning Committee (chair for one year), the American Academy of Optometry Region 2 Admittance Committee (vice chair for seven years), and the American Academy of Optometry Resident's Day Committee (chair, 2007-2012).

Dr. Campbell received the Teacher of the Year Award from the SCO graduating Class of 1989 and the SCO President's Special Recognition Award in 2004.

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