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As we look forward to the end of the 2020-21 academic year, SCO continues to advise our campus community that travel is restricted to essential trips. In addition, we continue to limit occupancy on campus and ensure that proper physical distancing is maintained. We feel that these safety measures have enabled us to mitigate many of the risks in order for us to carry out our mission as safely as possible. This decision is not taken lightly as SCO is enormously proud of our decades of participation at SECO and our many alumni who have served, and are still serving, in leadership roles in the organization.
To be consistent with our message regarding the importance of public health safety, SCO will not be hosting events at SECO this year. SCO will have Booth 823 available to pick up literature about SCO. Dr. Lisa Wade, '84, will be available at periodic times in the booth if you would like to interact with her. Alumni are also welcome to meet up at our booth and send us photos or selfies for use in our newsletters or social media.
While we know that our alumni, friends, and industry partners may be disappointed at missing our popular Friday night reception, SCO is looking forward to having a major presence in 2022 as the pandemic recedes in our daily lives. If all goes well, we hope to see you on campus later this year for our annual Fall Homecoming and CE Weekend September 30-October 3, 2021.
SECO International, LLC is a wholly owned entity of the Southern Council of Optometrists, Inc. (often referred to with the acronym, SoCO), and is the business name used to identify the annual congress, SECO International, hosted and organized by SoCO each year in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
SoCO is comprised of the state optometric associations of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) is a valued affiliate member of SoCO.
SoCO is dedicated to promoting organized optometry and education for optometrists world-wide. SECO represents an outlet to accomplish that mission.
SCO is proud to sponsor SECO Day each fall for students on the SCO campus. During SECO Day, SECO's President or President-Elect is invited to visit campus to speak to students and faculty about the importance of involvement with professional organizations such as SECO International, LLC.
In recent years, SECO's President Elect has presented a check to a fund that enables students to attend the SECO Congress in Atlanta.
Southern College of Optometry is also privileged to award two Southern Council of Optometrists Endowed Scholarships totaling $12,000 to students residing in a Southern Council member state. Selections are based upon competitive GPA, OAT scores, applicant interviews and extracurricular activities. These students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled at SCO.
SCO enjoys a proud tradition of alumni involvement at SECO International meetings and within the leadership structure of the organization.
SCO alumni who have served as SECO President include:
1954: Jake Lipscomb, OD ’39
1956: Andrew J. Denman, OD ’49
1959: William E. Terry, OD ’49
1961: Jack Runninger, OD ’47
1963: James F. Loomis, OD ’41
1964: James F. Loomis, OD ’41
1965: Henry V. Sawyer, OD ’50
1967: William D. Sullins, OD ’39
1968: William A. Owensby, OD ’49
1973: J. Gordon Butterfield, OD ’54
1976: Bert O. Miller, OD ’52
1978: Robert Sullivan, OD ’48
1979: Rene Pigeon, OD ’54
1982: James E. Herrington, OD ’60
1983: G. Robert Crosby, OD ’63
1984: John E. Casto, OD ’60
1985: Daniel Houghton, OD ’53
1986: William G. Hendrix, OD ’55
1988: Ernest Schlabach, OD ’69
1989: Robert G. Traylor, OD ’63
1990: Jerry B. Park, OD ’66
1992: Robert W. Lopanik, OD ’73
1994: L. Wayne Brown, OD ’63
1995: Lowell Jones, Jr., OD ’75
1996: Andrew G. Cook, Jr., OD ’81
1998: Don Williamson, OD ’67
1999: Gordon W. Jennings, OD ’81
2000: Robert W. Smalling, OD ’74
2001: Stuart Thomas, OD ’84
2003: William W. Spearman, OD ’82
2004: Richard W. Phillips, OD ’78
2005: Lowell H. Gilbert, OD ’65
2006: Sidney J. Stern, OD ’71
2008: Wilburn Lord, Jr., OD ’77
2009: Jonathan Shrewsbury, OD ’81
2010: Ron Bannister, OD ’77
2013: Darby Chiasson, OD '99
2014: Jim Herman, OD '86
2015: Stan Dickerson, OD ’76
2016: Ted McElroy, OD '93
2021: Max Raynor, OD ’85
2022: Richard Durocher, OD ’96