School and College News

PCO Student Awarded Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care

PCO Student Awarded Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care

 The American Academy of Optometry Foundation announced in early June the 2018 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care recipients, 23 in all, and among them was recent PCO graduate Samantha Myers, OD ’18. The award and grant recognizes outstanding fourth-year student clinicians who have demonstrated excellent overall knowledge of the contact […]

SUNY Optometry Honors Naidoo, Schaeffel with Honorary Degrees During 44th Commencement

SUNY Optometry Honors Naidoo, Schaeffel with Honorary Degrees During 44th Commencement

SUNY Trustee Eunice A. Lewin presented honorary degrees to Dr. Kovin Naidoo, chief executive officer of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and Dr. Frank Schaeffel, professor of neurobiology of the eye at the Institute of Ophthalmic Research at the University of Tübingen, during SUNY Optometry’s 44th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 24. In his keynote […]

NECO Welcomes President Purcell

NECO Welcomes President Purcell

New England College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, as the 13th President of the College. Dr. Purcell began his term on July 1, 2018. President Purcell’s appointment was announced in April by the Board of Trustees of New England College of Optometry after a detailed selection process. Following […]

Dr. Nicole Patterson Named Assistant Dean of NSU College of Optometry

Dr. Nicole Patterson Named Assistant Dean of NSU College of Optometry

David S. Loshin, OD, PhD, FAAO, Dean of NOVA Southeastern University (NSU), College of Optometry, announce the appointment of Nicole Patterson, OD, MS, FAAO as assistant dean for student affairs and admissions of NSU’s College of Optometry. She assumed the role in July. Previously, she was the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Outcomes Assessment. She also […]

MCPHS University School of Optometry Receives Accreditation

MCPHS University School of Optometry Receives Accreditation

At its annual meeting on June 20-23, 2018, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) considered the report of the March 25-28, 2018 evaluation visit to the professional optometric degree program at the MCPHS University School of Optometry. The ACOE voted to raise the program’s accreditation classification to “Accredited.” The classification of “Accredited” indicates that […]

SUNY Optometry Alumni Association Merges with the Optometric Center of New York

SUNY Optometry Alumni Association Merges with the Optometric Center of New York

The SUNY College of Optometry Alumni Association and the Optometric Center of New York (OCNY), the College’s affiliated foundation, have merged. The New York State Secretary of State certified the merger recently after securing approval from both boards and getting 95 percent of voting alumni to agree to the change. College leadership hopes the new […]

Salus PCO Student Achieves the Highest National Board of Examiners in Optometry Score

Salus PCO Student Achieves the Highest National Board of Examiners in Optometry Score

Meghan Thompson, a second year Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry student, achieved the highest NBEO® Part I Applied Basic Science Examination score nationally. In achieving the highest score, Thompson also received the Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence – established to honor Dr. Wallis and his 25 years of phenomenal service as the executive director […]

UAB Graduate Named Optometric Association Student of the Year

UAB Graduate Named Optometric Association Student of the Year

Hannah Greenfield, left, and School of Optometry Dean Nichols at graduation Hannah Greenfield, a 2018 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, has been named the first recipient of the American Optometric Student Association’s student of the year award. The inaugural award is given to a student who has shown leadership […]

SUNY Optometry CSTEP Interns Present—and Win—at Statewide Student Conference

SUNY Optometry CSTEP Interns Present—and Win—at Statewide Student Conference

Optometry has a long way to go to achieve racial and gender parity. A full 78.3 percent of optometrists are white, and there is a $45,000 gulf between the average annual salaries of men and women. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at SUNY Optometry aims to bridge that gap. From providing Optometry […]