ASCO News

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

ASCO Board of Directors Meets at AAO Conference, Chicago

The ASCO Board of Directors held a full-day meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Chicago, one day before the start of the American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2017 Conference. The meeting was led by ASCO President Dr. David Damari, Dean of Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. The dean or president (or voting […]

ASCO Board Addresses Priorities at Fall Meeting

ASCO Board Addresses Priorities at Fall Meeting

Vibrant Seattle was the backdrop to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). During the Oct. 22 meeting, as a first step in implementing the President’s Priorities set by Dr. Jennifer Smythe, members of the Board participated in a mini-workshop on best practices in […]

ASCO Joins IOM’s Global Forum  on Innovation in Health Professional Education

ASCO Joins IOM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education

ASCO has joined the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, which brings together a variety of groups with a common interest in the future of health professional education. Future healthcare workers will deliver care in multidisciplinary, collaborative settings that are much different from the healthcare model of the past. The […]

ASCO Welcomes New Affiliate Member

ASCO Welcomes New Affiliate Member

At its Oct. 22 meeting, the ASCO Board of Directors approved the Centro Escolar University College of Optometry as an Affiliate Member. Established in 1928, the college includes not only academic but also co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that guide students toward becoming global leaders in their future profession and independent thinkers cognizant of their crucial […]

ASCO Board Elects Interim President-Elect

Via e-mail vote in early December, the ASCO Board of Directors approved a motion to elect Dr. David S. Loshin, Dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, as ASCO Interim President-Elect for the period of Jan. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Dr. Loshin will replace the current President-Elect, Dr. Linda Casser. Dr. Loshin […]

Board Members Participate in IPE Workshop

Interprofessional education (IPE), which ASCO President Dr. Jennifer Smythe has designated as one of the Association’s priorities, was front and center at the October meeting of the Board of Directors as members participated in an IPE mini-workshop. Facilitated by Dr. Donald Jarnagin, Dean of Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry, the workshop allowed participants […]

Dr. Caplan, Longtime ASCO Senior Consultant, to Retire

Dr. Caplan, Longtime ASCO Senior Consultant, to Retire

  After more than 18 years of service to ASCO as Senior Consultant, Dr. Les Caplan is retiring on Dec. 31. Dr. Caplan was the founder of the Association of Clinic Directors/Administrators of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, which became ASCO’s first Special Interest Group (SIG) in 1995. Since then he has provided invaluable expertise […]

Admissions Handbook Updated

Admissions Handbook Updated

ASCO’s comprehensive Admission Requirements handbook for prospective optometry students and health professions advisors has been updated and can be found on the ASCO website at http://www.opted.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ASCO-Admission-Requirements-Handbook-2013.pdf. The 107-page handbook provides general information about the profession of optometry, preparing for optometry school, deciding where to apply and financing an education as well as specific information about […]

ASCO Holds First Virtual Optometry Fair

On Oct. 30, more than 900 prospective optometry school applicants and representatives from the schools and colleges of optometry participated in ASCO’s first virtual optometry fair. The virtual optometry fair was an opportunity for students to ask questions from the comfort of their own computers as they consider if optometry is the right profession for […]

Telethia Owens Joins ASCO Staff

Telethia Owens Joins ASCO Staff

ASCO has hired Telethia R. Owens to fill the position of Manager, Administrative and Board Services/Executive Assistant. Telethia has 21 years of administrative and office management experience with two associations and the federal government, including the National Institutes of Health, as well as in the for-profit sector. She lives in Anne Arundel County, Md., with […]