School and College News

SUNY Awarded Funds for Expansion, Virtual Reality Lab

SUNY Awarded Funds for Expansion, Virtual Reality Lab

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced nearly $2 million in NYSUNY 2020 awards for the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. The awards will fund an expanded clinical care facility and a virtual reality simulation laboratory for providing state-of-the-art clinical education for high-quality patient care. “We must ensure that healthcare […]

Salus University Graduates First Cohort of PhD Students

Salus University Graduates First Cohort of PhD Students

Salus University has graduated the first three students to complete its PhD/MSc research degree programs in biomedicine: Danielle Leong, OD, PhD (2016) Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD (2016) Michael Baertschi, MSc, PhD (2015) The University established the degree programs in 2012. They’re designed to be responsive to the professional growth and development needs in the disciplines […]

KYCO wins Educational Technology Award

KYCO wins Educational Technology Award

The University of Pikeville’s information technology department and Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) recently won the 2016 Innovational Educational Technology Award presented by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. The award recognizes the “Interactive 3-D Virtual Science Initiative,” which has enabled students to utilize interactive 3-D technology to learn about complex concepts, including […]

UMSL Opens New Patient Care Center

UMSL Opens New Patient Care Center

The University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) College of Optometry officially opened its new, state-of-the art Patient Care Center in November 2016. The new facility features 35,000 sq. ft. of clinical space for adult and pediatric eyecare services as well as an open, flowing floor plan and an abundance of natural light. The additional […]

UHCO Fills Named Professorships

UHCO Fills Named Professorships

The University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) recently recognized two faculty members with appointments to new named professorships. Dr. Jan Bergmanson, Professor and Founding Director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, holds the first Brien Holden Professorship, and Dr. Vallabh Das, Professor and Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences, is the […]

NECO Holds Second Grand Rounds with Hospital in India

NECO Holds Second Grand Rounds with Hospital in India

On Oct. 26, 2016, the low vision department at New England College of Optometry (NECO) presented its second annual international grand rounds program in conjunction with the low vision department at LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad, India. The presentation utilized real-time video conferencing to allow collaboration between students and practitioners in Boston and Hyderabad. […]

SCO Music Video Features Students, City of Memphis

SCO Music Video Features Students, City of Memphis

Southern College of Optometry (SCO) premiered a fun new music video that showcases its students and expresses its gratitude for being part of the broader Memphis, Tenn., family. The video also pays homage to Memphis native Justin Timberlake, featuring his song “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Check out the video here, and just so you know, […]

AZCOPT Announces Administrative Appointments

AZCOPT Announces Administrative Appointments

Two Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) faculty members were recently promoted. Dr. Alicia Feis was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs after serving as Assistant Dean since 2015. She is tasked with supervising all didactic education and curricular development at AZCOPT. Dr. Feis is a 2008 graduate of Southern California College of Optometry. […]

First Woman Elected Chair of ICO Board of Trustees

First Woman Elected Chair of ICO Board of Trustees

For the first time in its 144-year history, the chairman of the Illinois College of Optometry’s (ICO) Board of Trustees is a woman. Dr. Karen Eng, President and CEO of engineering and consulting firm CSMI, was elected in October 2016. She had been a board member for six years and succeeds Dr. Donovan Crouch. In […]

IUSO Launches Business of Eye Care Degree Program

IUSO Launches Business of Eye Care Degree Program

The Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO) and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have created a new MBA program that is custom made for the optometric profession. The Business of Eye Care Program offers multiple degree options, from a graduate level certificate to a full MBA degree with an emphasis on the business of […]