President’s Point of View

A Message from ASCO President, Dr. David Damari

A Message from ASCO President, Dr. David Damari

 At this year’s American Optometric Association Annual Meeting in Denver, your Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) was everywhere. The list of ASCO groups that met in Denver is impressive: the Chief Academic Officers, the Student Affairs Officers, the Board of Directors, the Interprofessional Education Committee, our corporate partners, the Government Affairs Committee, […]

A Message from Dr. David Damari

A Message from Dr. David Damari

It is a busy time of year for an academician. There are capstones, year-end meetings, doctoral hoodings, and commencements, in addition to the normal activities related to the end of every semester. With all that going on, it can be difficult to remember that those graduates are the manifestation of our efforts and the reason […]

Message From Dr. David A. Damari

Message From Dr. David A. Damari

It is my honor and privilege to be named President of ASCO at our Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this past June. Because we educate people to enter an independent, doctoral-level health-care profession, our member institutions often face multiple challenges. It seems too many people, including me, feel we are at very important crossroads that […]

President’s Column

President’s Column

“Integrate what you believe in every area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.” –Meryl Streep   I had an interesting experience recently. Some of you may know that my hobby is quilting. I was with some friends constructing a block where lining up […]

New Strategic Objectives Will Lift ASCO and Our Member Institutions to Greater Heights

New Strategic Objectives Will Lift ASCO and Our Member Institutions to Greater Heights

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships” — Michael Jordan ASCO has embarked on a strategic planning process — the first in more than a decade — to define its goals and help construct its most important initiatives over the next three to five years. Two of the strategic objectives emerging from the […]

Creating ASCO’s Roadmap for the Future

Creating ASCO’s Roadmap for the Future

As shared in this issue, ASCO is engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process for the first time in more than a decade. Strategic planning is always a complex and challenging endeavor, but it is an absolutely essential component for the long-term success of any organization. As we’re all aware, health care is in the […]

Educating Our Students for the Future

Educating Our Students for the Future

There is no escaping the fact that an optometric education is a challenging endeavor. To succeed, optometry students must work hard to master the knowledge and skill necessary to become a Doctor of Optometry. But beyond the very demanding curriculum, optometry students and educators are faced with another formidable challenge that never goes away: the […]

Transition and Commemoration

Transition and Commemoration

I am delighted and honored to be serving again as president of ASCO, an organization that has meant so much to me and plays such a vital role in our profession. This is a particularly exciting time for ASCO as we go through a major transition and approach the celebration of an important milestone. I […]

Thank You, Our Friend

Thank You, Our Friend

Next summer ASCO will celebrate its 75th anniversary as an organization. Throughout the remarkable growth in our membership, alongside the vast changes in the profession, we have been masterfully led by our Executive Director Marty Wall, behind the scenes for the past 25 of those years. This July, Marty will be retiring after a notable […]