December 2020
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December 2020
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President's Point of View
2020 was the year that promised so much but delivered more of the unexpected and unwanted than we could ever have imagined. We are truly living through historic times.
 
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ASCO News
The ASCO Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF), now in its sixth year, took place on November 6 and had its highest registration number to date -- 235 registrants. The first OCEF, held in 2015, had 144 registrants.
 
Open call for nominations results in outpouring of volunteers
 
Deadline to submit essays is February 16, 2021
 
Deadline to submit nominations is January 15, 2021
 
ASCO’s “Profile of Applicants to OD Degree Programs for Fall 2020 Entering Class” is now available on the Association’s website.
 
ASCO’s Research Committee, in collaboration with the Optometric Education Section of the American Academy of Optometry, held the inaugural joint workshop on Optometric Education Research on October 17.
 
Corporate Contributor News
Alcon’s PRECISION1 Helps Patients See What Happens in the U.S.
 
Essilor Awards Bonus Points Worth More Than $1 Million to Three Thousand ECPS Who Prescribe Best Lens Technologies
 
Mark your calendars for January 10 (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET) or for January 11 (8 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET).
 
2020 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship Recipients Announced
 
National Vision 2020-2021 Grant Program Challenges Optometry Students to Share Post-Pandemic Projections for Healthcare Practices
 
OCULUS and Wave have come together to simplify your lens fitting.
 
Topcon Achieves #1 Market Position in OCT Devices
 
Volk Visionary Campaign
 
Member News
At its fall meeting, SCO's Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a $25,000 Dr. C. Clayton Powell Memorial Scholarship in honor of the optometry pioneer who died recently at age 93.
 
The beloved Founding Dean of the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry, Donald E. Jarnagin, OD, has been posthumously recognized for his many years of selfless service to those in need by DOCARE International.
 
Dr. Timothy A. Wingert, Dean of the Rosenberg School of Optometry, has been named a Fulbright Scholar to Poland by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board which is overseen by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 
 
Gilda Coppola Crozier, OD ‘43, FAAO, a trailblazer, innovator and teacher extraordinaire at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), passed away Friday, Oct. 9 at the age of 99.
 
For Veterans Day this year, Southern College of Optometry assembled a cross section of current students, faculty and staff members to share their military experiences in a video.
 
The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University announces that America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses will be the sole sponsor of PCO’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) with its vision to increase underrepresented students of color in the optometric profession.
 
On Oct. 3, Rhonda Schuff Robinson, BS/OD’82, passed away. She was the founding president of Women of Vision, a professional organization designed to create opportunities for educating, mentoring, networking and helping female optometrists.
 
Midwestern University is pleased to announce the recipients of the newly established research grant program “Improving Healthcare Delivery and Reducing Healthcare Disparities in Underserved Minority Communities.”
 
On Oct. 20, the American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, announced third-year student Emily Ertel as the Indiana University School of Optometry’s 2020 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipient.
 
Mark Kapperman, OD ’87, recently joined SCO’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Kapperman is the founder of Kapperman, White & McGarvey Eyecare. His practice, now over 30 years old, has grown into one of the largest providers of primary eye care in Chattanooga.
 
If there are silver linings to the pandemic, one of those is that Salus has been able to launch its asynchronous continuing education (CE) library.
 
In October, Indiana University School of Optometry alumnus Raymond Applegate, OD’75, MS’77, received the Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award.
 
Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) is one of the recipients of the Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grant. This $5,000 grant, sponsored by Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation and Essilor Vision Foundation, is awarded to programs focusing on improving community access to vision services, particularly underserved children in the United States.
 
News to Share
At its meeting held October 23 -25, the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) voted to amend its COVID-related temporary policies and advisories in light of the continuing federally declared disaster.
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions; furthermore, participating students will be awarded a stipend.
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and VSP Global® announces the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarships. Nearly $164,000 were distributed to several top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.
 
 

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