A Message From Our President

July 23, 2012


2012-125-494SL.jpg   SCCO is moving decidedly forward to meet the challenges of the changing health-care landscape.  I will share will you, through this column, where we are headed and why; our plan for getting where we want to be; and how you can assist us in this remarkable journey to bring new healthcare programs to our campus.

Leadership within the profession of optometry is a long-standing hallmark of the members of the SCCO Family and will guide us as we expand our academic offerings.  A few weeks ago in Chicago at Optometry's Meeting – the joint meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), SCCO alumni, faculty and students were acknowledged for their efforts that have brought honor to the profession and to the College.

At the national meeting, SCCO Alumnus Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., M.P.H., '78, was inducted as President of the 36,000-member AOA.  His dedication to his profession is inspirational.  We are excited about his presidency.

The first-ever Optometric Educator of the Year Award was presented to SCCO Associate Professor and Alumnus Tony Carnevali, O.D., '75, for his performance of outstanding services on behalf of the profession, optometric education and the visual welfare of the public.  The SCCO Family is indeed proud of Dr. Carnevali and his exceptional leadership to the profession.

Optometric Interns Mallori Aschenbrenner and Marc Kallal were also recognized for their leadership roles.  As announced last month, Mallori received the highest exam score in the USA on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I Applied Basic Science Exam.  In Chicago, she was presented the 2012 Dr. Norman E. Wallis Award for Excellence.  Marc was recognized for his role as AOSA Treasurer for 2012–13.  Both Mallori and Marc are members of the Class of 2013.

For me, induction into the National Optometry Hall of Fame is a highlight of my career.  I wish to thank the AOA Foundation for including me in this most rewarding recognition.  My appreciation goes out to my colleagues and family members who were on-hand in Chicago during the induction ceremony.

In appreciation,

Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D.

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