A Message From Our President

January 25, 2013


Volunteerism and leadership are hallmarks of SCCO alumni, faculty and employees.  In fact, we look for and value these qualities in prospective students and in the individuals we hire into the College Family.

Next week, on the world-stage, two SCCO alumni will be providing vision care to athletes at the Special Olympics World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.  SCCO Assistant Professor Eunice Myung Lee, O.D., Class of 1999 and Wisconsin Optometrist Kellye J. Knueppel, O.D., Class of 1993, will be part of the team providing vision and eye care to the 2,000 participating athletes.  How exciting is that?

In the United States, Doctors Myung Lee and Knueppel are volunteer healthcare providers to the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes.  SCCO faculty and alumni have a history of participation in the program according to Optometrist and Founder of Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Paul Berman, O.D.  In fact, he tells us that SCCO was one of the first colleges to get involved with Opening Eyes under the leadership of Dr. Myung Lee and SCCO's Chief, Vision Therapy Service Carmen Barnhardt, O.D., M.S.Ed., Class of 1995.

Locally, Dr. Myung Lee serves as the Clinical Director of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program.  Through the program, volunteer optometrists and optometric students provide vision screenings for the athletes at both the Summer and Winter Games.  The vision screening includes visual acuity, entrance tests, refraction, health assessment and the selection of glasses.

In Wisconsin, Dr. Knueppel has served for many years as the Clinical Director for that state's Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program and has participated at several state and world-game events.  In addition, she's currently serving as president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, another volunteer leadership role. My best wishes to Doctors Myung Lee and Knueppel as they travel thousands of miles to bring eye and vision care to these very special athletes.

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