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November 2020
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President's Point of View
On Sunday, November 8, I had the honor of representing ASCO, at the invitation of the National Optometric Association, during a celebration "Honoring an Icon in Optometry Dr. C. Clayton Powell, Sr." It was a wonderful, heartwarming celebration of an amazing life. The following is the eulogy I offered on ASCO's behalf.
 
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ASCO News
The ASCO/NOA/AAO Joint Symposium on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 1-3 p.m. ET during the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting, Academy 2020 At Home.
 
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASCO held its fall meetings virtually.
 
Jane Ann Munroe, OD was recently named the Chair of the ASCO Student Affairs Officers (SAOs) group. Dr. Munroe is the first formal chair of this group due to the change in ASCO’s governance structure. 
 
ASCO’s Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) opened for applications Oct. 7.
 
Member News
The Southern College of Optometry released a video on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, featuring the lives and experiences of two Navajo students, Ryan Holiday, '22, and Shane Benally, '22.
 
The Eyewear Brand Establishes Full-Ride Fund to Increase Black Representation in the Field
 
Irving Bennett, OD ‘44, DSC (Hon.) ‘87, FAAO, an internationally renowned authority and publisher in the field of optometric economics and practice management and a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), passed away Sept. 7, 2020, at the age of 97.
 
Panelists from academia and industry come together to advance the call to action
 
The Ohio State University College of Optometry received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
 
Advocacy group SPECtrum at SUNY College of Optometry commemorated LGBT History Month in October as the nation’s first LGBT student-run club housed at an independent school or college of optometry.
 
Anna-Kaye Logan, OD, FAAO, FSLS has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Margaret Brown Ingram Early Career Development Award.
 
At the beginning of 2020, Indiana University School of Optometry Professor Ann E. Elsner was named an IU Distinguished Professor.
 
With 60 new and two returning students, the UAB School of Optometry’s class of 2024 is the largest class in the school’s 51-year history.
 
Southern College of Optometry recently welcomed Drs. David Hall and Kristin Adams to its faculty.
 
Dr. Denise M. Whittam, ’91, Advocates for Connecting Children to Critical Vision Services and Creating Opportunities for the Next Generation of Optometrists
 
On Oct. 10, Indiana University School of Optometry fourth-year students Nina Rettig and Sydney Lehman were recognized by both VSP Global and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation.
 
On Oct. 12, the Armed Forces Optometric Society announced Maj. Lyndsey Ferris as the 2020 Air Force Junior Optometrist of the Year.
 
Berkeley Optometry’s Dr. Suzanne Fleiszig is the recipient of the Allergan Foundation Grant in the area of the anterior segment.
 
Tim Wise can say, without fear of contradiction, that we’re now in the largest racial justice uprising in the history of the United States.
 
One of the important aspects of being a healthcare professional is a commitment to leave the profession in a better place at the end of your career.
 
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News to Share
The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) welcomes Stephanie Puljak as the Director of ACOE.
 
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has partnered with UT Health San Antonio to develop an institutional assessment tool, which will standardize assessment of institutional progress towards IPE implementation using the IPEC framework.
 
The inter-professional effort Students Assist America (SAA) is working to engage health professions students in meaningful ways across the country.
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision, is pleased to announce the 2020 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship recipients.
 
Congress Passes Continuing Resolution that Funds the Government in FY2021 Until December 11
 
2021 Award Cycle Now Open with Support from PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation