Congratulations to the 2017
Alumni Association Awardees

Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award: Christopher J. Quinn, OD ’85, FAAO
Christopher Quinn, OD '85. FAAODr. Quinn is founder and president of Omni Eye Services (OMNI) in N.J., an optometric referral center practice dedicated to serving the needs of community optometrists. He completed an externship at Fort Howard V.A. Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, in affiliation with the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, and continued with residency training at the same facility. Omni is a multi-specialty ophthalmic practice that also serves as an affiliated externship site for PCO students and sponsors an accredited residency program affiliated with PCO. Dr. Quinn holds academic appointments at numerous colleges of optometry including PCO. He has been extensively published in professional journals and books, and is the principal author of the American Optometric Association’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Care of the Patient with Conjunctivitis. His contributions to professional optometry have included past president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, member of the AOA Federal Relations Committee and State Government Relations Committee, and an AOA representative to the American Medical Association’s Resource Based Relative Value Update Committee-Healthcare Professions Advisory Committee. Currently serving as AOA president-elect, he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry, and Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice.
 
Dr. Quinn will accept his award at the Alumni and Friends Reception at the upcoming American Optometric Association’s meeting.

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Audiology Alumnus of the Year: Sherman G. Lord, AuD ’09
Sherman LordDr. Lord is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, Board Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (PAA) and the Acoustical Society of America. He has had the unique situation of not only being at the forefront of the latest developments in hearing and balance technologies (former owner of Midlantic Technologies Group – a special equipment distributor for audiologist and otologists) but also as a teacher and technical consultant to the end users. A strong advocate and promoter of the Osborne College of Audiology, he is an adjunct faculty and College Advisory Board member. He has also served on the board of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association as treasurer, and as president of the PAA and the National Association of Special Equipment Distributors. He has been the leading advocate for audiology issues in Pennsylvania and was instrumental in several successful legislative issues for state licensure. His honors have included 2010 Leadership Award from the Audiology Foundation of America, 2012 Audiology Advocate of the Year Award from the American Academy of Audiology, and the 2016 George S. Osborne Honors Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology.
 
Dr. Lord will accept his award at the annual Open House at the upcoming AudiologyNOW! conference on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the JW Marriot, Indianapolis, Grand Ballroom 7.

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Distinguished Service Award: Audrey J. Smith, PhD, CLVT, COMS
Audrey Smith, PhD, CLVT, COMSIn 1978, Dr. Smith joined the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as a low vision and orientation and mobility specialist at the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center. She later headed the Department of Graduate Studies in Vision Impairment, and led the development of the Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs that became the College of Education and Rehabilitation (CER), of which she became dean. Under her leadership, the College has received more than $40 million in grant funding, an accomplishment she attributes to teamwork and working with her talented and passionate CER staff. Her successes in fundraising have included several national personnel preparation and research grants, and State Prevention of Blindness grants—have served countless under-served communities in our area and provided many additional clinical experiences for our optometry students. She holds the titles of professor, executive director of the Institute for the Visually Impaired, and coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral and Certificate Programs in Low Vision Rehabilitation. Dr. Smith is internationally recognized for her publications and professional presentations/workshops on blindness and low vision, and her leadership has contributed to several additional international and state training programs across the country. At Salus, she has won numerous Teacher of the Year Awards honoring her self-described “most important role” in all of her years with our institution.

The date and time of the award program will be announced shortly.
 
Physician Assistant Alumna of the Year: Christine T. McAndrew, MMS ’09 PA-C
Christine T. McAndrew, MMS ’09 PA-CA certified physician assistant in the field of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. McAndrew serves as the physician assistant to Dr. L. Scott Levin, the chairman of the department of Orthopedic Surgery. While she assists Dr. Levin with his patient load of 45 to 60 patients a day during his clinic hours, she also sees her own 15 to 28 patients a day when she has her own clinic hours. In addition, she is the supervisor of Advanced Practice in the department, supervising 34 advanced practitioners. She serves as the hand transplant coordinator for the adult and pediatric hand transplant programs at Penn and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In July 2015 she was an integral part of the Penn Medicine/CHOP team that trained together for eighteen months and then performed the world’s first pediatric bilateral hand transplant on eight-year-old Zion Harvey.
 
The date and time of the award program will be announced shortly.
 
Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year: Elizabeth A. O’Donnell, MS ’86, COMS, CLVT, TVI
Elizabeth A. O'Donnell, MS ’86 (LVR - '86 TVI '00)Ms. O’Donnell has made significant contributions to the field of blindness and low vision through her decades-long career. In 1986 she was hired by PCO as the coordinator of the orientation and mobility program for fieldwork and internships while working as a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist at the Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, among other roles. Years later as the orientation and mobility specialist for Delaware County Intermediate Unit, she collaborated with the William Feinbloom Center to bring the low vision clinic to serve the children with whom she worked. Currently serving as adjunct faculty for the Orientation and Mobility Techniques course, she also acts as a supervisor for interns in the program. She has published numerous articles in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and presented extensively at regional, national and international conferences. She is widely known for her collaboration with Dr. Audrey Smith, with whom she published Beyond Arms’ Reach, a widely used textbook addressing the specific needs of individuals with low vision within the context of orientation and mobility.
 
The date and time of the award program will be announced shortly.
 

Guidelines for Nominations

  • Academic degrees earned (include granting institutions and date)
  • Other positions held and relevant experience
  • Ways in which nominee has distinguished his/herself in chosen field
  • Ways in which nominee has supported his/her college and/or the University
  • Ways in which nominee has represented the college and/or University via his/her achievements
  • Ways in which nominee's PCO/Salus University education/degree has helped him/her in chosen career
  • Examples of nominee’s civic involvement and/or displays of personal and professional integrity
  • Honors attained
  • Provide any other information which supports why the nominee is deserving of the indicated Award, and why such an award is appropriate. If relevant, please describe how the nominee has overcome an unusual adversity.
Please complete the nomination form(s) providing as much of the requested information as possible. | Method of Nomination and Selection (PDF)

Alumni Awards     

Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an alumnus of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of optometry, bringing honor and prestige to the College.

Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award

This award is presented to an alumnus/a of the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) or the PCO School of Audiology who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of Audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an alumnus of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Salus University who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the field of Blindness and Low Vision Education and Rehabilitation, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University.

Distinguished Service Award 

This award is presented to a non-alumnus/a who is closely identified with Salus University and who has provided notable service to the University and their profession.

Physician Assistant Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an alumnus of the Salus University physician assistant program who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the physician assistant profession, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University.

Public Service Award 

This award is presented to a person (or organization), preferably of national standing, who (which) has made a recent significant contribution to Salus University or to their profession. 

Special Recognition Award

 This award is presented as special recognition of an individual's or organization's contribution to Salus University, their profession or their community.