Salus News

April 23, 2014

Salus University is proud to welcome Acting United States Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, to the University’s spring commencement ceremony on May 22. Dr. Lushniak oversees the operations of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation.

“Salus University is incredibly fortunate to have Admiral Lushniak, a former colleague, address our 2014 graduating class,” said President Michael H. Mittelman. “His leadership is well known on a global scale and I am certain everyone in attendance is in for an unforgettable experience.” The commencement ceremony will take place at the Kimmel Center at the Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.


Earlier this year, Dr. Mike Mittelman was interviewed by Dell Poncet, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal. The interview - "Social Capital" - originally available only to the paper's subscribers,  has now been made available to everyone. (Interview)  


President Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH, FAAO, announced the appointment of Janice Scharre, OD, FAAO to the position of provost earlier this month. In his announcement to the Salus community Dr. Mittelman said, ”Dr. Scharre brings a history of success in key areas that include her considerable experience in academic affairs, accreditation, research, program expansion, increasing national test rates, and creating collaborative programs with area universities and colleges.

Dr. Scharre currently serves as interim associate vice president of Academic Affairs and facilitated the development of the Salus PCO Scholars program a few years ago. A graduate of Illinois College of Optometry, she is an academic leader whose 25 years of experience includes appointments as vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of optometry for Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). >>> More

The AFOS/Salus MPH Tribute Scholarship deadline is fast approaching! Any AFOS member in good standing or his/her dependent are eligible to apply for the opportunity to pursue a Master of Public health degree at Salus. For complete information.

Deadline for applications is April 7. Summer term registration opens April 7-May 2, with the summer term beginning on May 12.

March 19, 2014

Conicelli and Toyota Make Matching Contributions to Salus University’s Vision Care Program

Conicelli Toyota presented a $5,000 check to The Eye Institute of Salus University for our “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative in the Norristown Area School District on Wednesday, March 19. The $2,500 donation was met with a matching gift from Toyota.

Pictured from left-right are:  Conicelli’s General Manager, Dominic Conicelli, Jr.; Internet Director of Sales, Lori Hammond; our own Chief of Staff, Dr. Susan Oleszewski; Conicelli’s Human Resources Manager, Donna Conicelli and Salus University president, Dr. Michael Mittelman. The donation will help provide vision care services and eyeglasses to uninsured and under-insured public school children in the Norristown community.

For more information about the “Looking Out for Kids” vision care initiative, visit www.TEIvision.com/LOFK or email lookingoutforkids@salus.edu

On Thursday, March 20, Salus University Osborne College of Audiology will host a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Brian Urban, president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). Dr.Urban will present "Putting Audiology in Its Place: ADA and 18x18," to be followed by a town-hall formatted open discussion.

A reception will follow on campus at 7:00 PM in the Bennett Lounge at the Hafter Student Community Center. To register for the Town Hall meeting and/or reception, please call 215.780.1238.

March, 2014

Congratulations Are In Order

  • Four of the University’s Osborne College of Audiology alumni and students have been elected to positions on the Boards of Directors for the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA).
    • Congratulations to AAA president-elect, Lawrence M. Eng, AuD ’01, who will begin a one-year term as president-elect on July 1, 2014 (and assume the office of president for one year on July 1, 2015), and to Lisa Christensen, AuD ’06, who was elected to the Board of Directors as a Member at Large.
    • Congratulations to Class of 2016 students Jenna Pellicori and Lyndsey Spencer, both Class of 2016, who were elected to the Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term.
  • Congratulations to Vitto Mena ’14OD, a finalist in Transitions Optical’s annual Students of Vision Scholarship. This year's theme was “Share Your Impact.” More than 45 optometry and opticianry students submitted a video, short story, photograph, poster, drawing, painting or illustration demonstrating how they will use (or have used) their professional expertise to impact the lives of others.  Vitto, who serves as the national sports vision section liaison of AOSA (American Optometric Student Association), wrote an essay about the importance of sports vision care. Vitto was chosen as one of 11 finalists who won $100 each. The scholarship is supported by the Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund.

Gold Key International Officers

Shown from left to right are Gold Key International officers and members, all Class of 2016: Jonathan Olmes, Victoria Galbreth, Sadia Kalsoom, Lili Liang, president, Stefanie Hwang, vice president, Vivien Li, secretary and Frank Mai. Gold Key International is the honor society for optometry students.