Current Students News
Dr. Avi Gonen, associate dean, Global Development was featured in a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which details the University’s PCO international optometry program. To link to the Inquirer story.
by Vittorio Mena ’14OD
CONGRATULATIONS to both Eye Ballin’ 2014 (Captain: Vittorio Mena) and Eye Candy 2016 (Captain: Corinne Belanger) as they are the 2013 Men’s and Women’s Salus University Intramural Basketball Champions!!!
Championship Photo: From Left to Right
Back Row: Corrine Belanger (Captain), Nicole Rist, Kelci Beth Walters, Erica Hess, Chelsea Johnson Front Row: Carie Kay Christopherson, Samantha Price, Kayleen Wagner, Kelsey Sieg
The championship game had these ladies exhausted as they each gave it their all playing with 15 minute halves after not playing at all the past two weeks! It looks like for the “Eye Ballers” 2016 (Captian: Tara Franz, OD) playing with only six players throughout the entire season finally caught up with them. After the 1st half “Eye Candy 2016” (Captain: Corrine Belanger, OD) had a 5 point lead. “Eye Candy” continued to extend their lead as “Eye Ballers” tried their best to keep it close. “Eye Ballers” started to make a slow come back bringing their deficit to only 6 points with 4 minutes left but ultimately could never take the lead as “Eye Candy” had control throughout the entire game refusing to allow their fellow classmates to 2-peat as the #3 seed overcame the #1 seed! They now each have a championship under their belt and will be interesting to see who will break the tie next year unless the class of 2017 or next year’s new comers have something to say about it. CONGRATULATIONS to “Eye Candy” 2016 who are your 2013 Salus University Women’s Basketball Champions!!!
Eye Ballers 2016 (#1) vs Eye Candy 2016 (#3): 31-24
Eye Ballin’ 2014 Photo: Left to Right Taylor Allard, Steven D’orio, Michael Bittner, Vittorio Mena (Captain), Xavier Thompson, Ryan Beers, Tyler Doersam and Brendan Pancott
The top two seeds “Eye Ballin’ 2014 and “Zookeepers” 2016 duked it out as they left all sweat and energy out on that court last night. With point guard Daniel Situ (Zookeepers) having to sit out during the 1st half, the “Zookeepers” were not left flat on their feet as Jordan Demarco (Zookeepers) opened up the game with a 3 point shot and had an early 8-2 lead to start the first 4 minutes of the game. Captain Vittorio Mena looking for a 3-peat regrouped his team on the defensive end with 3 steals leading to fast breaks to cut their deficit down. Eye Ballin’ finally got into a groove as Michael Bittner continuously crashed the boards and worked himself down low to get a few easy baskets and Taylor Allard who hit three huge 3 pointers in the game. By the end of the half Eye Ballin’ had the lead at 19-13! With the help of Matthew Wadas (Zookeepers) he kept his team in the game with his 12 point 9 rebound and astonishing 6 blocks on the evening to help bring the deficit down to 22-20! After a time-out was called, “Zookeepers” were looking to give Eye Ballin’ their 1st loss of the season, however Eye Ballin’ never looked back as they held on to the lead and ultimately finished off the game strong to come away with the victory! “Zookeepers” will definitely be a threat next year and will be interesting to see if a team can stop them from winning it all!
***CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCORE***
Eye Ballin’ 2014 (1) vs Zookeepers 2016 (2): 48-37
No player ended up with a double-double in this intense heads-up battle.
At the end of the season both the MVP and Playoffs MVP are awarded and will receive a $20 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods! The 4 MVP candidates of the league were: Vittorio Mena (Eye Ballin’ 2014), Matthew Skoner (Zookeepers 2016), Jordan Demarco (Zookeepers 2016) and Mario Beshai (20/20 Crossover 2017)
League MVP: Jordan Demarco (Zookeepers 2016)
Playoffs MVP: Michael Bittner (Eye Ballin’ 2014)
The ATHLETICS COMMITTEE would like to thank everyone for tuning in each week and we wish everyone safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!!! We also would like bid farewell to the 4th years and best of luck in their futures! Stay Tuned for CO-ED Volleyball in the spring!
Past Men’s Intramural Basketball Champions:
2008-2009: 2012A (Captain: Andrew Apple, OD)
2009-2010: FAPAS (Captain: Brady Johnson, PA)
2010-2011: FAPAS (Captain: Brady Johnson, PA)
2011-2012: 2014A (Captain: Vittorio Mena, OD)
2012-2013: 2014A (Captain: Vittorio Mena, OD)
2013-2014: Eye Ballin’ 2014 (Captain: Vittorio Mena, OD)
Past Women’s Intramural Basketball Champions:
2011-2012: Hemoglobbin Trotters (Captain: Amanda Radovich PA’13)
2012-2013: Eye Ballers 2016 (Captain: Tara Veverka OD’16)
2013-2014: Eye Candy 2016 (Captain: Corinne Belanger, OD’16)
Audiology Preceptor Workshop - October 25
The Osborne College of Audiology is offering a one-day workshop, “Becoming A Better Preceptor” on October 25 on the Elkins Park campus. The workshop, which was pending approval of 0.6 AAA credits at press time, will be presented by Sharon Sandridge, PhD, who will speak on “Who Is a Preceptor?” “Today’s Students: Who Are They?” and Effective Communications Strategies. For more information, contact Dr. Jonette Owen at email@example.com.
Audiology Grand Rounds Award Winners
The winners of the Grand Rounds presentation award this year were Jaymee Levine ’16AUD and Lyndsey Spencer ’16AUD, shown here with faculty members Dr. Jonette Owen (left) and Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan (right).
by Kristina Ngo ’15OD, president PCO chapter of SOSH
For the first time since 2008, the SOSH (Students in Optometric Service to Humanity) team of twenty students and two faculty advisors traveled back to Cap Haitien, Haiti. Together the group examined 1,314 patients over the 5 days of clinic operation, dispensed more than 2,500 pairs of glasses and sunglasses and made 129 referrals for surgery or additional medical treatment. Lions Clubs, social organizations, and private contributors donated the glasses for the 2013 mission to SOSH.
We worked in five different clinics – all at least an hour’s drive from Cap Haitien, which made for a daily 6:00 a.m. start in order for us to meet the 7:45a.m. departure. We traveled in two vans along with five translators to reach the clinics, where we set up five stations: patient history taking (with the help of a translator); slit lamp station to examine ocular health and identify any pathology; tonometry station to rule out glaucoma; a ret rack station to determine the patient’s prescription, and the final station, where an OD examined the back of the eye and a final examination was performed with the doctors, utilizing the information collected at the previous patient stations.
As SOSH members on previous trips had told us, the number of patients needing care was tremendous. On the third day of clinic we saw 400 patients and had to turn away 100 more. The demand for glasses was so great that we were running short by the third day of seeing patients. Thanks to Dr. Dave McPhillips of VOSH (Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity) and Dr. Guerline Roney of a vision clinic in Cap Haitien, we received additional glasses for our fourth and fifth clinic days.
It was a busy and rewarding trip to bring much needed vision care services to a population that would not have them without our help. We were all proud to be a small part of helping people to see clearly, many of them for the first time in decades.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters whose efforts and donations made this trip possible. Thank you to our faculty advisors, Dr. Alissa Coyne and Dr. Michael Rebar, and thank you to the SOSH Class of 2015 members who participated: Veronika Ageyeva, Sana Alfimari, Christina DalPorto, Priya Desai (internal fundraiser), Jerson Desiderio, Alyssa Donahue, Elina Dorfman, Lindsey Eisenberg, Jill Federico, Stacy Fortin, Amber Gonka, Alysson Mass, Tamara Mendez (vice president), Kelsey Moody (external fundraiser), Charlene Pineda, Aaron Punim (treasurer), Kathleen Van Horn, Fei Yang and Francis Mai '16OD.
Dean Linda Casser To Transition
On September 12, Dr. Linda Casser, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry announced that she will be stepping down on December 31 at the end of her five-year appointment.
In her announcement to faculty and staff, Dr. Casser said she was "extremely proud and appreciative of our many accomplishments, our strong work ethic, and our shared professionalism. I am confident that we have substantially contributed to the excellence and reputation of PCO, as well as our profession, while continuing to build a stronger preparedness for the future of the institution."
The first female dean of PCO, Dr. Casser, an Indiana University College of Optometry graduate, served for four years as chief of Primary Care Module Four at The Eye Institute and assistant professor at PCO in the 1980s. After serving on the faculty at Indiana University College of Optometry and as associate dean of Academic Programs at Pacific University College of Optometry, Dr. Casser joined the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as associate executive director of Clinical Examinations before becoming PCO dean. Dr. Casser has agreed to remain as interim associate dean for the Practice of Optometric Medicine from January 1, 2014 until at least June 30, 2014.
(*Dr. Audrey Smith of the College of Education and Rehabilitation is the first female dean in the University's history).
Dr. Susan Oleszewski To Transition
Last month Susan Oleszewski, OD ’76, executive vice president for Patient Care, The Eye Institute (TEI), announced that she would be transitioning from that position after eight years. Dr. Oleszewski told the Salus community that it had been a privilege to serve the optometry program for 35 years. She spoke of her realization that the TEI clinical practice has been her life’s work, noting she had “grown up in its service, as a student, resident, teaching faculty, service chief, associate dean and vice president” and thanking all those who had provided her with opportunities.”
Dr. Oleszewski also spoke of being most proud of what the faculty and staff at TEI accomplish every day, saying “we took care of our community with exceptional competence and grace. Our largely underserved patients received the best vision care in the city. Every day our students were mentored by the collective talents of an amazing clinical faculty. Every day you tirelessly met and exceeded the contract we have with our students. Every day we met our patient care and clinical education mission.”
Dr. Oleszewski concluded her announcement by thanking her colleagues for their “support, humor and friendship,” and saying, “I will continue to serve Salus University in meaningful ways.”
The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:
- Christine Barkley, administrative assistant, Speech-Language Pathology program, College of Education and Rehabilitation
- Irene Inman, RN, PCO, Foundations of Optometric Medicine
- Monae Kelsey, associate director of Student Engagement and assistant director fo Admissions
- Asami Kojima, administrative assistant, Academic Affairs
- Mitchell McCready, clinical coordinator I, The Eye Institute, VIsion in Preschoolers
The Salus community congratulations to the following members:
- Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, chief, The Eye Institute, Associate director of Research, who presented at a Veterans Administration Education System training program developed in cooperation with the Department of Defense /VA Vision Center of Excellence. Dr. Scheiman presented three hours of lecture on Diagnosis and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries-Related Vision Problems to an interdisciplinary group of ODs, MDs, and vision rehabilitation professionals.
- Erica Tow '14OD, who was the highest scoring PCO student in the March NBEO Part 1 Applied Basic Science exam.
- Dr. Melissa Vitek, who represented The Eye Institute’s Chestnut Hill office at a lecture on prevention and updates on common eye problems including glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic eye care, etc., at the Center on the Hill last month.