In Case You Missed It: 2018 Wrap Up and Beginning of 2019

Delegate: Recently, Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, MS, EdD, interim dean for the University’s College of Education and Rehabilitation, was invited as an alumnus to be a delegateat the investiture of the new president of Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Active Educational Workshop: The Hafter Student Community Center now offers Active Educational Workshops, where members will have the opportunity to learn about different health, fitness, nutrition, and/or wellness topics in a small setting with a trainer on staff. The first of the workshops was held in December and discussed stress management during a leisurely cycle class.  Limited to 10 participants, the workshop also featured complimentary stress relief goodie bags.

MsC StudentsInternational Holiday Party: The MSCO Program held their third annual holiday party for students celebrating away from their families. Students involved in this program come from areas such as Saudi Arabia, Shandong, Liaoning, Sichuan, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Beijing. Each student made their favorite dish from their home country, which allowed them to embrace different culture and cuisines from around the world. Natalie Standig, program manager of the University’s International and Continuing Education Department, stated “students are joined by family members (if they are here), friends, and Salus faculty and staff for these celebrations- ultimately, their Salus family coming together for a holiday celebration!

Optometry Learning Experience: The Office of Admissions recently hosted their annual Optometry Learning Experience for 18 undergraduate students from 11 different institutions. The students visited the Elkins Park campus and learned about Salus as a whole as well as an in-depth look into the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) program through participating in clinical skills demonstrations and talking with both faculty and current students.
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Real World: Diabetes Edition: The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University has recently in collaborated with Temple Health for Real World Diabetes – an eight week course focused on diabetes education. This experience teaches participants important aspects of managing diabetes every day. This free educational series is open to TEI patients and members of the local community and is taught by Casey Dascher, RD, LDN, CDE, Diabetes education coordinator with Temple University Hospital. Participants learn healthy meal planning, ways to stay physically active, the importance of regular doctor’s visits, and vital numbers to learn more about living with Diabetes.


Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) 100% Pass Rate for Class of 2018: Congratulations to the entire Physician Assistant Class of 2018, who passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)!

BLVS International News: The Blindness and Low Vision Studies (BLVS) program just started their first ever international cohort in Canada, with 10 students pursuing Certificates in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT). Lachelle Smith, MS, director of VRT worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), which has now paved the way for future collaborations with Canada.

Hafter Center Event Private Practice ClubMLK Day of Service: NOSA provided vision screenings at  Girard College for this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Setting Your Sights on a Healthy New Year: The Private Practice Club hosted an event at the Hafter Student Community Center with guest speaker, Dr. Sandra Hammond. Dr. Hammond covered topics such as: de-stressing, exercising, nutrition, and work-life balance.

Special Salus Time Speaker: On Friday, January 18, faculty and staff were treated to a special Salus Time with guest speaker Melissa Gerber as she presented Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2019:  It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times. She highlighted some of the most promising advancements in sexual and reproductive health, and focused on the political challenges to their realization.

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