Charity Care in Chester
: For the third consecutive year, over the course of two days at the end of April, three doctors, eight optometric interns and staff from the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO)
provided comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses to 85 residents of Chester, Pa. At a 33 percent poverty level, Chester is one of the most financially stressed communities in the state and many of these individuals would not receive care otherwise. The University has held these events in conjunction with VSP Global Eyes of Hope in an effort to close the gap in eye and vision health disparities by increasing access to high-quality vision care services and eyewear.
Audiology Externship celebration:
On April 29, the University’s Osborne College of Audiology (OCA)
held its Externship Reception to send off third-year Audiology students to their externship sites. “The externship celebration is really special to me,” said Jonette Owen, AuD, OCA coordinator of External Clinical Education. “It’s something I brought with me to Salus, when I came in 2010, and it really signifies an accomplishment of the students and it’s our last time to say we appreciate them, before sending them to their externship. It’s also an important element for the younger class to hear that it is achievable.” Among the congratulatory reception were underclassmen, faculty, and preceptors.
Art Vs. Stress:
On Thursday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 7, a stress reduction workshop, during the most stressful times for students - studying for exams – was held in the Learning Resource Center. An hour of each session focused on learning meditation techniques and how art can help relieve stress - no matter the level of one’s artistic skill. The workshop was held by Robert O’Brien, MS, ATR, LPC, through the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD)
A Day of Fun at the Philadelphia Science Festival
: This annual, nine-day festival hosted by The Franklin Institute was created to educate, inspire and engage the Philadelphia region with the science and technology that surrounds our everyday world. For the first time, Salus University participated in “Science after School” at the Independence Library and for the fifth year in a row, Salus participated in the “Carnival on the Parkway” held on May 4. The students and faculty who volunteered ran various activities including the Stroop Test, “How Loud is That Sound?”, “How Well Can You See Colors,” and more.
Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival:
Originally planned for May 5, the weather was not on the festival’s side that day, and thus had to be postponed until May 19. Luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful Sunday afternoon and among the countless vendors that lined Germantown Avenue were Salus University and its clinical facilities. Only a few blocks from The Eye Institute in Chestnut Hill, this event is one of our favorites to attend.
Helene Kaiser, OD, FAAO
, director of PCO’s Traineeship Program and coordinator for the Clinical Skills Course and Laboratory, traveled with her daughter, Victoria Shust ‘20OD, her son Mark Shust, Jr. who will entering his senior year at Penn State and her husband, Mark Shust, PCO adjunct, on a mission trip in the middle of May with Remote Area Medical in Rural Retreat, Va. The group provides medical, vision and dental care to those who cannot afford care and was featured on The Today Show
Occupational Therapy (OT) Runs for Good:
Anna Grasso, assistant professor in the OT program and two students, Andrew Welsh ‘20OT and Shannon Blaney ‘20OT participated in the Run to Rebuild. The 5K run benefits Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP), a nonprofit that works to provide home renovations and modifications to make homes safe and healthy for vulnerable homeowners. The University’s OT department has partnered with RTP as an emerging practice fieldwork site where Grasso and students perform home safety assessments and provide recommendations such as grab bars, lighting, and shower chairs to prevent falls and improve the ability for homeowners to age in place.
Oak Street Health Block Party:
Hosted on Friday May 24, in honor of Senior Appreciation Month, this event was a fun way to kick of Memorial Day Weekend. Located in the Cheltenham Mall parking lot, various vendors – like Salus University, food trucks, and live bands came out to celebrate and interact with the community.
Under 20: Smallish Works by Six Artists:
The newest art show hanging on the walls of the Hafter Student Community Center
features artwork from Florence Weisz, Sandra Benhaim, Nancy Freeman Tabas, Louise M. Herring, Edna Santiago, and Elynne Rosenfeld. All work within the show which will be featured through August 25 is under 20 inches high or wide – hence the “smallish works” title.