This year's alumni weekend offered attendees much more than the opportunity to renew old acquaintances. Held on the weekend of May 2-3, the theme of collaboration and interprofessional education was much evident on Saturday. Alumni and healthcare professionals were offered a child abuse recognition and reporting seminar in the morning that fulfilled Act 31 requirements, and a Salus interprofessional education (IPE) presentation on Continuum of care and type 2 diabetes mellitus in the afternoon that featured an interdisciplinary team of Salus faculty.
The family of the late Dr. John Biernacki '52, attended the dedication of a campus bench honoring their husband, father and grandfather that was purchased in his memory by the North East Pennsylvania Optometric Society (NEPOS).
Also on Saturday, tours of the Elkins Park campus and the University's clinical facilities were held, along with an alumni brunch and a retired alumni reception hosted by Dr. Harry Kaplan '49, which featured a presentation by Merrill Lynch and Nationwide financial planners.
Saturday evening on the Delaware River saw a beautiful, full moon rise over the battleship USS New Jersey, as alumni and their spouses and guests arrived at the Chart House restaurant for the alumni awards dinner (see below).
On Sunday, alumni could choose between CE credits at the annual
Joseph A. Toland Excellence in Education conference on the Elkins Park campus, or the Alumni Association meeting and the alumni breakfast at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel.
Alumni Honorees 2015
This year the Alumni Association recognized three distinguished alumni:
Gregory Caldwell, OD '95, FAAO, received the 2015 Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award, which is presented to an alumnus of the University's Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of optometry, bringing honor and prestige to the University.
Tomi Thibodeaux Browne, AuD '04, received the 2015 Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award, which is presented to a graduate of the University's George S. Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.
Judith A. Creuz, AuD '06, received the University's Special Recognition Award. Not an annual award, this is presented only when special recognition of an individual's or organization's contribution to Salus University, their profession or their community is honored. (photo credit: Dan Z. Johnson)