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    Hi Everyone, Hope your summer has been going well! I just wanted to check in with you all again. I hope your last academic year could go as well as possible. At SCCO/California things are rapidly moving and we could possibly be fully in person just like before. I definitely had some success with Dan's Remote2020 software and am looking at utilizing ...

  • ASCO Talk, Listen, Care, Heal (TLCH) The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has scheduled a virtual Faculty Town Hall discussion following the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin (George Floyd). WHEN: April 22, 2021. 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. ET. DESCRIPTION: Faculty members from all ASCO institutions ...

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    ASCO Talk, Listen, Care, Heal (TLCH) The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has scheduled a virtual Faculty Town Hall discussion following the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin (George Floyd). WHEN: April 22, 2021. 8:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. ET. DESCRIPTION: Faculty members from all ASCO institutions ...

  • Hi all, Hope you are all doing great! We had some great interactions/correspondence early on and hopefully, you feel that you can reach out to this specific community when you need to.  One thing I was curious about...I teach photometry/radiometry as part of my perception course, but it sounded like most of you do not. Where is photometry/radiometry ...

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  • Deadline Reminder: 2022 Nominations for ASCO Achievement Awards

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit nominations for the various 2022 ASCO awards is this Friday, January 14.

    The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry is now accepting nominations for the various achievement awards that will be presented at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon in June 2022. Below you will find a list of the various awards with a brief description of each.

    All submissions require the following to be considered by the Awards & Resolutions Committee:

    • Letter of nomination, based on the award criteria
    • copy of the nominee’s CV
    • optional supporting documentation which should be sent by the nominating individual.

    A link has been provided to the ASCO website where you will find past recipients for all ASCO awards, https://optometriceducation.org/awards-and-grants-opportunities/ This information may assist you when considering nominations.


    Lifetime Achievement Award

    The ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding individual who, over an extended period of time, provided exceptional leadership, made outstanding contributions and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to ASCO and optometric education. This award is given “for unique and exceptional accomplishments and contributions to ASCO and optometric education.”

    The award is not necessarily an annual award or tied directly to retirements.


    Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award

    The Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award was established in March 2000 as the “Innovation in Optometric Education Award" to recognize an ASCO volunteer for outstanding leadership or an outstanding innovation in optometric education that significantly impacts ASCO as an organization. The award was named in Dr. Jack Bennett’s honor in June 2000. Dr. Bennett, a creative leader in optometric education, was dean at three optometric institutions. 


    Rising Star Award

    This award recognizes a full-time faculty member or administrator with no more than seven years of service at a school or college of optometry and less than 10 years in optometry who has made noteworthy contribution(s) to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of ASCO through service on committees, groups, task forces or special interest groups or through special project work.

    Nominees will have also demonstrated outstanding contributions to their school or college of optometry in at least one of the following areas:

    • Teaching, which may include classroom, laboratory instruction or course development
    • Scholarship, which may include grant writing, research, publications, presentations or other scholarly and creative activities
    • Administration, which may include general administration, planning, development or evaluation activities
    • Professional service, which may include work on the community, state or national levels that represents or promotes ASCO or optometric education.

    A majority of all nominees’ professional career should be as a faculty member or administrator at a school or college of optometry.


    Industry Leadership Award

    The ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past Corporate Contributor partner company who demonstrates exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example for his/her colleagues in industry and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education. Nominations will only be accepted from the ASCO Board of Directors and ASCO staff.  


    Nominations should be submitted by close of business on Friday, January 14, 2022. Please email your nomination letter with supporting materials to slau@opted.org.

  • Fall Online Clinical Educators Forum Now Online for Viewing

    Thanksgiving Greetings,

    The October ASCO Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF): Strengthening Communication With Families in Eye Care that featured two sessions 1) Maximizing Communication with Families of Individuals with Disabilities and 2) Optimizing Eye Care in the Presence of Language Barriers and Family Dynamics, has been posted on the ASCO YouTube Channel. The link for anyone wishing to view it is: https://youtu.be/JNYdb_ocAmw.

    Best Regards, 
    Carol Brubaker
    Manager, Professional Affairs

  • OGML Casting Call

    As ASCO continues to move forward with our Optometry Gives Me Life (OGML) campaign, we are looking for another Doctor of Optometry to feature on the Futureyeedoc.org website and in other promotional materials along with our current doctors – Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Dr. Muriel Martinez and Dr. Miki Lyn Zilnicki. 

    As we did before, we are hoping to get your help in this area as you all know so many great ODs that are currently practicing and have great stories to tell. Feel free to distribute as widely as possible.

    Please check the discussion area for a document containing the casting profile, in addition to the information needed from the candidates. 

    We have a very quick turnaround time. The deadline to submit is August 4, 2021.  Please have all information sent to Paige at ppence@opted.org.

    If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks so much for your help!

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