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 AUGUST 2015

8/3/15 Monday – 8/7/15 Friday

WUCO Orientation Week

8/5/15 Wednesday

Eye Care Center, in partnership with Sightsavers America, will be hosting a special event on Wednesday, August 5th from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  We will be donating 5 closed circuit television systems to children who are partially sighted.  With the use of this adaptive technology, they will be able to access regular print materials and participate in classroom activities independently.  Please join us in congratulating these recipients.

8/8/15 Saturday

WUCO Convocation & White Coat Ceremonies

8/19/15 Wednesday

WesternU SGA Club Day – 11:30am to 1:15pm – Location: WesternU Esplanade. 

8/23/15 Sunday

SBOS Summer Bash 7:00am – 12:00pm – SBOS has invited two students to attend their Summer Bash. They are requesting that the students volunteer to help with check in to receive complimentary registration to the seminar. If you are interested, please contact the SBOS student liaison, Jennifer Aslam at jaslam@westernu.edu by Monday, August 10th.  Click here for flier.


WUCO Welcomes – Mr. Lloyd Powell from Richmond Products, Mr. Chris Greening & Mr. Joe Villari from the Good-lite Corporation.  They will be on campus spending time with WUCO faculty and administration.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Club (NORA) invites you to the first event of the year! NORA is hosting Dr. Derek Tong who is the owner of the Center for Vision Development and Optometry in Pasadena, CA.  He practices Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and integrates Syntonic Optometry as well as Vision Therapy for the treatment of his patients.  Argentinian food will be served for dinner and they will be raffling off glasses frames to NORA club members!  5:00pm in HEC Classroom A.  Please RSVP for dinner here: http://goo.gl/forms/egcf7qStI2.

8/30/15 Sunday

WUCO Vision Screening – Back to School Victory Outreach Screening, Chino, Ca.  OD2017, OD2018 & OD2019 volunteers needed.  You may sign up to volunteer using this link: https://goo.gl/9GWjYP.


9/5/15 Saturday

WUCO Vision Screening – Harvest Christian Fellowship Screening, Riverside, Ca.  OD2017, OD2018 & OD2019 volunteers needed.  You may sign up to volunteer using this link: https://goo.gl/Qa32c9. 

9/9/2015 Wednesday

Save the Date – COVD Distinguished Speaker Event with Dr. Bob Sanet; dinner included, mark your calendars. All WesternU students are welcome to attend!  Please RSVP for dinner: http://goo.gl/forms/cWWIBsUtr3 RSVP Deadline: Sunday 9/6/15 at 10PM.  Click here for flier.

9/13/15 Sunday

Orange County Optometric Society (OCOS) Annual Pathology Symposium – OCOS will be hosting their Annual Pathology Symposium at the Oakley Headquarters in Foothill Ranch. Students interested in going can attend at a discounted student price of $25. This is a great opportunity to tour the Oakley Headquarters and meet local ODs, MDs, and industry reps in the Orange County area! For more information and to register visit www.ocos.org 1) Click Register 2) Select OCOS member quantity 1 3) Type in “newgrad2015″ in the discount code box and hit update total 4) Proceed with registration.  Please contact OCOS student liaison Christina Nguyen at nguyenc1@westernu.edu with any questions.

9/19/15 Saturday

WUCO Vision Screening – Covina Park: East Valley’s Family Health Festival, Covina, Ca.  OD2017, OD2018 & OD2019 volunteers needed.  You may sign up to volunteer using this link: https://goo.gl/Zk3K5r.


Dr. Bennett McAllister presented a two hour workshop on Low Vision Rehabilitation at the First World Congress of Optometry which took place August 14-16, 2015 in Medellin, Colombia.   Click here for the final stats on the attendance.

Dr. Joshua Cameron’s Zebrafish Lab had a paper published on August 12, 2015 in the journal PLoS ONE.  The article entitled, The Effect of Zeaxanthin on the Visual Acuity of Zebrafish, is open access and available at this link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0135211 Eric Saidi, the first author is an OD 2018 student and a 2014 MSMS graduate from the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Pinakin Davey, Director of Research for the College of Optometry, was a co-author of the study. 

The WUCO VOSH Fiji team returned from their 10 day mission trip this past Tuesday (8/4/15). The team included Dr. Drescher and his daughter, Amanda Drescher, OD2017 students Christina Arakaki, Katherine Ha, Malia Sato, Stephanie Souvannachak-Cowick, Kathy Tran, and Alyssa Yamamoto. The team provided comprehensive eye exams for 185 patients, giving out spectacle prescriptions, readers, and sunglasses. They also went to a nearby primary school and screened 130 students and 3 teachers in one afternoon. They referred patients for cataract, pterygium, and corneal transplant surgeries. The VOSH Club hopes to continue to send a team every year to provide vision care for the many Fijians that are unable to afford or access such care.


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