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College News

   OCTOBER 2014

10/1/14 Wednesday

8th Annual Los Angeles VisionWalk Info Session – Guest speaker Ms. Donna Cohen will be giving a presentation on VisionWalk at 12:00pm HEC Lecture Hall II.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about VisionWalk and how you can be part of it!   Lunch will be served and you may RSVP for Ms. Cohen’s presentation by clicking here.  If you would like to join Team WesternU in the VisionWalk or donate to the team, please visit the team page.

10/1/14 Wednesday

Monthly Clinic Grand Rounds Webinar – The topic is “Sports Concussions and Neuro-Optometric Management”, presented by Valerie Wren, OD, Chief of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.  You can view online or on campus in HEC Classroom F at 6:00pm.  1 CE credit available. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Maria Espinosa at mespinosa@westernu.edu.

10/5/14 Sunday

2nd and 3rd years volunteers needed for the Binational Health Fair from 8am – 3pm at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino.  Drs. Robert Gordon and Efrain Castellanos will be attending.  For more information please email Dr. Castellanos at ecastellanos@westernu.edu.

10/8/14 Wednesday

Volunteer Optometry Services to Humanity (VOSH) invites you to a World Sight Day event: Dining in the Dark6:00pm – 8:00pm in the HEC Recital Hall.  This dining experience requires a $20 reservation.  All proceeds will be donated to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in their efforts to prevent blindness and provide comprehensive eye care. Spend an evening mingling with your colleagues while supporting a great cause!

10/8/14 Wednesday & 10/9/14 Thursday

SynergEyes, Inc., will host OD2016 contact lens lab sessions by supplying lenses and demonstrating their Duette HD Hybrid contact lens line. 

10/11/14 Saturday

Lions Club will be hosting a screening with California Friends In Sight where they give glasses to the Pomona community. The event will take place at Fremont Academy School of Engineering and Design.  They are in need of 2nd and 3rd year optometry students to perform direct ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, and slit lamp. If you are interested in signing up, please contact kvan@westernu.edu or lionsclub@westernu.edu. Priority sign-ups will be given to those who are WesternU Lions Club members. 

10/13/14 Monday

Columbus Day – University Holiday

10/14/14 Tuesday

OD2016 Contact Lens Workshop – The Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education (STAPLE) Program is a collaborative effort on behalf of Alcon, Bausch+Lomb, CooperVision and VISTAKON, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.  This program is designed as a hands-on soft toric and soft multifocal fitting workshops for Optometry Students in the United States and Canada. In these workshops, students have an opportunity to fit a product from all four companies on patients recruited specifically for the event.  The goal of these multi-company workshops is to provide generic education that will benefit the student through a valuable lens fitting experience in the soft toric and multifocal lens categories. This week’s emphasis will be on soft multifocal designs. 4:30pm – 9pm in HEC Lecture Hall II.

10/17/14 Friday & 10/18/14 Saturday

WUCO’s AOSA Chapter is hosting the AOSA Western Regional Conference 2014. You can attend this incredible fun filled conference for the cost of $32! WRC brings the optometry students from the west coast together for two days filled with top-notch inspirational speakers, an Exhibit Hall, wine and cheese reception and of course incredibly fun social events! Don’t miss out on this amazing conference specifically for Optometry students! Keynote speakers this year will be Senator Ed Hernandez and Dr. Bill Takeshita! For more information visit www.wrc2014.org. Click here for flier.

10/19/14 Sunday

Comprehensive Glaucoma Management CE, 7 COPE Approved CE Credits available, presented by Raymond Maeda, OD and Pinakin Davey, OD, PhD from 8am – 3:30pm at WesternU Pomona Campus.  This program is designed with a clinician in mind. This interactive program will lead attendees from basic concepts in glaucoma to achieving an overall understanding of glaucoma management. At the completion of this course the participants will feel adequately equipped in managing glaucoma.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact CEOptometry@westernu.edu or call Maria Espinosa at 909.706.3493.

Drs. Robert Gordon, Maryke Neiberg, and Jasmine Yumori will be presenting at the upcoming San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (SFVOS) meeting. They would be delighted to have WUCO students and faculty attend.  Please contact the SFVOS student liaison, Brian Ng (OD2017), for more information.

10/25/14 Saturday

Inland Empire Optometric Society (IEOS) is looking for volunteers!!  Kids Vision for Life Foundation and VSP Mobile Operations are co-sponsoring free eye exams and glasses for children at Fort Irwin. It is a vision screening event and they are in need of student volunteers.  Location: Fort Irwin Military Base – If you are available and willing to lend a helping hand please contact Mr. Sam Hahn at kidsvisionforlifeoc@gmail.com or 949.338.9340.

10/26/14 Sunday

Scleral Lens CE Lecture and Hands-On Workshop, 4 COPE approved CE Credits available plus 3 hours of lab fitting and evaluation workshop, presented by Donald Egan, OD and Frank Spors, EurOptom, MS, PhD from 8am – 3:30pm at WesternU Pomona Campus.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact CEOptometry@westernu.edu or call Maria Espinosa at 909.706.3493.

10/27/14 Monday

Western University College of Optometry Hosts China Visitors – The College of Optometry will be hosting a delegation of 12 Chinese doctors representing five leading academic institutions and teaching hospitals in China.  The group will tour the Western University campus and hold meetings with various individuals to explore possible collaborations between the College of Optometry and China, including the establishment of an externship program affiliation and continuing with the visiting research scholar program. The Western University tour is planned in conjunction with this group’s attendance at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) 44th annual meeting in San Diego.


11/1/14 Saturday

La Puente Community Health Fair with Senator Ed Hernandez – Location: 501 Glendora Ave, La Puente, Ca 91744 – Time: 8:30am – 4pm.  Please sign up if you are interested in participating.  Click here to sign-up.

5K Los Angeles VisionWalk – Come join Team WesternU College of Optometry in the 8th Annual Los Angeles VisionWalk to raise awareness towards the Foundation Fighting Blindness! If you would like to join Team WUCO the VisionWalk or donate to the team, please visit the team page.  To learn more about VisionWalk and the Foundation Fighting Blindness organization, please click here.  Update: Drs. McAllister & Pang are walking to support our students & Foundation Fighting Blindness in Team WUCO.  You can also include the link in your own email to colleagues and contacts.  Thanks for your generous donations that will fund research in search of cures for retinal diseasesand show our students that they can make a difference in the world with their personal involvement.  http://www.fightblindness.org/site/TR?team_id=78052&fr_id=5471&pg=team


On Saturday, October 11, 2014 California Lions Club Friends in Sight group held a community screening at the Fremont Academy School of Engineering and Design.  The WesternU Lions club chapter volunteer students saw more than 200 patients.  The volunteers: Kenneth Van, Eddie Endo, Edward Hsieh, Michael Hsieh, Jean Sugimoto, Terry Yu, Xi Liu, Alyssa Yamamoto, Malia Sato, Farouk  Bruce, Suzan Burmayan, Helen Phan, Avni Shah, Kathy Tran, Amy To, Tanira Lindsay, Lok Or.  WUCO Faculty were Dr. Donald Egan and Dr. Robert Lee.  Way to go WUCO!!

WUCO is joining the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley in their Annual Halloween Carnival! House Competition – Donate store bought, sealed candy.  Prize: The House that donates the most candy wins a lunch time Monster Mash and WUCO administration will provide treats and snacks for the entire House.  For questions or information about volunteering at a game booth during the Halloween Carnival please contact Christina Garcia at garciac@westernu.edu.


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