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10/2/16 Sunday

Founder’s Day Celebration Click here for flier.

10/9/16 Sunday

WUCO Vision Screening – Health Fair in Baldwin Park; Dr. Remick will be supervising this event. 8:30am – 3:30pm. https://docs.google.com/a/westernu.edu/spreadsheets/d/1f3Rc1PDQm5rG61PKU9H8HPsvy7DDSmC1X12z47pCDqk/edit?usp=sharing

The San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (SFVOS) is inviting WUCO students to attend their next CE event for FREE in the city of Granada Hills from 8:00am – 1:00pm.  WUCO’s Dr. Christine Pham will give a CE presentation titled, Diabetes, beyond Retinopathy, and Dr.  Pinakin Davey will give a CE presentation titled, Decision Making in Open Angle Glaucoma.  You will also have the opportunity to meet local optometrists while learning about diabetic retinopathy, low vision, glaucoma, and myopia control. Students who are interested in attending may RSVP online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-ce-sfvos-october-9-2016-tickets-27509621017

10/10/16 Monday

University Closed – University holiday in observance of Columbus Day

10/13/16 Thursday

VOSH Club Event – VOSH invites everyone to join us on World Sight Day at our annual Dine-in-the-Dark fundraising event! Join us for a night of heightened senses and fun activities! We are asking for a $20 donation from non-members and $15 from VOSH members. All proceeds will be donated to Optometry Giving Sight for their World Sight Day challenge.  This event is open to the entire college so we encourage students and faculty to invite others!  6:00pm – 9:00pm  Location: Meet outside of HEC by the awnings/tables.  Please contact Allison Nguyen with any questions anguyen4@westernu.edu.  Click here for flier.

The San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (SFVOS) will be holding their next board meeting on 6:30pm in the city of Encino. Enjoy a free dinner and network with local optometrists. Students who are interested in attending may RSVP by sending an email to SFVOS liaison Kimberly Castillo at kcastillo@westernu.edu.  You will receive an email confirmation including the address.

10/15/16 Saturday

WUCO Vision Screening – Pomona Health Fair; Dr. Tassinari will be supervising.  9:00am – 5:00pm (two shifts available) https://docs.google.com/a/westernu.edu/spreadsheets/d/1IYYZUKbHP7DSPFn6Izgjs1wV5z_uhnSSDZ7Vlmf2bCc/edit?usp=sharing

F.A.C.E Event – 15th Annual Trends in Autism Education & resource Forum: FACE-ing Adult Transition.  Click here for flier.  

10/23/16 Sunday

The San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society (SGVOS) invites you all to their joint Annual CE Symposium with the USC Roski Eye Institute.  SGVOS are looking for three students to join us, connect with local doctors, and to learn about new treatments in eye care, including the rising developments in technology and testing.  Location: Embassy Suites Arcadia, 211 East Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006.  Please RSVP to tranj3@westernu.edu to receive confirmation.  The first three students will receive an email confirmation with instructions to complete the online registration.  Please note there is a registration fee of $10 for students.  Non-students and members: Please complete the online registration prior to the event at: http://www.sgvos.org/events/fall-symposium-2016  Click here for flier.

10/26/16 Wednesday

The WUCO COVD, NORA, and Sports Vision Clubs would like to invite you to join our club officers in hosting Dr. Robert Sanet at a private dinner following his on-campus guest lecture.  Dinner will be held at McKinley’s Grille at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel beginning at 7:45pm.  Please RSVP at the following link: http://bit.ly/2evo9LQ

10/27/16 Thursday

Fellowship of Christian Optometrists General Meeting will be held at 12pm in HEC Lecture Hall I. Please RSVP at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkP9kfIB5Vj5BvVYeGvmE-vD5s-EqsvngWCMoUN_-UttOHdw/viewform

10/31/16 Monday

WUCO is joining the Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley in their Annual Halloween Carnival! The WUCO House That DONATES THE MOST CANDY WINS!  Prize: Lunch time Monster Mash.  For questions or information about the Halloween Carnival please contact Christina Garcia at garciac@westernu.eduClick here for flier.


11/11/16 Friday

WesternU Reception during Academy 2016 in Anaheim – 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Elite Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Join your fellow WUCO alumni, students, faculty, and staff for a hosted bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  RSVP for this event by Monday, 11/7/16Click here to for more information and to RSVP. 

11/12/16 Saturday

WUCO Vision Screening – Veterans & Family Vision Expo located at Angels for Sight Veterans & Family Vision Clinic, 920 North Alameda Street, Compton, CA 90221.  Dr. Dresher will be supervising. https://docs.google.com/a/westernu.edu/spreadsheets/d/1rdKek1hFhptVH5DqX_AUcwZOCJifH5RjRRjcLoddXvQ/edit?usp=sharing


Dr. Guru Sharma was invited to present a talk on “Profession of Optometry” at Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad. This was part of their WOW (World of Work) day presentation on October 19th.  The key outcomes: Encouraging students to discover their personal passion, introducing students to health sciences and profession of optometry and why WUCO should be their first choice. 

IEOS.org has launched all new website and it will have up to date information on IEOS events, news and can be used by our faculty for monthly membership meeting registration. There is built in link for Eventbrite registration and host of several new features that can be seen here: http://ieos.org/new-website/Dr. Munish Sharma is the designer and developer for the site and faculty can reach out to me if they want to have login access to post news or events.

Our own Judy Cao, OD co-authored a publication in this month’s COVD journal, “Vision Development and Rehabilitation”.  View the article here.

Dr. Bennett McAllister took a group of first year interns to the Blind Center of Nevada (BCN) on Saturday, September 17 to evaluate a dozen BCN clients for legal blindness and certification for continued services. The interns saw an array of ocular conditions that included glaucoma, traumatic brain injury, optic nerve hypoplasia, Fuch’s dystrophy, penetrating keratoplasty, macular degeneration, VI nerve palsy and keratoconus. The patients taught the optometric interns how to use an iPhone without sight, how to deal with a dog guide as well as how to give sighted guide for cane travelers. They even learned how “beep ball” is played with an audible ball as a substitute for a baseball.

Continuing Education Online Courses – for a list of 1 and 2 hour courses please click here.


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