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  APRIL 2014 

4/2/14 Wednesday

Monthly Clinic Grand Rounds Webinar – The topic is “Ocular Nutritional Supplements” presented by Lance McNaughton, PhD, OD, Chief of Contact Lens Services.  You can view online or on campus in HEC Classroom F at 6pm.  1 CE credit available. 

4/5/14 Saturday

3rd Annual Heroes in Shadow – PCHAT, Lions Club, and BSK are collaborating to host a health fair to screen 300 Homeless Veterans. Volunteers needed – looking for volunteers that are willing to perform vision screenings, oral screenings, or perform History and Physicals.  Time:  8:30am – 12:00pm and 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Location Address: 1200 Potrero Ave, South El Monte.  Please email lionsclub@westernu.edu if interested.  

4/9/14 Wednesday

WUCO Guest – American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Board Member, Dr. Karla Zadnik, will be on campus to share about the Academy.  Dr. Zadnik will be meeting with WUCO faculty and administrators, touring our facilities, and leading an Open Student Session from 12pm – 1pm in HEC – Classroom B.  Please contact Monique Tessier at mtessier@westernu.edu with any questions. 

Inland Empire Optometric Society Monthly Meeting – Speaker: Julie A. Schornak, OD, MEd – Topic: Effect of Systemic Medications on Contact Lens Wear.  6pm – 9pm at the Ontario DoubleTree Hotel, 222 North Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA – For more information email IEOSjoinus@gmail.com 

AOSA 5th Annual WUCO Student Bowl – ALL WesternU students and faculty are welcome.  To join the festivities please register in advance.  The last day to register is Monday, April 7, 2014.  Click here to register.  5:30pm – 8:30pm in HSC Lecture Hall West.  This is an event that you will not want to miss!!  Please email AOSAclub@westernu.edu should you have any questions. 

4/11/14 Friday

WUCO Honors Day – Delicious food included!  5:30pm in HEC Lecture Hall I.

4/12/14 Saturday 

13th Annual Trends in Autism Conference – Hosted by: Western University of Health Sciences.  Click here for flier.  

Annual WUCO House Basketball Tournament3pm to 6pm at Pomona High School.  Wear your house shirts whether playing or supporting and please wear non-black soled indoor basketball or court shoes if playing.  Please e-mail Tiffany Young at tmyoung@westernu.edu with any questions.  Click here for Player Sign-ups!  

4/14/14 Monday 

WUCO COVD Club presents: Tour de Optometry – Vision Therapy & Neuro Rehab in Private Practice “Everything you want to know but are afraid to ask!” featuring guest speakers, Dr. Derek Tong, Dr. Jane Liang, Dr. Neil Mietus, Dr. April Spurling, & Dr. Belinda Kuo.  5pm – 7pm in HEC Classroom F.  Please contact COVDclub@westernu.edu for further details.  

4/19/14 Saturday

Optometric Private Practice Club (OPPC) – 1st Annual B.L.I.N.K. Conference – 9:00 am-4:00pm.  We are welcoming all students and faculty/staff. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Only $20 for WesternU students. For more information, please contact OPPBClub@westernu.edu.  Click here to register. 

Spring Up Healthy Muscoy Health Fair (non-WUCO sponsored event) – The event will be held at the Inland Empire Jobs Corps Center, 3173 Kerry Street, San Bernardino, CA from 10am-3pm.  The supervising OD is a WUCO 2013 graduate.  Please contact Dr. Remick at kremick@westernu.edu to sign up and for more information.

4/24/14 Thursday

WUCO Student Lunch and Learn – Come hear from our friends from Alcon!!  Topic: Addressing Your Presbyopia Patients Vision Correction Needs.  Lunch will be provided to those who sign-up in advance. 12:00pm in HEC Classroom E.

4/25/14 Friday

SGA 2017 Event – All WUCO is invited, students and faculty, to SKY HIGH in Ontario for Trampoline Dodgeball!  SKY HIGH is an indoor trampoline park that includes a seemingly endless sea of trampolines and an indoor foam pit.  Click here to RSVP. Address: 3230 Cornerstone Dr., Mira Loma, CA, 91752.  Event time: 9pm-12am midnight.  Please contact SGA-od2017@westernu.edu should you have any questions.

4/25/14 Friday – 4/27/14 Sunday 

California Lions Club Event – Friends in Sight is hosting an overnight vision screening trip in Sonora-Baja, Mexico.  They are looking for faculty/optometrists to volunteer with 4 WUCO students. Travel expenses will be covered. Please e-mail jsugimoto@westernu.edu for more information.  For more information on California Lions Club Friends in Sight, visit www.californialionsfriendsinsight.org.

4/27/14 Sunday

WUCO Annual Eyes On Optometry Program – This is a special program for high school students to introduce them to optometry. Student Volunteers Needed – 2nd year students can be awarded up to 10 hours of SERVICE LEARNING CREDIT. Event Time: 10am-2pm. Please Contact Dr. Yumori at jyumori@westernu.edu, NOSA at NOSAclub@westernu.edu or OEP at OEPclub@westernu.edu should you have any questions. 

Spring 2014 Primary Care & Health Care Provider CE Event – 6 CE credits available, 8am-3pm in HEC.  To register please visit the College of Optometry Continuing Education webpage or call our Director of Continuing Education, Ms. Maria Espinosa, at 909.706.3493.  


American Optometric Association Magazine, AOA Focus, Jan/Feb 2014 Issue, used a couple of WesternU photos from the Simons Middle School event in its story about InfantSEE.  Here’s a link to the story: http://aoa.uberflip.com/i/272938/37 

April 4-6, 2014 California CareForce (CCF) an organization dedicated to helping California families provided medical, dental and vision care services to those in need.  CCF free clinic volunteers included Doctors Egan, Hollands, and Baggarly as well as 10 other OD’s, 2 OMD’s and Ophthalmic Technicians and Opticians.  The clinic ran from 6am – 6pm or until the last patient was seen.  Patients began lining up each night before and were given a full range of service to include a pair of spectacles.  A total of 516 adults and children were seen.  WUCO Optometry students included:  Zachary Shore, Ernesto Suarez, Vinayak Ravuri, Daniel Osman, Pratik Vyas, Roshni Shah, Natalia Temboni, Yuliya Kozyaykina, Shenila Rajani, Amy Ishigo, Nehal Verma, Jeffrey Chen, Allen Choi, Shirley De La Rosa, Elizabeth Samson, Andy Chen, Alex Tadros, Edwin Cook, Benjamin Cho, Mary Hoang, Jenny Tran, Jannette Hang, Matthew Biedron, Ann Le, Christine Ahn, Francis Vu, and Kenneth Nguyen.  Notably Zachary and Ernesto volunteered for 3 days.      

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, The Vision Rehabilitation faculty hosted a group of teachers of the visually impaired (TVI) on campus.  The TVIs are in Southern California for the California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CTEBVI) Conference and visited WesternU as part of a pre-conference workshop in partnership with Braille Institute Los Angeles.  

Fraternal Order of Eagles is donating a supply of magnifiers, monocular telescopes, and sunglasses for the California School for the Blind Program at the Eye Care Center. A few of their representatives will be visiting us for a special donation ceremony on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:00am in the ECC’s Vision Rehab Service. 


5/1/14 Thursday

Optometric Extension Program (OEP) Club Event – The OEP Club will be hosting guest lecturer, Ms. Toni Bristol, President and Senior Consultant specializing in VT Practice Management at Expansion Consultants, Inc.  12pm in HEC Classroom E. For any questions, please email OEPClub@westernu.edu

5/3/14 Saturday

End of the Year Banquet hosted by SGA-OD2016!!!  The 5th Annual Pupillary Promenade – The Great Gat-sby at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.  Tickets: $45, deadline to purchase tickets is April 12, 2014.  E-mail SGA-OD2016@westernu.edu for questions.

Arcadia Lions Club Vision Screening with ECC Van – Dr. Remick will be supervising this event.  Please contact Dr. Remick at kremick@westernu.edu to sign up for this special event.  8:30am- 2:00pm Location address: Fire Department #106 (Westfield Mall), 630 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007.

5/4/14 Sunday

Learning EXPO at Fairplex in Pomona – Vision screenings for the public (all ages), 11:30am-4:00pm.  In need of volunteers from all classes; please contact Dr. Remick at kremick@westernu.edu for details.

5/7/14 Wednesday

WUCO’s Annual Assistive Tech Fair – 4th years:  Are you interested in the technology options available for your visually impaired patients?  Attendance at the fair will earn you house points and knowledge of systems to manage your patients with visual impairment and blindness. 3rd years:  Attendance at the fair will earn you 1 extra credit point in the low vision rehab course as well as house points.  1st and 2nd years:  Attendance at the fair will earn you house points and a leg up on technology for your low vision clerkships, clinic and the course.  Click here to RSVP.  5pm – 7pm in HEC Classroom A.

5/6/14 Friday

WUCO End of Year BBQ 

5/12/14 Monday – 5/13/14 Tuesday

Class of 2014 Capstone Program 

5/15/14 Thursday

Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony – Pasadena, CA 

5/18/14 Sunday

Salgado Community Center (non-WUCO sponsored event) – sponsored by Vietnamese Community Health (VCH) at UCLA. Please contact Dr. Remick at kremick@westernu.edu if interested in volunteering.  Location address: 706 N. New Hope Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703 Time: 9am to 1pm.

5/26/14 Monday

Memorial Day – University Holiday 

8/4/14 Monday – 8/8/14 Friday

WUCO OD2018 Orientation Week


Please contact Jon Griffith should you have any questions. 

April 23, 2014 – Retention Webinar 3 (Student Life) 

April 30, 2014 – Cal State Stanislaus (webinar) 

May 2, 2014 – UC Irvine, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Northridge Campus Visit 

May 5, 2014 – Pre Health Club Speaker Event, UC Irvine (Optometry Panel) 

May 7, 2014 – UC San Diego Presentation 

May 21, 2014 – Retention Webinar 4 (Patient Care) 

June 7, 2014 – Preview Day 

June 18, 2014 – Retention Webinar 5 (Transition from Undergrad) 

July 23, 2014 – Retention Webinar 6 (Technology/Teaching Labs) 

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Got News?  Contact Monique Tessier at mtessier@westernu.edu or 909.469.8477.