Southern College of Optometry

Southern College of Optometry is one of the nation's leading institutions of optometric education.

Operating as usual

03/19/2024

Congratulations to Victoria Howard, OD ’19, on recently joining Highlands Optometry to serve patients in Bristol and Wise, Virginia!

03/19/2024

Congratulations to Katelyn McGee, OD '20, and Christopher Muegge, OD '20 on the recent rebranding of their Tennessee practice, Eyes of Athens, and on the announcement of an expansion project to open a second location, Eyes of Cleveland, later this summer:

03/18/2024

Wishing good luck to all our students taking NBEO Part 1 this week!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/13/2024

Southern College of Optometry honored faculty and staff members with the college’s annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation luncheon today. Thanks to SCO's Social and Service Committee for hosting this fun event!

During the luncheon, Dr. Reich presented the President’s Special Recognition Award to Jeffry Bunnell, SCO's Maintenance Supervisor, for his exemplary service to the college.

SCO thanks all of our employees, including those celebrating milestone anniversaries this year. Congratulations, and thank you for your years of service:

Thirty-five Years:

• J. Bart Campbell, OD ’87

Twenty-five Years:

• Michael Gerstner, OD ’97
• Cheryl Mengelt, OD
• Carolyn Warren

Twenty Years:

• Susan Doyle
• Jim Hollifield
• Bill Hopper
• Mona Howard
• Mike Lawson
• Jim Venable, OD ’89

Fifteen Years:

• Trey Adams
• Randy Brafford
• Patricia Cisarik, OD
• Lindsay Elkins, OD ’07
• Scott Ensor, OD ’01
• Pateaka Franklin
• Erin Jaffe
• Lewis Reich, OD
• Trish Walker, OD

Ten Years:

• Michael Bailey
• Mary Bartuccio Valentino, OD
• Marie Bodack, OD
• Chris Borgman, OD
• Tiffany Brown
• Mike Christensen, OD
• Rachel Grant, OD
• Leslie Holland
• Casey Leister
• Reena Lepine, OD ’11
• Mike McKeever
• Melinda Smith
• Philip Tribble
• Frank Valentino

Five Years:

• Chester Dye
• Tracy Lindow
• Beth McCarthy
• Spencer Nichols-Webb
• Daniel Powell, OD ’97
• Melissa Powers
• Tammie Robinson
• Rebecca Smietana

03/12/2024

Congratulations to faculty member Barbie Jodoin, OD '15, who recently earned her Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago!

03/12/2024

SCO is hiring! Join our Faculty at one of the nation's leading optometry schools.

If you are an outstanding OD with a passion for optometric education, learn more about our open faculty positions at: http://www.sco.edu/career-opportunities

Q&A: Fourth Year—Paige Harvey, '24 03/08/2024

In this Student Life blog post, fourth-year student Paige Harvey, '24, reflects on her last four years at SCO in a Q&A-style format:

Q&A: Fourth Year—Paige Harvey, '24 I thought it would be fun to do something a little different to reflect back on my last four years at SCO. I cannot believe graduation is less than 2 months away! I hope this Q&A style post gives you insight into my last four years at SCO. I have enjoyed every minute of it and will forever be indebt...

SECO 2024 03/08/2024

Photos from last week's SECO meeting in Atlanta have been uploaded to SCO's photo gallery. View and download all the images from our booth and reception in our Flickr feed:

SECO 2024 Thanks to all our alumni and friends who visited with SCO at this year’s SECO meeting in Atlanta!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/07/2024

SCO is appreciative to Dr. Clark Chang, who delivered a lunch lecture on current advancements in wavefront guided contact lens technologies to our faculty this afternoon, and generously donated his honorarium to a student travel fellowship!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/05/2024

Congratulations to Meghan Elkins, OD ’10, on being installed as president of Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS) during last week's SECO meeting!

Congratulations are also in order to Dr. Elkins and Sebastian Parsley on their recent wedding on February 24 in Huntington, West Virginia!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/04/2024

Congratulations to Lindsay Elkins, OD '07, Chair of Optometric Education, on being featured by the Memphis Business Journal in the Higher Education Women Who Lead feature, which highlights the accomplishments of women in leadership roles at higher education institutions:https://assets.speakcdn.com/assets/2330/mbj_3-1-24.pdf

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/02/2024

Thanks to all our alumni and friends who visited SCO’s booth in the Exhibit Hall at this year’s SECO meeting in Atlanta. We look forward to seeing more alumni at future events throughout 2024!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/02/2024

Thanks to all our alumni and friends who attended SCO's reception tonight in Atlanta! Here are a few highlights with more to be shared soon in our online photo galleries! It was great seeing so many familiar faces at SECO 2024!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 03/01/2024

Congratulations to all the finalists in SCO's Inaugural Innovation Award Shark Tank competition, Innovation in the area of Ophthalmic Optics, sponsored by The Rick Bay Foundation and ClearVision Optical Company:

• Esther Lee, ’26, Kerry McAuley, ’26, and Niketu Patel, ’26—InSIGHTful Smart Glasses
• Katherine Petrinjak, ’25—ADD-ONS: Interchangeable Spectacle Addition Lenses for Presbyopia
• States Labrum, ’26—STERILEYES: The Durable Sterilizing Glasses

Yesterday evening, States Labrum, ’26, was awarded the winning $5,000 prize for Student Innovation Award following presentations from each finalist, and is pictured with faculty member Rick Savoy, OD, David Friedfeld, President and CEO of ClearVision Optical, Michelle Sellers Kelly, SCO's Director of Ophthalmic Services and Materials, Olaf Schulz, Director of Venture Development & Zero to 510, Epicenter Memphis, and Mike McKeever, Program Coordinator for the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence.

03/01/2024

SCO is proud to note alumni receiving recognition at this year’s SECO meeting in Atlanta:

T. Joel Byars, OD ’63—SECO Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Horace Deal, OD ’97—President
Matt Burchett, OD ’02—Treasurer
Christine Cook, OD ’98—Immediate Past President

Congratulations to all for representing their profession and alma mater!

02/29/2024

The final installment of our current Testimonial Thursday series features Student Ambassador Jessica Cummings, ‘25, from Red Springs, North Carolina. In her video, Jessica talks about her decision to pursue optometry, getting involved in student organizations and activities outside the classroom, and her experience so far in The Eye Center:

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 02/28/2024

SCO recently teamed up with our dining facility partner, A Square Meal, to provide introductory prepping and cooking classes to our students. Last night, participants prepared a meal together in the first of three classes scheduled for this semester. Thanks to everyone who participated!

02/27/2024

If you're headed to Atlanta later this week, SCO would love to see you at our booth on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibit Hall!

Booth #2049
Exhibit Hall Hours:

Friday, March 1 | 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 2 | 9:30am-4:00pm

More info about SCO at SECO: https://www.sco.edu/seco

02/26/2024

Thanks to faculty members Morgan Olinger, OD, Marie Bodack, OD, and David Maze, OD, and Clinical Research Coordinator Elaine Turcotte, for representing SCO at the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group Winter Study Group meeting in Tampa, Florida this past weekend!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 02/25/2024

Our students had a great time at SCO’s annual Eye Ball held at The Columns in downtown Memphis!

Photos from Southern College of Optometry's post 02/23/2024

Thanks to SCO faculty member Dr. Christina Newman for sharing these photos from the Coopervision Educators Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica!

02/23/2024

SCO alumni and friends attending SECO in Atlanta next week are invited to visit with us at our reception, to be held one week from today!

SCO's Alumni & Friends reception
International Ballroom D, M2
OMNI HOTEL
Friday, March 1 | 7-9 PM

02/22/2024

This week's Testimonial Thursday post features Student Ambassador Noah Linhart, ‘25, from Derby, Kansas. In his video, Noah talks about what led him to choose Southern College of Optometry, activities and clubs he's been involved in as a student, and how scholarship opportunities helped with his decision to come to SCO:

02/19/2024

Among the offerings at SCO's Spring CE Weekend (April 13-14) is an Injections Procedures for Primary Eye Care Wet Lab. Taught by Drs. Jennifer Sanderson and Jason Duncan ('96), the workshop is a great refresher regarding injections procedures in the optometric setting. Injections to be performed will include the intralesional, subconjunctival, and intravenous procedures. Register now or learn more about this year's program: https://www.sco.edu/spring-ce

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Videos (show all)

Jessica Cummings—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
Noah Linhart—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
Alexandra Allen—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
Rafael Martinez—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
Amanda Gorr—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
Maria Bontrager, OD ’22, is featured in this video testimonial highlighting her experience as a resident at Draisin Visi...
Jacob Belus—Southern College of Optometry Student Testimonial
In our ongoing Testimonial Thursday series, we'll be introducing you to a different Student Ambassador each week. This w...
Happy New Year from Southern College of Optometry and our clinics! We look forward to seeing you in when we return on Ja...
Happy Holidays! Southern College of Optometry and its clinics will be closed for the winter break December 23–January 7 ...
You'll see a lot of familiar faces in SCO's 2023 holiday video! It was a great year for events on campus and off, includ...
SCO's 2023 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Team

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