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                                                                                                 March 2011
In This Issue
MSCHE Accreditation
OCA ALumni in San Juan
Student Authors
Lensometry Olympics
PCO Reunion 2011
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We Salute    
The University community warmly welcomes the following new members:
Lynn Dellinger,MEd, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Rehabilitation 

Donna Tomlinson,

Academic program coordinator,Academic Affairs
The University community extends sincere condolences to the following members:
Ruth Henderson, TEI, on the loss of her sister, Alice Choice.


In February, the job title listed for Ryan Hollister was incorrect. Mr. Hollister is an assistant director fo Admissions. Our aplogies for the errror..


Brenda Jones Retires

After 28 years of service, Brenda Jones, mail clerk, will retire at the end of the month. In keeping with Brenda's wishes, there will not be a party. The University  community extends best wishes to Brenda for a long and happy retirement!  

    Please stop by and wish Brenda well in person between now and her last day, which will be Thursday, March 31. 


Dr. Huebner Honored

Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner, assistant professor and associate dean, College of Education and Rehabilitation, will receive the University of Pittsburgh School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award on April 2 at an evening gala celebrating the school's centennial.

     Given annually, this award is based on profes-sional accomplishments, professional and public service, and service and support to the School of Education and the University of Pittsburgh, where Dr. Huebner earned both a Master of Education degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

      Dr. Huebner was chosen for this award because of her work as a national and international leader in the "field of service to professionals who serve individuals with blindness and visual impairments," according to Michael B. Haas, director of Constituent Relations at the University of Pittsburgh, who added, "we are proud to have Dr. Huebner as one of the School of Education's most distinguished alumni."  ______________

"Change for Change"

The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) has chosen the Lupus Foundation as their national charity cause this year. The PCO NOSA chapter began a competitive fundraising effort, "Change for Change," this week.

    Six containers, representing TEI Modules 1,2,3 and 4, Physician Assistant students and Audiology students will be manned two days a week for two weeks to collect money.

    In Elkins Park, the containers can be found during student lunch hour (12N - 1 p.m.) on March 15 and 16, and the following week March 22 and 23. The TEI containers will be in each of the modules.

    At the end of the two weeks, the names of five students will be drawn from the group with the winning container. Each winner will receive a gift certificate for the University bookstore.

    Empty those pockets and drawers for a great cause! ______________________


 MS Awareness Week 2011

Orange is the color of the cause for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during National MS Awareness Week, March 14-19.

    In memory of her aunt, who lost her battle with this debilitating disease last year, Megan Myers '12AUD, baked cupcakes for her faculty and classmates.

     Ms. Myers will be participating in a fundraiser at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 1 and is hoping to organize a future campus bake sale for MS.   

     Shown above (from left to right) are audiology students Theresa Mamah '12, Megan Myers,  Alison Stich '12 and faculty members Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan, Dr. Tricia Dabrowski and Dr. Giri Sundar.

MSCHE Accreditation   

Dr. Thomas L. Lewis announced last week that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to reaffirm the accreditation of Salus University on March 3, 2011 for the maximum period of ten (10) years.

    President Lewis noted this historical action represented the first time the institution was evaluated by the commission as a university rather than as a college of optometry.  

    As is traditionally required, a periodic review report will need to be submitted to MSCHE in 2016. The next self study evaluation required by the Commission will be 2020-2021.

    Dr. Lewis expressed his thanks to everyone who participated in both the self study process and the multiple site visits by the MSCHE evaluation team, especially the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrative professional staff, students, and the University's Strategic Planning Committee. He also thanked Dr. Lawrence McClure, director of Institutional Planning and Development, Dr. Anthony Di Stefano, Dr. James Caldwell, and Ms. Lisa Lonie for writing, editing and collating the self study document.

OCA Alumni at Academia de Audiologia de San Juan 

OCA Alumni San Juan March 2011

In January, at the invitation of the Academia de Audiologia de Puerto Rico, Dr. Rita Chaiken '03, adjunct, along with co-instructors, Dr. Jiovanne Hughart, adjunct and Dr. Tricia Dabrowski '07, director, of the Pennsylvania Ear Institute on the Elkins Park campus and assistant professor, presented a cerumen management course at the Academy's annual conference in San Juan.

     The two day workshop was attended by approximately 90 audiologists and, in addition to providing an opportunity for professionals to acquire clinical knowledge in a hands on environment, it was a mini-reunion of sorts for the AuDonline graduates pictured above with Drs. Chaiken, Dabrowski and Hughart, and Dr. Richard Gans, a current AuD preceptor and past AuDonline adjunct.

      Above photo and others, which will shortly be in slideshow format on the Salus website, are courtesy of Ms. Jennica Dabrowski.

Student Authors 

Physician Assistant student Jesse Price '11, has co-authored his seventh paper. The subject, obesity research, is one that Jesse has held an interest in since his undergraduate days.

    Published in Obesity Journal, the paper, "Duodenal jejunal bypass surgery does not increase skeleto-muscle insulin signal transduction or glucose disposal in Goto-Kazikaki Type 2 diabetic rats," can be read by going to


Audiology student, Namrata Desai '14, co-authored "Real Word Safety Experience with a 24/7 Hearing Device" in the January issue of The Hearing Review. Ms. Desai participated in an investigational study of this new hearing aid after her graduation from Northeastern University, when she worked at Northern Valley ENT. To read her article, go to: 2011-01 02.asp.

Lensometry Olympics

by Dr. Anne Marie Lahr

Lensometry Olympics 2011 winners














The Third Annual Lensometry Olympics took place last month in the OPOA lab.  Qualifying rounds were held to determine the top ten finishers out of the 54 first year students who signed up to participate.

   More than 60 students came to cheer on the participants as they fiercely competed to earn a medal - and exemption from the upcoming practical exam.

    The gold medal winner, Prajay Patel, (above, right) also won an iTouch that was generously donated by Mike Elton of Hoya Vision Care. Huy Pham (above, center) and James Deom (above, left) won the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

    This fun event is organized with considerable help from Team Optics, my wonderful group of teaching assistants. Next year's Olympics will be expanded to include even more events for the competitors  - and more laughs for the crowd!   

Reunion 2011 To Feature TEI Tours

This year's PCO reunion will be held Saturday, April 30 in Elkins Park. The day long event begins at 10 a.m., with tours of the Elkins Park campus and The Eye Institute. Shuttles will take alumni and their guests from Elkins Park to The Eye Institute and tours will end at 3:00 p.m.

    At 11:00 a.m., Dr. Maria Parisi '85, PCO externship program director, will meet with current PCO preceptors for a round table discussion of the program and to share ideas and review upcoming events. Alumni interested in learning more about becoming preceptors are welcome to attend.

    From 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., a casual lunch will be held in the campus Café, followed at 2:00 p.m. by the annual Alumni Association meeting.

    University president, Dr. Thomas L. Lewis '70, vice president of Academic Affairs, Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano '73 and PCO dean, Dr. Linda Casser, will speak to alumni and the 2011-2012 Alumni Association board will be elected.

     A faculty cocktail reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bennett Lounge of the Hafter Student Community Center. Last year's reception provided a wonderful opportunity for returning alumni and faculty to visit with one another.   

     From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the evening's fun continues. The Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Joseph P. Shovlin '80, followed by a buffet dinner, dancing to live music provided by B.J. Nibert, OD '81 and the Lost Cause Band, casino games, souvenir photo booth and the drawings for the "I" Care Raffle and door prizes. 

     Sunday features an all day CE program , the 21st annual Dr. Joseph C. Toland Excellence in Education Conference, beginning with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

     For more information about the reunion or to register, please go to or contact Heather Giampapa at 215.780.1391.

Antique Hearing Devices Donated

Mr Lindsay and Dr Bray

Last month, clinical audiologist Charles Lindsay (shown here on the right) donated his collection of antique hearing devices to the Osborne College of Audiology.

    The pieces in Mr. Lindsay's collection showcase a century's worth of technology, beginning with ear trumpets from the 19th century, and ending with the carbon and transistor hearing aids of the 20th century. 

    Dean Victor Bray (above left) hopes to organize a permanent audiology display that will model the optometry display in the South wing in Elkins Park and incorporate these devices.

SOSH Flapjack Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 26, members of PCO's Students in Optometric Service to Humanity (SOSH) organization will be serving flapjacks from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Jenkintown Applebee's restaurant.

      Located just up the street from the Elkins Park campus, Applebee's has agreed to donate the sales from the morning's activities (minus the cost of ingredients) to SOSH for their humanitarian trip to El Salvador this year. A big turnout is needed and SOSH members are hoping the Salus community will come out to support this worthy cause.

     For just a $7.00 pre-purchased ticket, you will receive unlimited pancakes, sausages and beverages, all served by SOSH members. The tickets will be sold on campus by SOSH members over the next two weeks.

    Each year, SOSH utilizes donations of money and supplies for a humanitarian mission they undertake to bring much needed vision care to people who cannot afford it and may live in remote areas with no health care. In the year preceding the trip, SOSH members sell baked goods, host car washes and in some years, hold 5K run/walks.

     For questions or more information about this event or SOSH, please email