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                                                                            February 2012

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Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants
Wormington 5K Winneres
AAO Student Fellows
New Student Officers
Faculty Development Day

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The Salus University community offers sincere congratulations to the following members:


Vittorio Mena '14OD, whose video of last year's AOA (American Optometric Association) annual meeting won him an all-expense paid trip to this year's annual conference, which will take place in Chicago in late June.


Holly Myers, OD, associate dean, on achieving 25 years of service with the University. (Dr. Myers' name was inadvertently omitted from the list of service award employees published last month.   





John S. Biernacki, OD '52, has been named PCO Alumnus of the Year.

    A private practice optometrist in Wilkes-Barre PA for over fifty years, Dr. Biernacki has been a leader in the optometry profession, playing a key role in the passage of state optometric legislation. 

    Through his practice he has hosted more than fifty PCO externs, encouraging each one to take pride in his/her work and profession. 

    Dr. Biernacki might also be called the founder of an "optometric dynasty," as his daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Donna and William McLaughlin are 1981 PCO graduates, and his granddaughter, Julie McLaughlin, will graduate from PCO in May.



 Gail Gudmundsen, AuD 2012 Audiology Alumna of the Year

Gail Gudmundsen, AuD '02, has been named Audiology Alumna of the Year.

   A former member of the Salus Board of Trustees and a former Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) adjunct, Dr. Gudmundsen is currently managing director of Audiology at Etymotic Research. 

   After beginning her career as a clinical audiologist at two large teaching hospitals in Chicago, Dr. Gudmundsen maintained a multiple-office private practice for twenty years in Chicago and suburbs. During this time she met and became friends with Dr. George S. Osborne. 

   In addition to being a former Salus University Board of Trustee (2003-2009) and former OCA adjunct, Dr. Gudmundsen currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Osborne College of Audiology.   


The New Jersey Academy of Optometry (NJAO) will hold their 10th Annual  Educational Conference from April 25-29 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
   The annual event, which features 16 hours of COPE continuing education credits, is held in support of the NJAO's scholarship contributions to PCO.
  This year's event features 16 hours of COPE Continuing Education, plus the opportunity to play golf and unwind with friends and colleagues at the end of the day.
   Accommodations are at the Hilton Embassy Suites at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC. 
   For more information, please contact Dennis Lyons, OD '73 at 732-920-0110 or email him at

Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants            

Dr. Victor Bray, dean of the University's Osborne College of Audiology (OCA), has announced that a second session of the Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants certificate program is slated to begin in May.

   In a recent interview with Audiology Online, Dean Bray and Girija Sundar, PhD, OCA coordinator of distance education, spoke of the successful conclusion of the inaugural session of this 40-week online program and the program's outstanding faculty, who are experts in cochlear implant science, technology, and clinical protocols. 

   This certificate program is designed to expand student's knowledge, improve clinical skills, and promote general expertise in the delivery of cochlear implant services, with the goal of bringing the audiology professional up to date on the state of the science in cochlear implant technology and methods of treatment.

    Students who successfully complete the six course online program will receive 10 semester (academic) credits and receive a graduate certificate in Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants. Applicants should be academic degree holders (BS, MS, AuD, MD, PhD, DSc, etc.) in audiology or audiology-related professions in the United States and other countries. For more details.  

AOSA Wormington 5K Run  

by James Deom '14 

AOSA Officers and Wormington Family.Jan 2012

Pictured above, left to right, are: Connie Berryman, Angelica Delgado, Hieu Huynh, Taylor Babcock, Jennifer Turano, Dr. Wormington, his son,  Mrs. Wormington and Jimmy Deom.
The first annual Wormington 5K Run took place on January 28 at the beautiful Alverthorpe Park in Abington PA. The run was presented by the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and was sponsored by Gulden Ophthalmics, Hoya, and Keeler Instruments.

     Through the generous support of our sponsors and the funds raised through entry fees, AOSA was able to make a generous donation to the Fox Chase Cancer Center and to fund several lectures for their upcoming lecture series for optometry students.

      More than 60 students came out on a beautiful, unseasonably warm day to run and walk together in hopes of being awarded the coveted prize: a one of a kind, silver edition Wormington Card, which was produced through a special request from Tom Cockley, president of Gulden Ophthalmics.

       The winners of this inaugural race were:

First Place Overall Male: Greg Wiefel

First Place Overall Female: Kelly Babcock

First Place 1st Year OD Student: Van Huynh '15OD

First Place 2nd Year OD Student: Erica Tow '14OD

First Place 3rd Year OD Student: David Kong '13OD

Cutest Baby: Miles Clark

Best Mother- Son Duo: Dr. Melissa Vitek, Alex Vitek

First Place Faculty: Dr. Andy Gurwood

First Place Walker: Dr. Charles Wormington

    The primary organizers of the run were OSA Trustees: James Deom '14 and Jennifer Turano '15. A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who made the run possible: Kelly Babcock, who designed the shirts; Hieu Huynh '15OD, who designed the medals; Agnes Kim '14OD, Constance Berryman '14OD, Taylor Babcock '14OD, and Angelica Delgado '14OD, who were instrumental not only in procuring food donations for the day of the run, but in race day logistics. We would not have had such a successful run if it were not for these individuals.

     Lastly, and certainly not least, AOSA would like to thank Dr. Wormington for allowing us to have this run in his name!

AAO Student Fellows

Six PCO students successfully completed the requirements necessary to earn student fellowships to the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).  

    According to their mentor and PCO Academy liaison, Dr. Andrew Gurwood, professor, this year PCO had the second largest interest group of all optometry schools with 57 new applicants. The Academy launched this program in 2011 hoping that it will stimulate improved integration of all of the opportunities offered at the Academy meeting, encourage future involvement, and persuade students to become Fellows upon graduation.

    Students Elisa Bano '12; Shana Barrett '13; Enjoli Cooke '13; Oluwafunmilola (Lola) Fapojuwo '13; David Kong '13, and Aikaterini Koukas '13, were congratulated by Dean Linda Casser, who noted this achievement signifies the students' commitment to their profession and to lifelong learning.

New Officers for Student Organizations
Gold key Lloyd.FritzBarger and Smith.Feb 2012
Shown here (left to right) are the new officers for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society: Rachael Lloyd '14, president; Rachel Fritz '14, vice president, and Charita Smith '14, secretary. 


SAA Officers 2012
New officers of the Osborne College of Education chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology Executive Board 2011-2012, all members of the Class of 2014, are pictured above, left to right: Back row: Abby Mott, screening coordinator; Rebecca Bacon, vice president. Front row: Diya Pennie Guo, advocacy; Laura Di Tusa, secretary; Brittany Panetta, treasurer; Namrata Desai, president; and Aja Fatou Camara, fundraising chair.   

Faculty Development Day
Prior to the return of students to campus, University faculty members convened at the Hafter Student Community Center for Faculty Development Day on the morning of January 6.

     According to Dr. Lorraine Lombardi, associate dean, faculty affairs, last month's day-long event continued two tracks begun in the 2011 sessions: Technology, taught by Glenn Roedel, MS, assistant professor and director of the University's Academic Technologies department and Accreditation, Assessment and Accountability, presented by Dr. James Caldwell, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. A new track, Regulations and Policies, dealing with FERPA compliance and student privacy protection, was introduced by Alan J. Sims, MS, of the University of the Sciences, an acknowledged expert on this subject.      

        On Thursday afternoon, a faculty social event was held,   new faculty members were introduced, and attendees were given a University update from Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano, vice president for Academic Affairs.