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                                                                                                       June 2012

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Commencement 2012
SALUS PAs Victorious
Reunion 2012
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The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:

Martin Pienkowski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Osborne College of Audiology


The Salus University community offers sincere congratulations to the following members:                                        Lisa Madden, Hafter Center, and her husband, Kevin, on the birth of their son, Kyle John Madden, last month.     


Michael Rebar, OD '10, has been named Director, On-Campus Residency Programs at the PCO and TEI. He was most recently interim director.


Dean Victor Bray, Osborne College of Audiology, for his editorial "Beyond the AuD: Advanced Studies Certificate Programs," in The Hearing Journal.


Doctors Elena V. Olshevskaya, Igor V. Peshenko, Audrey B. Savchenko and Alexander M. Dizhoor, Research, for the publication of their study to identify some of the molecular pathways leading to retinal degeneration, in the Journal of Neuroscience


The University community extends sincere sympathy to:

 Ami Williams, patient rep, TEI, on the passing of her mother, Ann M. Netzel.


Dr. Kathleen M. Heubner Announces Her Retirement

When asked if we could announce the news of her upcoming retirement, Dr. Huebner sent the following announcement, written in her own inimitable style:

"Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner, professor and director of the National Consortium for Leadership in Sensory Disabilities, and former associate dean for the Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation, has announced her retirement.

    Dr. Huebner served Salus University for 19 years. She is retiring in her now-permanent home in Saddlebrooke, AZ, just north of Tucson. She plans to become active in her new community, enjoy the reading of 'non-academic' books, renew her production of fine embroidery, learn about the Sonoran desert, and volunteer. Dr. Huebner plans to continue some of her work in the field of blindness serving on various boards and consulting.              

    Last month, Dr. Huebner was awarded the M.C. Migel Award, the highest award given to a professional in the field of blindness by the American Foundation for the Blind."

Thank you, Dr. Huebner for your service to PCO and Salus. Congratulations, too, on being the recipient of the most prestigious award in the field of blindness and low vision. All the best as you enjoy this well-deserved time for yourself. You will be missed!  _________________

Running Up Broad Street

Congratulations to the three members of the Salus University staff who finished the Broad Street Run! Julz Hunley, a trainer at the Hafter Center; Sara Shkalim, OD, TEI's Feinbloom Center; and Chris Speece, Institutional Services Clerk, Elkins Park, have reason to be proud. Check out their stories on our Admissions facebook page.


Dr. Thomas Goyne Leaving 

After five years, Thomas Goyne, AuD, will be leaving his clinical preceptor position in the Pennsylvania Ear Institute in July. He will continue as adjunct faculty and his practice will be a third year student clerkship site, according to Osborne College of Audiology dean Dr. Victor Bray, who thanked Dr. Goyne for his "many contributions to the growth of the Pennsylvania Ear Institute and the College."


Salus Employee Payroll Site Upgraded  

Enroll online in the new Employee portal of the HR/payroll system. You will be able to check the details of your pay checks, print year-end information, change your address and much more!  



The Actual Physician Assistant Olympics Winners!  
Our apologies to the Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2013, the winners of the annual Physician Assistant Olympics. In last month's newsletter, the list of class members' names mistakenly showed the members of the PA Class of 2012.  

     Congratulations to our Class of 2013 PA Olympics team champions!

Fezan Asghar               Emily Auger Jenna Bradesca          Kelsey Bruce Quyen Thi Bui             Scott Capener Lynna Chesney      Sarah Chlebowski Lara Espin                     Paula Foreman Joshua Gilgen      TinaMarie Gregorio Crystal Halloran          Bryant Hansen Courtney Harris          Jessica Hesford Kristyn Hinkle        Griffin Holauchock Franziska Holdrege

Jennifer Honmyhr   Matthew Johnson Kevin Kear                     Karly Keenan Christina Larsen          Trisha Le Catherine Marschinke

Angela Marts                  Barbara Matos Brittany McGinnis        Sara Miller Kimberly Moran          Thomas Morton Elizabeth Nguyen  Emmylu O'Donnell Amanda Radovich

Lissette Ramirez         Taylor Ramsay Gregory Ranalli          Jessica Ritchey Cody Rogers                   Emily Sellers Jahvel Thompson

Samantha Wasielewski

Rebecca Waxman            Sean Yaeger Geno Zini 

Salus Names New President   

Commencement 2009 Drs. Lewis.Mittelman and Casser

By a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Admiral Michael H. Mittelman, OD '80, MPH, has been named president of Salus University. He will succeed President Thomas L. Lewis. The announcement to the University's faculty, students, alumni and staff was made by Board of Trustees Chair Jo Surpin, who thanked the members of the search committee for their efforts. 

     With 32 years as a senior healthcare executive in the US Navy, Admiral Mittelman brings a wealth of experience to Salus that encompasses both clinical and research. Ms. Surpin noted that his vision for the University--to become the nation's leading provider of high quality, vital healthcare professionals--is very much in keeping with the Salus mission and credo.

     Admiral Mittelman remains on active duty with the Navy until next year. He will not begin his appointment as Salus University president until he fulfills all of his military commitments, which may be sometime in late spring or early summer 2013.  

     In order to accommodate this timing and insure a smooth transition, Dr. Lewis has agreed to remain as president during this period. As president-designate, Admiral Mittelman will be in regular contact with Dr. Lewis and will be in Elkins Park on occasion, when time and his current service obligations permit.

      A native of Long Beach, NY, Admiral Mittelman and his wife, Tanis, are the parents of three daughters.

(Photo above: Commencement 2009: Dr. Mittelman is center holding his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Salus, with Dr. Lewis on the left and PCO Dean Linda Casser on the right.) 

PA Students Reach Out

PA students with little friend Aidan Toronto 2012

After the educational and business components of the annual conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), IMPACT 2012 in Toronto, in May,  assistant professor Danny Scott, MPAS, PA-C, and  Salus PA students decided to unwind at a Toronto Blue Jays game.      

    As fate would have it, they were seated in front of a five-year-old boy, Aiden, and his grandparents. The students learned that the little boy's father had died only two weeks before and that his grandparents were trying to keep his spirits up. In a spontaneous gesture, the Salus group pooled their money and bought Aiden an official MLB Toronto Blue Jays shirt and a big #1 hand to mark his first major league baseball game.

    Mr. Scott received the photo shown here from Aiden's grandmother, Donna Birkett, who thanked the group, writing "the kindness of strangers is an amazing thing." In an email forwarding the note from Aiden's grandmother, Mr. Scott told his students, "I am very proud of you for your incredible kindness, your compassion . . .  Your simple gesture to a sweet little boy is exactly what sets physician assistants apart from other healthcare providers."

      The students, all members of the Class of 2012 graduating in September, were Brooke Erickson, Jennifer Fratz, Christine Gerges, Christine Hollenbeck, Michael Kozlowski, Keri Kres, Emma Madden, Melissa Otte, Andrew Paszko and Alyson Shields.

"PCO Proudest" Class of 1952

Class of 1952 PCO Proudest May 2012 

 "PCO Proudest" is a new award for the highest percentage of class participation in the Salus University Annual Giving Campaign. The Class of 1952 is the inaugural winner and, pictured above (left to right) at the May alumni reunion, are: A. Norman Haffner, OD, PhD; A. Michael Iatesta, OD; Frank A. Krajcik, OD; John F. Goodwin, OD; 2012 Alumnus of the Year John S. Biernacki, OD, and William E. Wheaton, Jr., OD.

Student Council Annual Dinner

Award winners 2012

(Pictured above, L to R: Dr. Lombardi, Dr. Inverso, Dr. Wing, Dean Horne, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Amos, Dr. Anthony Di Stefano accepting for Ms. Offerdahl and Dr. James Caldwell, accepting for Ms.Grayboyes)  

Each year the University's Student Council hosts a dinner and invites the
faculty members chosen by students for their outstanding dedication to their program to receive a special plaque.

    At the May 3 dinner this year, additional awards were presented to President Thomas L. Lewis and retiring vice president and dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Robert E. Horne.

    In addition to the faculty awards, the faculty member voted overall Educator fo the Year is presented with the Onfrey G. Rybachok Award, named for a beloved long-time PCO faculty member. Associate professor

Joan Wing, PhD, was this year's Rybachok Award.

      Also receiving awards this year were: Lorraine Lombardi, PhD, associate professor (Basic Science); Gwenn Amos, OD, assistant professor (Clinical Science); Marcy Grayboyes, MSW, associate professor (CER); Yell Inverso, PhD, AuD, adjunct (Audiology) and Tracy Offerdahl, PharmD, adjunct (Physician Assistant). 

New Alumni Association Board
Congratulations to the new Alumni Association Board of Directors, who were elected at the Alumni Association meeting in May. New members include the first College of Education and Rehabilitation representatives on the Board.                          
    President: Robert N. Spivack, OD '85; President Elect: Kenneth Savitski, OD '87; Past President: John Ochsenreither, OD, '88; Vice President: Dennis H. Lyons, OD, '73; Secretary: David W. Friess, OD, '02; Treasurer: Amanda Marchegiani, AuD '10.
   Directors: Kellye C. Carder, AuD '10*; Robert Duszak, OD '02;  
Victoria Dzurinko, OD '02; Anthony A. Fiorilli, OD '76; Shereen Hakki, OD '95; La'Shandra Holmes-Russell, MS '09*; Michael Katz, OD '83; Ryan McKinnis, OD'10; Thomas L. Landry, OD '87; Gary S. Litman, OD '75; John T. Ochsenreither, OD '88; Annette R. Peppard, AuD '03*; Trinae Rosato, OD '00; Robert A. Rosenberg, OD '61; Merle Silverbook '08*; Edward Zikoski, OD '85.
    Three Board members with completed terms stepped down: Tomi Browne, AuD '04, Krista Davis-Anderson, OD '96, and Harry Kaplan, OD '49.        (* New members)
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