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Issue 40
January/February 2012
M E S S A G E - 
Letter from the Editor

2012 New YearAs we begin 2012, FY EYE is taking on a new look and a new form!  Over the years, our monthly newsletter became longer and longer.  A positive sign as it shares important events within our college community.  But it also became more difficult for our readers to navigate.  By offering "Read More" links, we will be able to keep our articles short and allow you to pursue more information on the items that interest you.  The left hand column will give you quick access to specific areas of interest within the newsletter.

We hope you like the new format and that it helps keep you in touch with the myriad of activities and accomplishments happening at SUNY Optometry.

Should you have ideas that may make FY EYE of greater benefit, you are welcome to send them to me.  

With best wishes for the New Year of 2012 and for the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon!

Karen DeGazon 
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Chinese Cultural Optometric Student Association Celebrates Lunar New Year 


Chinese New Year Dragon DanceThe SUNY College of Optometry Chinese Cultural Optometric Student Association (CCOSA) celebrated the incoming Year of the Dragon on Monday, January 30th. 






D I D   Y O U   K N O W ?
  • That Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is based upon a combination of lunar and solar movements.  It starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends 15 days later on the Full Moon.
  • On the Chinese Calendar, this is the year 4708.
  • China adopted the western calendar in 1912. 


C A M P A I G N   U P D A T E S
Vision and the Promise Campaign
visionpromiseFaculty/Staff 2011 Charitable Contributions

As of December 30, 2011, the The Vision & the Promise: Campaign for the SUNY College of Optometry has reached 29% participation for the Faculty/Staff Campaign.  Thank you to the following donors who have helped bring the campaign to this milestone.  A special thank you from the Committee goes out to Mr. Robert Pellot and Ms. Vicky Vitug for their generous contribution of their cash won through the holiday party raffle.  With your continued support, we will reach our goal!

President Holds Reception for 2011 Faculty and Staff Donors 

On Thursday afternoon, January 26, Dr. Heath expressed his appreciation to those donors who made their donation or pledge to the Faculty/Staff Campaign in 2011.  The reception was held in the President's Office.  

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Partners for Sight Foundation Renews Support for SUNY Homebound Program

The Optometric Center of New York (OCNY) was awarded a renewed $30,000 grant for its Queens and Manhattan Homebound projects by the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.  This support is critical for the continuation of homebound eye and vision care to older adults in the borough of Queens.  It also helps provide lamps, eyeglasses and low vision devices to homebound patients in Manhattan.  It is the fourth grant from Partners for Sight Foundation.  


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Hyde and Watson Foundation Awards Grant for Equipment


The Hyde and Watson Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to OCNY to provide a portable tonometer to support the University Eye Center's (UEC) community outreach efforts.  Tonometers are particularly important in the diagnosis of glaucoma, a serious eye disease that frequently goes undetected.   


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Hugoton Foundation Awards Grant for Software Upgrade


The Optometric Center of New York was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Hugoton Foundation to provide a software upgrade for the fundus camera, a device which enhances the quality of care for approximately 2,500 patients at the UEC annually.  This generous grant was made in memory of Wallace Gilroy.    


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Gund Foundation Renews Grant for General Operating Support 


The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation renewed their grant of $10,000 to the OCNY for general operating support.  Through this generosity of the Gund Foundation the College is able to continue to provide high quality eye and vision care to the most vulnerable New Yorkers; play a key role in training the next generation of knowledgeable and compassionate eye care providers, and help advance the body of research knowledge in the field of vision care, facilitating "lab to bedside" collaborations between basic and clinical research scientists.



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SUNY Optometry's Confucius Institute Co-Sponsors Seminar   


The Confucius Institute of the SUNY College of Optometry will2012 Yeara of the Dragon co-sponsor a seminar on Traditional Chinese Medicine on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, Queens.  The seminar is being held in conjunction with the American Traditional Chinese Medicine Society.  Featured speakers are Prof. Jie-Ying Fu from Guangzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine University and Prof. Hu Zhen from Wenzhou Medical College, SUNY Optometry's partner institution in China.  The seminar is made possible partly through the College's grant from Hanban, the Chinese government's agency for promoting Chinese language and culture.  If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Dr. LiLi Tu in the Office of International Programs 212-938-1012 or at ltu@sunyopt.edu.

2011 SEFA Campaign   

New York State SEFAThe 2011 SEFA Campaign raised a total of $12,577.  Although 20% less than last year, the Vision & the Promise: Campaign for the SUNY College of Optometry received 31% of the designated funds.  This year's SEFA Campaign, managed by EarthShare, ran from mid-October - December 2011.  Many thanks to all of the College employees who participated in the campaign.  These results could not have been accomplished without the contributions of your continuing support!


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Cold and Flu Prevention - Handwashing!    


Always Wash Your HandsNo one wants to get the flu, as it can make you feel miserable.  So, what can be done to avoid catching it?  A flu vaccine is one way to prevent the possible contraction of the disease.  But, there are many more preventive ways:
  1. Try to keep away from germs.  This may be as simple as avoiding a hand shake with someone who may be ill.  Germs are spread through hand contact.      

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Scholarly Accomplishments


On November 1, 2011, Dr. Mort Soroka presented a paper entitled "Supply of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists in New York State:  A Workforce Study" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.




Sara MeederMs. Sara Meeder is the new Clinical Research Manager in the Graduate Center of Vision Research.  She joined the College staff this past January.  With over ten years experience in clinical research management and coordination that includes work in pediatrics and ophthalmology, Sara will work with faculty and staff to increase the College's presence in the field of clinical research.  She will also meet with faculty and staff in order to determine research needs; develop enrollment strategies and help create infrastructure for the growth of our clinical research program.  Ms. Meeder comes to us from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx where she was a Senior Study Supervisor.  Prior to that, she worked in research at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, The Rockefeller University and the Children's Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University.  We welcome Sara to the SUNY College of Optometry community!  



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Ms. Jacqueline Cooper and Ms. Isabelle Cintron-Aydlett have joined the staff of the University Eye Center as Account Representatives in the Billing Unit of Patient Financial Services.  Ms. Cooper has worked at several New York City healthcare organizations in managed care as well as in medical billing.  Ms Cintron-Aydlett has worked in several healthcare facilities throughout the Tri-State area.

*The College would like to remind everyone that all job openings are posted on the College website --  http://www.sunyopt.edu/HR/jobs.shtml.