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SCCO's Alumni Newsletter
February 2010
Dear Alumnus,

The New Year is off to a strong start and there is plenty going on here at SCCO!  We're quite proud of the many recent accomplishments of our alumni. Check out all the latest achievements and see what's been happening at SCCO!

Alumni Relations

2010 Distinguished
Alumnus of the Year nominations are now being accepted

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award 2009

The 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
nominations are now being accepted. The award will be presented at commencement in May.


Have something exciting or new happening with you or your practice? Let us know about it! We are always delighted to hear from our Alumni.  Send an email with your news and digital photos to or mail in your information to Alumni Relations, 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831.

Alumni Reunion Weekend Fast Approaches
Class of 99 Reunion BBQ SCCO's Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held the second weekend in February!  The annual gathering of alumni is slated for Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14.
   The Anniversary Classes of 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and the Silver Anniversary Class of 1985 will be specially honored.  Continuing Education Classes will be offered both days with Sunday's program dedicated to creating a scholarship for the Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy Residency at SCCO in memory of Professor Emeritus Michael W. Rouse, O.D., M.S.Ed.

   Make your plans to join the fun on the beautiful SCCO Campus.  There's still time to
Dr. Marsden Elected COA President
Dr. Marsden Elected COA PresidentSCCO Associate Professor Harue J. Marsden, O.D., M.S., '87, has been elected President of the California Optometric Association (COA).  As President, Dr. Marsden will represent more than 2,700 California optometrists who are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of health care for the public through the advancement of optometry.   Dr. Marsden is the first full-time optometric educator to be elected to the COA Presidency.  Read more...
Student Elected President of National Association
Saysha BlazerSCCO Third-Year Student Saysha Blazier has been elected President of the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) for 2010. Blazier will represent 6,500 optometry students when she takes office March 1.  She's the seventh SCCO student to serve as president of the national organization since it was formed in 1968.
   "I have a passion for optometry and serving as president of the American Optometric Student Association is an extension of that and a way to give back to the profession.," said Blazier.  "Involvement with the organization has opened a whole other layer of optometry for me.  I'm very fortunate to have met so many new friends and colleagues through the AOSA trips and activities."
A native of Weiser, ID, Blazier earned a B.S. in Cellular Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.  She began the four-year Doctor of Optometry degree program at SCCO in August 2007.  As a member of SCCO's Class of 2011, Blazier is an active member and leader in many campus organizations.  In addition to serving as Class Historian and on the Student Association Board for two years, she was AOSA Trustee-Elect and Trustee.
Low Vision Council Serves with Purpose
Providing access to eye care and specialized technologies for underserved low vision patients is the purpose of the Low Vision Council, a collaborative group of six community-based organizations.  The group of Community Partners includes:  Braille Institute of America, Blind Children's Learning Center, Dayle McIntosh Center, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Foundation for Fighting Blindness and the Southern California College of Optometry.
   The latest technologies for low vision patients are generally too expensive for many patients to purchase.  If insurances or other rehabilitative funding sources are not available for assistance many patients are left unable to accomplish simple tasks like reading their mail or using a computer in their home or work environments.  The Low Vision Council's fundraising efforts seek to break through these barriers.  If you would like to help send your contact information to:
Assistant Professor Receives "Excellence" Award
Dr. Mark SawamuraSCCO Assistant Professor Mark H. Sawamura, O.D., has received the 2009 Excellence in Optometric Education Award from the California Optometric Association (COA).  This award recognizes an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students.  The COA presents an award to an educator at each California school/college of optometry for his/her strengths and contributions in teaching, scholarship and organizational work that enhances optometric education and distance learning. 
   Dr. Sawamura, a 1991 graduate of SCCO, joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1993.  As a full-time faculty member he also serves at SCCO's Eye Care Center as the Assistant Chief, Jarnagin Primary Eye Care Center.  Read more...
Adventures in Science
Adventures in ScienceThirty-five middle school-aged science essay winners were eager participants in Adventures in Science, a collaborative program of the Fullerton School District, Raytheon, Beckman Coulter and the Southern California College of Optometry.  The program, held twice a year, introduces children to science-based careers.  The most recent program was Friday, January 15.  At SCCO, the final of three stops, the students attended an orientation lecture and participated in hands-on labs taught by faculty and optometric interns.  The event concluded with an awards ceremony and dinner.