Southern California College of Optometry
December 2012 
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Dec. 22 - Jan. 1
SCCO Holiday Closure

January 18, 2013

February 16-17, 2013
April 5, 2013

May 23, 2013

We were saddened to hear of the deaths of the following alumni: 

Fay H. Ulberg, O.D., '42   

Reno, NV

Marvin Holtz, O.D., '47   

Sherman Oaks, CA

Alfred K. Corwin, '52

Redondo Beach, CA

Matthew B. Brazille, O.D., '59   

Carson, CA

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If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift to the College applied toward 2012, mailed checks need to be postmarked by December 31. Any credit card gifts, including ones made through  Give Now, need to be transacted by 11pm Pacific Time, December 31.

Thank you for being a member of the SCCO family - for carrying forward an interest in learning and sharing your talents with the many others in your life. It's been an amazingly eventful 2012 for everyone - we wish you all the best in the coming year!


Alumni Association President's Message

Charles LuuHappy Holidays to you! 2013 is just around the corner. If you are a member of an anniversary class there's still time to register for the Reunion in mid-February. As a member of any Class we encourage you to consider an admired fellow alumnus/ae for submission as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.  And if you are local to SCCO, please join me and the Board on campus at the Student-Alumni mixer on January 18. We're looking forward to a great year together!

- Charles Luu, O.D., '86

Campus News
Academy of Optometry Fellows and Diplomate
Congratulations to the following SCCO alumni and faculty who added the status of FAAO to their accomplishments in
October 2012:


Raman Bhakhri, O.D. (SCCO Faculty)

Saysha M. Blazier, O.D., '11AAO logo

Caren A. Hirata, O.D., '10

Jane Kuo, O.D., '11

Justin Kwan, O.D. (SCCO Faculty)

Nicole V. Le, O.D., '11 

Benjamin H. Leishman, O.D., '09

Lernik Mesropian O.D. (SCCO Resident)

Jeremiah M. Tampoya, O.D., '07

Tara Vacharkulksemsuk, O.D., '10

Stephanie L. Woo, O.D., '11


Congratulations, also, to SCCO Assistant Professor Pat Yoshinaga, O.D., M.P.H., who was awarded the esteemed Diplomate status in the section of Public Health and Environmental Vision and to Dr. Mesropian who was awarded the Terrence N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award from the American Optometric Foundation.

Dr. Tassinari and Team COA's Monterey Symposium
The Glaucoma Certification Track and countless other sessions saw the SCCO power team of Drs. George Comer, David Sendrowski, Mark Sawamura, '91, Judy Tong, '91, Susan Cotter, and Julie Schornack teach more than 40% of the CE hours provided. JT Tassinari, '87, as 12-year Chair of the COA Education and Clinical Practice Committee brought his entire paraoptometric team for the special CE. Alumni came from all over the country, including Jackie McCall, O.D., '86, from Baxter, Minnesota. Alumni reconnected at the Exhibit Booth and at the Alumni Reception where guests enjoyed an espresso bar and desserts.  
reunion reminder Coming to Reunion 2013?
The Classes of 2003, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1973 and 1963 are catching up in person in relaxed settings, February 16-17. Check out the details; see who else is already committed. Register now to join in the fun!
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