Southern California College of Optometry
January 2013
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Stay involved! Please take advantage of the upcoming events on campus or in your area.

February 16-17, 2013
March 6, 2013
Alumni Association
Annual Meeting 

April 5, 2013

May 23, 2013

September 19, 2013 
Shared Visions Gala

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

Allen L. Pyeatt, O.D., '48
Ramona, CA
Leonard W. Carpi, O.D., '54
Las Vegas, NV

Perrin H. Guyton, Jr., O.D., '66

Coeur d'Alene, ID


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If you have an IRA, are at least 70.5 years of age and want to make a gift to SCCO from that IRA, OR you know someone who qualifies to do so, The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, provides the opportunity to make a difference and save on taxes. You need to move fast - the deadline is January 31, 2013 to qualify for 2012 tax savings. Details at 2012-2013 IRA Gift.



Starting off on a brand new year!
Alumni Association President's Message

Charles Luu 

Happy 2013! It's an exciting year ahead, with changes in healthcare on the horizon for our country and with implications for our alma mater. Your Association exists to keep our alumni informed, connected, involved and recognized. The most immediate connection: Reunion for the classmates of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993 and 2003 this February 16-17. Next: the Annual Meeting of the Association, March 6,
with a call-in by alumni. For recognition: the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by March 1. Looking forward to a great year ahead!  

- Charles Luu, O.D., '86, Alumni Assoc. President, 2011-2013


Alumni News
SCCO Honors Artists of Philanthropy

philanthropy groupSCCO honored three Artists of Philanthropy 

for their distinguished support at its Essilor-sponsored Circle of Vision Luncheon held on January 18. Honorees Lynn C. Gabriel, O.D., '78, Joseph C. Mallinger, O.D., M.B.A., '72 and Michael R. Sellers, O.D., '78, were recognized at the gathering of SCCO alumni and friends at the Summit House Restaurant in Fullerton.  



A Call for Art to Your Low Vision Patients 
Send your low vision patients who create art to to download the "Call for Artists" and the Shared Visions Art Exhibit Application for SCCO's SV Signature Art9th annual, juried Shared Visions Art Exhibit. The Exhibit celebrates the artistic accomplishments of visually impaired, low vision and blind artists who continue to create in a visual realm, highlighting their abilities, talents and achievements. This year's show features 93 artworks by 44 artists from around the world. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2013. Contact Arlene Kaye at or 714.992.7865 with any questions.


Nominate a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Thirty-two amazing alumni have received the Distinguished Alumnus  Dawn Millerof the Year Award since 1979. Recipients are recognized at the May Commencement for outstanding service to SCCO, to the profession and to the community. With over 4000 living alumni there are many more deserving alumni to be recognized - we need your help to highlight them. Please submit the simple paperwork about an alumnus (or two) you admire by March 1. Contact or 714.992.7832 with any questions.


Eunice Myung Lee, '99, as Regional Clinical Advisor, and Kellye Special Olympics Knueppel, '93, International Volunteer, will be providing vision care at the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Games for an expected 2000 athletes at the Winter World Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, starting Jan 29. Paul Berman, O.D., F.A.A.O., Founder and Global Clinical Advisor of the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, had this to share: "I really appreciate the support of SCCO and its alumni. It was one of the first colleges to get involved with Opening Eyes under the leadership of Carmen Barnhardt, '95 and Eunice Myung, '99, and now we have several Clinical Directors and leaders for Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes who are alumni of your institution. That is one of the reasons why we are so excited that the next World Games [2015] will be in Southern California to highlight the support of the college, their faculty, students and alumni." Thanks to all of our alumni supporting Opening Eyes and Special Olympics athletes around the world!

Longtime SCCO Employees Retire

Tom Runge, SCCO's Technical Maintenance Coordinator, retired December 21 after 38 years of maintaining every type of optical and optometric equipment imaginable and being in charge of building climate control. Diane Nagata retired January 16 after 30 years - most recently as the Campus & Student Housing Maintenance Coordinator, but some alumni will recall her smiling face behind the counter at the Bookstore for many years. We wish them both well in retirement.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Please calendar noon-12:30pm Pacific Time, Wednesday, March 6, to call in for the Alumni Association Annual Meeting. The Board will share what's ahead, take questions and listen to your
input. Dial-in number: 888.272.7337; ID #: 2662757116. Looking forward to your participation!

SCCO on the Road in Portland

nish harue The second week of January, Drs. Harue Marsden, '87 and John Nishimoto, '87 and Mr. Paul Stover enjoyed visiting with our many of our Portland alumni. Drs. David Shin, '12, Rachael Garrett, '97, Christi Closson, '97, Derek Louie, '05, Beth Kinoshita,'02, Mike Tomlin, '87, Zuzana Friberg, '06, and Paul Barney, '84 brought the three visitors up to speed on their lives and professional activities, while learning about the new direction the College is taking.

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