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                                                                                           October 2012

In This Issue
Dr. Verma New NAP President
OCA Alumnus President ADA
Professor Emeritus Huebner
First NOSA Flag Football Champs
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Salus Goes Greener
Departmental Moves in Elkins Park

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The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:

Thomas Greco, Jr., Institutional Services Clerk, Mailroom


The Salus University community offers sincere sympathy to the following members:

Kathleen Huebner, PhD, former associate dean and professor, College of Education and Rehabilitation, on the passing of her mother, Mary A. Huebner.


Satya Verma, OD, associate professor and assistant director of Externship Programs, PCO, on the passing of his mother, Satwanti Verma.



Wormington Fun Run 2012  

The second annual Wormington Run is scheduled for Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m. in Alverthorpe Park in Abington. The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) began this event last year as an AOSA fundraiser. Due to its success, this year a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Fox Chase Cancer Center. The race is named in honor of Dr. Charles M. Wormington, associate professor, genetics expert and inventor of the Wormington card.    

      The 5K run/walk is scheduled to begin at 2 pm. Walkers are also welcome. Bring your friends and family! For more information or to register, please email James Deom '14OD at


 White Coat
Optometry and Audiology Classes of 2016
Physician Assistant and
Occupational Therapy
 Classes of 2014
Monday, Nov. 5, 2:30 pm
Keneseth Israel Synagogue
Class photos will be taken immediately after ceremony. Light refreshments to follow.

Barry Tannen, OD '82, FCOVD, spoke to the PCO chapter of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) on September 25. He discussed "How Vision Therapy Can Enhance Your Opportunities as a New Graduate."



All eyes will be on Michael Vick on Saturday, November 3, but he won't be on the football field.

    The Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback will be at "Looking Out for Kids," as he hosts The Eye Institute's 6th annual fundraiser and silent auction at the Hafter Student Community Center on the Elkins Park campus.

      Donations raised through this gala reception support eye care for uninsured children in the Philadelphia region. 

     Guests can meet Michael Vick at a special VIP reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a cocktail reception before the start of the silent auction.

     For detailed information and to purchase tickets, log on here

Eye Institute Residency Programs Re-Accredited
The PCO residency programs in Primary Eye Care, Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation received the classification of 'accredited' from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).
   According to PCO Dean Linda Casser, "this outcome represents a critical outside review by a body that is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education."
Vitto Mena '14OD, winner of
the AOA photo contest earlier
this year, has created another video. Called "Healthy Sight," it highlights how vision is one of our most valued senses.
   Made for the Transitions
"Healthy Sight for Life" video contest, Vitto's video is posted on You Tube. View the video
and click "like" for PCO. The winner is determined by the
number of "likes" the video gets.
A gmail address is required
to cast your vote. ______________________

Dr. Verma Elected President of NAP

Satya B. Verma, OD, associate professor and assistant director of PCO's    Externship Programs, was elected as the next president of the National Dr. Satya Verma at AOA June 2009 Academies of Practice (NAP). The announcement was made at the organization's meeting in Cleveland.

     Founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our health care system, NAP today promotes scholarly research and inquiry contributing  to excellence in the practice of the professions and promote the quality of interdisciplinary professional practice in the US among 10 health care disciplines: medicine; osteopathic medicine; dentistry; pharmacy; nursing; podiatric medicine; psychology; social work; veterinary medicine and optometry.

     Dr. Verma, whose clinical specialty is geriatric optometry, low vision and computer-related vision problems, is the second optometrist to become NAP president. He will be installed in April at the organization's meeting in Alexandria, VA. He has served previously as chairperson of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry (NAPO), one of the 10 academies that comprise the NAP.

       Dr. Verma's numerous awards include: the Geneva Mathiason Award from the National Council on Aging; Distinguished Service Awards from the Council of Indian Organizations and Prevent Blindness America; Carl C. Koch Jr. Medal award from the American Academy of Optometry; Optome-

trist of the Year awards from both the American Optometric Association and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association; and the George Gottschalk Jr. award from the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.     

Salus Alumnus New ADA President

 Brian Urban, AuD '06 was elected as the next president  of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA). Dr. Urban is the founder and president of CounselEAR, LLC in Evanston, IL. Upon learning of his election, Dr. Urban said: "It is an honor to be elected by my peers." He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rush University. An active member of the ADA, he served as member at large on the Board of Directors in 2009 and 2010 when he was elected Treasurer.

      Angela Morris, AuD '03 is a new member at large, while Rita Chaiken, AuD '03, continues as a member at large.                           Founded in 1977 as the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology is dedicated to the advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care.    

Professor Emeritus Huebner 

Kathleen M. Huebner, Ph.D, who recently announced her retirement after 19 years at PCO/Salus as professor and associate dean of the Dr. Kathleen Huebner 2011 College of Education and Rehabilitation, was unanimously granted professor emeritus status by the University's Board of Trustees last month.

   In his confirmation letter, President Lewis congratulated Dr. Huebner on behalf of the entire University and the College of Education and Rehabilitation in particular, saying, "I congratulate and applaud your many years of dedication, commitment and accomplishment that this honor reflects. Your contributions have been exemplary and will have an enduring impact on our programs and academic culture."      

      Emeritus status allows the institution to sustain academic identity. This appointment creates mutual benefits: for the professor, emeritus status sustains a basic support system for continued scholarship and collegial relations; for the institution, it allows an ongoing association with active, distinguished academics and scholars.

       Dr. Huebner remains the chairperson for North American and Caribbean Region of International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (IECVI) 

First NOSA Flag Football Champs    NOSA 2012 Flag Football Champs

Congratulations to the first NOSA (National Optometric Student Association) flag football champions: Team Wolfpack! After winning the NOSA flag football tournament in September, the Wolf Pack automatically advances to the semi-finals of SOSH's Flag Football tournament coming later in the year.

Pictured above from left to right are: Charlene Pineda '15OD; Xavier Thompson '14OD; Chaz Truesdale '16OD; Tyler Doersam '14OD; Vitto Mena '14OD; Kennard Herring '14OD; John Weathers, Jr. '16OD and Cerina Buchanan '15OD.

Audiology Grand Rounds  

 Grand Rounds are a proven teaching tool of medical education. At the University's Osborne College of Audiology, each second year student must participate during the spring term.

   Held in a classroom during lunchtime, "it is for students to present interesting cases to fellow students and faculty and to help everyone understand the case from beginning to end," explains associate professor Radhika Aravamudhan, PhD.

   The presenters must be ready to be challenged and to answer questions. "My case had multiple twists and turns while also having the possibility of multiple diagnosis," explained Pete Kleckner '14AUD. The task of Grand Rounds is to be able to look at a complex case and solve it through evidence-based medicine.  Mr. Kleckner continued, "When it came to presentation day I was definitely excited to not only share all the information and hard work we put into the presentation, but  . . . also to stand in front of a huge group of my peers and my colleagues."

   Mindy Westfried '14AUD, learned about benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) in class. "It is one of the few causes of vertigo that can be treated. We found a patient who was in a car accident and developed BPPV. We did our presentation on him. Presenting at Grand Rounds taught me that when I present I should be simple; don't put too much information on the slide," she said. "Also know everything about your case because you can be asked about anything." 

(Pictured above Grand Rounds 2012 winner, Abby Mott '14AUD, with (left to right): Dr. Charles M. Wormington; Dr. Bre Myers and Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan.)


As in years past, Walk4Hearing, the annual fundraiser begun by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to raise awareness of hearing loss and to eradicate the stigma associated with it, attracted a robust team from Salus University's Osborne College of Audiology (OCA).

     OCA students, families and friends gathered at Ridley State Park in Newtown Square, PA on Sunday, Sept. 23, for the 3.1-mile, pet-friendly walk. This local walk is part of HLAA's national effort that has become the largest walk of its kind in the country. The OCA team is pictured above at the end of the walk.

Salus Goes Greener
Along with an announcement to the recipients of the print version of
Salutations that this month marks the final paper issue, changes are being made in other areas to ensure that the University continues its efforts to become environmentally friendly.
     The academic and administration areas of the University share two connected buildings, while the adjacent third four-story building owned by the University houses the Pennsylvania Ear Institute, the clinical facility for Salus' Osborne College of Audiology doctoral students, and a variety of corporate and medical tenants. 

      Each Salus facility (Elkins Park campus, the Hafter Center, Pennsylvania Ear Institute, The Eye Institute and its satellites) offers ways to recycle cardboard, bottles, plastic and cans. All new applications feature energy-efficient lighting fixtures and LED lighting.

       "We take advantage of every opportunity to ensure that we are using environmentally correct materials," explains Rick Echevarria, director of the Physical Plant department. "For example, the 1,435 square yards of new carpet recently laid on the third floor of the University's academic building is climate neutral. The use of this carpeting material equates with saving 42,476 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, or 2,187 gallons of gasoline." As more renovations and updating take place, the University will continue to seek and employ measures to ensure the maintenance and expansion of a greener profile by the utilization of more eco-friendly materials whenever feasible

Departmental Moves in Elkins Park
Over the summer, the University renovated several old and new areas to accommodate the needs of faculty and students within several programs.  As a result, several departments have moved within the Elkins Park campus so that academic programs remain under the same roof.

    The academic and administration areas of the University share two connected buildings, while the adjacent four-story building owned by the University houses the Pennsylvania Ear Institute, the clinical facility for Salus' Osborne College of Audiology doctoral students, and a variety of corporate and medical tenants.

      In September, four departments - Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement, Communications/Publications, and Finance (payroll and accounts payable) - relocated to the fourth floor of that building, known as the Breyer Office Park (BOP) building.

     This is a permanent move and phone extensions remain unchanged.