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                                                                                                                                               January 2013

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Annual Service Awards
Coming:Reunion 2013!
Alumni Directory
Kendall Rosen Receives Recognition

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(January 18)
NOSA presents:
Where: Hafter Student           Community Center
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 (or $3.00 with clothing donation for teen in need)

The Salus community warmly welcomes its newest members:       

Veneta Cromartie, TEI Medical Records


Lauren Sponseller, Assistant  Professor, College of Education and Rehabilitation


Mark Street, OD, MS (LVR)Instructor, Optical Principles and Ophthalmic Applications, PCO 


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


Dr. Joel Silbert, professor, who received the Eminent Service Award from the Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technology Section of the American Academy of Optometry. The award was presented at this year's annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Earlier in the year, Dr. Silbert received the New Jersey Optometric Association's Scientific Achievement Award.


Bethany Watson, program coordinator for Continuing Education, and her husband,Damien Ostrowski, Institutional Services coordinator, who welcomed their first child, daughter  Liliana Grace, just before Christmas.


The Salus community offers heartfelt condolences to the following members:

Dr. Duane Geruschat, College of Education and Rehabilitation, on the loss of his mother, Fern.


Kris Stinson,  on the loss of her mother, Miriam Rapp Harvey.


Pat Weiss, former executive assistant, Finance, on the loss of her husband, Herman.



SOSH (Students in Optometric Service to Humanity) will host a Mr. Salus  pageant on Friday, January 25.

This is a fundraiser to help SOSH raise money for its annual humanitarian mission.

Date: Friday, January 25
Time:  7 p.m.
Place:Hafter Student Community Center
Admission:  $7.00 (beverage included)
SOSH will offer food for sale during the intermission.

"Optometry Olympics"

Saturday, February 23, 2013


This program features eight hours of COPE (approval pending). Eight qualify as Orals, eight as TPA and four as glaucoma.
    Attendees will hear case-based panel discussions, apply new research findings and treatment protocols, and master best coding and billing practices.

 Annual Service Awards Presented

Holiday Party 2012 Dr. Lewis with some awards recipients
(Pictured above back row L to R: Dr. Lewis; Deborah Anderson; Curtis Bellamy; John Gunn. Front row, L to R: Lynne Corboy; Tiffany White; Monica Maisto; Stacie Goldsmith; Sondra Monroe; Celeste Tucker).
The University honored 45 employees for their combined 870 years of service to PCO and Salus at the annual holiday party on December 16.

     Following tradition, in addition to President Thomas L. Lewis, the "waiters" were several President's Council members. With their white shirts, black cummerbunds and bow ties, Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano, vice president of academic Affairs, Dr. James M. Caldwell, dean of Student Affairs, Ms. Lynne Corboy, director of Development, and Mr. Don Kates, vice president of Finance, circulated platters of hors d'oeuvres amongst an appreciative audience at the Hafter Student Community Center.  

        After the awards presentation, a buffet luncheon was served by 

Chef Jim Rubeo and his staff of Williamson's Culinart, followed by raffle prizes and dancing.

         Dr. Lewis presented service awards to the following employees:

Five years: Dr. Susan Calantoni; Roberto DelValle; June Dunwell; Lyonia Fennell; Stacie Goldsmith; Jamie Krass; Kerry Lueders; Monica Maisto; Dana Major; Paula Marsett; Alycia Miller;                     Dr. Alexandre Pertzev; Deanna Simmons; Jasmine Singleton;             Dr. John Snyder; Tiffany White.

Ten Years: Deborah Anderson; Curtiss Bellamy; Janet Delatte;             Dr. Alexander Dizhoor; Dr. Elena Olshevskaya; Dr. Teng Leng Ooi;   Dr. Igor Peshenko; Maxine Shaw; Kristine Stinson; Celeste Tucker.

Fifteen years: Dr. Joann Bailey; Lynne Corboy; Karen Greave;            John Gunn; Darlese Smith.  

Twenty years: Geraldine Cunningham; Paula Kane; Don Kates.

Twenty-five years: Robert Atkinson; Sandra Monroe;                                   Dr. Jean Marie Pagani; Dr. Maria Parisi.

Thirty years: Marcy Graboyes; Dr. Mitchell Scheiman.

Thirty-five years: Dr. Richard Brilliant; Anna Griffin; Dr. Jeffrey Nyman.

Forty years: Dr. Thomas L. Lewis; Dr. Michael Spinell.

Attention Alumni! Awards Nominations and Reunion 2013

AwardReunion 2013 will be held in Elkins Park on the weekend of May 3 - 5.

     This year's activities include an alumni/student happy hour, Philadelphia Orchestra performance (limited seating available) on Friday, May 3, with campus tours, a lunchtime picnic (weather permitting), and the annual alumni dinner and Alumni Association award presentation on Saturday, May 4.  The Dr. Joseph C. Toland 23rd Annual Excellence in Education conference will take place on Sunday, May 5. 

      Planning is well underway with more details to come.  Please check our website for updates on the festivities.

      In order to make the Alumni Association awards presentations, there must first be a nomination process. Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Alumni Association awards for the outstanding alumnus/alumna from PCO and the Osborne College of Audiology. The nomination deadline  is January 31, 2013. ( Nominate now.)  The awards will be presented at the alumni dinner on the evening of May 4. 

      This year's reunion welcomes graduates of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry whose graduation years end in a three or an eight, and the  Osborne College of Audiology Class of 2008 - the second five- year reunion class in the OCA residential program.

        We hope to see you in May!  

Alumni Directory Information
We are creating a new directory that will contain alumni contact information. To accomplish this, we have retained a company called Publishing Concepts (PCI). 
  Postcards and emails were sent from our partner, Publishing Concepts (PCI), in December  requesting updated contact information, and follow up phone calls will be made. We have posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the University's website for questions regarding our Alumni Directory project. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Lemisch, director of Alumni Relations at or 215.780.1391.

Kendall Rosen Receives Recognition 

Kendall Rosen Jan 2013Since opening six years ago, the Hafter Student Community Center has welcomed students, faculty and staff to its fitness center. Administered by employees of L&T Health and Fitness of Virginia, the fitness center has become an integral part of daily and weekly routines for the University community. 

     Last month Kendall Rosen, the Center's manager was awarded L&T Health and Fitness' most prestigious award, the Directors' Award for Service Leadership.

      Hired in 2006 for reception and office operations, Kendall was promoted to manager in 2008. Since then, she has become a certified personal fitness professional and obtained three fitness certifications: indoor cycling, ViPR training and Tabata Bootcamp.

      According to L&T Health and Fitness founders Sue Liebenow and Sue Torok, "Kendall has been . . .program manager of the Hafter Center for over four years, working with a dedicated fitness staff  . . .and a number of front desk employees, which presently includes 20 work-study students from Salus.  Her positive attitude and solution-based thinking have made her a strong leader as well as a strong manager.  Her staff comments on how she leads by example and treats everyone with care and respect.  Her commitment to process improvement, efficient operations, and staff engagement has resulted in creative programming and a positive environment at the Hafter Center."
 Kendall did not want to publicize her award; however, thanks to the efforts of trainer John Mullen and Sharon Noce, associate director, Student Financial Affairs, the word got out. Congratulations, Kendall!