Now that last week’s commencement is now in the rearview mirror, we’re concentrating on finalizing plans for our upcoming orientation week, which begins August 14th. While this sounds like a long ways off, it’s just around the corner. I know that Dr. Jim Caldwell and his staff have been working feverishly to get things completed.
One huge change this year is that we’ll be conducting our White Coat ceremony right after orientation on August 17 rather than as it has traditionally been in the fall. We’ve also changed the venue - this year’s White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Verizon Hall. We are also excited about our guest speaker, Vice Admiral Forrest Faison, the Surgeon General of the Navy. VADM Faison will bring a real world view of the healthcare landscape to all of our participants which I know they will both appreciate and enjoy.
Looking back to campus, on Monday the optometry students will begin to use the new Clinical Procedures Lab (YAY!!!). We’re planning on a more formal opening ceremony sometime in the near future so be on the lookout for that.
I’d like to remind everyone that our annual Looking Out For Kids fundraiser event will be held on Saturday, November 11th at the Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill. This is the first time we're hosting the event off-campus so it will be exciting to see it take shape. Please plan on attending as I know it will be a wonderful event. Remember, Looking Out For Kids is the Salus charity that changes the lives of underprivileged children across our region by providing eye care and glasses to those in need, all free of charge.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate our newest member of the Salus Board of Trustees, Mr. Reade Fahs. I know that everyone at Salus is looking forward to working with you.