Students, Faculty, Residents, Staff, Alumni, Board members and Friends,
I hope you all had an enjoyable Fourth of July and had the opportunity to spend some time with friends and relatives - as well as to reflect upon all the great freedoms we enjoy thanks to the forethought of our Founding Fathers and those that sacrificed much to maintain their ideals. This year’s holiday leaves us with a pretty short week, which I have to admit, has been nice!
I’d like to congratulate our Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumnus of the Year, Elizabeth O’Donnell. We celebrated her achievements at a reception at the Hafter Student Center last evening. Despite the threatening rain, over 60 people were in attendance. In addition to honoring Ms. O’Donnell, we also had the opportunity to honor Dr. Audrey Smith with the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. As I mentioned at last night’s gathering, the biggest benefactor of the achievements of both of these unbelievably accomplished professionals have been the clients, patients and students they have helped over their many years of service. On behalf of the entire University community, I again, want to congratulate both Betsy and Audrey on their achievements. It’s individuals like them that help to put Salus on the map!
This week we also welcomed our newest Optometry Accelerated Scholars students to campus. They didn’t waste any time getting to business as they’ve already spent time in our new Clinical Procedures Lab and on the new Virtual Reality Simulation Lab. It’s great to see new faces on campus. Many more will be showing up in the next few weeks as we prepare for Orientation Week, which commences the second week of August. All of our classes are filled, so once again, we will be welcoming our largest incoming class to date.
Speaking of new faces around campus, these next few weeks we’ll be hosting optometry students from Qassim University on campus. These students will be participating in lectures, clinical training and learning how we practice optometry in the U.S. Please join me in welcoming them to campus.
The Eye Institute’s new parking lot is open and ready for cars. If you have a chance to visit the Oak Lane Campus I think you all will be very impressed by how nice the building looks and the accessibility of the parking.
It looks like it’s going to be a nice weekend so if you’re out and about, please remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and don’t overdo it - but have fun! Enjoy these summer weekends because before we know it, it will be fall!