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FIRST CLASS OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS GRADUATES
The twenty members of the University’s inaugural class of
Physician Assistant students received their diplomas on
September 19 at a commencement ceremony at the Col-
lege of Physicians of Philadelphia.
The graduates were welcomed by Dr. Thomas L.
Lewis, University President, and were addressed by their
class representative, Virel R. Prajapati. The program’s
new director, Dr. Richard C. Vause, Jr., introduced the
keynote speaker, William H. Fenn, Ph.D., PA-C,
DFAAPA, who spoke to the new graduates about health
Katie Cedele Bacik was the recipient of four awards,
including the Alumni Association Award for the highest academic average for both years of study, and the
Clinical Excellence Award. Michelle L. Fischer and Ms. Bacik were the winners of the Graduation with
Highest Honor award. Jennifer Bree Benfield and Ms. Bacik were the winners of the Pi Alpha National
Honor Society Award.
At the end of the ceremony Dr. Anthony F. Di Stefano administered the Oath of Professionalism to the
new graduates. The oath is first taken on the day the students enter their program and is repeated at
commencement. In what has become a University tradition, all health professionals in attendance were
SPECIAL OPTOMETRY PROGRAM: PCO TURNS 90
On October 16, 1919, the first class of students entered the
Pennsylvania State College of Optometry in Philadelphia.
On October 3 a special event, PCO Turns 90: A Celebra-
tion of Education for Practitioners and Students, was held
on the Elkins Park campus.
The day’s events included PCO's first Preceptor Con-
ference, an equipment fair for first year students, an equip-
ment showcase, and CE lectures and clinical workshops.
Attendees enjoyed box lunches as they saw the latest and
best equipment and products offered by sponsors. The
event’s major sponsor was Carl Zeiss Vision. Other spon-
sors included CooperVision, Inc., Odyssey Medical, Inc., Carl Zeiss was a major sponsor of the event. Shown
SynergEyes and ZeaVision. The student equipment fair at the Zeiss booth are (left to right): Zeiss representa-
saw products from Heine, Keeler Instruments, Pacific Oph- tives Jacqui Sweeney, Jeff Hopkins, Lori Fioravanti,
and Dr. Linda Casser, Dean of the Pennsylvania
thalmic, Pioneer, Welch Allyn and S&L Optics. Exhibitors College of Optometry at Salus University.
included the Lions Club, Gulden Ophthalmics and Marco.
The afternoon's events culminated in a reception in the Bennett Lounge of the Hafter Student Com-
munity Center that included an anniversary cake. PCO Turns 90 preceded a two day Continuing Educa-
tion session that began on Sunday. CE participants were encouraged to attend the clinical workshops
held during Saturday’s event.
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WE SALUTE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The University warmly welcomes the follow- November 2 - 4
ing new members: Bone Density Screenings: Hafter Student Community
Alexis Abate, TEI, Marketing Coordinator Center. Appointments necessary. Fee: $20.00
Patricia Benson, Controller
Linda Blanc-Haffelfinger, Assistant Profes- Friday, November 6
sor, PA program PCO Eyedol: Hafter Student Community Center 7 p.m.
Chris Brown, Optician, The Eyeworks Come see our in-house talent sing and dance. Free!
Felix Byard, Medical Software Specialist,
TEI Saturday November, 7
Jeanes Hospital Community Seminars: Senior Health and
Congratulations to: Wellness., 9:30am to 11:30am Free Screenings
Co-authors Dr. Teng Leng Ooi, Y. Su and
J. He for the publication of their article, The Salus Soiree: dinner cruise on the Spirit of ‘76 de-
“Coexistence of binocular integration and parts from Philadelphia 6:30pm.
suppression determined by surface border
information” in the Proceedings of the Na- Wednesday, November 11
tional Academy of Science journal. Veterans Day: past or current members of the uniformed
or armed services are invited to wear their uniform so
Dean Robert Horne, Student Affairs, who they can be recognized and honored for their service.
received the Distinguished Service in the
Health Field Award from the National Asso- Saturday, November 21
ciation of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. TEI Vision Coalition Day: please consider volunteering
(NAMME). your time for this citywide effort to address vision care for
Rick Echevarria, Director, Physical Plant,
who was featured in the Ft. Washington Fire
Company’s August newsletter. Rick has HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
been a volunteer firefighter since 1978. The next issue of Salutations is a combined November-
December issue on December 11.
Sherita Seward Brown ’10OD and Tim
Brown ’10OD on the birth of their son, Please send your news items and photos to
Timothy Brown II, last month. Baby Timothy, firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2.
who weighed 8 pounds, 5 oz., joins big sis-
ter, Tycianna. NEW SMOKING POLICY
The University has prohibited the use of all tobacco prod-
ucts (including smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco)
for its buildings, facilities and vehicles for some time now.
On October 19, a new policy was instituted that prohibits
smoking in any area of a Salus campus except in spe-
cially designated areas.
On the Elkins Park campus, this is the area in the
The University community offers its deepest courtyard between the West Building and the Breyer Of-
condolences to fellow members: fice Park building. At The Eye Institute’s Oak Lane Cam-
Inez Satterthwaite, on the loss of her pus, it is on the concrete walkway of the west side of the
brother, John Henry Magnum. property, between the upper & lower staff/student parking
Joan Schick, on the loss of her father, lot. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any entrance to
Edward Schick. the TEI satellites in Mt. Airy and Strawberry Mansion.
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CER: DINING “IN THE DARK” WALK4HEARING 2009
A class of master’s degree Students and faculty from the University’s
candidates from the College Osborne College of Audiology participated in
of Education and Rehabilita- a walk sponsored by the Hearing Loss Asso-
tion (CER) had a dining “in ciation of America (HLAA) last month and, led
the dark” experience at a local by Dean Victor Bray, the team raised more
restaurant in Elkins Park in than $5,000 as they “Stepped Up to Support
August. People with Hearing Loss.”
The nine students from Of the 43 participating teams, the Salus
the Professional Preparation University Osborne College of Audiology
for Teachers of Children with team finished as the number three fundraiser.
Visual or Multiple Impairments Walk4Hearing, organized by the HLAA, is the
Proving it’s harder than it
program, were taken from the largest series of walks of its kind in the U.S.,
looks, a CER student attempts campus to the restaurant with walks held every fall and spring. To date,
to dine “in the dark.” while wearing blindfolds or 87% of the organization’s goal of $1 million
devices that simulate a visual has been raised.
Under the direction of Assistant Professor Ayala INTERNATIONAL
Ballonoff, the class ordered dinner and enjoyed their PROGRAMS EXPAND
meal as blind or visually impaired individuals, which cre-
ated quite a “hands-on” experience. Exercises such as Pictured at left in
Elkins Park this
this that combine practicality and creativity give students month are (left to
first hand knowledge of the challenges their students right): Mr. Piotr
face on a daily basis. Tokarski , who is
The class, composed of students from Pennsylvania, the University’s
Ohio and Maryland, is an online course except for two all liaison in Poland,
and Dr. Avi
day sessions that take place in the Living Skills Lab on Gonen, Director
campus. This dinner, which took place at the end of the of international
day, is just one of the many ways in which our College of programs.
Education and Rehabilitation faculty ensure students’
understanding of what they eventually will teach to oth- In March 2010, PCO will begin its dual
ers and how best to teach it. Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of
Science (M.Sc.) in Clinical Optometry degree
Jeanes Hospital in Poland. This new program is quite an
Senior Health and Wellness Seminar honor for PCO, according to Dr. Abraham
Medication Safety Gonen, Director of international programs,
Nutritional Health as it is being sponsored by the European Un-
Senior Health Issues ion and is the first time a degree in optometry
Safety in the Home has been offered in Poland.
Balance Disorders The program is in conjunction with the
largest ocular HMO in Poland and PCO will
Free Screenings cooperate with several ophthalmologic hospi-
Saturday, November 7 tals for clinicals. The Director of Education at
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Polish Ministry of Health has offered to
Hafter Student Community Center assist PCO in improving much needed
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PCO ALUMNUS BUSY TEI JOINS VISION COALITION
IN RETIREMENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Dr. Lawrence Ragone ’53, a PCO faculty The Eye Institute will become part of a one day "vision
member for many years, was featured in a coalition" in Philadelphia, an effort designed to address
front page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the issue of vision care for the city’s children. Public Citi-
July 28. The article was about his work with zens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is the event’s coor-
the Camden Eye Center, which he founded in dinating organization and the coalition will include Wills
1961 to provide eye care to those who could Eye Hospital, the Eagles Youth partnership, Philadelphia
not afford it. The center was re-named the health centers and others.
South Jersey Eye Center in June. Saturday, November 21 is the day designated for vi-
Dr. Ragone became the center’s executive sion screenings and refractive care, which will be pro-
director in 1994 after he retired. Today he is vided as free services. According to Executive Director
working harder than ever to provide eye care Dr. Sue Oleszewski, TEI will be participating in a signifi-
for the people of Camden who cannot afford it. cant way, with plans to close down TEI's pediatric ser-
When not seeing patients at the center, vice to provide the space and personnel (students and
Dr. Ragone goes out into the community in the staff) to handle the expected number of participants.
center’s mobile vision clinic. He is committed Staff and additional students from all programs are wel-
to expanding the reach of the center. Last year come to volunteer.
the center saw 11,500 patients and half of The model designed for the day will include vision
them were treated free of charge. screening, a refractive station for children who fail the
The center’s state grant of $350,000 was screening, and an eyewear section for those who need
cut during the current budget crisis in Trenton, eyeglasses. Dr. Oleszewski also plans some visual well-
making finances a challenge. Much of Dr. ness health promotions for the parents while they wait
Ragone’s time is spent these days writing for their children.
grant applications and raising money, but it PCCY will be marketing this event through radio
hasn’t slowed him down a bit. ads, as well as through a "robo" call using the School
In addition to being a member of the fac- District of Philadelphia’s telephone data base for families
ulty, Dr. Ragone is a past member of the PCO in the school district. As an added incentive, the Phila-
Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association delphia Eagles will be donating football tickets.
Board and a recipient of a PCO 75th Anniver- Participation in this day of vision care affords TEI
sary medal. the opportunity to showcase our people and patient
(Special thanks to Associate Professor Joseph care. A strong showing will help us achieve that goal. If
Ruskiewicz, O.D., who joined the PCO faculty in you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr.
1975. Dr. Ruskiewicz remembers Dr. Ragone well Oleszewski at email@example.com.
and suggested this article).
PCO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS (cont’d)
primary eye care in Poland by designating a Polish University as PCO’s partner in this program. “We will
embrace the outstanding Polish professionals and ensure that they absorb PCO standards, as eventually
they will have teaching responsibilities for the program transferred to them,” said Dr. Gonen. “We used
the success of our fourteen year long program in Scandanavia as an example.”
Earlier this month, President Thomas L. Lewis and Dr. Gonen accepted an invitation to meet with
the Saudi Arabia Institute of Health Services. According to Dr. Gonen, these “very productive discussions
hopefully will lead to PCO activities in Saudi Arabia that will compliment the current Saudi eyecare deliv-
ery system.” A letter of understanding is to be signed within the next 30 days, amid ongoing discussions
that will culminate in a second meeting in January 2010.