Alumni Awards

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award

Rita R. Chaiken, AuD '03, FAAA, 2014 Audiology Alumnus of the Year

Rita R. Chaiken, AuD ’03, FAAA

As president of Atlanta Audiology Services, Inc., Dr. Chaiken is a consultant and senior staff audiologist with Atlanta Hearing Associates, an adjunct faculty member for the George S. Osborne College of Audiology, and an internationally recognized expert in cerumen management. Graduating first in her class from the then PCO School of Audiology, Dr. Chaiken studied for her AuD and simultaneously taught in the distance learning program.  A passionate educator who never tires of teaching, she has said, “It’s such fun to see the light of confidence go on during the course.” An early supporter of the residential program, Dr. Chaiken worked alongside Dr. George S. Osborne, fundraising to establish what is now the Osborne College of Audiology. Her leadership roles serve the profession and include current secretary of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, past Board member of the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association, and past president of the Greater Atlanta Audiology Society (now transitioned to the Georgia Academy of Audiology). Dr. Chaiken’s humanitarian outreach includes her volunteer work with the Hear the World Foundation among other Atlanta based organizations. She is an annual contributor to the George S. Osborne Memorial Scholarship fund, making personal gifts while encouraging others to do the same. Dr. Rita Chaiken embodies the meaning of the term “to give back” and is a well-deserved recipient of this award.


Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award

Glenn S. Corbin, OD ’82, Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year

Glenn S. Corbin, OD ’82

Dr. Corbin is a private practice optometrist committed to community service and the advancement of optometry. He has built a practice with three locations and six optometrists that successfully promotes comprehensive eye care, offering every specialty service within the profession. Establishing optometry as the primary eye care profession within his medical community, Dr. Corbin’s group has hospital privileges at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, serving as their on-call eye care practice for all in-patient consults and emergency room visits involving ocular emergencies. Dr. Corbin serves on the Editorial Review Board for Review of Optometry and is a Principal Investigator, conducting clinical trials to test new medications and medical devices, for numerous pharmaceutical companies. He is a recognized local and national lecturer and an author of various publications.  An adjunct faculty member and active preceptor who is passionate about his role as an educator, Dr. Corbin has earned himself a reputation among his externs as someone who “demands a high standard of care that helps a student grow and develop into a professional.” This award is bestowed upon Dr. Corbin for his valued contributions to the profession and to the students of Salus University.


Special Recognition Award

Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD ’73, MPH, MEd, Special Recognition

Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD ’73, MPH, MEd

There are few individuals who have made a larger impact on the development of each of the individual colleges or the transition to Salus University over the last three decades than Dr. Di Stefano. Among his many contributions to PCO, Dr. Di Stefano was responsible for the development of the external education program and was one of the architects of Curriculum 2000. He also helped to develop the Institute for the Visually Impaired, the forerunner of the College of Education and Rehabilitation. An early advocate for the audiology program, Dr. Di Stefano worked with Dr. George Osborne to develop the nation’s only college of Audiology. His vision also helped to establish the Physician Assistant, Master of Public Health and PhD in Biomedicine degree programs. Additionally, he aided in building research capabilities for the institution. Dr. Di Stefano was the executive director of the World Council of Optometry, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of vision care around the world, from 1996 to 2006. He is a professor of Public Health at the University and has represented the University through its academic programs throughout the world.  The University’s Alumni Association is honored to bestow this award in acknowledgement of the profound influence Dr. Di Stefano has had in the transformation of this institution.


Public Service Award

Marcia M. Shaull, Public Service Award

Marcia M. Shaull

Slated to retire this year, Mrs. Marcia M. Shaull, has served as the chief administrative officer of the MD-14 (Pennsylvania) Council of Lions Clubs since 2000. As chief administrative officer Mrs. Shaull is the most central Lions figure for the state, providing leadership and support to 730 Lions clubs and 22,000 Lions Club members, as well as to Pennsylvania Lions state committees and projects. A current charter member of the York White Rose Lions Club of York, Pa, Mrs. Shaull has 25 years of distinguished Lions service. Her many offices within the association include director, secretary and president of her club and she is a Life Member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank. In recognition of her service to Lions Clubs International, she has received numerous awards, including an International Presidential Medal, two International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and the Lions International Foundation Helping Hands Award. She is a Melvin Jones Fellow and a Past International President Clement Kusiak Youth Foundation Fellow.


Distinguished Service Award

Felix M. Barker, II, OD, FAAO and Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, PhD

Felix M. Barker, II, OD, FAAO and Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, PhD

In the world of academics Drs. Felix Barker and Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker have had careers to which many can only aspire. Their credentials and accomplishments, too many to be listed here, have brought immense value to their students. Beyond that, both have uniquely contributed to the success of the University.

Dr. Felix Barker, professor emeritus, has been an educator, researcher, administrator, mentor and friend to the entire academic community. He began his career at PCO in 1978 as the chief of Primary Care Services at TEI. Over his 30 plus years of service he moved through various leadership roles within the optometry program before becoming the driving force behind the Institution’s research program. As the dean of research Dr. Barker made significant changes to how the institution structured research. He worked directly with the researchers, overseeing their studies, facilitating and helping to support their grant efforts. An active advocate of community service, he founded the Salus Lions Club student chapter. Dr. Barker retired in 2010.

Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, respected educator and mentor to her students, has been a part of this institution for more than 35 years. She has taught in the optometry, audiology and physician assistant programs, leading the latter in 2009 during a significant time of transition. Dr. Dayhaw-Barker also served as the assistant dean, then associate dean of Basic Science before  serving as the associate dean for the Foundations of Optometric Medicine. In this role she received much of the credit for the development of Curriculum 2000, a major innovation to the optometry curriculum implemented in 2001. Another of Dr. Dayhaw-Barker’s major contributions was the creation and launch of the University’s PhD in Biomedicine program. Dr. Dayhaw-Barker’s administrative talents and foresight also laid the foundation for University-wide inter-professional education.  Dr. Dayhaw-Barker retired in February.


Awards and Nominations Overview 

The Alumni Association annually bestows awards on deserving alumni and friends of Salus University. 

  • Optometry related awards will be presented at the Alumni and Friends Celebration, taking place on Friday, June 27, 2014 during Optometry’s Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Audiology related awards will be presented at the annual Open House, taking place on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 during AudiologyNOW! in Orlando, Florida.

Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year

This award is presented to an alumnus of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of optometry, bringing honor and prestige to the College.

Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award

This award is presented to an alumnus of the Salus University George S. Osborne College of Audiology (OCA) or the PCO School of Audiology who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of Audiology, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.

Distinguished Service Award 

This award is presented to a non-alumnus who is closely identified with Salus University and who has provided notable service to the University and their profession.

Public Service Award 

This award is presented to a person (or organization), preferably of national standing, who (which) has made a recent significant contribution to Salus University or to their profession. 

Special Recognition Award

 This award is presented as special recognition of an individual's or organization's contribution to Salus University, their profession or their community.  

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