Orientation and Mobility program director, Dr Fabiana Perla proudly shared this photo of O&M master's degree student, John Kilpatrick, taken at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Leadership Conference in Brooklyn NY on Friday, February 28. According to Dr Perla, John was one of a few graduate students in the country who received the AFB Delta Gamma award, given for his accomplishments and potential for leadership in the field of visual impairments. Pictured with John is AFB CEO, Carl Augusto.
OT Students and Advisor Volunteer
Saturday, February 8 saw (left to right) Occupational Therapy faculty member Ms.Caitlyn Foy and OT students Erin Oczkowski, Brandon Burnett, Jennifer Wagner, and Meghan Klouser volunteer at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) special event at Philadelphia University. The group helped make 19 quilted blankets for POTA's Project Linus, which were donated to a woman's shelter that had requested baby blankets. Another great example of how Salus students and faculty live our mission to enhance the health and well-being of people.
January 8, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer article: The Eye Institute Norristown Outreach.
January 6, 2014
Low Vision Mobile Clinic Grant
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Appel and Ms. Marcy Graboyes, who have received a grant of $20,000 from the Albert B. Millett Memorial Fund of the BNY Mellon Mid-Atlantic Charitable Trusts to fund our William Feinbloom Community-Based Low Vision Mobile Clinic! This service brings comprehensive low vision evaluations to children with visual impairment in their educational settings in sites throughout the Delaware Valley. Another great example of living the Salus mission.
Salus president, Dr. Mike Mittelman, Ms. Lynne Corboy, director of Development, Dr. Sue Oleszewski, chief of staff and immediate past president, Dr. Thomas L. Lewis, Ms. Jo Surpin, Salus University Board of Trustees Chair are pictured with representatives from GS Architects and James J. Clearkin and Co., who designed and built The “New” Eye Institute.
The University hosted a donor recognition reception on Sunday evening, January 26 at The Eye Institute (TEI). The evening was an opportunity for the University to show its appreciation for the donors of the “Setting Our Sights” capital campaign that raised money for the $11 million renovation at TEI. Attendees were able tour the facility and hear remarks from current Salus president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, who welcomed the guests to the University’s flagship clinical facility; immediate past president, Dr. Thomas L. Lewis, whose tenure included the campaign and renovation; Dr. Susan Oleszewski, who was TEI’s executive director before and during the renovations, and Board of Trustees chair, Ms. Jo Surpin, who spoke of how The Eye Institute symbolizes the vitality and changes at Salus and how the University continues to respect our past while moving forward. The evening saw many former students/classmates and faculty reconnect, emphasizing once again the strength of the Salus community.
January 16, 2014
Tthe Hafter Student Center was filled with 300+ optometry students who attended the first-of-its kind “Eyes on Alcon” event. After a welcome by University president, Dr. Michael Mittelman, students toured the many displays of Alcon products and services that were manned by Alcon representatives on hand to answer students’ questions. Months in planning by many people both at Alcon and Salus PCO, the evening was a great success. A fun Philly-style menu was enjoyed and the team trivia challenge (each team comprised of first, second and third year students pooling knowledge and experience) was a definite hit. Dr. Linda Casser, the PCO Student Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of faculty and staff collaborated to make this a memorable evening of learning and fun in equal measure.
January 10, 2014
Physician Assistant Fundraiser a Success
by Michelle Jordan ’15PA
Last semester, our Salus Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2015 held a very successful No Shave No-vember/Mo-vember fundraiser with incredible results. An astonishing total of $2,842 was raised for our fabulous beard-growers and the individual charities they chose to grow their beards for. The exciting twist - to raise money for multiple, competing charities while raising awareness for men’s health - brought in much more than we originally anticipated.
This fundraiser was designed to have half of the proceeds go to the PA Class of 2015 to support them with upcoming conferences and PA events, while the other half would go to the charity of the beard-grower who raised the most money for his charity. The beard grower who raised the most money was Anthony Firetto, with more than $1,000 earned towards the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Due to the success of the fundraiser and generosity of our winner, the PA Class of 2015 was able to donate to the TOP FOUR charities this holiday season!
We were able to donate several hundred dollars to each of the following charities: The Sarcoma Foundation of America, thanks to beard-grower Anthony Firetto; International Justice Mission, thanks to beard-grower Tim Roberts; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, thanks to beard-grower Ed Sutton and Pearce Q Foundation, thanks to beard-grower Ryan Wilson. These contributions made it to their charities just in time for the holidays, along with a holiday card explaining our fundraiser and extending best wishes and warm thoughts from the Salus University community. The PA Class of 2015 would like to thank everyone for their participation and support with No Shave No-vember/Mo-vember.
Saturday, January 4 was the 205th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of reading and writing for the blind and visually impaired. Today, Braille is found on elevators, ATM machines and a host of other public venues. For years, Braille books have allowed those with limited or no vision to enjoy current bestsellers as well as literary classics. Dr. Fabiana Perla, director of the Orientation and Mobility program at Salus’s College of Education and Rehabilitation shared a link with her students that demonstrates how technology has changed Braille reading.
For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read
January 2, 2014
Cheers and Ears: Have fun, but be aware!
December 30, 2013
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article about Salus president, Dr. Mike Mittelman.
New MPH Scholarship
In the fall the University announced the establishment of the John Whitener Family Scholarship, to be awarded annually to an outstanding optometry student or optometrist who is completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Salus.
James Deom, Salus University PCO Class of 2014, is the first recipient of the scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship was established by John C. Whitener, OD, MPH, in memory of his parents.
A former Salus PCO adjunct faculty member and member of the advisory board that helped to create the MPH program at Salus, Dr. Whitener worked in the AOA (American Optometric Association) Washington, DC office for many years, interacting with government agencies and optometric organizations on behalf of the profession. In addition to his service with the AOA, Dr. Whitener has also been actively involved in the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Whitener was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in 2011.