Faculty and Staff News

October, 2014

Alexis Abate Appointed Director of Communication  

Alexis Abate, Director of Communications

Alexis Abate, MS, was appointed director of Communication for the University, to become effective October 1. In his announcement to the University community, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman said, “I look forward to working with Alexis as we proceed with the Salus branding and marketing efforts. Her background, experience and expertise will serve the University well, as she leads our efforts to ensure that our name and reputation find a wider audience as we continue our mission to become the best institution in the nation for the education of healthcare professionals.

Ms. Abate has been marketing coordinator for The Eye Institute for the past six years. As director of Communication, she will report to Dr. Mittelman and have multiple responsibilities that include the development of an innovative communications strategy designed to engage audiences and stakeholders across multiple constituencies within Salus; creation and implementation of strategies to ensure the University’s outreach efforts and multiple-market visibility are maximized and the building of relationships with the media and surrounding communities to advance our position with relevant constituents. Ms. Abate also will be responsible for Salus University’s varied and integrated communications, including web-based media and publications; community relations; marketing of research and education programs; public outreach events and activities; and other current programs. 

Ms. Abate holds a BA in Communication/Mass Media Writing from LaSalle University and a Master of Arts in Communication Arts, Public Relations and Advertising from New York Institute of Technology.

October, 2014

CER Awarded New Grants

Dean Audrey Smith announced recently that the College of Education and Rehabilitation (CER) Department of Low Vision and Blindness was awarded two five-year grants by the US Department of Education to support the College’s personnel preparation programs in Orientation & Mobility and Teachers of the Visually Impaired. The grants totaled $2.3 million.

Dr. Smith said, “My heartfelt appreciation and congratulations goes out to the CER and Sponsored Programs Administration team effort … with special thanks to team leaders, Dr. Fabiana Perla and Ms. Lynne Dellinger.”  In thanking everyone, Dr. Smith noted that everyone had worked tirelessly to produce quality grant applications whose caliber enabled Salus to be selected from a large competitive pool of many other university applicants throughout the country.

We Salute

The Salus University community warmly welcomes its newest members:  

  • Greg Genna, AuD, Osborne College of Audiology, Clinical Educator

The Salus community offers warmest congratulations to the following members:

  • Dr. Sarah Appel,  co-director, Feinbloom Low Vision Clinic, on the publication of a position paper she co-authored for the American Academy of Optometry about the evaluation and treatment of students with visual impairments. Paper. 
  • Dr. Neil Draisin '71 and Dr. Bill Monaco, associate dean, Biomedicine, for being profiled in recent issues of the "How I See It" section of Focus, the magazine of the AOA (American Optometric Association).
  • Derek Kramer '15OD, who was the PCO top scorer for Part Two of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exam.

The Salus community extends sincere condolences to the following members:

  • Paula Kane, administrative coordinator, OCA, on the passing of her mother, Catherine Convery, who passed away in July at the age of 99.