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UHCO Fellow Receives 2017 Bert & Lydia Corwin Award
September 19, 2017
UHCO Fellow Receives 2017 Bert & Lydia Corwin Award
Jesus Gabriel Martinez, OD, former cornea and contact lens fellow at UHCO, was chosen by a committee of members in the Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Bert C. & Lydia M. Corwin Residency Award.
FERV Annual Anderson Fair Concert
September 12, 2017
FERV Annual Anderson Fair Concert
The eighth annual FERV (The Foundation for Education and Research in Vision) fundraising concert at Anderson Fair, benefitting UHCO Class Scholarship Endowments, was helf Saturday, September 9. Anderson Fair is a small unique, volunteer run, singer-songwriter, music venue that is now considered the oldest such place in the US in continuous operation. Over the last 46 years, many now successful singer-songwriters first performed and learned their craft at Anderson Fair. This year's muscial perforamces performance featured Trish Hinojosa with Matt Harlan as the opening act. 

 
UHCO Outreach Efforts Provide Eye Care to Over 1,000.
September 11, 2017
Over 1,000 get eye care in shelters, thanks to UHCO partnerships
Over 1,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees have been provided eye care in shelters across Houston, Dallas and in Austin through the efforts of UHCO faculty, alumni, residents, clinical fellow, staff and students. Immediately after the tragedy struck, UHCO’s Pat Segu, OD, ’92, and Nancy George, OD, ’81 worked with Prevent Blindness Texas, the City of Houston Health Department and Harris County Health Department to mobilize eye care clinics at the George R Brown (GRB) Convention Center and the NRG Stadium. 

 
She's Just 8 and Her Lemonade Stand Raises $450 for Harvey Evacuees
September 6, 2017
She's Just 8 and Her Lemonade Stand Raises $450 for Harvey Evacuees
New Jersey native, Emma Stellingwerf (8) might be our youngest fundraiser yet. Her lemonade stand raised over $450 to provide eye and vision care to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. “She’s pretty excited about helping people in Houston,” says aunt and UHCO faculty member, Kathryn Richdale, OD. The proceeds will be used to conduct vision exams and provide glasses for individuals in need at storm shelters.
UHCO Assists Harvey Evacuees
September 5, 2017
UHCO Assists Harvey Evacuees
After Hurricane Harvey's paralyzing grip on the Houston community, UHCO optometrists and ophthalmologists banded together, enhancing vision for life, at the George R Brown convention center. #HoustonStrong

For more photos of the UHCO relief efforts click here: Hurricane Harvey 2017

UHCO 'Day of Service'
August 21, 2017
UHCO 'Day of Service'
Over 40 UHCO students and staff participated in the second annual 'Day of Service', this past Satruday, August 19, at the Houston Food Bank. The group helped prepare 11,460 meals for the Houston community. This event is part of the larger Week of Welcome activities and orientation the Class of 2021 experiences prior to their first days of class. This event will foster new memories and connections for the incoming students with the Greater Houston community, in which they live and serve. 

A Day of Service is in honor of the late Dr. J. Davis Armistead, our building’s namesake. Armistead was involved with the food bank since its inception over 30 years ago, helping create policies and procedures for the food bank as well as working in the field. Armistead, who lived through the Great Depression era and served in World War II, pointed to the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self” as his motivation for his philanthropic spirit.
Staff Wins President's Excellence Award
August 8, 2017
Staff Wins President's Excellence Award
Congratulations to Mrs. Chi Nguyen, on receiving the 2017 UH President’s Excellence Award. Chi is instrumental in the UHCO Visual Optics Institute (VOI) where the research focus is to design and implement customized optical corrections in the form of spectacles and contact lenses for some of the clinic’s most optically challenging patients. Chi has been with the State of Texas since 1998 and with at the University of Houston, College of Optometry, VOI since 2006.
Dean Honors North Texas Study Group
August 7, 2017
Dean Honors North Texas Study Group
Earl Smith, OD, '72 PhD, '78, recently honored the North Texas Study Group for their longstanding contributions to optometry at an event held in Dallas, TX. Jerry Jacobs, OD, '65, has led the 19-member group for close to four decades. Dean Smith also gave a talk on "Treatment strategies in myopia." Pictured above are members of the study group at the dinner sponsored by Cooper Vision.
 
UHCO Alum honored - 2017 Women of Influence
July 31, 2017
UHCO Alum honored - 2017 Women of Influence
Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, '85, has been recognized by the Optical Women's Association, as one of the 2017 Women of Influence in the Optometry World. This is an annual list to raise the level of awareness of the multi-faceted roles and contributions made by women in our industry. To see the full list of honorees, visit: http://www.visionmonday.com/…/07/MIW_cover_story_2017_r1.pdf
UHCO Wins Third in Photo Contest
July 13, 2017
UHCO Wins Third in Photo Contest
Congratulations to Sandy Lin, UHCO OPT III, for her 3rd place photo in the annual contest, sponsored by HOYA, at Optomety's meeting in Washington, D.C.