|Executive Student Council 2013-2014|
|Vice President||Alexandra Sexton|
|Media & Clubs Coordinator||Caitlin Morrison|
|Immediate Past President||Angel Ciepiela|
|Class of 2015|
|Vice President||Stephanie Britton|
|Class Representative||Stacy Hu|
|Class Representative||Joseph Kane|
|Class Representative||Lauren Moses|
|Class of 2016|
|Vice President||Abby Raposo|
|Class Representative||Stephan Hanowsky|
|Class Representative||Emily Nangle|
|Class Representative||Trishna Masters|
|Class of 2017|
|Vice President||Katelyn Vilasi|
|Class Representative||Alexa Fox|
|Class Representative||Jesse Hogan|
|Class Representative||Avani Dave|
|Master Program Representative||Ran He|
|AODP Representative||Christina Lord|
|ASIP Representative||Xiaoying Zhu|
|ASIP 2015 Representative||Chinye Otojare|
The Student Council governs the internal affairs of the student body. The Council consists of twenty-three voting members and is made up of the Executive Board; representatives from ODI, ODII, ODIII classes; the Accelerated OD and Advanced Standing International Programs;
The major goal of the American Academy of Optometry is to maintain and enhance excellence in standards of optometric practice. It does this by fostering research and the dissemination of knowledge in both basic and applied vision science. Since its founding in 1922, the Academy’s success in achieving this objective has moved it to the forefront of American and international optometry and made fellowship in the Academy a significant and cherished attainment for optometrists and vision scientists.
For more information see the handbook or contact the AAO student representative.
The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) is the international professional organization for optometric students and is often an initial exposure to organized optometry. The AOSA is headed by an Executive Council (president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer) and a Board of Trustees representing each school or college of optometry. Every student at the College becomes a member of AOSA when his/her activity fee is paid. In return, members receive the AOSA newspaper Foresight and other benefits including penlights, T-shirts, and clipboards.
The Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity is an elite group of Optometrists and Optometry students who are dedicated to stimulating scientific and clinical excellence and high moral standards in the profession.
The COVD-NECO-Special Intrest Group is a chapter for COVD at The New England College of Optometry. There are currently 16 other chapters across the country at various optometry schools.
The Massachusetts Society of Optometrists is dedicated to the fulfillment of quality vision and eye care needs of all the public. To achieve this goal, the MSO seeks to unite all Massachusetts optometrists in their effort to practice the highest standard of care through support of continuing education and research. The MSO promotes full scope of practice by all Doctors of Optometry in fulfilling their goal as primary health care providers through public education as well as legislative, legal and other pursuits. The MSO is also dedicated to promoting the success of its members in professional life.
The MSO is the legal watchdog for the profession in Massachusetts. It is intimately involved with legislative affairs, professional ethics, community health and education, practice enhancement, and a variety of other member’s services. The MSO is the primary source of information in optometry for both the general public and the optometrists of Massachusetts. It provides special recognition to distinguished contributors to optometry, and in this capacity it has honored several members of the College’s faculty and administration
The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) promotes the delivery of vision care to minority communities through consumer education, legislative advocacy and minority recruitment and retention activities. The Association informs minority community members about vision protection, and works to raise legislators’ awareness of minority consumers’ visual needs. NOSA’s recruitment efforts include talks with elementary, high school and college students.
Objectives of the Performance Vision Club (PVC) are to serve all patients in the community to improve their visual performance; to inform the public of preventative measures to ensure proper eye safety and to reduce the risk of eye injury; to promote professional standards of behavior and mutual respect among members, and to promote professional standards of behavior among members of the student organization and the general public.
VOSH/New England is the largest student run organization at NECO, involving both students and optometrists. VOSH’s purpose is to deliver eye care to those who lack access to such services for financial or other reasons. SVOSH offers free eye health screenings throughout Massachusetts. We work closely with the Lions Club, providing them with screenings as they provide us with used eyeglasses to be distributed in an underprivileged country.
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