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November, 2018

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Marlene Catarino, Class of 2020, Receives J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Third year student Marlene Catarino, New England College of Optometry (NECO) Class of 2020, was selected to receive the 2018 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. sponsor the award presented each year to a second or third year student from each of the schools and…

October, 2018

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NECO Student, Professor, and Codman Square Health Center Team Win Award for Vision Screening Project

Ms. Julie Alejandro, a third year optometry student, is part of the research team at the Codman Square Health Center that was awarded the 2018 Boston Children’s Hospital Community Partnership Fund (CPF). The CPF identifies and funds projects from community-based programs or organizations that seek to “improve the health and well-being of children and families” in specific neighborhoods of Boston.

September, 2018

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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Low Vision Residency Award

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that alumna Rebecca Deffler, OD ’17, has been selected to receive the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency Award. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation and honors the memory of Alfred A. Rosebloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO. The AAOF explains that “The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency…

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NECO Hosts STAPLE Contact Lens Program at Clinical Training Center

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted 140 students at the NECO Clinical Training Center to participate in the fall STAPLE program (Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education). STAPLE includes two separate workshops during the year – one held in the fall semester focused on soft-toric contact lenses, and one in the spring semester featuring soft multifocal contact lenses.…

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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Pediatric Residency Award

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce that alumna Emily Wiecek, OD, PhD (Pediatric Resident ‘18, AODP ‘17, PhD) was awarded the Terrance Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award for 2018. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). Dr. Wiecek joins a distinguished group of recipients, including twelve Pediatric Optometry Residents from NECO who have received…

August, 2018

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NECO Hosts Annual Global Health Leadership Development Program

This year marked the fourth year of the Global Health Leadership Development Program (GHLDP) at New England College of Optometry, NECO. The program is a collaboration between Wenzhou Medical University (Wenzhou, China), New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA), and SUNY College of Optometry (New York, New York). The GHLDP was held this year from Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, August 1, 2018. …

July, 2018

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NECO Hosts Annual White Coat Ceremony

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, members of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Class of 2021, AODP 2020, ASIP 2020, and the MS/OD China 2020 gathered with families, faculty, and staff at the annual White Coat Ceremony at George Sherman Union at Boston Union. At the event, students received their white coats and letters granting them clinical privileges. This ceremony marks a milestone in…

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NECO Welcomes President Purcell!

New England College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO as the 13th President of the College. Dr. Purcell began his term on July 1, 2018.

June, 2018

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NECO Residents Gather at John E. Asarkof 2018 Residency Conference

On June 15, 2018, a group of forty residents gathered at New England College of Optometry’s Beacon Street campus to participate in the John E. Asarkof Spring 2018 Residency Conference. The conference marks the completion of a year of post-graduate residency training for the group in the NECO residency program. Participants in the NECO residency program specialized in areas such as ocular…

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Joella Martire, OD/MS ‘20 Receives Readers Digest Partners for Sight Grant

Joella Martire, OD ’20, a third year student at New England College of Optometry (NECO), recently received a travel grant to attend the ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) conference. The Readers Digest Partners for Sight grant is given to a student doing research in low vision as a travel stipend to attend ARVO conference, held this year in…

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NECO Opens New Student Clinical Training Center

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the opening of its new NECO Clinical Training Center for students. The Clinical Training Center (CTC) provides a state-of-the-art learning facility with traditional and high-tech eye care instruments and advanced learning technology.  The College aims to prepare students to provide care in all types of clinical practice. The CTC includes…

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Hannah Yoon, OD/MS ‘20, Receives BSK Student Research Grant

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that student Hannah Yoon, OD/MS ’20, was selected to receive the Beta Sigma Kappa Student Research Grant. The grant is awarded annually to one or two optometric students to support their planned project. Students can apply for grant funding for their research projects. Proposals are reviewed by the Board of…

May, 2018

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New England College of Optometry Celebrates 124th Commencement

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, New England College of Optometry (NECO) celebrated its 124th commencement ceremony at historic Boston Symphony Hall. The College conferred 126 Doctor of Optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and in special programs – AODP (Accelerated Optometry Degree Program), ASIP (Advanced Standing International Program) and MS/OD China. Three students were awarded a Master of Science Degree…

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Third Year NECO Student Receives Student Innovator of the Year Award

Graham Stetson, New England College of Optometry Class of 2019, was chosen to receive the Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator of the Year Award this spring. The NECO student received the award together with additional groups and individual students from three other colleges of optometry. The award is named in honor of OD Rick Bay and highlights innovations by optometry students.…

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NECO Honors AAO Student Fellows

On Friday, May 4, 2018, NECO hosted the annual Meet the Student Fellows dinner for individuals who achieved the status of Student Fellow from the AAO. The evening was sponsored by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) club at NECO. The AAO Fellowship is an program for optometrists, scientists, and other qualified individuals go through a rigorous process and achieve the distinction…

April, 2018

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Student Achievement Celebrated at 2018 Visionaries Event

April 19, 2018 marked the 16th annual Visionaries Event at New England College of Optometry, NECO. Students, faculty, staff, and supporters came together for Visionaries: A Celebration of Student Accomplishment. The yearly spring event was originally created to showcase first year students Public Health Care posters, but has grown to include events for second and third year students as well, bringing the…

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NECO Selects Dr. Howard Purcell As Next President

The New England College of Optometry Board of Trustees has named Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, Diplomate, as the thirteenth President and CEO of the College. Dr. Purcell was selected following a national search to succeed Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, who will be stepping down after serving for nine years. He will take office on July 2, 2018.

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NECO Honors 2018 Scholarship Recipients

New England College of Optometry is please to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients. This distinguished group of students was honored for their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and clinical expertise on April 5, 2018.

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NECO Student and Alumnus Receive Mattingly Scholarship

Two New England College of Optometry (NECO) students have been selected for the 2018 Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship. Micaela Gobeille, Class of 2018, and recent alumnus Rebecca Deffler, Class of 2017, were chosen to receive the $2500 scholarship for their commitment to low vision. The award, co-sponsored by Mattingly Low Vision and the El Paso Community Foundation, was created to honor Bill Mattingly and…

February, 2018

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2018 STAPLE Program Provides Hands-On Contact Lens Experience

Contact lenses are an essential part of optometric practice and New England College of Optometry, NECO, provides courses and workshops to help students gain critical skills in contact lens fitting. On Sunday, February 10, 2018, NECO hosted STAPLE, the Soft Toric and Presbyopic Lens Education to provide a hands-on contact lens workshop to the OD3 class. STAPLE offers a soft-toric contact lens…