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Visionaries Day 2015 Celebrates Student Accomplishment

13th Annual Visionaries Day includes public health poster presentation, business plan competition, and a keynote address by Commissioner Janet LaBreck

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, New England College of Optometry held it’s annual Visionaries Day. This day long event celebrates student accomplishments at the College. 2015 marked the 13th year of the event.

The day began with the annual public health poster presentations by first year students at New England College of Optometry. These projects are the culmination of the student’s work in the Vision Health Care Class taught by Dr. Gary Chu, a course that also requires each student to complete a Public Health assessment of the vision care needs of a community. Teams were judged on their work as well as their presentations by a team of judges and groups were urged to present their work as abstracts for the AAO’s Academy meeting this fall. Read more about the Poster Day Presentation.

Second year students had the honor hearing a presentation by Commissioner Janet LaBreck. In a discussion, she shared her life story of overcoming barriers, perseverance, and giving back to the community through her work. She also discussed the role of practitioners in the rehabilitation process and its importance as an eye care professional. Read more about Commissioner LaBreck’s talk.
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Third year students participated in presentations of business plans resulting from Dr. David Mill’s Business Management class. The top five groups presented their plans to panel of judges from Essilor, VSP, and CBRE. The winning group received a check for $1500 from Essilor. Read more about this competition.
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The day was rounded out by a lecture by Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD as part of the Light InSight Lecture series and the Beta Sigma Kappa reception. Dr. Czeisler presented a talk on “Light, Sleep Disorders, and the Working Environment.” Students at the BSK reception were honored for their academic achievement and service to the NECO community.