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Student Academy of Optometry Chapter Hosts Successful Continuing Education Event Results in Two Scholarships

Student American Academy of Optometry Chapter Hosts Successful Continuing Education Event Resulting in Two Scholarships

On Saturday, August 27, 2016  the UMSL Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry sponsored a four-hour contact lens symposium presented by world class speaker, clinician and leader, Dr. Tom Quinn.  With the support and assistance of Dr. Jim Hoekel (‘94) the meeting was a success, culminating in Dr. Quinn providing a scholarship to a deserving student.  Student AAO President Taylor Dahms (’18) recalls, “The UMSL Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry was very privileged to have the help of Dr. James Hoekel to put on our first Education for Scholarship event.” 

According to Dahms she feels having good speakers helps make the events more appealing, “Dr. Tom Quinn was an exceptional speaker and the event was very educational for all in attendance. He lectured on the subject of Contact Lenses and it was a treat to listen to him. It was very obvious that he is highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the field.”  The AAO chapter is excited to be able to provide two students full scholarships to attend the Academy meeting in November.  “The recipients are well deserving and two of our most involved members. This would have not been possible without the help of Dr. Hoekel and the immense generosity of Dr. Quinn. We all learned the true meaning of giving back to the profession and are inspired to help even more students in the future,” commented Dahms.  
Dr. Tom Quinn presenting one of three excellent contact lens lectures

Dr. Quinn with Student AAO Chapter President Taylor Dahms (’18), and Dr. Jim Hoekel (’94)

Dr. Quinn and Student AAO Chapter officers Carolyn Draude (’18), Taylor Dahms (’18), and Joann Adams (’18)


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