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SUNY Student Organizations

President: Jeremy Du
President-Elect: TBD
Secretary: Sherry Shang
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Delaram Shirazian
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jennifer Gould and Dr. Richard Madonna


Mission Statement: Interprofessional practice is rapidly gaining traction in today's healthcare setting. ACE strives to promote interprofessional collaboration by emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary health care, through joint screening opportunities and networking events.


Description of Activities: Participating in this club will offer you the ability to communicate and learn about different professions, and how they relate to optometry. ACE hosts joint health screenings and interprofessional networking events with other health providers, namely podiatrists and dentists.


How do I join or become a member? All students are welcome to join ACE. There is a membership due of $20, which includes ACE scrubs and a pin. Attend the first meeting for more information.

Trustee: Angela Wen
Trustee-Elect: Ashka Patel
Third Year Liaison: Ian Olexio
Second Year Liaison: Neelam Patel
AOA-PAC Coordinator: Michelle Yakubov
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marilyn Vricella


Mission Statement: The purpose of the American Optometric Student Association is to improve the visual welfare and health of the public, to promote the profession of optometry, and to enhance the education and welfare of optometry students. AOSA represents nearly 6,000 students from all 22 schools and colleges of optometry. AOSA is the national student affiliate of the American Optometric Association; when you become a member of AOSA, you automatically become a member of the AOA as well. AOSA is also the liaison between students of optometry and other affiliated national optometric organizations including: NBEO, ARBO, AFOS, AOAPAC, COVD, APHA, FRC, OEPF, AAO, and ASCO. AOSA and AOA work hard as the voice of optometry as a whole to protect and expand the scope of practice and ensure you can utilize all of the tools you learned in school to the fullest extent possible when you graduate and start practicing.


When/where are meetings held? Students are encouraged to attend all organized optometry meetings at SUNY as well as the annual AOA/AOSA Optometry's Meeting.


How does a student join/ get involved? All SUNY students are automatic members of AOSA. Check your email for information on meeting times and contact the Trustee or Trustee-Elect for more information about getting involved!


Website: http://www.theaosa.org/

President: Jonathan Pham
Vice President: Amanda Kulberg
Secretary: Himakshi Bhatt
Treasurer: Sam Lee
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Gould


Mission Statement: To stimulate scientific attainment, academic excellence and the ethical practice of optometry; and to promote and provide financial support for worthy research projects relating to vision care and the eyes.


Description of Activities: Clinical tutoring for students who ask for help learning clinical techniques Volunteer to help out in Optional lab.


When/Where meetings are held? Fall and Spring meetings are held at school in the classrooms.


How does a student join/get involved? Invitation to membership is extended to second, third, and fourth year students possessing the following record of achievement: To be eligible for BSK membership, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.5. Membership will be extended to those eligible at the end of each academic year.


Website: http://betasigmakappa.net/

President: Suzy Chen
President Elect: Caroline Crisostomo
Secretary: Julie Song
Treasurer: Henry Banh
Social Media Coordinator: Taylor Davis
Faculty Advisors: Dr. John Gialousakis and Dr. David Libassi


Mission Statement: SUNY CLEAR is dedicated to educating optometry students on the use of contact lenses for treatment of refractive error and ocular diseases, exposing students to current contact lens related research and technology, and informing them about the evolving contact lens brand and products on the market. We also aim to provide insight on integrating this knowledge about contact lenses into clinic and future practices.


Email: SUNY.O.CLEAR@gmail.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYCLEAR

President: Emily Shtull
President Elect: TBD
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Poirier


Mission Statement To increase student awareness about current issues and challenges facing the profession of optometry in Canada and to encourage communication and involvement between students and their future co-workers in Canada.

Description of activities: CAOS strives to keep Canadian students updated on topics such as: current scope of practice for Optometrists in Canada and Canadian board examinations.


When/Where meetings are held? One to two times per semester at SUNY


How does a student join/get involved? All Canadian students are members.


Website: http://caostudents.ca/

President: Peiwei Lo
Vice President: Cassandra Chow
President Elect: Timothy Yuan
Secretary: Stephanie Yu
Treasurer: Chloe (Keying) Yan
Social Chair: Peter Yoon
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gui Albieri


Mission Statement: CCOSA aims to spread and celebrate Chinese culture. Chinese civilization is one of the oldest, with a records dating back at least 5000 years. Today, Chinese is the most common language spoken worldwide, and China contains the largest population of any country. CCOSA works with the Confucius Institute and the Cultural Diversity Committee at SUNY to bring awareness of Eastern ways of thinking to the Western world through speakers, events on and off campus, and of course, Chinese food. CCOSA also facilitates cultural exchange with students from Wenzhou Medical University, at which SUNY has an externship site.


Events this Year:

  • China Winter Trip
  • Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • 3-4 social events per semester such as tea making, cooking, and calligraphy classes
  • Welcoming students from Wenzhou Medical University (Summer)


How do I join/get involved? Attend the first meeting for more information.

President: Rachel Du
President-Elect: Breanna Tran
Class of 2020 Representative: Anna Dobrokhodova
Class of 2021 Representative: Sam Lee
Class of 2022 Representative: Brandon Tran
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wong


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness and promote membership of the California Optometric Association (COA), promote student involvement in current legislative issues regarding the optometric profession, expose students to state scholarships, and offer students opportunities to interact with optometrists and industry representatives currently working in California. This club is designed to promote organized optometry at the state and national level by working in cooperation with AOSA, NYSOA, and related organizations.


Vision Statement: The vision statement of COSA is the same as that of the California Optometric Association. Our purpose is to support and advance the profession of optometry to assure quality health care for all Californians, as primary providers of vision and health care.


When/Where are meetings held? 3-4 times per semester in the classrooms on the 1st floor.


How does a student get involved?http://www.coavision.org/files/Membership%20Applications/Student%20Application-11-2011.pdf


Website: http://www.coavision.org/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438179803071838/ (Send a request to join)

President: Jeffrey LeBlanc
President-Elect: TBD
Treasurer: Simran Kaur
Secretary: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Audra Steiner


Mission Statement: At SUNY College of Optometry, the COVD club’s purpose is to expose optometry students to the vision therapy specialty early in their optometric career. We aim to raise awareness, passion, and interest within our student body to promote involvement in this integral part of Optometry: training and enhancing vision. After all, COVD believes that vision is more than just seeing 20/20! It is one of the specialties where Optometrists can really differentiate their knowledge and skills from other healthcare practitioners. Only optometrists are trained to conduct vision therapy, and by all means, treating strabismus is an art. To carry out its mission, COVD hosts speaker events throughout the academic year. Our doctors are all fellows of COVD and practice behavioral optometry and vision therapy in their respective practices. By sharing their knowledge and patient care experiences, our presenters inspire students to explore this specialty, formulate their own standard of care, and join other fellows of COVD after the completion of their education here at SUNY.


When/Where meetings are held? 3-4 meetings per semester at SUNY


How does a student join/get involved? Free student membership, email newsletter and student discounts for the Annual meetings. You can join COVD by clicking on the following link: https://covd.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp?. You can also attend lunch meetings and Annual COVD meetings to stay current or contact Simran Kaur at gkaur@sunyopt.edu.


Website: http://www.covd.org/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COVDSUNY

President: Holly Knoechel
Vice President: Levon Dang
Secretary/Treasurer: Michelle Kulowski
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Quy Nguyen


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness and promote membership of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists, promote student involvement in current legislative issues regarding the optometric profession, expose students to state scholarships, and offer students opportunities to interact with optometrists currently working in Connecticut. This club is to be designed to promote organized optometry at the state and national level by working in cooperation with AOSA, NYSOA, and related clubs.

President: Kevin Leung
President Elect: Annie Liang
Secretary: Jay Kim
Treasurer: TBD


Mission Statement: FCO is a fellowship of Christians and non-Christians that aims to maintain community, growth, and outreach both in our personal life (bible studies, prayer) and also in the optometric field (Bowery, missions).


Description of Activities: We have bi-weekly lunch meetings with a time of sharing, Bible study, and prayer. We also have monthly community service at the Bowery where we give eye exams to the homeless. We have a yearly mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to serve the indigenous people there. Lastly, we plan events such as game night, dinners, and various casual activities to fellowship and to have a good time.


When/Where meetings are held? Typically Tuesdays at noon, Location TBA


How does a student join/get involved? Contact Kevin Leung kleung@sunyopt.edu or Jay Kim mkim@sunyopt.edu and we will tell you when our next meeting is.


Website: www.fcoint.net


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/219011824898968/

President: Chana Haimowitz
President Elect: Shulamit Iyabayev
Co-Presidents: Chana Haimowitz and Esty Blatt
Vice President: Daniella Perlstein
Secretary: Sharon Itzhakov
Treasurer: Aviela Segev
Event Coordinator: TBD
Social Media Coordinator: TBD
Artistic Coordinator: Sarah Pinkhasov
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Steinway


Mission Statement: The Jewish Optometric Association seeks to represent, support, and provide outreach to the large number of Jewish optometry students at SUNY. The club aims to bring together the religious commonality of our members' personal lives as well as their professional commonality. It is open to both Jewish and non-Jewish students.


Description of Activities: The club hosts quarterly lunch meetings for members to bond and enjoy good free food. Additionally, most of these meetings are accompanied by a Rabbi who speaks briefly about upcoming holidays. The club also hosts an annual school-wide luncheon with an O.D. guest speaker who speaks about a unique topic within optometry. Finally, the club hosts an annual Shabbat experience by one of the Jewish faculty members.


When/Where meetings are held? All meetings are held at SUNY. The Shabbat experience is held at a faculty's home.


How does a student join/get involved? Membership is open to any and all SUNY students. There is no membership fee. At the first meeting students simply sign up to be members. Students additionally can get further involved and hold board positions which are available to all years including first.


President: Jubin Shah
Vice President: Schuman Chen
Secretary: Jay Kim
Treasurer: TBD
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Soden


Mission statement: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.


Description of activities: Vision Screenings, Blood Drives, Community Service/Volunteer events, Tutoring


Meetings held: 1-2 meetings per semester


How do I join/ Get involved: Email Michael Choi (mchoi@sunyopt.edu) or Jennifer Nguyen (jnguyen@sunyopt.edu) for more information. There is a $20 due for Lions International.


Website: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

President: Michelle Yakubov
President-Elect: TBD
Treasurer: TBD
Faculty advisor: Dr. Esther Han


Mission statement: NORA is diverse group of professionals dedicated to advancing the art and science of rehabilitation of the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families. NORA members recognize the crucial role of vision in human performance. NORA emphasizes treatment modalities designed to optimize the frequently neglected visualmotor, visualperceptual and visual information processing dysfunction in the neurologically affected person. NORA events and speakers aim to expose students to the world of brain injury and rehabilitation from optometrist's, other healthcare professional's, and patient's point of view.


Where/when are meetings held: 1-2 meetings per semester in the classrooms on the 1st floor.


Website: https://nora.cc/

President: Ray Farmer
Vice President: Mariah Marshall
Secretary: Omar Perdomo
Treasurer: Stephen Dellostritto
Public Relations Chair: Osasenaga West-Erhabor
Recording Secretary: Stephen Dellostritto
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Quy Nguyen


Mission Statement: In 1979, after ten years of service to under-served communities, the NOA sought to establish a student organization to promote service among optometry students and carry forward the NOA’s mission of advancing the visual health of minority populations. In addition to fulfilling this core mission, the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) incorporated the goals of furthering the professional development of its student members and increase the diversity in the profession of optometry by enhancing the recruitment and retention of minority students. The National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) is an international service organization comprised of over 1,000 optometry students who are dedicated to increasing access to eyecare for minority and under-served communities.NOSA’s mission is to advance the visual health of minority and under-served communities by investing in the success of compassionate students who are eager to serve these communities.


Description of Activities: Vision screenings, meet and networking event with current NOA members, Clinical assessment tutoring, Volunteering, Social Events, Middle School, High School and College Outreach Programs, National Conferences


When/where are meetings held? 2-3 times a semester at SUNY


How Do I Join/get involved? Attend the first meeting for more information. $20 application fee (includes tshirt, Spanish-English dictionary for eyecare providers, & NOSA pin)


Website: www.nationaloptometricassociation.com/

Co-Presidents: Anthony Boyd, Elise Hoi
Vice President: Aalia Khan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Petrosyan


Mission Statement: We are dedicated to advancing the profession of optometry and serving optometrists in meeting the eye care needs of the public. NJSOP is focused on improving the quality and availability of vision care, and we fulfill this objective by providing reliable and current information regarding eye care and health care policies. One of our most important responsibilities is to educate the public about the importance of routine comprehensive eye exams while providing competent, quality patient care. Additionally, NJSOP assists members in conducting their practices successfully in accordance with the highest ethical standards of patient care.


Description of Activities: NJSOP is the state association for optometrists practicing in New Jersey. We strive to be a resource and guide for optometry students throughout their education. NJSOP makes frequent visits to SUNY and PCO/Salus University...and more often than not, we bring pizza!


Yearly events for students to get involved in:

  • The Special Olympics at The College of New Jersey
  • Therapy By The Sea in Atlantic City, NJ
  • SUNY's NJSOP Student-Doctor Networking Cruise
  • There is also a scholarship opportunity, the Dr. Leslie Mintz scholarship, awarded to one student annually.
  • NJSOP is a great way to network with doctors in New Jersey, and gain valuable information about your optometric career.


When/Where meetings are held? Meetings are usually bi-annual and held in either room 101 or 103. Lunch is always served. Flyers about upcoming meetings will be posted around the building.


How does a student join/get involved? To join, visit the student section of our webpage: www.njsop.org


For more information: e-mail aboyd@sunyopt.edu or ehoi@sunyopt.edu , come to a meeting, and 'like' our facebook page: www.facebook.com/NJSOPStudentMembers


Website: www.njsop.org



President: CJ Murzynski
President-Elect: Brigette Roman
Secretary: Rochelle Fleisher
Treasurer: Sarah Pinkhasov
First Year Liaison: TBD


Mission Statement: NYSOA is dedicated to enhancing the vision care and health of the public and promoting the art and science of optometry. For eleven decades, it has continued to benefit individual doctors of optometry, the profession and the quality of life of New Yorkers. NYSOA plays a significant role in how optometry is perceived by other professions, government agencies and the public at large.


Description of Activities: NYSOA is a non-profit individual membership organization, which works with local affiliated optometric associations throughout New York State and is affiliated with the American Optometric Association. Members practice in a variety of settings including their own private offices, in association with other optometrists and ophthalmologists, and in hospital clinics and health maintenance organizations. Membership is open in special categories to full-time faculty members and optometry students. NYSOA members benefit from the associations community relations and public service efforts.


When and where meetings are held? Located throughout New York State, monthly meetings and special seminars provide for professional exchanges including policy on local, state and national issues. In their respective communities, local societies conduct a variety of activities including public relations projects and community screening programs at health fairs, senior citizen centers and schools.


How do students get involved? The best way to be involved is to attend the local society meetings, Student Society meetings, and to volunteer your time when appropriate. Contact Sarah Gleason or Mariel Messilaty (sgleason@sunyopt.edu, mmessilaty@sunyopt.edu)


Website: http://www.nysoa.org/

President: Alex Kim
President-Elect: Julie Ren
Secretary: Kent Uehara
Treasurer: Sanjana Saksena
First Year Liaisons: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hue


Mission Statement: The purpose of this chapter is to increase student awareness of the American Academy of Optometry, promote student attendance at the annual Academy meeting, encourage and educate students about how to pursue fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry, and to foster interest in vision science research.


Description of Activities: The goal of the SAAO is to both inform and involve SUNY students in the latest developments within optometry. Doctors of the Academy have graciously donated their efforts towards helping students take the next step in their careers, thus shaping leaders and innovators for the future of our profession.


When/Where meetings are held? 1-2 times per semester, locations TBA


How does a student join/get involved? Membership to SUNY's chapter is free and open to all optometry students, to full time students in the vision sciences and related sciences, and to in-house residents. In addition, student membership to the AAO is covered by SUNY, which spans across all 4 years of the OD program plus residency for recent graduates. For more information and a copy of the application, please visit: www.aaopt.org/student


Website: www.aaopt.org/

President: Jonathan Pham
Vice President: TBD
Secretary: Kent Uehara
Treasurer: Brooke Goonetilleke
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Hue


Mission Statement: To connect students who have an interest in public health, give opportunities to serve in the public health field, and to serve the general public with knowledge and resources to maintain healthy living and prevent disease. We would also like to connect with public health and students of other health disciplines outside of SUNY for health fairs and public health events in the NYC metro area.


Description of Activities: In addition to the general meeting each semester, SAPHA members provide eye health education at nursing homes throughout the NYC area, support Diabetes and Glaucoma awareness in the months of November and January through various activities within the college, fundraise for The Red Cross, host guest speakers at SUNY lunch meetings, contribute to preparation for the annual VisionWalk which supports the Foundation Fighting Blindness.


When/ Where are meetings held? The goal of the SAPHA is to have at least 3 general meetings or volunteer activities per semester. Meetings are held in one of the classrooms, depending on availability.


How does a student join/get involved? All students are welcome to the organization. We keep a list of interested members on our email list. All meetings are announced via school email.

President: Emily Shtull
President-Elect: Safia Sulliman
Treasurer: Ryan Campbell
Secretary: Melody Kordnaij
Social Media Coordinator: Danielle Mirzokandova
Event Coordinator: Suzy Chen
Fourth Year Liaison: Nick Sostilio
Third Year Liaison: Murtaza Jaffarji
Second Year Liaison: Elise Regina
First Year Liaison: TBD
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthew Bovenzi


Mission Statement: To inspire optometry students to pursue private practice and to provide information that addresses their concerns regarding private practice in order to instill confidence for success in private practice optometry.


Description of Activities: Lunch-time practice management seminars, after-school workshops, and networking events with ODs and other industry professionals.


When/Where meetings are held? Lunch meetings and Seminars are held every 1-2 months


How does a student join/get involved? Sign up at orientation or attend the first meeting for more information


Email: sunysoapp@gmail.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/87076731274

President: Henry Banh
President Elect: Emma Hoang
Treasurer: Anthony Boyd
Secretary: Sofia Ribolla
Social Media Chair: Jenny Liu
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Michael McGovern


SPECtrum provides a welcoming and safe space where members and allies of the LGBTQ+ campus community can come together to discuss and study diversity, and achieve a greater understanding of the spectrum of sexuality and related social issues.


SPECtrum also looks to work with the external community to identify segments of the LGBTQ+ population in need of optometric care and services, and to then either provide or coordinate that care. In addition, the club will explore possible sources of funding for portable equipment to enable community screenings, as well as for ophthalmic materials for patients in need.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunyspectrum

President: Peter Yoon
President-Elect: Melody Kordnaij
VOSH Liaison: Sherry Shang
Treasurer: Connie Kang
Secretary: Calvin Chan
Database Manager: Lisa Wadolowski
Screening Coordinator: Chelsea May
Fundraising Chairs: Rochelle Fleisher, Aileen Lee, Elise Regina
Social Media Chair: Melissa Levine
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory DiSanto & Dr. Matthew Bovenzi


Mission Statement: The primary mission of SVOSH is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.


Description of Activities: Weekly meetings include cleaning donated glasses and lensometry for future mission trips. On international mission trips, members provide eye exams and Rx glasses to people in developing countries.


When/Where meetings are held? Weekly meetings take place on the 3rd floor student lounge at times TBA.


How does a student join/get involved? All students are welcome to join SVOSH. There is a membership due of $20 which includes a SVOSH shirt and pin. Attend the first meeting for more information.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunysvosh

President: Chana Haimowitz
Vice-President: Hanne Hansen
Treasurer: Kevin Singh
Secretary: Elise Hoi
Social Media Chair/Event Coordinator: TBD
First Year Liaison: TBD


Mission Statement: To have more Doctors of Optometry managing glaucoma in clinical practice. The primary way to achieve this with current students is by increased exposure, practice and knowledge in the field of glaucoma.


Description of Activities: Monthly doctor-hosted journal club meetings, two or more school-wide seminars with leading glaucoma specialists, hands-on clinical skills workshops.


When/Where meetings are held? Monthly.


How does a student join/get involved? Email sunystudentglaucomasociety@gmail.com or any of the board members. There are no membership fees.