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March 6, 2014

Alumni Association Working to Establish California Chapter

The SUNY College of Optometry Alumni Association is making a serious push to establish a new California chapter designed to represent and support the College’s large and growing cohort of alumni in the Golden State. Working with the assistance of an enthusiastic core of California alumni, including Dr. Raymond Chu, Dr. Valerie Wren, Dr. Long Tran, Dr. Lisa Galstian and Dr. John Gartner, the College has taken the first steps toward developing a chapter that will be split into two geographical sections of California—one northern and one southern—as a way to organize and support its considerable number of alumni in the state which continues to grow at a steady pace each year.

To help jumpstart the process, SUNY Optometry’s associate director of alumni affairs, Mr. Francisco Lomparte launched a LinkedIn professional group designed as a way to organize and energize the College’s California alumni and provide them with a place to gather and discuss issues pertinent to them.

“The LinkedIn group will allow our alumni in California to keep in contact with former classmates, connect with lost friends, find out about new practice opportunities, read articles related to the profession and even learn about and participate in future continuing education webinars hosted by the College which they will be able to take advantage of, even from 3,000 miles away,” Mr. Lomparte said. 

The College has been working hard to provide its alumni with personalized services that provide value to them as they build their careers.

“It’s important for us to continue to find ways to engage and inform our alumni, as well as to provide them with a variety of different ways to stay connected to their alma mater and gain value from their relationship with us,” Ms. Ann Warwick, vice president for institutional advancement at SUNY Optometry said.

The SUNY Alumni Association will continue to develop this new California chapter, with the assistance of its California-based alumni, by establishing a presence at upcoming professional meetings in the state.