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September 4, 2013

Fifth Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony Highlights Excellence

On August 16 the College held its Fifth Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony in the Schwarz Theatre. Designed to celebrate the contributions, service and achievements of faculty and staff at the College, this year’s ceremony had an old-school Hollywood theme that featured a humorous video tribute to both the optometric profession and the silent film era as well as cleverly photo-shopped images of the award recipients as movie stars.

During the program, President Heath recognized more than a two dozen employees of the College, including those who have served 25 years or more as well as the most recent retirees. The Community Spirit Awards went to Ms. Kimberly Price and Dr. Catherine Pace-Watson. The Unsung Hero Award went to Mr. Rockley Lawes and the President’s Merit Award in Excellence was awarded to Dr. Guilherme Albieri.

The years of service recognitions and retirees for 2013 are:


40 Years of Service:

Dr. Harold Friedman
Dr. Jerry Rapp
Mr. Thomas Flagg

30 Years of Service:

Dr. Benjamin Freed
Ms. Ann Warwick

25 Years of Service:

Ms. Karen DeGazon
Dr. Catherine Pace-Watson
Mr. David Bowers
Ms. Janeth Scaturro
Dr. Tanya Carter
Dr. Lloyd Haskes
Dr. Marlene Jurman
Dr. Steven Ritter
Ms. Ellen Baberadt


Dr. Joel Warshowsky
Dr. Robert Byne
Dr. Neil Falasca
Dr. Kenneth Landesman
Dr. Staurt Rothman
Dr. Rodolfo Rodriguez
Dr. Michael Yellen
Dr. Steven Shaby
Dr. Terry Scheid
Dr. Helen Duan