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July 18, 2013

SUNY Earns Spirit Award at Student Bowl

At last month’s 116th Annual American Optometric Association Congress and 43rd Annual American Optometric Students Association Conference—otherwise known as Optometry’s Meeting—it was  the extraordinary energy and unyielding enthusiasm of SUNY’s large contingent of students at the Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl that made a lasting impression in San Diego. Sponsored by Essilor USA, this enormously popular and much-anticipated event, which is in its 22nd year, was attended by well over 1,500 students, doctors and others who were in town for the meeting. Matt Bovenzi (Class of 2014) adeptly represented SUNY with an exceptional effort and for the first time in the event’s history there was a tie for first place between students representing the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Nova Southeastern University.

But it was the passion and zeal of the SUNY contingent that won the day. With students from every school and college of optometry gathered in matching t-shirts, sporting signs and even belting out original songs and chants, SUNY out shinned them all and earned the coveted “Spirit Award” which, along with well-deserved recognition for three hours of gusto, comes the responsibility of producing the “rules video” that will be shown at next year’s Student Bowl in Philadelphia.