ASCO Announces Special Recognition Award Recipients

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Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom
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Dr. Todd Peabody
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Dr. Mark Colip
Mr. Dave Sattler
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Dr. Denise Goodwin
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Dr. Len Koh
Dr. Molly Spatcher

Lifetime Achievement Award Given Posthumously to Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr.

ROCKVILLE, MD, July 14, 2015 – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Special Recognition Awards.

ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom, former Dean and President of the Illinois College of Optometry, was posthumously given the ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who over an extended period of time provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education; made outstanding contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.

The family of Dr. Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. accepted his Life Achievement Award during ASCO’s Annual Meeting in Seattle. “I am honored to accept this award on his behalf and know Al would truly appreciate it,” says Dr. Rosenbloom’s wife Sarah.

ASCO Rising Star Award
Sponsored by Oculus, the ASCO Rising Star Award is given to an outstanding faculty member or administrator with less than 10 years of service. Dr. Todd Peabody was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Indiana University, School of Optometry, through teaching, scholarship, administration and professional service particularly in the areas of international optometric education and technology and most notably in contributions to ASCO’s Education Technology SIG.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition. I consider myself privileged to have the opportunity to have the mentorship of outstanding colleagues and the dedication of committed students,” says Dr. Peabody. “I share this commendation with the entire faculty, staff and student body at Indiana University School of Optometry. Thank you to the ASCO Board of Directors and Executive Committee for this special award.”

Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award
Named after Dr. Jack Bennett, a creative leader in optometric education who served as dean at three optometric institutions, ASCO’s Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award recognizes an ASCO volunteer for an outstanding innovation in optometric education through ASCO.

Dr. Mark Colip received the Bennett award in recognition of his outstanding work as an ASCO volunteer since the 1990’s focusing on analysis of applicant pool trends and data leading to the formulation of applicant development action plans to increase and diversify the national applicant pool.

“I am humbled and deeply appreciative to receive this recognition by the ASCO Board of Directors. Dr. Jack Bennett was a great man and creative leader that I had the privilege of knowing. His dedication inspired the early development of my career and I can’t think of a greater honor than to receive an award named for his legacy,” says Dr. Colip.

ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award
The ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past Corporate Contributor partner company that demonstrates exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example for his/her colleagues in industry; and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education.

The Inaugural Industry Leadership Awardee is Mr. Dave Sattler, former Director of Professional Relations at Alcon. Mr. Sattler retired from Alcon in 2014 after 28 years of service.

“I am very honored to receive the first Industry Leadership Award from ASCO,” according to Mr. Sattler. “The programs we developed together with all of the schools and colleges of optometry would not have been possible without the ongoing support of Alcon. Thanks so much for the recognition!”

Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence
The recipients of the Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence are: Denise Goodwin, OD, FAAO and John R. Hayes, PhD both with Pacific University College of Optometry; and Len Koh, PhD, OD, of Midwestern University, Arizona College of Optometry. This award recognizes the outstanding writing of a research article published in the ASCO Journal Optometric Education. Their article was entitled, “Blended Learning in Optometric Clinical Procedures Instruction,” and was published in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition.

“I am thrilled to be selected for this prestigious award. There are so many great articles and writers in Optometric Education. I am honored to be numbered among them,” says Dr. Goodwin.

“On behalf of my coauthors, Drs. Denise Goodwin and John Hayes Jr., we are thrilled to be selected for this prestigious award among many excellent writers and articles published in Optometric Education. Thank you very much to the selection committee, Dr. Denial and ASCO,” according to Dr. Koh.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Janoff, editor of the journal from 2002-2005, and long-time member of the editorial review board who was known as an exceptional optometric educator, administrator, contact lens clinician and researcher. Dr. Janoff was also a beloved mentor of young writers.

Student Award in Clinical Ethics
Sponsored by International Vision Expo, optometry student Molly Spatcher (New England College of Optometry class of 2015) won the award for her essay entitled, “Going Nuclear: An Ethical Dilemma in Optometric Care.” Her essay was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Eye on Education and will appear in the Summer 2015 issue of Optometric Education.

“My paper presented the case of a nuclear engineer who was struggling to come to terms with his recent loss of vision and was worried about the effect it might have on his ability to continue working. This case posed an ethical dilemma to the optometrist because there was a need to maintain the patient’s confidentiality but given that he worked in a nuclear facility, he also posed a threat to public safety,” according to Dr. Spatcher. “The ethics of clinical care are worthy of consideration because they can play a vital role in individual patient management but while also reflecting on the state of the profession as a whole.”


The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is a non-profit association representing the interests of optometric education. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASCO is committed to achieving excellence in optometric education and to helping its member institutions prepare well-qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry. Its membership encompasses the schools and colleges of optometry in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. A number of optometry schools outside the United States are affiliate members.