The Heart of America Eye Care Congress and the College of Optometry have had a wonderful tradition over the years and that continued during the 57th annual Congress held, February 9 – 11 in Kansas City. UMSL was represented significantly in many capacities including on the Board of Directors [Drs. Wes DeRosier (’96), Craig Brawley (’01), and Sean Mulqueeny (’91)] as well as the faculty (Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Julie DeKinder)]. The students had a very strong presence as well, whether it was the wonderful networking opportunities, the education, to serve as monitors, or to present – along with several UMSL graduates currently in residency programs – a scientific poster. The highlight, as always, was the annual alumni reception which, in 2018, was immediately before the annual gala and, therefore, was very well attended.
Pictured left: The UMSL booth in the Exhibit Hall was well coordinated by these two gentleman: Nick Palisch, Director of Student and Alumni Services, and Aric Waltz(’20)
Pictured right: The annual alumni reception
Pictured left: The Class of 2017 was very well represented at the reception
Pictured right: Dean Larry Davis with Dr. Kyle Brost (‘87)
Pictured left: Dr. Ellen Sanders (’17), Brittney Scheiber (’19), Dr. Tareq Nabhan (’12), Dr. Alan Wegener (’12), and Kyle Sherwood (’19)
Pictured right: The Class of 2020 was well represented as well.
Pictured left: Assistant Dean Ed Bennett with Dr. Courtney Kwan(’14)
Pictured right: The Class of 2019 was well represented by Drs. Kate Hamm, Shannon Renner, and Amanda Hargrove
Pictured left: What it’s all about—The reunion of two close friends from the Class of 2016, Drs. Sandie Dahlen and Laurie Thompson
Pictured right: Dean Larry Davis with Dr. Kathy Noonan (’86)
Pictured left Assistant Dean Ed Bennett with Dr. Trent Henderson (‘07) and wife Jennifer.
Pictured right: Dr. Alex McClure (’17), a noted Cardinals fan, showing off the baseball cap he was awarded at the reception.