FYEye Fall 2021

Dear Students, Colleagues and Supporters,

As we begin another academic year, the College carries forward the lessons learned in this pandemic era to foster a structured yet engaged campus environment including a safe return to in-person instruction. Given our progress, however, we are mindful of the need to be flexible in these uncertain times and to adjust health and safety guidelines accordingly.

From staff and students to our supporters, working together through this experience at the College has shined a positive light on our entire community’s ability to adapt to change and remain vigilant in protecting the health of oneself and others as we reach a greater than 96% vaccination rate and rising as a community.  Our collective response to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all people and patients who cross the College’s path paved the way to an on-campus welcome for our largest group of residents (43) in SUNY Optometry history, followed by the start of nearly 100 new students representing the College’s 50th entering class since its founding in 1971.

As we begin a new chapter at SUNY Optometry, I invite you to learn more about our recent arrivals and our latest achievements leading up to the 2021-2022 academic year. Highlights include:

As we continue to commemorate our 50th anniversary, I encourage you to visit our SUNY Optometry 50th anniversary site often for news, events, and ways to engage in this milestone occasion.

Thank you for your ongoing contributions and support of our scholarship, service and success at SUNY College of Optometry. I look forward to another transformative year!

David A. Heath, OD, EdM

President