April 2013

Last month we had a few very important and highly visible events for the College. The Optometric Center of New York held its extremely successful “Eyes on New York” gala fundraiser. It was the largest gala that the OCNY has had over the past decade and it has truly become a marquee event and a highlight for the optometric community visiting New York during Vision Expo East.

The gala coincided directly with the College hosting all of the deans and presidents of the schools and colleges of optometry for a meeting as part of my duties as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. While this created a frenetic amount of activity at the College, it also provided us with an opportunity to really put our best foot forward in front of our peers.

In the midst of all of this activity the College also had the opportunity to celebrate a truly transformative event: the official opening of our new Center for Student Life and Learning. After several years of planning and two years of construction, the significance of this achievement for our institution simply cannot be overstated.

I was particularly grateful that SUNY Chairman of the Board of Trustees Carl McCall and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher joined so many of our friends and supporters from throughout our community to help us commemorate this historic event. Their presence helped to signify the value that this new Student Center will have, not only to the College, but also to the larger community—our faculty and staff, our future students and the members of the community who they will eventually serve—for generations to come.

Like any institution, we face our share of challenges and uncertainties but, despite this fact, we continue to grow and build for the future. And for this, I am enormously proud of what we have been able to accomplish together.


David A. Heath, OD, EdM

Did you know...?

  • The Center for Student Life and Learning is 19,300 square feet in total. 
  • The construction of the Center began in March 2011 and was completed in March 2013.
  • The 2nd Floor, which now houses our pre-clinical procedures lab, seminar room, lounge and more, was once the world famous Aeolian Hall where George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was first performed in 1924. 
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