Southern College of Optometry's mission includes "fostering a personal commitment to service," and our faculty and staff live that commitment every day. At this year's SCO Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Luncheon, employees were recognized for their service, including volunteer service to the community.
Among the first recipients of the college's new Eye Serve Memphis Award was faculty member Dr. Julie Shalhoub, whose blog post about her connection to SCO and service in Memphis can be read here. She was recognized for her volunteerism with Youth Villages, who was also profiled in this recent blog post. SCO provides more mentors to Youth Villages than any local organization, and won an award in January for its mentoring impact in Memphis.
Janice Frazier-Scott from SCO’s HR Department was also recognized for her longtime community and civil rights work. Ms. Frazier-Scott grew up in the civil rights movement during the sanitation worker’s strike in Memphis, and her grandfather, who was part of the ministers’ group that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis, was the president of the local NAACP during her childhood. She recalled her grandfather ordering her to stop answering the phone lines at the NAACP office as the calls grew scarier and more hateful, and these formative experiences led her to commit herself deeper to a life of service.
Both Youth Villages and the NAACP Memphis Branch received a contribution from the Eye Serve Memphis fund in the award recipients’ honor. Congratulations to these inaugural recipients of the Eye Serve Memphis Awards!