Pre-optometry professional society2011 - 2012 1st General Meeting – September 7, 2011
Who are we? The Pre-Optometry Professional Society (POPS) was created to inform prospective optometry students about all aspects of the field, including the optometry school application process, the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test), and the different types of practice settings. POPS is an excellent opportunity for pre-optometry students to meet other students with similar interests.
President Nghiem Duong Vice President Benjamin Ho Secretary Tawny Hammett Treasurer Jennifer Thai Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Almenario Public Relations Iris Miao Social Chair Becky Luu Historian Kami Choy Webmaster Xavier Lu Meet the 2011 – 2012 officers
PRESIDENT Nghiem Duong Senior - Biology/Business Foundations I can break it down on the dance floor. The people and the relationships you build in POPS is my favorite aspect of the organization. My goal for this year is to continue building on the improvement of POPS through meetings, events, and membership.
Ben Ho Vice President Biochemistry Fourth Year Senior Ho Fact: I once put Nutella in a peanut butter sandwich, and I was like, holy s---. Favorite Aspect of POPS: The great people who have supported me and each other. My goal in POPS: To ignite passion and interest in optometry and develop stronger cohesion and friendships.
Tawny HammettSecretary 2011-2012 Senior, Public Health BS Favorite thing from POPS 2011: Student-Doctor Conference and PCL Parties Interesting Fact: I’ve backpacked through 14 different countries and I have famous relatives. Goal for POPS: Build strong relationships to keep POPS going!
TREASURERJennifer Thai Year: Junior (3rd) Major: Accounting Interesting fact: I’ve been to Hawaii twice! Favorite thing about POPS: Opportunities to learn and get experience Goal for POPS: Build lasting relationships among members
Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Almenario Major: Human Biology 3rd Year Interesting fact: I’m probably the best high-fiver you will ever meet. Probably definitely. Favorite aspect of POPS: Getting to hear about what all the different schools have to offer Goal for POPS this year: To get more active members
Becky Luu(Social Chair) Major/Year: Business (SCM)/Senior Interesting Fact: My favorite color is orange but I really don’t like oranges (the fruit). Favorite Aspects of POPS: Learning about Optometry and growing old with great friends! Goal for POPS this year: Making POPS events the highlight of his/her year for new members and creating new memories for returning members!
Public RelationsIris MiaoNeurobiology Senior
I am living on campus for the fourth year in a row :(
Getting to know fellow future optometrists.
Winning first place at the TOA Optometry Bowl in the Spring and the UH Banner Contest.
Kami Choy Historian Sophomore – Biology B.A. Interesting fact: played the viola since 5th grade Favorite thing about POPS: encouraging atmosphere Goal for POPS this year: have the largest group of active members yet!
XAVIER LU Officer Position: Webmaster Major: Public Health Management Year: SENIOR Interesting Fact: I cannot sleep without loud music/tv shows on. Favorite Aspect of POPS: All the opportunities to learn about the field of optometry (Speakers, volunteering, jobs) Goals for POPS: dispel misconceptions about the field of optometry
Environment of students with the same goals Advice on classes, applications, OAT, etc Encouragement and support Networking Opportunities Optometrists Optometry students School representatives Your peers Informed decisions-making Build your resume Why should you join?
Job Opportunities Doctor Shadowing Kaplan Scholarships RSO School Visit Student-Doctor Conference TOA Conference UH Optometry Day & Spring Conference Big Sib/Lil Sib Program Officer eligibility Making new friends! FREE FOOD!!! Member benefits
Yearly Dues: $60 for new members / $55 for last year’s paid members Semester Dues: $45 T-shirt: $7 Deadline for dues is the 3rd GM, Oct. 5. After the deadline, there will be a $5 late registration fee. All payments will go to Jennifer. Dues
Member points help determine active status and officer eligibility Tawny, our secretary, will keep record of the points. Member points
Student-Doctor Conference RSO Visit Rudy’s BBQ Social Annual POPS Potluck/White Elephant Exchange TOA Convention POPS Spring Conference in Houston UHCO Optometry Day End of the Year Banquet Past events
Listserv Emails Meeting Reminders Website All you need to know is right here! http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/POPS
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Follow us on twitter! UT_POPS Questions? Email Nghiem firstname.lastname@example.org Be informed
Help us fundraise for the organization! By ushering the football or basketball games, you get to know your members AND watch the game…FOR FREE! **This is an event that you must commit to, there is no backing out once you have signed up to usher a game. ** USHERING
Prevent Blindness Texas The purpose of Prevent Blindness is to provide eye screenings to those who do not have access to regular healthcare. PBT provides resources for those in need of an eye exam and eyewear. We are always in need of volunteers to help at local screenings! UPCOMING SCREENINGS: Saturday, September 10 – Health Fair from 8 AM to 4 PM (SHIFTS ARE FROM 8 – 12 and 12 – 4) Wednesday, September 21 – Wellfest 2011 at FAC from 11 AM to 2 PM (Shifts are hourly) volunteering
Marathon Kids Saturday, October 1st 6 am - 2 pm (2 hour shifts) Sign up at the front
1st Social: Sunday, Sept. 11th Kayaking/Picnic at Zilker 10:30AM - 1:30PM Rides Provided $5/person Sign-up on the sheet Field day at Pease Park 10:30AM - 1:00PM Rides Provided $2/person Sign-up on the sheet
IM Volleyball Sundays 6 PM starting Oct. 16th!
Need a study buddy to keep you in check? Looking to chill with fellow POPS members? Want to learn some great study habits? Join us for a big study party and meet other members! Wednesday, Sept 21st after the 2nd GM at the FAC from 8 PM to whenever! POPS’ first ever study party!
First Open House at the The Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word Saturday, October 1st 9 AM – 12 PM Learn more about the: Profession & RSO academics from current faculty Student life and professional school by talking to current students RSO facilities including the Eye & Vision Care Clinic RSVP Event and deadline is Monday, September 26th at 5 PM http://optometry.uiw.edu/openhouse Sign-Ups/Carpooling will be at the next GM! Rosenberg school of Optometry open house
Wednesday, September 21st @ 6 PM in PHR 2.108 Andrew Arellano from The Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word Next general meeting
Name all officers & their positions What is myopia? Nearsightedness, trouble with distance What are the latin terms/abbreviations used for right eye and left eye? OD (oculus dexter) & OS (oculus sinister) What is hyperopia? Farsightedness, trouble with near NEW MEMBERS
What is a tonometer used for? To measure the pressures in the eye What is a mydriatic drug used for? To dilate the eyes What is used to measure pupillary distance? Pupillometer OLD MEMBERS
State your name, year, major, hometown RED: What are your hobbies? BLUE: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? GREEN: Why are you interested in optometry? PINK: If you could have a super power, what power would you have? PURPLE: If it was your last meal, what would you have? JOLLY RANCHER ICEBREAKER