Alumni Awards

The Ohio State University College of Optometry's Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration traditionally is held in conjunction with Convocation Weekend.

Previous Honorees

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

  • 2008 Ruth Morris, BS’43
  • 2009 Gerald Lowther, BS’66, OD’67, MS’69, Ph.D’72
  • 2010 Paul Gamertsfelder, BS’54
  • 2011 Arol Augsburger, OD/MS’71
  • 2012 Joseph Barr, OD’77, MS’79
  • 2013 Jim Sheedy, OD/MS’74, PhD’77
  • 2014 Richard Ball BS’55, MS’58, PhD
  • 2015 Richard Weisbarth, OD’80
  • 2016 Robert Wright, BS’60
  • 2017 Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD/MS, ‘92, PhD
  • 2018 Jacqueline Davis, OD'81, MPH
  • 2019 Robert Newcomb, OD’71, MPH
  • 2020 Carol Alexander, OD'87
  • 2021 Paulette Schmidt, OD'73 MS'76
  • 2022 Thomas G. Quinn, OD’79, MS’81

Early Professional Achievement Award

  • 2013 Gina Wesley, OD/MS’06
  • 2014 Jason Miller, OD’99, MBA
  • 2015 Jeffrey Hackleman, OD’01
  • 2017 Jamie Casper, OD‘04, PhD
  • 2018 Nicky Lai, OD/MS'03
  • 2019 Timothy Fries, OD’04
  • 2020 David Karpik, OD'05
  • 2021 Catherine McDaniel, OD/MS'08
  • 2022 Lauren Haverly, OD'14

 

Criteria for the Early Professional Achievement Award


The nominee must:

  • Be a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, OD, MS, and/or PhD;
  • Be a member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni Society (has donated at least $75 in the past calendar year);
  • Reflect credit on The Ohio State University College of Optometry through distinguished service to the profession, community and/or world; and
  • Be within 15 years from graduation with the OD degree to be eligible.

 

Criteria for the Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award


The nominee must:

  • Be a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry, OD, MS, and/or PhD;
  • Be a member of The Ohio State University College of Optometry Alumni Society (has donated at least $75 in the past calendar year); and
  • Reflect credit on The Ohio State University College of Optometry through distinguished service to the profession, community and/or world.


Please note:

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • The Awards Committee will review the preliminary content you provide on the following pages. Please be sure to include your contact information. A member of the committee will reach out to you for additional clarification or insight, if necessary.

 

Submit nominations at https://go.osu.edu/nominations