The Class of 2014 Convocation took place in the Thurber Theater at the Drake Conference and Events Center on The Ohio State University campus on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 4 p.m. Sixty-one students received their Doctor of Optometry degree; five received a combined OD/Master’s degree, and three received a Master’s degree, having completed an Advanced Practice Fellowship.
During a surprise visit to Fry Hall, Dr. Joe Alutto, Interim President of Ohio State, and Archie Griffin, CEO of Ohio State’s Alumni Association, interrupted Vision Science 6520, Optics of the Eye, to present Professor Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, with a 2013-14 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor Mutti has been teaching Optics of the Eye since 2001 in the College of Optometry’s professional program. He also teaches Optometry 6560, Ophthalmic Optics, and advises graduate students in the Graduate Program in Vision Science.
There are big changes at the College of Optometry! The Class of 2016 is now using the brand new 2nd floor Fry Hall Pre-Clinic area. Many alumni remember practicing procedures and learning to run exams in the cramped, mirrored, half lanes with vinyl sliding doors that were fashionable back in the 60s. Those have been the status quo for Ohio State optometry students for over 50 years, but not anymore - they have all disappeared.
Friday a week ago (9/14/12), the Guardians of the Toppled Top returned to the College of Optometry for Alumni Weekend. Everyone had dinner at the Longaberger Alumni House, where the Toppled Top was passed around the table and admired by all. The next morning, at the Optometry Alumni Tailgate, Dean Melvin Shipp explained to everyone the history of the Top and what the College hopes to accomplish with it. Then the Guardians presented it to him to put on display at the College.
In the summer of 1954, Buckeye nation was about ready to get rid of Woody Hayes, but they had changed their tune by the Michigan game on November 20th. Woody and the boys were on a winning streak, and they delivered again that night, going on to win the Rose Bowl. Afterwards, the fans were legally allowed to topple the goal posts for the last time in OSU history, and they paraded them around the University with pride.