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School Spotlight

Dean Kelly Nichols Settles In at UABSO


Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., took the helm at the UAB School of Optometry in June and hit the ground running. For those who have not yet met Dr. Nichols, please see this introduction:


Also see this article, first printed in the UAB Magazine, about Dr. Nichols’ dry eye research.


Nichols was also featured along with her husband in the Fall/Winter edition of First Partners Bank's "Tools for Success."


Tammy Than Completes Marathon Series

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Tammy P. Than, M.S., O.D., F.A.A.O., Associate Dean for Professional Studies, completes a series of marathons – one in each state. Her students planned a celebration!


UABSO Annual Alumni Meeting

The UAB School of Optometry Alumni Association hosted its annual meeting on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Speaking to the group was Dean Kelly Nichols, who spoke about her vision for the School. To help with that vision, the UABSO Alumni Association presented Dr. Nichols with the first payment of their campaign pledge of $125,000 towards renovation of the second and third floors of the Henry Peters Building. The Alumnus of the Year, Freddie M. Mayes, of Center City, KY, was honored and celebrated as well. New officers were elected: President – Doug Clark, ’82; President-Elect – George Eischens, ’01; Treasurer – Zach McCarty, ’06; Immediate Past President – Bryan Boozer, ’83. Members-at-Large: Janene Sims, ’96; Kristen Sullins, ’07; Zach Steele, ’03; Jeff Ford, ’98; Caleb Gardner, ’08; Brian Mahalak, ’08; Fred Wallace, ’82; Bill Tillman, ’86; Sharon Day, ’87.


005Dr. Bryan Boozer, ’83, presents a check to Dean Kelly Nichols at the UABSO Annual Alumni Breakfast.

010Dr. Nichols chats with student leaders after the Alumni Breakfast. L-R: Jodi Pederson, first year student; Dean Nichols; Alicia Knebel, third year student and American Optometric Association President; Hannah Greenfield, first year student.

012Board officers attending the Alumni Breakfast were: Bill Tillman, ’86; George Eischens, ’01; Bryan Boozer, Past-President, ’83; Sharon Day, ’87; Doug Clark, President, ’82; Zach Steele, ’03; Brian Mahalak, ’08; Caleb Gardner, ’08.

013Going off the board after 10 years of service is Joel Jenkins, ’83, of Athens, GA, served the UABSO Alumni Association as President in 2013. Jenkins, center, is shown with current President Doug Clark, ’82, and Past-President Bryan Boozer, ’83.

014Pictured with Bryan Boozer, Freddie Mayes,’79, accepts a plaque honoring him as Alumnus of the Year 2014.

Alabama Optometric Association Announces 2014 Awards

UABSO swept the annual Alabama Optometric Association (ALOA) Awards this year! Optometrist of the Year is Wendell Bedsole, UABSO Class of ’78, of Pell City, AL; Young Optometrist of the Year is Caroline Pate, UABSO Residency Class of 2005, of Birmingham, AL, and Educator of the Year is Tammy Than, Associate Dean for Professional Studies. Congratulations all!