Optometry Student Government

What is Optometry Student Government?  Optometry Student Government or OSG is a unifying body comprised of all of the various student organizations related to the optometric profession. OSG helps give voice to student views on important issues as well as provide social and professional networking activities for MCO students. OSG also acts as the official point of contact for organizations desiring to sponsor optometry student activities. Active members include any optometry student in good standing and each member is entitled to full privileges of the organization.

Where do we get the funds?  OSG receives its funding from sent out donation letters each year and currently has many important sponsors that help fund student events.

When do we meet? 

OSG generally meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month. Typical meetings last a half hour, include information/announcements from the various other optometry organizations, and generally have a lunch provided.

Our 2011-2012 Officers:
President:  Loren Baldus
President Elect: Ellie Rose
Secretary:  Katie Connolly
Treasurer: Rya Isaacson
Community Service Representative: Matt Tholl

Student Events:


This event usually takes place on the weekend before school starts each fall and is designed to introduce the incoming optometry class to campus and to each other. Students are provided with lunch, dinner, and class t-shirts. Also during orientation weekend, first year students elect class representatives.  On Sunday, orientation is generally wrapped up with a day at the ropes course. The ropes course objective is to develop teamwork and bonding within the class.

Optical Showcase:  The optical showcase is one of OSG’s biggest fundraisers.  It takes place in early September each year. Distributors are invited to campus to showcase required equipment for optometry students, giving every student the chance to have hands-on exposure to the equipment before they buy it.  We welcome any company involved with the optometric profession to participate in this event.  Please e-mail Joshua Davidson for more details pertaining to registration for the optical showcase.

Eyeball08.jpgRelay for Life: This event takes place on the third weekend of September each year. The Michigan College of Optometry puts together a team every year in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The team walks many miles during the weekend, sets up a tent for the University Eye Center, as well as cheer on their team. MCO always has a great turn out.

"Eyeball” Dinner and Dance: This event takes place in early November each fall. The students, faculty, and staff get together for their annual semi-formal dinner and dance. Awards and door prizes are given away during the night. The event is generally held at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids.

Stress Relief Night: This event is held in December during finals week for the optometry students. The faculty and staff get together and cook dinner for the students to ease some stress and encourage the students during exam week. Pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausage are the favorites!

Optic Cup: Another fundraiser for OSG, this event takes place in early May on the Thursday of finals week. The faculty, staff, students, and company representatives compete in a scramble golf tournament at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids. The tournament features closest to the pin and longest drive prizes as well as lunch, door prizes, and a t-shirt.

Save Your Vision Month: OSG helps sponsor this event along with the Michigan Optometric Student Association.  This event takes place in March every year. Students visit various local elementary schools and give presentations related to the eye. Presentations include ocular anatomy education, eye dissections, and eye safety discussions. This is a time to let the students show-off their profession to younger kids and a chance for the kids to clear up any misconceptions they may have about eye health.  These presentations have been a huge success in the past and the students as well as the schools look forward to them every year.

Other Events: Other events hosted by OSG include a Halloween Party, end-of-year party, and recognition of our wonderful staff on Secretary's Day.  Because OSG represents the students, we help organize many of the other student events though-out the year.

Broomball08.jpgMCO Intramural Sports: MCO is known for their intramural success. Students participate in a variety of sports on FSU's campus. Teams usually participate in broomball, dodgeball, co-ed softball, men's flag football, men's basketball, women's basketball, and volleyball. There are generally several teams fielded for each sport from MCO and a fun competitive atmosphere is enjoyed by all. For more information on FSU intramurals, go to http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/studentlife/u-rec/homepage.html.

Affiliated Groups: Current affiliated groups include the American Optometric Student Association(AOSA), the Michigan Optometric Student Association (MOSA), the Student Volunteer Optometric Student Association (SVOSH), and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO).

Class Representatives:  Each class at MCO picks two representatives to come to the OSG meetings and represent their class opinion. These representatives work very hard for their class and organize many of the student events.

Class of 2014: Hin Cheung and Andrea Henninger
Class of 2015: Ellie Rose and Anna Baumgartner
Class of 2016: Emily Sanford and Michael DeWit

Local Liaisons: These individuals represent their organization and receive information to pass on to the MCO students. At each OSG monthly meeting, one liaison presents their information to the students.

COVD:  Katie Connolly
AFOS:  Kevin Jameson
AAO:  Christina Hicks
NBEO:  Tom Hubbard
OEPF:  Nina Glauch

Student organizations are a very important aspect of your "career" at MCO and it is a good idea to get involved with those organizations you are interested in right away. Please contact the person in charge of the organization. Each organization will do a presentation and membership drive at the beginning of the year.