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MCO Faculty Member, Student win Michigan Optometric Association Awards

Dr. John PoleDr. John Pole, a professor in Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry, was named the 2013 Michigan Optometric Association Educator of the Year.

Annually, the MOA Awards Committee recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to: the MOA, the profession of optometry or the visual welfare of the public. This year, Pole was one of two Ferris individuals recognized for awards. Thomas Hubbard, an MCO student, won the 2013 MOA Student of the Year award.

Pole has worked at MCO for more than 30 years. His clinical and educational interests are focused on keratoconus and other irregular corneas, corneal physiology, and the diagnosis and management of anterior segment ocular disease. Pole is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the MOA and the AOA.  He presently is the chair of MCO’s Admissions Committee and served on the Dean's Search Committee.Thomas Hubbard

The MOA Student of the Year award honors a fourth-year optometric student who has demonstrated a commitment to academics and the profession. Hubbard, in particular, was honored for his leadership, dedication to optometry and civic engagement. He also was a trustee to the American Optometric Student Association, founding member of the World Sight Day for the MCO, the local liaison to the American Board of Optometry, and liaison to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Hubbard is a member of the AOSA, AAO, AOA-PAC, the AOSA Benefits Committee, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Michigan Optometric Student Association, the Michigan Optometric Student Private Practice Association, and the AOA Student Program Committee.