Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Guest Post: Tyler Rose: Mr. Optometry Pageant

To start 2014 off right, Pacific University College of Optometry hosted its first ever Mr. Optometry pageant in the Taylor Meade Auditorium. It was quite the event and a great experience for everyone! The pageant’s festivities were organized by first year entertainment representative Becca Lange with the aid of the council members of the Class of 2017. Students and Faculty all participated in helping make it an epic night! The judges for this event were our very own Dr. Coffey, Dr. Citek, and Jeannie Oliver; our charming MC’s were Drs. Doll and Halverson. There were nearly 200 audience members who attended the Mr. Optometry Pageant for its debut year!

Jeannie Oliver, Dr. Coffey, Dr. Citek
Each class had a handful of brave participants who were nominated by their class and willing to participate in the various activities. The night began with a choreographed dance to the song “I like to Move it Move it”, surprising audience members with the skillful display. Contestants then went on the catwalk to show off their best clinic attire and had a thought-provoking question waiting for them to answer on the spot. Questions such as, “If a patient had come to you that self diagnosed themselves with a number of diseases, how would you go about treating them?” or “As Mr. Optometry, what do you think some of the responsibilities are?” or “What would you do if a woman’s water broke in your office?”

Intermission was graced with a bake sale; goods were donated to each of the contestants by classmates and the contestant who sold the most goods got the most points. Afterwards, the points were tallied and four unfortunate souls were cut from the rankings. However, the show must go on, and the remaining semifinalists played two Optometry-style game shows; Family Feud and The Price is Right.

Family Feud!
The night’s talent portion was nothing shy of amazing as contestants beautifully showcased their acting skills. They each had one minute to act out 10 charades in front of the audience, each charade getting more and more challenging. Audience members got to call out their answers to the contestants, some turning out to be quite hysterical! For example, one of the contestants was acting out “Getting accepted into Optometry School” and jumping up and down in excitement, while audience members yelled out “Cheer leader!”, “Pants on fire!”, and “Raise the Roof!”. The last category, “Best Eyes”, was determined anonymously by votes from the students and faculty. The winner of this category was awarded separately with the “Pupil’s Choice Award”

Drs. Doll and Halverson and First Year Student Samantha Sperber awarding winners.

After all of the acts were performed, the votes and points were added up to award the winners. There was suspense in the air as another 3 were eliminated off the stage. Finally, the final 3 contestants were awarded the following; Pupil’s Choice award was won by first year, Chris Kimball, Runner up was first year, Jordan Tanous, and Pacific University’s one and only Mr. Optometry 2014 was awarded to second year student ambassador, yours truly, Tyler Rose.

Pageant Wave!

It was a great event and a fun way for the whole school to assemble and really get to know each other better. We all learned some hidden talents and fun facts about our classmates and faculty members! Over $1,000 was raised at this event. Heine and Pioneer donated prizes for the winners of Mr. Optometry, runner up, and Pupil’s choice award.

This year might have been the first annual Mr. Optometry at Pacific University but it certainly won’t be the last. It was not only a great success but will become an event you will not want to miss in the future. The festivities of the pageant will grow and improve each year, I guarantee it! We hope to continue this fundraiser and anticipate that it becomes a tradition for PUCO students for years to come!

Hope to see you there next year for Mr. Optometry 2015!

Thank you to all the volunteers who put this on!
 Photo Credit: PUCO First Year Students Britlynn Chan and Dana Brady.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great post! I especially love the pictures of the pageant. So funny! So lively! I had a friend in high school that wanted to be an optometrist, and he ended up going to Pacific University. He always wanted to go there because of the specific program classes that they offered. I love programs that offer unique classes. It makes me so happy that education programs are available that have so much personality.

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