It’s been an incredibly busy year for everyone, but it hasn’t been all work and no play. With only 6 weeks left in the second semester, there are still many exciting events to look forward to!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program (led by OD2 students Kieren Do & Jacky Truong) kicked off the year with a game day event that welcomed the OD1’s into the program and introduced them to their OD2 mentors. UMOSS’ first event of the year, the Welch Allyn Eyemazing Race, was a nail-biting fight to the finish but the LG Slayers (Jaka Bambang OD4, Brandon Ninh OD4, Baturay Ozcelik OD2 & Yokim Bonggotgetsakul OD2) captured 1st place winning the grand prize MIO PanOptic Ophthal-mascopes. At mid-semester, Designs For Vision’s ‘Strike Night” bowling and laser tag event was a fun way for students to kick back, relax and mingle with their peers. Optometry Victoria closed out semester 1 by hosting the OD4 students at the Southern Regional Congress. Not only was this a great opportunity that provided future graduates with excellent insight on jobs but also reunited students with former Doctor of Optometry Alumni.
With the second semester well underway, Optimed’s Welcome Back BBQ was a massive turnout and the lucky OD4 Jessica Healey won the raffle for a brand new foreign body kit. The DOVS Futsol Team has begun their season and is at the top of the leaderboard with 8 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses. Wildly argued as our second most anticipated event, the Coopervision Trivia Night was a packed house filled with much cheering, singing, dancing and laughter. Undeniably a huge success, the Flange Bearers (OD3’s Erica Barclay, Liesl Forward, Chelsea Lane & Stacey Furness) rose victorious after flaunting their impressive knowledge of tricky trivia questions.
Our next big event is the greatest inter-professional collaboration yet from all MDHS student societies; the MDHS Sports Cup Dodgeball Game is being held on 10th September. Immediately following is the annual ODSC scheduled to take place on the 21st & 22nd of September. Tickets for The Enchanted Eyeball (6th October at The Park Melbourne) have already been released and are on par to sell out well before the end of the week!
Last but not least, a special thanks goes out to our 2017 student reps who have been doing an incredible job not only looking after their year level but providing endless support to UMOSS, helping to keep the year running smoothly (Top Row Left to Right: Rachael Lim OD1, Victor Liu OD4, Scott Panozza OD3, Kieren Do OD2, Jeremy Oppez OD1. Bottom Row Left to Right: Moleshri Paliwal OD2, Anne Fernandez OD3, Anjalee Athu-koralage OD4).
Victor Liu | UMOSS 2017 President