Founded in 1927, the University of Houston,Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. The College of Optometry is one of the universities thirteen colleges. Established in 1952, the college moved in 1976 to one of the most modern optometric facilities in the country, the J.Davis Armistead Building. The teaching and research activities of the college are facilitated by the year-round operation of an outpatient clinic, The University Eye Institue, up-to-date research laboratories, an extensive library collection, a computer center, and instructional services.
For more than 50 years, the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) has trained optometrists to provide the highest quality vision and eye care. Through its graduate and residency programs, UHCO has also trained faculty who are leaders in the education of optometrists around the world and are renowned researchers in vision and related scientists. The UHCO is one of only 17 optometry schools in the United States, and currently the only one in Texas.
The college’s institutional objectives are to achieve and to sustain standards of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care; to create a climate in which faculty and students cooperatively pursue processes of inquiry that result in effective learning; and to help lead the optometric profession toward it highest potential for human service.
Natalie R. (Miller) Wiggins graduated Sat. May 10, 2008 from the University of Houston College of Optometry at the Cullen Performance Hall on the University of Houston campus. A reception in honor of the one hundred graduates was held at the UHCO immediately following the ceremony.
Attending the graduation ceremony was Steve Wiggins, husband of the graduate, parents, Brenda and John Miller of Kerrville, sister, Kristen Miller of NYC, and friends and relatives from Austin, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and the greater Houston area.
Following the reception, a dinner was held in honor of the graduate at a downtown Houston restaurant. Natalie is the granddaughter of Frances Priess of Mason.