|ICO Earns Continued Accreditation
The Illinois College of Optometry earned continued accreditation following a comprehensive review by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The process included an institutional self-study, external review, and site visit to assess the quality of our educational programs.
We are particularly pleased with the ACOE's final report, as it did not issue any required recommendations or suggestions to improve our program. This is an unprecedented achievement. Congratulations to all!
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|JOB1 Program Gets to Work
JOB1 is a summer internship program sponsored by The Rotary Club of Chicago.
It prepares CPS high school students for the workplace by providing job readiness training and internships within Chicago businesses and not-for-profits. As a participant in JOB1, ICO is welcoming six summer interns to campus.
Ayan Walker - Alumni Relations
Jayde Mosley - Registrar
Jordan Steward - Optical
Melea Burkes - Optical
Naomi Dixon - Admissions
Rommel Shaw, Jr. - IEI at Princeton
Says Ayan, "JOB1 has helped me
gain experience into the world of optometry."
Jordan agrees; he feels he has particularly benefited from practicing interviews.
The interns will be at ICO for a total of 8 weeks.
They have strong aspirations for life after this summer. The group includes one Molecular and Cellular Biology major, one Economics major, a student aiming to become a registered nurse, and several hoping to be doctors. JOB1 and ICO will help them get there.
|New Residents Join ICO Family
The 2016-17 residents completed their one-year program on July 11. This class set a fantastic example as they completed their core competencies. From here, they will continue their careers in academia (
Jaymeni Patel, Harneet Randhawa, Alicia Kinch, Margaret Bailey) or private practice (
Jessica Min, Jessica Jose, Zory Stoev, Vivien Yip, Elisabeth Lehr, Olivia Steinberg).
We recognized the departure of this group and the arrival of a new class with a party. The 2017-18 ICO residents come from six different optometry schools.
Please give a warm welcome to:
Primary Care -
Alexandra Piper (ICO), Rachel Hasler (ICO), Senija Turan (ICO), Samantha Gagnon (MCO),
Tino Santiago (NECO)
Low Vision/Ocular Disease -
Erica Troyer (ICO), Molly Dixon (Pacific)
Binocular Vision/Pediatrics -
Laura Thompson (NOVA), Alaina Bandstra (ICO)
Cornea/Contact Lens -
Azinda Morrow (SUNY)
| IEI and Access Collaborate on Diabetes
Getting an annual, dilated eye exam can be tough for patients to prioritize. On a recent Saturday, the Illinois Eye Institute worked with Access to make vital eye care more fun for diabetic patients. We welcomed many established Access patients to our clinic for a party where they also received important vision care.
Once checked in, patients and family members
healthy snacks. Dilation drops were distributed, and then the fun began!
Sheila from Access had a bagful of games and prizes for all. Patients and staff alike played Diabetes Jeopardy and bean bags. The session was educational; attendees learned about diabetes and how to work at being the healthiest they can be
Drs. Foreman, Lee, Morettin and
completed the eye examinations and prepared reports for the referring primary care doctors. The students who participated stated that they learned much and were glad that they were included in this special session. We look forward to a continued partnership with Access so that all of their diabetic patients complete this very important step in preventing vision loss.
If you have suggestions for future events like this one, contact Maureen Dwyer.
|I Spy Around Campus
IIT Summer Biology Program Visits ICO
On July 20, 23 high school sophomores visited ICO through IIT's Summer Biology Program. The group learned about optometry over the course of an action-packed day. First, they dissected cow eyes at IIT. Then, they came to ICO for breakout sessions. Students received campus tours, heard about the modes of practice, and explored vision with slit lamps and optical illusions.
Thank you to
Connie Scavuzzo, Latasha Jackson, Daphne Anderson, and all who helped with the visit. We are enthusiastic about future collaborations with IIT and other neighbor institutions.
The Pharmacy is Here to Serve!
Have you tried out The Bronzeville Pharmacy yet? This in-house resource isn't just for prescriptions. Visit Mitul in the IEI any time you need over-the-counter sundries like pain relievers, bandages, and allergy medicine.
Thank You from Admissions
The ICO Admissions Department would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff who assisted with our Open House, Optometry Virtual Fair, and Focus On Your Future Summer program. June was a busy month in the Office of Admissions. We couldn't have done it without all of you!
These events are important, as they show prospective students how special the ICO community is. One Open House attendee had this to say: "I know that ICO is incredible academic institution, but I know now that the faculty and students are the kind of warm and inviting people I want to be around, as well."
From the Fitness Center
Summer Quarter Finals and Break hours in the Fitness Center are as follows:
Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday, August 7 - Tuesday, August 8: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9 - Friday, August 11: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
August Group Fitness will be posted this week.
|Bits and Pieces
The CTA has extended the 31st Street bus pilot program through at least March. If enough ridership is generated, this route will become permanent. The 31st St. bus runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and is a great option for getting to the Orange Line. Give it a try!
Apply for New Scholarship Opportunities
The American Optometric Association is accepting applications from for four different awards:
- 2018 Dr. Seymour Galina Grant - $2,500
- 2018 Dr. Larry J. Alexander Scholarship for Education - $2,500
- 2018 Vision West Scholarships for InfantSEE - $5,000 and $2,500
- 2018 Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship - $10,000
Additionally, applications are now open to second and third year students for the
J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. This $1,000 prize goes to a student who
best demonstrates the ideal eye care standards of practice. Applicants must be members of the AAO.
For the J. Pat Cummings Scholarship, students can submit a personal statement to Sharon Uher
performance, extracurricular activities, involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities. A W-9 or W-8 must also be included, along with proof of AAO membership. The Deadline is September 7.
|Movers & Shakers
Joe Kowalisyn and his wife, Amelia, are the proud parents of new twin boys. Cameron James and Christian Wayne are healthy and happy. Congratulations!
Several ICO colleagues enjoyed a Rotary luncheon, where they met guest speaker
|Arrivals and Departures
Welcome to ICO:
Full-time faculty members -
Jaymeni Patel, Dr.
Part-time faculty members -
Dr. Alicia Kinch, Dr. Mallory McLaughlin, Dr. Louise Sclafani
Moving on up:
Janely Villa, promoted from CSA in Advanced Care to Surgical Coordinator.
Farewell and best wishes to: