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Commencement17Commencement Week Kicks Off!

Commencement 2017 is almost here, and ICO is celebrating all week. Today, we honor our graduates' achievements with the annual Capstone Program. The day began with presentations on the AAO and credentialing. An awards ceremony then recognized our outstanding students with a variety of awards and scholarships. This year's class includes three Valedictorians! For a complete list of Capstone award winners, click HERE!

Keeping up with tradition, trolleys took the Class of 2017 to Rockefeller Chapel for Commencement rehearsal. Practice makes perfect, and the weather was great for it! An "Around the World" lunch was enjoyed by all, along with a sponsor meet-and-greet and raffle. Capstone concludes this afternoon when the Class of 2017 receives their caps, gowns, and Honors Society regalia.

Commencement festivities continue through Saturday. For details on the ceremony- location, time, parking options, and more- click HERE. We'll see you at Rockefeller Chapel!

EngWOTYDr. Karen Eng Honored as Woman of the Year

For five years, the Rotary Club of Chicago has been honoring local women doing fantastic things in their communities. This year, ICO's Chairman of the Board Karen Eng, OD, was one of three honorees to receive the Chicago Woman of the Year Award. 

"Behind every great Chicago woman is more great Chicago women," said Dr. Eng during her acceptance remarks. First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner spoke at the event, and described the essence of leadership as love for others, service to community, and joy in the accomplishments of others. Dr. Eng was surrounded and supported by ICO colleagues- Dr. Arol Augsburger, Stephanie Augsburger, Laura Rounce, Drs. Conrad and Block, Jenni Sopko, Mary Ryberg, Christine Weber, and Maggie Lopez- as she accepted her award.
Lisa Russ, a recruiter for a Chicago-based firm, summed up the celebration by quoting Sheryl Sandberg. "In the future, there will be no 'female leaders.' There will be just be leaders."
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Training and Growing Together

The end of the school year also marks annual training for faculty and clinical staff. Both groups are engaging in presentations, updates, and activities over several days. Highlights from faculty retreat include discussions on giving feedback, a new digital storage system, and of course, lunch with our graduates. IEI staff is learning about insurance, customer service, social media, and much more. Thank you to everyone participating for your dedication. Together, we can better serve our students, patients, and each other!

International Students Visit for Summer

Starting this weekend, ICO will host several international visitors for the summer. On Saturday,  5 Australian optometry students will arrive on-campus. They will be here for a 6-week rotation, seeing patients in all clinic areas and participating in 4th year conferences.  Additionally,  2 students from China  will arrive on Sunday. This pair will attend contact lens classes and labs, and will observe patient care in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence.  Please give all of our visitors a warm, supportive welcome!

Residency Program Upholds Accreditation 

Congratulations to Drs. Janice Jurkus and Christine Allison, along with all of our residents and staff. A recent ACOE site visit was successful, granting the Binocular Vision/Pediatric Residency continued accreditation. Well done!

From the Fitness Center

Be advised, locker room showers will be unavailable through Thursday, May 18, during renovations. Bathrooms will remain open, but will be off-limits during periods of active construction. Thank you!
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AAOF Residency Awards

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is still accepting applications for its 2017 series of Residency awards. The deadline is June 8 for the following opportunities:

The Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award
The Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award
The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award
The Terrance M. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award
The Sheldon Wechsler and George Mertz Contact Lens Residency Awards
Movers & Shakers

Amit Choksi has completed his MBA program. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business with a GPA of 3.81. He is now a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership. Cheers, Amit!

Dr. Dominick Maino was elected Vice President of the Six Corners Association in Chicago. Congratulations!
ArrivalsDeparturesArrivals and Departures

Faculty update:
Dr. Brian Caden will be retiring from his full-time role. His part-time start date is May 22.
Dr. Susan Kelly will be retiring from her full-time role. Her part-time start date is July 1.
Dr. Gary Gunderson will be retiring from his full-time role. His part-time start date is August 14.

No longer with ICO:
Michelle Machado
Dr. Chrisopher Martin