In This Issue
OM2017Big Victories at Optometry's Meeting

The Illinois College of Optometry was leading the profession at Optometry's Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C. last weekend. Our students, faculty, and staff participated in all aspects of the conference, from research presentations to an American Optometric Association rally on Capitol Hill.

The conference was full of wins for ICO. Students Aaron Nichols and Mohammed Johma won Second Place in the Walmart/Sam's Club Project Foresight National Scholarship Competition. Their presentation, "Wishful Eyes," earned the team $5,000. 

Perhaps the biggest story out of #OM2017 was the Essilor Optometry Student Bowl. For the first time in 26 years, ICO took the Ventura Cup. Taylor Harris won the competition after a nail-biting finish. He explains, "The Final Jeopardy round was intense. O ne contestant had more points than me, but I wagered my points strategically and ended up on top!"  The moment Harris defeated his rival, ICO students in zombie-themed attire flooded the stage to lift the champion off of his feet. 

Throughout the meeting, ICO had an exhibitor table as well as an Alumni and Friends reception. Informal groups got together to see not only the city's famous monuments, but also a Game of Thrones popup bar temporarily stationed in D.C. 

To see pictures from Optometry's Meeting 2017, check out hashtag #OM2017 on social media. Then, visit this gallery of photos taken by Dr. Dominick Maino.

SupportGroupDiabetes Support Group Embraces Patients

The Diabetic Eye Center in the IEI is upholding an important program for our community. The latest Diabetes Support Group meeting was held on June 21.  Mitul Gandhi, Pharmacist from our in-house Bronzeville Pharmacy, presented to the group on laboratory testing for diabetics.  Mary Podgers presented on the importance of setting SMART goals and keeping food journals to monitor a healthy diet.

Patients who attended praised the formation of the group, and stated that they enjoyed being able to ask questions of the clinic and each other. One said that she will be able to better "make sense of her lab reports." The enthusiastic guests offered ideas for future topics.

The next Diabetes Support Group meeting will take place on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Suite 4 waiting area. Topics will include natural treatments for type 2 diabetes, summer grilling, and farmers markets. Stop by! If you have any ideas for future support groups, contact Maureen Dwyer.
ISpyI Spy Around Campus

Summer Program Underway

The annual Focus on Your Future summer program has begun, and will continue through this week. We are hosting 17 students from 10 states at ICO. Focus on Your Future introduces underrepresented populations to optometry, Chicago, and of course, ICO. If you see these smiling faces around campus, be sure to greet them with enthusiasm.

Gold Key Honors Society Welcomes Members

The Gold Key Honors Society has chosen its new members from the Class of 2018. These students stood out for their academic excellence as well as their dedication to ICO and optometry. Congratulations to these individuals on such a high achievement:

Manveen Bedi 
Aleice Ellerkamp
Kathryn Hohs
Jenny Lau
Meghan Murray  
Andrew Pudjowargono
Kirie Takahashi 
Inderpreet Thandi 
Chloe Vezinaw

Thank you to the Gold Key Board for working through a challenging selection process:

Jason Naidu
Zachary Walburg
Stephanie Li
Vakishan Nadarajah
Dr. Valerie Kattouf 

IEI Leadership Opportunity

Daniel Ren and the IEI Coordinators are accepting a new round of applications for the ICOU Clinical Leadership Program. If interested in applying, check your recent e-mails for a Powerpoint presentation. Review the presentation, speak to your supervisor, and compose a written essay by July 31 explaining why you'd be a great fit. If you have any questions, e-mail Dan Ren.

From the Fitness Center

Join us for group fitness beginning in July!
  • Spinning - 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays
  • Zumba - 12-1 p.m. Thursdays
  • Yoga - 12-1 p.m. Fridays
We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Please see the sign posted outside the Fitness Center for additional holiday hours.
BitsPiecesBits and Pieces

Private Practice Club Wins Preston Cup

The ICO Private Practice Club won the Preston Cup at this year's SOLutioN Conference in Dallas, Texas. The cup is awarded to the most active and inspiring private practice club of all North American optometry schools.  Mohammed Jomha and Jessica Capri represented ICO in accepting the cup. ICO also won the cup in 2015, creating a growing legacy for our PPC. Congratulations!

Vision Walk Raises Donations and Awareness

Thank you to the ICO students, faculty, and staff who donated to VisionWalk. Our team proudly walked through Busse Woods on June 4, having raised over $3,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. This money goes toward sight-saving research.

Academy Registration for Aspiring Photographers

The AAO is currently accepting entries into its Annual Academy Photography Contest. Interested applicants can submit up to 4 photos (2 anterior segment, 2 posterior segment.) The Grand Prize in each category is free registration to Academy 2017 here in Chicago. For rules, a submission form, and info about keeping photos HIPAA-compliant, check out the contest page on Good luck!

Applications Open for Faculty Grant

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant. This prize rewards excellence in the field of low vision for faculty at North American schools and colleges of optometry. One grant of $1,000 will be awarded. The deadline for application is August 15. For details on entry, click HERE.

Movers & Shakers

Our recent graduates are living it up!  Drs. Denise Alexopoulos, Jamie Blavat, George Bouras, Rachel Hasler, Sameera Jhamb, Marco Kosowski, and Kevin Pfeiffer just returned from a beautiful and educational trip to Greece. This group of friends had been planning since third year. They split 10 days between  Santorini, Crete, and Athens. Says Alexopoulos, "Our sightseeing, beach days and nights out, with countless meals of Greek salads and authentic gyro in between, were the perfect way to celebrate four years of optometric education, personal growth, and incredible friendship."

Mary Ryberg has been appointed to two committees within the Central Association of College and University Business Offices (CACUBO). She now serves on the Member Relations & Communications Committee as well as The Constituency Council (Small Institutions). Well done!

Drs. Arol Augsburger and Vincent Brandys met Senator John Boozman in Washington, D.C.

ArrivalsDeparturesArrivals and Departures

Give a warm welcome to:
Dr. Louise Sclafani, part-time Clinical Associate professor starting on 7/24.
Dr. Mallory McLaughlin, part-time Clinical Instructor starting on 7/24.

Moving on up:
Dr. Erica Ittner, promoted to Associate Professor effective 7/1.
Drs. Alicia Kinch, Jaymeni Patel, 
and Harneet Randhana, current residents becoming faculty on 7/24.

Farewell and best wishes to:
Anna Das
Elizabeth Kusmicz
E. Aaron Ross
Barb Luster, retiring from ICO on 7/5 after 38 years of service.