In This Issue
AmeriCorpsIEI at Princeton Celebrates AmeriCorps Week

Last week was AmeriCorps week, but we're not done celebrating! Did you know we have three AmeriCorps members stationed at the Illinois Eye Institute at Princeton Vision Clinic? They are Amy James, Ashley Wehrheim, and Tim Corwin. We mentioned them on social media, but they deserve one more shout-out. Dr. Sandy Block said the following about these amazing workers:

"Every morning, as children file through the clinic to receive eye exams, the AmeriCorps members shepherd them through, making sure they get quality care quickly and effectively. This can be chaotic. Amy, Ashley, and Tim conduct preliminary testing on every patient, checking things such as color vision and eye pressure. Thanks to them, the optometrists can spend more time and focus on other, more significant tests later. 

Then, as the patients meet with their clinicians, the AmeriCorps trio ensures that those waiting are content, that dilating eye drops are administered properly, and that patients receive OCT and Pentacam retinal scans as needed. It is the goal of the AmeriCorps members to make doctors' jobs as simple as possible for the benefit of the patients. 

The bus leaves. The clinic empties. It is time to make calls. Many patients have ocular problems that require more than one eye exam. AmeriCorps members contact parents and educate them on their children's conditions. By scheduling patients for follow up exams, they help ensure that the underserved children of Chicago receive the eye care that they need."

Thank you Amy, Ashley, and Tim for your skill and service! To read more about AmeriCorps members, check out hashtags #AmeriCorpsWeek, #ServeIL, and #GetThingsDone on social media.

PrezSearch18Presidential Search Update

The Illinois College of Optometry is progre ssing in the search for its next President. As the search narrows, f ive applicants have been invited to interview for the position. The interview dates are: March 22/23, April 5/6, April 12/13, April 19/20, and April 26/27. The events on each of these days will follow the same schedule:

Noon - Vice Presidents (Lunch in Board Room) 
1:30 - Academic Administration Leadership (Administrative Conference Room) 
2:30 - Illinois Eye Institute Leadership (Administrative Conference Room) 
3:30 - President Augsburger (President's Office) 
5:00 - Dinner with members of the Search Committee (The Firehouse) 

8:00 - Faculty at Large (Adams Center) 
9:30 - Senior Director Forum (Adams Center) 
10:30 - Search Committee (HR Conference Room) 
Noon - Lunch with Student Leadership (Board Room) 
1:30 - Faculty Executive Council (Eye Glass Conference Room I) 
2:30 - Wrap up (HR Conference Room)

Thank you to the Presidential Search Committee for their continued work!
ISpyI Spy Around Campus

Share Your Talent at MCA Night

It's almost time for the Multicultural Association's annual Talent Show!

Date: Friday, April 6
Time: Refreshments at 6:15 p.m., show at 7:15 p.m.
Price: Show is FREE for students, faculty and staff. Food and drinks will be available for an all-inclusive fee of $5.
RSVP: Click here! Non-ICO guests are encouraged.

As always, the talent show is spearheaded by YOU! Performance slots are still open. Previous years have included musical acts, dance, poetry, and more. To inquire about performing, please contact  Shaminder Dhaliwal.

Open House Opportunities

ICO will be hosting its annual Admissions Open House on Saturday, June 2. If you know anyone interested in learning more about optometry and our institution, please invite them to RSVP HERE

Additionally, we are looking for students to work this event. If you would like to earn work-study hours, please contact Teisha Johnson.

The Amazing Race Begins

Get to the Fitness Center and sign yourself and a partner up for this year's journey around space! The Amazing Race is a competition to see which partnership can most quickly race around the planets. Progress will be displayed on the bulletin board right outside of the gym. 

Pairs of contestants will be limited to 5 "light years" per day. The winners will receive a gift card, and any partners that finish will also receive a prize! Make sure to get signed up on the sheet in the gym so you can decorate your astronaut!! 

Good luck. If you have any questions, just ask the gym attendants or e-mail
BitsPiecesBits and Pieces

Pre-Clinical Assessment Honors

Congratulations to the hard-working students who earned Pre-Clinical Assessment Honors! This achievement is for students in their first or second professional years who have distinguished themselves by scoring 90% or higher overall on the pre-clinical skills assessment last quarter and scored no lower than 75% on all NBEO skills.

Class of 2020 
Beachnau, Alexandra  
Brown, Haley  
Buckley, Brianna
Chen, Yen-Chu (Judy)  
Coleman, Katie  
Cwikla, Kathleen
Felger, Zachary  
Fritz, Kenny
Guo, Emily
Kan, Elaine
Mangahas, Frances
Mathews, Haley
Mize, Jesse
Patel, Kavita
Pham, Kimly  
Phan, Thu
Rohan, Amelia
Wingard, Barrett

Class of 2021 
Abraham, Justin  
Abusharekh Samiha  
Augustine, Alin  
Becherer, Tracy  
Bricker, Julie  
Caceres, Melissa  
Chaudhry,  Aysha  
Chow, Phoebe  
Cordoba, Claire  
Deutsch, Dustin  
Files, Owen  
Fitzgerald, Kelsey  
Francis, Randi Jo  
George, Emil  
G o , Jason  
Gonzalez, Salvador  
Goodman, Chelsea  
Hall, Allyson  
Hansen, Scott  
Henkel, Ashley  
Hinson, Benjamin  
Humphreys, T ekarra 
Ishtiaq , Alina  
Jain,  Smriti  
Koepke, Macy  
Kwong,  Testin  
Laden, Chelsea 
Lalonde, Nikkie 
Larson, Jessica 
Lenhart, Kasey 
Li, Brian 
Li, Katrina 
Lu, Yu Sheng (Leo)
Michalicek, Benjamin 
Munoz, Angel 
Nichols, Olivia 
Norris, Abigail 
Okakpu, Valerie  
Patel, Alesha 
Percival, Anna 
Polyek, Liliya 
Prodan, Luiza 
Rocken, Claire 
Salam, Hasan  
Shin, Ed 
Siddiqui, Fareesa  
Singh, Navreet 
Skoog, William 
Skorseth, Claire 
Smith, Erica 
Solomon, Zack 
Susol, Aleksandra  
Sykora, Kelsey 
Tritsch, Erica 
Villena, Jeff 
Wedel, Todd 

MoversMovers & Shakers 

Baby Edgeworth is here! Claire Lynn Edgeworth made her appearance at 10:25 p.m. on 3/10. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 9 oz., and measured 20" long. Mama Sarah Edgeworth and family are well. Welcome to the world!

Dr. Leonard Messner (Steering Committee Member) and Dr. Lindsay Sicks (attendee) gathered in Atlanta, GA this past weekend for the Fellows Doing Research (FDR) Training Retreat. FDR is a special interest group (SIG) of the American Academy of Optometry that aims to conduct multi-center cross-sectional and/or observational studies.

ArrivalsArrivals & Departures

A warm welcome to...
Kelson Zbichorski, ICO Bookstore Manager

Farewell to...
Nicole Hannan, the longest-serving Bookstore Manager in recent ICO history! She leaves us this Friday, so be sure to stop by the Bookstore to offer best wishes.
FoodforThoughtFood for Thought

ICO Insider is still accepting food and restaurant recommendations from students, faculty, and staff. Let's all learn more about the unique flavors and places Chicago has to offer!

Today's recommendation is from Lauren Faits, who recently tried D. Men Tap. This north side restaurant is at the corner of Elston, Belmont, and California. Lauren says:

"D. Men Tap's ambiance is somewhere between rock'n'roll dive bar and Dungeons & Dragons game. Vintage music videos are projected on the wall just below a sculpture of a classic DnD monster with many eyes. (I wonder if he's had an eye exam recently??) There are a few old Nintendo games to play, but the best part is the food. D. Men Tap's cuisine is Indian-German fusion cooked up by the DonerMen food truck. Try the currywurst, pictured here!"

To submit your food or restaurant recommendations, e-mail Please include the location of the restaurant, and the name of the pictured dish.