|ICO Celebrates 50 Years of Special Olympics
Fifty years ago, the first Special Olympics flame was lit in Soldier Field. These inaugural games in Chicago were the start of a worldwide movement. Special Olympics has expanded to 170 countries. Five million athletes with intellectual disabilities, participate in related sports, activities, and services.
Special Olympics International held their 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago during the week of
July 17, 2018. Events took place all over the city and suburbs, including an international unified soccer tournament, Inclusion Festival, and Healthy Athletes screenings. The Illinois College of Optometry sent faculty, residents, staff and students to volunteer for the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program. Over two days, our team performed eye assessments, distributed new glasses and sunglasses. Prescription glasses were cut lenses in real time and all but one pair was delivered during the event. Energy was high as ICO cared for athletes from over 15 countries.
Another part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration was the dedication of the Eternal Flame,
Dr. Sandy Block participated in the historic ceremony. A monument near Soldier Field was dedicated with the lighting of an eternal flame. This flame will be the starting point for all future Special Olympics torches. This assures that Chicago, birthplace of Special Olympics sports competition, will always have a role in in the games.
The 50th Anniversary Celebration concluded on Saturday, July 21, with an incredible concert. The headliner was Chicago favorite Chance the Rapper. He was joined by Usher, Smokey Robinson, Jason Mraz, and other popular artists. ICO was honored to serve such an important cause and looks forward to both local, national, and international Special Olympics events in the future.
See additional photos from the Opening Eyes
Thank you to Lions Club International, Essilor, the Golisano Foundation, and the Safilo group for supporting this event!
|IEI Shuttle Announcement
Due to budget adjustments at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), August 10, 2018, will be the final day IIT will be running a shuttle service. For those needing to get to ICO from the downtown train stations, there are several other public transit options that can accommodate individuals traveling to Campus.
For those traveling from Union Station, the ICO Campus is accessible via the Green Line "L" from the Adams and Wabash Station or via the Red Line "L" from the Jackson Station.
Further, the #1 Bronzeville/Union Station CTA bus route provides direct access to Campus from Union Station. Union Station riders may also consider walking to the Metra LaSalle Street Station and taking the Rock Island Metra. This would be a free option for anyone with a monthly Metra train pass.
For those traveling from Ogilvie Transportation Center, Campus is accessible via the Green Line "L" station at Clinton and Lake. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority website (transitchicago.com) for more details about "L" and bus travel.
IIT has indicated that service was costing them over $550,000 annually and they needed to contain costs.
The following link has the entire announcement that they distributed:
|Bits and Pieces
Monday, August 6th
through Thursday, August 7th
hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday, August, 10th
Saturday, August 11th
Normal hours resume on Monday, August 13th
|Movers & Shakers
Dr. Dominick Maino will join more than 30 of the best Italian American Artists, Sculptors, and Photographers during the annual Casa Italia Art exhibit. This exhibition features over 100 works on display. There is no charge to attend.
Opening reception (wine & cheese) - Friday, August 10 in the Mentesana Weber Chandelier Room from 6 - 9 p.m. The Show will be open during the San Francesco Feast on Sunday, August 12 from 2 - 6 p.m.
Casa Italia, Mentesana Weber Room
1621 N. 39th Avenue
Stone Park, IL 60165
|Arrivals & Departures
Valerie Yarbrough - Patient Financial Services
Dr. Denise Alexopoulous - Full Time Faculty Member
Dr. Dominick Maino, retiring after 40 years at ICO. His last day is August 10. We wish him all the best.
Dr. Neil Hodur, on his retirement status as Professor Emeritus.