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SummerAdmissSummer at ICO Brings New Prospects

Today is the first day of summer. Even though the Class of 2018 has departed, the Illinois College of Optometry remains busy. We are about to say goodbye to one president, then welcome another. We are actively preparing the incoming Class of 2022 for their journey to OD. Behind the scenes, new digital tools will vastly improve the way we communicate with prospective students. In the past two weeks alone, the Office of Admissions has hosted 4 on- and off-campus recruitment events:
  • On June 2, our annual Admissions Open House welcomed 115 prospective students and guests. 
  • The week of June 11, we hosted 11 undergraduate students for our annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program. 
  • For the Optometry Virtual Fair held on June 12, staff, faculty and students chatted with 115 prospective students from the United States, Canada, India, and Trinidad And Tobago.
  • Lastly, on June 15, we hosted a visit for high school students in a health careers exploration camp.
At the Focus on Your Future farewell party, several prospective students called ICO a "family." They commented on how warm, helpful, and genuinely invested our students, faculty, and staff were during the summer program. Thank you to everyone who assisted with each of the events. Together, we are bringing incredible new faces to ICO and the profession. Here's to a great summer!

ISpyI Spy Around Campus

Diabetes Support Group Meets TODAY

The monthly Diabetes Support Group meets TODAY, June 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the IEI. All are welcome, from diabetic patients to those just looking to learn more about the disease. Mary Podgers will be sharing information about local Farmers' Markets as well as recipes for healthy summer cooking. Snacks will be available. Come join us!

From the Fitness Center

Get a healthy start to the summer with the Fitness Center program "Better for You BINGO." First, grab a card from the Fitness Center. Just like a normal Bingo game, there are 25 spaces on the sheet. Each spot has a task, from exercise in the gym to healthy eating and stretches you can do at your desk. Try to get a Bingo by doing 5 spaces in a row. If you make a Bingo you'll get a raffle ticket, and if you can do all 25 tasks you'll win a big prize!
E-mail to learn more.
BitsPiecesBits and Pieces 

Work-Study Opportunity

Dr. Daniel Roberts has work-study position openings to assist with data entry and data collection relative to ongoing research projects. These research assistant positions are open throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. Hours are flexible. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Roberts for more information.  

RSVP for Dr. Augsburger's Farewell

To honor Dr. Arol Augsburger's tenure as ICO president, a farewell celebration will be held on  Friday, June 29, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the ICO Library. We want to make sure our headcount is accurate, so please RSVP within the next two days.  CLICK HERE. Guests are encouraged. If you are unable to attend the party, please consider sending a special message or memory for Dr. Augsburger to Connie Scavuzzo for the Tribute Book.

MoversMovers & Shakers 

Dr. Elsa Zhuang was chosen to receive $5,000 in funding from the Illinois Society for Preventing Blindness for a research project. Her proposal was one of the highest rated among submissions from ophthalmology and optometry programs.

Drs. Vincent Brandys and Karen Eng met Governor Bruce Rauner at Arlington Park Race Track.

While overseas, Dr. Janice Jurkus appeared on Chinese television to discuss myopia control. Over 178,000 people watched the program. 

ArrivalsArrivals & Departures

We had previously reported on the retirement of Lavern Young. Her period as a part-time ICO employee is now coming to an end. Her last day with us will be June 30. Thank you for your amazing work, Lavern!

Effective July 1...
Roseanna Rivers Thompson becomes Clinic Practice Manager
Nina Owens becomes Clinic Coordinator in the Rosenbloom Center
Martha Boyd becomes Lead CSA in Pediatrics
Lisette Delgado becomes Patient Financial Services Rep

Farewell to...
Mitul Gandhi, Pharmacist
FoodforThoughtFood for Thought

Today's foodie insight comes from Christine Weber. She knows a lot about local restaurants, as the ICO Library put together a list of hot spots for Academy attendees last year. Here's one of her favorites:

"I particularly love Phoenix Restaurant in Chinatown because it's always lively and busy. The food is excellent. The  Szechuan green beans  and  dim sum  are my favorites. The Phoenix is  close enough to ICO to have lunch there, provides an excellent view of the city, and is good for both small and big parties.  Plus, it's right around the corner from the Chicago Public Library in Chinatown and is close to the 'L'!"

2131 S. Archer Ave.
CTA: Cermak-Chinatown Red Line or Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line

To submit your own "Food for Thought," send a restaurant name, location, and favorite dish to