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WinnieSchweitzerWinnie Li Becomes Schweitzer Fellow

Winnie Li, '19, has always been passionate about community service. From her first year at ICO, Winnie noticed a patient population in need. She was frequently being called to help translate for Chinese seniors. "Not getting translated means you aren't getting the right care," she says. 

Winnie decided to improve her translation skills with an optometry-themed Chinese course from SUNY. She also began working with the Chinese American Service League (CASL). It was there that Winnie saw an opportunity to make a connection.

This year, Winnie  submitted a proposal for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She intends to transport CASL patients to the IEI, where she will conduct vision education programs and workshops. Potential topics include dry eye, hypertension, diabetes, injury prevention, and general vision care for Chinese seniors. If all goes well, Winnie hopes Chinese-speaking students will be inspired to keep the program going after she graduates.

The proposal was accepted, making Winnie an official Schweitzer Fellow. She joins the ranks of  former ICO recipients Rachel Berkowitz, OD '15, and Kevin Jacobs, OD '99. Winnie must complete 200 hours of work on her new program. She thanks ICO for the inspiration, saying, "I wouldn't know how to get into the community if I wasn't a student here."

Congratulations, Winnie! We will be proudly watching as you serve and educate these patients.
POS20RoundupEnjoy Highlights from #20YearsofPOS

Thank you to Daphne Anderson and the alumni, faculty, staff, and students who made the 20th annual Practice Opportunities Symposium our best yet. From the new Intro to Practice Panel to the bustling networking reception, attendees learned about optometry and made valuable connections. Next year will be even bigger!
  • To see over 40 photos from the event, check out our Flickr page.
  • For Tweets, photos, and more, explore hashtag #20YearsofPOS on Twitter and Instagram.
ISpyI Spy Around Campus

Recycle Electronics for Earth Day

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. To celebrate our planet, the ICO Library is hosting an e-waste recycling program. From now through April 30, you can bring your unwanted electronics (laptops, phones, appliances, etc.) to the Library to be safely recycled. The bin is just outside the Library doors.

Self-Defense Workshop

There are still limited slots available in next week's Empowerment Self-Defense Workshop. This program will teach effective verbal, mental, and physical responses to threats and violence. We'll learn to assess and reduce risks in a variety of situations and how to de-escalate or escape from violent confrontations.
The workshop is scheduled for April 26, 7-10 p.m. in the Fitness Center. There will be a physical training portion, so wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move around.  Please e-mail to reserve your space or ask any questions.
BitsPiecesBits and Pieces

Applications Open for AAOF Residency Awards

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has opened applications for its 2017 series of Residency awards. Click each link below for more information, and feel free to pass on to Residents who qualify:

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

Fight Blindness with VisionWalk

The 12th Annual Chicagoland VisionWalk is on Sunday,
June 4, at 9:00 a.m. in Elk Grove Village's Busse Woods. This year, ICO has assembled our own walking team! Everyone from across the institution is welcomed to participate. See our page HERE to walk or donate. All proceeds will go to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. If you want to give cash, a collection has been started in Suite 1. 

Passionate Focus Returning to IEI

Thanks to the Second Sense organization, the Illinois Eye Institute will again be displaying a series of Passionate Focus paintings. There will be 25 works of art, each by a blind or visually impaired artist. Paintings will viewable between April 24 and June 30. Please stop by the clinic and enjoy.

Oh Canada! by Frank Valliere
MoveShakeMovers & Shakers

Congratulations to our esteemed faculty members presenting research at upcoming conferences for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the College of Optometrists and Vision Development (COVD.)
  • ARVO: Drs. Block, Donati, Harthan, Pang, Robers, Stelmack, and Yip
  • COVD: Drs. Block, Maino, Min, and Schlange.
Sarah Edgeworth, who has been group exercise certified for over 10 years, just added a new level to her certification. She is now group fitness instructor certified by American Council of Exercise. Congratulations!

ICO President Dr. Arol Augsburger and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Karen Eng met Chicago Deputy Mayor Andrea Zopp at a Community Advisory meeting.

ArrivalsDeparturesArrivals and Departures

Give a warm ICO welcome to:
Alayne Pierce, CSA
Freddie Lopez, CSA

No longer with ICO:
Melissa Cook