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COMMENCEMENT 2021

CURRENT ISSUE: SUMMER 2021

PRESIDENT'S SPOTLIGHT

Each issue, Dr. Mark Colip proposes a new topic to members of the ICO family. With the help of noted alumni, he puts a spotlight on important people at ICO and across the profession of optometry. 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

As we approach these summer months, having just hooded the Class of 2021 to begin their journey as Doctors of Optometry, we have an opportunity to reflect on the many things that shaped this year. 

ALUMNI DIRECTOR RETIRES

Connie M. Scavuzzo, MA, Senior Director of Alumni Development, has announced her retirement as of June 30th.


I’ve been blessed to have had a 36-year career in higher education, including 17 years at ICO. 

VACCINE CLINIC AT ICO

April 22nd was a historic day for optometry as the first group of ODs in Illinois received their vaccine certification. "There was applause as each OD successfully completed their training. It was one of those moments I will remember my whole life," says Sandra Bury, OD '95.

STUDENTS HONORED AT CAPSTONE AWARDS

Over 85 scholarships and awards totaling more than $100,000 were presented during the Class of 2021's Capstone Program held on Friday, May 15th.

NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEMBERS ELECTED

During the ICO Board of Trustees' May meeting, they elected three new members to the Board. All three are distinguished ICO alumni. We look forward to their service and welcome their input and insights.

PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES SYMPOSIUM GOES VIRTUAL

The 24th Annual Practice Opportunities Symposium was held virtually on April 8th and 9th. 

SEEING IS BELIEVING

This May, Drs. Lester Efianayi ’21 and Jeff Villena ’21 returned to campus to unveil a mural that they envisioned and produced along with designer Christopher Donley.

TRENDING: SUMMER 2021

Stay up-to-date with highlights from ICO’s social media channels. Don’t forget to follow us!

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ESSENTIALS: LINDSAY SICKS, OD, FAAO, ’10

We wanted to dedicate this issue’s Essentials to Lindsay Sicks, OD ’10 for her tireless work in implementing the vaccination training that allows doctors of optometry to serve as COVID vaccinators.

CLOSE-UP: JONATHAN DONG, OD '16 AND IWONA DONG, OD '16

Even before optometry school started, Iwona Dong, OD '16 and Jon Dong, OD '16 wanted to eventually open their own prviate practice. . .

VAULT: SUMMER 2021

ICO’s Commencement ceremony is steeped in traditions, some reaching as far back as the middle ages. In line with academic customs, the presidential medallion incorporates the College’s seal, our predecessor institution’s emblems, and the names of each president.

CLASS NOTES: SUMMER 2021

Who cold-started a practice? Who got married? Check out the latest news from your graduating class.

IN MEMORIAM: SUMMER 2021

Join the ICO community in remembering the lives and contributions of our dedicated alumni.

DATEBOOK

A calendar of important dates and significant events happening at the Illinois College of Optometry.

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LAST LOOK

The Doonaree Pipe Band has been a highlight of ICO’s Commencement for decades.