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For the first time in three years, we hosted Homecoming at ICO this September. Because this year is also an important milestone in the history of ICO, we worked hard to find the perfect venue. Homecoming took place amongst the lions at the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Don’t worry, the glass protected our guests from getting too close to them!) 

This zoo holds particular importance because of its historic significance. Founded in 1868, it has served as an iconic Chicago institution for many generations. We’re only four years younger so it seemed fitting to celebrate together.  The Homecoming celebration began on Friday night with jungle-themed drinks and food in the courtyard. It was a great opportunity for students and alumni to mingle and get to know each other better.
 

After Friday's gathering, Saturday was jam-packed with events. The day started with the first 50-Year Club lunch in three years. This year’s cohort included the Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972. After lunch, there was a river boat architecture tour. Then the big reception was held! This started with an invite-only award ceremony. We recognized not only this year’s alumni award recipients but also those from 2021 and 2020. We ended the celebrations on Sunday with a CE event on myopia management. 

It was wonderful to see so many faces after such a long time. We hope you had a great time!

Celebration at the Zoo

50-Year Club Lunch

All 50-Year Club members in attendance, including new 2022 inductees; (Back Row, L-R) Burton Pinchuk, OD ’72, Jordon Beller, OD ’71, president Mark Colip, OD ’92, Myrel Neumann, OD ’62, and Peter Nelson, OD ’67. (front row, L-R)  Gerald Kolk, OD ’72, Jeffrey Ritsema, OD ’72, and Timothy Mellus, OD ’72. 

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Alumni Awards Ceremony

Architecture Tour

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2022 Alumni Association Award Recipients

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Michele Andrews, OD ’92
Alumnus of the Year

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Valerie Kattouf, OD ’95 

Excellence in Education Award 

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Bill Park, OD ’77

Lifetime Service Award

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Stephanie 
Johnson-Brown, OD ’78 

Humanitarian Award

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Molly Proud, OD ’19

Young Alumnus of the Year

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Rep. Theresa Mah

Distinguished Friend Award

We would also like to congratulate past award winners who were also recognized during this Homecoming.

2021 AWARD WINNERS

2020 AWARD WINNERS

Nicholas Colatrella, OD ‘96
Alumnus of the Year Award 
Tommy Elton, OD ‘11
Young Alumnus of the Year Award
Seenu Hariprasad, MD
Distinguished Friend Award
Muriel Schornack, OD ‘98
Professional Achievement Award
Joseph McCray, OD ‘75
Excellence in Education Award 
Michael Ciszek, OD ‘93
Humanitarian Award
Sandra S. Block, OD ‘81, MEd, MPH, 
FAAO, FCOVD, FNAP
Lifetime Service Award
Jeanette Varanelli, OD ‘97
Golden Gavel Award
Robert N. Lewenson, OD ’80
Alumnus of the Year Award 
Abby Jakob, OD ’14
Young Alumnus of the Year Award
R. Michael Daley
Distinguished Friend Award
R. Mark Hatfield, OD ’79, MD, FACS
Professional Achievement Award
Geoffrey W. Goodfellow, OD ’01, FAAO, Dipl. ABO
Excellence in Education Award
William A. Olivos, OD ’95
Humanitarian Award
Bernie P. Nevel, OD ’55  
(N. Ill. College of Optometry)
Lifetime Service Award
Larry Van Daalen, OD ’87
Golden Gavel Award
Thank You to Our Homecoming Sponsors
Allergan
CooperVision
EssilorLuxottica
National Vision
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