Summer 2016

New Board of Trustees Members

The Illinois College of Optometry welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees in February. Both are ICO alumni: Jeffrey Johnson, OD ’97,…

Editor’s Note

I’ve never been anywhere quite like Chicago in the summer. The city just comes alive. Street fests pop up in every neighborhood. Tourists flood…

Trending Summer 2016

February 29 – Twitter This month, @AOAConnect’s student spotlight is on ICO’s Ben Emer, ’16, Managing Editor of @OptStudents. Congrats! March 1 – Twitter…

In Memoriam Summer 2016

1948 Ira Max Deal, NICO, Starbuck, Minn., Dec. 17. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1942-1945. He purchased an optometric practice in Mt….

Four Years, One Moment

Some very special things happen in four-year cycles: Presidential elections, FIFA World Cups, Olympic games, and a full education from the Illinois College of Optometry. On May 21, 2016, ICO celebrated its 173rd Commencement. The ceremony once again took place in the iconic Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. The degree of Doctor of Optometry was conferred upon 149 individuals. Many of these new ODs could not believe four years had already passed.

Stories of Success

ICO alumni have many stories to tell, each one as unique as the way they practice optometry. Some leave ICO and set up a…

Commencement 2016

For years, I have dreamed of the day when I would say farewell to my academic career and hello to my professional one. I…

Class Notes Summer 2016

1949 Jim Tumblin (NICO), a Fountain City, Tenn. historian, has written a new book titled, “Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference.” Fountain City…

A City that Loves Sports

Chicago is a city that loves its sports – baseball, basketball, hockey, and more! ICO doesn’t have any official teams, but that doesn’t stop…