When Academy 2017 came to Chicago, ICO opened its doors. Homecoming was intentionally pushed back a month to October 13. Thanks to this adjustment, the annual alumni gathering could share the stage with an Optometry in Illinois Open House. It was an incredible weekend for optometry! Hundreds of people- alumni, industry colleagues, prospective students, and more- explored ICO and enjoyed the city.
Here are some highlights:
The Class of ’87 had the evening’s highest attendance. These ODs have been friends for 30+ years!
Mary Flynn Roberts, OD ’91,was recognized with a Certi cate of Appreciation from the AAO.
Sydney Harris, OD, NICO ’47,represented the oldest reunion class in attendance. Happy 70th anniversary, Dr. Harris!
It is always wonderful to welcome Mrs. Sarah A. Rosenbloom to campus. She was recognized as this year’s Distinguished Friend.
For the first time, ICO hosted a Craft Beer Tasting, with brews sorted 4 into 3 themes: “Chicago Favorites,” “Fall Fest,” and “Walk on the Wild Side.”
A wine tasting featured 6 distinguished beverages from France, Spain, Italy, and beyond!
To keep the Courtyard bright after dark, ICO installed Edison bulbs above our signature outdoor space.
Everyone loves free goodies! Our raffle featured over 50 fabulous prizes, including (of course) designer sunglasses.
Rain, rain, go away! The weather didn’t stop these brave alumni from touring downtown Chicago on Segways.
Finally, the prestigious 50 Year Club dined with ICO president Arol Augsburger.
HOMECOMING AWARD WINNERS
Alumnus of the Year Award
Peter M. Agnone, OD ’80
Young Alumnus of the Year Award
Ryan P. Ames, OD ’07, MBA
Distinguished Friend Award
Mrs. Sarah A. Rosenbloom
Professional Achievement Award
George C. Graham, OD ’48
Donald M. Borsand, OD ’60
Excellence in Education Award
Elizabeth Wyles, OD, FAAO
Eileen M. Gable, OD, FAAO
Lifetime Service Award
Peter S. Nelson, OD ’67, MHPE