ICO is very proud to welcome American Optometric Association President Dori Carlson, OD, as the keynote speaker for the Class of 2012 commencement ceremony.
Dr. Carlson, the first woman to serve as president of the AOA, also will be granted the doctor of science in optometry honorary degree during the May 19 event at Rockefeller Chapel on the University of Chicago campus.
"The entire ICO community is very proud to have Dori Carlson as our commencement speaker this year," said ICO President Arol Augsburger, OD. "She has spent a great deal of time meeting with optometry students around the country, and we are confident her words will inspire our students as they leave ICO and begin their careers as optometrists."
Dr. Carlson was elected to the AOA Board of Trustees in 2004, re-elected in 2006 and became president in June 2011. Prior to taking office, she embarked on the highly popular Dori 20/20 tour in which she visited all 20 optometry schools in the nation within 20 months to talk to students and faculty and learn what matters to the next generation of optometrists. She chronicled her experiences on her blog, www.dori20-20tour.org.
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Illinois College of Optometry President Arol Augsburger, OD, Elected Vice Chairman of Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges & UniversitiesTuesday, 29 November 2011 22:19
CHICAGO – Arol Augsburger, OD, president of the Illinois College of Optometry, was elected vice chairman for the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Dr. Augsburger will serve on the Federation's executive committee and join other leaders to represent the public policy interests of 61 Illinois nonprofit private colleges and universities.
"I am honored to serve the Federation in this new capacity and be a voice not only for the Illinois College of Optometry, but for institutions like ours across Illinois," Dr. Augsburger said. "The Federation is a dynamic advocacy organization that plays an important role in ensuring the needs of our state's independent colleges and universities are being met."
Dr. Augsburger was appointed president of ICO in 2002 and has spearheaded innovative educational, patient care and community programs. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Award by the American Optometric Association and state Optometrist of the Year in Illinois, Ohio and Alabama.
Dr. Augsburger has served as president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), including four years on the executive committee. He also has held several board offices and served as president of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). Prior to joining ICO, Dr. Augsburger served as interim provost at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
About the Illinois College of Optometry
The Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) provides excellence in optometric clinical education and is one of the world's leading urban optometric institutions. Since its founding in 1872 by Dr. Henry Olin, ICO has offered aspiring optometrists the education and experience needed to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment and become leaders who will advocate for patients and the profession alike. Located in Chicago, ICO has a long and distinguished legacy as the oldest continually operating educational facility in the world dedicated solely to the teaching of optometrists. For more information about the Illinois College of Optometry, visit www.ico.edu
ICO faculty made an impact at the recent College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) meeting. Dr. Darrell Schlange presented research he is conducting with Drs. Brian Caden and Dominick Maino. Their paper, "The Fischer Fixtest for Fixation and Saccade Reaction Time Differentiates between Symptomatic and A-Symptomatic Adult Patients" was presented to an audience of more than 700 doctors. In addition, Dr. Erica Zeiders presented "Optometric Vision Therapy And Prisms Used For Divergence Insufficiency," and Drs. Alicia Feis, Melissa Suckow and Sandra Block presented "The Prevalence Of Amblyopia and Convergence Insufficiency in a School Based Vision Program" and "Building A Sustainable School Based Vision Clinic Serving A Large Urban School District. Also at the meeting, Dr. Christine Allison was voted to be COVD's next treasurer/secretary.
Illinois Eye Institute Foundation executive director Dr. Leonard Messner will be joined by author and founder of Sports Legacy Institute Chris Nowinski and representatives of the Chicago Concussion Coalition, a group of more than 40 organizations including leaders from sports, business, healthcare, education, entertainment and the nonprofit sectors. Former NFL players Richard Dent, Jerry Azumah and Otis Wilson will also attend to show their support.
WHAT & WHY:
- Eye on Concussions benefit to educate student athletes, parents, coaches and former professional athletes on how to play sports smarter and safer
- Awards will be presented to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and CPS Athletic Director Calvin Davis
- Donations in part benefit Illinois Eye Institute Foundation charge to provide education about eye movement and abnormalities as an indicator of concussions
- In partnership with former professional athletes and members of the Chicago Concussion Coalition, Illinois Eye Institute Foundation offers monthly Advanced Concussion Trainings (ACT) at its facility on the south side of Chicago
- Super Bowl XLVI raffle tickets, silent auction, entertainment and more!
Friday, November 18, 2011; 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Illinois Eye Institute, 3241 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Tickets can be purchased for $250 per ticket for the special VIP reception or $20 per ticket for the main Eye on Concussions program (all tickets are tax deductible)
Illinois Eye Institute Foundation
About Illinois Eye Institute Foundation
The Illinois Eye Institute Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the community outreach, charitable programs and advancement of research at the Illinois Eye Institute, a non-profit, multi-specialty eye center that has served Chicago since 1955.