Students, staff, and alumni represented ICO this month at the 2015 National Optometric Association Conference. Preston Smith, OD ’15, Rina Sheth, ’17, Chuatong Thao, ’17, Nicole Akpunku, ’18, and Amy Keopraseuth, ’18, all traveled to South Carolina for the event. ICO alumni enthusiastically joined this group for a weekend of learning and accolades.
At the conference, ICO’s NOSA Chapter tied for Chapter of the Year. This is an exceptional honor, as the award is voted on by NOSA students across all optometry schools. This achievement reaffirms ICO’s strong reputation and popularity nationwide.
Our students also succeeded at the individual level. Rina Sheth, former ICO NOSA president and current National NOSA secretary, came away with $3500 in scholarships and awards. Amy Keding, ’16, received the Vision Council Award of $1000 for the second consecutive year. Nicole Akpunku was elected as the National NOSA Student Resource Liaison for the 2016-2017 year. Preston Smith won 2nd place in the Dr. Will Kelley Memorial Scholarship Run.
ICO is proud to be a part of NOA, which focuses on optometric services in urban and minority communities. We strive to achieve NOA’s aspirations for greater cultural diversity. Thank you to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni who contributed to this year’s conference.