Dr. James Izzo, a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Board’s official Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry representative, was given the honor of being the Torchbearer and Lighting the Flame before the UIC Flames/Loyola Ramblers basketball game on Dec. 6, 2014. Dr. Izzo earned his DDS from the Loyola School of Dentistry in 1979.
The UIC College of Dentistry often is given the honor of choosing the Torchbearer when the UIC Flames play the Loyola Ramblers at UIC, and the College’s leadership chose Dr. Izzo because of his activity on the Board. In recent years, the Board and the UIC College of Dentistry have made a strong effort to bring Loyola School of Dentistry alumni, whose dental school closed in 1992, into the UIC College of Dentistry alumni family, and Dr. Izzo is a leader in those efforts.
Distinguished individuals who have provided extraordinary service to UIC and the University of Illinois Alumni Association are invited by the Alumni Association to participate in the Lighting of the Flame ceremony before select men’s home basketball games.
The brief but meaningful ceremony reflects the strong bond that alumni and friends of UIC have with the institution. Torchbearers carry a torch onto the UIC Pavilion floor and light a cauldron, creating a large flame, while the school song is sung. Afterwards, the Torchbearer is invited to sign the permanent record as an Official Torchbearer and is provided with mementos to remember the occasion.
At the Dec. 6 event, many UIC College of Dentistry alumni who attended to see Dr. Izzo as Torchbearer also met the new Dean of the College, Dr. Clark Stanford, for the first time.