College of Applied Health Sciences – With Illinois: The Campaign for Illinois
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With Illinois Campaign

College of Applied Health Sciences

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

On behalf of the College of Applied Health Sciences, I would like to express our deep gratitude for your loyal and enthusiastic response to the With Illinois campaign. It is both gratifying and humbling to receive such an outpouring of support—it means that you believe in the work that we do and trust us to use your gifts wisely to better serve students, faculty, and the greater community. With your help, we are recruiting and retaining outstanding students and faculty with scholarships, fellowships, and endowed professorships; creating and maintaining state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities; and providing students and faculty with opportunities to grow as professionals and scholars through collaboration with other campus units and community groups.

Our mission will always be to improve well-being across the lifespan and throughout a diverse society. Thank you for embracing and advancing our goal so generously!

SignatureCheryl Hanley-Maxwell

With Illinois Impact

As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, the College of Applied Health Sciences has been transformed by donor support.

Alma48856770 Dollars Raised

Donors5861 Campaign Donors

Gifts11613 Campaign Gifts

Gift Box6800000 Largest Single Gift

Puzzle Piece96 New Scholarship Funds Created

EarthDonors from 49 States and 13 Countries

With Illinois Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

Chez Veterans Center

Chez Veterans Center

Thanks to the generous support of Ron Chez and the Chez Family Foundation, the Chez Veterans Center is a trailblazing structure. It is acknowledged as one of the only university-affiliated facilities that house residential and service functions for military-connected students. The Chez Veterans Center contains classrooms and computer labs, research space, a well-equipped gym, a fully functional kitchen, study rooms, lounges, residential rooms, staff offices, and even playrooms for children. Additional contributions by donors like Adeline “Jo” Puccini ensure that the CVC remains a university center for transformational research, education, and innovative support services that benefit current and future generations of veterans, active duty members of the military, reservists, National Guard members, and their families. Read more.

Vitoux Scholarship and Awards

Vitoux Scholarship and Awards

Six students (Marlene Robles Granda, Gabrielle Choo-Kang, Asif Huq, Tia King, Amrutha Kumaran and Neva Manalil) comprised the inaugural Master of Science in Health Technology class. All six gained employment within six months of graduation—a testament to the strength of the program and to the importance of the donation from Michael Vitoux, who established the “Michael Vitoux Health Technology Scholarship” and the “Michael Vitoux Capstone Excellence Award” for MS-HT students. Learn more about the MS-HT program.

Paralympic Training

Schneider and Nielsen

Since the University of Illinois’ designation as a U.S. Paralympic Training Site in 2014, the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES), a service unit of AHS, has provided an elite athlete training environment for current and aspiring Paralympic track and field athletes. The generous donations from the John D. & Minnie R. Schneider Charitable Trust and the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation have been vital to making DRES a state-of-the-art training facility for Paralympic medalists such as Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk. Learn more about the services these donors support at DRES.

Stenberg Fund and Morse and Morgan Professorship

Stenberg Fund and Morse and Morgan Professorship

Faculty in AHS pursue life-changing research on disability and rehabilitation with the support of donors like Hugh Wishart, Saul Morse and Anne Morgan. Hugh’s generous donation to the “Charles G. and Kay E. Stenberg Fund” will support research seeking to reduce causes and effects of disability. A priority of this funding will be to establish a center of multidisciplinary rehabilitation science. Saul and Anne established a professorship in AHS to recognize outstanding faculty who have expertise and academic achievement in disability research, education, outreach, and service. The “Saul J. Morse and Anne B. Morgan Professorship” seeks to foster the inclusion and active participation of people with disabilities throughout the community and across the lifespan. Read here for an additional story.

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Nemeth and Gaitros Scholarships

Students receive welcome assistance from donors like Sarah Barnett Nemeth and Ron and Sonita Gaitros, who have established scholarships supporting academic achievement and professional development. Sarah, who completed her master’s degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism in 2003, named her “Triple S Scholarship” in honor of her three favorite professors in RST: Dr. Kim Shinew, Dr. Bill Stewart, and Dr. Monika Stodolska. The scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who are pursuing studies in recreation management. “The Gaitros Family Scholarship Fund”, established by Ron and Sonita, will support travel scholarships for students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science who are attending professional conferences for the purposes of presenting, learning, and networking.

With Illinois Moments

Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of the College of Applied Health Sciences during the With Illinois Campaign.

Students in rain jackets

The generosity of Illinois alumnus Carmen Rossi means RST 180 students will experience some of the country’s best-known recreation, sport and tourism sites for little or no cost. Read more.

Jim and Karen McKechnie

The McKechnie Family LIFE Home is a research center focused on innovations that allow people to live fuller, healthier lives. Illinois alumni Jim and Karen McKechnie provided the lead gift for this multi-disciplinary facility. Read more.

Bill Chittenden with students

Bill Chittenden, son of William and Carol Chittenden, embraced the opportunity to carry on his parents’ legacy to showcase the collaboration between researchers at AHS and Grainger College of Engineering. Read more.

KW Cash Bash event

Keller Williams Realty, The Real Estate Center of Illinois has raised a million dollars though their annual KW Cash Bash event to benefit the Chez Veterans Center. Read more.

Paralympic athletes holding medals

The 2020 Paralympics—delayed a year by COVID-19—had representation of both current students and alumni from Illinois. Athletes brought home gold, silver, and bronze medals in a variety of sports. Read more.

Sylvia Wacker Herzog

Sylvia Wacker Herzog, an alumna who was a speech-language pathologist for 34 years, created a scholarship for students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science who also plan to work in the school system. Read more.

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Your continued support ensures the College of Applied Health Sciences remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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Philanthropy has benefited students, faculty, and staff in many ways. Browse the list below to learn more about how the With Illinois Campaign’s impact can be felt across campus.