With Illinois Campaign
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Celebrating the impact of your generosity
One of the highlights of my first year as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been getting to know the alumni and supporters that have made the most ambitious fundraising campaign in our university’s history a tremendous success. The College of LAS has been at the heart of the University of Illinois for more than 100 years, nurturing the interdisciplinary and intercultural connections that help us all move forward. I am inspired by your generosity towards our college throughout the With Illinois Campaign–which has improved access to education, recognized our incredible faculty, and equipped our buildings and programs with much-needed resources. Your contributions will help empower those in our community to change the world.
Your partnership in advancing our mission is invaluable and there would be no With Illinois without you. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Harry E. Preble Dean
With Illinois Impact
As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been transformed by donor support.
234208933 Dollars Raised
17510 Campaign Donors
49929 Campaign Gifts
648 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Faculty Positions
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.
Former Professor Provides Significant Support to Altgeld Campaign
Philippe Tondeur, professor emeritus of mathematics, has worked and studied at universities around the world, but the University of Illinois holds a special place for him. That’s why Tondeur has donated in support of the Altgeld and Illini Hall Project. “Being part of a faculty entirely devoted to research and teaching has been a life-enhancing experience and the contact with students has been an integral part of it,” Tondeur said. “The assimilation and admiration of the achievements of my colleagues over time at Illinois and elsewhere has been an exciting part of it. These activities have been the substance of my wonderful professional life.” Take a virtual tour of planned renovations of Altgeld Hall.
Department of Religion Receives Largest Gift Ever
The Department of Religion received $1 million from a group of donors to establish a course of study on Jainism, a South Asian religion that emphasizes nonviolence, non-possessiveness, and respect. Jainism is one of the oldest continuously practiced religions in the world, with many of its seven million followers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The department will request that a tenure stream position be established for a faculty member who specializes in Jainism, and others already in the department will further lessons about Jainism in their classes. The department also hopes to create a postdoctoral or non-tenure stream faculty member position to build a curriculum for Jainism. The gift is the largest that the department has ever received. Read more.
Gift to Department of Chemistry Launches PhD4 Program
A new initiative, called the PhD4 program, has been established in the Department of Chemistry to fund fourth-year graduate students. Alumnus Peixin He (PhD ’85, chemistry) and Xiaoming Chen have made the first donation, a $1 million gift. The long-term goal of the program is to fund all graduate students during their fourth year, providing full fellowships for those who have passed their preliminary exams. The program will also provide some additional funds to each student above the department’s standard salary. “We certainly hope to see this program grow with other donors supporting it as well,” he said. “It will help graduate students and faculty members to be more productive in their research work.” Read more.
The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science Receives Major Endowment
College of LAS alumna Candace Penn Frame (BS ’72, geography) credits much of her career success to her U of I degree. That’s why she and her husband, James (BA ’73, general curriculum) made a gift to the Department of Geography & Geographical Information Science with four purposes: to support a named professorship in honor of her grandfather, Henry Penn (BS 1910, civil engineering); to support graduate fellowships that help recipients move on to work in national security or intelligence; to support a young faculty scholar in the department; and to support students in the department in the form of tuition assistance, grants, research support, scholarly travel, attendance at conferences, equipment needs, or other educational related expenses. Read more.
Scholarship Funds Pivotal Student Experiences
From research labs on campus to virtual internships with unique companies from around the world, College of LAS students are taking advantage of career advancement opportunities thanks to the Life + Career Design Scholarship. During summer 2021, the scholarship provided $81,000 in support for students representing 16 different majors. In all, 34 students benefitted. The scholarship was created to support students as they inquire about, engage in, and create opportunities for professional development. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 to help with living, transportation, and/or other expenses related to engaging in a significant professional experience. Read more.
With Illinois Moments
Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences during the With Illinois Campaign.
Natural History Building Re-opens
A set of historic stairwells was included in the roughly $70 million renovation of Natural History Building to help convert the 130-year-old structure into a 21st century learning space. Read more.
New Fellowships Bolster Humanities and Arts-based Humanities at Illinois
The College of LAS, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Graduate College, and the Office of the Provost collaborated to offer competitive Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities and Arts. Read more.
Susan Martinis (Stephen G. Sligar Professor in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology) Named Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Susan Martinis, former head of the Department of Biochemistry who served as interim vice chancellor for research since 2017, was named the new vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Read more.
Altgeld Chimes Centennial Celebration
On October 30, 2020, the Altgeld Chimes turned 100 years old, and the University of Illinois celebrated with the Altgeld Chimes Centennial Concert, a celebration of the chimes featuring the Marching Illini and chimesmasters.
David Sepkoski Named Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science
Campus celebrated the investiture of David Sepkoski as the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in the History of Science. Pictured from left are Dana Rabin, chair of history at Illinois; Provost Andreas Cangellaris; LAS Dean Venetria Patton; Rana Hogarth, history professor; Sepkoski; Thomas M. Siebel, philanthropist and alumnus; and Stacey Siebel. Read more.
LAS Faculty and Staff Receive Presidential Medallion for COVID-19 Response
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign honored 28 employees with the Presidential Medallion, the highest honor that the university can bestow, for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From left: Martin Burke, Chancellor Robert Jones, Paul Hergenrother, and Timothy M. Fan. Read more.
University of Illinois Welcomes Record-breaking Incoming Class
First-year students explore their majors at the 2021 LAS Liftoff event on the Main Quad. The 2021-2022 incoming class was the largest in the College of LAS since 2008. Read more.
Entomology Professor Esther Ngumbi Receives AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science honored Esther Ngumbi, professor of entomology and of African American studies, for her work in sustainable agriculture and efforts to promote public engagement with science. Read more.
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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.
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