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Celebrating the impact of your generosity

Thanks to the passionate support of our donors who believe in the value of a world-class, innovative education in the College of Media, we raised more than $24 million—over 250% of our With Illinois campaign goal!

These funds have enabled us to provide scholarships to more students and to expand support for faculty research and creative endeavor. We established two new centers—the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media and the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies. And we completed much-needed renovations in historic Gregory Hall, which now boasts numerous production studio spaces, high-tech iFlex and computer-equipped classrooms, and the Media Technology Center, and look forward to the upgrades to Richmond Studio, home to our broadcast journalism classes, which are currently underway.

We are grateful for your investment, ensuring our next generation is prepared to make an impact on a rapidly evolving media landscape.

Tracy Sulkin
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With Illinois Impact

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

Alma24766806 Dollars Raised

Donors2277 Campaign Donors

Gifts5858 Campaign Gifts

Party6306039.18 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

Party448 First-Time Donors


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.

Rich and Leslie Frank

Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media

Rich and Leslie Frank have given the largest gift in College of Media history—$7.5 million—to establish the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media. Rich Frank, former president of Disney Studios, and Leslie (Miller) Frank, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, both now vintners and hospitality leaders in Napa Valley, sought to make an investment that would have an impact for generations.

Programming will feature a speaker series, panels, workshops, and residencies with a diverse group of experts and practitioners, coordinated by inaugural director Colleen King, clinical assistant professor of journalism. The Frank Center will also support outside learning opportunities, particularly in journalism, including professional immersion experiences, conference participation, and internships. Read more.

Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies

Thanks to gifts totaling more than $5 million from a collection of donors—inspired by a lead gift from Roger and Chaz Ebert—the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies will officially launch in 2022. Roger Ebert (BS ’64, journalism) was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first film critic honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Funding will support robust annual programming, including the Ebert Symposium, Ebert Lecture, and a screening series. Inaugural director Julie Turnock, associate professor of media and cinema studies, will coordinate event programming, Ebert research grants and travel grants for film studies, and the Ebert Fellows Program for undergraduate students. Read more.


James W. Carey Fund for Faculty Excellence

To honor their father’s legacy at Illinois and in the field of media, former college Dean James Carey’s four sons endowed the James W. Carey Fund for Faculty Excellence. The fund will benefit College of Media faculty affiliated with the Institute of Communications Research, where Carey earned his doctoral degree, was a research professor, and served as director (1969-1976). The ICR, housed within the College of Media, is the world’s oldest program for interdisciplinary research and doctoral education in communication and media studies. Carey was a student of the media’s role in society, and his commentaries on American civil life are some of the most influential in the field of communication. Read more.

Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives.

Mark Brandt

Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows Program

The College of Media received an estate gift of just over $1 million to create the Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows program for undergraduates. The fund, endowed in perpetuity, will provide internships to Media students to work with college faculty and staff on public engagement projects, and support student participation in programs for first-generation college students, students from underrepresented groups, and/or students with significant financial need. Because of the profound impact that the University of Illinois had on the trajectory of Brandt’s life, his dear friend, fellow Illini, and trustee of his estate, Mary Leyendecker, chose to ensure that his legacy makes a positive impact on students and society for years to come. Read more.

Jack and Beth Klues

Jack Klues Scholars

With a 35-year career in global leadership roles at renowned media companies, Jack Klues (BS ’77, advertising) understands the power of bringing diverse ideas to the table. He is committed to helping Illinois advertising students from underserved communities gain access to opportunities and drive the industry forward.

In 2015, the Klues Family Foundation donated $1 million to the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising to fund scholarships for underrepresented students with significant financial need. Since then, more than 60 students have been aided by this gift. It has funded scholarships, internships, experiential learning opportunities through advertising immersion trips, and support for high schoolers to attend a College of Media summer camp. 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 Media during the With Illinois Campaign.

New Voices

As part of a commitment to provide opportunities for first-generation students and students from underrepresented populations, the College of Media created the New Voices Internship Program. Read more.

a person holding tech equipment

A Media Technology Center will launch in Gregory Hall in Fall 2022 to offer students and instructors access to a variety of technology and the resources and guidance to use it effectively. Read more.

various alumni portraits

The College of Media established two new annual awards to recognize alumni for exemplary career achievements and engagement with the college: the College of Media Distinguished Alumni Award and College of Media Emerging Leader Award. Read more.

students learning at desks in iFlex class

Gregory Hall Room 31 is now an iFlex classroom with flexible furniture and multiple screens to accommodate small and large group collaborations during class. Read more.

collage of mentor portraits

A new mentoring program connects students with accomplished alumni to share perspectives and advice. The pilot focused on Black students and alumni and expanded to Latinx students and alumni in the second year. 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.