Message from the Assistant Dean for Advancement
Twenty-fifteen has been a year of great progress for Advancement at the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as always, we have you, our alumni and friends, to thank for that! I thought I might take just a few moments of your time as we approach the end of this year to summarize some of the ways you have generously helped your College these past 12 months.
Recognizing that providing greater support for our students continues to be a primary need, we asked for your help to be able to award more and larger scholar- ships for our students. You responded! We appreciate all of your support, but I have space to highlight only a few examples.
I must start with The Davee Foundation, which had previously endowed the College’s largest scholarship and then stepped forward this year with a new commitment to increase that endowment by 50%. This recognition of the role that higher education plays in changing lives and futures will now allow even more students to benefit from these premier “cost of attendance” scholarships, which support the entire cost of tuition, fees, housing, books, and supplies for student awardees.
LAS also saw other scholarship donors step forward. We thank those donors who this year established new funds to support important initiatives such as student teacher mentorships, peer-to-peer teaching, and summer research opportunities, in addition to creating scholarships. We now also have a new Finish Line Fund to help students with unexpected hardship to reach their goal of graduating with a liberal arts and sciences degree. None of this would have happened without you.
In addition, we asked for your assistance with providing internships for our students, and you responded by establishing a fund to help students with costs related to their internships, which are an increasingly critical component of college and career success.
When we reached out for help with providing venues to increase connections with our alumni and friends, you hosted alumni receptions for LAS in New York, Colorado, and elsewhere. These opportunities for alumni to meet not only with faculty and students, but to reengage with former classmates, are a vital link in our relationship with you, and we look to grow the number and variety of such experiences in the coming years.
Many of these efforts were spearheaded by members of the LAS Board of Visitors who we thank for the many invaluable ways they work with us to move the College forward. We truly appreciate their partnership.
We now not only express our gratitude for your help this year, but we take up the work of doing even more for our students and faculty next year. In these challenging times, your support means more than ever, and we look forward to working with you to make 2016 another banner year for Advancement at LAS.
Thank you again for your support, and I wish you a healthy and happy New Year.
Assistant Dean for Advancement