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Despite the extended summer we are having in the heartland, the seasons are indeed changing and fall is officially here. The academic calendar is in full swing, and for those of us in advancement, there is certainly a sense of anticipation and excitement as we approach the launch of the largest philanthropic endeavor undertaken by the University of Illinois System.

Over the next thirty days, we will introduce three focused campaigns that will individually and collectively transform our three universities and the University of Illinois System. By the time we gather for the Annual Meeting, on October 12, we will have launched the Springfield campaign, and Urbana will introduce its campaign goals and priorities the following day, October 13. Chicago will announce its largest and most ambitious campaign goal on October 28.

Our advancement team and university leaders are excited to enter this important public phase of our three campaigns. The University of Illinois continues to be a source of new knowledge, innovative solutions, and life changing opportunities. All three campaigns will invite our donors to partner with us to ensure the University of Illinois remains a powerful and impactful system of three extraordinary universities.

One System. Powered by Three Universities. Fueled by Millions of Individuals. Making Unimaginable Impact on the World…Step Back and Take Notice. Because It’s Altogether Extraordinary.

Yes, the excitement is building and the above statement is part of our new messaging platform that will be revealed at our upcoming 82nd Annual Meeting. I hope you are planning to attend. This year’s program is certainly going to be Altogether Extraordinary.

Thank you again for all you do and remember to stay connected.





UIF Invests in Student Workers

UIF is honored to act in support of our University's mission to shape the brilliant minds of the future. One way we carry out this promise is through highly sought after internships. While we host a number of internship opportunities organization-wide, we are happy to highlight two students of distinction—Lyra Tali and Kat Armstrong.


Meet Lyra Tali, an intern currently serving within the UIF President’s office.


Meet Kat Armstrong, a UIF Student Call Center supervisor.


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What an exciting time of year to be involved with the amazing University of Illinois System. As Jim mentioned, October is an eventful month…marking our 82nd Annual Meeting, three University of Illinois campaign launches, and so much more at each of our universities. I have greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to serve in the role of Foundation Board Chair for the last two years. My appreciation and affection for this University has indeed grown during this time due—in a significant part—to my recognition and admiration of the quality and generosity of each of your commitments to the University of Illinois. I sincerely hope your commitment to the advancement of these universities brings you that same enjoyment and satisfaction.

I am also very excited about the strong and experienced leadership that incoming Chair Alan Feldman is bringing to the Foundation. His longstanding connection to and passion for the advancement of the University of Illinois will be very beneficial to the System.

I will continue my “evangelism” for this great institution and assist in any way possible. It has indeed been an honor to serve in this position, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Board meeting and campaign events!





U of I System enrollment grows to more than 83,300

Total enrollment increased 2.9 percent to more than 83,300 students across the University of Illinois System this fall, setting a record high for the fifth straight year


No bid: U of I changes farmland policy

The University of Illinois will now seek the most-qualified candidate for its farmland, not the highest dollar. Here’s a look at how the university reversed a 10-year-old policy, and what it means for Illinois agriculture.


Killeen’s Remarks on Immigration & DACA



The Privilege of U.S. Citizenship

Illinois alumnus, donor, and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin writes about his journey to citizenship.


Mike & Andrew Tokarz Highlighted in College of Business – Perspectives



Illini Chabad Unveils New Tech Innovation Lab on Campus

In their latest move, Illini Chabad has unveiled a purpose-built innovation and study co-working space.

Conceptualized by U of I alumni Steve Mendes and funded in part by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Phil & Beverly Goldstick family, the new space offers students at the University of Illinois a collaborative environment to learn about the basics of entrepreneurship and source internships in their chosen field of study.


Urbana Champaign ranks No. 37 among the world’s universities in Times Higher Education’s newest rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world.


50 years of Chicago NOW at UIC

Years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women were still experiencing blatant discrimination and the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women took it as its mission to help change that.


UIC dean inducted into nursing Hall of Fame

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Dean Terri Weaver was one of 23 nurse researchers inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.


UIS welcomes thirteen new faculty members

Thirteen new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois Springfield for fall semester 2017. Seven will teach in programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, four in the College of Business and Management, one in the College of Education and Human Services and one in the College of Public Affairs and Administration.


1000 ways UIS is connected to the community.

The UIS 1000 describes many ways that UIS faculty, staff and students are engaged in the community.


Lila Jeanne Eichelberger

Earlier this month, we had the privilege of dedicating a tree at 4-H Memorial Camp in honor of Lila Jeanne. This was done in honor of her induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Lila. Thank you for supporting our great University.




UIS Campaign Launch

  OCT 10, 2017
Springfield, IL

Board / Annual Meeting

  OCT 12, 2017
Urbana, IL

UIUC Campaign Launch

  OCT 13, 2017
Urbana, IL

UIC Campaign Launch

  OCT 28, 2017
Chicago, IL
  For more information or to attend, please

As we gather together next month for the Annual Meeting, we will take a brief break from UIF Connect. Please be on the lookout for our next issue to hit mailboxes late November!


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