At the College of Education at Illinois, we transform learners across the lifespan and work to improve social unity, expand economic opportunities, and empower communities. That story is evident when it comes to Dean James D. Anderson—or “Doc,” as many of his students refer to him. Dr. Anderson has been present on campus for nearly one-third of the University of Illinois' remarkable 150 years and has greatly impacted the lives of his students as well as the College of Education.
Our annual Student Recognition Brunch took place on November 4. As always, it was a wonderful, poignant event that brought together our generous College of Education donors and the deserving students whom they have provided scholarships for. Thanks to these gifts by established alumni and friends of the College, these student recipients will go on to make a profound impact within the field of education and beyond. View photos from the day’s festivities.
With Illinois is our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. The College of Education is committed to being a leader in the field of education, and I invite you to follow our progress as we raise private funds to support the life-changing work we do at Illinois. These investments are essential in supporting students with scholarships, helping our faculty pursue cutting-edge research, and improving our overall infrastructure. Tuesday, November 28, is National Giving Day. What an ideal time to remain With Illinois by giving back to your Alma Mater or by sharing the greatness of your favorite university via social media—tell the world what field you graduated in and why you truly love Illinois. Be sure to include the #withILLINOIS hashtag in your post.
2018 will mark the end of the sesquicentennial celebration at the University of Illinois. We hope you will consider joining us for the three-day symposium 21st Century University and Research for the Public Good, which will conclude the yearlong event. The April symposium will offer a chance to imagine a future of interdisciplinary research in the realms of public life, science, technology, and health. Speakers will include Amitav Ghosh, Gabriella Coleman, Stuart Reid, Elaine Scarry, and many more.
The College of Education has been at the forefront of educational theory and practice and continues to be a pioneer in education during its 112-year existence. Many of these achievements could not happen without your commitment and engagement, and I sincerely thank you for your support. We look forward to future interactions during another prosperous and accomplished year as we advance the Illinois legacy that you and your fellow alumni have created!
Finally, on behalf of the College of Education, I would like to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of the accomplished graduates of our illustrious College within this outstanding university.
Yours in Orange & Blue,
Assistant Dean for Advancement