Annual Fund

HAVING RAISED MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN FY98, WE'VE SET A GOAL THIS YEAR OF $1.1 MILLION.  AS OF MARCH 31, THE ANNUAL FUND HAD RAISED $917,817, PUTTING US MORE THAN 83 PERCENT OF THE WAY TO OUR NEW GOAL.

The Annual Fund underwrites the Investors in Business Education (IBE) fund, which supports the following programs:

IBE Distinguished Professorships
The reputation of the College of Commerce and of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rests on the accomplishments of our faculty. The IBE Distinguished Professorships were established to reward outstanding business research and excellence in teaching, allowing us to attract and retain some of our most distinguished faculty. Daniel Bernhardt, Economics, and James Gentry, Finance, currently hold these titles.

Faculty and Curriculum Development Awards
Gifts to the IBE fund are used to support conferences at the college, to develop new courses, and to assist in faculty research. This summer, Commerce will award between ten and fifteen IBE Faculty Summer Research Grants. These awards will be given to support graduate assistants working on faculty research projects.

Graduate Fellowships
IBE fellowships are used in two ways. They attract top-quality doctoral candidates to each of the college's four academic departments. Recipients are known as IBE Graduate Fellows and are funded for three consecutive years. IBE funds are also used to free gifted graduate students from teaching responsibilities, so that they may devote themselves entirely to their studies or to the completion of dissertation work.

Paul M. Green MBA Fellowship
This fellowship was established in honor of Paul Green, dean of Commerce from 1952-1967. It is awarded to the incoming MBA student with the highest academic credentials.

Scholarships
Funds from the IBE annual campaign are used to support IBE College Scholarships, including three scholarships awarded each year to Commerce undergraduate students with physical disabilities. The awards are based upon academic merit and extracurricular activities and are often decisive in allowing students with disabilities to attend the University of Illinois. The College of Commerce currently offers approximately 200 scholarships from a variety of sources, enabling talented and hard-working students to benefit from the excellent education offered in the college.

 

The annual Awards Banquet — a time for smiles and congratulations.

 

Campaign Illinois

Previously scheduled to conclude at the end of 1998, Campaign Illinois has been extended through December 21, 2000.  The aim is to increase the university's the university's endowment to $1 billion.

The College of Commerce and Business Administration met its $61 million goal in August 1998. Now, we're headed for a new benchmark in a new millennium — $100 million. These funds will help secure our future with funding for capital improvements, faculty development, and program support. We thank our many alumni and friends, whose support and enthusiasm have made of this campaign such an extraordinary and continuing success.

"As I get older, I appreciate more and more what the University of Illinois has meant to me. Without the education I got there, I could not have done what I did. So I wanted to give something back to the institution that has done so much for me."

— Leonard C. Hoeft, chairman of the board of Ziegler, Inc., commenting on why he gave a gift to support the Technology and Management Program and two endowed chairs at his alma mater.

CAMPAIGN ILLINOIS
TOTALS *
  • University
    $1,166,850,641
  • Urbana Campus
    $832,889,469
  • CBA
    $71,851,554

*as of March 31, 1999

Recent Gifts and Bequests