21, No. 8, Oct. 18, 2001
Thirteen gifts totaling more
than $17 million to benefit UI
Thirteen gifts totaling
more than $17 million earmarked for UI programs at Urbana-Champaign and
Chicago were announced Oct. 5 at the UI Foundations 66th Annual
The gift announcements were part of the three-day meeting on the Urbana-Champaign
campus conducted by the Foundation, the universitys private gift
The donations to benefit the Urbana-Champaign campus:
- A deferred gift of more than $5 million from Kenneth and Vesta Stark
of Pittsfield, Ill., will create scholarships in the College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Preference will be given to students
from Pike County and those whose undue hardships have negatively affected
their studies. The Starks own farmland and banking interests in west
- A $2.5 million gift from Advanced Micro Devices of Sunnyvale, Calif.,
will create the W.J. "Jerry" Sanders III Advanced
Micro Devices Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Sanders, a 1958 electrical engineering graduate, co-founded AMD in
1969 and serves as its chairman of the board and CEO. AMD is one of
the worlds leading manufacturers of integrated circuits.
- A $2 million deferred gift from Bob and Alice Campbell of Los Angeles,
Calif., will establish the Alice Curtis Campbell Endowed Chair in
Law, help support the Michael Aiken Chair, and create the Alice C.
and Robert C. Campbell Scholarships through the James Newton Matthews
Scholars Program. The Campbells also are providing matching funds
for gifts to purchase bells for the Altgeld Carillon. The Campbells,
both retired from the Robert Campbell Co., are alumni of the UI
he in commerce and she in law.
- A $2 million estate commitment from Ed and Barbara Rowe of Racine,
Wis., will significantly enhance the Edward, Barbara and David Rowe
Scholarship Fund in the James Newton Matthews Scholars Program. Ed
Rowe, a 1946 economics graduate, retired from J.I. Case Co. Barbara
Rowe is a Northwestern University graduate. The couple established
the scholarship in memory of their son, David.
- A $1.1 million bequest from Chester W. and Nadine C. Houston of
Urbana will support fellowships and/or faculty support in the department
of microbiology and the department of cell and structural biology
while a smaller amount provides unrestricted support to the Graduate
School of Library and Information Science and the University Library.
Chester Houston, who earned his bachelors, masters and
doctoral degrees from the UI, retired as a professor in microbiology
from the University of Rhode Island. Nadine Houston, who earned a
bachelors degree in library science and a masters degree
in microbiology from the UI, was a librarian and coordinator of instructional
media, primarily in Rhode Island public schools.
- A deferred gift in excess of $1 million from C.J. "Joe"
Gauthier of Salem, Ill., will establish the C.J. Gauthier Program
for Exploratory Studies in the department of mechanical and industrial
engineering. A 1943 UI graduate, Joe Gauthier retired as president,
CEO and director of NICOR Inc.
- A $1 million deferred gift from Kim and Michelle Pollock of Thousand
Oaks, Calif., will support scholarships, programs and services in
the Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services at Urbana-Champaign.
Kim Pollock, a 1971 Urbana electrical engineering graduate and member
of the famed UI "Gizz Kids" wheelchair basketball team that
won two national championships, recently retired as an executive in
- A $1 million gift from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
will fund creation of the masters program in Technology and
Management and the Alan M. Hallene Endowment for Leadership in Technology
and Management. T&M is a joint effort of the colleges of Commerce
and Business Administration and Engineering at Urbana-Champaign. Al
Hallene, a member of the MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors,
and his wife, Phyllis, are UI graduates.
- A $500,000 estate commitment from Karin Dovring of Urbana will create
the Karin and Folke Dovring Scholars Program in Analysis of International
Propaganda and Persuasion in War and Peace in the Institute of Communications
Research. Dovring is a noted scholar, author and poet; her late husband
was a renowned professor of land economics in the UI College of Agriculture.
- A deferred gift of $500,000 from
J. Fred and Donna Giertz of Champaign will benefit the Krannert Art
Museum, with half the funding to provide unrestricted support and
the other half to support the museums education and resource
center, to be renamed the Fred and Donna Giertz Education Center.
Fred Giertz is a professor of economics and a member of the UI Institute
of Government and Public Affairs. Donna Giertz is a marketing and
management professor at Parkland College.
- Champaign resident Jack S. Baker, a professor emeritus in the School
of Architecture , has made a deferred gift of $350,000 in support
of the School of Architecture and the department of dance. The gift
to architecture will fund a visiting fellow who will interact with
students and faculty members in a variety of settings such as the
classroom, lectures and public forums. The Dance Fund, made in memory
of former department head Margaret Erlanger and in honor of Patricia
Knowles, the recently retired head of the department, will support
professional enrichment in the dance department.
- Deferred and outright gifts totaling more $500,000 from Sidney M.
Stafford, a Champaign resident and UI accountancy graduate who worked
in the universitys Office of Business Affairs for many years,
will fund the Timothy Collins Stafford Scholarship. Tim Stafford Scholarships
will be awarded to undergraduates in elementary education who have
delayed college for several years due to lifes challenges such
as personal or financial hardship. Sidneys son, Tim, a single
father who successfully balanced family, work and school responsibilities
en route to his graduation in 1999 from the UI College of Education,
died suddenly on Dec. 29, 2000, not long after beginning a job as
a fourth grade teacher at Dr. Howard Elementary School in Champaign.