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Founders Circle

To learn more about the Founders Circle, contact the Office of Advancement at

Introducing the New Founders Circle Heading link

As of July 1, 2019, the minimum giving level of the Founders Circle will increase to $1,000.  For more information, contact

The UIC School of Public Health has been supported through the years by the generous gifts of many loyal friends. We are proud to honor the distinguished group of leadership donors who, year after year, help the University prepare our students for success. Membership in the Founders Circle recognizes donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitation to annual Founders Circle reception.
  • Special communications from the Dean’s Office.
  • Exclusive invitations to public health lectures.
  • Founders Circle recognition items.

Meet the donor: Rod Musselman Heading link

Alumnus Rod Musselman has established funding to support SPH student travel to experience the full breadth of public health career opportunities.

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Meet the donor: Fran Jaeger Heading link

Alumna Fran Jaeger created a generous match for Giving Tuesday gifts to support SPH students interested in global health, following her long career in international health.

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Meet the donors: Rajesh and Nayana Parikh Heading link

A new scholarship fund for global health students builds off of alum Rajesh Parikh’s experiences as an SPH student and his career in global health.

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Meet the donors: Chris Barker Heading link

Chris Barker’s long career in biostatistics culminated with his efforts toward clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines.  His gift to the UIC School of Public Health has established a scholarship to prepare future biostatisticians for a range of public health needs.

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Meet the donors: Dr. Fred Kviz Heading link

Dr. Fred Kviz’s work on research design, measurement, survey research methods and questionnaire design continues to resonate in public health settings.

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Meet the donors: Denise Oleske Heading link

As celebrations of the School of Public Health’s 50th anniversary got underway, alumna Dr. Denise Oleske (PhD ’83, MPH ’74) generously donated $50,000 to endow a new scholarship fund.
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Meet the donors: Lanny and Terry Passaro Heading link

Since 2005, Lanny and Terry Passaro have been among the most generous individual supporters to the UIC School of Public Health. Their initial support was inspired by Lanny’s son, Dr. Douglas Passaro, who was an infectious disease doctor and professor of epidemiology at UIC. After Doug’s death, the Passaros, along with Dr. Sherry Nordstrom, who was Doug’s wife, knew that the best way to honor his legacy was to support public health students doing global health work. Together, they created the Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship.

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