Founders Circle

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

Introducing the New Founders Circle

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 donors: Lanny and Terry Passaro

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.

Read the story

Meet the donors: Denise Oleske

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.
Read More

Meet the donors: Dr. Fred Kviz

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

Read More

Meet the donors: Chris Barker

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.

Read More