UI announces several seven-figure gifts

UI announces several seven-figure gifts

At the annual meeting of the University of Illinois Foundation, the organization announced several major private gifts to the Urbana campus that totaled more than $13 million.

— A new seven figure deferred gift from James and Candace Frame of Fletcher, N.C., to the College of Fine and Applied Arts in support of University Bands. This builds on a $4 million unrestricted bequest for the Marching Illini, instruments and a six-figure gift that created several awards: the Dee Wood Frame Excellence in Music Award, named in honor of James Frame's mother, a former director in UI Housing; the Robert W. Frame Excellence in Music Award in honor of James Frame's father, a 1935 UI graduate who was a superintendent with the Illinois State Geological Survey; and the Henry Penn Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering in honor of Candace Penn's grandfather, a 1910 UI engineering graduate and salutatorian of his class. James Frame is a 1973 UI graduate and co-founder of a pearl jewelry business. Candace Frame is a 1972 UI graduate who recently retired from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

— $4 million from the Irwin Family Foundation to the College of Business to renovate the Surveying Building, which will be called the Irwin Center for Doctoral Study in Business. The building, located adjacent to Wohlers Hall, will be for business doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. The gift is in honor of Richard D. Irwin, a 1926 UI graduate and founder of the publishing company Richard D. Irwin Inc., (now Dow Jones-Irwin, Inc.), and his wife, Anne Marie Irwin.

— A deferred $5 million gift from Thomas W. and Mary Ellen O'Laughlin of Champaign will create the Thomas W. and Mary Ellen O'Laughlin Fund for the Center for Business and Public Policy in the College of Business. It will support research, teaching, public engagement, plus scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Thomas O'Laughlin is a 1956 UI biochemistry graduate who worked in the aerospace industry before establishing a publishing company. Mary Ellen O'Laughlin retired after a 30-year career with Merrill Lynch & Co.

— An outright gift of $1 million from Andrew Yang of Los Gatos, Calif., will establish the Andrew T. Yang Research Award to fund graduate student fellowships in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering. Yang holds three degrees in electrical engineering — a bachelor's from the University of California at Berkeley and master's and Ph.D. from the UI in 1986 and 1989. A former University of Washington Professor, Yang co-founded Apache Design Solutions.

— An outright gift of more than $1 million from Sanjay K. Srivastava of Los Altos, Calif., through the Srivastava Foundation, will support construction of the new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The Senior Design Laboratory will be named in his honor. Srivastava received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the UI in 1987. He is the chairman of SKS Capital, a California-based investment group. He co-manages the Srivastava Foundation, which supports higher education and medicine, especially palliative care in India.

— $1 million outright from Richard K. Williams of Cupertino, Calif., in support of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His gift will support construction of the new ECE Building and endow the Richard K. Williams Professorship in Power Semiconductor Electronics. A 1980 UI electrical engineering graduate, Williams holds a master's degree from Santa Clara University. He is president, CEO and chief technical officer of Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc.

— Also on Friday, the foundation recognized Richard S. and Loan B. Hill of Atherton, Calif. for their major support. The Hills established scholarships in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Political Science on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The scholarships are in addition to commitment of more than $6.5 million from the Hills to the Department of Bioengineering on the Chicago campus. The gift, the largest in the history of the UIC College of Engineering, resulted in the naming of the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering. The couple's total giving to UIC totals $9 million.

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Lostinspace wrote on October 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

But we really care about the humanities, we really, really do.  Deep down in our hearts, we care.  That's why we solicit funding all the time.  We really, really do.  But those meanies just want to keep giving gazillions to programs that don't really need the money.  Isn't that just terrible? 

Bulldogmojo wrote on October 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Well let's hope no one steals it or diverts, umm...err... I mean repurposes it