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College of Education Dean Vicki Chou is not officially retiring until August—but that’s no reason not to start the party early.
College alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered for a scholarship fundraiser April 24 to commemorate Chou’s three decades with the College, including 17 years as Dean of the College. The event raised $4,000 to support the UIC College of Education 50/50 Initiative, with funds used to set up an endowment of $25,000 to support future undergraduate students through scholarships. The event was sponsored by the College of Education Alumni Board.
“Our students are our most precious asset to the College,” Chou said. “We’re close to having an endowed level of scholarship, which means we can do something on a permanent basis, and it is all thanks to the generosity of alumni here tonight.”
Alumni attending the event said Chou has been an inspirational figure in their careers as educators.
“I contribute financially and by volunteering because of her,” said Patrick O’Reilly, M.Ed. Instructional Leadership ‘85. “I’ve attended nine universities, but the College of Education is dedicated to real urban schools and education.”
“If it wasn’t for a scholarship like this, I wouldn’t have been able to study at UIC, and I wouldn’t be a teacher,” said Orlando Rodriguez, Jr., M.Ed. Instructional Leadership ‘04. “A scholarship let me become a teacher and to work in Chicago Public Schools.”
Jerald Henderson, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction ‘91, the current Alumni Board president, said the night was a reflection of Chou’s career focus on how education can affect personal and professional development.
“This is an opportunity for people connected to the university to help deserving undergraduates,” Henderson said. “It’s important to show appreciation for the education [all of us] have received here.”
Prior to her deanship, Chou was a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and a teacher educator and reading researcher. With her colleagues at UIC, she has sought to develop a model “Great Cities” school of education that is relevant and responsive to the third largest school district in the country. She has secured numerous grants to support the preparation and professional development of excellent teachers for students in Chicago’s neighborhood schools that have been historically under-served. She chairs UIC's Council on Teacher Education, is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research, and chairs the governing board of the National Teachers Academy-Professional Development School.
If you are interested in making a donation on behalf of this event, please click here and select UIC College of Education 50/50 Initiative at the very top. Be sure to indicate that your gift is in honor of Vicki's retirement.
The College thanks all individual donors that made the fundraiser a success:
|David Akbar Gilliam||Zenaida Almodovar||Elizabeth Alvarez||Nick Ardinger||Evelina Ayrapetyan|
|Karin Baird||Cynthia Barron||Michael Beyer||Mary Beyer||Frances Blouin|
|Lori Bobak||Laurie Chesla||Kimberly Clark||Joyce Cohen||Shelby Cosner|
|Shalewa Crowe||Nelida Delfini||Helen Drew||Floyd Dubois||Sherry Eagle|
|Charles Evans||Maggie Evans||Karina Garcia-Alvarez||Martin Gartzman||Betsy Gates-Ehlers|
|William Gerstein||Marietta Giovannelli||Josephine Gomez||Alicia Haller||Samantha Hare|
|Jocelyn Hare||Rodney Harris||Martha Hebert||Jerald Henderson||Heather Horsley|
|Paulus James||Luz Jorges||Les Jorges||Eleni Katsarou||Lon Kaufman|
|Julia Kaufman||Maralet Kirda||Michael Kirda||Pamela Konkol||Jaclyn Lambe-Steinmiller|
|Michael Landek||Della Leavitt||Michele Lenz||Lisa Lin||Annie Liu|
|Heidi Lopez-Schubert||James Lynn||Ronald Machen||Ethel Machen||Janet Madia|
|Catherine Main||Peter Martinez||Danny Martinez||Mary Massie||Kathleen Mayer|
|Mariam Mazboudi||Carole Mitchener||Elizabeth Montaño||Warren Morgan||April Nauman|
|Irma Olmedo||Patrick O'Reilly||Dawn Orlando||Sharon Paulus||Brandon Pendleton|
|Alice Phillips||Darius Presely||Judith Prince||Arthi Rao||Barbara Rees|
|Maricela Reyes-Torres||Ernesto Reyna||Ginger Reynolds||Kim Richards||Orlando Rodriguez, Jr.|
|John Rohsenow||Octavia Rowe||Jennifer Schalk||Jeannette Schmidt||Mary Schneider|
|William Schubert||Celina Sima||Louanne Ione Smolin||Avery Spunt||Jan Spunt|
|Winnie Stariha||Eric Steinmiller||Mary Jo Tavormina||William Teale||Theresa Thorkildsen|
|Steven Tozer||Cynthia Valenciano||Herbert Walberg||Trudy Wallace||Carmen Washington|
|Cheryl Watkins||Katonja Webb||Julie Wilen||Mary Zeltmann||Alfred Tatum|
|Kendal Parker||Khalilah Young||Kevin Gordon||Yuji Toefield||Alicia Sanchez|
|Michele M. Thompson|
The College thanks the organizations and individuals who donated items for the silent auction and raffle:
|BelliVita||Cafe DeLuca||Chicago Bears||Chicago Cubs|
|Chicago White Sox||CorePower Yoga||Dr. Jerald Henderson||Dr. Pamela Konkol|
|DuSable Museum||Ed Debevic's||Evelina Ayrapetyan||Ina's Restaurant|
|La Taberna Tapas Restaurant||Lettuce Entertain You||Michael Landek||Phil Stefani Restaurant Group|
|Shedd Aquarium||Trader Joes||UIC Bookstore|