College of Applied Health Sciences – Illinois Advancement
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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

College of Applied Health Sciences

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

On behalf of the College of Applied Health Sciences, I would like to thank all of you who so generously supported our students, faculty, and staff over the past year.

Because of you, more than 150 phenomenal students in our instructional and service units received scholarships, fellowships, and awards that help them with the costs of pursuing their degrees. You made it possible to recruit and retain world-renowned senior faculty with endowed professorships. You helped the staff of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services to improve our wheelchair basketball program. Our Chez Veterans Center was able to offer enlisted veterans an intensive, residential college preparatory experience free of charge.

These are just a few examples of how your generosity makes a real difference in AHS. Don’t ever doubt the sincerity of our gratitude to you. We simply wouldn’t be the outstanding college that we are without you!

Photo of Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell.
Signature Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the College of Applied Health Sciences continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised6,531,958 Dollars Raised

Donors889 Donors

Gifts825 Gifts

First-Time Donors71 First-Time Donors

Party1,113,704 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

*Data as of 8/1/23.

FY 2023 Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

Monika Stodolska smiling and shaking hands with others.

Monika Stodolska named Brightbill/Sapora Professor in Recreation

Dr. Stodolska’s recent research examines the experiences of refugees who fled to Poland after being displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Through interviews with refugees, hosts, and volunteers, Stodolska is investigating how the refugees adapt to their new lives, the role of leisure in helping them deal with war-related trauma, and the Polish population’s response to the crisis. “At the end of our careers, we won’t be remembered by the number of papers or the books that we’ve written, but by the impact we’ve had on people and whether we’ve used this privilege of professorship to leave the world a slightly better place,” she said. Learn more about Dr. Stodolska and her research.

Band of Brothers Legacy members holding basketballs in front of stadium gates.

The “Band of Brothers” Legacy

Bonded by their experiences as members of the Illini Wheelchair Basketball team, 12 alumni who call themselves the “Band of Brothers” were motivated to give back. Pledging a donation to the Wheelchair Basketball Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund, Makara (Mak) Nong, one of the alumni, expressed his gratitude saying, “The University of Illinois gave me and my teammates the resources and opportunities to be successful in life. We wanted to give back and help Illini who came after us.” Learn more about the Band of Brothers.

Students watching a speaker at Chez Veterans Center for Warrior Scholar Project.

Chez Veterans Center Hosts Warrior-Scholar Project

The Chez Veterans Center partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project to provide a fully-funded, two-week college preparatory program for enlisted service members. The program enrolled fifteen veterans and six fellows in July 2023. Tizoc Rubio, who attended the program in 2022 said, “The fact that I’m able to be (here) in person, and take in the campus environment, and actually feel what it’s like to be a student is just super amazing.” The program offers skills such as a STEM-based curriculum, strategic reading and writing instruction, note-taking techniques, test preparation, syllabus analysis, and orientation to campus resources taught by university faculty and instructors. Learn more about the Warrior-Scholar Project.

Padero Hallal smiling and shaking hands with others after being awarded Sandall Professor of Kinesiology.

Pedro Hallal named Alvin M. and Ruth L. Sandall Professor of Kinesiology

Invested as the Alvin M. and Ruth L. Sandall Professor of Kinesiology in March 2023, Dr. Hallal came to the University of Illinois in the Fall of 2022 to lead the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Dr. Hallal is focused on diversifying and bringing international recognition to the MPH program. “Having students from different countries, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds will contribute to a broader understanding of the public health issues that affect diverse people and communities,” he said. In addition to leading the MPH, Dr. Hallal also serves on the steering committee for the Global Physical Activity Observatory (GoPA). GoPA aims to help reduce physical inactivity and the associated health conditions, as well as increase peer-reviewed research on the effects of physical dormancy. Learn more about Dr. Hallal.

Willard Zemlin, right, uses an early research lab setup to examine the adult oral cavity

The Impact of the Willard R. Zemlin Memorial Fund

The Willard R. Zemlin Memorial Fund was established to commemorate the life and work of Professor Emeritus Willard R. Zemlin, who had a profound impact on numerous Speech and Hearing Science students as they ventured out into the world as clinical practitioners, researchers, and educators. This year, the fund contributed to the advancement of faculty by supporting their conference travel and also provided funding for Ph.D. student Charlie Nudelman’s attendance at the Summer Vocology Institute held at the University of Utah. Nudelman had the opportunity to participate in a course instructed by Dr. Ingo Titze, a distinguished scientist in Nudelman’s subfield. The course not only enhanced Nudelman’s research but also served as an exemplary model for his own teaching. Learn more about the legacy of Willard R. Zemlin.

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Your continued support ensures the College of Applied Health Sciences remains a place where progress and innovation can flourish. Find your passion and help us dream even bigger!

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