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(l to r) Janet (Leach) Peshkin (’72), David Peshkin and Christine (Szabo) Payne (’71) help unveil the With Illinois Campaign goal for Uni High. The Peshkins are Leadership Donors and volunteers serving on the Uni High Campaign Executive Board. Christine Payne and her husband Tom Payne ’71 are Leadership Donors sponsoring the Uni High Gala each year. Christine also serves on the Uni High Advancement Committee and the Uni High Alumni Association Board. 

“With Illinois” Campaign for Illinois

The “With Illinois” campaign is a campus-wide fundraising effort, with each unit on campus setting fundraising goals, plans and priorities.  The entire campus has a $2.25 billion goal; Uni’s goal is $10 million.

The “quiet phase” of the campaign started three years ago, and during that time, Uni raised more than $6 million. Our goal now is to get to the $10 million mark by the campaign’s end in 2022. Most gifts given or pledged between now and then will count toward the goal.

Our plans include increasing our offerings of hands-on experiences and access to active learning environments and cutting-edge technology, upgrading infrastructure, and increasing faculty supplemental stipends.

In addition, our priorities include student support, such as fee waivers, funding for faculty professional development, and paying for long-overdue building maintenance as well as new initiatives for our building.

Uni is looking forward to developing partnerships and active learning environments to influence policy and extend educational innovation through our research and teaching from Urbana-Champaign to Illinois and beyond, and to recruit and retain leading teachers.

In our rapidly changing world, we must look to our alumni and friends to not only hold our position as one of the elite public schools in the U.S., but to accomplish more than ever.

The Subbie Girls basketball team poses after their first win of the season. 

From the Gargoyle: Subbie Girls basketball: Looking up after first win

Subbie girls’ basketball is already showing signs of improvement this season. Last week they defeated Saint Malachy by one point in an extremely close game. With their first win under their belt, the players were excited to share experiences and thoughts on their Uni basketball experience.

All players agreed that it was a rough start at first. According to SSO counselor Kristi Bandy, the head coach, only two students on the team (composed of eight players) had prior experience in basketball.

Read the rest of the story by Uni seniors Ethan Chen and Tony Li on The Gargoyle



Uni club raises funds for alum after Hurricane Harvey

Uni students In October, Uni’s club ‘Students for a Better World’ raised $465 to send to Chinquapin Prep Academy, a 6-12 college preparatory school for gifted low-income and minority students in Highlands, Texas. The school suffered significant destruction in the floods from Hurricane Harvey at the end of August. In addition to damage to the building, the bookshelves in English teacher Sarah Yockey’s ('12) classroom were destroyed. 

Read the whole story by Uni Senior Stella Faux in The Gargoyle.


Nominations accepted for Uni honors

We are accepting nominations for two alumni awards, the Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni award and the Rising Star Award. 

The Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on an alum. The award was founded in 1985 to recognize alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the school by distinguishing themselves in their careers and have made significant contributions to their community, state and nation through professional service, public service and civic activities, or in their service to Uni High.  The nomination form and more information is available online. 

The inaugural Rising Star Award was awarded in 2017 to Jeremy Hobson ('99), co-host of NPR's Here and Now. The award recognizes Uni High alumni who have demonstrated leadership in their field, in service to the school or the community.  The nomination form and more information is available online.

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