Message from Advancement

Deanne Johnson

After exceeding our goals in the previous With Illinois campaign, one of our biggest priorities in the College of Media continues to be student success. This aligns with campus’s strategic goals of fostering scholarship, discovery, and innovation, as well as providing transformative learning experiences.

I know you care about our students and we invite you to join us throughout their academic journey. 

For example, as we have explored new ways to support students over the past few years—from experiential learning opportunities to industry immersion programs to mentoring to online Media Career Nights—alumni have engaged with our students to share their expertise and answer questions. 

Another successful initiative is the Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows program. The funds, endowed in perpetuity, provide internships each semester to Media students to work with college faculty and staff on public engagement projects, and/or as participants in programs that are designed to support first-generation college students, students from underrepresented groups, and/or students with significant financial need.

By offering these unique experiences with access to our esteemed Media alumni, we are also attracting new students to join us at Illinois.

Thanks to our generous alumni and donors, these programs have catapulted us forward in meeting students where they are, and we hope to continue this momentum with your help. If you are inspired to work with us to continue creating transformative plans, it would be my pleasure to speak with you. You can call me at 217-333-0752 or email me at

Deanne Johnson
Assistant Dean for Advancement

Every gift matters.

Your gift is important in providing a College of Media education. Alumni and friends like you share in a commitment to excellence in communications. And it is because of your support and engagement we’re able to hire and retain the best faculty, attract the brightest students, and provide cutting-edge research opportunities.

Private philanthropy powers our ability to achieve our strategic goals and transform media education. The conversations and partnerships that happen here make us all smarter; they make us think differently, teach differently, learn differently, discover differently, and collaborate differently. Together, we have the power to revolutionize media.

How to Give

Consider the effect the College of Media has had on your life and career. Make a gift online. It’s fast, easy, and secure. You can make a one-time gift or arrange a recurring gift schedule that’s convenient for you. 

Or call the University of Illinois Foundation at (217) 244-2706, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If mailing a check or money order, please make it payable to the “University of Illinois Foundation” and include a short note (or memo on your check) about the purpose or designation of your gift. For security of your gift, please do not send cash.

Mail to: 
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801

Gifts of stock and appreciated assets are always welcome. Visit the University of Illinois Foundation to learn how easy it is to do an electronic transfer.   

For information on naming the College of Media as a beneficiary of other types of assets or if you would like to leave a bequest in your will, please contact the office at (217) 244-5466 or

Thank you!