The Campaign for Illinois


The College of Media is at the hub of media innovation.

Our academic rigor, collaborative practices and commitment to excellence are unparalleled in higher education. We prepare our students for the world of tomorrow by meeting the demands of today’s evolving media landscape. Our vision and future lies within our College’s priorities.

As we embark on our new campaign “With Illinois,” together we will bring forth transformative growth that will shape our campus and the world. Your love of Illinois and the experience you gained from it will impact its legacy.

In the coming weeks, we will share details on our next campaign. Our campus-wide kick-off will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Urbana-Champaign. The full list of events is available here.

You can get involved now.

Make plans to visit campus on October 13 and be a part of history as we embark upon our largest campaign to date. Participate in a number of events, including:

College of Media Career Day
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Gregory Hall
RSVP required.

Media career day is an opportunity for alumni to share their professional expertise with current students majoring in Advertising, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies. This event is designed to provide students a closer look at a broad range of professional and career development opportunities. 

Alumni are needed to speak with students about a range of topics including networking, finding a job, building a personal brand, and resumes. If interested in sharing your expertise with students, please contact Jeanine Simnick at or (217) 244-1047 by September 15.

Illinois Public Media Nerdfest Celebration and College of Media Social
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at WILL-TV/Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL

Illinois Public Media and the College of Media welcome you and a guest to celebrate the highlights of Nerdfest and WILL's fundraising results. Enjoy visits with staff, faculty, alumni and local friends and learn more about the IPM and College of Media's plans for the upcoming campaign, "With Illinois." Food, drink, blooper reels from staff nerds and much more are part of the program.

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Elizabeth Weathers at or (217) 244-2625.

Campaign Launch Celebration
7 – 8 p.m at State Farm Center

Join us for our signature event to celebrate the launch of the University of Illinois’ most ambitious philanthropic campaign to date. Our storied past and bold future take center stage in a captivating performance showcasing our impact on the world.

RSVP here.


We invite you to consider how you can participate in the “With Illinois” campaign.  Our team is available to answer any questions you may have about the campaign, or our any of our campaign launch events on October 13. 

The world is a better place With Illinois.