On October 23, 2019, the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (SPH) hosted a kick-off celebration to honor the school’s upcoming 50th Anniversary. Held at the historic Palmer House in Chicago, the event drew more than 200 guests to hear panelists Dean Wayne H. Giles, and former SPH deans Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf and Dr. Susan Scrimshaw discuss The Past, Present and Future of Public Health. UIC chancellor, Dr. Michael Amiridis, delivered welcoming remarks.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of a new endowment to celebrate the school’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2020. Alumna Dr. Denise Oleske (PhD ’83, MPH ’74) generously decided to gift the school $50,000 to endow a new scholarship fund. Named the 2020 Scholarship Fund: Celebrating the 50thAnniversary of the School of Public Health, this fund will support graduate students at the School of Public Health into perpetuity. “Denise has been a consistent and active member of our alumni community from the beginning,” Dean Giles said at a special pre-panel reception for the school’s Founders Circle and Legacy Society members. “She is the immediate past chair of our Executive Advisory Board and has been a long time member of our Founders Circle.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 22