Support the Joseph J. Bannon Directorship in the Office of Recreation and Parks Resources (ORPR)
To commemorate his life-long commitment to expanding the importance of recreation and park administration, we are proud to share that the Joseph J. Bannon Directorship in the Office of Recreation and Park Resources fund has been established in the College of Applied Health Sciences.
The Office of Recreation and Park Resources (ORPR) has a rich history of building healthy communities throughout the state of Illinois. For nearly 60 years ORPR has supported Illinois citizens through providing a wide range of consultation, education and training to park districts and departments. ORPR was directed by Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Bannon, who spent his career at Illinois as a faculty member in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism (RST). Under Dr. Bannon’s exemplary leadership ORPR flourished. Dr. Bannon built the foundation upon which we currently operate and our services grew, resulting in the expansion of community park resources for the entire state of Illinois. Today ORPR continues to serve as the public engagement arm of RST and remains a vital service to the citizens of Illinois.
When fully funded, the endowment will provide financial support in perpetuity for the Director’s position. The fund will not only provide sustainability for the program, but it will also allow us to recruit and retain the most talented individual and will offer immediate recognition as a distinguished professional. We are reaching out to you, alumni and friends, to help us reach our goal of $500,000 to completely fund the directorship. Please consider making a pledge to support this fund through a one-time gift or a multi-year commitment.
For more information, please contact
- Krista Kimme
- Office of Advancement
- College of Applied Health Sciences
- 110 Huff Hall
- 1206 South Fourth Street
- Champaign, Illinois 61820
- Phone: 217-244-6600
- Fax: 217-333-0404