Thank You Thursdays Archive

We are proud to acknowledge the support and generousity of these great people. 

Mary Valentine-Harris
Mary Valentine-Harris

Mary Valentine-Harris joined UChicago Career Advancement in 2007. As career resource coordinator, Mary manages front desk operations, answers incoming calls, assists students with scheduling career advising appointments, and serves as a go-to person for the entire department. If you have a question, you can count on her to know the answer (or, in the rare case when she doesn’t, immediately direct you to someone who can help you).

Mary’s is the first face you see when you visit Career Advancement. She welcomes all visitors to the office, including students, alumni, employers, parents, and colleagues across campus. When you walk up to the front desk, she immediately greets you with a smile that’s a mile wide and makes sure you have everything you need (and, if you’re lucky, before you go in for your appointment or interview, you’ll get a chance to hear her one-of-a-kind laugh).

Mary also makes sure that day-to-day operations at Career Advancement run smoothly. She opens and closes the office, helps students and colleagues troubleshoot problems, and keeps Career Advancement supplied with everything it needs to succeed.

Before coming to UChicago, Mary worked at her alma mater, Columbia College Chicago, where she studied advertising and marketing. During her time at Columbia, she supervised more than thirty students and coordinated a capstone exhibit showcasing the projects of graduating seniors. 

Roe & Penny Stamps
Roe & Penny Stamps

Because of their deep commitment to learning and scholarship, Roe and Penny Stamps formed the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to support educational initiatives nationwide. Through their vision and generosity, they established the Stamps Scholarship in 2006, a nationally prestigious merit scholarship program and community that helps exceptional students become meaningful leaders throughout society. The Stamps Foundation partners with a network of more than 40 colleges and universities, including the University of Chicago, to offer multi-year merit awards to the brightest minds across the country.

Since the inception of the Stamps Foundation’s partnership with UChicago in 2011, 20 UChicago Stamps Scholars have benefited from full cost-of-attendance scholarships and grants for enrichment activities. UChicago Stamps alumni have been highly successful after graduation, going on to careers with leading organizations such as Parthenon-EY, Slate, and Susquehanna International Group. They have also been accepted to top graduate programs, including the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Stamps is a private investor and co-founder of the Boston-based private investment company Summit Partners.  He is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, an Industrial Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, and an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School. He has dedicated significant time and resources to philanthropic causes in his local community and throughout the country. Mr. Stamps is a Trustee Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation and a Trustee at the University of Miami, the John S and James L Knight Foundation, and several other distinguished organizations. 

As a former teacher and business owner, Mrs. Stamps has always been passionate about education. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. In 1999, she worked with her alma mater to launch the Roman J. Witt Visiting Professors Program in honor of her late father.  She also established the highly successful Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Lectures Series. In 2012, The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan was named for her. 

Pat Rosenzweig
Pat Rosenzweig

Pat Rosenzweig was a dedicated UChicago alumna and tireless advocate for students. After studying social sciences in the College, Pat had a highly successful career in architecture marketing. She worked for two of Chicago’s largest architecture firms, founded her own marketing and media relations firm, and served as a consultant working on urban planning and economic development issues. Throughout her career, Pat hired and coached junior marketing staff members, many of them fresh out of college.

After retiring, Pat shared her experience and expertise with UChicago students by volunteering with Career Advancement’s UChicago Careers in Public Policy and Service (UCIPPS) program. She provided one-on-one support for students searching for jobs in the public sector, organized professional development workshops, and reviewed countless resumes and cover letters. She played a major role in the success of the program and remained close to many of her former students after they graduated.

When Pat passed away, she left a generous bequest to support a new internship program for UChicago students. This new program—named the Pat Rosenzweig Fellows Internship Fund in her honor—will provide grants for students who have secured summer internships with public policy and service organizations. 

Sara Urqiduez
Sara Urquidez

Sara Urquidez’s passion for college access led her to the Academic Success Program (ASP), which works with students, parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and college admissions officers to ensure that students from all backgrounds in Dallas-Fort Worth can access a college education. She first started at ASP as a volunteer helping students edit essays and develop community service projects, and eventually became ASP’s Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Sara has expanded the ASP network from 3 high schools in the Dallas Independent School District to 20 schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, serving more than 18,000 students. In 2016, ASP received the National College Access Network’s “College Access Organization Award of Excellence” for its efforts to close the opportunity gap for students in need.

Sara has also served as the college adviser for Hillcrest High School in North Dallas. Thanks to her efforts, Hillcrest students earned more than $6 million in scholarships within 6 months, including the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Sara’s students were successfully admitted to UChicago, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Duke, Columbia, Rice, Stanford, and many other universities.

Sara also advocates for students throughout the country by participating in multiple professional associations. She serves on counselor advisory boards for both the Common Application and the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. She has also presented on college admissions and access issues for the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, the National College Access Network, and the Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling.

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John Rogers

As part of his lifelong commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity, John Rogers has made a gift to establish the Ariel Investments Internship Program in Finance at the University of Chicago. The program will provide an extensive series of new resources for students interested in finance who come from under-resourced backgrounds.

Mr. Rogers’s gift will support career advising, professional development workshops, networking opportunities, and funded internships for College students. A major goal of the program will be to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in finance.

“Many groups have historically been underrepresented in the finance industry,” Mr. Rogers said, “and the University of Chicago has a large population of bright, talented, and diverse students who can make a difference in the field. I am very proud to support this initiative and help students achieve their career goals.”

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