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Dear ACES Department Heads, Faculty, Directors & Staff –

Greetings from the College of ACES Alumni Association!

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 11-12, 2019, on the College of ACES campus!  We thrilled for this to be our 5th year hosting ACES Family Academies!  We could not have done this without the support from faculty, staff, students and Extension staff to showcase our college and who we are! 

ACES Family Academies is a 2 day camp targeted for alumni to bring their children, grandchildren or other family members to live on campus, eat in the dorms and take ACES classes learning about our majors, programs and research. It’s a great opportunity to get everyone back on campus and together again!

We need your help to provide educational and interactive sessions just like in the years before!  We plan to follow the same schedule offering five sessions for families to select from. Sessions can be offered once or twice based on your availability. We encourage the sessions to be hands-on in nature. Many families walked away with a new appreciation for the College of ACES and saying "this event went above and beyond our expectations".

Please consider participating in this year’s program by offering a 90-minute hands-on session targeted toward 8-13 year-old children (and their grandparents/parents/adults). You may already have a similar program or outreach effort in place that could easily be adapted. We are looking for fun, interactive sessions that can be conducted on-campus in one of the classrooms, labs, farms, etc. Faculty, staff, grad students or students are welcome to present the sessions.  If you have idea and would like to discuss how to make a topic age appropriate, we welcome discussions to involve you!  Extension staff are more than welcome to participate, but we would like to connect you with faculty in the departments, if possible.

If you are interested in leading a session but believe you need more than 90 minutes we can schedule your class as a part I and part II, giving two 90 minute sessions (180 minutes total).  Funds will be provided to reimburse for session supplies on a per person basis, up to $10 per person, as needed.

If your department/unit would like to participate, please let us know by February 1, 2019 on the educational session form. We will be accepting a variety of sessions from each department, so creativity is important to showcase what the College of ACES has to offer and we would like to see all departments represented! As the registration deadline nears, we will adjust sessions offered based on class numbers.

You can view photos from the past ACES Family Academies event online - 

You will be asked to provide:

  • A commitment to the dates of the program and if you have a preference for a specific day.
  • A session title with a short description that can be included in promotional materials (3-5 sentences). Our goal is to launch registration by March 15, 2019.
  • Number your session can accommodate. We would like to have a minimum of 20-25 people per session.
  • Name of the person coordinating and contact information.
  • Whether a specific classroom or lab is required and if you have access to this space to reserve.
  • If there is a day/time during the 2 days when the session cannot be lead (if known).

If you have any questions, please contact me at 217-333-7744 at the ACES Alumni Association or email at  I hope you will consider participating in this event to showcase our college!  Please let me know of your interest by February 1, 2019 as we hope to launch registration by March 15, 2019 this year with a priority registration period for alumni and then we will open registration to friends of the College of ACES. To learn more about ACES Family Academies visit:

Also, if you have departmental alumni newsletters or unit newsletters, please help us promote this to our alumni audiences!

Thank you!

Tina Veal
Director of Alumni Relations
College of ACES Alumni Association
University of Illinois
115 ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL  61801
Direct Line:  217-333-5127
Office:  217-333-7744