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AFA Presenter Info

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Dear ACES Department Heads, Faculty, Directors & Staff - 

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 12-13, 2018, on the College of ACES campus!  It is hard to believe this is our 4th year!  We could not have done this without the support from faculty, staff, students and Extension staff to showcase our college!  A great opportunity to bring us all together to showcase 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. 

Classes will be offered similar to last year to youth ages from 8-13 years old. We plan to follow the same schedule offering five sessions to families to select from and so therefore we need your help to provide educational sessions!  Sessions can be offered once or twice based on your availability. We encourage the sessions to be hands-on in nature and interactive.  Many families walked away with a new appreciation for the College of ACES and many 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!

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 5, 2018 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 5, 2018.
  • 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 me at  I hope you will consider participating in this event to showcase our college!  Please let me know of your interest by February 5, 2018 as we hope to launch registration by March 5, 2018 this year with a priority registration period for alumni and then we will open registration to friends of the College of ACES. 

Thank you!

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