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E-Alum Report April 2014

ACES Award of Merit Luncheon - Register by Noon Tuesday!

Award of Merit

The College of ACES Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2014 ACES Award of Merit winners.

The 2014 ACES Award of Merit Winners include:

Margaret Barth, Ph.D. '91 Food Science & Human Nutrition of Riverside, CA.
Margaret serves a Professor of Nutrition & Program Director at California Baptist University

Jerry R. Brookhart, B.S. '63 Agricultural Science of Macomb, IL. 
Jerry serves as a Insurance Producer at Purdum Gray Ingledue, Inc.

Kenneth L. Dalenberg, B.S. '71 Agronomy, M.S. '04 Crop Sciences of Mansfield, IL.
Kenneth serves as the Director of the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board.

Larry H. Hageman, B.S. '78 Agricultural Sciences of Rochelle, IL.
Larry serves as the Research Field Station Manager/Territory Manager at DuPont Crop Protection.

Barbara P. Klein, Ph.D. '74 Home Economics of Champaign, IL.
Barbara is Professor Emerita, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois.

Cost: $30 per person

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Where: I-Hotel & Conference Center, Chancellor Ballroom
1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Free parking is available outside of the I-Hotel and Conference Center.

Registration Ends: NOON - April 8, 2014

Register Online:

ACES Funk Award Recipients Announced

The College of ACES will honor the recipients of the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award, ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit, and College of ACES Faculty and Staff Awards on April 14, 2014 at the Pear Tree Estates in Champaign, IL. To view the award recipients visit the Funk Awards Website.

The Paul A. Funk Recognition Award is presented to faculty and academic professionals for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems. Funds for the awards program, which was established in June 1970, are provided by the Paul A. Funk Foundation of Bloomington, Illinois, as a memorial to the late Paul A. Funk, who attended the college as a member of the class of 1929 and devoted his life to agriculture.

These awards are a true honor to celebrate the successes of alumni, faculty and staff of the College of ACES!

Big 10 Ag Alumni Event In DC despite some snow

Big Ten Ag Alumni Event

Despite the snow emergency, Big 10 alumni gathered in Washington DC in March 2014. This event drew alumni and friends from the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin - Madison, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Maryland. A great evening of networking with alumni and friends! Many thanks to all who joined us and ventured out!

Young Alumni & Family Spirit Awards Due May 15

It is that time again to begin thinking about ACES Alumni Association Awards!

Visit the ACES Alumni Association website for downloadable & PDF fillable applications.

Outstanding Young Alumni – Due May 15, 2014. Each year the College of ACES Alumni Association honors up to three outstanding graduates of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, or through outstanding leadership or service have significantly enhanced or improved the lives of others.

ACES Family Spirit Award – Due May 15, 2014. This award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students

SAC Launches "I Pay It Forward" Campaign

Pay It Foward

The College of ACES Student Advancement Committee (SAC) has launched an exciting new student philanthropy initiative to raise awareness among students about the role of private philanthropy in their student experience. On April 1, SAC launched the "I Pay It Forward: ACES Students Helping Students" campaign.

For every student and donor that gives any amount, we are hanging "ACES Bucks" around the Atrium of the ACES Library to recognize all donors. We are proud to say we have over 500 students and alumni that have donated to this campaign so far!

All of these gifts will be combined and used to award at least one new scholarship (maybe more depending on final totals) to a College of ACES student(s).

Interested in helping students meet their goal? Visit the College of ACES Advancement website and select the "I Pay It Forward: Students Helping Students Scholarship Campaign" from the drop down menu.

In honor of SAC's 25th Anniversary, we also will be hosting Phone A Thon for all SAC Alumni to help donate to the cause!

Save the Date - ACES Alumni Weekend

ACES Round Barn Society Reception

When: Friday, September 5, 2014

Where: Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign, IL

Time: 4:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m.

ACES College Connection

When: Friday, September 5, 2014

Where: Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Champaign, IL

Time: 6:30 p.m. Social, 7:30 p.m. Program

Salute to Ag Day

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time: TBD

2014 ACES Tassel Turn

Tassel Turn

Registration Due no later than May 9, 2014

It's time to celebrate! We are pleased to invite you and your family to a complimentary reception at Memorial Stadium's Colonnades Club. The ACES Alumni Association along with the ACES administrators, faculty and staff will be on hand to congratulate the College of ACES graduates and their families as well as welcome them to the ACES Alumni Association! Graduates, please wear your cap and gown.

Great photo opportunities await you at Memorial Stadium! Premiere access to the columns and field view will be moments you won't want to miss! .

Graduates will receive a free ACES Alumni T-shirt and green screen photo as a gift from the ACES Alumni Association!

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 2:30-4:30pm 
Where: The Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium (on the corner of First Street and Kirby Avenue)

Register online:

ACES Commencement Ceremonies


In just a few short weeks we will be welcoming a new group of ACES Alumni to the Alumni Association! With the State Farm Center (Assembly Hall) under construction the College of ACES will host two ceremonies and the ACES Tassel Turn reception. Tickets are required for the two ceremonies.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 12:30 –2:30 p.m. | Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth Street, Champaign

This ceremony will recognize all graduates (BS, MS, PhD) in the Departments of:

· Agricultural and Biological Engineering

· Agricultural and Consumer Economics

· Agricultural Communications Program

· Agricultural Education Program

· Animal Sciences

· Food Science and Human Nutrition

· Human and Community Development

· Division of Nutritional Sciences

ACES Tassel Turn | 2:30 –4:30 p.m. | Colonnades Club, Memorial Stadium (All are welcome)


Sunday, May 18, 2014 | 5:00 –6:30 p.m.| Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

This ceremony will recognize all graduates (BS, MS, PhD) in the Departments of:

· Crop Sciences

· Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

ACES Family University Coming in 2015

The College of ACES Alumni Association is thrilled to share a new program we are planning for Summer of 2015. Modeling after other campus programs, we will be providing alumni an opportunity to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews ages 8-12 years old to campus for a 1.5 day educational experience while spending time together on the University of Illinois and College of ACES campus.

Participants will enjoy the college experience living in the residence halls, eating in the dining facilities and participating in educational classes on the College of ACES campus. This program will give you an opportunity to relive and share your college days as well as create new memories with your future Illini.

The ACES Family University is being organized by the College of ACES Alumni Association and will be a self-supporting program that will rely on registration fees. You will have an opportunity to volunteer and be involved!

Save the Date

ACES Family University will take place on July 9-10, 2015.

Watch for more information to come!