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E-Alum Report April 2016

ACES Family Academies to Return Summer 2016

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 7-8, 2016, on the College of ACES campus!  This year we have expanded the youth ages from 8-13 years old.  

Participants will enjoy the college experience living in a new residence hall, eating in the dining facilities and having a tailgate 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 little Illini.

We hope you will take advantage of this new opportunity to return to campus with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to share in this experience!

New features:

  • Ages have been extended for youth to age 13.

Registration Deadlines:

  • Registration will launch March 15, 2016.
  • Alumni will have priority registration through April 15, 2016.
  • If space allows, registration will open to non-alumni and friends on April 16, 2016.
  • Registration will close on June 1, 2016.
  • Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Cost:  $195.00 per person

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ACES Alumni Board of Director Openings

The College of ACES Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce two new additional board members to be added to the Alumni Board this Summer. Representing two majors that now are housed at the college level, we will be adding the following board positions:

Agricultural Communications Vocational Director (New position)

Agricultural Education Vocational Director (New position)

Please submit all materials via mail or email to:

Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations
ACES Alumni Association
124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801

The application is due by May 1, 2016. 
The nominating committee will make a decision regarding the slate and applicants will be notified of their decision by email.

For more information call 217-333-7744 or email or Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations at

Save the Date - ACES in Places: Caterpillar Visitors Center, Peoria

Save the Date!

ACES in Places:  Caterpillar Visitors Center, Peoria, IL

May 10, 2016

The College of ACES Alumni Association will host an ACES in Places event at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, IL on May 10, 2016.  Admission to the visitors center, dinner and a program are being planned! 

Watch for more information on our the Events page in the weeks to come.

2016 Young Alumni & Family Spirit Nominations Available

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

Visit the ACES Alumni Association website for downloadable & PDF fillable applications. Applications have been updated for 2016!

Outstanding Young Alumni – Due May 13, 2016. 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 13, 2016. This award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students

Join us for ACES Tassel Turn

All families are invited to join ACES graduates at the ACES Tassel Turn event, a cake and punch reception, in between the two ceremonies from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m at the Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium.  Registration is open for families to register at   This event is sponsored by the College of ACES Alumni Association and all graduates will all receive a green screen photo with the alma mater and an ACES Alumni t-shirt. 

We look forward to welcoming graduates to the ACES Alumni Family!

Register by May 9, 2016.

Plan Ahead for ACES Graduation Weekend

The College of ACES will soon be welcoming a new class of graduates to the ACES Alumni Family.  Graduation ceremonies include:

ACES I Sunday, May 15, 12:30 p.m in Huff Hall
(Includes:  Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Communications, and Agricultural Education, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Horticulture, Human Development and Family Studies, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Technical Systems Management)

ACES Tassel Turn Reception for the graduates and their familes hosted by the ACES Alumni Association is held between the two ceremonies from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium. 

ACES II Sunday, May 15, 5:00 p.m at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Colwell Playhouse 
(Includes: Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) and Nutritional Sciences)

Tickets are required.

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Class Notes

The College of ACES Alumni Association would love to hear from you! We are interested in keeping you connected to your alma mater and sharing updates (marriages, deaths, family changes, and achievements) to be shared on the ACES Alumni Class Notes online. You may also use this form to update your personal information so we can keep in touch with you!

Submit Online

Share your Illinois story for the UI Sesquicentennial

Do you have a favorite University of Illinois memory to share at the UI Sesquicentennial celebration? As the University of Illinois Alumni Association creates a Welcome Center for 2017, the Student Life and Culture Archives is collecting and cataloging objects and images that capture the essence and diversity of your Alma Mater experience.

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Support the ACES Alumni Endowment

The ACES Alumni Association launched a campaign to create an endowment fund that will help us sustain our existing programs and activities as well as provide funds that give us opportunities to create and grow new points of connection for you and other alumni. We need your help to continue the tradition of making lifelong connections with all alumni who graduated from the College of ACES in the past as well as future graduates! 

To continue alumni efforts and expand, make a gift by contacting us at 217-333-7744. Thank you for your support!

Invest in ACES - select the ACES Alumni Endowment from the drop down menu.

Join us on Social Media

Online social networking is a great tool to stay in touch with alumni and friends from the College of ACES! We want to stay connected to you!

Join one of our many groups for the College of ACES, ACES Alumni Association or University of Illinois to keep up to date with current activities or to reconnect with your alma mater!

ACES Alumni Association hosts the following groups online:

ACES Alumni Facebook -

College of ACES Facebook -

Twitter -

Linked In -

YouTube -

Flicker -

Instagram -

Be an Advocate for the University of Illinois

Illinois Connection is the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy network. Its mission is to gain greater federal and state support for the University of Illinois’s three campuses as well as their interests. By increasing awareness and understanding of the U of I’s positive impact on the state, nation and world, Illinois Connection advocates help to ensure the University’s legacy and longevity.

Learn how you can assist the University of Illinois with state issues.  You can help make a difference!

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Looking for an Illini Network?

Have you joined the University of Illinois Network? Stay up to date with the University of Illinois activities, events near you or join a local Illini Club! The Illini opportunities await you! Get involved!

UIAA to serve as new campus Welcome Center

Slated to open in 2017, a new Welcome Center, undertaken by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and located in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, will not only provide a point of departure for exploring the Urbana-Champaign campus, but also help create a sense of community for all those who attended. 

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