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E-Alum Report August 2013

Sign up to Network at the Farm Progress Show!

Farm Progress Show

Attending the Illinois Farm Progress Show in Decatur on August 27-29, 2013?! We want to help you connect with other ACES Alumni that will also be attending the show in the Illinois tent!

The University of Illinois tent will be a great meeting spot for you to meet friends from college, colleagues, professors and learn more about what the University of Illinois is doing today! Stop in and say Hello or meet a friend.

We would encourage you to sign up for a time slot that you will plan to stop in and network so others may want to join you in the Illinois tent at the same time!

Wanting to connect with alumni from a certain decade? Sign up during these time slots each day!

  • 8:00 -10:00 a.m. - 1960's and before
  • 10:00-12:00 p.m. - 1970's
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. - 1980's
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. - 1990's
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. 2000's - present

We can't wait to see all of the Illini pride at the Farm Progress Show 2013!

Round Barn Society & Presidents Council Reception - September 6

Round Barn Society

The ACES Alumni Association invites Round Barn Society & Presidents Council members to a reception prior to the ACES College Connection event.

This year we are pleased to recognize a new class of members to the society, those alumni that have received University recognition from the University of Illinois Alumni Association awards into the society this year.

Please join at the Round Barn Society reception to network and share our proud ACES connections!

When: Friday, September 6, 2013
Where: I-Hotel & Conference Center
1900 S. First Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Program at 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00

Hors d'oeuvres will be served and cash bar

Following the Round Barn Society reception all Round Barn Society members will be recognized at the ACES College Connection event. Registration separate.

ACES College Connection - September 6, 2013

ACES College Connection

We look forward to bringing together members of the 4-H Family and College of ACES Alumni Family to celebrate our past year's accomplishments. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages as we honor recipients of the ACES Alumni Association and Illinois 4-H Foundation awards.

2013 ACES Alumni Association Award Winners

ACES Outstanding Young Alumni Award

  • Emily Heaton, B.S. '01, Ph.D. '06 Crop Sciences of Ames, IA.
  • Nathan Matusheski, Ph.D. '03 Food Science and Human Nutrition from East Hanover, NJ.
  • Susan Zaripheh, M.S. '03 and Ph.D. '05 Nutritional Sciences from Forest Park, IL.

ACES Family Spirit Award Winner

  • Corbly and Mary Melcina Wright Family

2013 Illinois 4-H Foundation Award Winners

4-H Alumni Award:

  • Brian Basting, 10-year member, McLean- Commodity Research Analyst, Advanced Trading
  • Dr. Phillip Kaufman, 10 year member, Grundy- Associate Professor of Veterinary Entomology, University of Florida
  • Brian Moeller, 9 year member; DeKalb- Sr. Vice President, US Bank, Food Industries Group

Friend of 4-H Award:

  • Dave Fischer, Animal Systems Specialist, University of Illinois Extension, Retired
  • Larry Fischer, Leadership & Spirit Award
  • Judy Corson, McHenry County


WHEN: Friday, September 6, 2013

TIME: 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Program

WHERE: I-Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

COST: $35 per person

Sponsored by ACES Alumni Association and Illinois 4-H Foundation

Salute to Ag Day - September 7

Salute to Ag Day

The Salute to Agriculture Day will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The tent will be located west of State Farm Center (Assembly Hall) in the grass area with the tailgate beginning at 9:00 a.m. before the Fighting Illini take the field vs. Cincinnati at 11:00 am. Orion Samuelson will host the Salute to Agriculture Day. We are pleased President Bob Easter and other campus VIPs, faculty, students and prospective students will join us "under the tent" to celebrate agriculture!

Breakfast items will include: bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches and LA Gourmet's signature cinnamon rolls. Salute to Agriculture tailgate tickets are: Adult Meals -$15 and Student Meals - $10.00. You can also enjoy the football game as part of our Salute to Agriculture block in legendary Memorial Stadium for only $20 per ticket.

Watch for more information to come!

Chicago Homecoming - September 14

Chicago Homecoming

In addition to its traditional on-campus homecoming Oct. 26 vs. Michigan State, Illinois will host a "Chicago Homecoming" this fall for the thousands of UI alumni in Chicagoland when the Fighting Illini face the Washington Huskies at historic Soldier Field on Sept. 14.

Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game are on sale now for as low as $30 at the Illinois Athletic Ticket office, by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1 or online. There are three price levels for the game: $80 for sideline seats, $50 for 200-level end-zone seats, and $30 for 400 level corner seats. Order forms for the game have been mailed to I Fund donors and season ticket holders. All Illinois student season ticket holders will receive a free ticket to the Chicago Homecoming game.

As part of the Chicago Homecoming festivities, there will be tailgating opportunities and a special Chicago-style Street Fest area located just outside Soldier Field for fans and alumni to enjoy a day full of activities at the historic home of the Chicago Bears. More details on pregame activities available for fans attending the game will be forthcoming.

Fans will be able to enjoy live music, food, interactive games and much more next to Soldier Field on the southeast lawn four hours prior to the 5 p.m. game between Illinois and Washington. The event also will feature on-site vendors selling food and drinks, plus appearances from the Marching Illini, cheerleaders, and past Illini greats, providing the perfect tailgate experience for the 125,000+ alumni in the Chicagoland area as well as all Illinois football fans.

"Illini Fest will be a great way for alumni and Illini fans of all ages to enjoy a full day of tailgating and fun outside historic Soldier Field," said Jennifer Larson, Assistant Athletic Director for Sales & Marketing. "We want to take our game day atmosphere from Champaign, where thousands of orange-clad fans tailgate around the stadium on football Saturdays, up to Chicago for this game. With live music, food, drinks, games, the Marching Illini, cheerleaders and more, followed by a great matchup in prime time, it will certainly be a memorable experience for all Fighting Illini fans."

More info:

Illini Fest Details
Who: All Fighting Illini and college football fans
When: Sept. 14, 2013, from 1-4:30 p.m. (prior to 5 p.m. Illinois-Washington game)
Where: Soldier Field Stadium Green Area (southeast lawn just outside stadium)
What: Live music and entertainment, face painting, interactive games for kids and adults, free snow cones and cotton candy, giveaways, appearances by the Marching Illini and Fighting Illini cheerleaders, appearances and autographs by Fighting Illini all-time greats, food and drink for purchase, and much more!
Cost: FREE

ACES in Places: Wyffels Hybrids - September 17

Wyffels Hybrids

Dean Robert J. Hauser and the College of ACES Alumni Association invites you to join us for an ACES in Places alumni event at Wyffels Hybrids in Atkinson, IL.

We hope you will join us for an evening to network and celebrate agriculture with the College of ACES. Wear your Orange and Blue and we look forward to reconnecting with ACES alumni in your area!

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wyffels Hybrids, 740 E. Henry St., Atkinson, IL 61235
Join us under the tent! Weather permitting

5:15 p.m. - Registration
5:30 p.m. - Tours

Tours will begin every 10 minutes until 6:00 p.m.
Tours will last approximately 45 minutes.

7:00 p.m. - Dinner and Program

Cost: $20.00 per person

Wyffels Hybrids is one of the nation's largest independent seed corn companies. Focusing strictly on developing and marketing elite corn hybrids, the company is dedicated to providing corn growers in Illinois, Iowa, southern Wisconsin, southwest Minnesota and the Ohio River Valley with exceptional products, the latest agronomic information, and unmatched customer service and product support.

Wyffels Hybrids Production Plant in Atkinson, IL is where all seed is brought to be conditioned and packaged for distribution. On the tour you will see all stages of production including delivery of ear corn, husking and sorting, drying, shelling, conditioning, and the distribution warehouse. Employees from Wyffels will be available to explain the process and answer any questions that you may have.

Hosted by Holly Spangler, District 3 ACES Alumni Board of Directors.

Welcome to new departmental leadership in ACES

The College of ACES welcomes new departmental leadership to International Programs, Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Department of Human and Community Development.

Professor Alex Winter-Nelson, Department of ACE, will be the College's Director of International Programs, beginning August 16, 2013, succeeding Schuyler Korban. Alex began his professorial career at the University of Illinois in 1992 after earning his MA and PhD at Stanford University in Applied Economics. His research program in international development and policy has involved food and crop marketing in Africa, the relationship between agricultural technology and nutrition, and the impacts of animal disease on trade and development. Alex teaches in the areas of international economic development; the world food economy; and international policy. He has served as Assistant Director and Director, Center for African Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies, ACE.

Susan Silverburg Koerner joined the Department of Human and Community Development as the Department Head. Before coming to UIUC, she served as a faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Division of Family Studies and Human Development for 23 years; and, prior to that, she spent 2 years as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Plank Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Sharon ("Shelly") M. Nickols-Richardson joined as the Department Head for Food Science and Human Nutrition in July 2013. She will also hold a tenured appointment as Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Dr. Nickols-Richardson comes to us from the Pennsylvania State University where she is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences and was the head of the graduate program in this area. Shelly began her career as a Registered Dietician, serving as a clinical dietician and, later, chief of dietetic services at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Columbia, MO. She then earned her doctorate at the University of Georgia before launching her professorial career at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Award of Merit - Due October 15, 2013

Award of Merit

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences alumni bring honor to themselves and their alma mater through many ways. The ACES Alumni Association celebrates alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, or through outstanding leadership or service have significantly enhanced or improved the lives of others. Nominate an outstanding alumni today!

Ellie Kuhrt New Young Alumni Director, Chicago

Ellie Kuhrt

Welcome to Ellie Kuhrt to the ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Ellie graduated in 2010 from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. We look forward to welcoming Ellie to the board and engaging more young alumni in the Chicagoland area! Special thanks to Tara Anderson who served in this role previously.

ACES Alumni Board of Director Openings

The ACES Alumni Board of Directors is seeking candidates for six open positions on the board.

Positions open include:

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition Vocational Director
  • Animal Sciences Vocational Director
  • Crop Sciences Vocational Director
  • District 2 Director - Representing Cook, DuPage, and Lake counties
  • District 4 Director - Representing Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston and Will
  • District 8 Director - Representing Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

Nominating Committee seeks the following for the nominations:

A letter outlining why the alumnus or alumna wants to serve in this capacity and the skills or experiences that the alumnus or alumna will bring to the Board of Directors.

Resume or curriculum vitae

One letter of reference and two additional names which may be contacted. Applications are due October 21, 2013 to Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations


Livestock and Meats Judging Golf Outing a success!

Golf Outing Winning Team Members

Winning Team (L to R) Kyle Graham, Lee Denzer, Gary Denzer, and Mark Kesler

Our Livestock and Meats Judging Teams held their annual Golf Outing Fundraiser on June 21, 2013 at the Ironhorse Golf Course in Tuscola, IL. Fifty-six golfers participated.

Close to $13,000 was raised from sponsors and golfers which will help pay expenses for the students who participate in judging contests in the future. The following event sponsors contributed $300 or more and 65 hole sponsors contributed $100. We want to thank all those who contributed towards this event. These judging programs provide invaluable learning experiences for our students.

Event sponsors ($300+)











Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

  • August 27-29, 2013 Farm Progress Show, Decatur - Join us in the Illinois tent!
  • September 6, 2013 Round Barn Society & ACES College Connection
  • September 7, 2013 Salute to Ag Day
  • September 27, 2013 ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, Champaign
  • December 6, 2013 ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, Champaign
  • March 14-15, 2014 ExplorACES, Champaign
  • April 14, 2014 Award of Merit, Champaign

ACES@Illinois Magazine Available

The summer issue of ACES @ Illinois is now available online! A great resource to learn what is happening on campus!

Check it out today!

ACES Class Notes

Check out Class Notes online! Be sure to share any special times in your life with the ACES Alumni Association to keep your fellow alumni updated! Newly married? New job? Promotion? New book? New baby? We hope to hear from you!

Stay Connected via 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:

  • Facebook - Stay connected via Facebook! Join the College of ACES Alumni Association Facebook fan page to stay up to date on current events, with alumni and friends of the College of ACES. This group is open to anyone to join! Search for the University of Illinois College of ACES Alumni Association. We hope to get connected with you!
  • Facebook - Agricultural Communications at Illinois for Alumni and Friends
  • Facebook - ACES Round Barn Society
  • Facebook - University of Illinois College of ACES
  • Facebook for NRES Alumni and Students
  • Linked In - ACES Alumni Association
  • Linked In - University of Illinois College of ACES
  • Twitter
  • Blog - Voices of ACES Blog

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!

Update Your Email Address

Do you have an updated email address on file? Do you have an email you prefer to receive correspondence too? Did your email address recently change?

We want to stay connected to you!

All invitations to events will be sent via email only. Please update your email address to stay connected today!

With the rising cost of postal mail, email communication is a cost effective way for the ACES Alumni Association to stay connected and provide updates, event announcements and invitations to you as our alumni. Please feel free to share your email address with us by sending it to

Share your Illini Photos!

Travelling, New Addition to the Family, Graduation Photos, Wedding or just showing off your Illini spirit?! Submit your Illini photos today to for inclusion in the ACES in plACES online web gallery! We want to hear from you!

Find An Illini Club Near You

Want to stay connected to your alma mater and meet other Illini? Why not find an Illini Club near you to engage with other Illini fans across the United States, internationally, or right here in Illinois!