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E-Alum Report August 2015

ACES Family Academies A SUCCESS!

ACES Family Academies

The College of ACES Alumni Association hosted the inaugural ACES Family Academies event on July 9-10, 2015. Approximately 160 people participated including 97 participants and many volunteers to make the events happen!

Participants stayed in Bousfield Hall and ate in the Ikenberry Dining Hall near the ARC and participated in educational sessions hosted by each of the College of ACES department throughout the two days. Sessions included:

  • Soil Energy & Zero Energy Solar House, Department of ABE
  • I'll take the Chocolate Chunks, Department of ACE
  • Beef Cattle Farm & Nutrition Lab Tour, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Magical Milk Lab, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Sky High Crop Scouting, Department of Crop Sciences
  • Plant Detective, Department of Crop Sciences
  • Doggon Safe, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Biotechnology in Action, Department of Crop Sciences
  • Creativity, It's Good for Kid's Brains, Department of HCD
  • Fun with Lego Mindstorm Robots, University of IL Extension
  • Connect & Create at the Fab Lab, FAB LAB
  • Electricity: An Enlightening Experience, Department of ABE
  • Bulls & Bears, Oh My!, Department of ACE
  • Birds the Word – Department of NRES
  • Grilling with Meat Science, Department of Animal Sciences
  • Eat Your Broccoli…and Enjoy It, Department of NRES
  • Converting Soybeans to Biodisel, ACES Educational Publishing
  • Nutrition Edutainment, Department of FSHN

Many photos have been posted on social media and online. Please visit the links below.

If you would like to see the program for the event visit:

Thank you to the College of ACES departments, faculty, staff, and students for assisting to make this event a reality! We could not have done this without your support to showcase the College of ACES to our alumni and potential future Illini! Many of the sessions were hands-on in nature and families walked away with a new appreciation for the College of ACES and many saying "this event went above and beyond our expectations". A few participant quotes included:

"It was a great time, and ran VERY smoothly. Very impressed with program for its first year. My boys were able to see just a few of the things you can pursue in college in the ag field."

"We gained an understanding of some of the innovative research/work going on in the College of ACES, a familiarity of what it is like to "live" on campus in residence, and a sincere appreciation for the dedication of the Alumni Relations team and the Alumni association volunteers. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet people, compare experiences, and share with our children."

"We enjoyed the time on campus, participating in the classes together, great family bonding time! The presenters for all classes were well prepared and did an excellent job in engaging the children."

"Every session provided interesting information in a fun way. We were able to walk on the campus and talk about going to college. We also located my dorms and classroom areas and talked about college experiences. This was a great bonding experience. Each time that we attend a program like ACES Academies the comfort level of being on a large campus will increase. My grandson was already comfortable with the areas where we walked and had classes. He looks forward to coming back."

Finally, Thank you to all of our ACES alumni families that participated and made the two days so much fun, we enjoyed getting to know you and each of your children, grandchildren or nieces/nephews!

Once An Illini, Always An Illini!

2015 Farm Progress Show Alumni Meet and Greet

2015 Farm Progress Show

Plan early to attend the Illinois Farm Progress Show in Decatur on September 1-3, 2015! 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 2015!

Remember to stop in and pick up your ACES Alumni Bag!

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Ag Education CHS Foundation Classroom Dedication

Join the College of ACES to celebrate the generous support of CHS Foundation. A private gift created a distance education classroom for the agricultural education program.

Date: September 10, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: 122 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL.

Questions: 217-333-3165 or

ACES College Connection to be held September 11

ACES College Connection

Join the College of ACES Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding ACES Alumni who have made a significant impact in their careers and their communities at the 2015 ACES College Connection.

Outstanding ACES Young Alumni 
Karen A. Corrigan, B.S. '97 Crop Sciences of Goodfield, IL
Adam P. Rochman, B.S. '01 FSHN of Chicago, IL
Danielle R. Waterworth, B.S. '02 ACE of Kansasville, WI

ACES Family Spirit Award
The Robert L. Randall Family

Recognition of Round Barn Society Members

Alumni Guest Speaker:
President Emeritus, Robert A. Easter

"Reflections of an Ever-Changing College"

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

Where: Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Chief Illiniwek Ballroom
1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL

6:00 p.m. - Social/Networking
6:45 p.m. - Dinner
7:30 p.m. - Program

Cost: $30/per person

Register by Friday, September 4, 2015

Salute to Ag Day to be held September 12, 2015

Salute to Ag Day

Join us for Salute to Agriculture Day!

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) invites you to attend Salute to Agriculture Day at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, September 12. Prior to watching the Illini take on Western Illinois, we invite you to enjoy a tailgate including a short program hosted by Orion Samuelson followed by an auction of state fair prize-winning meat packages.

A breakfast meal provided by L.A. Gourmet Catering will be featured in the tent. Adult meal tickets are $15. Student meal tickets are $10. A cash bar will also be available during the pre-game event.

A limited number of football tickets are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Game tickets are $20.

Game and meal tickets can be picked up through Friday, September 11 at the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, Suite 115, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave. Tickets can also be picked up at the tent prior to the start of the event.

Date: Saturday, September 12

Location: Lot 31: On the tree line along Kirby Avenue directly to the west of the stadium

Start time: 9:00 a.m.

End time: 10:30 a.m.

Register Online:

Questions: Please contact Kate Yeazel at 217 244-1817 or

Award of Merit Call for Nominations

ACES Awards

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! Nominations are due October 15, 2015.

ACES in Places: Barber & Oberwortmann Horticulture Center

Barber & Oberwortmann

The College of ACES Alumni Association invites you to join us for an ACES in Places event. 

Share your Illini Spirit in Joliet, IL at the Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center. The facility is a 12,000 square foot facility located adjacent to the Bird Haven Greenhouse. You will have an opportunity to tour the green houses, enjoy dinner and a short program from the University of Illinois College of ACES.

We hope you will join us for an evening to network and celebrate agriculture with the College of ACES.

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Where: Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center
227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet, IL 60432

5:00 p.m. - Tour of greenhouses
6:00 p.m. - Buffet Dinner 
7:00 p.m. - Program 
8:00 p.m. - Wrap Up

Cost: $25.00 per person

RSVP by Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Register online:

For questions or assistance, please contact the University of Illinois College of ACES Alumni Association at 217-333-7744

Board Openings on the ACES Alumni Board of Directors

The ACES Alumni Board is seeking three ACES Alumni Board positions on the ACES Alumni Board of Directors beginning in December 2015.

Nominees must have received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The Board of Directors meets four times per year on a week day. This year's elections will occur during the December board meeting of the ACES Alumni Board of Directors, December 4, 2015. Most of the meetings are held on campus, unless otherwise decided by the executive board.

Board members are expected to serve on a committee(s) to further the mission of the ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Standing committees are: Nominating Committee, Alumni Engagement, Award & Recognition, and Student Engagement. Additional committees are established on an as needed basis. These committees meet via conference calls between board meetings.

District 5 Director - The nominee must also reside in one of the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, DeWitt, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler or Scott. 

District 7 Director - The nominee must reside in one of the following counties: Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Fayette, Greene, Jackson, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Union and Washington. 

Young Alumni Director - Chicago - Responsible for representing recent ACES graduates in the Chicago area. He/she communicates the needs and concerns of these alumni to the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors. The director also provides leadership to programming that offers current students a better understanding of what the Alumni Association is and better defines the benefits of membership and how the Alumni Association functions.

The nominating committee requires the following information:

• 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.

More information can be found online about these positions:

Applications can be submitted by October 16, 2015 to Tina Veal, ACES Alumni Director, 124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

U of I Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign warmly invites you to return to Alma Mater each year for Homecoming.

Typically held in October, Homecoming at the U of I is the longest continuously running such collegiate event, beginning in 1910 and marking its 100th anniversary in 2010. The occasion has taken place in each of those 100 years, with the exception of 1918, when the event was canceled because of the exigencies of World War I.

Homecoming's original concept – designed by two University of Illinois students, Clarence Foss Williams, Class of 1910, and W. Elmer Ekblaw, Classes of 1910 and 1912 – was to offer an annual event geared specifically to alumni and centered around a football game. Its inaugural launch was an unqualified success, drawing more than 10,000 participants. UI enthusiasm for Homecoming has not dimmed since.

While in some ways Illinois has cherished and maintained certain Homecoming traditions, it has also moved forward across the century, finding new ways to celebrate and new causes for pride in the institution, its students and its alumni. Innovations that have sprung up over the years include the parade, pep rally, Homecoming Court, tent parties and many additional campus activities. The latest Homecoming tradition to evolve is iHelp, a volunteer event begun in 2006 by the Student Alumni Ambassadors of the UI Alumni Association, in which more than a thousand University students and alumni give back to their communities each year.

Illinois Homecoming 2015 takes place on the week of October 18 - 24. Please join us in celebrating long friendships, ongoing learning and the ever-promising future of the University of Illinois.

More information can be found online:

Ag Comm Huddle Reunion

Date: Oct 24, 2015

Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana

Complimentary event includes coffee, doughnuts and story sharing with agricultural communications faculty, students and staff.

Lulu Rodriguez

Celebrate 80 Years of Field and Furrow

 Field and Furrow


Field and Furrow is celebrating it's 80th year at the University of Illinois! Please join us for a weekend of events to celebrate the club, alumni, and current members!

When: November 6-7, 2015

Where: Champaign, IL

Rooms are reserved at the iHotel and Conference Center. Please reference Field and Furrow when making reservations. - 

Phone: 217-819-5000

Further details and a formal invitation to follow.

Call for Nominations for 2015 International Achievement Awards

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies is accepting nominations for the 2015 International Achievement Awards. Annual nominations are solicited for five award categories to recognize outstanding alumni, faculty, and students whose exceptional work and service have made a significant global impact.

All recipients are honored at a banquet co-hosted by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, the Alumni Association, and Illinois International Programs (International Programs and Studies). The Sheth International Alumni Lecture, a public presentation given by the alumni winner, is a highlight of the award festivities. Both the banquet and lecture take place on the Urbana campus every spring during International Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards:


Information regarding awards criteria, access to the nomination forms, and details of past winners are available online at:

The submission deadline is September 30, 2015.

Please contact Illinois International at (217) 300-4825 or email with questions.

ACES Class Notes

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.

Calendar of Events

  • September 1-3 - Farm Progress Show
  • September 10 - District 5, District 7 & FSHN ACES Alumni Board Nominations Due
  • September 10 - Ag Education CHS Foundation Classroom Dedication
  • September 11 - ACES Alumni Board Meeting
  • September 11 - ACES College Connection & Round Barn Society
  • September 12 - Salute to Ag Day
  • September 30 - UIAA Awards Due
  • October 2 - Registration due for ACES in Places: Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, Joliet
  • October 15 - ACES Award of Merit Nominations Due
  • October 15 - ACES in Places: Barber & Oberwortmann Horticulture Center, Joliet, IL
  • October 23-25 - U of I Homecoming Weekend
  • October 24 - Ag Comm Huddle
  • November 6-7 - Field & Furrow 80th Anniversary
  • December 4 - ACES Alumni Board Meeting

Join us on Social Media

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:

Update Your Email Address

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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

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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!