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August 2018 E-Alum Report

ACES College Connection - Celebrating ACES Alumni

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 2018 ACES College Connection.

The 2018 ACES Alumni Award Winners include:

Outstanding ACES Young Alumni

  • Matt J. Barnard, B.S. ’01 Ag Finance
    Owner & CEO, Crop Copter; Owner, Chief Agronomics; Partner, Barnard Farms
  • Karen M. Jones, B.S. ’04 Ag Comm
    Youth and Young Producer Specialist, Corporate Communications, GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Sarah M. Potts, B.S. ’05, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ‘14
    Cornbreeder, Corteva Agriscience  

ACES Family Spirit Award
Richard and Frances Johnson Family of Kankakee, IL

ACES Career Achievement Award

  • Lynne M. Borden, Ph.D. ’97 HDFS
    Professor of the Department of Family and Social Science at the University of Minnesota from Maplewood, MN.
  • David A. Hollinrake, B.S. ’92 Ag Economics
    President, Syngenta Seeds, LLC and Syngenta Region Director of North America from Raleigh, NC 
  • John S. Kermicle*, B.S. ’80 Ag Economics
    General Manager of AgriGold from Olney, IL.
    *unable to attend

The ACES College Connection will be held:

Date:  Saturday, September 8, 2018

Location:  Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center
                 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL  61820
                 Chief Illiniweek Ballroom

11:30 a.m. - Welcome
11:45 a.m. - Brunch 
12:30 p.m. - Program
Cost:  $25.00 

Round Barn Society will also be pinned if they have not been recognized yet.

A silent auction will be held to benefit the ACES Alumni Association.

Deadline: August 29, 2018

Register for College Connection here! 

Auction Items Being Sought

The College of ACES Alumni Association will host a silent auction to support the ACES Alumni Association programs and events during ACES College Connection as well as an online auction for all alumni this Fall.  We are looking for donated items to auction.  Do you have a handcrafted Illini item?  Did you publish a book?  Have a special talent you can share? If so, please contact Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations at for more information by August 31.  We appreciate your support!

Celebrate Food and Ag Day

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) invites you to the 2018 Celebrate Food & Ag Day at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, September 8 from 4-6 p.m.

Prior to watching the Illini take on Western Illinois, we invite you to enjoy our tailgate celebration at Lot 31 on the tree line along Kirby Avenue directly west of the stadium. Tailgate tickets are available to purchase below. 

Register here! 

ACES Family Academies A Success

The College of ACES Alumni Association hosted the fourth ACES Family Academies program at the University of Illinois on July 12- 13, 2018.  Over 130 alumni, youth and volunteers attended the event to be part of educational sessions, live in the dorms and eat in the dining halls!  Youth ages 8-13 years of age were comprised of children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews of our ACES alumni!  Sessions focused on topics such as students participating in their own Food Challenge, Robotics, Bird Netting, Drones in Agriculture, Companion Animals, Honeybees, Beef, Pigs, Video Games vs. Board Games....just to name a few! This was a great opportunity for alumni to share their "ACES Story" with the next generation!

Thank you to all of the presenters and volunteers that made this event a success - from our faculty and staff presenters, students, alumni board members and alumni volunteers! 

Special thanks to our event sponsors, Farm Credit Illinois for their support of this program!  

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


Alumni Board of Directors Openings

The ACES Alumni Board is seeking three ACES Alumni Board positions on the ACES Alumni Board of Directors.

  • 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. 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, Student Engagement, Fundraising and ACES Family Academies.  Additional committees are established on an as needed basis.  These committees meet via conference calls between board meetings.

Open positions include (click link to learn more):

District 1 Director

Nominees must have received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The nomine must reside in one of the following counties: Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. 

District 3 Director

Nominees must have received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The nomine must reside in one of the following counties Bureau, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, McDonough, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, and Woodford. 

Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Vocational Director

Nominees must have received a degree in a course of study or shall have pursued a vocation or profession which involves the course of study within Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

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 until September 21, 2018 above to:
Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations
124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

ACES 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.  Each year the College of ACES Alumni Association honors three to five outstanding graduates of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 

Awardees will be honored on Monday, April 8, 2019 as part of the ACES Alumni Award of Merit Alumni Recognition events and at the college’s FUNK Awards Banquet.


  • Scoring will consist of 40% Professional Accomplishments and Service to Professional Organizations, 30% Community Achievement and Service to the Community; 25% Service to the University of Illinois and College of ACES and 5% Nominator’s Letter of Endorsement

Guidelines for Nomination:

  • Submit the completed nomination form.  Complete applications should include all relevant information within the nomination form. (Letters of reference only serve to support the nomination and are not factored in scoring.) Nominee information is limited to the area available in each area of the form. Do not attach extra pages.
  • Attach letters of reference (minimum 2, maximum four) in support of this nomination. One letter of reference should be from a University of Illinois past or current faculty or staff member. Names, addresses and an email must be included on reference letters.
  • Attach resume of nominee (no vitas please).
  • All nomination forms, resumes, and letters of recommendation must be completed and submitted electronically to Tina Veal at
  • Applications are due October 15, 2018.

No confirmation of receipt of the nomination will be sent.  All materials received for a single nominee will constitute that person’s nomination.  It is the responsibility of the nominator(s) to insure that all materials have been received by the College of ACES Alumni Association office.

NEW - Applications will only be considered for one year.  Applications may be resubmitted for up to three years.  If a nominee is not selected after 3 years, a new application can be submitted after 3 additional years.

Questions please contact:
Tina Veal
Director of Alumni Relations
College of ACES Alumni Association
University of Illinois – MC - 631
Suite 124 ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

View all past award winners online:

Online 2019 Award of Merit Nomination Form

Fillable PDF 2019 Award of Merit Nomination Form

Best Wishes to Prasanta Kalita

Best Wishes to Dr. Prasanta Kalita, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, as he begins a new chapter in the President’s Fellow program. This opportunity will allow Dr. Kalita to return to focusing on one of his true passions: water research. He will be leading a system-wide initiative to coordinate and elevate research related to water issues in association with the Discovery Partners Institute in Chicago. Dr. Kalita’s tireless commitment to creating an extraordinary experience for every ACES student will be sorely missed, as will his infectious enthusiasm. During his two years in the role of associate dean, he has elevated awareness both on and off campus of the amazing opportunities offered through ACES majors with encouraging results.

UIAA Award Nominations Due

The deadline for the 2019 Alumni Awards nomination submissions is September 30th, 2018. To learn more about these awards and to nominate a deserving alumnus/a, please click the links below.

Open House

Explore the newest ACES facilities that expand capabilities for cutting-edge research, support student preparedness for successful careers, and contribute to the continued fulfillment of the land grant mission. 

Open House featuring:

  • Renovated Food Science Pilot Processing Plant
  • Turner Hall Transformation
  • New Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory


8:30 a.m. – noon

ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center

Guests are invited to start their visit at the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center for check-in and hospitality. Turner Hall, IBRL, and the FSHN Pilot Processing Plant will be open 9 a.m. – noon. Each facility will also have specific scheduled activities.

9:30 a.m. – FSHN Pilot Processing Plant Donor Recognition
10:15 a.m. – IBRL Presentation
11:00 a.m. – Turner Hall Donor Wall Reveal and Recognition

Parking available at meters on Pennsylvania Avenue and in Lot F28 (east of Turner Hall).

Questions – Contact the College of ACES Office of Advancement or 217-333-9355

U of I Agronomy Day Scheduled

Save the Date for ACES Agronomy Day 2018!

Agronomy Day is a collaborative field day hosted by the Department of Crop Sciences in partnership with several academic units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). From weed management to drone demonstrations Agronomy Day shares cutting-edge research with practical implications for your farm or business. CEU and CCA credits are available during tour stop. 

Date:  August 16, 2018

Time:  7am - 2pm

Where:  Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, 4202 South First Street, Savoy, IL  61874

Learn more here!

Join us for #askACES!

Join us for #ASKACES featuring:

  • Melissa Pflugh Prescott, University of Illinois Assistant Professor of School and Childhood Foods and Nutrition
  • Whitney Ajie, University of Illinois Extension Educator
  • Leia Flure, University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Education Specialist

August 30 // Noon -1 p.m. on Twitter! 

Join the IL 4-H Alumni Association

Were you a member of 4-H?  The University of Illinois Extension, Illinois 4-H, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation invite you to join the newly formed Illinois 4-H Alumni Association. A free life-time membership is available online @ We hope your 4-H memories bring a smile to your face. We're creating memories daily with today's 4-H members.

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 and college updates 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

Stay Connected 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!  We post regular updates about activities, alumni profiles, on campus happenings, etc!  Stay connected with us!

ACES Alumni Association hosts the following groups online:

ACES Alumni Facebook -

College of ACES Facebook -

Twitter -

Linked In -  

YouTube -

Flicker -

Instagram -

Share Your 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.

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The Illini opportunities await you! Get involved!

Upcoming Events

  • August 16 – Agronomy Day
  • September 3 – Labor Day – OFFICE CLOSED
  • September 8 – College Connection event 11:30-2pm at Hilton Hotel
  • September 8 - Celebrate Food and Agriculture 4-6pm (6:30 p.m. kick-off- vs Western Michigan)
  • September 21 – ACES Alumni Board Nominations Due
  • September 28 - ACES Multi-facility Celebration
  • September 30 – UIAA Award Nominations Due
  • October – ACES Alumni Board of Directors meeting (TBD)
  • October 15 – ACES Alumni Award of Merit Nominations Due
  • October 26-27 - DNS Anniversary Celebration
  • November 12-16 - Illini Days (including annual lunch)
  • December 2 - ACES in Places: IL Farm Bureau Meeting, Chicago
  • December 7 - ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
  • December 7 - JBT Banquet
  • April 8, 2019 – ACES Award of Merit Luncheon
  • April 8, 2019 – FUNK Awards Banquet
  • April 15, 2019– ACES Alumni Board Meeting
  • May 12, 2019 – ACES Tassel Turn 10:30-12:30pm Colonnades Club
  • May 13, 2019 – ACES Alumni Board Meeting
  • July 11-12, 2019 – ACES Family Academies

**Watch for more ACES in Places events to be announced soon.**