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E-Alum Report December 2013

Holiday Greetings from the ACES Alumni Association

Happy Holidays Card

Click here for your holiday greeting from the ACES Alumni Association!

We look forward to another great year in 2014!

Best Wishes this holiday season!

Headed to the Braggin Rights Game - Join us!

Braggin' Rights

Please join the College of ACES for a Pre-Game Party for complimentary hot and cold appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be provided at the Drury Inn in St. Louis before the Illinois vs. Missouri Braggin Rights Game! The Bud Light Braggin' Rights game is played in December every year in St. Louis between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, and the University of Missouri Tigers.

Date: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Place: Drury Inn, 201 South 20th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Lombardo's will be catering event.

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Game time is 4:30 p.m.)

No registration required.

ACES in Places: Illini Game Watch, Chicago

Illini Game Watch

Looking to network with other ACES Alumni in the Chicagoland area? Join ACES students studying agribusiness issues as part of an Chicago agribusiness immersion program as we cheer on the Illini to a victory against Purdue!

Wear your Orange and Blue and network with ACES students, faculty and alumni! GO ILLINI!

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2013

Where: Joe's Bar on Weed Street940 W. Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60622 

Time: 7:00 p.m. - Short program from the College of ACES 7:30 p.m. - Heavy appetizers provided. Cash Bar. 8:00 p.m. - Game tip off - Illinois vs. Purdue

Room: VIP Loft Lounge - With six flat screen TVs overlooking the clubhouse, you are are to not miss the Illini excitement as we take on Purdue!

Cost: $20.00 per person

Parking: Valet parking is available in addition to a self- park lot directly across the street. 

Register online: by Monday, January 10, 2014 

Sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

Registration Ends: January 10, 2014

2014 ACES Award of Merit Winners Announced

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:

M. Margaret (Meg) Barth
Professor of Nutrition, Program Director
California Baptist University
Ph.D. '91 Food Science & Human Nutrition
Riverside, CA

Jerry R. Brookhart
Insurance Producer
Purdum Gray Ingledue, Inc.
B.S. '63 Agricultural Science
Macomb, IL

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

Larry H. Hageman
Research Field Station Manager/Territory Manager
DuPont Crop Protection
BS '78 Agricultural Sciences
Rochelle, IL

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

The 2014 ACES Award of Merit luncheon will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 to recognize five outstanding alumni from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 

We hope you will join us to celebrate this special occasion as we celebrate their accomplishments and induct them in the ACES Round Barn Society. Past ACES Award of Merit winners will be introduced. All are invited to attend. Watch for more registration information to come.

To see last year's recipients videos check out our YouTube Channel. Or view on the ACES Alumni awards page.

An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture

Voices of Illinois Agriculture

Join us for An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014

Time: 6 p.m. - Cocktail Hour; 7 p.m. - Dinner

Location: Spice Box, Second Floor of Bevier, 905 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

Ticket Cost: $100

Register by January 15, 2014 at

or call the College of ACES at 217-333-9355.

Comments by University of Illinois President Robert Easter

Toast by Paul Coolley, Founding Analyst WILLAg

Crop Insurance Presentation by Gary Schnitkey, U of I Extension Specialist

Comments by Tom Kadlec, President ADM Investor Service

2014 Market Panel featuring

  • Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services
  • Pete Manhart, Bates Commodities
  • Wayne Nelson, L&M Commodities
  • Jacquie Voeks, Stewart Peterson

Commodity Wrap Up by Darrel Good, U of I Ag Economist

This special event benefits College of ACES scholarships and the hospitality management program.

Illinois Horticulture Alumni Reception

Illinois Horticulture Alumni Reception

University of Illinois Horticulture Alumni

Attending or exhibiting at iLandscape in Schaumburg?
Join us at this alumni event!

You are invited to meet and mingle with faculty and staff from ACES and fellow Horticulture alumni from the U of I

FAA and other Illinois alumni are welcome!

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Place: Gather Lounge, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

No Charge. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cash bar.

Please RSVP by January 30 or call 217.333.9355.

This special event is sponsored by the U of I Department of Crop Sciences and the Chicago Illini Center.

Thank You to Outgoing ACES Alumni Board Members

On December 6, four board members were recognized for their outstanding leadership to the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors as they have completed their terms. All four board members have served on the board since 2006.

  • Ken Hayse, B.S. '82 Ag Econ, served as the District 8 Director from Mt. Vernon, IL.
  • Leo Kelly, B.S. '80 Ornamental Horticulture, served as the District 2 Director from Palatine, IL.
  • Carl Quanstrom, B.S. '71 Ornamental Horticulture, served as the Horticulture Director until the program merged with the Department of Crop Sciences from New Lenox, IL.
  • Curt Rincker, B.S. '77, M.S. '83 Ag Education, served as the Animal Sciences Vocational Director from Shelbyville, IL.

We thank each of them for their outstanding contributions to the College, University and ACES Alumni Association. We look forward to keeping them all involved as members of the Round Barn Society!

Welcome New ACES Alumni Board Members

The ACES Alumni Board of Directors welcomes three new members to the board. These members were elected during the ACES Alumni Association board meeting after a national search on December 6, 2013.

  • District 2 Director – Kim Morton – Kim is a 1982 graduate of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and lives in Chicago, IL.
  • District 4 Director – David Brown - David is a 1988 graduate of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and is currently the Vice President of Global Commodities, Mondelez International and lives in Naperville, IL.
  • Animal Sciences Vocational Director - Lee Denzer - Lee received his Bachelors in 1982 and Masters in 1985 from the University of Illinois in Animal Sciences. He is employed as a professor at Black Hawk College in Kewanee, IL.
  • Food, Science & Human Nutrition Vocational Director - David Wengerhoff - David is a graduate from Food, Science and Human Nutrition in 1976 from the University of Illinois. He is currently employed by Diageo as a Senior Vice President and lives in Buffalo Grove, IL.
  • Crop Sciences Vocational Director - Molly Cline - Molly received her Masters in 1978 and PH.D. in 1980 in Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois. Molly is retired from Monsanto and served as the Senior Director of Global Industry Affairs. Molly lives in Saint Louis, MO.



Dr. George Czapar Named Associate Dean and Director of Illinois Extension

George Czapar

The College of ACES welcomes Dr. George Czapar as the new Associate Dean and Director, University of Illinois Extension and Outreach.

Dr. Czapar received his B.S. (1980) and M.S. (1982) in Agronomy at the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Agronomy in 1990 at Iowa State University. During the 1980's George was in the Extension Service of Iowa and Illinois, working in the areas of integrated pest management and weed science. From 1991-2010, he was an Extension Educator in Springfield, and during the past three years George has served as Director, Center for Watershed Science, Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, U of I.

George's research and extension program has been defined by collaborative interdisciplinary projects that address the environmental impacts of agriculture. He has published widely on best management practices to reduce pesticide, sediment, and nutrient losses from agriculture. While serving at the University of Illinois in Extension positions, George has also sought out opportunities to develop and teach classes in the Campus Honors Program, in NRES, and in the off-campus graduate program.

George brings to this position a deep understanding of Extension's mission and value, along with an exceptional research and teaching record. The College and the University are pleased and fortunate that Dr. Czapar will be using his creativity, academic breadth, administrative experience, and industriousness to guide Extension as our new Associate Dean.

Congratulations George!

ACES Senior Tatyana McFadden wins Grand Slam

Tatyana McFadden

University of Illinois student and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden not only won the Chicago Marathon on October 13, but also set a record in doing so. She knocked almost two minutes off the 21-year-old course record set by Ann Cody (an alumna of the University of Illinois and the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services' adapted athletics program). McFadden adds her Chicago victory to wins in Boston and London earlier this year and hopes to complete a "grand slam" by winning the New York City Marathon on November 3.

After the Chicago race, McFadden said, ""It really came down to a sprint. I didn't even know what was happening. My muscle memory was there and I knew I needed to go. The crowd just took me forward. It was extremely tough."

She credits her teammates in the DRES wheelchair track program and coach Adam Bleakney with pushing her to succeed.

The first woman to win six world titles at a single International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championship, Tatyana already has identified her post-marathon season goal: making the U.S. cross-country skiing team for the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

Article from the Illinois campus features

Successful $2 million endowment campaign raises the bar in agricultural communications at Illinois

The University of Illinois announced it has achieved the $2 million fund raising goal for the Dr. James F. Evans Endowment in Agricultural Communications that will extend the contributions of the program into the future. It will provide sustained leadership in a mission of agricultural and food systems communications education, research, and service.

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Field and Furrow Alumni Reception A Success

The ACES Field and Furrow group hosted a reunion during Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 25 at the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center. Alumni had the opportunity to tour Turner Hall and see the updates to the classrooms and soils labs that are part of the Turner Hall Project. A program and dinner followed. To view more about the project visit the Turner Hall Project website. Special thanks to Larry Hageman for hosting the event.

BB Singh honored with International Service in Crop Science Award

Pictured are: Sue Gray (BS 1980; MS 1990), Marise Robbins-Forbes (ACES Advancement), BB Singh and Dr. Betty Klepper.

Dr. Bir Bahadur Singh (MS '65; PhD '67) was honored with the International Service in Crop Science Award at the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida November 6, 2013. Dr. Singh presented the CSSA Plenary Lecture (the Betty Klepper Endowed Lectureship), speaking on the topic "Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities for Crop Scientists."

ACES Students on 2013 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the College of ACES students that were selected to serve on the 2013 University of Illinois Homecoming Court: 

Caroline Cavallo, Staunton, Ill., studies animal sciences in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and hopes to attend veterinary school to become a sports medicine veterinarian. A Fred H. Turner Fellow in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a member of Chi Omega sorority, she is a member of the Panhellenic Council, serving as vice president, recruitment, and recruitment board president. As part of the Homecoming Court, Cavallo believes she can give back to and celebrate a campus that has given her so many opportunities, as well as serve as a positive role model for future students. Major: Animal Sciences

Jake Ekstrand, Yates City, Ill., grew up on a small farm and has pursued his passion for agriculture by majoring in agricultural education at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Having been involved with farm-related organization since the age of 8, Ekstrand continued that path at Illinois, where he serves as president of FarmHouse Fraternity and is active in agricultural education projects. Ekstrand is grateful to be a member of the Homecoming Court because he has gained so much during his time at Illinois, and he is honored to represent the students of the University. Major: Agricultural Education

Kyle Granger Jr., East St. Louis, Ill., an active leader on the University of Illinois campus, is honored to be part of the tradition of Homecoming Court. A resident adviser, he serves as vice president of both the Illinois chapter of The Wildlife Society and the House Arrest 2 Dance Team Inc.; in addition, he has been an Illinois Promise Scholar for four consecutive years. Granger, who is double-majoring in animal sciences and natural resources and environmental sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, counts his optimistic attitude, determination and outgoing personality as the embodiment of a "true Illini." Double Major: Animal Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Kurt Hansen, Lake Zurich, Ill., has been involved in a wide range of activities on campus, including membership on the ExplorACES Steering Committee, an open house for prospective students; heading Block I, the fifth-ranked college football student section in the nation; and as an I-Guide campus coordinator to help new students move in. Hansen, who majors in natural resources and environmental sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, also serves on the Student Advancement Committee in ACES, working to keep alumni connected to Illinois. Homecoming Court will provide him a final opportunity to represent the U of I as a student. Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Congratulations to these outstanding ACES students!!

Illinois to Lead Feed the Future grant team

The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences received at five-year $25 million federal grant to lead a research team in improving Africa's food supply through soybean production by leading a research team. 
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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

Voices of ACES Blog

Follow the Voices of ACES blog and find out what's happening around the College of ACES from a variety of viewpoints ranging from students to faculty.

Save the Date for Explore ACES

Explore ACES

Looking to bring a prospective student to campus? Know someone that would be interested in studying at ACES? Mark March 14-15, 2014 for the tenth annual ExplorACES to be held on campus. More information to be announced soon! Watch the ExplorACES website for more info!

UI Alumni Network - A Resource For You

Have you connected to your alumni network? Looking for a friend from college? Know where the closest Illini Club is near you? Looking for alumni or campus news? Check out the UI Alumni Network - A great resource for you to stay connected with your alma mater or reconnect with Illini friends!

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events


  • January 15 - Young Alumni Event @ Joe's on Weed St, Chicago
  • January 24 - An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture
  • February 6 - Illinois Horticulture Alumni Reception, Schaumburg, IL
  • March 3 - Big Ten Ag Alumni Event, Washington, DC
  • March 7 - ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, Champaign, IL
  • March 14-15 - Explore ACES
  • April 14 - ACES Award of Merit Luncheon & Funk Banquet
  • May 15 - ACES Young Alumni and ACES Family Spirit nominations due
  • May 17 - U of I Commencement, Memorial Stadium
  • May 18 - ACES Commencements & Tassel Turn
  • June 14 - FarmHouse Fraternity 100th Anniversary
  • August 2 - Nabor House 75th Anniversary
  • October 15 - 2015 ACES Award of Merit nominations due