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We look forward to another great year in 2014!
Best Wishes this holiday season!
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.
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: www.acesalumni.illinois.edu by Monday, January 10, 2014
Sponsored by the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.
Registration Ends: January 10, 2014
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
Jerry R. Brookhart
Purdum Gray Ingledue, Inc.
B.S. '63 Agricultural Science
Kenneth L. Dalenberg
Director, Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board
B.S. '71 Agronomy
M.S. '04 Crop Sciences
Larry H. Hageman
Research Field Station Manager/Territory Manager
DuPont Crop Protection
BS '78 Agricultural Sciences
Barbara P. Klein
Professor Emerita, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Illinois
Ph.D. '74 Home Economics
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.
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
Commodity Wrap Up by Darrel Good, U of I Ag Economist
This special event benefits College of ACES scholarships and the hospitality management program.
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
ACESAdvancement@illinois.edu or call 217.333.9355.
This special event is sponsored by the U of I Department of Crop Sciences and the Chicago Illini Center.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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!!
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.
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
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.
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!
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 - www.uialumninetwork.org/index.html. A great resource for you to stay connected with your alma mater or reconnect with Illini friends!
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