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E-Alum Report January 2015

University of Illinois names 20th president

Timothy Killeen

Timothy L. Killeen, vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY), was named the 20th president of the University of Illinois in November pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at it's January meeting in Chicago. Read more about Timothy Killeen. Welcome to the Illinois Family!

ACES Family Academies Registration Now Open

ACES Family Academies

Are you a College of ACES alum with a young grandchild, niece, nephew or friend, who's ready to get back to campus? If so, mark your calendars for July 9-10, 2015, and register now for the all-new ACES Family Academies.

ACES Family Academies is a new program from the ACES Alumni Association that will offer classes from each ACES academic unit, geared to children ages 8-12 years. The alumni and their young friend will attend classes together, experience dorm living for a night, and attend an all-American college tailgate. More than 40 hands-on educational classes are slated for the program, taught by College of ACES faculty and staff.

"Alumni can share their campus memories of living in a dorm, eating in the dining hall and going to class," says ACES Alumni Director Tina Veal. "We're really excited about the memories alumni and their grandchildren or young friends will be able to experience together – a chance to relive your college days and create new memories with your little Illini!"

Registration is now open at the official ACES Family Academies website, and will close by April 1, 2015. Registration numbers are limited; cost is $195 per person.

For more information, check out the official ACES Family Academies website, and follow along on the ACES Family Academies Facebook page.

Register online

ACES Award of Merit Winners Announced

Award of Merit

The College of ACES Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2015 ACES Award of Merit winners.

The 2015 ACES Award of Merit Winners include:

Dan E. Hoge, B.S. '66 Animal Sciences, M.S. '68 Animal Sciences of Cambridge, IL

Dan is a Professor and Livestock Judging Coach at Black Hawk College, East Campus

  • Susan L. Johnson, Ph.D. '93 Nutritional Sciences of Louisville, CO

Susan is Professor and Director of the Children's Eating Labratory at the University of Colorado

  • Daniel R. Kittle, Ph.D. '80 Plant Pathology, M.S. '78 Plant Pathology of Carmel, IN

Dan is the Global Vice President of Research and Development at Dow AgroSciences LLC

  • Gregory R. Oltman, B.S. '72 Ornamental Horticulture of Barrington, IL

Greg is the Owner of GRO Horticultural Enterprises, Inc.

  • Kenna B. Rathai, B.S. '93 Ag Communications of Saint Anne, IL

Kenna is the Owner of Kenna B. Rathai Communications and serves as a Public Relations Consultant and Freelance Writer

Cost: $30 per person

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Where: I-Hotel & Conference Center, Chancellor Ballroom
1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Free parking is available outside of the I-Hotel and Conference Center.

Registration Ends: April 1, 2015

Register Online

Big Ten Ag Alumni Event in Washington DC

Big Ten

In the spirit of institutional cooperation, the Big Ten schools with agricultural programs are once again gathering our alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C. area for a special event at the National Press Club! Now in it's fifth year, the reception has been a great success with alumni and friends networking across institutions and enjoying one another's company. We look forward to seeing everyone again (and some new faces!)

Please join us for a reception and enjoy the fellowship of alumni and friends from the colleges of agricultural sciences and natural resources representing: Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin.

Reconnect with college deans, administrators, faculty and staff from your alma mater. Learn how our colleges are working cooperatively on behalf of land-grant institutions.

Registration fee: $20 per person by February 24, 2015

Date: March 3, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045

Register online by visiting

For registration questions or assistance, contact the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Office at 814-865-2717.

Young Alumni & Family Spirit Awards Available


It is that time again to begin thinking about ACES Alumni Association Awards!

Visit the ACES Alumni Association website for downloadable & PDF fillable applications. Applications have been updated for 2015!

Outstanding Young Alumni – Due May 15, 2015. Each year the College of ACES Alumni Association honors up to three outstanding graduates of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, or through outstanding leadership or service have significantly enhanced or improved the lives of others.

ACES Family Spirit Award – Due May 15, 2015. This award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students

New ACES Alumni Exec Board Named

Exec Board

Congratulations to the new ACES Alumni Executive Board for 2015! 
President: Bill Francis
Vice President: Sue Gray
Secretary: Dawn Bohn
Treasurer: Kirk Builta
Past President: Kenny Eathington

Thank you to Kenny Eathington for serving as President for the past two years! Kenny has been a wonderful leader for the ACES Alumni Association.

Thank You to Outgoing Board Members

John Huston

On December 5, the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors recognized outgoing board members for their outstanding leadership to the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors

  • John Huston, B.S. '66 Ag Education, served as the HCD Vocational Director, Vice President, President and Past President from Chicago, IL

We thank John for his outstanding contributions to the College, University and ACES Alumni Association. We know John will not be a stranger to the College of ACES or Alumni Association and will be an active member of the ACES Round Barn Society.

Welcome New ACES Alumni Board Members

New 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 5, 2014.

  • District 8 Director - Trudy West, B.S. '81 from Harrisburg, IL.
  • Extension Director - Patty McGlaughlin - B.S. '82 MEX ED '87 from Muncie, IL. Patty is an Extension Specialist with the University of Illinois Extension/4-H program.
  • ACES Council Student Representative - Rebecca Ries, Junior

Mark Your Calendars!


March 3, 2015 Big Ten Ag Alumni Event, Washington, DC

March 20, 2015 ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

April 13, 2015 ACES Award of Merit Luncheon & Funk Banquet

May 17, 2015 ACES Tassel Turn

May 18, 2015 ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

July 9 - 10, 2015 ACES Family Academies

July 12, 2015 University of Illinois Reception at IFT Annual Meeting 
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Chicago Hilton located at 720 South Michigan, Chicago

September 1 - 3, 2015 Farm Progress Show

December 4, 2015 ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting