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ACES in Places: Porter Kitchen & Deck - Chicago

The College of ACES Alumni Association invites you to join us for an ACES in Places event in Chicago, IL after the Illini Fest at the Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park

Join Kim Kidwell for happy hour and dinner following Illini Fest to share your Illini spirit!

Illini Fest is sponsored by the University of Illinois from 3-6 pm.  The College of ACES will be hosting a booth and we hope to see you downtown as we showcase the University of Illinois! You can register for this event separately:

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

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Time:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Porter Kitchen & Deck Punch Stand
150 N. Riverside, Chicago, IL 60606

Cost: $10.00/per person
Menu:  Includes marinated skirt steak and pulled pork sandwiches with cabbage coleslaw, gem and avocado salad, grilled seasonal vegetables, potato salad and non-alcoholic beverages. 
Cash Bar. 

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Register online

We look forward to seeing you!

Illini Fest in Chicago

Join fellow Illini in Park Grill Plaza in Millennium Park on July 18 for Illini Fest! Drinks, live music, and more! Immediately after Illini Fest, ACES alumni and friends are invited to a reception to continue the celebration at Porter Kitchen & Deck on the Punch Stand Patio from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more details and to register for the ACES reception:

ACES in Places: Engrained Restaurant & Brewery A Success

The College of ACES Alumni Association hosted an ACES in Places event on June 18, 2019 at Engrained Brewery & Restaurant in Springfield, IL.  Brent Schwoerer, owner and U of I alum, shared his vision for the restaurant and facility.  Alumni and guests toured the brewery and enjoyed a wonderful farm to table meal.  Dean Kim Kidwell shared an update on the College of ACES and Paul Stoddard gave an update on the Department of Ag and Consumer Economics.  A wonderful evening celebrating our Illini and agricultural ties.

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ACES Award of Merit Nominations Sought

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, 2019. A new online application is now available.

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ACES Alumni Board Opening

The ACES Alumni Board is seeking a District 2 Director for 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 nominee must also reside in one of the following counties: Cook, DuPage, and Lake.
  • 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.

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 and list of expectations for the position can be found online:  

Applications can be submitted until October 15, 2019 above to:
Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations
115 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Tami Craig Schilling Served as ACES Commencement Speaker

Tami Craig Schilling, B.S. '90 Ag Communications, was the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Tami serves as the Agronomy Knowledge Transfer Lead at Bayer Crop Science.

Tami encouraged students "You are to be the navigator of your own journey.  Own it, be accountable for it and do with it what you may, but it's yours."   Tami shared with students the company competencies of Bayer and how you can apply these to your life.  They included: 

  1. Take Initiative 
  2. Demonstrate foresight 
  3. Build relationships
  4. Communicate with candor
  5. Model courage
  6. Be agile
  7. Deliver results
  8. Form networks

Tami encouraged students to be part of the Illini network in the future. "Remember where you come from, appreciate the people that got you there."


See you at Farm Progress Show

Be sure to stop by the University of Illinois tent at the Farm Progress Show August 27-29, 2019.

The College of ACES Alumni Association will be there to greet alumni with a new College of ACES lapel pin to show your ACES pride!  You may also stop by for a free green screen photo with a favorite spot on the College of ACES campus on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show from 8-5pm.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Save the Date!

Save the Date our Fall ACES family reunion! 

ACES College Connection - Friday, September 13, 2019
Come celebrate our alumni association connections, recognize our ACES alumni awards winners receiving the ACES Career Achievement, ACES Outstanding Young Alumni and ACES Family Spirit Awards.  This is a fun and special evening as we connect with friends, faculty/staff and share our Illini memories!

Celebrate Food and Ag Day - Saturday, September 14, 2019
Celebrate Food and Ag Day (formally Salute to Ag Day) will be held prior to the football kick off at the Stock Pavilion from 8-11am.  A great day celebrating agriculture and our Illini connections!

A breakfast buffet will be featured in the tent. Tailgate entrance passes (which includes buffet) are now available at Game tickets are exclusively available through the Athletic Ticket Office.  


Congratulations to Tina Veal

Congratulations to Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Illinois, for being elected the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) Secretary for 2019-2021.

NAADA provides education, support and recognition for professionals and volunteers dedicated to expanding resources for advancing agriculture and related disciplines through land-grant and other colleges of agricultural sciences and partner programs.

Tina has served on the NAADA national Board as Education Chair from 2011-2013 and Membership Chair from 2009-2011 and as the Alumni Track Chair (2018-2019). Tina has been recognized with the NAADA Distinguished Founders Award and is a charter member of the NAADA Mulberry Society.  Tina has received several other awards in relation to programming developed for the ACES Alumni Association. 

Congratulations to Tina for this leadership role!

Dr. Nicki Engeseth to serve as Department Head of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Dr. Nicki Engeseth has been named to serve as the next head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, pending approval of the Board of Trustees on August 16, 2019.   

During her 23-year career at the University of Illinois, Dr. Engeseth has successfully held several administrative positions including serving as interim head of FSHN on two occasions. She is a highly regarded researcher who has excellent publication and grant acquisition records. Dr. Engeseth is well known for being an excellent collaborator, which has resulted in her receiving two ACES Team Excellence Awards. In acknowledgement of excellence in teaching, Dr. Engeseth has received several campus and professional awards including the College of ACES Senior Award for Excellence in Teaching and the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award. She is a remarkable mentor and student advocate. 


Dr. Anna Ball to serve as Associate Dean of Academic Programs

Dr. Anna Ball has been named to serve as the next Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, pending approval of the Board of Trustees on August 16, 2019.

Dr. Ball will return to the place where her academic career began. She is an alum of ACES earning a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education in 1995. She then transitioned to the University of Missouri where she received a MEd and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education. She returned to the U of I in 2002 as an assistant professor, and was recruited by the University of Florida to become the Director of the Teaching Resource Center at University of Florida in 2006. She returned to the University of Missouri in 2008 where she has held several administrative positions including Department Chair, Director of the Center for Educational Innovations, and Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost.

Dr. Ball is a nationally recognized teacher with an excellent research portfolio focused on student-centered learning. She has excellent leadership experience and has successfully engaged in strategic planning, personnel management, and program evaluation. Dr. Ball’s career reflects her unwavering dedication to improving student experiences and supporting faculty development. She brings an external perspective to an institution she is familiar with, which will serve her well as she works closely with faculty, staff, and students to create to integrate new ideas and processes into academic programs.

Welcome home Dr. Anna Ball


Welcome to Patrick Gavin, ACES Director of Development

Patrick Gavin joined the advancement team in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in May 2019 as Director of Development. Patrick’s professional career has revolved around major gift work, team management, and planned giving.

Prior to accepting this position, he was the Regional Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross in the central and south Illinois region where he served as the relationship manager for some of their largest partners including individuals, corporations, and foundations. His primary responsibilities in ACES will be to lead the fundraising efforts for the Arboretum, the Department of Crop Sciences, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Patrick is a graduate of Barry University where he studied sports management and business management. With his outstanding fundraising knowledge, connections and background, he is a great fit for the College of ACES. He will be located in the advancement suite at 203 Mumford.

Please welcome Patrick!

More than Meets the I

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences brings much MORE THAN MEETS THE I to the world. Please join us in launching the new ACES brand campaign, which capitalizes on the core strengths of the College of ACES – food, health and well-being, and the environment. MORE THAN MEETS THE I embraces the diversity of our disciplines and encourages people to take a look beneath the surface to explore opportunities within.

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Save the Date for ACES Agronomy Day 2019!

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). The 2019 Agronomy Day Program is packed with a wide range of topics and speakers this year. We will have seven tent tours with additional field demonstrations and sponsor booths. 

Date:  August 22, 2019

Time:  7am - 2pm

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

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Merger of Ag Education and Ag Communications

Exciting news for the future of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications in ACES. In the newly merged ALEC program, students study how people work together and lead their peers, learn from and educate others, and communicate issues relevant in agriculture.

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Feed Technology Center Construction Begins

We are thrilled to announce that construction started June 3 on the new Feed Technology Center at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, signaling a new era in animal nutrition innovation from the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, campus, and industry partners.

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Warren Family Farm

"This farm has quite a story." One family farm has provided a legacy of support for Illinois 4-H and the College of ACES. Hear more about a recent celebration at Warren Family Farm.

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Upcoming Events

July 11-12, 2019 - ACES Family Academies
July 18, 2019 - Illini Fest, Chicago
July 18, 2019 - ACES in Places:  Porter Kitchen & Deck, Chicago - Register
August 26-29, 2019 - Farm Progress Show
September 13, 2019 - ACES College Connection
September 14, 2019 - ACES Celebrate Food and Ag Day
October 4, 2019 - ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
October 15, 2019 - ACES District 2 Nominations Due
October 15, 2019 - ACES Award of Merit Nominations Due
December 6, 2019 - ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
December 20, 2019 - ACES December Commencement 
April 13, 2020 - ACES Award of Merit Luncheon & Funk Banquet
May 15, 2020 - ACES Career Achievement, Young Alumni and Family Spirit Nominations Due
May 17, 2020 - ACES Commencement (9-11am)
May 17, 2020 - ACES Tassel Turn (11:00-12:30 p.m.)
July 9-10, 2020 - ACES Family Academies 

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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.

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