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E-Alum Report March 2016

ACES Award of Merit Luncheon

Join us in recognition of outstanding ACES Alumni who have made significant impact in their careers and communities.

The 2016 ACES Award of Merit Winners include:

  • Donna R. Greene – B.S. ’75 Home Economics Education from Champaign, IL. 
    Donna is the Senior Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Busey Wealth Management, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert J. Gustafson – B.S. ’71 Ag Engineering, M.S. ’72 Ag Engineering from Worthington, OH. 
    Robert is the Retired Director of the Engineering Education Innovation Center & the Honda Professor for Engineering Education and Professor Emeritus, Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Ohio State.
  • Scott McAdam – B.S. ’80 Horticulture from Lemont, IL.
    Scott is the President and Co-owner of McAdam Landscaping.
  • Jim R. Shearl – M.S. ’76 Extension Education from Loda, IL.
    Jim is the Director of Quality Assurance at Ag Reliant Genetics, LLC.

Date:  April 11, 2016

Time:  11:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $30 per person

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

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Nominations and Applications sought for Dean of the College of ACES

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The University of Illinois is a major land-grant university committed to excellence in research, teaching, outreach, public engagement and international programs. The university seeks a visionary leader dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the mission of the College to further its commitment to excellence.

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ACES Family Academies to Return Summer 2016

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 7-8, 2016, on the College of ACES campus!  This year we have expanded the youth ages from 8-13 years old.  

Participants will enjoy the college experience living in a new residence hall, eating in the dining facilities and having a tailgate and participating in educational classes on the College of ACES campus. This program will give you an opportunity to relive and share your college days as well as create new memories with your little Illini.

We hope you will take advantage of this new opportunity to return to campus with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to share in this experience!

New features:

  • Ages have been extended for youth to age 13.

Registration Deadlines:

  • Registration will launch March 15, 2016.
  • Alumni will have priority registration through April 15, 2016.
  • If space allows, registration will open to non-alumni and friends on April 16, 2016.
  • Registration will close on June 1, 2016.
  • Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Cost:  $195.00 per person

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ACES Alumni Board of Director Openings

The College of ACES Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce two new additional board members to be added to the Alumni Board this Summer. Representing two majors that now are housed at the college level, we will be adding the following board positions:

Please submit all materials via mail or email to:

Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations
ACES Alumni Association
124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801

The application is due by May 1, 2016. 
The nominating committee will make a decision regarding the slate and applicants will be notified of their decision by email.

For more information call 217-333-7744 or email or Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations at

Save the Date - ACES in Places: Caterpillar Visitors Center, Peoria

Save the Date!

ACES in Places:  Caterpillar Visitors Center, Peoria, IL

May 10, 2016

The College of ACES Alumni Association will host an ACES in Places event at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, IL on May 10, 2016.  Admission to the visitors center, dinner and a program are being planned! 

Watch for more information on our the Events page in the weeks to come.

#ASKACES Podcast: GMOs Revealed

Dr. Steve Moose discusses Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) following our #askACES chat on Twitter this month. Listen to Dr. Moose's podcast about food safety, environmental impacts, food labeling, patents, and more.

Join the CU Symphony for Ag Night

Celebrate the farmers of our community, state, and nation with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra! Presented in partnership with the Champaign County Farm Bureau, the concert features stirring and tuneful music from Brahms, Borodin, and American composer Samuel Barber, a restored antique tractor photo opportunity in the Krannert Center Lobby, and more!

When:  Saturday, March 5

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Where:  Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

For tickets, call (217) 333-6280 or visit

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Join us for Explore ACES

Imagine your future by attending Explore ACES 2016!  Find out what academic and career opportunities await you at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).  All are welcome on both days of Explore ACES, and the following specialized programming will be available:

Friday, March 11 will include "Explore ACES Experiences," which are hour-long sessions designed to help prospective students gain a more personalized look at their area(s) of interest.

Saturday, March 12 will include special programming for students who have been admitted into the College of ACES.

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2016 Young Alumni & Family Spirit Nominations 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 2016!

Outstanding Young Alumni – Due May 13, 2016. 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 13, 2016. This award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students

Welcome New ACES Alumni Board Members

Congratulations and welcome to our new ACES Alumni Board of Director members:

  • Kurt Hansen - Young Alumni, Chicago
  • Charlyn Fargo-Ware - District 5 Director
  • Ed Marburger - District 7 Director

We look forward to their leadership on the board!

Join us for ACES Tassel Turn

All families are invited to join ACES graduates at the ACES Tassel Turn event, a cake and punch reception, in between the two ceremonies from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m at the Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium.  Registration is open for families to register at   This event is sponsored by the College of ACES Alumni Association and all graduates will all receive a green screen photo with the alma mater and an ACES Alumni t-shirt. 

We look forward to welcoming graduates to the ACES Alumni Family!

Register by May 9, 2016.

ACES Funk Awards Recipients Announced

The College of ACES will honor the recipients of the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award, ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit, and College of ACES Faculty and Staff Awards on April 11, 2016 at the Pear Tree Estates in Champaign, IL. To view the award recipients visit the Funk Awards website.

The Paul A. Funk Recognition Award is presented to faculty and academic professionals for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems. Funds for the awards program, which was established in June 1970, are provided by the Paul A. Funk Foundation of Bloomington, Illinois, as a memorial to the late Paul A. Funk, who attended the college as a member of the class of 1929 and devoted his life to agriculture.

These awards are a true honor to celebrate the successes of alumni, faculty and staff of the College of ACES!

Plan Ahead for ACES Graduation Weekend

The College of ACES will soon be welcoming a new class of graduates to the ACES Alumni Family.  Graduation ceremonies include:

ACES I Sunday, May 15, 12:30 p.m in Huff Hall
(Includes:  Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Communications, and Agricultural Education, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Horticulture, Human Development and Family Studies, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Technical Systems Management)

ACES Tassel Turn Reception for the graduates and their familes hosted by the ACES Alumni Association is held between the two ceremonies from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium. 

ACES II Sunday, May 15, 5:00 p.m at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Colwell Playhouse
(Includes: Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) and Nutritional Sciences)

Tickets are required.

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Class Notes

class notes

The College of ACES Alumni Association would love to hear from you! We are interested in keeping you connected to your alma mater and sharing updates (marriages, deaths, family changes, and achievements) to be shared on the ACES Alumni Class Notes online. You may also use this form to update your personal information so we can keep in touch with you!

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Share your Illinois story for the UI Sesquicentennial

Do you have a favorite University of Illinois memory to share at the UI Sesquicentennial celebration? As the University of Illinois Alumni Association creates a Welcome Center for 2017, the Student Life and Culture Archives is collecting and cataloging objects and images that capture the essence and diversity of your Alma Mater experience.

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Support the ACES Alumni Endowment

The ACES Alumni Association launched a campaign to create an endowment fund that will help us sustain our existing programs and activities as well as provide funds that give us opportunities to create and grow new points of connection for you and other alumni. We need your help to continue the tradition of making lifelong connections with all alumni who graduated from the College of ACES in the past as well as future graduates! 

To continue alumni efforts and expand, make a gift by contacting us at 217-333-7744. Thank you for your support!

Invest in ACES - select the ACES Alumni Endowment from the drop down menu.

Join us 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!

Join one of our many groups for the College of ACES, ACES Alumni Association or University of Illinois to keep up to date with current activities or to reconnect with your alma mater!

ACES Alumni Association hosts the following groups online:

Be an Advocate for the University of Illinois

Illinois Connection is the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy network. Its mission is to gain greater federal and state support for the University of Illinois’s three campuses as well as their interests. By increasing awareness and understanding of the U of I’s positive impact on the state, nation and world, Illinois Connection advocates help to ensure the University’s legacy and longevity.

Learn how you can assist the University of Illinois with state issues.  You can help make a difference!

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Looking for an Illini Network?

Have you joined the University of Illinois Network? Stay up to date with the University of Illinois activities, events near you or join a local Illini Club! The Illini opportunities await you! Get involved!

UIAA to serve as new campus Welcome Center

Slated to open in 2017, a new Welcome Center, undertaken by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and located in the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, will not only provide a point of departure for exploring the Urbana-Champaign campus, but also help create a sense of community for all those who attended. 

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