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E-Alum Report October 2013

Award of Merit - Due October 15

Award of Merit

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! Nomination forms can be found here.

ACES Alumni Board Openings - Nominations Due October 21

The ACES Alumni Board of Directors is seeking candidates for six open positions on the board.

Positions open include:

  • Food Science and Human Nutrition Vocational Director
  • Animal Sciences Vocational Director
  • Crop Sciences Vocational Director
  • District 2 Director - Representing Cook, DuPage, and Lake counties
  • District 4 Director - Representing Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston and Will
  • District 8 Director - Representing Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Wabash, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

Nominating Committee seeks the following for the nominations:

  • 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.

For more information on these roles, visit the ACES Alumni website for role descriptions. Applications are due October 21, 2013 to Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations at

University of IL and FNCE Alumni Reception

Join your fellow University of Illinois alums for a great evening in Houston, TX!
Find out updates on the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Dietetics program. 
Meet Justine Karduck, didactic program director. 

When: Monday, October 21, 2013
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Home Plate Bar and Grill, 1800 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas

Food and beverage provided. 
RSVP to Marla Todd at or 217-244-4498.
Registration at AND FNCE not required.

Field and Furrow Alumni Reception

Field and Furrow Club

You're invited to join fellow Field and Furrow alums for a reception and tours of Turner Hall for a special event during Homecoming weekend.

  • Tour Turner Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Network with Field and Furrow alumni and friends
  • Check out the plans for honoring Dr. AW Burger in Turner Hall

When: Friday, October 25, 2013 
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Where: Heritage and Spitze Rooms, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center
1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL

Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc will be served as well as passed hors d'oeuvres during the social hour. 
A dinner buffet featuring locally sourced foods will follow.

RSVP by October 15 to Denise Dalton at 217-244-3980

Please provide your current email address and phone number with your RSVP. We invite you to share your fondest memories from your experience as a Field and Furrow member. 

This evening is sponsored by Field and Furrow alumnus Dr. Larry Hageman.

Homecoming 2013

Homecoming at University of Illinois is one of the best college traditions in the country—we hope you'll make plans to be a part of it this fall! Wear your ORANGE with pride and celebrate Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 25. While you're at it, why not invite a few friends from the old days to join you? There's a lot to see and do, so be sure to check the Homecoming calendar regularly as you make your plans. To keep up to date with all activities visit:

Alumni complete terms on the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors

At the ACES College Connection event in September, four board members were recognized for their outstanding leadership to the ACES Alumni Association Board of Directors and will complete their terms in December 2013. 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!

ACES Round Barn Society A Success

The College of ACES Alumni Association hosted the second annual ACES Round Barn Society reception on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. Over 100 attended the event to network and welcome new Round Barn Society members. We also welcomed President and Chancellor Circle members for a joint reception this year.

A new class of members were inducted into the society, which included those ACES alumni that have received University recognition from the University of Illinois Alumni Association awards, outgoing ACES Alumni board members and charter members not yet pinned. Kenny Eathington, ACES Alumni Board President provided an update on the alumni association activities. Sue Gray, ACES Alumni Board Awards Chair, and board members recognized and pinned the new Round Barn Society members. Following the pinnings, Dean Robert Hauser provided a college update and engaged alumni in a question and answer session.

It was another wonderful evening to be an ACES Illini!

ACES College Connection Recognizes Outstanding Alumni and Friends

The College of ACES College Connection was held on Friday, September 6 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. Over 150 alumni and friends joined to celebrate the College of ACES and recognize several alumni and friends that were recognized by the College of ACES Alumni Association and the IL 4-H Foundation. Those recognized during the evening include:

2013 ACES Alumni Association Award Winners

ACES Outstanding Young Alumni Award

  • Emily Heaton, B.S. '01, Ph.D. '06 Crop Sciences of Ames, IA.
  • Nathan Matusheski, Ph.D. '03 Food Science and Human Nutrition from East Hanover, NJ.
  • Susan Zaripheh, M.S. '03 and Ph.D. '05 Nutritional Sciences from Forest Park, IL.

ACES Family Spirit Award Winner

  • Corbly and Mary Melcina Wright Family

2013 Illinois 4-H Foundation Award Winners

4-H Alumni Award:

  • Brian Basting, 10-year member, McLean. Commodity Research Analyst, Advanced Trading
  • Dr. Phillip Kaufman, 10 year member, Grundy. Associate Professor of Veterinary Entomology, University of Florida
  • Brian Moeller, 9 year member; DeKalb. Sr. Vice President, US Bank, Food Industries Group

Friend of 4-H Award:

  • Dave Fischer, Animal Systems Specialist, University of Illinois Extension, Retired

Larry Fischer Leadership & Spirit Award

  • Judy Corson, McHenry County

Salute to Ag Day An Illini Tradition

Salute to Agriculture Day tailgate was held on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Approximately 500 alumni and friends joined us to celebrate agriculture!

Representatives from the College of ACES, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois State FFA officers, and 4-H Leadership Team members were involved in the program. A live auction was held to raise money for the 4-H and FFA Foundations, and the Orion Samuelson Scholarship Program.

Special thanks to our Illinois Agricultural Commodity Groups to make this event successful!

University of IL at Farm Progress Show

The University of Illinois tent at the IL Farm Progress Show was a great success this year with over 20 exhibitors there to greet many alumni, friends, and prospective students to the tent and learn about the college! Orion Samuelson hosted his radio program each day interviewing guests and even signed his book "You Can't Dream Big Enough" during the three days at the show. Todd Gleason hosted the market reports during the afternoon and many alumni stopped in to say "GO ILLINI!"

ACES student Ashley Nagele represented Illinois in the International tent and visited with many international guests visiting the show. You can see Ashley interviewed on the RFD Network online.

See you in 2015!

ACES in Places A SUCCESS with Wyffels Hybrids

On September 17, over 90 ACES alumni gathered at Wyffels Hybrids production plant in Atkinson, IL to tour the facility operation including seeing all stages of production from delivery of ear corn, husking and sorting, drying, shelling, conditioning, and the distribution warehouse.

Following the tours and dinner, the program consisted of a welcome and overview of Wyffels Hybrids by Jacob and Blake Wyffels. College of ACES adminstration provided updates from the college including German Bollero, Crop Sciences Department Head and Bob Hauser, Dean College of ACES. Holly Spangler hosted the event as the District 3 ACES Alumni Director.

Special thanks to alumnae, Mitch Heisler, Jacob Wyffels, Matt Carton and Blake Wyffels for assiting in the planning of the event.

Save the Date for ExplorACES!

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!

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events


  • October 15 - ACES Award of Merit Nominations Due
  • October 21 - Open ACES Alumni Board Nominations Due
  • October 21 - University of IL and FNCE Alumni Reception, Houston, TX
  • October 25 - 26 - University of IL Homecoming
  • October 25 - Field and Furrow Reunion, 4-8 p.m. ACES Library, Champaign, IL
  • December 6 - ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, Champaign, IL


  • March 3, 2014 - 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 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

College of ACES Faculty Ranked Excellent by Students

The rankings are in! The College of ACES has 115 instructors who merited inclusion in the Spring 2013 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.

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.

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!

Alumni asked to Pledge Service for iHelp


In this official kickoff to Homecoming, alumni around the world are asked to volunteer in their communities in the name of Alma Mater Oct. 18 and throughout Homecoming Week. The event dovetails with UI Student Service Day, which also takes place on Oct. 18. Volunteers are urged to pledge service time online, and send photos and videos of their activities. Learn More.

No Fee Webinars Available from the UIAA Career Center

This fall's Alumni Career Center webinars are now open and FREE for graduates of all three campuses (Illinois, UIC and UIS). Learn how to get started on LinkedIn and create an effective résumé, and get other job-search tips simply by going online. Sign up today!

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

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