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December 2017 E-Alum Report

Happy Holidays from the ACES Alumni Association

The College of ACES Alumni Association would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. We extend wishes of joy and happiness to you, and your family, and sincerely thank you for your dedication to the College of ACES this past year.

Award of Merit Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2018 ACES Award of Merit winners!

  • Sam R. Eathington – B.S. ’91, M.S. ’92, Ph.D. ’95 Agronomy of Chesterfield, MO; Chief Scientist, The Climate Corporation
  • Eric H. Jackson – B.S. ’83 As Economics of Minneapolis, MN; Chief Executive of Pipeline Foods
  • David W. Mies – B.S. ’70 Ag Sciences, M.S. ’71 Plant Breeding of Mahomet, IL; Consultant Global Plant Breeding
  • Donald L. Moffitt – B.S. ’69 Ag Education of Gilson, IL; Assistant Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • John G. Reifsteck – B.S. ’77 Ag Economics of Champaign, IL; Chairman of the Board and President, GROWMARK, Inc.

The annual Award of Merit luncheon to recognize these outstanding individuals will be held on April 9, 2018.  

Registration will launch by January 15, 2018.

John Volk Recognized as Lou Liay Spirit Award Winner

Congratulations to John Volk, recognized as the 2017 UIAA Lou Liay Spirit Award winner!  John graduated from the College of ACES in 1967 with a degree in Agricultural Communications, and is also a previous Award of Merit winner. Originally from Washington, IL, he now lives in Chicago with his wife Marcia (’68 Media), but still enjoys returning to the family farm. 

He currently advises companies in a variety of areas using his knowledge of veterinary practice. He is the previous head of The John Volk Company, a public relations firm in the areas of agriculture and animal health. In that position, he helped launch several major veterinary products still used today. He also served as the communications director for the College of Veterinary Medicine for a time.

During the homecoming weekend festivities, John was able to speak to students at the Leaders Luncheon, take part in the Homecoming Parade, and be recognized on the field at the Homecoming Football game on Saturday.

Save the Date - An Illinois Legacy Continues


Home Ecomonics:  Family, Consumer and Health Sciences Celebrate the Child Development Laboratory 75th anniversary and the Home Economics Alumni Association 45th anniversary

When:  Friday, April 20, 2018

Program to include: Lunch, Tours and a High Tea. 

We look forward to welcoming students, college, departmetnal and child development labe leadership to join us for updates!

More information to follow via mail.

Hope to see you there!

 

ACES In Places - Desthil Brewery Brings Alumni Together

Over 90 ACES alumni and friends gathered at the new Destihl Brewery in Normal, IL on November 1, 2017 for an ACES in Places event. Matt Potts, B.S. '91, ACES, the CEO and Brewmaster shared his story of the company. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner, a short program and celebration of Dean Kim Kidwell's 1st anniversary as well as tours and beer tasting! A great evening of networking and fun!

We would like to extend a thank you to all who attended, and an even bigger thanks to Matt Potts and Desthil Brewery for hosting us for the night.

It was a wonderful evening of networking and Illini connections!

You can view more photos from the evening in our Flickr Album.

Farmland Lease Policy Changes

The University of Illinois recently announced new practices for managing the roughly 10,000 acres of farmland that has been provided through generous gifts. President Timothy Killeen announced the university will adopt an approach that will emphasize selecting the most qualified operator, rather than just the highest bidder. “Our new approach aligns more closely with farming practices and culture in Illinois, which emphasizes building strong relationships and careful stewardship of our fertile cropland,” he said.

To learn more about the farmland management policy changes, read Dean Kim Kidwell’s Voices of ACES blog.

ACES Alumni Gather in Chicago

The ACES Alumni Association hosted the first ACES Alumni reception at the IL Farm Bureau annual meeting on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Millers Pub. Over 50 ACES alums joined us during the reception to visit with other ACES grads!  It was a fun evening to gather with our ACES alumni and friends!  Thanks to all who stopped by!

Open Board Positions

The ACES Alumni Board is seeking three ACES Alumni Board positions on 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 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.

Open positions include (click link to learn more):

District 4 Director 

Nominees must have received a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The nomine must reside in one of the following counties: Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Livingston and Will.


Food Science and Human Nutrition Vocational Director 

Nominees must have received a degree in a course of study or shall have pursued a vocation or profession which involves the course of study within the Food Science and Human Nurtition Department from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 

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.

Animal Sciences Vocational Director 

Nominees must have received a degree in a course of study or shall have pursued a vocation or profession which involves the course of study within the Animal Sciences Department from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. 

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 can be found online about these positions: https://acesalumni.illinois.edu/about/board-directors 

Applications can be submitted to Tina Veal, ACES Alumni Director, 124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 by January 19, 2018.

ACES Alumni Association Celebrates New JBT Scholarship

Members of current and past ACES Alumni Board of Directors sponsored a new ACES Alumni Association JBT Scholarship this year for an freshman.  We were pleased to be matched with Nicole Hasan from Chicago, IL studying animal sciences. Thank you to the ACES Alumni Association JBT donors including:  Kirk Builta, Randy DeSutter, Jim Endress, Charyln Fargo-Ware, Bill Francis, Sue Gray, Amy Leman, Ed Marburger, Tim McDermott, Pat McGlaughlin, Lyle Orwig, Alan Puzey, Katheryne Rehberg, Roger Sanders, Tina Veal and Trudy West.

Since 1979 the College of ACES has awarded Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JBT) Scholarships to outstanding incoming freshmen. Awarded solely on the basis of leadership, good citizenship, and scholarly achievement.

Best Wishes to Nicole and we look forward to supporting her in her ACES college career!

Congratulations to December ACES Graduates

The ACES Alumni Association would like to extend a big congratulations to the ACES students graduating in December. You have each done fantastic things during your time at this university and we know you will continue to make us proud as alums, no matter where you go from here. We wish you best of luck in your future endeavors, and remind you to remember you will always have a home at ACES.

ACES Family Academies - Holiday Option

Still need to find a few more presents and don’t know what to get for someone in your life who has previously participated in ACES Family Academies? Past participants of Family Academies can now take advantage of a special opportunity! If you would like to join us for the fourth annual ACES Family Academies on July 12-13, 2018, submitting your $195 participant registration fee now will allow you to register for courses one week earlier than the general public in March 2018. Additionally, we will send you a personalized certificate to be used as a gift for your child participant(s).

If you choose to take advantage of this option, the registration fee is due by December 22nd, 2017.

Register now

Any questions can be directed to Tina Veal at vealt@illinois.edu, or contact our office as 217-333-7744

We hope you all consider joining us again to make memories at the University of Illinois.

Call for Alumni Award Nominations

Know an outstanding young alum? Someone who graduated from the College of ACES and excelled in their chosen career? A family who has dedicated time and loyalty to the College of ACES for generations? Now is the chance to recognize them for all their hard work. Nominations are due for these awards by May 18, 2018.  For more information and nomination materials visit here.

ACES Career Achievement Award

The University of Illinois College of ACES Alumni Association Career Achievement Award was created in 2017 by the College of ACES Alumni Association to recognize graduates from the College of ACES who have had exceptional professional achievement and/or made extraordinary humanitarian contributions.  Distinctive from the Award of Merit, which recognizes an individual’s combined body of work, this award recognizes a more focused, exceptional contribution or achievement.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Is a graduate of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) or a predecessor college (College of Agriculture or the School of Human Resources and Family Studies/Home Economics) receiving a bachelors, masters and/or doctorate degree(s) AND
  • has contributed significantly to his/her profession, industry, and/or the greater community; OR
  • has a record of outstanding personal and professional accomplishments; OR
  • has made extraordinary contribution via volunteer or humanitarian efforts resulting in meaningful or life-changing impacts for a significant population.
  • Award of Merit recipients are not eligible for this award.

Nomination Procedure 

  • The College of ACES Alumni Awards committee will review all nominations and make selections.
  • Individuals selected for recognition will be contacted by the College of ACES Alumni Association and a date will be determined to recognize the individual.

Nomination Document

  • All nominations should follow the format of the nomination form to insure all relevant information is included.
  • Applications will only be considered for one year.  Applications may be resubmitted for up to three years.  If a nominee is not selected after 3 years, a new application can be submitted after 3 additional years.

Nomination Submission

All nomination materials must be submitted to:

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

Nominations may be submitted by fax to:  217-333-0354

Electronic submissions may be sent to:  vealt@illinois.edu 


ACES Outstanding Young Alumni

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.

Guidelines for Nomination:

  • Nominees must have received a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of ACES.
  • Nominee must be under the age of 40 on January 1, 2018.
  • Nominee must be able to attend ACES College Connection Weekend activities in the Fall 2018 to accept the award.
  • Submit the completed nomination form. Complete applications should include all relevant information within the nomination form and letters of support should only support the nomination, they are not scored.
  • Provide a biographical sketch (1 page maximum) about the nominee. (included in nomination packet)
  • Nomination information is limited to text box area provided in each area. Do not attach extra pages.

Please attach:

  • Attach a minimum of two letters of reference and a maximum of four, in support of this nomination. One letter of reference should be from a University of Illinois faculty or staff member. Names and addresses must be included on reference letters.
  • Attach resume of nominee (no vitas please).
  • All nominations are kept on file for three years to be reviewed for the ACES Young Alumni Award, however nominators are encouraged to update forms if they are re-considered after the initial year of application.
  • All materials received for a single nominee will constitute that person’s nomination. It is the responsibility of the nominator(s) to insure that all materials have been received by the College of ACES Alumni Association office.

Nomination Process/Timeline
A call for nominations will be made in coordination with ACES College Connection fall events.

Recognition
Selected individuals will be recognized during ACES College Connection if they are able to attend. If the recipient is unavailable to attend, another appropriate time and location for recognition will be determined. The selected individuals will also become Round Barn Society members and will be pinned when receiving their recognition.

Scoring

Scoring will consist of 85% professional accomplishments and 15% service to community.


ACES Family Spirit Award

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Family Spirit Award recognizes those family members who have demonstrated their support of the College as alumni and/or current students. Selection will be based on, but not limited to a display of sincere dedication to the College of ACES and significant connections to the College and University. Awardees will be honored during the ACES Alumni Weekend activities in Fall 2018 ~ September 7-8, 2018.

Guidelines for Nomination:

  • Nominee should be able to attend ACES Alumni Weekend activities during Fall 2018.
  • Complete and submit the nomination form.

Please attach:

  • Attach a minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of reference, in support of this nomination. Either the nomination or one letter of reference must be from a University of Illinois faculty or staff member. Name, addresses, and email addresses must be included on reference letters.

All nominations are kept on file for three years to be reviewed for the ACES Family Spirit Alumni Award.

Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

At the December ACES Alumni Board of Directors meeting we honored two outgoing board members with their Round Barn pins recognizing their contributions to the College of ACES and ACES Alumni Board of Directors and their respective departments. 

Lee Denzer served as the Animal Sciences Vocational Director. Lee joined in 2014 repesenting the Animal Sciences department on the external advisory commitee and assiting with alumni events and priorities.

David Wengerhoff served as the Food Science and Human Nutrition Vocational Director joining the board in 2013.  David has been instrumental in representing his department, serving on the External Advisory committee and assiting with many ACES Alumni Board events and priorities. 

We are thankful for the dedication and service these men have brought to the alumni board.

 

Welcome to new ACES Alumni Board of Directors ACE Director, David Brown

Congratulations to David Brown, B.S. '88 for being selected to serve in as the Agriculture and Consumer Economics Vocational Director for the ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Previously, Dave has served as the District 4 Director.  We are happy to continue to have him as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and representing the Department of ACE!

Bragging Rights Game Pre-Game Event - You're Invited

The University of Illinois Alumni Association would like to invite you to join fellow Illini fans for a pre-game party prior to the Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Mizzou men’s basketball game in St. Louis, MO. There will be raffles, prizes, and the chance to meet special guests. Food and drink specials will be available.

When: Saturday Dec. 23, 2017, 4:00-6:30 PM

Where: Tin Roof 1000 Clark Ave. St. Louis, MO

Register here by December 18th

Upcoming Events

  • December 22, 2017       ACES December Commencement – 5-6:30 p.m. Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall
  • February 15-16, 2018    ACES Alumni Board of Directors Retreat
  • March 9, 2018               Explore ACES
  • March 17-25, 2018        U of I Spring Break
  • April 9, 2018                 Award of Merit Luncheon
  • April 13-15, 2018          U of I Mom’s Weekend
  • April 20, 2018               Home Ec 45th Reunion
  • May 12, 2018                U of I Commencement
  • May 13, 2018                ACES Tassel Turn, 2-4 pm Colonnades Club
  • May 13, 2018                ACES Commencement, 5:30p.m., State Farm Center
  • May 14, 2018                ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
  • May 15, 2018                ACES Young Alumni, Family Spirit and Career Achievement Award Nominations Due
  • July 12-13, 2018           ACES Family Academies
  • November 2-4, 2018      U of I Dads Weekend

** ACES in Places events TBD** - watch www.acesalumni.illinois.edu for more information

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 @ go.illinois.edu/4Halumni. We hope your 4-H memories bring a smile to your face. We're creating memories daily with today's 4-H members.

Update your e-mail address

Do you have an updated email address on file? Do you have an email you prefer to receive correspondence to? Did your email address recently change?

We want to stay connected to you!

All invitations to events and college updates will be sent via email only. Please update your email address to stay connected today!

With the rising cost of postal mail, email communication is a cost effective way for the ACES Alumni Association to stay connected and provide updates, event announcements and invitations to you as our alumni. Please feel free to share your email address with us by sending it to acesalumni@illinois.edu.

Share your class notes

Check out Class Notes online -

https://acesalumni.illinois.edu/news

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. 

Stay Connected 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!  We post regular updates about activities, alumni profiles, on campus happenings, etc!  Stay connected with us!

ACES Alumni Association hosts the following groups online:

ACES Alumni Facebook - www.facebook.com/acesalum

College of ACES Facebook - www.facebook.com/UofICollegeofACES

Twitter - www.twitter.com/acesalumni

Linked In - go.illinois.edu/ACESAlumniLinkedIn  

YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/acesalumni

Flicker - www.flickr.com/photos/acesalumni/set

Instagram - www.instagram.com/acesalumni

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