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2022 ACES Alumni Awards Gala

Awards Gala October 24

Monday, October 24 
5:30 p.m.
Pear Tree Estate - Champaign, Illinois
Register by October 9

The 2022 ACES Alumni Award recipients will be recognized, including ACES Career Achievement, ACES Outstanding Young Alumni, ACES Award of Merit, and ACES Family Spirit.

ACES Alumni Award of Merit

Lee Denzer - BS '82 Animal Sciences MS '85 Animal Evaluation / Kewanee, IL
Brandon Meline – MS '01 Nutritional Sciences / Champaign, IL
Wayne Nelson - BS '74 Ag Economics / Crawfordsville, IN
Wendy Feik Pinkerton – BS '82 Ag Communications / Champaign, IL

ACES Career Achievement

Doris Marie Houston – MS '98 & PhD '03 Human Development and Family Studies / Normal, IL
Steven Ricke – BS '79 Agriculture, MS '82 Animal Science / Madison, WI
Winston Yau-lai Lo - BS '65 Food Science / Hong Kong
Susan Zaripheh - MS '03 & PhD '05 Nutritional Sciences / Atlanta, GA

ACES Outstanding Young Alumni

Andrew Bowman - BS '08 Crop Sciences / Oneida, IL
Charles Thompson – BS '08 & MS '11 Crop Sciences / Monticello, IL
Josh St. Peters - BS '03 Ag Communications / Arrowsmith, IL

Recommendations for ACES Family Spirit

Fred & Helen Francis Family


Combined Celebrations - UIF, Homecoming, WITH Illinois

With Illinois logo

This year's University of Illinois Foundation annual meeting weekend and Illinois Homecoming festivities will be combined with a celebration of the conclusion of the WITH Illinois campaign. 

October 13-15, 2022

We invite you to mark your calendar, start making plans and watch for future communication with more details about schedules and activities. Given the broad audience for this combined weekend, we particularly encourage you to consider booking lodging soon. 

Questions - contact the ACES Office of Advancement at or 217-333-9355. 

An Insider Look at ACES Spaces

An Insider Look at ACES Spaces

Friday, October 14, 2-4:30 p.m.
ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center; 1101 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana

RSVP by October 4

Join the College of ACES for a tour – both virtual and on site – of various ACES facilities and programs made possible and enhanced with gifts provided during the WITH Illinois campaign. Learn more about the University of Illinois Feed Technology Center, Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability Institute (AI FARMS), Red Oak Rain Garden, the newest improvements to the historical Stock Pavilion and more. To conclude the time together and thank ACES supporters for their generosity, the College of ACES invites you to join us for an afternoon patio reception.

Questions - Contact the ACES Office of Advancement at or 217-333-9355. 

ACES in Places - Whiskey Acres

Thursday, November 3, 2022

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Whiskey Acres - Dekalb, Illinois

Register by October 24, 2022

Looking for an opportunity to reconnect with the College of ACES? Join us for an ACES in Places event at the Illini-owned estate distillery of Whiskey Acres in Dekalb, Illinois! We hope to see you there to enjoy food, fellowship, and entertainment with other Illini!

Address: 11504 Keslinger Rd, Dekalb, IL 60115



Join Illini Link!

IlliniLink serves as a place for alumni, students, and faculty/staff to come together to learn from one another, and interact and further enhance the Illini community. You can engage with other members of your University community by:

  • Offering or receiving career advice
  • Providing 'flash' mentoring to current students and fellow alumni
  • Posting jobs & internship experiences
  • Expanding your professional network
  • Hearing about University updates, the current student experience and alumni information and stories from around the world

Click here to join today!

Alma Market Now Open!

Welcome to the Alma Market! Alma Market is an online marketplace where you can find unique, high quality products from Illini-owned businesses. It’s your one-stop shop for U of I memorabilia, home goods, food, jewelry and more–all made and sold by alumni, students, and Champaign-Urbana area businesses.

The Alma Market is a passion project the Alumni Association has been working on over the past year. So many talented Illini have started their own businesses; shopping the Alma Market is a great way to support them and discover their one-of-a-kind creations.

So what are you waiting for? Explore the Alma Market today!

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 

Join the 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.

Stay Connected on Social Media

Online social networking is a great tool to stay in tought 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!

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