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August 2017 E-Alum Report

Celebrate ACES Alumni at ACES College Connection

Register by August 28, 2017

Join the College of ACES Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding ACES Alumni who have made a significant impact in their careers and their communities at the 2017 ACES College Connection.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where: Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Chief Illiniwek Ballroom
1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL


11:30 a.m. - Welcome
11:45 a.m. - Brunch 
12:30 p.m. - Program


  • Recognition of Round Barn Society Members
  • Recognition of Award Winners
  • Outstanding ACES Young Alumni
    • Michael A. Gunderson, B.S. 2001 from Lafayette, IN
    • Melissa M. Jones, B.S. '06, M.S. '11 from Naperville, IL
    • Jacob D. Kuebler, B.S. '08 from Urbana, IL
  • ACES Family Spirit Award
    • The John and Kathryn Solon Family of Streator, IL
  • ACES Career Achievement
    • Temple Grandin, Ph.D. '89, Animal Sciences Professor Colorado State University & Owner/Consultant of Grandin Livestock Handling from Fort Collins, CO
    • Stuart Levenick*, B.S. '76, Retired Group President, Caterpillar from Peoria, IL
    • Alan York, Ph.D. '79, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Crop Science Emeritus, North Carolina State University from Raleigh, NC.
      *unable to attend

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ACES Family Academies Brought Generations Together

The College of ACES Alumni Association hosted the third ACES Family Academies program at the University of Illinois on July 13-14, 2017.  Over 130 alumni, youth and volunteers attended the event to be part of educational sessions, live in the dorms and eat in the dining halls!  Youth ages 8-13 years of age were comprised of children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews of our ACES alumni!  Sessions focused on topics such as students participating in their own Food Challenge, Robotics, Bird Netting, Drones in Agriculture, Magical Milk Lab, Companion Animals, Honeybees, Beef, Pigs, Video Games vs. Board Games....just to name a few! 

A great opportunity for alumni to share their "ACES Story" with the next generation!

Thank you to all of the presenters and volunteers that made this event a success - from our faculty and staff presenters, students, alumni board members and alumni volunteers! 

Special thanks to our event sponsors, Farm Credit Illinois and 1st Farm Credit (now Compeer Financial) for their support of this program!  

Many photos have been posted on social media.  Please visit the link below.

  • Flickr - you may download photos of your choice to print and share!

Thank you to IStem and Prairie Farmer for great articles highlighting the program!

Save the Date! ACES Family Academies is set for July 12-13, 2018! 

ACES in Places: Lawfer's Brought ACES Alumni Together at the Farm

A wonderful Illini evening was held on June 6, 2017 at the Lawfer's Willow Dairy Farm for an ACES in Places event in Kent, IL.  Alumni toured the farm, watched the robotic milkers for the dairy cattle, shared dinner and ice cream on the patio during a beautiful evening. We were pleased to have the following join us for a program to share about their respective areas:

  • Dean Kim Kidwell, Dean College of ACES
  • Russell Pate, Graduate Research Assistant, Dairy
  • Bev Hasselhorst, IL 4-H Foundation

Jim Endress, District 1 Director of the ACES Alumni Board of Directors hosted the event.

Thank you to the Lawfer Family for hosting the ACES Alumni Association for a wonderful evening celebrating agriculture.

See photos from the event

We Look Forward to Seeing YOU at the Farm Progress Show!

Join us under the University of Illinios tent at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL on August 29-31. 

Remember to stop in and pick up your ACES Alumni Bag & Proud to be an ACES Alumni sticker!

We can't wait to see all of the Illini pride at the Farm Progress Show 2017!


Join us for Salute to Agriculture Day!

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) invites you to attend Salute to Agriculture Day at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, September 9. Prior to watching the Illini take on Western Kentucky, we invite you to enjoy a tailgate including a short program hosted by Orion Samuelson.

Midwest Barbeque Buffet includes:

  • All-Beef Hamburgers
  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Traditional Baked Beans with Bacon
  • Vinaigrette Cole Slaw
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Cash bar will be available

Game and meal tickets can be picked up through Friday, September 8 at the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, Suite 115, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave (map). Tickets can also be picked up at the tent prior to the start of the event.

Questions: Please contact Kate Yeazel at 217 244-1817 or

Date: Saturday, September 9

Location: Lot 31: On the tree line along Kirby Avenue directly to the west of the stadium

Start time: 4:00 .m.

End time: 7:00 p.m.


  • Adult Meal Ticket $20
  • Student Meal Ticket $10
  • Football Ticket:  $29

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Questions: Please contact Kate Yeazel at 217-244-1817 or

Seeking ACES Alumni to Review Student Resumes


Seeking ACES Alumni to assist with resume reviews of our ACES students prior to the ACES Career Fair.  A rubric will be provided to you to follow for resume critique.  Meet one on one with our ACES students on September 20, 2017 at the ACES Library! Help us get our students HIRED!

Who: ACES Alumni

What: Resume Blitz (Speed Review)

When: September 20, 2017

Time:  4:30 – 7:30  or In time segments: (4:30-6:30 pm) or (5:30-7:30 pm)

Where: Heritage Room +

How: Use rubric to critique freshman (ACES 101) resumes

Why: Help freshman prepare for the ACES & Sciences Career Fair, mentor, and network

Please register by September 10, 2017 to share if you are able to assist!

U of I Agronomy Day Scheduled

Save the Date for ACES Agronomy Day 2017!

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). From nitrogen management to drone demonstrations Agronomy Day shares cutting-edge research with practical implications for your farm or business. CEU and CCA credits are available during tour stops.

Date:  August 17, 2017

Time:  7am - 2pm

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

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ACES Alumni Board of Directors Openings

The ACES Alumni Board is seeking two ACES Alumni Board positions on the ACES Alumni Board of Directors beginning in December 2017.

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.

Agricultural & Consumer Economics 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 Agricultural Consumer and Economics 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: 

Applications can be submitted by October 15, 2017 to Tina Veal, ACES Alumni Director, 124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Award of Merit Call for Nominations

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, 2017.

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#askACES "Tackling Stress" on August 24

Join our Twitter chat on August 24 from noon to 1 p.m. with ACES experts Erica Thieman and Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker to learn methods to cope with stress and recover from difficult experiences.  Learn more.

Best Wishes to Dr. Steve Loerch

Dr. Steve Loerch, Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, has accepted a position as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.  We wish him the best as he starts this new chapter in his career.

Kim Meenen named Associate Dean of Advancement

Kim Meenen was recently named the Assistant Dean of Advancement for the College of ACES.  Kim has more than 20 years of experience in advancement, and we look forward to seeing her efforts at work in the upcoming advancement campaign.

Erik Johnson named ACES Director of Undergraduate Recruitment

Erik Johnson comes to the College of ACES-Office of Academic Programs from Northern Arizona University, where he worked as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.  Erik has experience with strategic enrollment management and constituent relationships, and he has worked on the development and execution of recruitment strategies for freshmen, transfer, and multicultural students.  He has a BS in American Political Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and a MS in Educational Leadership (with Distinction) from Northern Arizona University. He will join the College of ACES effective August 1, 2017.  

Jennifer Neubauer named UIAA CEO

Jennifer Neubauer, University of Illinois College of Education graduate, will serve as the president of the UI Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Neubauer will play a major role in the development of the university’s alumni relations goals.  To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Events

  • August 12, 2017            4-H Hall of Fame, Orr Building Illinois State Fairgrounds 
  • August 17, 2017            U of I Agronomy Day – 7am – 2pm
  • ​August 24, 2017            #askACES: Tackling Stress
  • August 28, 2017            International Agronomy Day – 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • August 29-31, 2017       Farm Progress Show, Decatur, IL
  • September 9, 2017        ACES College Connection – Hilton Garden Inn, 11:30 a.m.
  • September 9, 2017        Salute to Ag Day
  • September 22, 2017      ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
  • October 5, 2017            ACES & Sciences Career Fair – 1-6pm, ARC Gym 1
  • October 13-14, 2017     U of I Foundation weekend
  • October 13, 2017          U of I Campaign Launch
  • October 15, 2017          ACES Award of Merit Nominations Due
  • October 27-29, 2017     U of I Homecoming
  • November 10-12, 2017  U of I Dad’s Weekend
  • November 18-26, 2017  Fall Break
  • December 1, 2017         ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
  • December 1, 2017       JBT Banquet
  • December 22, 2017     ACES December Commencement – 5-6:30 p.m. Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall
  • February 2018            ACES Alumni Board of Directors Meeting - TBD
  • 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
  • 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 AchievementAward Nominations Due
  • July 2018                    ACES Family Academies
  • November 2-4, 2018    U of I Dads Weekend

** ACES in Places events TBD** - watch 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 @ 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 Email Address

Do you have an updated email address on file? Do you have an email you prefer to receive correspondence too? 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

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:

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Linked In -  

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