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March 2018 E-Alum Report

Award of Merit Luncheon

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 2018 ACES Award of Merit Luncheon.

The 2018 ACES Award of Merit Winners include:

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 Ag 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
Retired Assistant Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture
Retired, Illinois State Representative  

John G. Reifsteck 
B.S. ’77 Ag Economics of Champaign, IL
Chairman of the Board and President, GROWMARK, Inc.

The ACES Award of Merit Luncheon will be held:

Date:  Monday, April 9, 2018 

Location:  I-Hotel & Conference Center, Chancellors Ballroom 

Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $30.00

Charter Members of the Round Barn Society will also be pinned if they have not been recognized yet.

Deadline: April 2, 2018


ACES in Places: The Maschhoffs

The College of ACES Alumni Association invites you to join us for an ACES in Places event in Carlyle, IL.

Share your Illini Spirit at The Maschhoffs in Carlyle, IL. You will enjoy dinner and hear from staff at The Maschhoffs about their current research and development programs and ties to the College of ACES. 

Special guests include:

  • Dean Kim Kidwell, College of ACES Dean
  • Rodney Johnson, Department Head of Animal Sciences

We hope you will join us for an evening to network and celebrate agriculture with the College of ACES.

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5:30 PM                       Registration
6:00 PM                       Welcome
6:15 PM                       Dinner  - Catered by “A Fine Swine”
6:45 PM                       Program
8:15 PM                       Wrap Up

The Maschhoffs
7475 IL-127
Carlyle, IL  62231

Cost: $15.00

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We look forward to seeing you!


An Illinois Legacy Continues

Join us as we celebrate the Child Development Laboratory 75th Anniversary &
Home Economics Alumni Association 45th Anniversary 

Reminisce and interact with students.  Meet college leadership and hear from departmental and Child Development lab faculty.

Date:  Friday, April 20, 2018 

Location: ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center, Heritage Room
                 1101 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

Time:  11:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.


11:00-11:30 am – Arrival - Heritage Room, ACES LIAC

11:30-11:45 am – Welcome – Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell, Dean College of ACES

11:45-12:30 pm – Lunch by LA Gourmet

12:30-1:00 pm – Introductions

  • Dr. Susan Silverberg Koerner, Department Head, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Dr. Shelly Nickols-Richardson, Interim Associate Dean & Director of Illinois Extension
  • Dr. Brent McBride, Director, The Child Development Laboratory​

​1:15-2:15 pm – Tour of Bevier Hall Food Laboratories

2:30-3:30 pm – Tour of Doris Christopher Hall

3:45-4:45 pm – Tour of The Child Development Laboratory

5:00-5:15 pm – High Tea – Bevier Commons
**all participants will rotate through all tours**

5:30 pm – Optional:  Spice Box Dining Experience 
(Additional registration required, please call 217-333-6520 for seating.)

Cost:  $15.00

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2018


ACES Family Academies Registration to Open March 15

The College of ACES Alumni Association will once again host the ACES Family Academies program, July 12-13, 2018, on the College of ACES campus!  Alumni may bring youth ages 8-13 years old age with them to this hands on educational event at the University of Illinois.

Participants will enjoy the college experience living in a 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 annual opportunity to return to campus with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to share in this experience!

Registration will launch March 15, 2018.  Register deadline will be June 1, 2018.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Cost:  $195.00 per person

Learn more: 

Young Alumni, Family Spirit, Career Achievement - nominations due

Three ACES Alumni Award opportunities await!  Do you know a deserving ACES alum to be nominated today?!

Nomination Due May 15th, 2018

ACES Outstanding Young Alumni Award

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 should be able to attend the ACES College Connection Weekend, September 8th-9th to accept the award.
  • A minimum of two letters of reference and a maximum of four, in support of the 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).

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.

Guidelines for Nomination:

  • Nominee should be able to attend the ACES College Connection Weekend, September 8th-9th to accept the award.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of reference, in support of the 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.
  • Nomination packet

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.

Can be recognized at ACES College Connection Weekend September 8-9 or 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. 

Nomination forms can be found online:

Join Us for Explore ACES

Imagine your future by attending Explore ACES 2018!  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 9th 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 10th will include special programming for students who have been admitted into the College of ACES.

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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 – 4 p.m at the Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium.  Registration is open for families to register. 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!


ACES Commencement Date Set

Join us to celebrate our new alumni! The ACES Commencement Date has been set!

ACES Convocation:
Sunday, May 13, 2018
5:30 pm State Farm Center

Learn more: 

ACES Collaborative Learning Center New to ACES Library

ACES Library is now offering a new collaborative learning center! 

The ACES Collaborative Learning Center (ACLC) provides support for ACES students in need of academic assistance while creating an opportunity for students to meet other members of the ACES community. The center is located in the northeast corner of the main floor of the ACES Library (2nd floor of the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center).

The ACES Collaborative Learning Center is staffed daily by ACES student peer mentors who will be available to assist fellow students with course work, study strategies, and finding other support opportunities within the college and on campus. Peer mentors are chosen based on their classroom successes, leadership skills, and commitment to helping others. Assistance will be offered for ACES courses, as well as courses delivered in other colleges.

The ACES Collaborative Learning Center is managed by the ACES Office of the Academic Programs

Rod Johnson named Animal Sciences Department Head

Dr. Rodney Johnson will serve as the next Department head of Animal Sciences in ACES. Dr. Johnson will become department head after a 24-year career as a faculty member in the department with accomplishments in research, teaching and extension. Since 2009, he also served as the director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Johnson brings an excellent understanding of the University with him into this role, as well as many new ideas that will undoubtedly help shape the future of the department. His administrative experience also will be invaluable to him as he transitions into this new leadership role.

German Bollero named Associate Dean of Research

Congratulations to Dr. German Bollero. Dr. Bollero was named the new Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station for the College of ACES He served as the department head for the last 8 years.  Dr. Bollero has extensive experience in the UIUC system, has successfully administered a diverse research portfolio in the Department of Crop Sciences, and has managed expansive infrastructure and space needs in support of individual and interdisciplinary research within the College and across the University.   His efforts to support the creation of novel graduate student training programs in ACES, as well as new undergraduate degree programs that closely align with expanding workforce talent needs, are impressive. These experiences will support him well as he transitions into this new leadership role.

Ag Podcasts

If you’re a podcast fanatic and looking for something new to listen to, read about a few podcasts created by Illinois faculty members and researchers, produced by Illinois alumni or hosted by Illinois students and staff. You can find podcasts about history, sports and multiple based on agriculture topics!

Find Podcasts Here!

Upcoming Events

  • March 9-10, 2018               Explore ACES
  • March 17-25, 2018        U of I Spring Break
  • March 20, 2018             ACES in Places:  The Maschhoffs
  • 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
  • June 1, 2018                 ACES Family Academies Registration Due
  • July 12-13, 2018           ACES Family Academies
  • November 2-4, 2018      U of I Dads Weekend

** ACES in Places events TBD** - watch for more information

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.

Update your Email 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

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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