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October 2017 E-Alum Report

ACES in Places: Destihl

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

Share your Illini Spirit at the new Destihl Brewery. You will enjoy dinner, a tour of the brewery and enjoy sample tastings at Destihl. We will have a private meal and program in the Barrel Room.

Special guests include:

  • Dean Kim Kidwell, College of ACES Dean
  • Matt Potts, Destihl CEO & Brewmaster, B.S. '91 ACES

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

We look forward to seeing you!

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5:30 PM  Registration
6:00 PM  Dinner & Program
7:30 PM Tours of Destihl Brewing Company

1200 Greenbriar Drive
Normal, IL 61761

Cost: $25.00

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017


ACES Family Academies

Family Academies

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! 



Farm Progress Show

farm progress show

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us at the Farm Progress Show! We were proud of the strong University of Illinois presence and were pleased to meet many alumni and friends of the College of ACES during the week. We loved talking with our alumni and hearing about where they are today. Dean Kim Kidwell made several appearances at our tent and enjoyed connecting with everyone.

College Connection

College Connection

The College of ACES College Connection was held on Saturday, September 9th at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. Over 100 alumni and friends came together to celebrate the College of ACES and Recognize several alumni receiving awards from the College of ACES Alumni Association. This year we welcomed the inaugural members of the ACES Career Achievement Award. 

Those recognized include:

  • Outstanding ACES Young Alumni
    • Michael A. Gunderson, B.S. ‘01 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 Sciences Emeritus, North Carolina State University from Raleigh, NC

Award winner acceptance speeches can be viewed online.  Many wonderful stories of their days on campus and how the College of ACES impacted their lives!

Ag Comm Homecoming Huddle

Ag Comm Huddle

Join the Ag Communications Program during Homecoming weekend for a reunion!   Stop by for doughnuts and coffee and share about your glory days with Ag Comm students, friends, and faculty!

Date:  Saturday, October 28, 2017

Time:  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Where:  ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center – Heritage Room

Recognition of Outgoing Board Member

Molly Cline

A huge thank you to Molly Cline for representing Crop Sciences as a Vocational Director on the ACES Alumni Board of Directors. Molly joined the board in 2014, and served as the Crop Sciences Vocational Director. We are thankful for her dedication and service.  

Welcome to Karen Corrigan, new Crop Sciences Vocational Director

The ACES Alumni Association would like to welcome Karen Corrigan as the new ACES Alumni Board of Directors Crop Sciences Vocational Director. She received her B.S. in Agronomy in ’97 from the College of ACES, and her M.S. in Agronomy-Weed Science in ’99 from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has previously been a Research Agronomist in Grower Production Services for American Agrisurance, INC. in Des Moines, IA, and is now an Independent Agronomist and co-owner of McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics in Bloomington, IL. Recently, she has served on the Turner Hall Renovation Committee.  

Alumni Board of Directors Openings

Board 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 – Due October 15, 2017
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  Due October 27, 2017
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 to Tina Veal, ACES Alumni Director, 124 ACES Library, Information & Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Resume Blitz - Thank You Alumni!

Resume blitz

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the alumni who helped with the Resume Blitz on September 20th.  The Alumni Association collaborated with ACES Career Services where over 90 freshman resumes were reviewed by alumni and volunteers. This was a great evening in preparing students for the ACES Career Fair.

Award of Merit Nominations

Award of merit 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 deadline has been extended to November 1, 2017.

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Homecoming 2017

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign warmly invites you to return to Alma Mater each year for Homecoming.

Typically held in October, Homecoming at the U of I is the longest continuously running such collegiate event, beginning in 1910 and marking its 100th anniversary in 2010. The occasion has taken place in each of those 100 years, with the exception of 1918, when the event was canceled because of the exigencies of World War I.

Homecoming's original concept – designed by two University of Illinois students, Clarence Foss Williams, Class of 1910, and W. Elmer Ekblaw, Classes of 1910 and 1912 – was to offer an annual event geared specifically to alumni and centered around a football game. Its inaugural launch was an unqualified success, drawing more than 10,000 participants. UI enthusiasm for Homecoming has not dimmed since.

While in some ways Illinois has cherished and maintained certain Homecoming traditions, it has also moved forward across the century, finding new ways to celebrate and new causes for pride in the institution, its students and its alumni. Innovations that have sprung up over the years include the parade, pep rally, Homecoming Court, tent parties and many additional campus activities.

Join the Illini family in celebrating Homecoming 2017!                                                                                   

  • October 22nd, 2017, 9:00 AM – Homecoming 5k
  • October 27th, 2017, 6:00 PM – Homecoming Parade
  • October 27th, 2017, 7:00 PM – Homecoming Pep Rally
  • October 27th, 2017, 7:30 PM – Illinois Bands Homecoming Concert
  • October 28th, 2017, 11:00 AM – Illinois vs. Wisconsin Football Game
  • October 28th, 2017, 7:00 PM – Illinois vs. Penn State Women’s Volleyball

For more information, go to

John Volk Recognized as Lou Liay Spirit Award Winner

John Volk

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.

ACES Students Represent on Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the ACES students selected to serve on the 2017 Illinois Homecoming Court!  The University of Illinois Homecoming Court is comprised of 20 seniors campuswide who are viewed as outstanding represenatives of the university based on their academic achievements, campus leadership, and community involvement.

  • Robert Klien, Northbrook, IL
  • Xavier Morgan, Chicago, IL
  • Kaity Spangler, Avon, IL

Watch for them in the Homecoming parade and on the field at the Homecoming game!

Upcoming Events

  • October 13-14, 2017     U of I Foundation weekend
  • October 13, 2017          U of I Campaign Launch
  • October 27-29, 2017     U of I Homecoming
  • November 1, 2017         ACES Award of Merit Nominations Due
  • November 1, 2017         ACES in Places: Destihl, Normal
  • 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
  • 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 for more information

Join the IL 4-H Alumni Association

4-H Alumni

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 e-mail address

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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

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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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