Sweet Home Chicago

Dec 13
Molly Singraber, Senior in ACES
  

As this semester comes to a close, it is hard to shake the excitement of traveling home. I have dreams of traveling down I-57, taking the exit to my street, and seeing my house draped in twinkling lights for the first time. There is nothing quite like that first step into your house after a long week of finals. The cookies waiting from my mom are not a bad consolation either.

The end of this semester has made me reflect on going home. While it’s a great feeling to head north, I take comfort in feeling a little sad to leave Champaign. As college students, we have the good fortune of being able to build a home-away-from-home. In my opinion, the best way to tell if you have made the right decision about college is the feeling you get when you are traveling home for breaks. The people I have met, experiences I have had, and coursework I have taken through my seven semesters at the U of I have made leaving for three weeks an unappealing thought.

We build bonds to the lives we have grown independently from the security of our hometowns. The bond that I have built to this campus is directly rooted in the people I have met. In the College of ACES, a Chicago girl could find herself swimming in uncharted waters. However, once I transferred into the college, I found that the individuals I met were welcoming, inspiring, and eager to teach. Each day, I learn something that I can apply to my life personally or professionally. I consider myself lucky to have been accepted into a college that is continually producing students who are making positive influences on the future of society.

Home has taken on new meaning for me since my acceptance into the College of ACES. It has made me realize that home can be an emotion we attach to a sequence of places, instead of just one stationary place. For me, Chicago is home; Champaign-Urbana is home; my desk, where I write this very blog post, is home. So whether it’s a cornfield, a skyscraper, or mom’s home-cooking, embrace the chances to find your homes.

Not exactly sugar plums

Dec 10
Claire Benjamin, Senior in ACES
  

It’s that time of year. While some have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, those of us with finals quickly approaching have chemistry formulas, conclusion paragraphs, pictures of western corn rootworm beetles,  and much more dancing in ours.

It’s the time of year when sleep is more of a novelty than necessity. It’s the time of year when junk food is deemed brain food, and thus perfectly acceptable to any diet plan. It’s the time of year that reminds us just how much we have learned during our time in the College of ACES and how much there is still to discover (or cram as the case may be).

Happy studies!

Wrapping up 2012

Dec 2
Jennifer Shike, Director for Communications and Marketing
  

We are excited to launch our newly redesigned website this month. Our website affirms our college’s commitment to finding solutions to the world’s most critical challenges. In the College of ACES, we are focused on creating abundant food and energy, a healthy environment, and successful families and communities. We hope you will enjoy the new feature sections of our website that highlight how we are putting our words into action through unsurpassed research, teaching and outreach programs.

Best wishes for a holiday season filled with great memories.

A picture of ACES library in winter.

Celebrating the Morrill Act

Nov 28
Robert Hauser, Dean of the College of ACES
  
At the end of October, I was invited to be a part of the University of Illinois’ celebration, “The Morrill Act at 150: The Future of Public Higher Education.” Our panel consisting of Mary Kalantzis, Dean of the College of Education, Ruth Watkins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and myself, discussed how we are redefining our land-grant mission in the 21st Century.
The members of a panel presentation at the "Morrill Act at 150" celebration
Panel members Dean Hauser of the College of ACES, Dean Kalantzis of the College of Education, and Dean Watkins of the College of LAS answer questions during the U of I celebration, "The Morrill Act at 150: The Future of Public Higher Education."

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