Skip to main content

Students

Voices of ACES Blog

Finding your people at Illinois

blog placeholder image

My freshman year at the University of Illinois started out rough. I really doubted if college was the right place for me at the time. I was really missing my friends, my family, and my home in general. Joining my extracurriculars outside of school provided me with unique experiences and friends that I know will last a lifetime.

Animal welfare judging team provides unique experiential learning for students

URBANA, Ill. – From zebrafish to chickens to boars, students on the University of Illinois animal welfare judging team learn to evaluate living conditions for a wide range of animal species. That gives them a unique opportunity to put their skills to practice while networking and having fun.

Team members Tawni Williams and Zoey Witruk both received top placements at the 2021 Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC).

Read full story
Voices of ACES Blog

How I Ended Up at the College of ACES

blog placeholder image

Like most students, my desired career path changed several times from kindergarten to college application day. From a teacher to a nutritionist, I eventually decided I wanted to pursue a career in communications where I could interact with other people.

Learning from chickens

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The first thing I notice when we step through white double doors of the growers’ house is that every one of the 1,200 or so chickens in this enormous room has stopped whatever it was doing to stare at us. A few of the birds step closer, peering at our legs as if they want to peck our shoes. But they don’t. They’re just curious. Chickens, I realize, are gawkers.

Read full story

5 Questions: ACES start leads to future in veterinary medicine for zoo and wild animals

Now in veterinary school at U of I, animal lover Jacob Dalen got his start in the Department of Animal Sciences' pre-vet track, and minored in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. This week's 5 Questions Friday looks back at Dalen's time at ACES.

Where did you grow up? Do you have an agriculture background? If so, what did that look like?

Read full story

New U of I farm apprenticeship turns out veggies and well-equipped farmers

URBANA, Ill. – A new University of Illinois program will train beginner specialty crop growers in every aspect of farm operation and management. The year-long Illinois Small Farm Apprenticeship Program offers new farmers opportunities to learn by doing and to deepen that experiential knowledge with lessons from faculty experts in soil science, pest management, and more.

Read full story

University of Illinois receives Charles Schwab grant to support women, money, power course

URBANA, Ill. – Schwab Advisor Services in partnership with the Charles Schwab Foundation has made a generous donation to the Women, Power, and Money Program for Financial Planning at the University of Illinois. The grant provides funding to create and sustain the infrastructure needs of the program until 2025. The funds will contribute to enhancing the course, creating a public-facing lecture series, building course materials, and bringing in guest speakers.

Read full story

Longstanding study-service program in South Africa provides Illinois students ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Illinois students have been making impacts and connections in South Africa for nearly two decades through study tours led by Jan Brooks, instructor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS).

Read full story

Waiting for the sun to set to find a rare bird

When most people are just getting home from their workdays, I’m about to start mine. I am a researcher studying the breeding behavior of the Eastern whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus), a cryptic bird that is primarily active after sunset as it forages on the wing for moths. So – for the summer, at least – I also am nocturnal.

Read full story

Filling industry gap, U of I program trains professionals in food policy

URBANA, Ill. – Right now it’s infant formula, but food recalls are seemingly always in the news. When recalls happen, industries and supply chains can slam to a halt, causing everything from minor inconvenience to illness to, in the case of infant formula, widespread food insecurity for the youngest in our population.

Read full story
Subscribe to Students