Voices of ACES

January 2, 2013
By Ellen Reeder
Passport in hand, excitement in the air, and a suitcase that weighs exactly 50 pounds; that’s right, I’m studying abroad! New Zealand, here I come!

December 28, 2012
By Tina Veal
So what exactly is the Round Barn Society? The College of ACES Alumni Association launched the society in September 2012. The honorary society was formed to honor alumni who have made an impact and provided significant contributions to the college's rich heritage. Members of the society include all past board members of the Home Ec Alumni Association, the Ag Alumni Association, and the ACES Alumni Association, in addition to all past winners of the ACES Award of Merit including Ag and Home Economics Award of Merit and all past outstanding young alumni recipients.

December 21, 2012
By K.C. Ting
One of the highlights of the fall semester for the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering was the ABE 100 challenge project competition held on December 17. This year, 49 freshmen on 15 teams of two to four students each completed projects and made poster and verbal presentations in various areas of the ABE discipline.

December 21, 2012
By Richard Vogen
While taking care of some of the annual ritual involving paper, scissors, ribbon, and tape, I paused to think about a few things pertaining to ACES this past year. As a parent, my eldest daughter graduated from ACES in May 2012. One of the most exciting things you can experience as a parent is the opportunity to see your child walk across that commencement stage in Assembly Hall, and to receive acknowledgement for four years of hard work and achievement. Knowing that she earned her degree in a program renowned for its excellent teaching and results, in her case Hospitality Management in Food Science and Human Nutrition, certainly justified the investment of time, toil, and money. A highlight of the program was involving the whole family, those near and far, to celebrate her capstone learning experience in February, as her customers in her fine dining event, themed Arabian Nights! Mom even served as a guest chef! As a teacher, I had the privilege of leading 24 incredible students in ACE/BADM 436, the International Business Immersion Program. With the fabulous support of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Jessa Barnard, we learned in the classroom, wound our way through Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and produced insightful documentation of critical issues facing segments of the food and agribusiness industries, here and in the European Union. The young men and women from ACES and Business who participated in the course demonstrated to me that some of the most accomplished professionals of the future will be from the University of Illinois. As an alumnus, the orange and blue bled through on some memorable occasions. One of personal significance was the first reunion in over 36 years of guys from my housing unit, most of whom are also alumni of the former College of Agriculture, now ACES. While some of us have interacted over the years, it is amazing to pick up where you left off the day you left campus. Another notable occasion was the turnout on a warm, sunny September morning for this year’s Salute to Agriculture tailgate. Even with the aid of several department heads, we couldn’t make breakfast sandwiches fast enough for the happy throng of ACES supporters. The Illini even won the football game! As a team member, I resolved last year to do my best as a college staff member, and yes, to offer my prayers for the University of Illinois. We all know that our beloved university has had its ups and downs. But who would have guessed a year ago, that our very own Dr. Robert Easter, former Dean, Head of Animal Sciences, and faculty member in ACES, would be the 19th President of the University of Illinois! Those who know Bob also know that he has brought a palpable sense of well-being to our institution. And that’s a wrap on 2012.

December 21, 2012
By Robert Hauser
On behalf of our family in the College of ACES, we want to wish you a joyous holiday filled with peace, love and prosperity.

December 20, 2012
By Ellen Reeder
Every year there are a few quiet weeks of winter break on the University of Illinois campus. Finals are over, the classrooms are empty, and the books are put away – it’s winter break. During this time, students head home for the holidays to enjoy time with family and friends.

December 20, 2012
By Jason Emmert
Last Friday was a big day, with many new freshmen receiving the great news that they had been admitted into the College of ACES. I received several emails from excited students who cannot wait to begin their college careers, and it reminded me of how privileged I am (and how fun it is) to work in a setting that is so special to so many people.

December 19, 2012
By Jesse Thompson
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is serving as advisor to the student members of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Chapter (MANRRS-Illinois) and witnessing their leadership activities and commitment to service.

December 14, 2012
By Kathryn Martensen
December is a notoriously busy month for a variety of reasons. Holidays and traveling are probably what come to mind for most people, along with final exams for students. In addition to the holiday madness, here are just a few of the things going on in my world in the Office of Academic Programs:

December 13, 2012
By Molly Singraber
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.