Voices of ACES

December 14, 2012
By The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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 Sweet Home Chicago
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.

December 10, 2012
By Not exactly sugar plums
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.

December 2, 2012
By Wrapping up 2012
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.

November 28, 2012
By Celebrating the Morrill Act
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.