Voices of ACES

April 13, 2018
By Stephanie Henry
As writers on the ACES Communications and Marketing team, we talk a lot about the impactful research taking place in the college. But another important story that we get tell is about the amazing faculty we have in ACES. Our faculty make a huge impact on students’ lives, education, and futures every day. 

April 12, 2018
By Xavier Morgan
The College of ACES means a lot to me and I am proud to represent as a student leader. My journey with ACES actually started during my high school years. My high school, the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, was partnered with the College of ACES. Luckily, due to this partnership, I was exposed to the very many opportunities and wonderful people that were a part of this college that I like to refer to as my family. ACES have provided me with so many opportunities including traveling all over the world, interacting with leaders in the agriculture industry, and growing personally and professionally by challenging my ideas and skills through various conferences and competitions and even being able to plan national conferences on behalf of the University of Illinois.

April 11, 2018
By Kelsey Litchfield
I’ll be honest – orange isn’t really my color. Having reddish-brownish hair, orange clothing does not compliment well. Navy blue works a lot better.

April 10, 2018
By Craig Beckmier
It’s easy to look back on my college days with confidence that I made the right decision. Undoubtedly, there are many options when deciding where to go to college. And like many of you, I had the opportunity to attend other universities, but I chose the University of Illinois. It was one of the best decisions of my life.

April 9, 2018
By Dawn Bohn
Welcome to I Love Illinois Week and what better way to kick it off than with I LOVE ACES Day! Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the College of ACES! But what they may not know is that I did not always love the University of Illinois (gasp!). Actually, my Illinois experience started off back in the fall of 1993 (now you can guess my age), and dare I say, with a rocky beginning.

April 6, 2018
By Lauren Quinn
You may have seen the most recent issue of our flagship publication, ACES@Illinois, on newsstands around campus. The magazine’s mission – like everything we do in the ACES Communications and Marketing office – is to tell the story of our college to the world. Through engaging, reader-friendly stories, photographs, and design, we highlight how students, faculty, staff, and alumni are solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

March 29, 2018
By Marla Todd
Despite the blast of winter we received over the weekend, it’s nearly grilling season. I’ve added new grilling tools to my shopping list because I can’t remember when we replaced that grill brush last. And, I’ll be ready with our trusty University of Illinois Extension meat thermometer.

March 28, 2018
By Kim Kidwell
The University of Illinois is uniting with Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University to keep our best and brightest students in Illinois to pursue their college education. Why? We face a common challenge – our students are being recruited away by agricultural colleges in neighboring states. By partnering together to show Illinois students the wide range of opportunities that await them in our state, we believe we can create a better future for Illinois by guiding these students to obtain an education in-state.

March 27, 2018
By Nicole Chance
Welcome back to campus! To be honest, it was really hard for me to get excited about coming back here after a much needed, relaxing break. Yet I feel like I have come back rejuvenated and ready to finish these last seven weeks of school stronger than ever. And sometimes that is just what you need, a break to just focus on yourself and get your mind back on track.

March 26, 2018
By Debra Korte
The Agricultural Education (AGED) Program had the privilege of hosting nearly 600 FFA members, parents, agriculture teachers, and alumni for the State FFA Awards Day on Saturday, March 24. The purpose of this annual event is for a committee to interview the top five FFA members in 50 unique proficiency areas and select a state winner. In many instances, this is the culmination of three years of hard work for an FFA member and their advisor.