Voices of ACES

March 23, 2018
By Tina Veal
While spring is in the air, we are thinking about summer!  We are excited to announce the 2018 ACES Family Academies registration is now open.  The 2018 ACES Family Academies will be held July 12 and 13 on the College of ACES campus!

March 22, 2018
By Kelsey Litchfield
I thought I wanted to be a meteorologist. But, the physics and mathematical equations were too much for this small-town girl. On a visit to the University of Illinois during my junior year of high school, my dad discovered a brochure that described the agricultural communications program. He told me I should consider it because I loved to talk.

March 13, 2018
By Piper Hodson
As I write this blog, I just wrapped up an online meeting with seven students in the NRES online M.S. program. I was blown away by the level of collaboration and support they offered each other. These are all students who have completed most or all of their coursework and are now working to complete their capstone projects and papers.

March 8, 2018
By Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
March 7, 2018
By Lauren Quinn
Recently, I had the opportunity to write a story for an external magazine, iBi, which serves the business community in Peoria. The editors asked me to write about the ag career outlook, so naturally, I turned to ACES staff and alums to learn more.

March 5, 2018
By Jean Drasgow
Fourteen students meet weekly in the basement of Mumford Hall to design the ultimate ACES Open House and facilitate the Explore ACES Admitted Student Day. These budding leaders are developing communication skills and collaborating among themselves as well as faculty and staff to deliver the most interactive open house in ACES history. So far, they have divided themselves into subcommittees covering curriculum, logistics, communication, etc. The committee has drafted schedules and plans to ensure guests have ample experiences during their visit and a deeper understanding of ACES. They do all of this while managing full course loads, RSO roles, and jobs. Each meeting, I am impressed with the respect, decorum, and efficiency these men and women maintain.

February 26, 2018
By Lucas Neira
I realized early in life the importance of saving memories. I grew up seeing my dad gather old pictures from people who lived in our small town (Taquaral, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and writing their stories, with the intention of sharing someday. He did a great job even though he was a bricklayer who only finished elementary school.

February 23, 2018
By Ariel Majewski
I didn’t know what to expect when I first attended the Monsanto movie night, featuring the Food Evolution film. Looking up the documentary quickly beforehand, I expected the debate to cover both arguments about the usage of GMOs. And I was very curious to hear what the Monsanto panelists had to say...because nobody had ever explained this to me before.

February 19, 2018
By Judy Mae Bingman
I spent a lot of time watching my kids do this and that in school. Sing. Run. Hit a ball. Toot a horn. And, they spent a lot of time in the crowd watching me do my 4-H thing.

February 13, 2018
By Stephanie Henry
You never forget who gave you your first “big break.”