Voices of ACES

February 5, 2019
By Hannah Hawkinson
When you graduate high school, you are on top of the world. You think to yourself, “College will be a breeze. I’ve studied common core for four years so I can go on to study things I am good at!” Maybe you can relate to this. If you can’t that’s okay too, you might be more of a realist than I was two short years ago.

January 22, 2019
By Lauren Quinn
As a former plant scientist, I understand how chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides work to enhance crop performance and yield, and I know that those chemicals are rigorously tested and strictly regulated to ensure consumer and environmental safety. But I’ll admit I still reach for organic products at the grocery store whenever I can.

December 20, 2018
By Leslie Sweet Myrick
In early December, our office had the great honor of hosting the Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Ruben G. Echeverría to present the 2018 ACES Distinguished International Lecture.

December 19, 2018
By Lauren Quinn
As one of the writers on the marketing and communications team for the College of ACES, I get to learn new things about science every single day and then use a bit of creativity to explain it to the public. I don’t just want my writing to make sense and be scientifically accurate, although those things are key; I also want to write in a way that captures readers’ attention and describes how they can use the information in their lives.

December 18, 2018
By Marla Todd
Seven years ago, Marise Robbins-Forbes joined the College of ACES Office of Advancement. On December 21, she will retire and the impacts of her contributions to the college will continue for decades.

December 17, 2018
By Maggie Sweppy
For most of us, standing at the edge of a precipice is downright scary. There’s no other way to put it. Peering over the edge of a cliff, right into the eye of uncertainty, is not at all comfortable, but Luvvie Ajayi is right, “comfort is overrated.”

December 13, 2018
By J.C. Campbell
“Who wants to make a tackle? Who wants to make a play? Who wants to be a leader?” I can still hear my high school football coach yelling these questions at the 40 men who had their helmets off and were taking a knee during halftime. I can still smell the grass and the hot dogs, and I remember – no matter what the score was – how our coach was able to bring our team together with each halftime speech.

November 28, 2018
By Maggie Sweppy
You’ve heard it 1,000 times already, but I’m going to say it again. The opportunities available to you on this campus and within the college of ACES are limitless. There are over 1,600 organizations to be a part of, but for me, there was one that stood apart from the rest.

November 26, 2018
By Judy Mae Bingman
I’ve been to a lot of county fairgrounds over the years, but had never been to the Lawrence County grounds. Scheduled to judge, I called the Extension office to get directions. I scribbled some notes and headed north. I turned west as the directions indicated when I realized my notes were a little fuzzy about just how far I was supposed to go. Surely I can't miss a fairgrounds, I thought, so I kept going. . . and going . . . and going, until I thought apparently you can miss a fairgrounds, so I turned around.

November 20, 2018
By Stephanie Henry
Remember George Bailey—rather the young George Bailey—in the beloved holiday movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” He thought he had life all figured out. The sky was the limit for him. George Bailey “lassos the moon” and all!