Voices of ACES

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 How many doors can you open?
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 It's waiting just a bit farther up the road
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 Building 'Mile-long' Bridges in ACES
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!

November 19, 2018
By What difference will you make?
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, as we slide head-on in to the holiday season! Inboxes and the more traditional snail-mailboxes will fill with financial appeals from many different organizations and causes. All these requests for gifts may cause one to ask, “What difference will my gift make?”

November 16, 2018
By It's the friendships
A little over four years ago, I was in class. Just a regular day of Econ 101 (or whatever number it was) when my phone rang. That’s probably no big deal for most, but for me, it was. My ringtone has always been cows mooing. So, like any normal person, I go to shut my phone off. In doing that, I knock over my coffee making a huge mess thus embarrassing myself in front of a classroom full of people I didn’t know. 

November 8, 2018
By ACES and Malawi’s premier agricultural university have much in common
Reciprocating the hospitality shown to Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones earlier this year as he and an Illinois delegation visited Africa, the ACES Office of International Programs was honored to host two distinguished administrators from Malawi’s Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) this week: Vice Chancellor George Yobe Kanyama-Phiri and Registrar Phillip Dalitso Frank Kaonda.

November 2, 2018
By Division of Nutritional Sciences celebrates 50 years
The Division of Nutritional Sciences, the interdisciplinary graduate program housed within the College of ACES, recently marked its 50th anniversary in a weekend-long series of events. More than 160 alumni, faculty, students, and administrators came together to celebrate the program’s long list of accomplishments, including its ranking in the top five nutritional sciences graduate programs in the United States.

November 1, 2018
By Change is in the air
It’s that time of year when the minds of 4-H storytellers turn to impact reports.