Voices of ACES

August 23, 2018
By The gift of time
“Do things for everybody!” Kathy Wessels shared this piece of advice from her late father, Warren Wessels, during a memorial service in his honor this week. Warren Wessels, a former assistant dean in the college certainly “did things for everybody!”

August 22, 2018
By A day at the Illinois State Fair
For the first time, I experienced a taste of the Illinois State Fair (ISF). Being Brazilian and coming from a different culture, I learned a lot during my time in Springfield.  

August 20, 2018
By Summer immersion program builds lifelong international friendships
For the past nine years (and I have been writing summary articles like this one for 6 of these years!), ACES has hosted a summer immersion program for students from China, Korea, and Mexico. 

August 17, 2018
By Back-to-school advice
It’s that time of year – vacations are over and schools are back in session. August is probably one of my favorite months of the year. It almost feels like another fresh start – another New Year’s Day – but warmer!

August 16, 2018
By Commitment to research excellence in ACES
While many students are pursuing professional development opportunities, such as internships in the summer, this is also the time of year when many faculty members and graduate students are engaging with their professional networks at conferences. Conferences are a great way for ACES faculty and graduate students to present their research and get early feedback before publication. These are also important networking venues – you can meet new collaborators, see old friends, and for our graduate students on the job market, talk with potential employers.

August 15, 2018
By It’s a small world
Since coming to work as a writer for the College of ACES just over five years ago, the world has seemed a bit more of a smaller place to me at times.

August 13, 2018
By Adventure Awaits!
Summer is almost over and fall classes are right around the corner. We are saying goodbye to our August graduates and hello to our new students. The phrase that continually plays on repeat in my mind when thinking of these groups is ‘You’re going on an ADVENTURE!’ (Cue Bilbo Baggins running across the Shire with signed contract in hand.) It’s exciting, no matter what part of life-- new job, new school, heck even new research endeavor- you’re about to begin (or continue) the adventure. So get excited for your adventure ahead – it is bound to be story worthy.

August 3, 2018
By ACES grads making a difference
What makes my job so rewarding? It’s hard to summarize that with just one thing – but Monday’s visit to Momence, Illinois, to tour Van Drunen Farms (VDF) and its sister business, FutureCeuticals, is a wonderful example of why I enjoy working for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). Our graduates go on to make a difference in this world and the impact of their efforts are far-reaching. Stories like theirs fuel my passion for this college and the role I play within it.

August 3, 2018
By What’s bugging you?
by Matthew Mote

August 1, 2018
By We are waiting for you
The building is empty. Completely empty.