Best part of my job

Best part of my job

Feb 20
Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations

As I gear up for next week's “to-do” list, I am looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones and sharing the Illini Spirit! One of the greatest highlights of my job is meeting alumni near and far and next week I will be doing just that! The College of ACES Alumni Association often holds alumni events throughout the year to engage alumni with their alma mater, share college updates and bring ACES Alumni together.

Next week, I travel to Washington, D.C., for the “Big Ten Ag Alumni event” on Monday evening. There are more than 200 registered from University of Illinois, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin and the newest members of the Big Ten -  Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. What a wonderful evening it will be to reconnect with our D.C. alumni and friends and celebrate agriculture with our Big 10 agricultural friends!

On Thursday evening, I will be close to home reconnecting with alumni in the Springfield area through an ACES in Places alumni event. Katheryne Rehberg, District 5 ACES Alumni Board member, is hosting an alumni event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Dean Robert Hauser will be giving an update on the College of ACES. We will also recognize the heritage that Abraham Lincoln provided through the signing of the Morrill Act,  which was  signed into law in 1862 and shaped the mission of public higher education in the United States. The Morrill Act allocated 30,000 acres of Federal government land to each state to sell, the proceeds from which were used to establish public colleges.

The college and our alumni have much to be thankful for as graduates of our “land-grant” college and shaping us into who we are today! I look forward to seeing alumni near and far in the week ahead!