Is this for real?

Is this for real?

Aug 26
Jennifer Shike, Director for Communications and Marketing

"You aren't doing any service to anyone if you are always receiving and moving forward. The most important thing about life is that you can't truly live without helping someone else..." When ACES senior Dexter Smith shared those words with me during an interview last spring, I was taken aback for a minute. How many people get that figured out in life? Yet alone as a college senior? I had to learn more about this young man and I hope that sparks your desire to read Dexter’s story, too.

The Fall 2015 ACES@Illinois magazine is hot off the press this week. If you haven't picked up an issue yet or read it online, I encourage you to do so! I'm overwhelmed by the greatness of our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni, and our donors when I flip through the pages of this little snippet of what's taking place around here. We’re proud of our ACES family and the stats don’t lie. But I hope this publication will make us all “a little more real” and show you that you get so much more than a great education from ACES.

And here are just a few of my favorite quotes in this issue…

"When students went to Morocco they saw what people of the Middle East are about. People are always kind if you go in with an open mind, an open heart, and a smile on your face. To see the students learn that was priceless. The quality of students in ACES is inspiring - their willingness to learn, their enthusiasm for traveling abroad, and their courage to take the first steps to experience something new." - Dr. Mosbah Kushad in “Planting New Perceptions” (Page 8-9)

“It’s a good model of multidisciplinary work bringing a lot of people to the table to look at a complex problem. It could make an important contribution to the problem of food security, particularly in a changing climate.” – Sarah Taylor-Lovell in “Integrating Ecology and Agriculture” (Page 26-28)

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – you will. Mistakes will grow your company as long as you learn from them.” – Daniel Krause in “Crazy for Food Trucks” (Page 21-23)

"{Hadley Read} is my biggest memory of the U of I – all the help, encouragement, and opportunities he gave me. The university was a warm, friendly environment, but to have someone be your champion and point you in the right direction, that was incredible.” – Glen Broom in “Posing the Question” (Page 32-33)

Read more at or e-mail me if you’d like a hard copy at

Fall ACES@Illinois 2015