Showing Thanks

Showing Thanks

Nov 16
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

There is amazing power in two little words – Thank You! As we approach Thanksgiving, I’ve been reflecting on how we can go beyond those two little words and show people how thankful we are for their kindness and generosity. Allow me to share a few examples from the College of ACES to, perhaps, inspire this thought for you.

Earlier this year, Adam Kurczewski participated in an Agricultural and Consumer Economics course in which students spent a week exploring agricultural policy in Washington, D.C. He also spent an academic semester interning through the Illinois in Washington program. Private donors partially supported both Adam’s course and his internship. Adam is sincerely grateful for both experiences contributing to his professional development. He shows his appreciation by participating in the Department of ACE D.C. Coffee Initiative, where he shares his experiences with other students interested in issues in the federal policy arena.

Earlier this fall, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Doris Kelley Christopher Hall. The College of ACES sincerely appreciates this beautiful building, made possible by a generous gift, that supports the land-grant mission. Faculty, staff, and students show their thanks by serving families in our community and beyond through programs and resources housed in Christopher Hall.  

Josiah is a 17 year-old 4-H member in McLean County. Josiah joined the McLean County 4-H Shooting Sports Club so he could learn to shoot air rifles. Donors to the Illinois 4-H Foundation support shooting sports statewide. Up until his involvement with 4-H shooting sports, Josiah only spoke to members of his family. He is a young man with high-functioning autism. 4-H changed Josiah’s life. Not only did he show his gratitude for the opportunity to participate in 4-H shooting sports by winning the 4-H state air rifle shoot in September, he spoke in front of a group. If you haven’t read Josiah’s 4-H story, what are you waiting for?

With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, perhaps it’s time for us all to SHOW our thanks!