ExplorACES scheduled for March 11 and 12
February 10, 2011
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ExplorACES is a two-day event designed to introduce high school students and their families to the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Mar.12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details about ExplorACES can be found at www.aces.illinois.edu/ExplorACES/. The website includes information about exhibits as well as an interactive map to help guide visitors through the buildings and activities and online registration to attend receptions for admitted freshman and others.

The event is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/ExplorACES, and Twitter at twitter.com/ExplorACES.

"Last year more than 2,000 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the state attended the event," said Kendra Courson, who one of the event coordinators. "It's a totally student-run event, so visiting high school students and their families can catch the enthusiasm from current ACES students. This event helps students get a sense of the smaller college atmosphere within the University of Illinois, too."

This year ExplorACES will include over 100 hands-on exhibits relating to classroom work, club activities, and honors research. Visitors can also tour lab and classroom facilities and have the opportunity to visit with ACES faculty members.

"We are very excited about the 2011 ExplorACES event," said Cassie Becker, one of the students planning publicity for the event. "The theme this year is about ACES being a kind of college network--playing off Facebook. We want ExplorACES to be a place where prospective and admitted students can come and find how they can get connected to the College of ACES."

The College of ACES offers 10 undergraduate majors with 39 different concentrations, and ExplorACES helps prospective students get an overview of the potential areas of study, including bioengineering, community development, economics, human nutrition, plant breeding, and pre-veterinary studies.

For more information, visit www.aces.illinois.edu/ExplorACES/ or call 217-333-2728.