Register now for the 2018 ACES Family Academies
By Lauren Quinn
May 23, 2018
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URBANA, Ill. – The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois has announced dates for the 2018 ACES Family Academies. The family-friendly event will be held July 12 and 13 on the College of ACES campus in Urbana.

“ACES Family Academies is a two-day, hands-on educational and intergenerational alumni event that happens right here at the College of ACES,” says Tina Veal, director of alumni relations for the college. “Do you have a child, grandchild, or niece/nephew, age 8 to 13, who would love learning about robotics, food science, money, drones, bees, or wild birds? Family Academies has over 20 sessions during which you and your children can learn hands-on from faculty and staff in the College of ACES.”

The ACES Alumni Association began ACES Family Academies in 2014 to engage alumni to bring the next generation of Illini to learn about the College of ACES, live in the dorms, and eat in the dining hall – all while having fun, making new friends, and reconnecting with college friends back on campus with their families. 

“What do I love about this event? The College of ACES continues to showcase that we are a family,” Veal says. “Alumni and the public join us to celebrate the one thing we have in common – agriculture and the love for our college and university. And for alumni, there really is nothing better than that feeling you get when you return ‘home’ to share these experiences.”

ACES alumni and the public can register now through June 15. Visit for more information and to sign up. Cost is $195 per person. Veal says anyone interested in volunteering can contact her directly at