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Gifts in Action

Graduate teaching assistantship develops leaders

With the help of graduate student teaching assistant Candice Mazewski, food science students in the College of ACES have been refining their research and development skills in their capstone course, Product Development.

Donor encourages others to give back

Evelyn Brandt Thomas believes that if many people come together, even in a small way, to support a cause, the impact can be extensive. Co-owner and co-founder of BRANDT, she encourages others to join her in supporting 4-H, FFA and teaching young people about agriculture.

Scholarship contributes to career investment

Lyle Orwig, Ag Comm ’74, credits much of his career success to the education he received in the agricultural communications program at the University of Illinois.

Arlys Conrad

Passion for international travel and agriculture led Arlys Conrad to make a gift to the College of ACES in order to assist students and the Global Academy. Our Global Academy has a major impact on faculty and positions the College for international partnerships.

Illinois Soybean Association

Holding the title of Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) Scholar means quite a bit to five ACES students.

Farm Credit Services

Farm Credit Services of Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Services each gave $1 million endowments to support agricultural programs that educate young people, train future agricultural leaders, and support higher education in agriculture.

Cmarik Family

It’s safe to say that no one celebrates 90th birthdays quite like the Cmarik family.

To honor George Cmarik, former University of Illinois assistant professor in animal sciences, his daughter organized a student internship gift to commemorate his special day.

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

As the need for plant breeders increases, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board has again stepped up to meet the challenge by providing support for six additional fellowship years for graduate students in the University of Illinois Plant Breeding Center.

Rachel Kelley

Giving back took on a new meaning when Rachel Kelley began volunteering full time after having a “change of heart” through the Make A Wish Foundation. Kelley is from Highland Park and started giving back to the College of ACES in 2006.

Gary Martin

For Gary Martin and his wife of over 35 years, Pamela, the decision to give back to the College of ACES and the Animal Science program was a simple one.