Turner Hall was my home away from home for four years as an undergrad Agronomy major. I still utilize those things I learned 20 years ago. Turner Hall is the face of Illinois Agronomy and our investment in this renovation will allow us to better recruit top talent, create a great learning environment and utilize the latest tools in teaching our future leaders.
Member Turner Hall Project Committee,
'94 BS Agronomy; '01 MS Crop Science
Flying, driving and Skyping from four states, Mike and Cara Hardinger, Bill Kirk, Jerry Brookhart and wife Mary, Mark and Becky Baxa, Harold Reetz, Barb Schumacher, Sue Gray and Larry Hageman shared stories of how this dedicated teacher and his wife shaped their careers and impacted their lives. As Burger would say, we “painted the barn red!”
Being a part of the ACES family doesn’t end with graduation or even with retirement. Several former students of beloved agronomy professor, Dr. A.W. “Tom” Burger, collaborate on a fundraising initiative to support the renovation of a Turner Hall classroom in honor of Burger and his wife Phyllis. A teacher for 33 years, Burger had a deep love for his students and family.
He taught Introductory Agronomy to more than 6,000 undergraduates. While advisor to the Field and Furrow, this agronomy club had an unrivaled success, winning the honor of “Best Agronomy Club” in the United States for 15 years. Many recall his standard phrase, “Keep Smiling”.
Burger passed away on Feb. 15, 2013. To honor his high standards, frank guidance, and passion for excellence, we invite you to contribute to the Turner Hall Project in his memory.
Thanks to several lead gifts, we have raised more than $170,000 towards the $200,000 goal to name a classroom in his honor in Turner Hall. Your gift will help us reach our goal!