Monday, October 16, 2017

UPDATE: "Storytelling Your Career" Open to All ACES Students -- Please RSVP ASAP!

This event is open to ALL students enrolled in the College of ACES! Please RSVP by this Thursday, 10/19 @ 12:00 noon to reserve your seat for this program!

Boren Scholarship Info Sessions


Boren Scholarships/Fellowships are an initiative of the National Security Education Program and provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate  students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

We are holding an information sessions this week while we have a Boren rep in town (see attached Handout), and two sessions next week as well.

Meet Boren Specialist Randi Butler, Wednesday October 18, from 10-11am in 308 Coble Hall.  (See attachment)


Thursday, October 26, 2017: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, Room 514-Information Session and discussion with former Boren Scholar

Friday, October 27, 2017: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, Room 514-Workshop on how to craft a Boren Application.



Jeff Yockey Ph.D.
Scholarships Coordinator
National and International Scholarships Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217 333-4710

Friday, October 13, 2017

An ACES Story for 10/13/2017, at the Launch of the "With Illinois" Capital Campaign

This article has been reprinted from The ACES Honors Handbook: 2017-2018 Edition (Pages 18-20), to commemorate today's launch of the "With Illinois" capital campaign at the University of Illinois.

Hope and Dreams: The Ingredients of Your Future
By Rob Chappell (Adapted & Condensed from Cursus Honorum IX: 10 – May/June 2009)

                As far back as I can remember, my frame of mind has been both hopeful and future-oriented. Ever since my childhood days in the 1970s, I have been enthralled by astronomy, spaceflight, and science fiction epics of humankind’s future achievements and adventures. How to build a sturdy bridge for humanity’s journey from the present day into a bright and hopeful future became a source of great interest for me during my undergraduate student days at the University of Illinois. As I studied the histories, languages, literatures, and philosophies of the ancient Greeks and Romans, I was constantly asking myself, “How can we apply all this ageless wisdom to build a better future for ourselves and our inheritors?”

Excerpt from “Locksley Hall” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Many a night from yonder ivied casement, ere I went to rest,
Did I look on great Orion sloping slowly to the West.
Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising through the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid.
Here about the beach I wandered, nourishing a youth sublime
With the fairy tales of science, and the long result of Time;
When the centuries behind me like a fruitful land reposed;
When I clung to all the present for the promise that it closed:
When I dipped into the future far as human eye could see;
Saw the Vision of the world and all the wonder that would be.
*                            *                            *
Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rained a ghastly dew
From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue;
Far along the world-wide whisper of the south-wind rushing warm,
With the standards of the peoples plunging through the thunder-storm;
Till the war-drum throbbed no longer, and the battle-flags were furled
In the Parliament of Man, the Federation of the World.
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly Earth shall slumber, lapped in universal law.

                In the ensuing years, I have learned that the bridge we must cross from the present to the future is built upon a solid foundation of hope and dreams, which are key ingredients in any recipe for personal, professional, and planetary growth. I have also discovered that working in the field of higher education is the best way for me to do my part in creating a brighter tomorrow for our world, our nation, and our families. My interactions with ACES James Scholars like you have shown me that there is indeed hope for the future, and I know that the future lives in your hearts and minds today as we press forward together to meet the challenges of the 21st century. All of you have taught me – by your example – that hope is a gift that keeps on giving if we take the time to share it with others.

“Hope” by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

                Hopes and dreams of a better world are being cultivated today by our ACES James Scholar alumni in their professional careers. For some, this might mean discovering an amazing new biofuel that could help humanity to set aside its dependence on fossil fuels once and for all. For others, it could be helping people to plan their retirement through sound financial planning strategies. Still other alumni may become veterinarians, dietitians, ecologists, and so much more. Your dreams – when stirred together with hope and hard work, and left to simmer in the caldron of inspiration – have the potential to bring about real change in our world, or perhaps well beyond it! I recall talking with an aerospace engineering James Scholar several years ago about a new theory of ultra-fast starship propulsion that I had seen on the History Channel’s TV series, Universe. When I had finished describing it to her, I concluded by observing, “That’s the stuff that dreams are made of!” Her eyes lit up with excitement as she expressed her agreement with an enthusiastic smile. Then – expressing my own hopes and dreams, not only for the student, but also for humanity as a whole – I told her, “Emma, I can’t wait to see you build that starship someday!” :)

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.”
-- Helen Keller (1880-1968): Essay on Optimism (1903)

                Achieving anything truly worthwhile is never easy – but it is well worth the effort. Both triumphs and disasters lie ahead of us all on the highway of life. However, if we persevere to the end – even if we don’t achieve everything that we would like to accomplish in our lifetime – then at least we shall have paved the way for our inheritors to follow in our footsteps and finish the work that we have begun.

“For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; and such a contemplation of the world we call meliorism.”
-- Paul Carus (1852-1919): Monism and Meliorism (1885)

                As you begin, continue, or finish your James-Scholarly journey in the College of ACES, I would like to encourage each and every one of you to cultivate your hopes and dreams and work hard to make them into living realities, so that future generations can look back on our era and say, “Those great achievements began at the University of Illinois!”

Excerpt from “Ulysses” (1842)
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, --
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Above: This plaque in the University Library introduces visitors to the Bronze Tablets, which list the names of the top 3% of each graduating senior class since 1925. The Bronze Tablets are on display in the north-south corridor on the first floor of the University Library. (Photo Credit: Alicia Gardner, B.S. in Crop Sciences, ACES James Scholar Class of 2013; M.S. in Crop Sciences, 2015)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Storytelling Your Career" with Dr. Kate McDowell on 10/24 -- Please RSVP ASAP!

Final Reminder: C. A. Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award Writing Competition

This is a final reminder about our annual fall writing competition. You can win a $150 scholarship prize and a special book prize by writing about your freshman year experiences! :)

DATE:             Thursday, September 21, 2017

TO:                All Sophomore ACES James Scholar Women
                     All Sophomore ACES Chancellor Scholar Women
                     All Departmental Honors Coordinators

FROM:            Dr. Prasanta Kalita, ACES Honors Dean
                     & Associate Dean of Academic Programs
                     Rob Chappell, M.A., Assistant to the Honors Dean

RE:                14th Annual Carol Andreae Haynes
                     Sophomore Achievement Award Competition

All sophomore ACES James Scholar and Chancellor’s Scholar women are cordially invited to write about their freshman year experiences for the chance to win a scholarship prize and a copy of the classic children’s novella, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902) by L. Frank Baum (the author of the original Oz novels). The Carol Andreae Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award competition provides an opportunity for all sophomore women currently enrolled in our Honors Programs to write an original 500- to 1,000-word essay about “The Most Valuable Things That I Learned During My Freshman Year.” The text of the essay should be double-spaced and typed in a standard 12-point font.

To ensure full consideration, essays should be submitted via email (as Microsoft Word attachments) by 5:00 PM on Monday, October 16 to Susan Schmall-Ross (, 217-244-4540). All essays will be made anonymous to ensure an impartial review by the Selection Committee. The winner of this year’s competition will be announced in early November, and she will receive her prizes (the scholarship award and the classic book) in early December at an award presentation in the Center for Children’s Books.

This annual competition is sponsored by the award donor in honor of his maternal grandmother, Carol Andreae Haynes (1901-1990), who grew up on her family’s extensive farmlands near Reed, Kentucky. She earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Logan Female College in Russellville, Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard Female College in Gallatin, Tennessee. As a college graduate, she became a pioneer and role model for all the other women in her extended family who have earned college degrees ever since.

Additional information about the Carol Andreae Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award may be found @