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U of I ACES Hosts Salute to Ag Day

U of I ACES Hosts Salute to Ag Day

Prairie Farmer's Holly Spangler will be recognized with a 2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Join the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences for Salute to Ag Day on Saturday, Nov. 19, before the U of I football game versus conference rival Wisconsin.

Salute to Ag Day provides the College of ACES with an opportunity to recognize Alumni Association and Illinois 4-H Foundation award winners, as well as the Illinois AgriNews Farm Family of the Year.

This year's winners include:

2011 ACES Outstanding Young Alumni Awards: Dawn Jackson Blatner, a 1997 Dietetics BS graduate; Holly Spangler, a 1998 Ag Communications BS graduate; and Bradley Wolter, a 1997 BS, 1999 MS and 2002 Ph.D. Animal Sciences graduate.

2011 ACES Family Spirit Award: Bauer, Mickelson, Pizzo & Russell Family

2011 4-H Alumni Awards: Carol Craig, president and CEO of Craig Technologies; and Ray and Ellen Hankes, agricultural consultant and professional organizer and consultant, respectively.

2011 Friend of 4-H Award: John Slayton, vice president of corporate banking for US BANK

2011 Larry Fischer Leadership and Spirit Award: Brad Cash of Edgar County

The Salute to Ag Day tailgate will begin two hours before kick-off on the west side of the Assembly Hall inside the circle drive. The public is invited to attend, but meal tickets are required. A select number of tickets will be available at the door for the meal at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Pre-ordering is preferred. 

To register for the pre-game tailgate and football game tickets, visit or call 217-333-7744. Registration opens Monday, Oct. 17, and is due by Nov. 7. Ticket availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The ACES Alumni Association celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. The organization strives to enhance, support, and communicate the mission of the college and to provide and foster a lifelong connection among alumni and between the college and its alumni.

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