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Prasanta Kalita, Associate Dean – 125 Mumford 
pkalita@illinois.edu

Academic Programs Administration
Academy of Teaching Excellence and Teaching College Course
ACES Professional Science Master’s Programs
Agricultural Education Program; Minor in Leadership Studies
Agricultural Communications Program liaison
Support Graduate Programs; Online Education; ACES ACCESS; Student Council

Anne Stites, Administrative Assistant – 125 Mumford Hall
astites@illinois.edu

Supports Associate Dean Prasanta Kalita
   AND EVERYONE ELSE IN ACES!

Lisa Burgoon, Director, Minor in Leadership Studies – 128 Mumford
burgoon@illinois.edu

Advise Leadership Studies Minor Students
Support the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Minor
Instructor-Agricultural Leadership Education
 

Robert Chappell, Office Support Specialist – 128 Mumford & 115 LIAC  
rchappel@illinois.edu

Supports Jean Drasgow, Director of Career Services (Mornings)
Supports Asst. Dean Lee, Asst. Dean Curriculum & Honors (Afternoons)

Jean Drasgow, Director of Career Services – 115 LIAC
drasgow@illinois.edu

Career Development and On-Campus Recruiting
ACES Career Fair
First Destination Survey
Employer Relations
Convocation and Recognition of December Graduates

Jason Emmert, Assistant Dean, Student Development & Career Services- 128 Mumford
jemmert@illinois.edu

Undergraduate Recruitment
Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship Program
Scholarships
Faculty Advisor: Explore ACES, Student Advancement Committee

Oliver Ferguson, Project Manager, Education Abroad Programs – 123 Mumford
rofergus@illinois.edu

Study Abroad Advising
Promoting Study Abroad Opportunities
Provide pre-departure orientation

Brianna Gregg, Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment – 128 Mumford
bjgray2@illinois.edu

Community College Liaison
Parkland Pathways to Illinois
Transfer Recruitment and Pre-Advising
Data Report Requests    
Maintain Student Records, DARS Audits, Degree Certification

Tina Hill, Office Support Assistant – 123 Mumford  
hil@illinois.edu

Supports the ACES Study Abroad programs

Betsy Lancaster, Office Support Specialist – 128 Mumford  
betsy1@illinois.edu

Supports Assistant Deans and Admissions and Records personnel
Undergrad Recs                     
FAIR Academic Integrity System
Electronic bulletin boards

Soo Lee, Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Honors Programs – 128 Mumford
soolee@illinois.edu

Courses and Curricula; Course Articulation Approvals
General Education; Discovery Courses
James Scholars Honor Programs
Undergraduate Research and iACES undergraduate research online journal
Academic Integrity

Mary Lowry, Assistant Dean, Student Success – 128 Mumford
lowry@illinois.edu

Programming for Student Retention and Graduation Success
Advising Coordinators
Academic Catalog and Course Approvals
Petitions
Curriculum/Program revisions
Monitoring students’ progress toward degree

Cory Ohms, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Records – 128 Mumford 
cohms@illinois.edu

Student Admissions and Re-entry
New Student Registration and Orientation
Student Records, DARS, DARWin
Petitions
Advising Coordinators

Diana Rodriguez,  Coordinator, Urban Ag Education in Chicago
drodrgz1@illinois.edu

Outreach to high schools throughout Chicago
Promote ACES pre-college  S.T.E.M programs
Conduct outreach to the  Chicago City Colleges
Coordinate campus visits by Chicago based groups
Build Collaboration with Chicago-based community agencies an organization

Rachael Sanders, Office Support Associate – 123 Mumford  
rsander@illinois.edu

Supports Assistant Dean Jesse Thompson, Diversity Programs
Supports Diana Rodriguez,  Coordinator, Urban Ag Education in Chicago

Susan Schmall-Ross, Administrative Aide – 115 LIAC
schmallr@illinois.edu

Supports Assistant Dean Jason Emmert and Director Jean Drasgow
Convocation Coordinator
Prospective Student Coordinator
Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship Facilitator
Scholarships

Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Diversity Programs – 123 Mumford   
jthomps5@illinois.edu

Undergraduate Student Recruitment and Retention
Urban Ag Education Programming
Pre-College S.T.E.M. initiatives
Inclusive Illinois ACES and Campus Programming
Graduate Student Recruitment and Institutional Collaboration