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ACES Office of Academic Programs
 

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
James Scholars Honor Programs
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!

Jessa Barnard, Director of Study Abroad - 123 Mumford 
jbecker2@illinois.edu

Study Abroad Programs                            
International Student Exchange Programs
Faculty Development for Internationalization of Curriculum
Arlys Conrad International Teaching Enhancement Award Program
Domestic Field Trip Waivers and Liability

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 Honors, and James Scholars
Supports Courses and Curricula
Undergrad Records 

 

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

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, Data Analyst and Marketing Coordinator – 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

Erik Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment – 128 Mumford  
ecj@illinois.edu

Enrollment Management
Undergraduate Recruitment and Yield
Marketing, Communications, and Events
Admission & Scholarship Review
 

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

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

Courses and Curricula; Academic Catalog
Academic Integrity
Course Articulation Approvals
Academic Records, DARS, uAchieve
Petitions

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

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

Supports Director Jean Drasgow and Director Erik Johnson
Convocation Coordinator
Prospective Student Coordinator
Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarship Facilitator
 

Jesse Thompson, Assistant Dean, Diversity Programs – 128 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