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James Scholar Activities & Communications Team

ACES James Scholars' Field Trip to the Spurlock Museum in April 2015
ACES James Scholars' Field Trip to the Spurlock Museum

Opening Doors of Opportunity and Windows of Insight

The James Scholar Activities & Communications Team (JS-ACT) was founded in February 2006 by Rob Chappell and a group of dozen enthusiastic ACES James Scholars. The club focuses on supporting enrichment opportunities (such as field trips), publications, and social media outreach for the Honors Program.


The James Scholar Activities and Communications Team is a student organization for ACES James Scholars who have an interest in supporting the mission of the Honors Program through using their skills and talents in writing, photography, and social media. The club’s mission is to actively engage ACES James Scholars through electronic media, organizing special events (e.g., field trips), and contributing articles and photos to Honors Program publications. The JS-ACT’s activities are designed to help ACES James Scholars expand their horizons, build a sense of community, and achieve their professional development goals.

Academic Year 2016-2017 Executive Board Officers

  • Averie Anderson (ANSC, Class of 2020) -- Secretary
  • Mario Barenas (ANSC, Class of 2018) -- Vice-President
  • Jill Braun (ANSC, Class of 2017) -- President
  • Jarai Carter (B.S. in CPSC, Class of 2013; Doctoral Candidate in Informatics) -- Social Media Chair
  • Rob Chappell (Assistant to the Honors Dean) -- Club Advisor
  • Domenica Goyes (FSHN, Class of 2018) -- Executive-at-Large
  • Elyse Harris (ACE, Class of 2019) -- Executive-at-Large
  • Anna Kanfer (ACE, Class of 2018) -- Executive-at-Large
  • Maya Nienaber (FSHN, Class of 2018) -- Executive-at-Large
  • Juliette Nye (ANSC, Class of 2018) -- Treasurer
  • Anna Seweryniak (ANSC, Class of 2020) -- Executive-at-Large
  • Krti Tallam (NRES, Class of 2019) -- Executive-at-Large

Membership in the JS-ACT is open to all currently enrolled ACES James Scholars and ACES James Scholar alumni who remain affiliated with the University of Illinois, either academically or professionally.

For more information about the JS-ACT, please contact the club's advisor, Rob Chappell.