21, No. 15, March 7, 2002
ACES Open House
is March 8 and 9
by David Riecks/UIUC ACES ITCS
Mikaelan Atchley, daughter of Kelly Atchley of Urbana, enjoys
some ice cream at the food science and human nutrition student
booth in the Ag Engineering Sciences building at the 2001
ACES Open House.
Come to the
Open House and send a plant to jail.
That's what creators of an entertaining and educational exhibit hope
children do when they identify invasive plant species at the exhibit,
part of the ACES Open House at the UIs Urbana-Champaign campus.
Children will be encouraged to send non-native plants to the "slammer"
in an Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant exhibit called "Arrest That Invader!"
When they identify and imprison an invasive plant, children will be
designated a Junior Plant Deputy. The exhibit will be in the Stock Pavilion.
This year, the Open House, sponsored by the College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March
8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday) at the south end of the UI campus.
This will be the 13th year that the college has opened its doors for
a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in some of the hundreds
of labs, fields and greenhouses at the UI.
"We try to make it educational and entertaining," said Scottie
Miller, director of special events for the college. "It has become
a very popular annual event for the college and for the community. We
have visitors all the way from nursery school to high school and beyond."
Every year there are some old favorites that people come to expect,
but there are also always lots of new exhibits, too, Miller said.
One addition this year is the new ACES Library, which was dedicated
Oct. 4. In the atrium, visitors will be able to browse some ACES Web
sites at an interactive computer exhibit. There will be bookmarked sites
featuring information on nutrition, gardening, pest management and other
Demonstrations are scheduled throughout the two-day event.
"One demonstration thats always a lot of fun is watching
the floral design students make an arrangement to music," Miller
said. "Sometimes youll see a beautiful, floral wedding arrangement
created to some soft, dreamy music, and other times its sunflowers
and rock and roll. Its interesting, too, because its timed
so that the students have to get the arrangement done by the end of
There also will be exhibits in which visitors can touch a giant cockroach,
milk a cow, and, if theyre up to it, watch maggots "race."
A free brochure with maps, a complete listing of exhibits and demonstrations,
and information on parking and concessions will be available at any
of the ACES Open House buildings.
Open House fast facts
9 a.m.-4 p.m. March
8 & 9
Engineering Open House
March 8: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 9: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
On Friday, visitors can park for free in lot F-23 at the corner of First
Street and St. Marys Road (near Assembly Hall) in Champaign, and
take a free shuttle bus from the lot to either Open House.
On Saturday, visitors can park for free along streets and in campus
lots. The shuttle will run continuously both days to help visitors move
easily from the Stock Pavilion, the Meat Science Laboratory, Plant Sciences
Laboratory and also to the Engineering Open House on the north end of