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ACI, Call One announce new scholarship for science, technology or business majors 
March 28, 2017

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is pleased to announce that Call One, a Chicago-based business technology company, provided $50,000 for scholarships through its “Call One Future Innovator Scholarships” program in partnership with ACI.

“Illinois needs innovation. Studying engineering, business or technology will lead to a path where innovating is not only needed for career development, but is needed for the betterment of all Illinois residents,” according to the scholarship description. “Scholarships will help those go-getters, trend-setters and innovation-home-run-hitters who will look to use their engineering, business or technology degrees to help make Illinois a better place to live, work and play.”

“We are delighted to work with Call One on this meaningful scholarship program for students attending our member colleges and universities,” said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. “Our main purpose is to help qualified students succeed in college and in life. These scholarships make it possible for science and business students to imagine new possibilities and work to make their dreams a reality.” Weltman added that similar named scholarship opportunities are available through ACI.

“Call One believes businesses within the state should help facilitate and develop innovative thinkers,” said Ed Wynn, executive chairman of Call One. “We are proud to work with Associated Colleges of Illinois in supporting those individuals who have the drive and tenacity to become future innovators for Illinois and beyond.”

Recipients of the Call One Future Innovator Scholarship will be students attending ACI-affiliated colleges or universities. Students awarded scholarships must be enrolled in business administration, computer science, engineering or similar areas of study. Students must also receive additional financial assistance for their education.

ACI spring professional development conferences set
March 17, 2017

Associated Colleges of Illinois will host four conferences this spring at campuses of member colleges and universities. The conferences provide a continuing education and networking opportunity for administrators, faculty and staff at ACI’s 23 member Illinois colleges and universities.

Spring 2017 ACI conferences will be held at member colleges and universities in April and June.

This spring, conferences will be held in April and June as follows:

  • April 7, Advancement Conference, University of St. Francis, Joliet — The conference brings together advancement and fundraising professionals from ACI member institutions. Registration is open.
  • April 21, President’s Conference, University Club of Chicago: This conference brings together presidents of ACI member institutions for discussion on significant higher education topics. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual ACI Board of Trustees meeting and 65th Anniversary Benefit Reception.
  • April 28, Student Engagement Conference, Knox College, Galesburg – This conference brings together ACI faculty and staff who work with first-generation students at ACI member colleges and universities. Attendees are deans of students, financial aid officers, career services professionals, multicultural officers and others. Registration is open.
  • June 2, Public Relations and Marketing Conference, Lewis University, Romeoville — This conference is open to professional communicators from ACI member institutions. Registration will open soon.
  • June 9, Chief Financial Officers Conference, Blackburn College, Carlinville — This conference is open to senior-level and chief financial officers of ACI member institutions. Registration will open soon.

In the fall of 2017, ACI plans to consolidate all of these conferences into one, with separate tracks for each special interest group, according to Constance Willoughby, ACI director of conferences and scholarships. The conference location and date will be announced this summer, she added.

ACI professional development conferences are open only to professionals employed by ACI member institutions.

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Archived stories, cont’d

Aug. 5: Lewis University College Success Program Receives $45,000 AT&T Contribution
Aug. 5: From ACI-member North Central College: Democracy through the eyes of students
July 6: Peer Mentoring Program expands to seven campuses for 2016-17
July 1: ACI welcomes four new college and university presidentsMay 27: North Central College agrees to acquire Shimer College
May 9: Laura Ortega-Lamela Appointed to ACI Board of Trustees
May 6: ACI Scholar Katherine King, Concordia University Chicago
April 27: ACI Scholar Paris Edwards, Augustana College
April 14: Welcome new board members!
April 6: ACI Welcomes Sikich LLP as a New Corporate Partner
April 6: Northwest Comprehensive Continues its ACI Corporate Partnership
March 16: ACI April 29 Reception to Recognize Scholarship Recipients, Peer Mentoring, Retiring Presidents
Feb. 25: ACI offers Conservation Careers internships for this summer
Feb. 23: Rockford University appoints Dr. Eric Fulcomer as president
Feb. 18: Elmhurst College names Dr. Troy VanAken president
Feb. 12: Greenville College tops list of state’s best online colleges and universities; 6 other ACI schools also ranked
Feb.9: Dr. David Livingston named 10th president of Lewis University
Feb. 4: Three ACI member schools cited for lowering tuition costs
Jan.7: ACI’s 2016 spring conferences set


Dec.15: Consider ACI for year-end, tax-deductible giving
Nov. 18: ACI’s Project LEAD Summit explores teacher diversity and support
Nov. 6: ACI awarded challenge grant for peer mentoring at member colleges


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