For the second year in a row, the University of Illinois’ Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) chapter won the honor of being the National ACT Chapter of the Year. The award was presented during Ag Media Summit held in St. Louis, July 23-27. This is the third time in the past four years the organization has won the title. Ag Comm students also won additional national awards in the areas of leadership and fundraising.
Students Paige Jones, Nicole Chance, Kelsey Litchfield, Michelle Van Cleave, Christy Allen, Katie Zelechowski, Krista Temple, and Kendall Herren attended the national gathering of agricultural communicators. The Illinois delegation was headed by Jennifer Shike, Illinois ACT advisor.
Kelsey Litchfield, a senior, was elected National ACT president. Her election marks the first time the University of Illinois is home to the national president.
Sessions throughout the week helped students improve communication skills and network with industry professionals. Workshop topics included photography basics and an exploration of Adobe’s Creative Cloud to communicate about GMOs and stories of rural life. The InfoExpo provided students with the opportunity to speak with representatives from various companies within the agricultural communications industry. Students also visited Osborn Barr, a fully integrated marketing and communications company with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City.
The University of Illinois was well represented at Ag Media Summit by both past and present Ag Comm Illini.