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News Release

New learning space at U of I seizes technology

Contact: Jennifer Smith,, 217-333-9355

News writer: Marla Todd,, 217-244-2875


URBANA, Ill. - Whether on campus or around the globe, students studying agricultural education will benefit from an updated learning space. The new space located in Bevier Hall on the University of Illinois main campus features distance education technology allowing students on and off campus to interact directly with each other and the course instructor.


“The technology and updated teaching tools allow students to learn in an environment that is more reflective of the spaces they will be working in after graduation ranging from classrooms and laboratories to board rooms and conference centers,” says Erica Thieman, assistant professor in agricultural education at U of I.  “This room upgrade more closely aligns with the quality education that students in agricultural science education and leadership receive at Illinois.” 


Industry representatives and school administrators are also able to connect to campus without travel expenses and time commitments. Flexible furnishings create numerous options for room configurations, broadening the opportunities in the learning space.


The CHS Foundation, the major giving entity of CHS Inc., provided a $150,000 gift to update the agricultural education and leadership learning space in Bevier Hall.


“CHS and the CHS Foundation are proud to support University of Illinois agricultural education students,” says Linda Tank, CHS Foundation president. “Agricultural education teachers are essential to educating the next generation of ag leaders and by using cutting-edge technology and resources while in college, they will be more effective in the classroom upon graduation.”


Thieman adds that the CHS gift benefiting this renovation is an investment in the broader agricultural community. She says it will help the university develop future leaders for agriculture. And it is those agricultural education instructors and agricultural leadership graduates who ultimately influence the next generation to pursue careers in the agriculture industry.




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