Faith Wendte

My name is Faith Wendte, and I am from Altamont, IL. I am a junior majoring in Agribusiness, Markets & Management and minoring in Crop and Soil Management. After graduation I plan to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois and receive a Master’s in Agricultural Economics. So far my experience at the University of Illinois has been wonderful. I have gotten to meet many new people such as students from other countries, professors, and business men and women from the community. I am a member of the James Scholar Honors Program and have had the opportunity to work closely with my professors and will perform undergraduate research during my senior year. I enjoy being in the College of ACES because there is always a familiar face when you’re walking down the hallway of a building or when you’re in the classroom looking for a seat. Besides the academic part of school, I’ve enjoyed attending football games and tailgates and just having fun as a college student. Being a part of 4-H House has helped prepare me for the professional world that awaits me upon graduation. Being involved on campus is very important and is a good way to meet other people and see what opportunities are out there waiting. The U of I and 4-H House are great places to grow as an individual and develop into a young professional that will someday make a huge difference in this ever-changing world.

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Commemorative Items

You can now order your Silk Scarves and T-shirts right here! You can be styling with your sisters!

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4-H House Cookbook

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2014 Fall Homefront

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We are loving the new look of the Homefront – thanks to the committee that put it together.

Check it out for the latest news on the 80th Celebration along with the scholastic achievements of the house girls.

Online ordering will be available soon for shirts, scarves, and cookbooks.

The alum board and your sisters are looking forward to seeing you in September!


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2014 Spring Homefront

Click here to read the latest edition: 2014 Spring Homefront

The Homefront has been redesigned!!

With a team effort of 4-H House Actives and Alumni Board Members, the Homefront has a new look! A huge thank you goes out to Debbie Rudin, the Alumni Relations Chair for having the time, energy, and vision to drive this new design to fruition!

80th Celebration Information and Registration

This edition of the Homefront contains an insert with details and registration forms for the 80th Celebration.

IMPORTANTWe encourage alumni and current house members to review the 80th Celebration information, print, complete and mail in your registration today!

An online version will also be available soon! Stay tuned for updates on how to register online!


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2013 Fall Homefront

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Kelsie Vaile

Hey everyone! My name is Kelsie Vaile and this fall I will be a junior majoring in Animal Sciences with a Technology and Management concentration. Shocking, I know. An animal science major that doesn’t want to be a vet? While I love helping all kinds of animals, my interests are more on the production animal side of animal agriculture.

This summer I lived in Champaign with a few other house sisters and caught up on some classes, and also began working at the University’s Meat Science Lab. At the Meat Science Lab I worked at the sales counter and packaged and sold meat to the customers that came in. I also learned more about the processing side of harvesting animals and the journey they take from pasture to plate. I plan to continue working here throughout the school year and to keep learning more about the process.


Living in Champaign during the summer is something I am glad that I did and also something I recommend all college students to do at some point in their 4 years here. It’s a whole different town in the summer and you really get to experience campus like never before. You can lounge at the ARC pool during the day and spend time with your friends in your “fancy big kid” apartment at night.

While I enjoyed my summer here while it lasted, I am extremely anxious to get back into the house and be reunited with all of my “sisters” once again. If it weren’t for 4-H House I would not have met all the best friends I have now and have as many professional connections that I do. I would bargain to say that living in the house is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I can’t wait to get back!


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Shelby Lahey


My name is Shelby Lahey and this fall I will be a senior majoring in agricultural leadership sciences. The start of my summer was spent studying for finals while I was abroad in Australia. My classes abroad were over the first week of June and then I had exams the last two weeks of June. Australia does things a little different but graciously when it comes to finals. I got a whole week off before my final exams started, it was called study week. J



During that week instead of studying like a maniac I spent some time visiting a few places I had not been yet. I am blessed to have met an Australian girl who lived at the house as part of the Angus Youth Australia Scholarship Program. This girl is the whole reason I studied abroad and went to Australia. Her name is Trinity. I spent this week spending more time with her and her family at their holiday home in Molloy Island. On the way back I saw my first and only wild emu. I also went to the one place in the world the southern and Indian Ocean meet!




Upon arrival to the states I was able to get my life in order for 3 days before I started my internship at Unit 18’s Macoupin County Extension office. I interned here last year as extra help for the 4-H program coordinator. This year they bumped me up to a leadership and programming extra help. This summer I have been given the task to create, plan and deliver 3 programs; Macoupin County Board Shadowing, Christian County Board Shadowing, and a Unit-wide HCE retreat. All of my programs take place next week during my last week in the office.


Along with these programs I have been able to do a variety of other tasks. I was able to be in charge of an event that took place at Beaver Dam, a state park in the area. The program was for our Royal Lakes 4-H club, where they learned about the park, horticulture, and healthy eating. I also was asked to teach our local robotics camp for a week while the lady who would normally do it was on vacation. I for one know nothing about robotics but after observing for a day I was able to teach the kids all the information and even have a little soccer match with our Lego robots we built!!


This summer has been a great experience, filled with lots of memories but I am sure excited to get back to 805 Ohio!!


Shelby Lahey


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Liz Koehler

Hola! My name is Liz Koehler and I am going to be a senior this year majoring in Agricultural Communications with a broadcast focus and minoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. This summer I am interning at the Illinois Farm Bureau with RFD Radio Network in Bloomington, Ill. There, I learned the ins and outs of the radio business. I am on-air almost everyday and do a special legislative update each week. I also am working to redesign their website, beta testing their new app and have begun the @FarmWeekNow Twitter account. I’ve been able to make great contacts throughout the industry and have loved every second of it. I spend about half of my time in the field getting interviews and adventuring the state. I spend a lot of my spare time on the weekends visiting friends and family. My oldest brother, Ethan, just graduated from U of I and moved to Colorado, so we went on vacation there to visit him. It was so beautiful there as we enjoyed hiking, board games, some stupid human tricks from my youngest brother, a Cub’s game and even doing some work interviewing farmers about their wheat crops. This summer has flown by but I can’t wait to get back and see everyone! Here’s to tailgate season arriving soon!



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Kelsey Litchfield

Hello! My name is Kelsey Litchfield and I will be a freshman at the University of Illinois this fall. I am majoring in Agricultural Communications and I chose this major based upon the impact agriculture has had throughout my life so far. I grew up in a small village of about 250 people and attended a high school with four other towns. Being a part of such a small community, I was very involved. In sports, I was a cheerleader and a softball player. Some of the clubs I was in were FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Student Council, Mission Team, and band. Being in such remarkable groups has taught me responsibility, leadership skills, and has given me a better work ethic. FFA and 4-H has given me opportunities that influenced my decision to major in Ag Communications, attend University of Illinois, and pursue a career in agriculture. I discovered throughout these organizations that I love to inform others of what agriculture can do for them and the endless possibilities of what agriculture can offer. After graduating from college, I want to travel around the world and educate others about agriculture. Some fun facts about me are that I can play the ukulele, I have performed with my marching band at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL, and I love watching the Fighting Illini! I can’t wait to attend U of I and live at the 4-H House this fall where I will meet new people and make memories that will make my college experience one that I can cherish forever!



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