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Meet Your Alum Board – Rebecca Ries

Hi! My name is Rebecca (Becki) Ries. I am a member of 4-H House’s 2017 pledge class, but I graduated from U of I in 2016 with a degree in Animal Sciences. I grew up in Waterloo, IL on a small hobby farm. While in 4-H House, I served as the Philanthropy Chair, Brother’s Weekend Chair, and Risk Chair. On campus, I was very active with ACES Council, serving as President my junior/senior year. I was also the President of a club for international students called English Corner for two years. 

After graduation, I received a poultry certification from the Midwest Poultry Consortium’s Center of Excellence Program hosted at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. With the poultry certification, I moved to Kentucky to work in a management training position with Pilgrim’s. From there I became the Human Resources Supervisor. This past summer, I moved back to the Champaign-Urbana area and took a job at the Champaign County Humane Society as their Events & Marketing Coordinator. I’ve now been there for almost 8 months, and I love being able to help the animals at CCHS find new homes! 

Since coming back to the area, I have been wanting to get involved with 4-H House again, so I’m very excited to officially be on the board and start this journey! I am currently working on the 85th Anniversary Celebration Committee, and I hope you can all attend the fun events that we are planning. I am also a member of the Champaign Rotary Club, and I am a sponsor of Centennial High School’s Interact Club. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my boyfriend, hanging out with my friends and family, and cuddling with my cats. 

Some of my favorite memories are from my time in the house – like doing handstands in the hallways! 4-H House introduced me to some of my best friends and for that I am forever grateful! My advice to current members of the house is to soak it all in and enjoy. Your time there will be over before you know it, but the memories and friends that you make will last a lifetime!

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Meet Your Alum Board – Kelli Lively

I, Kelli Lively, am a Class of 1996 alumna of 4-H House and graduated UofI with a major in Finance from the College of Business. I grew up in West Salem, IL as part of a proud farming family and was a 10-year member of our local 4-H Club. As an undergraduate, I was an active member of the house mostly serving in offices related to Treasurer, Social, and Pledge guidance. I was proud to represent 4-H House on the University’s Panhellenic Council for two years, and held an elected position in Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) serving as Homecoming Committee Chairperson in my senior year.

After college, I worked in various finance, treasury, and trust administration roles at Citicorp and Northern Trust in Chicago, IL. At Northern Trust, Washington University in St. Louis was one of my not-for-profit trust administration accounts, which led me to pursue a career at WashU when I married and had the desire to move back “downstate”. For the last 18 years, I have worked in higher education, in Admissions and Aid at Washington University in St. Louis. Recently, I took at position as the Manager of Loan Programs, reporting directly to the university Treasurer.  

Today, my husband Troy and I live in rural Bethalto, Illinois, with our four children — aged 8-16 — where we enjoy the outdoors, being active in our children’s activities (including our local 4-H club, Fosterburg Ag), and teaching our children the skills we learned in our youth, many through 4-H. I am an active volunteer at our children’s school and parish serving as Vice President of the School Board. I am the owner of ‘a little lively’, a small business hobby that allows me to enjoy occasional contract sewing and patternwork. Over the last 14 years, I’ve contributed my pattern and design skills to the success of Sweet Petunia Clothing, a children’s clothing brand based in St. Louis  — a company proudly committed to textile manufacturing in the U.S.A.

It is so rewarding to see my family and life-long 4-H House friends — some of the most amazing women I know — as Moms to daughters enjoying their time at UofI as members of 4-H House! For this reason, I have a personal interest in ensuring the next generation experiences the best that 4-H House has to offer young active members — and I’m proud to serve as your Association Treasurer!

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Distinguished Alumni Award

Take a moment and think about your house sisters. Which one comes to mind when you think about service to the house, the University, her profession, and her community? Please consider nominating her for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The guidelines and application are posted below. This year’s application is due to the Alumni Board by May 1, 2019. Applications can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to 4-H House 805 W. Ohio, Urbana, IL 61801 Attn: Anne Hathaway

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award – Meg Cline

                                        2018 4-H HOUSE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

Since 2009, the 4-H House Alumni Association has presented the 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award to one of our outstanding alumni to recognize contributions she has made to her community, her profession, her sorority and/or her university.  Winners of this award are an example and a source of pride for all members of the 4-H House sisterhood.

The 2018 4-H House Distinguished Alumni Award winner is Meg Webster Cline. 

Meg Cline graduated from the University of Illinois in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Consumer Economics from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). She received her Masters in Business Administration from the University in 2009.  Meg is also a Certified Financial Planner and has been awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst Charter.

Meg lived at 4-H House for 4 years and served as Secretary, Assistant Secretary and J-Board Chair.  As an alumnus, she served on the 4-H House Alumni Association Board from 2010-2013, was President 2011-2013 and a member of the Renovations Committee 2012-2014.  Her leadership was instrumental in expanding and redefining the qualifications to reside at 4-H House and for setting in motion the 4-H House renovation.  Meg’s determination to see 4-H House thrive led to the kitchen remodel in 2013 and the long-term strategic plan to maintain the house infrastructure. 

Meg has been a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association since 1996 and a member of the Presidents Council since 2000.

 Professionally, Meg is Vice President of Gift Planning and Trust Services for the University of Illinois Foundation.  Previously she was Associate Dean for Advancement in the of College of ACES, Director of Principal Gifts and Gift Planning Advisor as well as Executive Assistant to the President for Development/Director of Principal Gifts at the University of Illinois Foundation.  

Meg has been deeply involved in her community.  She is a member of P.E.O International Sisterhood where she has served on the State Member Development Committee and has been President – twice! Vice President, Fundraising Chair, Budget Chair, and Treasurer. She is on the Board of the Crisis Nursery.  Meg is a member and has been President, Vice President Secretary and Treasurer of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council, a Regent and General Trustee for the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, and a member of the Financial Planning Association and National Association for Charitable Gift Planners.

Meg has been recipient of many awards and honors.  While at the University of Illinois she was a member of Ma-Wan-Da, Atius-Sachem. In 2002 she was named Outstanding Young Alumni for the College of ACES. She received the MBA Class of 2009 Dean’s Award for Highest GPA as well as the MBA Class of 2009 “Best Teammate” Award.

Meg resides in Champaign with her husband, Scott Cline and their daughter, Anna Kate.

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2018 Fall Homefront

2018 Fall Homefront

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2018 Annual Association Meeting

Check out the Annual Meeting/Homecoming Schedule – hope to see you there!


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1960 House Bill

Here is a fun little bit of history!


4-H House 1960


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2017 Summer Homefront

2017 Summer Homefront

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Spring 2016 Homefront

2016 Spring Homefront

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Fall 2015 Homefront

2015 Fall Homefront


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