URBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will honor Russell Moroz of Libertyville, Illinois and Marc Schulman of Chicago, Illinois as the recipients of the 2016 Friend of ACES award. The award recognizes non-alumni friends who have made outstanding contributions to the growth and success of the College of ACES.
Moroz, who will be recognized at the ACES College Connection on Saturday, Sept. 10, is Vice President – Research, Development and Quality for Merisant, Inc. He formerly held leadership positions with Kraft-Heinz and retired from there in 2015. “He is a highly accomplished food manufacturing leader with a passion for big, visionary ideas, and for helping people and organizations innovate, solve problems, and achieve more than they imagined,” says professor emerita Faye Dong, who nominated Moroz for the award.
Moroz served nine years on the ACES External Advisory Committee and seven years on the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition External Advisory Committee. He is a strong supporter of the ACES Research Apprentice Program, and secured Kraft Foods funding for the summer program for youth from under-represented groups. For a decade, Moroz led University of Illinois recruiting efforts for Kraft Foods. In addition to matching qualified students with internships and full-time employment, he offered opportunities for students to develop professional skills, including mock-interviews, shadow days, and information sessions.
Schulman is the president of Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Located on the northwest side of Chicago, Eli’s is the country’s largest specialty cheesecake bakery. “Schulman has passions for both education and agriculture,” says Louise Rogers, ACES alumnus and former associate dean for advancement. He is a long-time supporter of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and was influential in strengthening the relationship between the high school and the College of ACES. Schulman will be honored during a private event for the Aaron Easter Scholars. Schulman provides this scholarship in memory of Robert and Cheryl Easter’s son for students from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences who are studying in the College of ACES.
Schulman shared his experiences in business with students in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, serving as an executive in residence. He has opened the doors of Eli’s Cheesecake Company on several occasions to both ACES students and alumni gatherings. Many attendees to the annual Salute to Agriculture celebration have enjoyed Eli’s Cheesecake, as Schulman facilitated the donation of hundreds of pieces of cheesecake.