The Eli’s Cheesecake Blog debuted the week of June 11th in 2004. It was a busy week as I (Marc Schulman) attended the graduation at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on Friday evening with Catherine Bertini, winner of the World Food Prize and then Under Secretary General of the United Nations was our guest speaker, and then I delivered the Commencement Address on Saturday at Kendall College, the last graduation before the move to the Goose Island Campus.

Ten years later, I am delighted that we continue our support of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and to have Dr. Robert Easter, the President of the University of Illinois as our Speaker. I met Dr. Easter when he was the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Dr. Easter has been a great advocate for CHSAS and the Food Industry in Chicago and Illinois and we are so honored by his support of CHSAS.


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President Easter greeted the Top 10 Graduates of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and learned about the educational plans for the future

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President Easter address the 186 graduates in the Class of 2014 at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The students come up to receive their diplomas by Career Pathway: Agricultural Finance & Economics, Food Sciences Technology, Horticulture/Landscape Design, Agricultural Mechanic & Technology and Animal Science.


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After the Graduation Ceremony, President Robert Easter and Eli’s Cheesecake Marc Schulman congratulated the recipients of the Aaron Easter Memorial Scholarship, given annually by Eli’s Cheesecake, in memory of the late son of Robert and Cheryl Easter, for outstanding students attending the College of ACES at UIUC. The recipients for 2014 are Tabitha Lundy, studying Food Science and Human Nutrition and Korianna Kluss-klekamp, studying Agribusiness: Markets and Management.

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Eli’s Cheesecake Marc Schulman and University of Illinois President Robert Easter congratulate Brittany Clay, the recipient of the Eli M. Schulman & Robert Hatoff Memorial Scholarship, given by Eli’s Cheesecake in the name of Marc’s Father and the Founder of his namesake company and his best friend, Bobby Hatoff, the owner of Allen Brothers Meats. Brittany, the FFA Chapter President, will be attending Iowa State University.



President Easter is congratulated after the Graduation Ceremony by Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Lucille Shaw, Rouhy Shalabi, LSC Chair and Co-Chair of the CHSAS Business Advisory Board and Marc Schulman, President of Eli’s Cheesecake and also a  Co-Chair of the CHSAS Advisory Business Advisory Board.


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President Robert Easter thanks Sheila Fowler, a University of Illinois Graduate, and Agricultural Department Chair for her Leadership and support for the Graduates.