Urbana attorney loves poetry ... and the law

URBANA – You could call Carl Reisman a poet lawyerate. He's a poet who happens to put food on the table by practicing law. And he's a lawyer who likes to write poetry.

"I don't think you can say either comes first. You can't separate out identities that way. People are complicated," said the 45-year-old Urbana resident, who wrote poetry long before he earned his law degree.

Inventors Hall of Fame inductees have ties to UI

University of Illinois Nobel Prize winner Paul Lauterbur can add another honor to his list – membership in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.

Lauterbur, one of the key developers of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was among the inductees to be announced today by the inventors hall, which honors women and men responsible for technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible.

He's the one that she wants

HOOPESTON – Since she was 12 years old, Shelly Snyder has been hopelessly devoted to John Travolta.

So when the actor asked her for a kiss during a taping of the "Oprah Show," Snyder went into a state of shock.

UI graduate's ad airs during Super Bowl

University of Illinois graduate Kristin Dehnert "went berserk" when her commercial for Doritos aired during the Super Bowl.

She and four other finalists watched the Super Bowl at a private party hosted by Doritos in Miami.

CERL tech glad to answer the call in Iraq

On her second stint in Iraq, Vickey McDonald, a grandmother who lives in rural Rankin, was on her way from Tikrit to Mosul when she and her companions drove into a mortar and rocket attack.

They ducked out of their armored sport utility vehicle and into the nearest Iraqi police station for refuge – only to find the station was the focus of the attack.

Volunteer a boon to C-U in may ways, including as translator

CHAMPAIGN – For the better part of the 30 years she's lived in Champaign, Lucia Scully has volunteered at her children's school, a local hospital, delivering meals to senior citizens, running a low-cost food distribution program, and as an election judge.

But the native Peruvian seems to have found her real calling working as a volunteer translator for Spanish-speaking clients of the Frances Nelson Health Center in Champaign.

Controller honored for aiding troubled pilot

SAVOY – On Sept. 14, a 67-year-old St. Louis man was flying home alone in his Piper Seneca III when the plane went into a nose dive at 2,800 feet per minute.

It took all of Willard Nickisch's strength to pull out of that 15-second descent, which had brought him down to 5,000 feet above central Illinois, just after noon.

Speaker uses Till story to inspire teens

CHAMPAIGN – The young people of 50 years ago were integrating the public schools in Little Rock, Ark., and New Orleans. College students risked their lives to register black voters in the South.

They were using their lives to push forward the cause of equal rights for blacks.

Ex-associate dean at UI dies

URBANA – For 35 years, University of Illinois Dean William Alfeld helped train future communicators, all the while fighting technology in his own life.

The associate dean in the College of Communications was an intellectual who graduated from Columbia University, a gourmet cook known for his divinity, a problem-solver for many a mathematically challenged journalist, the keeper of the history of Carrollton, Ill., and the sustaining water source for flowers everywhere.

Urbana library's associate director considered for top job

URBANA – The longtime associate director of the Urbana Free Library has emerged as the leading candidate to replace retiring Executive Director Fred Schlipf.

The library board held a reception Thursday afternoon for Debra Lissak, 54, the associate director at the Urbana library for the past 23 years. She was scheduled to be interviewed by the library board in executive session Thursday night.