Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities

Neighbors: Recognizing accomplishments in our communities


The cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the 2014 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Steering Committee, have selected Carl W. Burkybile and Jackie Corlett Johnson to receive Champaign-Urbana Humanitarian Awards. Visit Champaign County AgriTours Illinois Program will receive an award as an organization.

Burkybile has served as the director of the American support group Caring for Kenya for 17 years. He has also served as director of agriculture for Healing Hands International for three years and is a member of Champaign Rotary Club. He has formed a partnership between Caring for Kenya, Healing Hands International, area Rotary Clubs and Rotary International on a $116,000 water project that is providing clean water for 15,000 people.

Johnson is a British designer who has lived and worked in Bangladesh for over 20 years and currently resides in Royal, with her American husband. She developed the first full-time design education curriculum in Bangladesh, serving as the foundation for the first two private design colleges in the country. It was during this time that Johnson established Motif, a Fair Trade business that employs artisans who create collections of totes, jewelry, and scarves.

The event honoring winners is Sept. 25 at the I Hotel.

IFSI instructors

Three Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Wildland Program firefighting instructors have been deployed to the Upper Micah Complex Fire outside St. Maries, Idaho. The instructors are part of a Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew. Jason Sartin, Anthony Longbucco and Jim Tresouthick were deployed Aug. 4. Their assignment will run until approximately Aug. 20.

While on the fire, the crew will be working under the direction of a National Type II Incident Management Team from the Northern Rocky Mountain Region. The crew will be engaged in fire suppression and support functions on the incident. The crew is composed of personnel from structural fire departments, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sartin will serve as the assistant crew boss; Tresouthick and Longbucco will serve the crew as sawyers.

A fourth instructor — Leon Duncan — left Aug. 8 for the July Complex Fire in the Klamath National Forest in California to serve as a documentation unit leader for the National Type I Incident Management Team from the California region.


Matthew Peterson of Urbana was awarded the $1,000 Charles and Margeret Banner Memorial Scholarship and $10,000 in life insurance from Gleaner Life Insurance Society. Peterson, an Urbana graduate and the son of Jamie and Eric Peterson, will attend the University of Illinois.

Academic honors

— Keith Eric Butler, son of Jeffrey and Mary Butler of Monticello, graduated from Washington University (St. Louis) with a doctor of physical therapy degree. Butler graduated with a bachelor of science in biology from Eastern Illinois University in 2010.

— Ronald Eldridge Jr. earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Emory University, Atlanta, in June. He has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. Eldridge, an alumnus of Urbana High School, is the son of Ron and Connie Eldridge, Urbana.

— Keith Bujak of Champaign was conferred his doctor of philosophy in psychology and Michael Socie of St. Joseph received his master of science in prosthetics and orthotics at Georgia Institute of Technology.

— Sarah K. Barrett received a master's of science degree in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Barrett is the daughter of Gerald and Nancy Barrett of Urbana. She is a graduate University of Illinois at Springfield, where she earned her bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science.

— Evelyn Huang of Urbana graduated with a medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

— Julie Lynn Warfel Beatty of Pesotum graduated from Bradley University with a master of science in nursing.

— Tara Holaday of Arcola, graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a master of science degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard hearing from RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

— Shilpa Rupanagudi Topudurti of Champaign was named to the Rochester University dean's list for the spring semester.

— Travis Ferber, was named to the dean's list at Duke University. A master's candidate at Duke, Ferber is a graduate of Jamaica High School. He is the son of Mike and Janie Ferber and grandson of Jim and Marta Meers and the late Herb and Shirley Ferber.

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