Business and professional briefs, April 27, 2014

Business and professional briefs, April 27, 2014

New jobs

Kaluzny joins law firm. Anna Kaluzny has joined the Schum Law Office, Champaign, as an associate attorney.

She will concentrate her practice in the areas of personal injury and workers' compensation. She is fluent in Spanish and Russian.

Kaluzny received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 2010.

Ogden bank hires Lucas. Andrew Lucas of Catlin has joined First National Bank of Ogden as vice president and senior lender.

He will manage the loan department and will also work with commercial and agricultural customers, as well as have responsibilities in new business development.

Lucas, originally from Mattoon, has more than 20 years of experience in banking, most recently in East Central Illinois.

Pixo adds Dolinar. Sarah Dolinar has been hired as project manager at Pixo, Urbana.

She most recently worked in marketing/project management for the University of Illinois College of Education. She has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education.


Three graduate from fire academy. Joshua Kramer, Timothy Maross and Joshua Zimmerman have graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute's Basic Firefighter Academy.

Kramer and Maross will serve on the Urbana Fire Department, and Zimmerman will serve on the Champaign Fire Department.

Zimmerman was honored at graduation with the Howard "Doc" Eskridge Academic Excellence Award, given to the cadet with the highest grade point average during academy.

UI office professional honored. Cindy Curtiss has received the 2014 Office Professional of the Year Award from the Secretariat at the University of Illinois.

Curtiss works in the dean's office at the College of Media. She was nominated by Dean Jan Slater and was honored at an April 16 awards luncheon.

Also nominated were: Selena Douglass, College of Education, Bureau of Educational Research; Janis Glosser, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at the Irwin Academic Center; and Kathryn Schilson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

The Secretariat is made up of UI employees in civil service classifications with qualifications that meet or exceed those of office support associate.

Breeze earns Soaring Eagle. Clark Breeze has received the Soaring Eagle Award, the highest honor given by the Leading Producer Round Table of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The award recognizes benefits specialists and health care consultants for exceptional professional knowledge and outstanding client service.

Breeze is a senior sales executive with the benefits division of Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Champaign. He has 37 years of experience.

Attorney named to forum. Champaign attorney Steven A. Amjad has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The forum's membership is limited to attorneys who have won million- or multimillion-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. There are about 4,000 members nationwide.

Amjad is associated with the Meyer Capel law firm. He concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation, personal injury and criminal defense.

Spice rejoins credit union board. Dennis Spice has been elected to the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union's board of directors.

He is founder and president of Institutional Advisors Ltd., a business consulting company that provides marketing, business development, strategic planning and financial consultign services to small to midsized businesses.

Spice previously served on the board on two separate occasions for a total of 10 years.

Scott Pickard retired from the credit union's board after five years of service. He is associate director of the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois.

Aquatic center receives award. The Sholem Aquatic Center has received the Gold International Aquatic Safety Award from Jeff Ellis & Associates Inc. — International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants.

The award indicates the center, a facility of the Champaign Park District, consistently exceeds industry standards in risk management and epitomizes excellence.

The evaluation audits included undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards and evaluation of individual and team basic life support and rescue skills.

Scrubs Plus, customers contribute to food bank. A recent food drive at Scrubs Plus, Champaign, collected 40 pounds of food and $270 in monetary donations for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.


Ford to retire from UI Library.Barbara J. Ford will retire from the University of Illinois Library at the end of May.

Ford has been the director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the UI Library since 2003.

The Mortenson Center has worked with more than 90 countries over two decades to strengthen ties among libraries and librarians for promotion of international education through professional development.

Ford was the 1997-98 president of the American Library Association. She plans to continue work with libraries and international issues.

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