Business and professional briefs, Aug. 10, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Aug. 10, 2014

New jobs

Holden joins journalism faculty. Benjamin A. Holden has joined the University of Illinois College of Media journalism faculty as a teaching assistant professor.

He has worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and as an editor for Gannett and McClatchy.

Most recently, he was director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he was an associate professor in the Reynolds School of Journalism.

He conceived and launched the Reynolds Courts and Media Law Journal.

Holden will teach media law this fall and remain on the National Judicial College's faculty as a guest lecturer.

He received a master's degree in business administration and a law degree, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

Deem to practice at Christie. Dr. Daniel Deem has joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Christie Clinic on Windsor, 1801 W. Windsor Road, C.

He completed medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale and Springfield.

Deem fulfilled his residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.

Prairie Center hires Bartsch. Brian Bartsch has been hired as human resource director for the Prairie Center, Champaign.

He will be responsible for human resource issues at the center's locations in Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

Bartsch, a New Jersey native who moved to Illinois in 1997, has held human resource management and leadership positions in insurance, county government and manufacturing.

Danville law firm adds attorney. AadamM. Alikhan has joined The Law Offices of Kesler, Nelson, Garman, Brougher & Townsley in Danville.

His practice will focus primarily on criminal and traffic/driving under the influence defense and civil litigation including family law and personal injury.

Alikhan received his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2007. He is a former police officer and prosecutor.

Hinds takes new role. Joshua Hinds of Champaign has been named relationship manager for agricultural lending at Busey Bank.

He has been with Busey since 2010, specializing in credit analysis and ag underwriting.

Hinds is a co-founder of CU Dream Chasers, an organization that helps students identify possible career paths by connecting them with local professionals.

Hitchon to head advertising department. Jacquie Hitchon has joined the University of Illinois College of Media as professor and head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising.

She was formerly on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, where she served as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Communication for two years and as chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication for nine years.


Book named as Fellow. Ruth Book was one of 12 professionals recently named fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

She was inducted during the society's annual international meeting in Montreal, Quebec.

Book was cited for outstanding leadership accomplishments in conservation and environmental engineering and for being a role model and mentor to young women.

She is state conservation engineer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Champaign.

Only about 2 percent of the society's active members have achieved the grade of fellow.

Wagstaff receives grant. University of Illinois graduate student Ross Wagstaff, along with Sam Wortman, a UI assistant professor of crop sciences, has been selected to receive a grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

The grant is for the project, "Farming in the City: How Does The Altered Urban Environment Influence Cropping System Productivity, Ecology and Profitability?"

The aim of the project is to assess plant, microbial and insect ecological response to atmospheric conditions on farms in urban areas and on the outskirts of cities.

Clark-Lindsey gets high marks. Clark-Lindsey received "Highest Honors" in a resident satisfaction survey completed by Holleran, a national research and consulting firm specializing in senior living.

The continuing care retirement community in Urbana ranked in the 90th percentile, significantly exceeding national benchmark comparisons in 27 factors, including overall satisfaction, value for price paid and long-term confidence in Clark-Lindsey's future.

Holleran's findings reflected surveys taken over the past 24 months in 302 senior living communities nationwide.

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