Schools foundation to honor alums
Four graduates of local public schools have been selected for recognition by the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation.
To be honored at the foundation's alumni recognition gala April 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign:
— Bhavia Wagner, who graduated as Carol Hartstirn from Urbana in 1974. She founded the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in northern Michigan and later Earth Care Paper Inc., in Madison, Wis. Following visits to Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba and Guatemala, she also started Friendship With Cambodia Inc., to address poverty in Cambodia.
— Jim Wicks, a 1981 Central grad. As senior vice president of consumer experience design at Motorola, he leads a multidisciplinary organization of designers, engineers and researchers responsible for the physical and digital design of products.
— Paul Tatman, who opened an auto body shop in his back yard after graduating from Urbana in 1958. He has donated furniture and computers to Urbana schools and a specially painted van to Swann Care Center. Plus, he has teamed up with Parkland College to train young people in auto body repair, including some who became Tatman Auto Body employees.
— Marc Changnon, a 1970 Central grad. A longtime member of the Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club, he helped establish the Key Club at Centennial in 2000. He serves on the board of Champaign County Crimestoppers and has coached basketball at the Champaign Park District, Edison Middle School and Centennial.