Eight UI College of ACES professors earn national honors

URBANA — Eight University of Illinois professors, all in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, have been recognized as among the best in the nation in agricultural education.

Eighth annual Feminist Film Festival set Thursday at Art

CHAMPAIGN — The eighth annual Feminist Film Festival presented by the University of Illinois Women's Resources Center at 7 p.m. Thursday will feature student-made short films.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Just the right environment for soon-to-be Wisconsin alum

JACOB HUTNER always had a passion for protecting the environment. But as a teen, he didn't believe he had the aptitude for a science-based career.

High School Confidential: Week 31

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Design of new UI cultural center unveiled

URBANA — A modern glass-and-brick building designed to provide a "home away from home" for black students and reach out to the broader campus is slated to replace a deteriorating cultural center at the University of Illinois.

Final designs for the new $5.5 million Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will be presented to UI trustees when they meet in Springfield next week.

Teacher of the Week: Laura Bruce

Meet Laura Bruce, a kindergarten teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary who has no need for a personal desk in her classroom.

"I took it out to make more room for kindergarten," she said.

She says she has a passion for building relationships with students and their families, which fits in well with the theme at her school.

Body, online safety on lesson plan this week at GR-F schools

GEORGETOWN — In a classroom at Pine Crest Elementary, 24 third-graders burst into giggles and shrieks, then made a beeline for one of three signs.

Eighteen gathered around a "no" sign, four lined up in front of one that says "not sure" and two boys — still giggling — stood next to one that says "yes."

Urbana school board leadership remains same after swearing-in

URBANA — Urbana school board leadership will remain the same for another two years.

A month after five current members were elected to five open seats on the board, Brenda Carter, Ruth Ann Fisher, Peggy Patten, John Dimit and Anne Hall were officially sworn in Tuesday night.

PACA's first photo contest to focus on Central properties

CHAMPAIGN — The Preservation and Conservation Association's first photography contest will highlight 10 properties optioned for purchase and demolition by the Champaign School District to make way for an expanded Central High School.

Top of the Morning, May 3, 2017

In 1955, seniors at Arthur High took a class trip to Washington, D.C.

"It was wonderful, something I'll never forget," said Idalene Watkins, now 79 and still living in Arthur.

On Saturday, Watkins watched as this year's ALAH seniors left by bus for the nation's capital.

"I just hope they appreciate what they're getting to do," she said. "I know I did."