30 Days, 30 Grads: Uni alum's not done exploring

URBANA — For Marie Lilly, going away to college has provided an opportunity to see the world — from studying sea turtles in Costa Rica to exploring ecosystems in the Amazon.

And the Urbana Uni High grad isn't done exploring.

Ask 'Mimi,' May 21, 2017

Did you see that Harmonia Rosales' re-creation of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' has gone viral?

Yes, the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed and other media have done articles on her oil painting. In the famous painting, she replaced the white male figures that represent Jesus, God and angels with black women.

New grads exit with fond memories

University Laboratory High School rocked with Prince and Abba, while Judah Christian had a reverent tone with religious songs.

But both marked the bittersweet joy of graduation Saturday and the end of an epoch for the seniors.

Top of the Morning, May 21, 2017

St. Joseph-Ogden senior Murelle Plotner won't be able to accept her diploma at today's ceremony. Instead, she'll spend graduation day at St. Louis Children's Hospital, recovering from last week's lung transplant.

The school reached out to the Plotners, offering to use FaceTime and an iPad to "walk" Murelle across the stage when her name was called.

Issues with UI student-trustee election create friction

URBANA — In early March, University of Illinois junior Emily Tuttle was elected to represent Urbana students on the UI Board of Trustees.

Seven weeks later, another UI junior, Trayshawn Mitchell, was also elected student trustee.

Only Mitchell's election counts.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Danville alum keeping pace in life's race

OXFORD, Ohio — On Sunday, Alexus Jimson-Miller graduated from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in public health.

But the Danville native isn't leaving the Ohio campus she has grown to love quite yet.

Top of the Morning, May 20, 2017

What makes the Travel page in this Sunday's News-Gazette unique is not the story — about a family's five-day Caribbean cruise — but the author.

He's 11.

"I am planning to clip out Sunday's story and hang it on my bedroom wall," sixth-grader Thomas Southey said.

UI Chicago computer-science prof from Urbana wins $500,000 award

Urbana High School graduate Brian Ziebart, now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois Chicago, has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the agency's top award for young researchers.

UI genomics exhibit debuts at Chicago's Field Museum this weekend

A University of Illinois exhibit that lets visitors study bee brains, interact with a crop robot and watch genome sequencing in action will debut at Chicago's Field Museum this weekend.

The Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology will present "Explore the World of Genomics" today and Saturday inside Stanley Field Hall, home to the museum's famous "Sue the T-rex" dinosaur.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Improving hospice is Uni alum's future goal

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — During her sophomore year at Notre Dame, Petra Rantanen helped take care of her grandmother, who was nearing the end of her life.

It was during those months that Rantanen, a 2013 University High graduate, began to feel strongly that people in this country need better care when they reach that stage.

Not long after, she took a class on hospice care.