Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker / Family Life: For kids, too much is never a good thing


University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators co-blog together. I was reading some of my colleagues' blogs and I came across this gem from my colleague Cheri Burcham. This month I am printing this with her permission.

UI Interfraternity Council mandates training to prevent sexual assaults

URBANA — All University of Illinois fraternities will be required to train their members on how to intervene to prevent sexual assault under new bylaws approved by their governing board.

The UI's student-run Interfraternity Council announced the new bylaws to help combat sexual assault, estimated to affect as many as 1 in 7 women on campus.

UI professor honored for advancements with wheat crops

FRED KOLB has devoted much of his life to developing more productive and most disease-resistant strains of wheat. As a result of his work, wheat is more plentiful for a hungry world, farmers are producing wheat with higher yields, and the wheat that is grown is more resistant to blight.

30 Days, 30 Grads: Heritage alum hitting the ground running

INDIANAPOLIS — Taylor Gillenwater isn't letting the dust settle on her newly minted diploma from Butler University.

The 22-year-old Allerton native, who graduated cum laude on Saturday, will start her new job as a financial analyst with Johnson & Johnson in Warsaw, Ind., on May 22.

Admin at heart of Urbana schools flap hired away by Unit 4

CHAMPAIGN — After dozens of supporters flooded Urbana school board meetings to speak out against her proposed demotion to elementary school principal, Jennifer Ivory-Tatum will be an assistant superintendent in 2017-18, after all.

Just not in the school district that has employed her since 2005.

Unity grad nears college graduation: 'He could do anything'

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — As an education major at Indiana's Wabash College, Kyle Morgan spent an "immersion week" in a Chicago public school last year.

His mentor teacher at Kenwood Academy in Chicago asked the 2013 Unity High School graduate to take full control of planning and teaching her African-American history class.

Monticello duo to get Army appointments from Davis

MONTICELLO — As she enters the final few days of her high school career at Monticello, Kendyl McFarland gets around the hallways of the school in sandy-colored boots, extending halfway up her lower leg.

It's not the most fashion-forward look, but excuse McFarland if she's not interested in appearing on your "who wore it best" list.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, May 7, 2017

In Chapter 2 of our three-part series (read Chapter 1 here), we asked members of the high school Class of 2017: What are the top three items on your 10-year bucket list?

Getting Personal: Alaina Kanfer

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Champaign resident Alaina Kanfer, the director of engagement and external relations at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli.

Tell us something few people know about you.

M-S alum ready to work in agriculture

MAHOMET — Ethan Tock wants his career in agriculture to be hands-on — literally.

“I love being outside,” he said. “I want to do as much work as I can by hand. I don’t know anything about a tractor or machine, but the hands-on stuff I like.”