UI's ties with China go back decades

Interim Chancellor Robert Easter has been to China 40 times, mostly as an expert on animal feed before he became the dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Leal, Urbana High principals see success beyond test scores

URBANA – There is plenty of evidence to show that students at Leal Elementary School and Urbana High School are learning, even though those schools missed making adequate yearly progress this year under No Child Left Behind.

Parkland's Gina Walls wins national teaching honor

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College professor of sociology Gina D. Walls has won the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Teaching Excellence Award for Parkland College.

The annual award is given to a faculty member whose dedication to teaching and leadership excellence is evident by effectiveness in the classroom.

UI will give two-year MBA scholarship in competition

CHAMPAIGN – Want a full ride to the University of Illinois business school?

The UI College of Business has created a new two-year scholarship for the MBA student who wins a competition to be held by the school this February in Chicago.

Danville school bus drivers reach contract deal

DANVILLE – First Student bus drivers could be working under a new contract soon.

Negotiators for the company, which contracts with the Danville school district to provide bus service, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 26 have reached a settlement, a bus company representative said Monday.

Jefferson teacher gives students taste of the outdoors

CHAMPAIGN – Dominique Luckett pushed her kayak into the water and paddled the length of Kaufman Lake on a warm and windy October day, past geese and trees turning brilliant colors.

It was the first time she'd kayaked on open water.

"That's a workout," she said, rubbing her arms after she got out of her kayak.

Archery program right on target

CHAMPAIGN – The students lined up, aimed their bows at the target, pulled back on the strings, and Zing! An arrow pierces the stuffed Santa Claus in the Chicago Bears uniform hanging from the ceiling.

"I got it! Woo!" said the girl who shot the arrow.

More information on Parenting with Love and Limits

Looking for some help?

If you want to find out if the Parenting With Love and Limits program is right for your family, contact James Warren Jr. at Community Elements (formerly the Mental Health Center of Champaign County) at 693-4672.

In first year, program has high success rate for parents and teens

URBANA – Tanya Durst admits she was ready to give up on mothering her teen-age daughter about this time last year.

The 38-year-old single mother of two and her then 13-year-old, Brittianie Jackson, were not seeing eye-to-eye, to put it charitably.

Suspended RTHS superintendent retrieves belongings from office

RANTOUL – Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Janet Koroscik picked up personal belongings from her office Friday, but isn't going anywhere yet.

The personal belongings consisted of daily medication and plants from her mother's Jan. 10 funeral that needed daily care.