Salute to '16: Ryan Schonert

Over the next two weeks, we'll introduce you to some of the most distinguished members of the Class of 2016.

SURS director leaves for new job

CHAMPAIGN — The executive director of the State Universities Retirement System is leaving after just one year, to take a new job in Pennsylvania.

Top of the morning, May 6, 2016

He may have retired last year, but former News-Gazette prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner hasn't stopped writing.

Last week, the longtime sports writer's fifth book — "Parkland Perfection" — was released. It chronicles the Cobras' 57-0 march to a national volleyball championship last fall.

Degree of difficulty

CHAMPAIGN — On May 22, Will Vavrin is all set to walk across the stage at St. Thomas More's commencement ceremony as valedictorian of the Class of 2016.

But not before he graduates from Parkland College with his associate's degree — 10 days earlier.

During his four years at STM, Vavrin says he has only spent one semester as "just a high school student."

'As I grow older, I've changed and she's grown with me'

CHAMPAIGN — Growing up in a home as one of six children, Tianna Lee didn't always get the kind of individual attention she might have needed.

"Everybody was doing their own thing," she said. "Everybody was just busy."

Frank's Faves: Mom on the big screen

Ever see your mom in a movie? I have ... in quite a few, actually.

Area history, May 5, 2016

Today is Thursday, May 5, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

End of the beginning: Linder to step down

URBANA — While tonight's banquet will celebrate the C-U One-to-One mentors and their mentees, it will also serve as a farewell to the program's founder.

Barbara Linder is retiring after 22 years as a do-it-all coordinator. Next stop: TBA.

Just 1 question: What about the trees?

To celebrate Arbor Day, some of Urbana's youngest (University Primary School preschoolers) and wisest (Clark Lindsey Retirement Village residents) got together to talk trees.

Milestones ahead for Krannert Center

With Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gearing up for its 50th anniversary, the next season is both exciting and important, says Director Mike Ross.