Education briefs

RCC professor honored 

DECATUR -- Professor Evyonne Hawkins has been named a recipient of the Dale P. Darnell Distinguished Faculty award by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Hawkins has been at Richland Community College for 25 years, where she began her career as an administrative assistant, part of the team that developed the associate degree in nursing program. She holds associate degrees in office technology and general education; bachelor's and master's degrees in education and has been named faculty of the year and a distinguished alumna at Richland. She created the African American studies degree program at Richland and dual credit programs at Eisenhower and MacArthur high schools.

Church to hold community fair 

DECATUR -- Life Buildiers Church, 833 W. Pershing Road, will hold a free community event 2 to 6 p.m. today for all ages.

Activities include free food, a Kids' Zone, inflatables, a Construction Zone, stage acts, mobile zoo, escape rooms and more.

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Photo contest entries sought

DECATUR -- Macon County Conservation District is inviting students in grades K through 12 to submit original photographs depicting scenes from Illinois nature.

Entries may be submitted in one of three categories: Landscapes, Wildlife and Humans and Nature. Each must be framed and measure at least 8 by 10 inches.

Conservation District staff will determine first, second and third place photographs and award ribbons in each category. All submissions will be displayed in Rock Springs Nature Center in June and August along with other artists' work.

Drop off or mail entries by May 24 to Rock Springs Nature Center, c/o Alysia Callison, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur IL 62521. Photographers must include their name, age, grade, school or home school, and a parent or guardian's phone number. Winners will be notified on Monday, June 10. For more information, visit maconcountyconservation.org.

Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter


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Education reporter for the Herald & Review.

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