Chambana Mom to Know: Mary Widdicks

Thank you to the Champaign Park District and the Virginia Theatre for sponsoring today's Mom to Know. Discounted ticket packages are on sale now for three of the Virginia's popular upcoming attractions: Charlotte's Web, The Little Mermaid and Jack Hanna. Also be sure to enter a drawing (deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 11) to win tickets to each of these shows! Once a cognitive … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Cynthia Bruno

Cynthia Bruno is the Morning Show News anchor at WCIA 3 News and host of Current, a news show for women. She is also the co-founder of Girls Go For It, a non-profit that works to develop the leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional abilities of girls. She (sometimes) likes running, (always) enjoys checking out new restaurants, and loves to travel. See … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Ruth Nicole Brown

Ruth Nicole Brown is a scholar who takes action on her scholarship, which is all about Black girlhood. An associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Educational Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she is inspired by the arts as "a means of self-expression and community transformation." Brown writes poetry and is in a band; she founded … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Lauren Quinn

Lauren Quinn is an Oak Park native who has traveled from Montana to California to Australia in her pursuit of education. But she calls Champaign-Urbana home now, and her goal is to make a difference in an important issue in our society. She grew up in a family that loved to travel, so it was no surprise she ended up in Montana for college, and then to California for … [Read more...]

Chambana Mom to Know: Anita Balgopal

Anita Balgopal moved to Urbana in 1978, left in 1995 and returned in 2012. She always wanted to escape the Midwest but, alas, it has become her home. Anita and her husband, Christopher, chose C-U shortly before their son started kindergarten, the couple seeking strong public schools and to be closer to her parents. "I thought it would be hard returning home, but I … [Read more...]