(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)


Mary Hodson introduced Samuel Byndom, the Director of the Urbana Adult Education Center.  Samuel discussed his experience growing up in a small, southwestern Illinois town.  He attended Millikin University, and then joined the U.S. military and served for nearly a decade.  His time serving in the military cemented Samuel’s interest in and commitment to service.

Samuel recently started his position as the Director of the Urbana Adult Education Center.  The name is a bit of a misnomer because the program serves people from around Champaign County, not just in Urbana.  During the 2011-2012 school year, UAEC served 847 adult learners in its Adult Basic Education and Literacy programs, and 157 students in its Storefront Academy programs.  Of this total, approximately 375 were in the 16-21 year-old age range.

In addition to basic education services, UAEC offers Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Office Skills training, and English as a Second Language programs.The majority of UAEC young adult students (ages 16-21) are working toward either a GED or a high school diploma, although some are also working toward CNA licensure.

Samuel is currently completing a PhD in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois.  Samuel and his wife Maria live in Urbana with their two children.


For more information on the Urbana Adult Education Center, see:  



May 8th May 15th May 22nd May 29th
Introductions Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Kris Young
Invocation Jim Gould Bruce Hatfield Mary Hodson Phillip Holthaus
Greeters Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Kris Young
Paul Conforti Molly Delaney Ata Durukan Jim Gould
Song Leader Keith Brandau Alan Chalifoux Neal Chamberlain Reuben Chambers
Notetaker Chamberlain Perry Penwell Hodson
Rotary Minute Roberts Krchak Chalifoux Paceley


Upcoming Schedule

May 8th – Joe Murphy, board member for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company

May 15th – Pat Titus, Titus Farms, representing the Illinois Pork Board

May 22nd – Tom Ulen will discuss Issues in College Athletics

May 29th – Marva Nelson, Associate Professor of English at Parkland College

June 5th – TBD

June 12th – Daniel Bronson Lowe, PhD, Senior Infection Specialist at Carle

June 19th – TBD

June 26th – TBD