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  • Event planning: Attention to detail, teamwork are essential

    Babette Hiles has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about her 19 years as the Urbana campus's director of special events - some of which she is able to share in public. The job has led to her meeting a host of celebrities and politicians along the way. This year's commencement ceremony will mark Hiles' last, as she retires at the end of the academic year.

    Woman with a plan
    Babette Hiles has plenty of behind-the-scenes stories about her 19 years as the Urbana campus's director of special events - some of which she is able to share in public. The job has led to her meeting a host of celebrities and politicians along the way. This year's commencement ceremony will mark Hiles' last, as she retires at the end of the academic year.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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