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2010-2011
 
August
  • Parkland welcomes five new full-time faculty members at the all-college meeting.
  • Nationally known scholar Dr. Betsy Barefoot, co-director for research and publications, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, speaks at campus on first-year experience best practices.
  • Mathematics department receives 2010 Innovative Diversity Efforts Award; plans to use I.D.E.A. funds to research tactics for increasing diversity of qualified applicant pool.
  • First half of campus re-roofing project is completed, with new metal roof tiles installed.
  • New college employee/student portal, My.Parkland, begins.
  • First-Year Experience programs begin; task force for three major components (SOAR, PSY 109 course content, and First-Year Academies) begins work in support of first-year college students at Parkland.
  • Campus Technologies’ server room upgrade is completed. Major components are a dedicated Liebert air conditioning unit, an APC uninterruptible power supply, and a Kohler generator. Parkland can now continue to provide essential services to its students even during prolonged power outages.
  • College takes 2012 Reaccreditation Self-Study Feedback Survey.
  • PCTV begins transition to high definition (having purchased two HD cameras in July).
  • PCTV airs two new shows: If You Liked...You’ll Love..., a film review show featuring Matt Hurt and Syd Slobodnik, and Learning to Grow, an agricultural show featuring Bruce Henrikson.
  • New Photography AAS in the Mass Communication program begins with 15 students enrolled for fall semester.
  • William M. Staerkel Planetarium Director Dave Leake begins appointment of two-year term on board of directors of the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • In 2010 the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program kicked off its first Entrepreneur of the Year Banquet honoring Clint Atkins. A $408,000 endowment was started in 2009 and is now $425,000 and expected to grow annually. This year, the honoree chosen is Rick Stephens of Horizon Hobby. In fall 2010, the first scholarships are awarded to assist students in entrepreneurial programs with tuition, fees, and books. This initiative also funds the Access Success program on campus.

September
  • William Staerkel Planetarium reopens to public after dedication of new projection system, sound system, lighting system, and donor wall.
  • Employees win My.parkland Scavenger Hunt contest: Gwen Smith, department secretary, Engineering Science and Technologies; Melissa Leach, instructor, Humanities; and Andrea Young, grants coordinator, Adult and Workforce Education.
  • New Speech Lab opens in C240.
  • During its 10th Annual Golf Outing, the Parkland Foundation raises more than $13,000 to support the Athletics department.


October
  • Parkland Board of Trustees Vice Chair Thomas M. Bennett attends first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, invited by Dr. Jill Biden, summit chair and wife of Vice President Joseph Biden. The Washington, D.C., summit spotlights the critical role community colleges play in strengthening America’s economic future.
  • Planetarium Director Dave Leake serves as president-elect of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, the largest of the seven national planetarium associations. His two-year term as president will begin in March 2012.
  • Parkland hosts the annual Engineering Science and Technologies Open House. More than 500 area high school students participate and learn firsthand about programs offered in EST.
  • Volleyball teams wins 14th straight conference title.
  • Horticulture students earn top honors at statewide conference and competition for college horticulture programs, “Illinois Landscape Challenge Day.”
  • Health Professions hosts first-time Wellness Fair at Parkland on Mattis, free to the community.
  • The Foundation’s 13th Annual Gala generates more than $25,000 to support scholarship and other program needs.


November
  • Dr. Gina D. Walls, professor of sociology, wins 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s (NISOD) Teaching Excellence Award for Parkland College. The annual award is given to a faculty member whose dedication to teaching and leadership excellence is evident by effectiveness in the classroom.
  • New Diesel Technology addition to the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center opens on campus’s west side.
  • Higher Learning Commission Liaison Mary Breslin meets with criterion teams to answer questions about upcoming Self-Study for reaccreditation.
  • Parkland’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Alpha Psi Eta, helps launch the new Civility Initiative—an anti-bullying campaign in the fall (and the passing out of Civility bracelets during Spring Fling).
  • Parkland Art Gallery wins two state museum association awards for exhibit-related work, from the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM), for materials surrounding one of the gallery’s biannual art exhibits.
  • Natural Sciences hosts second annual “Designing an Effective Online Science Course,” attracting participants from as far away as the Carolinas.
  • Alpha Psi Eta partners with Illinois State Police for the “Test your Texting” event in which students simulate driving while texting. Students learn firsthand about perils of distracted driving and about state laws governing texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.
  • Volleyball advances to NJCAA Tournament for 3rd straight year; Alexis Braghini (1st) and Susie Jean (2nd) are named All-American.
  • Student Veterans at Parkland (SVAP) holds annual Veterans Day commemorative program in the flag lounge. Public Safety Officer David Wentz, who had just recently returned from a year-long deployment with Bravo Company 634, is guest speaker.
  • Kathy Lewis, RN, and Midge Seim, RRT, of Health Professions, along with Diane Cosaro, RN, of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, present “Clinical Simulations: Emphasizing Collaboration with MD, RN, and Respiratory Care Students” at the League for Innovation in Community Colleges’ first annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation highlights the collaboration of multiple healthcare disciplines in an academic setting, fostering communication skills and teamwork in a student’s development as a clinician and a professional.


December
  • Dr. Gina Walls is selected as the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 2011 Teaching Excellence Award winner for Parkland College. The award is given annually to a faculty member whose professional portfolio/experiences demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and evidence of effectiveness in the classroom.
  • Don Bergfield, Study Abroad coordinator and associate professor of agriculture, is awarded the 2011 Parkland College Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow Award, offered in collaboration with the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois. He will use the grant to develop entrepreneurial curriculum within a sustainable agriculture context, including experiential learning on a sustainable farm being developed near Parkland’s campus.
  • Dental Hygiene Clinic receives state-of-the-art makeover of 17 new Marus dental chairs and units, new flooring, and new digital imaging system software.
  • Parkland’s Combined Charities Campaign grand total is $37,994.00, with 143 employees donating (a percentage of 16%).
  • The Parkland Foundation successfully secures 4 new scholarships and scholarship endowments for programs such as Diesel Technology and Automotive Technology.
  • New customer service and retail management classes are announced for spring semester; Kelly Barbour-Conerty and Mark Kesler promote the classes on WCIA’s The Morning Show with Anne Dill.
  • The Garden Hills Elementary/Parkland College Homework Club kids visit college for the first time. After being welcomed by President Ramage at the Art Gallery, they meet members of the Men’s Basketball team.
  • Parkland Adult Re-entry Director Billie Mitchell is a guest on The Morning Show on WCIA/WCFN.
  • Partners for Parkland 2010 campaign raises $2.1 million for scholarships and other program and equipment support.
  • Campus Technologies upgrades the college network by installing a Cisco Nexus switch, and begins the transition to 10Gigabit network speeds.
  • Kendra McClure, Ruijie Zhao, and Lauren O’Connor are selected by the Parkland College Service-Learning Advisory Council to serve in inaugural class of Homework Club Faculty Fellows program.
  • Parkland Chorus and Chamber Singers hold joint concert with Monticello High School choral group in Parkland Theatre.
  • With help from a $375,000 State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Parkland Workforce Development partners with CleanEdison, Inc., of New York, New York, to deliver the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Insulation and Air-Sealing Technician 40-hour workshop at Illinois workNet Center.


January
  • Parkland President Dr. Thomas Ramage is named Champaign County Farm Bureau’s Urban Ag Leader of the Year, bestowed by CCFB’s Young Ag Leaders group.
  • Parkland is selected as one of 40 community colleges to pilot new Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), designed to redefine what “success” means for two-year institutions nationwide.
  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk hosts a town hall meeting at campus.
  • Faculty/staff take “A Day ON, Not A Day Off”, volunteering for morning of service at Restoration Urban Ministries. Event marks 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and National Day of Service.
  • Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP), run by Adult Education, begins. Grant -funded through Illinois Community College Board, the ESLTP is designed to help youth pass the General Education Development (GED) test, learn valuable job skills, and transition to college-level courses.
  • Parkland welcomes the third class into the Athletic Hall of Fame that includes Kim Burke, Jennifer Carroll, Dan Grant, Billie Mitchell, Howard Walker, Tim Wulf, and the 2002 Softball team coached by Chuck Clutts, who were Region 24 Champions.
  • State of Illinois announces record number of students completing degree or certificate programs, and record number of credit hours taken, at community colleges during FY10.
  • New grant-based Classroom Assistant Training program to assist area’s Boomers in health fields is announced.
  • Dr. Sue Kuykendall, professor of English and director of ESL Composition, with Matthew Kim, former instructor of Composition, present at Rhetoric in Society III at Lessius University College in Antwerp, Belgium, on “A Multimodal Rhetoric of Unity and Persuasion for Global Citizenship: Teaching Students to Be Critical Prosumers of Cultural Artifacts.”


February
  • Anita Taylor (Center for Academic Success) and Myriah Fillenwarth (Adult Re-entry Center, now Admissions) win the Parkland College 2011 Outstanding Staff Awards under the Gold (5+years) and Green (less than 5 years) service categories, respectively. They are selected for excellence in character/attitude, College involvement, leadership, job performance, and elective continuous learning.
  • Parkland’s extension group of the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega completes requirements to be recognized as a full active chapter; Alpha Zeta Omega is installed as the 744th chapter of APO during a chartering ceremony.
  • UJIMA coordinates Black History Month 2011 activities which include: read-in, films with discussion, workshops, a wellness fair, Black History Live!, and a soul food luncheon.
  • Women’s Basketball team wins conference title.
  • Dental Hygiene Program Accreditation Site Visit occurs with no recommendations from examiners. Official notification of continued accreditation will be sent in July from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • CobraSportsNet, the “voice of Parkland Cobra sports”, begins live webcasting.
  • Automotive program announces receipt of two vehicle donations from General Motors Corp. through GM’s corporate donations program.
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and the college Library announce new open-access digital repository. “Scholarship at PARKland,” or SPARK, promotes, showcases, and facilitates global online discovery of scholarly and creative works, searchable by Parkland department, unit, program, or document student work.
  • Workforce Development partners with CleanEdison, Inc., through the State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst/Energy Auditor 40-hour workshop at Illinois workNet Center.

March
  • Parkland nominates Dr. Amy Penne, Humanities, and Sheri Didech Langendorf, Adult Education, for the 2011 Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Outstanding Faculty Member Award in the full-time and part-time categories, respectively. These educators are recognized for excellence in teaching, development of innovative programs, involvement in state and national efforts, leadership, and commitment to ongoing learning and development.
  • Pam Lytel, Financial Aid and Veteran Services assistant director, is presented the ILASFAA (Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Meritorious Service Award.
  • Twenty-five Dental Hygiene students, part-time faculty, and community dentists travel to Tennessee to volunteer with Remote Area Medical for the weekend of March 11-13.
  • College breaks ground on new Applied Technology Center, future home of comprehensive Automotive, Ford ASSET, Collision Repair, Industrial Technology, and Welding programs. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2012.
  • About 40 Parkland students and faculty/staff travel to Memphis, Tennessee, to install “Hope Garden” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Cargill AgHorizons pledges $25,000 to Parkland College Foundation to support scholarships for students in agricultural programs. The gift is secured with help from Cargill employee and Parkland Trustee Dana Trimble.
  • The 2011 Parkland-ICTM Regional High School Mathematics Contest, held on campus in conjunction with the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, welcomes 800+ students.
  • Professor of Mathematics Dr. Erin Wilding-Martin presents her paper, “Is Democratic Mathematics Tracking Possible? Paul Ernest’s Differentiated Curriculum,” at the annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society. The paper will also be published in the society’s yearbook, Philosophy of Education 2011.
  • More than 30 community residents travel to Israel on a tour sponsored by Community Education.
  • Newly remodeled and technology-enhanced Dental Hygiene Clinic holds open house.
  • Both Parkland Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams earn trips to Nationals. Women finish third. Hannah Ohl (1st) and DJ Hoskins (3rd) earn All-American honors.
  • Teams of middle school and high school students use their problem solving skills and knowledge of scientific concepts during Central Illinois Regional Science Olympiad in (former) Parkland Gymnasium.
  • WPCD holds Charity Battle of the Bands in March to raise funds for the Alternate Spring Break to build the garden for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Six local bands participate, hundreds of community members attend, and event raises $1,500.


April
  • Donna Giertz, Dana Trimble, and Greg Knott are elected for a six-year term to serve on the Parkland Board of Trustees.
  • Nilsa Almenas, head teacher for Parkland College’s Child Development Center, is chosen as one of central Illinois’ 20 “Outstanding Women You Should Know” for 2011, an award of the Illini Radio Group.
  • Toni Burkhalter, associate professor in Natural Sciences, receives the first Online Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes one faculty member for his/her commitment to excellence in online teaching and learning through instructional design, effective communication and collaboration, evaluation and assessment methods, support for learners, and ongoing course development.
  • First Parkland College-Unit 4 High School faculty symposium addresses curriculum issues related to college and career readiness.
  • The revised SOAR process is launched as part of the First Year Experience. It brings back face-to-face orientation with computer lab time to introduce new students to essential online tools and resources.
  • Career Center hosts 24th annual Parkland College Job Fair. There are 64 employers from the area and over 1400 job-seekers in attendance during the four-hour event. In the current employment climate, the job fair is very successful; the Career Center staff is looking forward to hosting the 2012 Job Fair.
  • College brings nationally known Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour to campus, to enlighten and expose area youth to the opportunities of business ownership.
  • Parkland radio station WPCD-FM 88.7 becomes a presenting sponsor of the 2011 Pygmalion Music Festival, to take place September 21-24—one of Champaign-Urbana’s biggest annual musical events.
  • C.L. Lindsay III, nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom, discusses social media perils with Parkland students during popular “Online Communication and the Law” presentation, sponsored by Parkland’s Alpha Psi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
  • The Parkland Reads book for the 2011 - 2012 academic year is announced: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers.
  • Parkland Foundation plants seven trees in the college’s Memorial Grove during the 31st Annual Arbor Day celebration in April.
  • Alpha Psi Eta wins the following Hallmark Awards at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention: College Project Hallmark Award (Top 25) for its civility campaign/anti-cyberbullying project; Honors in Action Project Award (Top 50) for exploring the impact of cell phone use while driving; Distinguished Chapter Award; and Five Star Chapter Award. In addition, English sophomore Lindsey Weishar receives Distinguished Chapter Member award.
  • Brian Nudelman, associate professor of English, receives honor of being featured on this year’s Parkland Library READ poster. Nudelman is service learning coordinator for the Garden Hills Homework Club.
  • Prospectus News walks away from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s (ICCJA) annual spring conference with a total of eight awards.
  • The first recipients of the Gloria Valenti Awards for Compassionate Care are announced.
  • Employees ride their bikes to Parkland for C-U Bike to Work Day.
  • The Garden Hills Elementary / Parkland College Homework Club kids visit the College for the second time. They are introduced to the Dental Hygiene department, and meet with members of the Women’s Softball team.
  • Parkland Art Gallery provides a traveling art show for the community, with selected student work, exhibited first at the Annual Student Show in the gallery, moving on to The Art Coop in Urbana (May) and later to the Champaign County Nursing Home (July).
  • Workforce Development partners with Southern Belle Electric, through the State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician 80-hour workshop at the Illinois workNet Center.


May
  • A LiveRoof ® modular green roof system is installed by Nogle & Black Roofing of Urbana outside the campus’s Library, the first of its kind on campus, to reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Parkland’s noncredit schedule is re-branded and re-designed as “505.” The new name honors the community college district served by Parkland.
  • More than 250 people tune into the live stream of Parkland’s Commencement.
  • Two Parkland facilities receive new names: The gymnasium complex is now the Donald C. Dodds Jr. Athletic Center, and The Huff-McGrain Nursing Laboratory is named for retired Health Professions nursing faculty Joanne Huff and JoAnn McGrain.
  • Lori Wendt, Distance and Virtual Learning, is awarded the Master Online Teacher Certificate from the Illinois Online Network and the University of Illinois, for participating in courses for the Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality series. She is the first Parkland participant to earn the certification.
  • Landscape Construction class (HRT 119) students help install “Fay’s Place”, a setting located on the grounds outside the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, to honor former CETL director Fay Rouseff-Baker and the center.
  • Myriah Fillenwarth (Adult Re-entry, now Admissions), graduates with distinction from Eastern Illinois University with an MS in Technology, focusing on Training and Development.
  • The William M. Staerkel Planetarium partners with Illinois Public Media to acquire a “Grow Up Great” grant from the PNC Foundation. The grant will fund a new Sesame Street™ planetarium show and pay for all the Head Start kids and their families to visit and see the show, plus participate in “Science Night” over the next year.
  • Apple’s iTunesU features two Parkland courses prominently, resulting in the HIS 101 audio lectures being downloaded over 35,000 times in one week.
  • Parkland Golf team wins M-WAC title. Bryan Ideus and Lewis Martin advance to Nationals. Baseball players Wes Minton (1st) and Jon Carlson (3rd) are named All-American.
  • New A.A.S. in Entertainment Technology is approved by ICCB and will begin in August 2011. The curriculum combines coursework in Fine and Applied Arts and Engineering Science and Technologies.
  • Workforce Development partners with CleanEdison, Inc., through the $375,000 DCEO State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Insulation and Air-Sealing Technician and the Building Analyst/Energy Auditor 40-hour workshops at the Illinois workNet Center.
  • Parkland Foundation awards 246 scholarships to 222 deserving students, totaling over $214,000, during 2010-2011 academic year.


June
  • Sheri Langendorf, Adult Education, is co-winner of the 2011 Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA).
  • Parkland Board of Trustees Chair James L. Ayers is named president of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) at the organization’s annual meeting. Having been elected ICCTA vice-president one year earlier, he is to assume the association’s presidency on July 1.
  • Groundbreaking and construction begin on new Fitness Center adjacent to the Donald C. Dodds Jr. Athletic Center, including upgrades to lower level of the Dodds Center. Project is expected to be completed by August 2012.
  • Parkland Trustee Linden Warfel receives his 6th Trustee Education Award through the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for completing extensive hours of educational work in trusteeship development on his own time. He is the first Illinois trustee to earn six Trustee Education Awards.
  • Campus Technologies and Public Safety select new campus-wide alert notification system. This system allows a message to be sent to each computer terminal on campus to warn of inclement weather and other safety issues.
  • Golf and Softball teams earn NJCAA Academic Team of the Year recognition. Thirteen individuals are named Academic All-American.
  • Amy Fleshner, assistant director of Community Education, attends the LEADERS Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Affiliated with AACC, LEADERS is considered the premier program for developing women leaders in community colleges.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces it will accept all Dual Credit courses as transferable UIUC college credit. In the past, the university accepted dual credit as college credit only if the courses were above and beyond course pattern requirements for freshman admission.
  • Hannah Ohl (Women’s Basketball) and DJ Hoskins (Men’s Basketball) earn Parkland College Athlete of the Year Awards.
  • Sheri Langendorf, Adult Education, receives the Arthur J. Stejskal Memorial Teacher of the Year Award from the Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association.
  • Distance and Virtual Learning kicks off search for new Learning Management System by hosting LMS Days, an event attended by 20 Illinois community colleges.
  • More faculty complete the Online Faculty Certification Course than in any previous year.
  • Parkland’s Alpha Psi Eta chapter is recognized for excellence at the Phi Theta Kappa Illinois Regional Conference through the following awards: Outstanding Chapter Officer Team; College Project Award; Honors in Action Project Award; Outstanding Chapter Award (runners-up to the Region’s Most Outstanding Chapter). Also, Lindsey Weishar is named Illinois Region’s 2010-2011 Most Distinguished Member.
  • Workforce Development partners with Southern Belle Electric, through the State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician 80-hour workshop at the Illinois workNet Center.
  • The Champaign County Health Careers Initiative, grant funded by the Grand Victoria Foundation, Chicago for low-wage incumbent healthcare workers, ends after three years with a total of 132 participants and 92 graduates through Health Professions.


July
  • State of Illinois releases to Parkland $22.2 million of remaining capital funds slated for construction projects around campus.
  • Parkland Library receives grant from Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board to create a “Sustainable Plan for the Parkland College Archives.”
  • The 31st summer of College for Kids successfully concludes, with enrollment of 395 students and 693 seats filled, an increase of 26 students and 57 class seats over summer 2010.
  • Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon visits campus as part of statewide tour of community colleges.
  • Second-year nursing student Kayla Brown performs “God Bless America” and National Anthem at Wrigley Field in Chicago after winning “Out at Wrigley” national contest.
  • The $47,000 Digital Divide grant is awarded to Workforce Development from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
  • Workforce Development partners with CleanEdison, Inc., through the DCEO State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Insulation and Air-Sealing Technician and the Building Analyst/Energy Auditor 40-hour workshops at the Illinois workNet Center.


August
  • Jason Mierek, part-time professor of religion, begins studying Turkish language after visiting Turkey with Intercultural Friendship Foundation in June 2010.
  • Workforce Development partners with Southern Belle Electric, through the State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) “Green” Jobs Training grant, to deliver the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician 80-hour workshop at the Illinois workNet Center.
  • To date, the Parkland Foundation has engaged more than 70 corporate partners responsible for everything from bricks and mortar (Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, Prairie Gardens Plant Laboratory, etc.) to equipment and scholarships.
 

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