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Illinois Regional College Fair, Sept. 18

High school, transfer students can meet with 70+ US educational institutions

Area students and their parents will have a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of higher education options at the 2019 Illinois Regional College Fair, Wednesday, September 18, 6–8 p.m. at Parkland College's Donald C. Dodds, Jr. Athletic Center.  

The event is free and open to the public.
 
Designed for high school students and community college transfer students; the ICRF introduces students and their parents to representatives from more than 70 educational institutions from across the country. Participants will receive important information about education planning, visit displays from various colleges and universities, and be able to speak one-on-one with representatives from many institutions. In addition, they will have an opportunity to discuss financial aid and career choices.
 
The Illinois Regional College Fair is sponsored by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, along with Parkland College. For more information, students may contact their high school guidance counselors, view www.parkland.edu/regionalCollegeFair or call 217/353-2636.

The Churros: Debuting New Album at Music Festival

DJ Luke holds Q & A with bands' members on The Churros' formation, influences

So, exactly who are The Churros?

No doubt you've all been hearing them as part of our numerous promotions for the upcoming Perimeter Road Music Festival this May 4. Since the day they signed with Perimeter Road Sound Recordings in May of last year, they've been doing prep work and writing for their upcoming album, "Anxious," which is dropping this Friday, May 3. To bring everyone up to speed on the hot new release, WPCD DJ and Perimeter Road Sound Recordings student engineer Luke Matias brought in The Churros band members Lance Meuser and Alex Maloney to talk a little about the album, their time together as a band, and what they’re looking forward to as we approach the final release of their debut album.

Luke: How did The Churros come together as a band? How did you all meet?

Alex: We've had a long history with our lineup. It started with just me and Myles on guitar and drums and wanting to start something up in junior high. Then Colton, we met him on a bus ride and he was like, "Hey, I play bass," and we started practicing together, and we were terrible for a couple of years (laugh). Then after a while, we started coming into our own, playing our instruments and moving from covers to trying out different things. We've had a number of vocalists, it was always the vocalist that was the issue. But then we found Lance at one of our last shows at the high school, and he joined the band. Once we heard him sing we were like "put this dude in our band immediately!" And it's been like that ever since.

Lance: Yeah, I went to one of their shows, and I've been looking for a band to join. I saw these guys playing and I was like "these guys rock." That's how I met them.

Luke: So we're in the final stages of releasing your record at Perimeter Road. What were your inspirations coming into writing the songs for this album?

Alex: It's a lot of different stuff. It's stuff that I listen to a lot that just shows up in [the album]. I'd say a lot of the guitar tones have been inspired by garage rock sounds. Really just a lot of garage bands have inspired what I wanted out of the band. Then Lance came in. There's a thing between three songwriters here. Colton's stuff is different than my stuff that's different than Lance's stuff. I think unifying that in some way has been really interesting.

Lance: Most of my writing influences come from the bands I listen to obviously. Muse, Royal Blood, Gary Clark on the blues side. That's kinda how I write, ya know?

Luke: So what would you classify The Churros as?

Alex: Punk rock in some ways, bluesy with the stuff that Lance writes. I really love how we have an eclectic sound. We can go from something like our single, "If You Need Anything," to something like "Prisons," which is just such a brooding song.

Luke: What is the overall theme or mood you're looking to cultivate with this album?

Alex: Specifically, I want to keep the listener on edge throughout the album.

Lance: Anxious? (laugh)

Alex: I think that having our different writing styles coming through the album, I think it's kind of a soup. It's a bunch of different things.

Luke: What are your favorite tracks or highlights on the album?

Lance: I like to single out my solo track "Wild Horse." It's set apart from the rest of the album like a bonus track, but it creates a different dynamic for the group, and to show people how we can have these different styles all work out.

Join Us at the Human Library, April 5

Experience real stories. Bring an open mind.

We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, for we might miss out on an amazing story. On April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. in our Student Union, Parkland's Diversity Committee and Office of Human Resources invite you to take a journey with a select group of individuals who will be sharing such amazing stories.

The setting of our first-ever Human Library™ event will be informal, more like a conversation. You, the audience member or 'reader', will have an opportunity to listen to personal stories from these human 'books' on loan to you, with time after the storytelling for questions and dialogue from the audience. 

What are some titles of the books you might borrow? They include “Refugee,” “Broken behind the Badge,” “Muslim in America,” “Black & Queer,” and “Migrant Story,” among others.

The Human Library event is designed to make Parkland College a more inclusive and diverse environment, where people are not judged as one might judge a book by its cover. Instead, the real stories of these human books are meant to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue, according to humanlibrary.org, the website for this worldwide movement of social change. 

Ready to visit the Human Library? If so, please register for this event by emailing benefits@parkland.edu with the subject line “Human Library.” You will then receive a link to register online and select your books.

All we ask is that you bring yourself—and an open mind.

Employer Campus Visit Day, Nov. 14

South Lounge, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Students, please come dressed as you are to the next Employer Campus Visit Day, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Lounge.  Individaul students AND classes are encouraged to attend! Why dress casual?

This is not a job fair! It's a chance to practice professional communication skills and learn about career tracks within specific companies/industries. The event is limited to 10 employers; they may have current openings, but they will also be available to answer questions you may have about their company/industry.

 

Why should you be interested?  

You can practice professional communication skills, learn about career tracks within specific companies/industries, and apply for part-time or full-time job openings.

How do you approach an employer?

First, consider your body language. Take a deep breath, try to relax, and smile! A  positive attitude goes a long way.

How do I start the conversation?

Sample questions you may want to ask are:

  • What entry level positions in (enter your career field) are available in your company and what kinds of people are you looking for to fill them?
  • What types of people do well within your organization?
  • What are the key skills you are looking for in new hires?
  • What degrees or programs of study are most desirable within your company?
  • What types of experiences are most valuable to you when hiring (leadership, research, volunteering, etc)?
  • What part-time or internship opportunities does your company/organization offer?

Career Services provides individual career appointments as well as classroom presentations on a variety of job related topics. To inquire further, please email careerservices@parkland.edu or visit our website

"I think my niche is helping people who have been failed by our education and justice systems," Cathy Salika once wrote.

And who is Cathy Salika? She's only the inspirational Project READ literacy tutor after whom we've modeled our new Project READ Outstanding Service Award—and, naturally, the award's inaugural recipient! We will honor this Urbana resident with our award Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parkland College Student Union, an event culminating our celebration of National Tutoring Week, and you're welcome to join us there.

The Project READ Outstanding Service Award honors an exceptional Project READ tutor whose uncommon dedication makes our community a better place, inspiring the following elements of community service:

1) striving to increase the reach of high-quality, reliable, volunteer tutoring services to the most marginalized and vulnerable adults in our community

2) demonstrating commitment, dedication, and passion for helping adults improve their abilities in reading, writing, math, or English so that they can increase their civic engagement, workforce potential, and quality of life.

We gratefully fashion this recognition after the outstanding service of Cathy, who started with Project READ in 2012. And here's why:

  • When Project READ funding was renewed after a two-year hiatus, Cathy was among the first to respond to our call for new tutors. But what we learned was that, despite the budget impasse and the resulting lack of infrastructural support, Cathy never stopped working with her Project READ learner. "No one told us to stop, and we didn't!" she said.
  • When we needed tutors who could volunteer to teach math to female inmates at the satellite jail, Cathy raised her hand, went through the security protocol, and began assisting a learner in the correctional center. She went on to tutor several inmates, men, and women, at the downtown jail and the satellite jail over the course of the grant year. In fact, she became so adept and passionate about serving learners in the correctional centers, she facilitated a special training session for Project READ tutors to learn how to volunteer in the jails, addressing what to expect of the institution and how to best help incarcerated learners develop and progress toward their goals.
  • When we initiated our Drop-in Tutoring program in February of this year, Cathy began tutoring at all of our daytime sites, expanding her service from Adult Basic Education (math and literacy) to include English for speakers of other languages. She signed up to help us run an ESL lab in Rantoul, and when that site finished its term, she continued to ask for more learners to work with. Cathy tutored more than 150 hours between February and July 2018! "The drop-in sites have been good for me as a tutor," Cathy said. "It's easier for me to ask advice of the staff."
  • Cathy facilities learning in all areas with ease, confidence, innovation, reliability—and flexibility! Sometimes we get flooded with unexpected learners at a drop-in site, and when we ask to seat someone with Cathy, she always says, "We'll make it work." We've seen her tutor math to a learner on her left who is preparing for the GED and tutor an ESL learner on her right who recognized her from a previous session and asked to continue to work with her.

Cathy Salika is truly exceptional. The staff at Project READ is fond of saying that if we had 20 Cathy Salikas, we could change the world. Her attitude and philosophy about tutoring explain why we feel this way:

"I love to watch people warm up to a subject as they master it," Cathy said. "The learners come to us with basic needs in English, reading or math. They come asking for help, which isn't always an easy thing to do, and I respect them for that. Many of them have been held back by poverty, family problems, or learning differences. Sometimes they gain better job opportunities, more independence, or more self-confidence from their efforts to learn with us. Their joy in meeting their goals and their pride of accomplishment are an inspiration to me."

Cathy's passion for uplifting our community through learner-centered, personalized Adult Education sets the bar high, and we are grateful for her tremendous contributions. If you'd also like to be an adult tutor for math, reading, or English, or need tutoring services yourself or someone you know, we invite you to join us at Project READ. Please contact our office by email at ProjectREAD@parkland.edu or by calling 217/353-2662.

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