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Graduates – Parkland College Spring 2019

Students who earned degrees, certificates listed by hometown

Parkland College recently announced its list of spring 2019 graduates. Included are those who have earned an associate's degree or a certificate.

To view the list of graduates, please visit the Parkland College Graduates web page; students are listed by Illinois hometown unless otherwise noted.

Student Wins Inaugural CobraVenture Pitch Showcase

Elizabeth Allen of Mahomet receives $3,000 in seed money to launch Central Illinois Vinyl

Parkland College announced its inaugural Student Entrepreneur of the Year Monday night.

Elizabeth Allen of Mahomet has won top prize at the first-ever CobraVenture Pitch Showcase, which took place in the school's Student Union. Competing with eight other Parkland students in her cohort during the event, Allen will now receive $3,000 in seed money to start her business, Central Illinois Vinyl.

“I felt happy to win, but the entire experience was rewarding from start to finish,” Allen said. “I enjoyed getting to know the people in my group as well as the folks at Parkland College who worked hard to make it happen for us.”

Through Central Illinois Vinyl, Allen plans to provide local and short-run custom-cut vinyl records for musicians in and around central Illinois. She plans to produce the records through a lathe-cut process instead of a pressed process, allowing for high-quality stereo sound with a short turnaround and no minimum order, according to Allen.

“Vinyl records are the only physical format growing in music sales currently, and we wish to serve our scene and community by providing an affordable service,” Allen said in her pitch statement.

Judges for the pitch competition were Dan Marker of Hickory Point Bank, Carly McCrory of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Professor Julie Weishar, chair of Parkland's Fine and Applied Arts department, Joan Dixon of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, Eric Wilson of Serra Ventures, and Marissa Siero of University of Illinois Gies College of Business.

Monday's contest highlighted students from the CobraVenture program's pilot student accelerator lab, which launched in January. The semester-long CobraVenture accelerator provides students with an avenue for networking and business mentorship. It features a collaborative workspace, topics taught by local serial entrepreneurs, and one-on-one guidance with business mentors.

“I really loved getting to put together all the building blocks of what it takes to run a small business,” Allen said about her CobraVenture experience. “I also enjoyed listening to business owners talk about their individual journeys toward opening their startups; they were inspirational.” Allen plans to transfer to the University of Illinois in the fall.

CobraVenture is funded through existing funds from the Parkland Foundation Entrepreneurial Founders Program, Murray Wise Associates PEN Program, and those raised through its annual Entrepreneur of the Year event. Parkland Community Education, the college's noncredit arm, is helping to plan and administer the workshops. The program is operating with oversight from an advisory committee comprised of community leaders and Parkland College faculty and staff, spearheaded by Stephanie Stuart, vice president for communications and external affairs.


[Top image: Elizabeth Allen displays business startup at showcase; lower image, l. to r.: Marc Changnon, program facilitator; Stephanie Stuart; Allen; and Foundation Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt.]  

Students Win Speaking Contest, Support Charities

David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest celebrates 16th year

Four students recently earned top honors among the 12 persuasive speakers who presented at the 16th annual David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest. The contest spotlights the speaking styles and skills of students who have taken a communication class at Parkland College. 
The May 2 competition also gave students the opportunity to speak in support of their favorite charity. Local as well as national and international charities were represented.
Earning first-place honors in this year's competition was Michael Doehring of Savoy, whose speech supporting Ronald McDonald House earned him a $500 scholarship. Emily Eastin of Tolono came in second, with her speech for the Crisis Nursery. She will receive $250. John Nicol of Urbana was third, with a speech asking the audience to support Cunningham Children’s Home. He will receive $100. The Finalist award of $50 went to Malea Misenheimer of Mahomet, who supported C.O.P.S. Ronald McDonald House, the organization represented by the first-place speaker, will also receive a $500 donation from the Communication Program faculty. 
"This year's competition demonstrated just how much Parkland students have to offer and how motivated they are to make a difference in our world," said Julie Weishar, speech associate professor and Communication program director.

Judges for the event's final round included Aaron Eades, morning show anchor/reporter for WCIA 3 News; Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement for Illinois Public Media; Kathie Spegal, coordinator for Illinois Radio Reader Service; Hilary Valentine, associate marketing director for Parkland College; and Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the Parkland College Foundation.

The contest is sponsored by the Parkland College Communication Program, Parkland's Fine and Applied Arts department and donations made to the contest scholarships. The awards come from the David Jones Persuasive Speech Contest Scholarship Fund, created in honor of Jones, former chair of the Fine and Applied Arts department from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2002. The annual speech contest honors Dr. Jones' commitment to the communication discipline and student enrichment.

[Top image: 2019 Jones Speech Contest winners, l to r, Malea Misenheimer, Michael Doehring, John Nicol, and Emily Eastin. Bottom image: Winners with Julie Weishar, l, and contest faculty coordinator Jody Littleton, r.]

Allie Lindemann Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Champaign Central standout takes over the reins from her father, retiring Coach Mike Lindemann

Parkland Athletic Director Brendan McHale has named Allie Lindemann head coach of Parkland Women's Basketball, promoting the two-year Cobra assistant coach. Lindemann takes over the reins after her father, Mike Lindemann, led the program for the previous six seasons.
"We are very fortunate to have Allie Lindemann leading the future of our Parkland College Women's Basketball program," McHale said. "Allie's knowledge and passion for the game confirmed she is the right person for this job. We look forward to the continued excellence Allie will bring to our Cobra Women's Basketball team."
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach under Mike Lindemann from 2011 to 2013, Allie Lindemann returned to the Parkland bench for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as an assistant coach. During the past two seasons, she has been responsible for recruiting and player development.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Brendan McHale and Parkland College for the opportunity to lead Parkland Women's Basketball," Lindemann said. "Parkland is a very special place with a strong tradition of excellence, both academically and across all athletic programs.  I look forward to continuing to create a championship culture both on and off the court."
Prior to joining the Parkland coaching staff ahead of the 2017-18 season, Lindemann made stops at University High School and Hamilton Community College following a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant at Parkland. Taking her first head coaching job in 2010, Lindemann led University High School to a 44-14 combined record and an IHSA Sectional Championship appearance in 2012, and she was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. The success earned her an assistant coach position at Hamilton College, where she helped guide the Continentals to two NESCAC Championship quarterfinal appearances in four seasons.  
Having also played at the community college level, Lindemann began her collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was a two-time All-Region selection. Making the jump to Division I, Lindemann continued her career at Siena College and proved to be prolific from three-point range. Knocking down 68 threes in both her junior and senior seasons, Lindemann averaged double-figure scoring with 10.6 points as a junior and 11.2 points per game as a senior. A model student athlete, Lindemann was given the team's Joe Hogan Award for desire, attitude, and dedication.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Lindemann played high school basketball at Champaign Central, earning IHSA Third Team All-State in 2006 and setting the area record for career points by any player in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Lindemann earned her bachelor's degree from Siena and her master's degree from the University of Illinois.

[Article by Chad Beyler]

Parkland College Announces Candidates for Commencement 2019

Candidates for May 16 graduation listed by hometown

Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 52nd Commencement Exercises. The graduation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

View the full list of candidates here; students are listed by hometown.