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Parkland Board Appoints Uken to Vacant Seat

Board of Trustees General Meeting, June 15

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees has appointed Mahomet resident Bradley Uken to fill the seat vacated by trustee Timothy Johnson's passing in May.

At their regular meeting Wednesday, Trustees unanimously approved Uken's appointment. Chairman James Voyles expressed his support for Uken, who was a candidate for the board in 2021. 

"A proud Parkland alum, Mr. Uken chose to step forward and enter the arena, get on the ballot, and run an excellent campaign," said Voyles. "He received broad support throughout the district in a competitive race. As director of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, he's a proven leader. We are looking forward to working with him."

Uken is a local of the community, raised on a farm in Champaign County, graduate of Rantoul Township High School, and a current resident of Mahomet. He has served for many years as the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau (CCFB). As manager of the CCFB​, he oversees several arms of the organization, including the Foundation, public relations, programming, membership, HR and personnel, legislative, and financial units.

An alum of Parkland College, he transferred to Illinois State University to obtain his bachelor’s degree in agri-business. He is an experienced committee member for several local boards, including the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois; the Regional Water Supply Planning Committee, where he serves as chair; and the Judicial Screening Committee, where he has served twice. He is a 12-year member of the Champaign Rotary Club, among other volunteer organizations. He will serve until the next board election in April 2023.

After administering the oath of office to Trustee Uken, Dr. Ramage presented his report to the board. Next, Erin Shannon, director of Marketing and Public Relations, provided an overview of marketing initiatives and outlined the strategic direction for the future.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • bid from K.K. Stevens Publishing Co., $46,936
  • the purchase of:
    • services from ThriveDX SaaS Inc. (Cybint), $48,000
    • services from ProTrain, $70,000
    • services from Black Rocket Productions, $25,000
    • services from Strategic Development Institute, $25,000
    • services from Grey & Associates, $30,000
    • services from Rock Gate Capital, DBA 160 Driving Academy, $1,100,000
    • repair services from Poplar Grove Airmotive, Inc., $106,500
    • maintenance services from FlightStar, $230,720
    • line services from FlightStar, $75,200
    • aviation fuel from AvFuel Corporation, $265,000
    • annual software license/maintenance renewal, $1,621,350
    • instructional/office computer hardware and software, $2,195,000
    • EBSCO Parkland Learning Commons Package renewal from EBSCO Information Services, $34,770
    • SPARK Institutional Repository renewal from Elsevier Inc., $79,923
    • CARLI databases renewal, $41,419
  • the filing of the following grant applications:
    • Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE): Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) Grant
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Career & Technical Education Perkins Postsecondary Grant
    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE)—Curricular Resource Management
    • Illinois Community College Board: FY23 Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP)
  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Lumina Employment Connection Project (ECP) (WEI network)
    • Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Line-Item Appropriation Grant
    • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT): FY21 Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Early Childhood Access for Equity Consortium
  • personnel appointments: 
    • Adam Harris, Program Manager, SWFT, Communications/External Affairs
    • Dustin Shattuck, Academic Success Advisor, Counseling and Advising
    • Kristin Kelleher, Assistant Technical Director, Fine and Applied Arts
    • Alexis Grady-Coburn, TRiO Office Assistant, TRiO

Parkland Board Honors Late Trustee Timothy Johnson

Board of Trustees General Meeting, May 18

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees began their regular meeting Wednesday by honoring late trustee Timothy Johnson.

Before attending to the board's regular business, Chair Jim Voyles led with a moment of silence to honor Trustee Johnson's life and seven years of service to Parkland College following his passing on May 9, 2022.

A graduate of Urbana High School, Mr. Johnson attended the US Military Academy at West Point in 1964. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969, a Bronze Tablet honoree. He graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1972.

In 2013, Mr. Johnson was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest award, by Gov. Patrick Quinn in the area of Communications. He served as the US Representative for Illinois' 15th congressional district from 2001 to 2013 and as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1976 to 2000. He was elected to the Parkland College Board of Trustees in 2015. Mr. Johnson will be remembered for his dedication to Parkland students and the residents of District 505.

After the moment of silence, Parkland president Dr. Ramage provided his report to the board, including an overview of the 2022-2023 Annual Plan summary. Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the Parkland Foundation, followed with an update on Foundation activities.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the declaration of surplus property

  • the purchase of:

    • increased services from Rock Gate Capital, DBA 160 Diving Academy, $250,000

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): Facilitating Coordination in
      Agricultural Education (FCAE)—Local Program Support

    • Congressionally Directed Spending Request (Sen. Duckworth): Chemistry Education Lab Improvement

    • Congressionally Directed Spending Request (Rep. Davis): FY2023 Community Project Funding Application—Health Professions Improvement

    • National Science Foundation (NSF): Advancing Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-Year Institutions of Higher Education

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Early Childhood Access for Equity Consortium

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA): Child Care Workforce Bonus

    • Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA): FEMA Public Assistance Program (App. #2)

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Transitional Instruction Innovation Grant

    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): FY22 Migrant Education Program (MEP)

    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY22 Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYE)

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Alexus Hasler, Academic Services Advisor, Advising and Career Services

    • James Welander, Asst. II: Loanable Technology and Accounts, Learning Commons

    • Gerald Lighty, Jr., Precision Agriculture Faculty, Ag Tech

    • Jessica Alvarez, Police Officer, Public Safety

Parkland College 2022 Commencement Ceremony, May 12

Parkland College Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 12

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Dr. Stuart King, pain management specialist and anesthesiologist at Christie Clinic and University of Illinois trustee, will deliver the keynote address during Parkland College's 2022 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. King is a University of Illinois Trustee appointed in 2017. He is a lifetime member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association and has been or currently is a board member with the Parkland College Foundation, the Presence Hospital Foundation, the Carle Foundation, and UIUC’s MBA advisory board. He has served on Christie Clinic PC’s board of directors and is a diplomat for the American Board of Anesthesiology. In the past, he has been president of the Christie Foundation and the Champaign County Medical Society Board.
He began his career in 1987 with an associate’s degree at Parkland College in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He would continue his career with a doctorate from the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine at Peoria. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He earned his MBA at UIUC in 2010.
Dr. King is a pain management specialist at Christie Clinic and head of the Department of Spine and Pain Management. In his military career, he was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and Captain of the 1/106th Aviation Battalion in the Illinois Army National Guard; he was also head of the medical section. He served at the McLeod Regional Medical Center and was on the Illinois State Medical Society’s Council of Economics.
He has worked as a clinical associate professor for multiple areas in the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine since 2013. He was also an interim associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Medicine for four years. In 2012, he was honored with Parkland College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Parkland College's 55th Commencement will include a welcome from college administration and the Board of Trustees. The Parkland College Foundation will present the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Late trustee Jonathan Westfield will be commemorated with an honorary degree and Parkland student Ross Booker's family will be presented with a posthumous degree. 

Student presenters will include honor student Angela Lustria Maligaya, tassel turner Sean M. Ealy, and student trustee Kha K. Nguyen. Nguyen is a High School of St. Thomas More graduate. Along with his role as student trustee, he is co-president of the Cobra Investment Society.

Ealy is a Cincinnati native and chose Parkland for the strong athletics program. He has been part of the Cobras basketball team for two years, and is pursuing a degree in communications.

Maligaya is a Parkland Pathway student and 2020 Centennial High School graduate. She has participated in many academic and student groups while in high school and on campus, including Phi Theta Kappa. After graduation, she plants to pursue global environmental sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

The ceremony will also feature music selections by the Parkland College Wind Ensemble and an invocation and benediction by Pastor Willie G. Comer Jr. of Berean Covenant Church in Urbana.

This event will be in-person and livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Visit for more information.

Parkland Trustees Swear in New Police Chief, Award Honorary Degree

Board of Trustees General Meeting, April 20

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees have sworn in Troy Daniels as the new chief of police, confirmed new board officers, and awarded a posthumous degree to Ross Booker.
At its regular business meeting Wednesday, the board conducted a reorganization of officers, naming Trustee Jim Voyles as the new chair, Trustee Bianca Green as vice chair, and Trustee Maureen Banks as secretary. Trustees also swore in new student trustee Kha Nguyen, who was elected by the student body.

The board confirmed and swore in the new director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Troy Daniels. Daniels replaces Matthew Koppman, who announced earlier this month that he would return to his former role as a sergeant with the department.

Daniels, a former Champaign Police Deputy Chief, brings robust experience to the new role. He served for nine years with the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and spent the next 24 with the Champaign Police Department until his retirement in 2019. Throughout his career, he has received several awards and commendations.

Daniels is a Parkland graduate, earning his associate's degree in criminal justice before obtaining a bachelor's in vocational education from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in public administration from Governor's State University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston University. 

Trustees also approved the awarding of a posthumous honorary degree to student Ross Booker. A St. Joseph-Ogden High School graduate, volunteer firefighter, and tow truck operator, Ross was completing his last semester in Parkland's Diesel Power Equipment Technology program when he was tragically killed while on the job in early March.

Ross's family will be presented with the degree at a later date, and his name placed on a memorial wall plaque in the college.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:

    • 60 month Send Suite and Folder/Inserter Relay 5000 leases from Pitney Bowes, $70,254

    • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E from Shields Auto Group, $60,000

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant (Project Read)

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY23 General Operating Support (GOS) Grant

    • Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB): Historical Records Grant Program

    • ProLiteracy and the Nora Roberts Foundation: Literacy Opportunity Fund

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Developmental Education Innovation Grant for Co-Requisite Implementation

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Troy Daniels, Police Chief/Director of Public Safety, Public Safety

    • Nicole DelMastro-Jeffery, Associate Director for TRIO/Student Support Services, TRIO/Student Support Services

    • Katherine Neal, HR Specialist-Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

    • Carrie Trimble, Senior HR Specialist-HRIS & Reporting, Human Resources

    • Lisa Altan, Accounts Receivable Accountant, Business Office

    • Andrew Greene, Systems Analyst-Reporting, Programming Support Services

    • Kristin Mitchell, Administrative Assistant to the Division of Career and Technical Education, Career and Technology (Dean)

    • Todd Hultine, Technical Support Specialist, Technical Support Services

    • Cayla Waters, Program Manager-Professional Development, Community Education

Parkland College Celebrates Community College Month

Parkland College Joins Community College Month Campaign

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Parkland College joins the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) in celebrating Community College Month.

Community College Month is a month-long grassroots education and stigma-busting campaign coordinated by the ACCT to improve awareness of the economic, academic, and equity advantages of attending community colleges, and to fight inaccurate, harmful stigmas associated with junior colleges.

"Recent events have proven that community colleges are vital to our community and our state," said Parkland Board of Trustees Chair Bianca Green. "Community College Month is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Parkland College's mission to cultivate inquiry, practical application of knowledge, and broad enrichment across the community to better serve the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of the district."

Public community colleges are designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all members of the community. As institutions, they aim to help demographically and socioeconomically diverse students bypass barriers of entry to higher-level degrees or vocational and professional career skills.

"The proof is in the numbers," said Trustee and Board Secretary James Ayers. "We know that Parkland makes a significant economic impact on our local, regional, and statewide economies; provides jobs; and supplies life-changing resources to our community. Our students graduate with a clear path forward to a higher quality of life. We are proud to dedicate ourselves to and serve our community through Parkland College."

In fiscal year 2020, Parkland College provided a total economic output of $85.7 million on the statewide economy and serves the needs of District 505, Illinois' third largest community college district. The fully accredited public college offers over 130+ degree and certificate options for career placement or academic transfer. Parkland has provided vocational-technical skills training and traditional academic instruction to more than 350,000 people since 1967.

Parkland College's mission is to engage the community in learning.

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