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Parkland Board Approves FY 2022 Budget

Board of Trustees General Meeting, September 15

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees has recognized faculty and staff award winners, received an update on the newest solar array, and approved the college's fiscal year 2022 budget.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the board also received an update from Vice President for Student Services Michael Trame about recent measures the college has taken relating to COVID-19 and Governor Pritzker's Executive Order for vaccination and testing requirements for higher education.

Following college President Tom Ramage's remarks to the board, Beth Bachtold, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, presented the following awards to staff members:

  • Robert Bielmeier, the Staff Green Award (<5 Years' Service)

  • Debbie Bucher, the 2021 Parkland Teaching Excellence Award

  • Kena Chapman, the Staff Gold Award (>5 Years' Service)

  • Nancy Roth, the 2021 ICCTA Adjunct Faculty Award

Next, Lisa Costello, Giertz Gallery director, and Mimi Nguyen, environmental safety and sustainability specialist, gave the board a summary of the solar array and energy savings projects. The eight-acre solar array has been in operation for over a year and in that time has produced over 2 megawatts of green electric energy, used exclusively on the Parkland College campus. This output has reduced the college's carbon footprint and saved over $24,000 in electrical expenses. A video showcasing the college's solar array is available to view here.

After an update on the Parkland Foundation by Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt, trustees approved the fiscal year 2022 budget, which includes a $426,199 operating deficit. Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles first presented the tentative budget in July, and the budget was on display for public review and input starting Aug. 1.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • fountain courtyard reconstruction and exterior door replacement, a Protection, Health, and Safety project

  • the filing of the following grant application:

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

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): FY21 Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE)

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Early School Leaver Transition Program

    • Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE): Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) Grant

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

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

    • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT): FY21 Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP)

    • U.S. Department of Education: CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): SIP Portion (CRRSAA allocation)

  • personnel appointments: 

    • W. Jason Strutz, Director of Technology Infrastructure, Campus Tech

    • Matthew Angel, Enterprise Applications Analyst, Campus Tech

    • Aaron Cunningham, Maintenance Technician/Plumber/HVAC, Physical Plant

    • Daniel Kirsanoff, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Tech

    • Anna Knipfer, Admissions Advisor/CRM Specialist, Admissions

    • HeatherAnn Layman, Parkland Presents Operations Assistant, Arts and Sciences

    • Logan Musgrove, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Tech

    • Daniel Reck, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Tech

    • Joy Sheehan, Dental Clinic Operations Assistant, Health Professions

    • Katelyn Sims, Athletics Department Assistant, Athletics

    • Reggie Walker, Custodian, Physical Pant

    • Maureen Wietecha, Marketing and Digital Content Manager, Marketing

    • Harvest Wolf, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Tech

    • Wendy Farmer, Registered Nursing Tenure-Track Faculty, Health Professions

    • Kyle Lyons, Senior Flight Instructor-Third Class/BasicMed Cert, Aviation

    • Mernice Wakefield, Adjunct Nursing Faculty, Health Professions

    • Jacob Fitton, Flight Instructor, Aviation

    • Heidi Trego, Flight Instructor, Aviation

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at Parkland College Sept. 14 (Correction)

Parkland and Walgreens Vaccination Clinic Sept. 14 (CORRECTION)

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The location for the Sept. 14 Vaccination Clinic has moved to the Parkland Gym (P Building).

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Parkland College and Walgreens will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Dodds Athletic Center (Parkland Gym, P Building) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 14.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to walk in for an appointment.

Individuals who receive their first dose at Parkland College but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens store across the nation.

Vaccinations are free, but a valid ID must be provided. Visitors may park in the M6 lot and access the north entrance to the gym to receive the vaccine.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

CobraVenture Seeks New Student Cohort for 2022

CobraVenture Seeking Students for Third Cohort

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Parkland College’s CobraVenture program for aspiring student entrepreneurs is seeking students this fall for its third cohort.

Applications for CobraVenture 2022 open today and stay open through Thursday, November 4. Information sessions about the program will be held Thursday, October 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room A175 and virtually on Zoom from 6 to 7 p.m. Applications can be found online at parkland.edu/cobraventure.

CobraVenture launched in January 2019 as a cohort of current Parkland College students who want to start their own business while still enrolled in college. Students can be part of any academic program to apply, but the thread that ties them together will be the desire to take their business idea and make it a reality with assistance from a supportive, semester-long, co-curricular program. While students do not receive academic credit for participation, they gain real-world skills that enhance what they have learned in the classroom.

Selected students will attend a series of evening educational workshops starting Jan. 13, where they will connect with Parkland faculty, alumni, and local business leaders. Participation is free but requires a high level of commitment. Students will learn how to start their business plan and become their own boss. Session facilitator Marc Changnon will join local community and business leaders at the workshop to help students succeed.

A CobraVenture capstone Pitch Showcase will take place May 23, where students can pitch their business to the community and earn up to $3,000 in seed money.

CobraVenture, part of the Parkland Entrepreneurial Network (PEN), is a collaboration of the Office of the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs, Parkland College Community Education, and the Parkland Foundation.

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands Hours at Parkland College

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Starting Monday, Parkland College will expand SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing hours on campus to Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Testing is open to community members, students, faculty, and staff.
 
The testing site will also move indoors to the Parkland College D wing, room D244, located at 2400 W. Bradley Avenue in Champaign. All individuals accessing testing will be asked to use the D1 door and designated route into and out of room D244 to ensure separation from the general campus population. Parking will be available for testing in the C4 parking lot.

Visit osfhealthcare.org/shield for more about SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing.

COVID Vaccines Available at Parkland College, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

Parkland and Walgreens vaccination clinic, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14

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To prepare for the fall semester, Parkland College and Walgreens will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24 and Tuesday, September 14.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to walk-up for an appointment.

Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot to administer vaccinations. Individuals who receive their first dose here but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens across the nation.

Vaccinations are free, but a valid ID must be provided.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

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