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Employer Campus Visit Days Scheduled

Hear from local employers, network, practice interviewing skills

Career Services will present two Employer Campus Visit Days in April.

The first, held in conjunction with Student Life, will be Wednesday, April 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room D244, with networking opportunities available from 1 to 2 p.m.

Three local employers will discuss their industries and the job opportunities within each of them. Students with majors related to Business, Agriculture, Industrial Technology, Healthcare, Hospitality,  and Communications are especially encouraged to attend. Employers include:

Core Life Eatery : Presenters are  Champaign General Manager/Head Coach Steve Monical and Joint Venture Partner/Operating Partner Clay Baxter

AHW LLC: Presenter is  Human Resources Manager Cecilia Miller

The Glenwood- Mahomet: Presenter is Angela Reinhart, Administrator

Each employer will provide a 5- to 8-minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session during the noon hour. Students can practice interviewing skills and network with the employers in the second hour.


The second will be Thursday, April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Flag Lounge. Students will be able to learn about current and future job opportunities in these areas: Agriculture, Business, Information Technology, Industrial Technology, Hospitality, and Healthcare.

For more information, contact Career Services, 217/351-2219.

Yaakema Rose Jr. Named NJCAA All-American

Sophomore guard led Cobras to a 24-4 record, conference title

Parkland Men's Basketball sophomore guard Yaakema Rose Jr. was named a 2018-19 NJCAA Division II All-American on Monday, as announced by the national office.

Averaging 16.1 points per game on the season, Rose was selected as a Third Team All-American after leading the Cobras to a 24-4 overall record and Mid-West Athletic Conference Championship.

"Yaak is so deserving of all his accolades," said Head Coach Anthony Figueroa. "He's loved by his teammates, is an extremely hard worker and only cares about winning. Yaak was our most consistent guy all year."

A native of Springfield, Ill., Rose led the Cobras with 16.1 points per game with a 43.9 shooting percentage, while also grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Twice named the Parkland Men's Athlete of the Month (November and February), Rose scored in double figures in 23 of the Cobras' 28 games, including seven 20-point performances with three coming in the final two weeks of the season. Sharing the Player of the Year honors with John Wood's Cory Miller Jr., Rose finished his career at Parkland by averaging 20.5 points across the two Region 24 Tournament games.

Rose becomes the ninth All-American in Parkland Men's Basketball history and the first under Figueroa. Prior to Rose, D.J. Hoskins was the last Cobra to earn All-American status, doing so in 2010-11. The Cobras' list of All-Americans dates back to Russ Oliver, who was the first in 1975-76, and also Parkland Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Lennox Forrester.

One of two Region 24 players to earn All-American status, Rose is joined by fellow Co-Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year Cory Miller Jr. of John Wood, who was named to the First Team.

Parkland Men's Basketball All-Americans:

1975-76: Russ Oliver – First Team All-American
1978-88: P.J. Bowman – First Team All-American
1980-81: Dana Dunson – Honorable Mention
1985-86: Dave Stein – Honorable Mention
1988-89: Lennox Forrester – Second Team All-American
1992-93: Antiwan Easley – Second Team All-American
2005-06: Matt Neaville – Third Team All-American
2010-11: D.J. Hoskins – Third Team All-American
2018-19: Yaakema Rose Jr. – Third Team All-American

Article by Chad Beyler

Four Cobras Honored with Conference, Region Awards

Yaakema Rose Jr. Player of the Year, Anthony Figueroa Coach of the Year

Three Parkland men's basketball players were honored by the M-WAC and Region 24 with postseason awards, as announced by the conference and regional offices. Sophomore guard Yaakema Rose Jr. was named Co-Player of the Year in both the M-WAC and Region 24, while head coach Anthony Figueroa was named the 2018-19 M-WAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year.
Joining Rose Jr. on the regional and conference ballots was freshman Bruno Williams Jr., named to the All-Region Team and Second Team All-M-WAC. Sophomore point guard Ty'Ohn Trimble joined Williams Jr. on the Second Team.
Honored with his third M-WAC Coach of the Year accolade in the last four seasons, Figueroa guided the Cobras to a 24-4 season and their fourth conference championship. Ranked as high as third, the Cobras won their first 11 games of the season to mark the most during Figueroa's tenure. Despite featuring 10 newcomers on the roster, the Cobras earned the top seed in the Region 24 Tournament and advanced to the Regional Championship with a 60-59 win over Illinois Central.
A native of Springfield, Ill., Rose led the Cobras with 16.1 points per game with a 43.9 shooting percentage, while also grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game. Twice named the Parkland Men's Athlete of the Month (November, February), Rose scored in double figures in 23 of the Cobras' 28 games, including seven 20-point performances with three coming in the final two weeks of the season. Sharing the Player of the Year honors with John Wood's Cory Miller Jr., Rose finished his career at Parkland by averaging 20.5 points across the two Region 24 Tournament games.
Along with Rose Jr., Williams was named to the Region 24 All-Region Team and Second Team All-MWAC as the Cobras' second leading scorer (11.4) and top rebounder (5.7). Passing the 20-point threshold three times on the season, the first-year Cobra accomplished the feat twice in a seven-day span, tallying 20 points at Danville Area on February 16 and then 25 points at John Wood on February 23. The 20-point performance at Danville Area also gave Williams Jr. his second double-double of the season.
The third Cobra to make the M-WAC All-Conference Team, point guard Trimble facilitated an efficient Parkland offense in his second season. Averaging a team-leading 4.2 assists per game, Trimble took care the basketball to a tune of a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio that ranked among the top-25 guards in the country. In addition to setting up his teammates, Trimble also averaged 9.6 points per game to rank third on the team behind a 41.8 field-goal percentage. Trimble scored in double figures in 11 of the team' first 12 games, including a season-high 21 points at Division I Southeastern on December 17.

Article by Chad Beyler

Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

ICCJE celebrates the creative work of young artists

Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2019 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, Feb. 13–March 2. Participating students were:

Kayla McEvoy, Sadorus (2 Honorable Mentions)
Catherine White, Champaign
Logan Ingold, Champaign
Kenneth Levi Neff, Paxton
Stephen Kaufman, Urbana
Ray Irani, Champaign
Chris Johns, Champaign
Najma Motan, Champaign

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. Works selected for this year's exhibit were completed between Dec. 1, 2018 and Jan. 30, 2019. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a closing reception at the gallery March 2.

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[Top image: Pictured, from l. to r., at Visual Arts Gallery's ICCJE are Parkland student participants Kayla McEvoy, Catherine White, Logan Ingold, Kenneth Levi Neff, Stephen Kaufman, and Ray Irani. Bottom images: Parkland student artists' work at ICCJE.]

Cobras Clinch M-WAC Championship

Parkland defeats Illinois Central, 70-59

No. 8 Parkland Men's Basketball clinched its fourth Mid-West Athletic Conference title in the last five seasons on Wednesday evening with a 70-59 victory over visiting Illinois Central. Sophomore guard Yaakema Rose Jr. led the Cobras with 16 points as Parkland improved to 22-3 on the season, 7-1 in conference.
After not having won a conference title in the history of the M-WAC prior to 2014-15, the Cobras have finished atop the conference in four of the last five years. Winning seven of its eight conference games in 2019, the Cobras will finish at least one game clear of second place John Wood, who is 5-2 with one conference game remaining.
Shooting 48.1 percent as a team on Wednesday, including 47.1 percent from the three, the Cobras were led offensively by 16 points and four assists from Rose. In his fifth straight double-digit scoring performance, Rose knocked down five shots, including two threes, and converted four of his six free throw attempts. The other Cobra in double figures was guard Charles Campbell Jr. with 10 points. Forwards Joey Saracco and Bruno Williams Jr. each added in eight points.
Trailing Illinois Central for much of Wednesday's first half, the Cobras fell behind early, 18-11, behind cold shooting and second-chance buckets from the Cougars. Five straight points from Williams cut the lead back down to two, 18-16, and then a three from Tommy Makabu three minutes later brought the Cobras even, 24-24, with 5:28 remaining. Trading buckets, the Cobras trailed 30-28 with three minutes left. From threre, the Cobras would hold the visitors without a point for the remainder of the half as part of a 9-0 run. Taking their first lead of the game on a Rose Jr. three, 31-30, and then hit four straight free throws before a Ty Walter Jr. hit a jumper to conclude the run.  
Parkland extended the Cougars scoring drought for two-and-a-half minutes into the second half, as a pair of free throws pushed the lead out nine, 39-30. Taking a double-digit lead with 15 minutes left in the game on a layup by point guard Ty'Ohn Trimble, the Cobras maintained the 10-plus point advantage for the remainder of the night. A 9-2 run over the next three-plus minutes, highlighted by five points from Campbell, gave the Cobras their biggest lead of the game, 53-36. The Cougars would cut their deficit back to 11 with 9:39 left, but wouldn't get any closer as the Cobras closed out their seventh conference victory.
Leading the Cobras to a 22-3 overall record and M-WAC title is a stingy defense that ranks among the best in NJCAA Division II. Holding opponents to the third lowest points-per-game average (64.9) nationally, Cobra opponents are shooting just 41.0 percent from the field, good for 21st lowest in the country. A part of the low field goal percentage is an average of 4.2 blocks per contest that sits 24th nationally.
Offensively, Parkland prides itself on taking care of the ball with its 10.8 turnovers per game ranking 11th in the NJCAA. With the ball security, Parkland is hitting 47.1 percent of their shots – 29th in NJCAA – and is grabbing 14.0 offensive rebounds per game to rank 31st. Individually, two Cobras are averaging double digit scoring, as Rose leads the team at 15.4 PPG followed by Williams at 11.9 PPG. Trimble's 9.7 points per game falls just shy of double digits to go along with a team-high 4.3 assists per contest.
Up next, Parkland will next look to lock up the top seed in next week's Region 24 tournament on Saturday in their regular season finale against Rend Lake at 3 p.m. central time. Both 7-2 in Region 24, the Cobras and Warriors are tied for top spot with John Wood (6-3) one game back.

Article by Chad Beyler