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Parkland Jazz Combo Concert Nov. 26

Hear music of today's jazz artists, Second Stage Theatre

The Parkland College Jazz Combo will be performing Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage. 

This concert is free and open to the public.
 
Led by Kevin Hart, the ensemble will perform selections from artists such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny Burrell, Steve Davis, Jeff Lorber, Jule Styne, and others.
 
For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/music.

Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble in Concert Dec. 2

"Carols and Cheers" to include holiday-themed selections; Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

The Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Wind Ensemble will hold their "Carols and Cheer" joint concert in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. 
 
Selections by the Parkland Chamber Singers will include "The World for Christmas--The Real Group" by Ander Edentroth; "Hope for Resolution" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory; "An Advent Carol" by Ellen Gilson Voth; "Lo, How a Rose/The Rose" by Craig Hella Johnson; and "Gloria-I. Allegro Vivace" by John Rutter. Dr. Frank Gallow is director for the Parkland Chamber Singers, while Kristina Engberg serves as accompanist.  
  
The Parkland Wind Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Beckett, will perform several holiday-themed selections. Among them will be the rousing "Overture to a Winter Festival" by James Curnow; "Celtic Carol," an exciting arrangement by Robert W. Smith of the beautiful “Greensleeves”; and the contemporary and fun favorite made famous by Elvis, "Blue Christmas," arranged by the eminent Jay Dawson.
 
For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/music.

Faculty Member Wins ACE Award for Community Arts Leadership

Peggy Shaw to be honored by 40th North with Artist ACE Award Nov. 8

A Parkland College faculty member has earned community-wide honors for her leadership and contributions to culture and the arts in the area.

Peggy Shaw, Art and Design faculty in the college's Fine and Applied Arts department, won a 2018 ACE Award from the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council (40 North). The organization will hold its 14th annual ACE Awards ceremony Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the City Center, 503 S. Chestnut St., Champaign.

ACE Awards honor individuals, businesses, artists, teachers, arts organizations, volunteers, and government and community leaders whose hard work and creative efforts enrich the culture of Champaign County. All seven ACE Award category winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of the community.

According to the 40 North website, Shaw won the Artist ACE Award for "making work that is publicly accessible yet deeply personal, work that commands a large room while engaging the individual viewer in a quiet, intimate space, for the immersive power of her work through the courageous revealing of her personal story, for evolving and developing compelling new ways to contribute to the local arts community, inspire students, support colleagues, and the people around her."

Shaw teaches digital photography, darkroom photography, video production and photography portfolio classes in the Art and Design program. Parkland College's Professional Development Subcommittee for Faculty selected her as its 2016 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College. A member of Parkland College's faculty since 2007, Shaw helped establish the school's Educational Video Center (now PCTV) and was part of the team that initiated distance learning efforts at the college. In addition to developing the popular Photography AAS degree, she has created various courses related to photography and video production. 

Shaw received her BFA degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards in both photography and video, including fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the Arts Midwest/National Education Association Regional.
 
ACE Award winners were chosen from public nominations by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County. Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award.

Faculty, Staff Excellence Winners for 2018

Employees provided superior instruction, service during 2018 academic year

Parkland College employees were honored with campus and regional awards for superior instruction and service during the school's 2018 academic year. Most were nominated through Parkland College's Professional Development Subcommittees for Faculty and Staff.

Kaizad Irani, Horticulture and Agriculture
2018 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationKaizad Irani

  • A Champaign County Master Gardener, Irani has taught at Parkland College since 2002

  • Has led teams that designed healing gardens locally at Carle Hospital and at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis

  • His team's design was chosen for the World Trade Center Heroes Park that will be built near Ground Zero in New York

  • Described as a creative force and an enthusiastic, generous, and purposeful professor who instills confidence in every student

  • Expert on topics as varied as Transforming Chaos and Conflict, Mind Mapping, and changing negative thought patterns

  • Has served on the college's Curriculum Committee and Sustainable Campus Committee


Tracy Dotson, Composition
2018 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College, Illinois Community College Trustees AssociationTracy Dotson

  • Described as a deeply caring and committed teacher

  • Has established an engaging curriculum and productive classroom community in which students learn from her and from their classmates

  • Valued contributor in departmental meetings, grant-funded assessments, and developmental composition meetings

  • Well-regarded mentor who acclimates new part-time faculty to policies, procedures, expectations, and culture of Parkland College


Chris Warren, Kinesiology
2018 Parkland College Teaching Excellence AwardChris Warren

  • Associate professor and program director of the Kinesiology program, Warren oversaw the development of Parkland College's state-of-the-art training and athletics facility

  • Helped develop the college's Certified Personal Fitness Training program

  • Expanded the Kinesiology curriculum to include four transfer pathways

  • Known as a dedicated and encouraging teacher; students say he creates a fun and engaging classroom environment

  • Assists trainers and clients at Parkland's Fitness Center and monitors many Parkland athletes' training 


Kendra McClure, Communications
2018 Online Teaching Excellence AwardKendra McClure

  • Associate professor of communication, McClure has served at Parkland College since 2010

  • Her online courses stand out because of her attention to detail, clear expectations, and personal interactions with her students

  • Uses feedback from anonymous surveys to make adjustments and continually improve student learning

  • A founder and faculty advisor for Applied Media Promotions (AMP), a student-staffed strategic communication firm on campus


Manuel Rodriguez, Chemistry
Dr. Joseph Cipfl Faculty Workshop and Research Grant Winner

  • Associate professor of chemistry, Rodriguez has served Parkland College since 2010

  • The Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) Executive Committee has awarded him one of its four $2,500 competitive faculty grants for 2018

  • His research project is "Introduction to Undergraduate Research for Community College Students"

  • ICCFA, an advisory body to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), endeavors to promote excellence in teaching and learning in Illinois community colleges

 

Kris Murray, Accessibility Services
2018 Outstanding Staff Gold Award (5+ Years) Kris Murray

  • Responsible for day-to-day operations in the Office of Accessibility Services, which serves 500+ students

  • Recognized as consummate professional who communicates with students in a caring, respectful, and positive manner

  • Maintains the office's systems and extensive inventory of assistive technologies

  • Works closely with faculty and staff to meet educational needs for students with disabilities

  • Adept knowledge of ADA compliance issues, technology for student accommodations, and community/campus resources


Sarah Hartman, Admissions
2018 Outstanding Staff Green Award (>5 Years)Sarah Hartman

  • Admissions advisor and first contact for prospective students and parents

  • Named to the 2018 Emerging Community Leaders program by United Way of Champaign County

  • Referred to as the office cheerleader whose positive attitude finds solutions and the bright side to any situation 

  • Educates office staff on new procedures, trains them on new software, and helps improve their customer-service skills

  • Extensive services include EEO representation, Parkland College Association (senator), Job Evaluation Committee, Parkland Gives365 group, Policy and Procedures Management Team, and SOAR Vision Committee

"Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" Opens at Theatre Nov. 8

Comedy about murders, secret identities, and the Golden Age of Broadway

"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940," written by John Bishop, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre November 8–18.
 
When their latest Broadway musical closes after the murder of three chorus girls, the writers and stars escape to Westchester to work on their next hit. Unfortunately, the murderer has followed them upstate! A comedy about murders, secret identities, and the Golden Age of Broadway, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" is a modern classic in the vein of Clue and Murder by Death.
 
Mathew Green directs a cast of campus, alumni, and community players including Karen Hughes, Chelsea Collier, Wesley Bennett, Jace Jamison, Monty Joyce, Mallory Sellers, Quinton Ohlsson, Jenny Gleason, Ed Pierce, Mindy Smith, and Parker Evans. The show includes lighting design by Stuart Wilson, scenic design by Molly Ilten-Fullan, sound design by Dominick Rosales, props design by Yen Vi Green, and costume design by Sheri Doyle.
 
Performances will be Nov. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. The Nov. 8 performance includes a talkback immediately following show, where the director and cast and crew members discuss the show and answer audience questions.
 
Tickets are $15 for adult, $13 for student/senior, $9 for youth and $11 for groups of 20 or more. Opening night is half-price night. To make reservations, visit parkland.edu/MusicalComedyMurders or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

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