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Wesley Food Pantry to Reopen April 1

WFP will resume distribution, curbside

The ​Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College, which is currently closed due to the statewide Stay-at-Home order, will resume curbside distribution April 1. 

The food pantry will distribute prepacked food boxes through the circle drive at the Staerkel Planetarium and at the main campus bus stop (circle drive at the U Building) Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

There will be no food distribution on Saturdays. At this time, the pantry is unable to offer choice model shopping until further notice. Only prepackaged food bags will be available for pickup. 

For more information, please visit

Parkland Students Show at ICCJE

James Jones Wins Merit Award

Parkland College students participated in the annual Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition at Governors State University from February 13-29. James Jones won a Merit Award.

Student participants:

  • Jane Liao - Champaign

  • Catherine White - Champaign

  • Tamara Asire - Champaign

  • James Jones – Champaign

  • Eunjoo Kang - Champaign

  • Zhuoyue Zhang - Urbana

  • Sharon Wenda - Urbana

  • Barbara Curtis - Urbana

  • Anita Rent – Urbana

  • Kayla McEvoy - Sadorus

Congratulations to all participants. Find more information about the ICCJE here.

Carter Jeffries Named MWAC Player of the Year

Bruno Williams Jr. Also Named to First Team

Two players from Parkland Men’s Basketball were awarded All-Conference honors by the coaches of the Mid-West Athletic Conference. Carter Jeffries and Bruno Williams Jr. were each chosen as part of the First Team, and, in addition, Jeffries was chosen MWAC Player of the Year. The Cobras finished their 8-game conference slate with a record of 5-3, good enough for a tie for second-place.

Jeffries, the sophomore guard from Niles, Mich., was second in the conference in both points per game (17.2) and 3-point baskets (72). He was third in blocks (16), fifth in 3-point percentage (36.9%), and seventh in overall shooting percentage (46.8%).

The Buchanan High School alum was twelfth in the conference in steals (22) and fourteenth in assists (45). He had a conference-season-high of 25 points against Lincoln Land on February 29th, and he went 6-7 from beyond the arc in the February 5th game with Danville Area.

Williams Jr., the sophomore guard/forward from Milwaukee, Wis., was fourth in the conference in both rebounds per game (6.8) and assists per game (3.1). He was sixth in two categories as well, points per game (13.3) and steals (33).

The Wisconsin Lutheran High School alum recorded a conference-season-high of 20 points against Danville Area on February 26th. He hauled down 11 rebounds in four conference games, the latest being the same February 26th game against DACC.


2019-20 MWAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards

2019-2020 MWAC Player of the Year

Carter Jeffries – Parkland College


First Team

Carter Jeffries – Parkland College

Chandler Bevans – John Wood Community College

Malik Parker – Danville Area Community College

Armon Brummett – Danville Area Community College

Bruno Williams Jr. – Parkland College


Second Team72

Aaron Shoot – John Wood Community College

Armoni Hall – Illinois Central College

Keon Jones – Lincoln Land Community College

Jarvis Jennings – John Wood Community College

Damond Crosby – Illinois Central College


MWAC Freshman of the Year

Aaron Shoot – John Wood Community College


MWAC Coach of the Year

Brad Hoyt – John Wood Community College


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Child Development Center Receives Grant for Equipment

CDC receives Joseph H Cannon Memorial Grant for $12,400

The Child Development Center at Parkland College has received the Joseph H Cannon Memorial Grant for new playground equipment.

The grant, which was approved by the Champaign Rotary Club, will provide $12,400 for new equipment including a large playground structure from Team Reil, Inc., a four-seat playground swing set, two triangular trapeze rings, and a tunnel.

Director of the Child Development Center Adrienne Shockley explains the importance of play to developing children. “Play stimulates the brain connections between nerve cells helping a child develop both gross-motor skills like…coordination, along with fine-motor skills like writing, manipulating small tools, and detailed hand work,” Shockley said. “It might look like ‘just play’ to some, but when kids are active and running around a playground, they are building their physical skills [and] several other critical developmental skills.”

Other cognitive development skills such as problem solving, dramatic imagination, and mental representation, are improved through play and facilitated by equipment. “The swings are also responsible for helping with sensory stimulation, as well as providing opportunities for social development such as sharing, turn-taking, and cooperation,” Shockley said.

The Child Development Center would like to thank the Champaign Rotary Club for the honor of the Joseph H Cannon Memorial Grant. Along with the new swings, the grant will replace several well-loved equipment pieces so the children can continue to play and learn on safe, reliable structures.

“We are very excited for this opportunity to grow and improve our center to better serve our community,” Shockley said.

For more information about the Child Development Center, please visit or call 217/373-3777.

Parkland College Day of Giving is March 11

Donate as part of Parkland Spirit Day on March 11

The Parkland College Foundation is hosting a district-wide Parkland Spirit Day on Wednesday, March 11, to raise funds for Parkland College as part of the 2020 Day of Giving.

Starting at 12 a.m. and running to midnight, individuals, businesses, and groups are asked to visit, search for a fund they care about (scholarships, Athletics, etc.), and donate any amount. The Creating Impact for Parkland fund, a fund that addresses the college's most urgent needs, can also be donated to directly.

During the 2019 Parkland Day of Giving, the community raised over $70,000 that went directly to Parkland College and thousands of deserving students. The donations provided:

  • $45,000 in new scholarships to help over 90 students with tuition, fees, and books

  • $16,000 to the Creating Impact for Parkland fund

  • $9,000 to academic programs to enhance instruction across campus

Residents can view the progress of the Day of Giving's goal, and are invited to share personal testimonials on how Parkland College learning support has led to their success, at #ParklandGivingDay. 

To donate: