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Students Win Speaking Contest, Support Charities

David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest celebrates 16th year

Four students recently earned top honors among the 12 persuasive speakers who presented at the 16th annual David Jones Persuasive Speaking Contest. The contest spotlights the speaking styles and skills of students who have taken a communication class at Parkland College. 
The May 2 competition also gave students the opportunity to speak in support of their favorite charity. Local as well as national and international charities were represented.
Earning first-place honors in this year's competition was Michael Doehring of Savoy, whose speech supporting Ronald McDonald House earned him a $500 scholarship. Emily Eastin of Tolono came in second, with her speech for the Crisis Nursery. She will receive $250. John Nicol of Urbana was third, with a speech asking the audience to support Cunningham Children’s Home. He will receive $100. The Finalist award of $50 went to Malea Misenheimer of Mahomet, who supported C.O.P.S. Ronald McDonald House, the organization represented by the first-place speaker, will also receive a $500 donation from the Communication Program faculty. 
"This year's competition demonstrated just how much Parkland students have to offer and how motivated they are to make a difference in our world," said Julie Weishar, speech associate professor and Communication program director.

Judges for the event's final round included Aaron Eades, morning show anchor/reporter for WCIA 3 News; Kimberlie Kranich, director of community content and engagement for Illinois Public Media; Kathie Spegal, coordinator for Illinois Radio Reader Service; Hilary Valentine, associate marketing director for Parkland College; and Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the Parkland College Foundation.

The contest is sponsored by the Parkland College Communication Program, Parkland's Fine and Applied Arts department and donations made to the contest scholarships. The awards come from the David Jones Persuasive Speech Contest Scholarship Fund, created in honor of Jones, former chair of the Fine and Applied Arts department from 1988 until his death from cancer in 2002. The annual speech contest honors Dr. Jones' commitment to the communication discipline and student enrichment.

[Top image: 2019 Jones Speech Contest winners, l to r, Malea Misenheimer, Michael Doehring, John Nicol, and Emily Eastin. Bottom image: Winners with Julie Weishar, l, and contest faculty coordinator Jody Littleton, r.]

Allie Lindemann Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Champaign Central standout takes over the reins from her father, retiring Coach Mike Lindemann

Parkland Athletic Director Brendan McHale has named Allie Lindemann head coach of Parkland Women's Basketball, promoting the two-year Cobra assistant coach. Lindemann takes over the reins after her father, Mike Lindemann, led the program for the previous six seasons.
"We are very fortunate to have Allie Lindemann leading the future of our Parkland College Women's Basketball program," McHale said. "Allie's knowledge and passion for the game confirmed she is the right person for this job. We look forward to the continued excellence Allie will bring to our Cobra Women's Basketball team."
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach under Mike Lindemann from 2011 to 2013, Allie Lindemann returned to the Parkland bench for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons as an assistant coach. During the past two seasons, she has been responsible for recruiting and player development.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Brendan McHale and Parkland College for the opportunity to lead Parkland Women's Basketball," Lindemann said. "Parkland is a very special place with a strong tradition of excellence, both academically and across all athletic programs.  I look forward to continuing to create a championship culture both on and off the court."
Prior to joining the Parkland coaching staff ahead of the 2017-18 season, Lindemann made stops at University High School and Hamilton Community College following a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant at Parkland. Taking her first head coaching job in 2010, Lindemann led University High School to a 44-14 combined record and an IHSA Sectional Championship appearance in 2012, and she was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. The success earned her an assistant coach position at Hamilton College, where she helped guide the Continentals to two NESCAC Championship quarterfinal appearances in four seasons.  
Having also played at the community college level, Lindemann began her collegiate career at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was a two-time All-Region selection. Making the jump to Division I, Lindemann continued her career at Siena College and proved to be prolific from three-point range. Knocking down 68 threes in both her junior and senior seasons, Lindemann averaged double-figure scoring with 10.6 points as a junior and 11.2 points per game as a senior. A model student athlete, Lindemann was given the team's Joe Hogan Award for desire, attitude, and dedication.
A native of Champaign, Illinois, Lindemann played high school basketball at Champaign Central, earning IHSA Third Team All-State in 2006 and setting the area record for career points by any player in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Lindemann earned her bachelor's degree from Siena and her master's degree from the University of Illinois.

[Article by Chad Beyler]

Parkland College Announces Candidates for Commencement 2019

Candidates for May 16 graduation listed by hometown

Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 52nd Commencement Exercises. The graduation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

View the full list of candidates here; students are listed by hometown.

Parkland College 2019 Commencement, May 16

PYGMALION's Seth Fein to give keynote at 8 p.m. ceremony; watch live stream

Local event curator and publisher Seth Fein will deliver the keynote address during Parkland College's 2019 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Watch the ceremony live.

Fein is founder and producer of the area's annual multidisciplinary event called PYGMALION, celebrating its 15th year in 2019. He is co-creator and publisher of Smile Politely, an online magazine devoted to the culture of life in the sister cities, published since 2007. Additionally, since founding The Nicodemus Agency in 2002, he has represented more than 65 artists, booked hundreds of North American tours and has presented nearly 1,500 concerts locally featuring over 5,000 performers. Starting this year, Fein will co-chair the newly formed Foundation for Innovation in the Performing Arts (FIPA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding and perpetuating live performing arts and more in Champaign County. 

Raised in Urbana, Fein attended public school his entire academic career. After transferring from Parkland College to the University of Illinois in 2000, he graduated with his BA in Rhetoric in 2002. He lives in Champaign with his wife, Justine Bursoni, and their two sons, Ellis and Ira. 

Other honored guests at commencement will include agriculturalist, education leader and former Parkland College Trustee Linden Warfel, who will receive an honorary associate's degree, and celebrated Yahoo Sports Analyst Brad Evans, who will be honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award. 

Warfel was educated in Unit 7 Schools, at Wabash College in Indiana, and at the University of Illinois, majoring in agricultural economics. After college, he served six years in the U.S. Air Force as an aeromedical evacuation specialist, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He served on the Unit 7 Board of Education for 10 years, two of them as chair, and co-founded Community Christian School in Urbana, which eventually became Judah Christian School in Champaign.

Elected to the Parkland College Board of Trustees in 1991, Warfel guided the college for 24 years, holding the roles of board secretary, vice president, and president. He helped Parkland expand its enrollment and facilities during this time. A lifetime and award-winning member of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, he also served on the Illinois Community College Board's Financial Advisory, Formula Change Advisory, and Leadership and Core Values committees. Today, he serves on the Governor's Pre-school through University Advisory Council. 

Warfel was chosen by the News-Gazette as the Farm Leader of the Year for 1989 and as one of its "Seventy Over 70" honorees for 2019. He has worked with the Champaign County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Farm Bureau since 1968, supplying governance for both. For 18 years, he served as commissioner for the Two Mile Slough, a southwest Champaign County drainage district covering 33,000 acres. His community service also includes membership with the Tolono Village Board, the Tolono Lion's Club, and since 1979, the Champaign Rotary. He is currently an active member of Stratford Park Bible Chapel in Champaign.

Evans is a resident fantasy football, NFL Draft, college basketball, and betting analyst for Yahoo Sports, a regularly featured analyst on the Emmy-nominated "Yahoo's Fantasy Football Live." He has won more individual Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards than any analyst in the industry, including Football Writer of the Year Awards in 2012 and 2015 and five College Sports Writer of the Year Awards between 2009 and 2014. He was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2018. Evans has provided his expertise on numerous national network and syndicated sports shows and is creator and co-host of "The Fantasy Football Hour" on Altitude TV, which earned "Best Video" nominations in its first three seasons and has aired in over 90 million households nationwide. 

After attending Parkland College from 1996 to 1999, Evans earned his BA in History from the University of Illinois and his Masters in Geological and Earth Sciences from Mississippi State University. Prior to becoming a sports columnist and personality, he taught social studies, weather, psychology, and health classes for six years at the READY program in Champaign, Ill., an alternative school for high school students. 

Parkland's 52nd commencement also will feature remarks from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Gregory J. Knott. Graduating-student presenters will include graduating student student speaker Mackenzie Smith, a Parkland honor student and a member of Parkland's Phi Theta Kappa international honor society chapter, and tassel turner William K. Taylor, 72, a Parkland honor student. The Mahomet resident retired from the WDWS-AM sales staff in 2011 after a 41-year career.

Rev. Dr. Mark Jordan of New Horizon United Methodist Church in Champaign will provide the invocation/benediction, and the Parkland College Wind Ensemble will perform several selections. A reception will be held in the Krannert Center lobby after the recessional. Tickets are required. 

[Image: Seth Fein by Justine Bursoni Photography]

New Trustees, Student Trustee Sworn in at Parkland College

James Ayers, Bianca Green, Jonathan Westfield, Lydia Gallaher receive oath of office

The Parkland College Board of Trustees accepted the results of the April 2 municipal elections, swearing in three trustees as well as its newest student trustee.

During their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to James Ayers, Bianca Green, and Jonathan Westfield. Ayers will serve a four-year term while Green and Westfield will serve for six years. Trustees also swore in new student trustee Lydia Gallaher. She was elected by the Parkland College student body April 10 to serve a one-year term as the student representative on the governing board for the college.

The board reviewed committee recommendations for a new general insurance brokerage services agency; the majority of the college's insurance policies are set to expire June 30.

Trustees also approved the following:

  • purchase and installation of new flooring for rooms in L wing and Aviation institute, from TSI/Commercial Flooring of Champaign, $29,990.

  • purchase of consulting for strategic enrollment management (SEM) from CLARUS Corporation of Alliance, Neb., $35,000.

  • purchase of lounge furniture for B, C, and M wings from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $69,178.

  • purchase of classroom furniture from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $60,080.

  • purchase of classroom furniture from KI, Inc., of Green Bay, Wisc., $38,049.

  • purchase instructional/office computer hardware and software, $1,605,000.

  • purchase licensing and maintenance of instructional/office computer hardware and software, multiple vendors, $1,110,528.

  • disposal of a two row corn picker (Ag/Engineering Science and Technologies and an electric fork truck (Community Education) due to age and wear.

  • personnel appointments:

    • Morgann Quilty, Director, Parkland College Library

    • Brian Morgan, Theatre Director/Theatre Tenure-Track Faculty, Fine and Applied Arts

    • Leann McPike, Computer Technology Center Director, Business/Computer Science and Technologies

    • Marya Burke, Counselor, Counseling Services

    • Mary Vidoni, Academic Advisor, Counseling Services

    • Natalie Heath, International Admissions Advisor, Admissions

    • Tylor Vannarath, Groundskeeper, Physical Plant