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Parkland College 2018 Commencement Exercises, May 17

Filmmaking brothers Carter, Luke Boyce to give keynote address

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Award-winning film directors Carter Boyce and Luke Boyce will give the keynote address during Parkland College's 2018 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Carter BoyceStudent Academy Award-winning director and animator Carter Boyce is one of Parkland College’s 50 most notable alumni. He attended Parkland at age 19, where he discovered his love for 3D animation. After earning his Associate in Applied Science in Digital Media in 2010, Boyce spent two years picking up animation jobs and working on his portfolio. In 2012, he took his animation career to the next level—film—by attending DePaul University in Chicago for further study.

During his senior year at DePaul, he created and directed his thesis project, an animated short film titled "Die Flucht." The film earned Boyce the top three awards at DePaul's annual student film showcase. He would go on to win a Student Academy Award for Animation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the academy’s 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards® competition in 2016. 

Luke BoyceHis brother, Emmy Award®-winning director Luke Boyce, co-founded the award-winning film and video production company Shatterglass Studios, headquartered in Champaign, in 2006. He has gone on to direct over 100 productions since then, including films, commercials, documentaries, and projects with the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. His documentary work over the past eight years has led him to interview some of the greatest names in cinema including Guillermo Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, and others.

Boyce won a regional Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2013 for a documentary examining the 14th Roger Ebert's Film Festival. His short film "The Pooka," starring  TV's "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan, premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017. That same year, Boyce announced his feature-length directorial debut project, a live-action adaptation of the award-winning Image Comics series "Revival," a Midwestern horror/noir, to be released in 2019.

Other honored guests at commencement will include Kelly Duitsman Loschen, CPA, who will be honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Gregory D. Cozad, CFP, who will receive the college's 2018 Honorary Associate Degree. 

Loschen has a passion for improving the financial literacy, including college and career readiness, of others in her community. After 16 years in public accounting with Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, she joined Farm Credit Illinois as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2016. A Champaign native, Loschen attended Parkland College on the Parkland College Presidential Scholarship (now the Board of Trustees Scholarship), awarded to the top 10 percent of high school graduates in District 505. She earned her Associate in Science in Business Administration in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 2000, and her Certified Public Accountant designation less than one year later.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Illinois CPA Society, Eastern Chapter; and the Executive Club of Champaign County. Loschen served as past treasurer for the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Parkland College Foundation Board. In 2013, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 Award by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

Gregory Cozad's corporation, Cozad Asset Management, handles millions in assets for individuals and families. CNBC, Bloomberg Television, The Wall Street Journal Radio, and other financial media have turned to Cozad Asset Management for its expertise in investments, the financial outlook, and wealth management. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Registered Representative of M Holdings Securities, Inc. Cozad graduated with distinction from Indiana University and went on to receive both law and masters of business administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Cozad served as president of the Stevick Foundation and as a member of the Champaign City Council, the Champaign-Urbana Economic Development Corporation Board, and the Dean’s Business Council at the University of Illinois. He was a charter member of the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program, serving as emcee of the Parkland College Foundation’s Entrepreneur of the Year banquet during its first nine years and naming its V. Dale Cozad Award, given annually to the winner, in honor of his father. Cozad also initiated the Cozad New Venture Competition at the University of Illinois.

Parkland's commencement also will feature remarks from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Dana D. Trimble. Pastor Seth J. Jersild of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Saint Joseph 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.

Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11

Take home vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants; make great gifts

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Parkland College invites the public to its annual spring Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on May 9 and 10.

This 12th annual event will include vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants. Plants can make great Mother's Day gifts or make a home more inviting.

Parkland College's greenhouse is located on the west side of the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, on the west side of campus.

Cash or checks only, please. For more information, contact Theresa Meers at

Parkland Motorsports Car Show, May 5, Celebrates 20 Years

Classic, late-model custom cars, trucks, other vehicles on display at free public event

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The Motorsport program is gearing up for the 20th Annual Parkland Car Show happening Saturday, May 5 in Parkland College's M parking lots.

Classic and late-model custom cars, trucks, and other vehicles will be on display at this free public event, sponsored by the Parkland Motorsport Club. Car show judging begins at noon. Student-choice and participant-vote awards will be announced beginning at 3 p.m.
Community residents are invited to display their own vehicles at the car show. Advance registration is $10 if received by April 27 and is available at Registration after April 27 and on the day of the show is $15. Registration fees benefit the club's activities.

Changes to voting implemented in 2017 will continue this year. Jon Ross, automotive program director and car show organizer, explained the reason for the changes.

"There's a national shortage of trained automotive technicians and auto enthusiasts," Ross said. "We've taken half the awards available and devoted them to vehicle owners age 25 and under. The goal is to promote interest among high school and college-aged folks. We hope to see this next generation out here with their vehicles, sharing their work and passion for the automotive industry."
Parkland is hosting the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge for the second year as part of the annual car show. Area residents are encouraged to come out and watch regional teams of high school students disassemble and rebuild an entire Chevy small block engine to factory specifications. Teams achieving a time of 34 minutes or less qualify for the national championship at SEMA in Las Vegas. The competition will take place in the Parkhill Applied Technology Center throughout the day.
For additional information or to register a vehicle, visit

Parkland College Announces Candidates for Commencement 2018

Candidates for May 17 graduation listed by hometown

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Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 51st Commencement Exercises. The graduation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 17, 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.

Students Win Parkland Art and Design Exhibition Awards, Scholarships

Students received a number of awards, art scholarships in exhibit running through May 5

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The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College proudly announces the scholarship and award winners of its 2018 Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition, on display in the gallery through May 5. 
The exhibition comprises student works produced within the last year in Parkland Art and Design classes including Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, and Ceramics. Members of Parkland's art faculty selected exhibit works from approximately 315 submissions. The public is invited to view the strength and quality of Parkland's Art and Design program through these artworks which demonstrate tenacity and commitment, and reveal the students' development of critical thinking and visual perception. 
The accomplishments made by these talented, dedicated, and hardworking students are evident by the works included in the exhibit. A reception honoring the participants was held on April 12. During the celebration, students received a number of awards and art scholarships. 
Scholarship recipients included Logan Ingold of Champaign, who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Michael Dalton of Urbana, who received the Don Lake Art Scholarship; and Bailey Bryan of Homer, winner of the Robert Ralph Ford Art Scholarship.
Monetary awards included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Duy Le (Champaign); the Parkland President's Award, given to Kayla McEvoy (Sadorus); the Blair Kling Memorial Award, given to Nicole Blair (Danville); the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Hyein Yang (Urbana); the Art and Design Faculty Award, given to Matthew Thornton (Urbana); the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Cibele Aguiar (Champaign); the Louis Ballard Memorial Ceramics Award, given to Bailey Bryan (Homer); and the Art Coop Award, given to Justin Beck (St. Joseph).

Purchase awards for artwork to be included in the Parkland College Collection went to: Devyn Clay (Champaign), Liam Daly (Champaign), Alia Frickensmith (Champaign), Logan Ingold (Champaign), Mikhail Kogan (Champaign), Andres Morales-Torres (Urbana), and Andrew Waner (Champaign).

Merit awards for outstanding work went to the following students: Brooke Armstrong (Champaign), Barlow James (Champaign), Nicole Blair (Danville), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Caressa Dillow (Bement), Allie Floreth (Champaign), Lyndsey Groth (Champaign), Chris Johns (Champaign), Rashmi Kapoor (Champaign), Stephen Kaufman (Urbana), Edwina Kugel (Champaign), Jane Liao (Champaign), Karissa Marshall (Champaign), John Nine (Champaign), Erin Rogers (Sadorus), Juan Santiago (Champaign), Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn (Champaign), Darlene Veit (Champaign), Catherine White (Champaign), Kelcey Williams (Champaign), and Meilin Zhang (Champaign).

Parkland also recognized Ixcell Vega, Anna Poindexter, Mikhail Kogan, Michael Dalton, and Joan Campagnolo for having their artwork chosen for the 2018 Illinois Community College Exhibit held at Governor's State University this spring. 

The following art students were recognized as completing the requirements for a degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. Emily Goetting, Bailee Kaufman, Destiny Norris, Noah Perry, Alexis Walter, and David Zenge have completed the requirements for an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design. Devyn Clay and Jacqueline Esquivel will receive an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art Education. Leslie Estes, Shawna Gernentz, and Thomas Warner have earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Communications: Photography.

The following is a full list of students with art in the juried exhibition, listed by hometown:

Arcola: Ixcell Vega
Bement: Caressa Dillow
Bismarck: Rheyse Dice
Champaign: Cibele Aguiar, Elena Anisimova, Brooke Armstrong, Ray C. Arseneau, Brett Bailen, James Barlow, Jakob Broga, Joan Campagnolo, Jackie Carrubba, Sierra Clark, Devyn Clay, Freund Colleen, Liam Daly, Katrina Durham, Devin Evans, Victor Feldman, Ariana Flores, Alexandra Floreth, Alia Frickensmith, Brianna Gaspar, Lyndsey Groth, Judy Haydel, Mudi Huang, Logan Ingold, Rayomand Irani, Waleed Jassim, Chris Johns, Eunjoo Kang, Rashmi Kapoor, Ryan Kingsley, Sydnie Klemme, Mikhail Kogan, Edwina Kugel, Duy Le, Yunyu Li, Jane Liao, Clare Margiotta, Karissa Marshall, Ramona Montez, Adrieanna Moore-Johnson, Anita Nash, Alina Neverodska, John Nine, Pavel Pourmal, Ruta Rauber, Juan Santiago, Birute Simaitis, Yoonjung Sung, Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn, Carlos Vasquez, Darlene Veit, Andrew Waner, Linda Weiner, Scott Wells, Marilyn Wendler, Catherine White, Anthony Wilczynski, Eric Wildhagen, Kelcey Williams, Sarah Wisseman, Charles Wisseman, Meilin Zhang
Danville: Nicole Blair, George King II
Gifford: Joshua Frerichs
Homer: Bailey Bryan
LeRoy: Emma Lovellette
Mahomet: Samuel Livingston
Monticello: Nawaf Al-Khenaizi, Paige Thompson, Evan Reeder
Philo: Patricia Guthrie
Rantoul Brett Jones, Samuel Reeves
Sadorus Kayla McEvoy , Erin Rogers
Savoy: Loubna Abderrahmane, Alexis Ervin, Hiroko Ito
Sidney: Makenzie Heyen
St. Joseph: Justin Beck, Dezarae Dowers, Taura Ward
Tuscola: Haleigh Knight, Megan Quick
Urbana: Cole Aden, Brittany Bengtson, Saxon Burns, Curtis Cook, Michael Dalton, Peter Garrett, Jesse Huber, Naomi Johnson, Stephen Kaufman, Lori Kendall, Kathrine Koncel, Andres Morales-Torres, Sergio Ruiz Moreno, Cedric Smith, Matthew Thornton, Sharon Wenda, Cindy Westfall, Hyein Yang, Daniel Zhang

All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodations, call 217/353-2082 or 

Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point on the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, Parkland Art Gallery director, at 217/351-2485.