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Parkland College Students Earn Spring Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Spring 2021 Credentials

The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's spring semester.

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Evan Blakey, Findlay
William Eubig, Urbana
William Fonner, Effingham
Emily Plauck, Sycamore
Isaac Powell, Danville
Krishna Vasudev, Champaign

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Jacob Beuttel, Decatur
Charles Evans, Chicago
Ryan Hauge, Bartlett
Josh Kerner, El Paso
Arthur King, Tolono
Canyon Richardson, Durand
George Wilson, Champaign

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Andrew Perry, Effingham
Patrick Kehias, Bloomington
Zach Chalk, Mahomet
Lukas Wright, Fairmount

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Amina Jackson, Chicago
Aubrey Glennon, Bement
Cody Pankau, Champaign
Logan Dirr, Bloomington
Landon Tate, East Peoria
Evan Burge, Mahomet

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
John Kolis, Springfield
Ian Kunz, White Heath
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Maxwell Neville, Geneva

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate
Timothy Arp, Decatur
John Kolis, Springfield
Leonardo Andrade, Champaign

Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.

[photos from top: Cody Pankau, Charles Evans, Amina Jackson, Logan Dirr]

Parkland College Students Named to Spring 2021 Dean's List

Dean's List announced for Spring 2021

To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 917 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Spring 2021.

To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year.

To view the full dean's list, visit

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Parkland College, May 27

Parkland College and Walgreens vaccination clinic, Thursday, May 27

Parkland College and Walgreens will be hosting another COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with parental consent. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to make an appointment using the following QR code. Walk-ups will also be accepted.

Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot to administer vaccinations. Future vaccine clinic dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Individuals who receive their first dose here but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens across the nation.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

Parkland Cobras Golf Crowned National Champion

Wins NJCAA DII Championship by two strokes

The Parkland College golf team has been crowned 2020-21 NJCAA DII National Champions after winning the NJCAA DII Men's Golf Championship. The 4-day event, which included four, 18-hole rounds, was held at Swan Lake Resort's par-72 Black Course.
The Cobras went into the fourth and final round with a slim, one-shot lead over the favorite, South Mountain CC. Parkland finished with a 294 for the final round, while South Mountain came in at 295. This is the first National Championship for the Cobras Golf program, with its best previous finish being third, in 2018.
"I'm at a loss for words," expressed an elated Corbin Sebens, the Cobras' head coach. "I mean, give all the credit to these guys! This was our goal from the beginning of the season. To come here and get it done is incredible."
Parkland four, low scores in round four included a 72 from Joel Petersson (T20th), a 73 from Jack Halstead (T15th), and a pair of 74s from Corey Neville (T7th) and Scott O'Brien (13th). Alex White (T11th) shot a 78.
"After round one, our goal was to chip away (at the deficit), day by day, added Sebens. "After round two, we got to within three, and after the third (round), we had a one-shot lead. We just kept the same mindset throughout- mentally locked in, stick to our game plan…control ourselves and not worry about them. We knew what we had to do."
After the completion of the tournament, officials announced the All-Tournament Team. The Cobras were represented by Neville, White, O'Brien, and Halstead. In addition, Sebens was recognized as Coach of the Tournament.
As he reflected on the accomplishment, Coach Sebens stated, "This is huge. Being a cold weather school, a national championship is such a big accomplishment. A lot of people don't expect us (being from the Midwest) to be successful. We've knocked on the door a couple of times, but to come out on top today is just incredibly rewarding and means so much to this program."
Team Leaderboard
Individual Leaderboard
Team Scores (Top 7):
1          Parkland College                    +16      293+283+298+294=1168
2          South Mountain CC                +18      287+286+302+295=1170
3          Glendale CC                           +32      300+289+296+299=1184
3          Iowa Central CC                     +41      288+295+300+309=1193
5          Kirkwood CC                         +56      293+294+315+306=1208
6          Tyler Junior College               +63      302+300+311+302=1215
7          Des Moines Area CC              +65      304+310+300+303=1217
Parkland Individual Scores:
T7th    Corey Neville              +3        72+75+70+74=291
T11th  Alex White                  +5        75+69+71+78=293    
13th     Scott O'Brien             +6        72+69+78+74=293    
T15th  Jack Halstead             +10      74+72+79+73=298
T20th   Joel Petersson            +11      75+73+79+72=299


[original article by Joey Gruner]

Parkland Board Swears in Student Trustee, Renews VP Contracts

Board of Trustees General Meeting, May 19

Parkland College's Board of Trustees swore in a new student trustee and renewed the employment contracts of two top administrators.

During their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to Student Trustee Jayden Sortor. Sortor, a freshman Cobras Volleyball middle hitter, is studying elementary education at Parkland. She hails from Williamsville High School in Sherman, where she was a volleyball standout and a member of the National Society of High School Seniors.

After the swearing-in ceremony, President Tom Ramage gave his report to the board. He congratulated Nancy Roth, a Parkland instructor in the nursing program, on her nomination for the ICCTA's 2021 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award. Roth will also be recognized at the ICCTA Awards Banquet, June 4-5 in Bloomington.

In preparation for the summer and fall semesters, trustees also approved software and hardware purchases, including new licenses and license renewals, to support technology and infrastructure upgrades across the college.

Next, board members voted to renew the employment contracts for Stephanie Stuart, Parkland's vice president for communications and external affairs, and Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the Parkland College Foundation, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. Other appointments included approving Stephanie Davingman to fill the school's vacant dean of counseling services position.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of: 

    • aviation fuel from AvFuel Corporation, $180,000

    • maintenance services from FlightStar, $228,000

    • repair services from Poplar Grove Airmotive, Inc., $75,000

    • ramp services from FlightStar, $73,000

    • Learning Administration Manager Support Service from D2L Ltd., $61,665

    • Instructional/Office Computer Hardware & Software, $1,980,000

    • annual maintenance renewal of items as listed, $1,590,460

    • services and license to support the Microsoft Teams Voice deployment, $253,000

    • studio equipment and field kits from B&H Foto & Electronics, $27,000

    • 2021 Ford F350 XLT truck from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales, $35,342

    • 2021 Ford SUV Police Interceptor Package vehicle from Morrow Brothers Ford Inc., $35,210

  • the filing of the following grant applications: 

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Early School Leaver Transition Program (ESLTP)

    • Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE): Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) Grant

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources: 

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): Center for Global Studies: International Studies Research Lab Fellowship (Honorarium)

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Stephanie Davingman, Dean, Counseling Services

    • James Kiser, Campus Technologies

    • Chris Thomas, Physical Plant