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Parkland Trustees Approve Tuition Freeze, Policy Updates

Board of Trustees general meeting, February 17, 2021

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Parkland College plans to keep next year's base tuition rates the same as 2020-2021.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees announced that effective summer session 2021, Parkland's in-district rates will remain at $148.50 per credit hour (all Tier One courses) through the 2021-2022 academic year. This recommendation followed the annual Budget Workshop for Parkland Trustees led by Chief Financial Officer Christopher Randles.

"Parkland is an outstanding value, offering substantial return on investment for students ready to take the next step in their academic journey or career path," said President Ramage. "Holding our tuition rates flat for this upcoming year demonstrates our commitment to remaining affordable and competitive, particularly during this challenging time. We are making this possible through tight fiscal management and with unanimous support from our Board of Trustees."

The board also approved new changes to the Policy and Procedures Manual, as presented at its last meeting by the Parkland College Association. Policies updated include 3.01 (Federal Title IX Law) and 9.07 (Sabbatical policy).

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the 2021-2022 Course Fee Schedule

  • a memorandum of understanding between Parkland College, the Illinois Community College Board, and District 505 schools for a dual-credit program fee structure

  • the purchase of:

    • ALEKS PPL testing units from McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC, $60,000

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Manufacturing Training Academies

  • acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • National Science Foundation (NSF): Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

    • U.S. Department of Education: CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students (CRRSAA allocation)

    • U.S. Department of Education: CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF): Institutional Portion (CRRSAA allocation)

  • personnel appointments:

    • Julia Hawthorne, Director of Advising Services, Advising Services

    • Joshua Houston, Building Systems Lead, Physical Plant

    • Cindy Reynolds, Administrative Assistant, Health Professions

Parkland College Foundation Fall 2021 Scholarships Now Open

Fall 2021 scholarship application due March 15

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The Parkland College Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for Fall 2021 through the Parkland Scholarship Manager.

The Foundation will host two virtual scholarship workshops: March 2 at 6 p.m. and March 9 at noon, via Zoom and streamed to Facebook, for current and prospective students interested in completing an application.

Current students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2021 scholarships, even if they are unsure if they'll be enrolling for fall. Prospective students must apply to Parkland College at parkland.edu/apply before they can apply for Parkland scholarships. 

Current students can visit the Scholarship Manager and use their ParklandOne credentials to login. Once logged in, they will be asked to complete the main Scholarship Application, which will match them with scholarships they are eligible for through the Parkland College Foundation. Students must upload either two letters of recommendation or enter the email address for two recommenders and write an essay. Some scholarships may require additional information or essay work; students will see these additional opportunities once they have submitted the main Scholarship Application.

Once the Scholarship Application is submitted, the Parkland College Foundation committee will appoint the scholarships and notify the winners. Online notification and distribution of awards will be handled through the Scholarship Manager system.

Applications for Fall 2021 scholarships are due Monday, March 15, at 5 p.m.
 

For need-based scholarships, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. FASFAs must be submitted by March 15, 2021.

For questions about scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid and Veteran Services office at 217/351-2222 or finaid@parkland.edu; or the Foundation office at 217/355-3165 or foundation@parkland.edu.

Parkland Pathway to Illinois Virtual Open House, Feb. 23

Prospective students and parents invited to free online event

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High school students can learn more about a Parkland College program guaranteeing them admission in selected colleges at the University of Illinois while saving money on tuition.
 
The Parkland Pathway to Illinois Virtual Open House will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Zoom. Prospective students and their parents are welcome to attend.
 
Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College will answer questions about the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program, including eligibility, financial aid, admissions, and other topics. 

For qualifying Illinois high school graduates who begin college at Parkland and are interested in transferring to the University of Illinois, the program is an opportunity to gain guaranteed admission to certain University of Illinois programs. While preparing to transfer, participating students will be able to integrate their time as full-time Parkland students with resources and classes at Illinois. Pathway students typically complete the program in two years, but AP credit and college credit earned in high school may affect program length.

To RSVP for this event, please go to go.illinois.edu/pathway.

For more information about the program, please visit the Pathway to Illinois page, contact Student Services Advisor Mary Kay Smith at 217/351-2482, or email admissions@parkland.edu.

Giertz Gallery Hosts Art and Design Faculty Virtual Lecture Series

Parkland College Art and Design Faculty Lecture Series

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The Art and Design Faculty Lecture Series is underway through the month of February at Parkland College Giertz Gallery. These online gallery talks, free and open to students and community members, include insightful dialogue by Art and Design Faculty members Joan Stolz, Paula McCarty, Denise Seif, and Liza Wynette.

Links to register for these Zoom events are included below. Registration may also be found on the Parkland College Giertz Gallery website. Please register in advance.

Joan Stolz - "Skin in the Game"
Joan Stolz shared her recent body of work on January 21, in which she discussed her oil paintings on wooden panels. These small scale works of art, each 6x6 inches, represent areas of faces of politicians or political influencers. Stolz recently completed a sabbatical and teaches painting, drawing, and figure drawing at Parkland College. Find her lecture here.

Paula McCarty - "Women Who Painted" project
Tuesday, February 2, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Paula McCarty discusses her artwork and her "Women Who Painted" project. Paula McCarty has taught Painting I and II at Parkland College. She teaches upcoming classes through Parkland Community Education; visit here to sign up. For more information about her work and her "Women Who Painted" project, visit her website.
 
To register for “Paula McCarty – Women Who Painted” artist talk, visit here.

Denise Seif - History of Enameling: Past to Present
Wednesday, February 10, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Denise Seif will discuss enameling from past to present. The simple combination of metal, glass, and fire can produce some of the most seductive, delicate, and bold statements of personal adornment and decorative objects. After providing a brief historical overview, she will explore what some contemporary artists are doing with this fascinating medium. Denise Seif teaches Metalwork and Jewelry I and II, Art History I and II, and the History of Non-Western Art. 
 
To register for “History of Enameling: Past to Present” art history lecture by Denise Seif, visit here.

Liza Wynette - History of Music Poster Design
Tuesday, February 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.
In her lecture, Wynette will examine how culture and technology influenced the look of music posters from Art Nouveau to Contemporary times. Liza Wynette teaches the History of Graphic Design at Parkland College. For more information about her work, visit her website.
 
To register for “History of Music Poster Design” design history lecture by Liza Wynette, visit here

Giertz Gallery is currently highlighting artwork by the Art and Design Faculty on their social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. Follow to see their phenomenal work and sign up here to receive email blasts about upcoming events. 
 
Giertz Gallery looks forward to a fresh semester of new opportunities to work with students, faculty, and the community to create a 2021 that inspires hope, education, and excitement through the arts. For more information about the Gallery, visit their website.

 

[Cover image - Night Shift, oil on canvas, Paula McCarty]

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