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Parkland Board Selects James Voyles as Trustee in Special Meeting

Board of Trustees appoints James Voyles as new Trustee in special meeting

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees has appointed Mr. James Voyles to fill a vacant seat on the board.

In a special meeting held Tuesday, Voyles was chosen to replace former trustee Jonathan Westfield, who stepped down in March of 2021. Voyles will serve as trustee until the next election in April 2025.

Voyles was elected to the Parkland Board of Trustees in April 2015 and currently serves as Vice Chair. Before retiring and joining Parkland as Trustee, Voyles was the superintendent of Tuscola CUSD #301 for 15 years.

Voyles will be sworn in at the Board's regular meeting on Wednesday, April 28.

Parkland College Art and Design Student Artwork Showcase 2021

Showcase Awards Ceremony, Thursday, May 6

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Parkland College's annual celebration of artwork produced by students in the Art and Design program, the Art and Design Student Artwork Showcase 2021, is currently underway.

A virtual Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. At the event, which is free and open to the public, Art and Design faculty will recognize and honor students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction with artistic, monetary, and merit awards, including scholarships.

In addition, artwork from the exhibit is being featured across Giertz Gallery's social media pages and in weekly emails. A catalog of presented works will be available on the Giertz Gallery page after the event, which concludes on May 29.

Included in this year's special online event will be an impressive body of student work from classes in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional and two-dimensional design, color theory, visual communication design, and ceramics. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2020, were eligible to submit artwork.

Parkland Art and Design faculty, including program director Denise Seif, look forward to celebrating students and their work each spring.

"This year, our show honors the drive, ingenuity, and hard work of the students who have continued to pursue their artistic and educational goals under these unusual circumstances," says Seif. "It demonstrates the excellence, resilience, and commitment our students have to their art. Bravo!"

Students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, and the student exhibit allows them to showcase their development from what they have learned in the Art and Design program, according to gallery director Lisa Costello.

"It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in the field, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and entering their work into shows. All of these things are essential for an emerging artist," she said.

"This is a necessary component for establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer. Now that so many things are online, the practice of photographing their work and submitting it online is even more critical for their success."

Register for the Awards Ceremony here. Follow the Giertz Gallery Facebook and Instagram pages to see more student artwork, or sign up for their mailing list.

For more information on the student showcase or other programming, please email
The Giertz Gallery's programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

[Image, from top left: Jori Basset–Still Life, Maya Grear–Cup, Zhengxin Dong–Alligator, Hannah Fredrick–Hammerhead Shark, Lucianna Baright–Pair of Goats, Shaersti Anderson–Lion Candelabra, Trevor Boland–Crawler, Eunjoo Kang–Bird at a Pond]

Parkland College Foundation to Host Virtual Scholarship Reception

Parkland Foundation Virtual Scholarship Reception, April 28

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The Parkland College Foundation will host a virtual Scholarship Reception on April 28 to honor those who have contributed to scholarship funds.

The Virtual Scholarship Reception will premiere a slideshow recognizing student scholarship recipients, their awards, and their testimonials.

"This is one of the highlights of the year for us, even if we can't meet in person," said Tracy Wahlfeldt, director of the Parkland College Foundation. "The Scholarship Reception is an opportunity to recognize our students for their achievements, and to thank our donors for their generosity in providing support and access to education through the gift of scholarship."

Participants can view the reception at, which will go live at 10 a.m. on April 28. The event will still be available for viewing after the premiere.

Parkland Science Scholars to Hold Informational Webinars

Parkland to Hold Informational Webinars for New Science Program

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Parkland College will be hosting two informational webinars for the new Parkland Science Scholars program.

Students, parents, and community members who are interested in the program are invited to join Dr C. Britt Carlson on Zoom for a more in-depth explanation about Parkland Science Scholars, general information about applying to Parkland, and frequently asked questions.

There will be two webinars; the same information will be covered in both sessions.

Students and parents are asked to register at the above links for their preferred session. Instructors, counselors, and other community members can use this link to join the session without registration.

Parkland Science Scholars is a new program designed to support low-income students working toward their degrees in science. Students are awarded $2,450 per semester in financial support, for a total of four semesters, and are individually mentored by Parkland faculty.

Other support structures include peer and UIUC-graduate student mentoring, summer research opportunities, leadership opportunities in Parkland clubs, and recognition by the Parkland Board of Trustees following completion of the program.

Applications are being accepted now. For more information about Parkland Science Scholars, please visit or contact Dr. Carlson at

Parkland Science Scholars is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Parkland College Student Artists Chosen for Statewide Exhibit

Parkland artists in 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition

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Several Parkland College Art students were accepted into the 2021 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition. 

The works were on display in a Virtual Online Gallery hosted by Governors State University, March 1–April 30. Participating Parkland students are:

  • Julian Akinsanya, Urbana

  • Katy Geurts, Loda

  • Alex Harmon, Champaign

  • Grant Siegmund, Saint Joseph

  • Sharon Wenda, Urbana 

This annual juried exhibition celebrates the creative work of young artists. More than $1,000 in awards, including a $400 Best in Show Award, were presented during a virtual reception and online awards ceremony held on March 6.