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Applicants to Fill Parkland College Trustee Vacancy Announced

Parkland College announces applicants for vacant Board of Trustee position

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees has selected the following individuals for interviews at a special Board meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The interviews will take place during open session in the order in which their applications were received. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., with 20 minute interviews for each candidate.

Maureen Banks, Champaign
Mark Dixon, Urbana
Michael Foellmer, Champaign
Erin Nuss, Gibson City
Barbara Schurter, Champaign
Bradley Uken, Mahomet

Applications were accepted through noon, February 12, 2020. The candidate chosen as Trustee will serve until the next Board of Trustees election in April 2021.

For more information, please feel free to contact Krystal Garrett at 217/351-2533.

Anxiety Awareness Day, March 25

Parkland to offer free screenings, information and assistance for community

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The public is invited to Parkland College March 25 for Anxiety Awareness Day, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room D244. Information and assistance will be available for better understanding and treating anxiety, the most common mental health issue in America today.

This event has undergone some changes and is now focused on being an interactive, drop-in resource fair for students and community members. The resource fair will include: information about the symptoms and treatment of anxiety; directions for obtaining effective help; multiple community organizations specialized in offering mental health resources; Parkland College clubs and departments focused on offering assistance to students; the ability for participants to take online screenings; and various giveaways and free food.

Free confidential screenings will also be available in Parkland's Counseling Services in Room U267 immediately following the program. Such screenings are available year-round at Parkland upon request.

Parkland College, in conjunction with the Champaign-Urbana Mental Health Public Education Committee, is presenting this free session. For additional information, please contact Katie Schacht in Counseling Services at 217/373-3924 (

Information about anxiety disorders is available from the National Institute of Mental HealthFreedom from Fear, a national nonprofit mental illness advocacy organization, has excellent information. Additionally, information about mental health issues and local resources can be found on Parkland College's Counseling Services website. This website also provides information about how students may obtain personal counseling services at Parkland. 

Parkland College Students Earn Fall Flight Credentials

The fall 2019 Institute of Aviation students earn their credentials

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

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Patrick Florey, Lombard
Patrick Kehias, Bloomington
Albert Mowatt, Ogden
Andrew Perry, Effingham
Logan Threlkeld, Benton
Josh Kerner, El Paso
Taylor Watts, Champaign
James Sharpe, Champaign
Zach Chalk, Mahomet
Joseph Burris, Pekin
Ben Clifton, White Heath
Braden Harris, Watson

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Samuel Arend, Urbana
Paolo Kinsella, Bement
Tallon Myers, Clinton
Damilola Iseyemi, Dolton
Myles Spence, Champaign
Ben Williams, Downs
Patrick Florey, Lombard
Clayton Pforr, Humboldt
Lukas Wright, Fairmount
Earned the Commercial Instrument Rating ASEL Certificate
John Kolis, Springfield
Adam Cafin, Champaign
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley
Jiayang Tan, China
Leonardo Andrade, Champaign
Timothy Arp, Decatur
Peter Herrmann, Rockford
Ian Kunz, White Heath

Earned Certified Flight Instructor License
Dongjin Shin, Champaign
Cullen Brucker, Melvin
Bryson Chancellor, Tolono

Earned the Instructor-Instrument ASEL Certificate
Andrew Frey, Champaign
Bryson Chancellor, Tolono
Cullen Brucker, Melvin

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land Certificate
Colin Rudicil, Mahomet
Maxwell Neville, Geneva

Photos of the flight students who earned awards are available on the institute's Facebook page.

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.

"Chicago" Comes To Parkland Theatre

"Chicago" to open at Harold and Jean Miner Theatre in April

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Chicago, written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College on April 9–26.   

Aspiring vaudevillian Roxie Hart has convinced her hapless husband Amos to take the rap for the murder of Fred Casely—until he finds out he’s been betrayed! Now on trial and sent to death row, Roxie must use her charm and the ego of esteemed lawyer Billy Flynn to prove her “innocence,” all while trying to capitalize on her newfound celebrity. Set in the Roaring Twenties, Chicago is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Get ready for jazz, prohibition, sequins, feathers, and a show full of songs you know and love!

Abby Gailey directs a cast that includes Jake Fava, Sam Gegg, Hanna Yonan, Kimmy Schofield, Jess Schlipf, Haylie Denzer, Katie Odom, Zoe Dunn, Erin Kaufman, Rachel Gillett, Laura Alcantara, Whitney Havice, Kara Kinnamon, Natalie Deptula, Hannah Brauer, Autumn Ellis, Bradyn Wambach, James Castree, Excellence Onolundula, and Josiah Zielke.
The Parkland Theatre will be holding a talk-back immediately following the April 9 show. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.
Performances will take place in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre on April 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., and April 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. 

  • Adult $25 

  • Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $22  

  • Group (10+) $20

  • Opening night is half-price! 

To purchase tickets, visit For more show information, visit

This production contains mature content.

All Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance. Ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. No ticket refunds or exchanges are allowed. For more information, visit tickets.


Parkland College Ensembles Offer Free Spring Concerts

Parkland College's spring concert season opens in March

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Parkland College's spring concert season opens with March performances by several ensembles.

"New American Classics": A Joint Concert by the Parkland Chamber Singers and the Wind Ensemble 
Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform “Sing a Mighty Song” by Daniel Gawthrop, “Nearer My God to Thee” by BYU Vocal Point, and others.
Jonathan Beckett will direct the Parkland Wind Ensemble in performing an evocative arrangement of “Amazing Grace”, classic band composition by Malcolm Arnold; “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” and the exciting “Rhythm Danse” by great American composer Richard Saucedo, among others.

"Festive Celebration": A Joint Concert by the Concert Band and Orchestra Ensembles
Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its inception, the Parkland Concert Band will perform a selection of songs directed by current Concert Band director Larry Stoner; past directors Gregory Grove (2002-2005) and Ernie Hoffman (1970-1996); and past guest conductor Barry Houser. Songs performed will include “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdecklik, directed by Larry Stoner; “Montmarte March” by Haydn Wood, directed by Gregory Grove; “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, directed by Ernie Hoffman; and “Illinois March” by Edwin Franko Goldman, directed by Barry Houser, among others.

Parkland's Orchestra, directed by Rodney Mueller, will perform “Celebration” by Richard Meyer; “Fervent is my Longing” by Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestrated by Lucian Calliet; “The Planets” by Gustav Holst: ‘Jupiter’ arranged by Vernon Leidig, and ‘Mars’ arranged by Clark McAlister; and “The Sea Hawk” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, arranged by Jerry Brubaker.

For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit