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Parkland Trustees Approve Remote Learning Support Purchases

Board of Trustees general meeting, Jan. 20

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Parkland College is purchasing technology upgrades that make it easier for students to enroll at the college and to learn once they reach the classroom.

At its first regular meeting of the new year Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees voted to approve the purchase of Comevo Launch Online Orientation Software for $43,280. Using Comevo, the college will be able to offer new students an interactive and customizable online orientation that reduces the need for in-person contact, staff involvement, and paper consumption. Students will be able to complete orientation at their convenience via desktop or mobile and move through the enrollment process more efficiently.

Trustees also approved the purchase of instructional and office computer hardware and software from Dell for $270,000. The new Dell equipment will support the school's rotational plan for computer replacement, classroom instruction enhancement, and the updating of servers, data storage, and security requirements.

Finally, the board received recommended changes to the Policy and Procedures Manual from the Parkland College Association. The changes will be voted on during the board's February meeting.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Champaign Rotary Club: Frank Clark Grants

  • acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): Global and International Studies in Social Science Course Development (Dept. Ed. Title VI Funding via REEEC)

  • personnel appointments:

    • Alicia Beck, Director of Support for Workforce Training, Communications and External Affairs

    • Ryan Doebel, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • John Fitzpatrick, Certified Flight Instructor, Institute of Aviation

    • Madelyn Gunn, Department Assistant, Arts and Sciences

    • Sarah Hartman, Student Records Advisor, Admissions

    • Alexis Hasler, Academic Success Advisor, Counseling and Advising

    • Cole Herrmann, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • Dylan Kirsanoff, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • Karen Morgan, Academic Success Advisor, Counseling and Advising

    • Steve Wilson, Academic Success Advisor, Counseling and Advising

Board of Trustees Announce Filings for Board Positions

Parkland Board of Trustees Announce Filings for Positions

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Parkland College officials announced today that five candidates have filed to run for positions on the Parkland College Board of Trustees.

Maureen Banks, Jarrett Clem, Bradley Uken, and James Voyles have filed for the two six-year trustee terms that are expiring next April. Voyles is an incumbent trustee who has served on the board since 2015. Banks serves as Director of Safety and Compliance at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Clem is the Business Manager at IBEW Local 601 in Champaign. Uken is the Manager at the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

Timothy V. (Tim) Johnson, also an incumbent, has filed for the two-year term expiring in April. Johnson has served on the board since 2015.

The two six-year terms will run through April 2027, while the two-year term will run through April 2023.The election will be held April 6, 2021.

Parkland Trustees Approve New Aviation Program

Board of Trustees General Meeting, Oct. 21

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At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Parkland College Board of Trustees heard updates from administration regarding the college's enrollment performance, awarded a faculty member with a statewide honor, and announced a new career program for Aviation students. 

After hearing an update from President Tom Ramage, trustees presented Dr. Franklin Gallo with the 2020 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award by Jon Looney, president of the ICCTA. As director of Parkland's Chamber Singers, Gallo teaches Introduction to American Music and Music Appreciation courses. He has provided professional development for primary and secondary educators, recently presenting sessions at a state choral music conference for pre-service educators at the University of Illinois and attending an international symposium on music education. He has initiated and helped to implement two innovative programs used by the college’s music department for recruitment, ongoing collaboration with local high schools, and as a charity fundraiser.

Afterwards, Dean of Enrollment Management Kristin Smigielski provided the board with enrollment reports detailing the Summer 2020 end-of-semester and Fall 2020 census date enrollment data and trends. Stephanie Stuart, vice president for communications and external affairs, presented an update regarding the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) and Support for Workforce Training (SWFT), and upcoming Marketing initiatives. 

The Board voted to approve the submission of a new project under RAMP (Resource Allocation Management Program) for a new Physical Sciences Training Center. This 27,000 square foot addition would include new classrooms and office spaces, with a majority of the space reserved for Chemistry and Biology laboratories and classrooms. The goal is to supplement the local growth in health and STEM professions to allow for expanding enrollment and the newest technology. The current estimate (FY21) for the College's portion of construction is $5,640,558, or 25 percent of the total estimated cost.

Trustees also voted to approve a new applied-science career degree, Aviation: Flight Technology AAS (V.FLT.AAS). This 61 to 62 credit hour associate program will prepare students for careers in the commercial aviation industry, and is designed as an alternative academic pathway to the existing Associate in Science degree with an aviation concentration.

Flight Technology AAS students will receive certifications in private pilot, private pilot with instrument rating, commercial pilot, and commercial, multiengine offered in a sequential manner. The AAS program differs from the AS program with five additional aviation-related courses and a two-track option, Professional Pilot or Drone Pilot. After completing the AAS degree and with appropriate FAA flight time requirements, graduates can enter the workforce as commercial pilots and/or UAS pilots. 

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the renewal of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine contract through January 2026, $324,620

  • purchase of Knowmia from Techsmith Corporation through 2023, $60,735

  • purchase of Agribusiness Library curriculum revision from Cutting Edge Curriculum, $200,000

  • purchase of Kaplan Test Prep from Kaplan, Inc. through 2022, $144,000

  • purchase of UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) Revitalization Services from CDW-G, $37,000

  • purchase of hardware and configuration services from ConvergeOne, $70,000

  • consulting fees from Apporto, not to exceed a total cost of $100,000

  • the use of Kone, Inc. for elevator service and maintenance through September 2021, $27,807

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA): Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program—Education and Workforce Development Program

    • Illinois State University (ISU) Mennonite College of Nursing: Academic Progression Partner Schools Subgrant (IBHE funding)

    • Junior League of Champaign-Urbana: Community Assistance Fund Grants

    • National Science Foundation (NSF): Advanced Technology Education (ATE)—Expanding Precision Agriculture to Secondary Students (EPASS)

  • acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Chicago Citywide Library Coalition (CCLC): Illinois Digital Learning Lab (IDLL)

    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY21 Program Grant

  • personnel appointments:

    • Suzanne Jones, Dean of Counseling Services, Counseling Services

    • Li Barbee, Administrative Assistant to Vice Presidents, Academic Services

    • Thomas Adams, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • Robert Bielmeier, Financial Aid Advisor, Student Services

    • Ashley Hammock, Assessment Center Assistant, Student Services

    • Daniel King, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • Logan Musgrove, Infrastructure Specialist, Campus Technologies

    • Dalton Neal, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Technologies

Parkland Trustees Approve FY2021 Budget

Board of Trustees General Meeting, September 16

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At its regular meeting Wednesday, Parkland Trustees approved the college's FY2021 budget and heard an update on the newly installed solar array now operating on campus.
President Tom Ramage reported that the solar array is up and running as of Friday, Sept. 11. Located at the northwest corner of the school's main campus, the array spans eight acres and will generate between 10 to 15 percent of the college's electricity. The SolSystems LLC contract was approved in January 2018 and then sold to ConEd for a new contract signed in October 2018, Ramage reported.

Trustees also appointed Benny Mingo to the Parkland College Public Safety Department as a full-time police officer. Officer Mingo is a Parkland alumnus with an associate's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, where he also worked in Public Safety, Security Division. A recent graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, Mingo was awarded the Ervin H. Warren Leadership Award, which is voted for by the recipient's peers, instructors, and staff and is given to the officer who best exemplifies today's concept of tomorrow's police officer.

After an update on the Parkland Foundation by Executive Director Tracy Wahlfeldt, trustees heard from Chief Financial Officer Chris Randles and voted to approve the FY2021 budget.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of Agvance software from Software Solutions Integrated, LLC (SSI) for development of the College's Advanced Applicator Technician program through 2023, $84,000

  • the purchase of Turnitin plagiarism detection software from Turnitin, LLC through 2023, $68,127

  • IT consulting services from Leapfrog Technology Group, Inc., $100,000

  • the purchase of services from Rock Gate Capital, DBA 160 Driving Academy, $475,000

  • the purchase of services from Condensed Curriculum International, $25,000

  • the purchase of services from Strategic Development Institute, $30,000

  • the purchase of services from World Education, $25,000

  • the employment of Cyberclan as the College's managed security service provider (MSSP) for 2020-2021, $150,000

  • the purchase of Mimecast Email Security cloud services from CDWG for 2020-2021, $48,000

  • changes to Policies 3.25, 3.26, and 7.02 as presented by the Parkland College Association

  • the renewal of Constellation Energy's utility contract

  • personnel appointments:

    • Julia Hawthorne, Director of TRiO/Student Support Services, TRiO/Student Support Services

    • Hayden Seidel, Bookstore Manager, Bookstore

    • Brian Schertz, Aviation Team Lead, Institute of Aviation

    • Amy Frasca, Curriculum Specialist, VP of Academic Services Office

    • Rebecca Richardson, Admissions and Records Associate, Admissions

    • Karen Talbott, Head Teacher, Child Development Center

    • Chris Thomas, Maintenance Technician/Plumber/HVAC, Physical Plant

    • Cyndy White, Administrative Assistant, Division of Career and Technical Education

Officials of Parkland College announced today that any interested persons wishing to run for a position on the Parkland Board of Trustees may pick up nominating petitions and related documents from Krystal Garrett in Room U336 at the Parkland College campus, 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, Illinois, during limited business hours commencing September 22, 2020, on Mondays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Krystal Garrett at 217-351-2533 or to schedule. Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to September 22, 2020.
The terms of incumbent trustees Mark Dixon, Timothy Johnson, and James Voyles will expire in April 2021. These board openings will be for 2 six-year terms (expires April 2027) on the ballot and 1 two-year term (expires April 2023).
Nominating petitions and supporting documents must be filed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. central time on any of the following dates: December 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, or 21, 2020. Said documents MUST be filed with the Office of the Board Secretary, Krystal Garrett, Room U336, Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, Illinois. The election will be held on April 6, 2021.