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Fall Parkland Theatre Auditions: "She Kills Monsters" by Qui Nguyen

Auditions for Fall Theatre Show On August 28

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Parkland College Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of "She Kills Monsters" on Saturday, August 28 at the theatre. Registration will take place in the lobby.

Auditions will take place from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Attendees should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, and be prepared for some movement and vocal warm-ups/exercises for the auditions.

Callbacks will begin at 2 p.m. with sides and scenes provided.

"She Kills Monsters" director Michael O’Brien is casting 4 males and 6–8 females for the show between the ages of 15 and 30. 

Performances for "She Kills Monsters" will run November 4–14 in Parkland Theatre’s Second Stage.

All members of the community as well as Parkland and University of Illinois students are invited to audition; Parkland Theatre encourages diversity. For more information, please visit parkland.edu/auditions.

Parkland College Students Earn Summer Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Summer 2021 Credentials

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

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Nicholas Anderson, Winthrop Harbor
Nathan Smith, Mahomet
Remy Smith, Rantoul

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Dawson Kostenski, Decatur
Emily Plauck, DeKalb
Coalton Camden, Mt. Zion
Abel Verbeek, Crete
Evan Blakey, Findlay

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Parker Allen, Galesburg
Zeth McCloud, Saint Joseph
Maximus Torres, Park Ridge
Robert Knight, Champaign
Benjamin Williams, Downs
Amara Rahman, Springfield

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
John "Hans" Dee, Champaign
Andrew Laub, Oregon
Peter Herrmann, Rockford

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
Lucas Charles, Sidney

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Dongjin Shin, Champaign
John Kolis, Springfield
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley


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: Remy Smith, Parker Allen, Amara Rahman]

Dr. Pamela Lau of Parkland College Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship for Community College Leaders

40 Aspiring Community College Presidents to Participate in 2021-2022 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship

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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today announced that Pamela Lau, Executive Vice President at Parkland College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.

The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on the 10-month fellowship beginning in November 2021. Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, the fellows will be mentored by esteemed current and former community college presidents who have achieved exceptional outcomes for students throughout their careers, and will learn strategies to improve student outcomes in and after college, lead internal change, and create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, employers, and other partners.

"To become institutions that truly advance social mobility and talent development, community colleges must have presidents with a clear vision for equitable student success," said Monica Clark, director of leadership initiatives at the College Excellence Program. "We have selected these fellows because they share that commitment and are well-positioned to become transformational leaders."

"Dr. Lau is the right choice for this prestigious honor," said President Ramage. "No one is more prepared to rise to the challenges facing community colleges today and lead our campus into the future. I am confident that Dr. Lau will become a leader among the next generation of community college presidents. Her participation in this fellowship will result in innovative, adaptive strategies that will support the continued success of Parkland students."

The Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship responds to the growing need for a new generation of leaders well-equipped to meet the challenges of the future. Nationally, nearly 80 percent of sitting presidents plan to retire in the next decade. While the traditional pathway to the presidency has often excluded women and people of color, the incoming class of Aspen Rising Presidents Fellows is composed of 68 percent women and 70 percent people of color, and represents institutions of varying sizes and locations.

Together, the 2021-22 fellows are leaders at colleges that collectively serve more than 400,000 students. As well, 67 Rising Presidents Fellowship alumni have become presidents of community colleges that collectively serve an additional 953,000 students nationwide.

Parkland College is a fully accredited public community college serving the needs of District 505, Illinois' third largest community college district. Offering 130+ degree and certificate options for career placement or academic transfer, Parkland has provided vocational-technical skills training and traditional academic instruction to more than 350,000 people since 1967. Parkland College's mission is to cultivate inquiry, practical application of knowledge, and broad enrichment across the community to better serve the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of the district.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz

Get registered for fall 2021 classes at Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz

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Parkland College is helping residents sign up for Fall 2021 classes both at the campus and virtually through a one-stop enrollment services event.

WHAT:   Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz
WHO:    The public; Parkland College Student Services representatives
WHEN:   Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., August 11–20; 10 a.m.–2 p.m., August 21
WHERE: Parkland College Student Union (second level) and via Zoom

DETAILS: Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz will run Monday–Friday, August 11 through August 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., both on-campus and virtually on Zoom. Students can visit the offices listed below on campus during these hours. Zoom hours are the same as in-person hours. Since Parkland College's fall semester classes begin Monday, August 23, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment.

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive help from the college's Student Services offices, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center, and Counseling Services. Additionally, the Parkland College Bookstore and the cashier's office will be open; the library will be open Mon-Fri, but closed Saturday.

Enrollment Blitz will help students prepare for a great new semester by completing an admissions application, filling out financial aid information, and registering for classes.

For more information on Fall 2021 Enrollment Blitz, go to parkland.edu/register, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email admissions@parkland.edu

Parkland Board Prepares for Return to Campus in Fall

Board of Trustees General Meeting, July 21

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees recently made strategic preparations for the return to campus this fall, including renewal of employee contracts and library database services and the purchase of a new ambulance simulator.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the board also heard spring and summer enrollment reports from Kristin Smigielski, dean of enrollment management, and reviewed the tentative budget for FY2022. The tentative budget will be on display for public viewing in the college's business office and a public notice will appear in the News-Gazette. 

Trustees approved collective bargaining agreements with each of the college's part-time faculty, public safety officers, professional support staff, and academic employees.

Mark Sheldon, chairman of the Middleground PAC, came to honor Trustee Johnson, a former United States Congressman, during public comments by announcing a new endowed scholarship to the Parkland Foundation in his name. Mr. Sheldon shared that the announcement comes as part of an effort to distribute the funds remaining from Johnson’s prior congressional campaigns to charitable causes.

The board also approved various purchases to support the incoming class for the fall semester, including software for Parkland College Learning Commons' open-access digital repository, SPARK; database resources from EBSCO; and an ambulance simulator. SPARK boasts more than 5,500 digital scholar objects. The Learning Commons (formerly the Parkland Library) will also be supported by a renewed contract with EBSCO, which provides information-research resources and infrastructure. 

The new ambulance simulator will provide Health Professions students with "real-life" emergency medical training. It will consist of a "rear box" patient treatment compartment with lighting, storage, air, ventilation, sound, and power for auxiliary equipment.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • updates to the Policy and Procedures Manual

  • the bid from DiaMedical of Michigan for the ambulance simulator, $38,990

  • the bid from TSI Commercial Flooring for the removal and installation of carpet in the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) space in the Parkland on Mattis facility, $43,590

  • Canteen Vending Corporation as the vending service provider beginning August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2024

  • adoption of the resolution affirming the College's participation in the Champaign County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2020

  • renewal of the 3-year lease with Education for Employment (EFE) through July 1, 2024

  • the purchase of:  

    • new grounds equipment from Deere & Company, $90,055

    • SPARK Institutional Repository renewal, $25,856

    • EBSCO Parkland Learning Commons Package renewal, $33,113

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • U.S. Department of Education: Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Scaling Apprenticeship Program Supplemental Grant

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Apprenticeship Grant: Customized Apprenticeship Programming—Information Technology (CAP-IT) (DOL-ETA, Year 3 funding)

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Local Workforce Development Board 17—LWIA 17 Youth Committee: WIOA Youth Programming

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

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Tracey Hickox, Instructional Services Coordinator, Learning Commons

    • Rebecca Lewis, Selective Admissions Associate, Admissions

    • Julianna Liffick, Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

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