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Parkland Trustees Swear in New Police Chief, Award Honorary Degree

Board of Trustees General Meeting, April 20

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The Parkland College Board of Trustees have sworn in Troy Daniels as the new chief of police, confirmed new board officers, and awarded a posthumous degree to Ross Booker.
At its regular business meeting Wednesday, the board conducted a reorganization of officers, naming Trustee Jim Voyles as the new chair, Trustee Bianca Green as vice chair, and Trustee Maureen Banks as secretary. Trustees also swore in new student trustee Kha Nguyen, who was elected by the student body.

The board confirmed and swore in the new director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Troy Daniels. Daniels replaces Matthew Koppman, who announced earlier this month that he would return to his former role as a sergeant with the department.

Daniels, a former Champaign Police Deputy Chief, brings robust experience to the new role. He served for nine years with the Champaign County Sheriff's Office and spent the next 24 with the Champaign Police Department until his retirement in 2019. Throughout his career, he has received several awards and commendations.

Daniels is a Parkland graduate, earning his associate's degree in criminal justice before obtaining a bachelor's in vocational education from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in public administration from Governor's State University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston University. 

Trustees also approved the awarding of a posthumous honorary degree to student Ross Booker. A St. Joseph-Ogden High School graduate, volunteer firefighter, and tow truck operator, Ross was completing his last semester in Parkland's Diesel Power Equipment Technology program when he was tragically killed while on the job in early March.

Ross's family will be presented with the degree at a later date, and his name placed on a memorial wall plaque in the college.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:

    • 60 month Send Suite and Folder/Inserter Relay 5000 leases from Pitney Bowes, $70,254

    • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E from Shields Auto Group, $60,000

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant (Project Read)

    • Illinois State Library/Secretary of State: Penny Severns Family Literacy Program

    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY23 General Operating Support (GOS) Grant

    • Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB): Historical Records Grant Program

    • ProLiteracy and the Nora Roberts Foundation: Literacy Opportunity Fund

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Developmental Education Innovation Grant for Co-Requisite Implementation

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Troy Daniels, Police Chief/Director of Public Safety, Public Safety

    • Nicole DelMastro-Jeffery, Associate Director for TRIO/Student Support Services, TRIO/Student Support Services

    • Katherine Neal, HR Specialist-Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

    • Carrie Trimble, Senior HR Specialist-HRIS & Reporting, Human Resources

    • Lisa Altan, Accounts Receivable Accountant, Business Office

    • Andrew Greene, Systems Analyst-Reporting, Programming Support Services

    • Kristin Mitchell, Administrative Assistant to the Division of Career and Technical Education, Career and Technology (Dean)

    • Todd Hultine, Technical Support Specialist, Technical Support Services

    • Cayla Waters, Program Manager-Professional Development, Community Education

Parkland Art & Design Students Win Exhibition Awards, Scholarships

Exhibiting Art and Design Students Receive Awards

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The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College announces the scholarship and award winners of the 54th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition, on display through May 7.

The exhibition comprises student works produced within the last year in Parkland Art and Design classes including photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, graphic design, figure drawing, and ceramics. Members of Parkland's art faculty selected close to 200 exhibiting works to display the strength and quality of the Art and Design program.

A reception honoring the participants was held on Thursday, April 14. Students received a number of awards and scholarships.

Scholarship recipients. Katy Geurts (2021-2022), Liam Dee (2022-2023): Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Brandon Gillilan (2021-2022), Amelia Gonzales (2022-2023): Don Lake Art Scholarship; Nhu Duong (2021-2022): Juanita Gammon Graphic Design Scholarship.

Monetary awards. Connor Altan, Parkland President's Award for Art and Design; Tara Jaggers, Parkland President's Award for Graphic Design; Jori Bassett, Blair Kling Memorial Award; Sam Pickett, Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence in Art and Design; Kelly Hoene, Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence in Graphic Design; Joshua Walch, Art and Design Faculty Award; Honoka Adachi, Victor Feldman Ceramics Award for Excellence; Saxon Burns, Metals Award of Artistic Distinction; Joshua Stebbins, Graphic Design Best of Show Award; Jeane Breiland, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Award; Ceselie Eagan, Art Coop Award.

Purchase awards. Jori Bassett, Alison Hernandez, Penny Moynihan, Megan Reich, Yuanpei Su.

Merit awards. Yarira Aguirre, Jori Bassett, Joyce Beitel, Kyndra Campbell, Pavana Chandrasekhar, Jawonda Clark, Nhu Duong, Kylie Fuoss, Nora Kaeb, Morgan King, Penny Moynihan, Kiah Thompson, Kalyn Warner, Sharon Wenda, Chloe White.

Visit the 54th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition webpage for a complete list of exhibiting students by hometown and 2022 Art and Design graduates.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2338 or email Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
For more information on Giertz Gallery, call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit

Parkland College SWFT and Adult Education Center Open House

Visit the Parkland College SWFT/Adult Ed. Center Open House on April 25

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Parkland College invites community members to an open house celebrating the new Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) and Adult Education Center.

The SWFT and Adult Education Center Open House will be held on Monday, April 25 from 3-5 p.m. in the new center, room D120. Guests are invited to drop in to tour the new SWFT and Adult Education space and learn more about the programs. At 3:30 p.m., SWFT and Adult Education directors, current students, Executive Vice President Pam Lau, Vice President of Communications and External Affairs Stephanie Stuart, and State Rep. Carol Ammons will give remarks.

With Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant funds, the college has been able to expand and equip a new space for the SWFT program. The space will be co-located with Parkland's Adult Education department, with the aim to provide Adult Education learners access to more career opportunities.

"Thanks to the support of the WEI, we have been able to create a dedicated career suite to prepare our SWFT-funded students for employment," said SWFT Director Alicia Beck. "Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, this flexible learning space is already hosting weekly employment skills classes, mock interviews, and regular meetings with staff and students. We look forward to incorporating new program as the use of the space evolves."

Backed by a $1.2 million Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI) grant, Parkland's SWFT program aims to help more than 130 district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. The WEI grant aims address historic underrepresentation of African Americans in high-demand, high-wage careers, thus requiring African Americans to comprise 60 percent of the population served by the SWFT program. 

The initiative was spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus with strong support from State Rep. Carol Ammons.

Adult Education Associate Dean Tawanna Nickens is optimistic about the merger and the ability to help more students. "The co-location of Adult Education and SWFT streamlines resources and supports for adults as they transition to short-term career training programs at Parkland."

Parkland College's Adult Education department provides free classes, mentorship, tutoring, and career pathways for adults with little or no college or technical education. This can include English Second Language, college prep, basic skills, and high school equivalency classes. The program is funded by Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

More information about the SWFT program can be found at; information about Parkland College Adult Education can be found at

Parkland College to Host Perimeter Road Music Festival (Updated)

POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, MAY 7: Perimeter Road Sound Recordings Music Festival

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Parkland College's student-staffed record label, Perimeter Road Sound Recordings, is hosting a music festival for the community.

The Perimeter Road Music Festival will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 12-7 p.m. in the Student Union parking lot (B1), and will include live performances and food trucks, as well as other Parkland or community organizations. The event is free and family friendly.

Perimeter Road's second-ever music festival is entirely student-organized, and designed to provide firsthand experience in event planning, marketing, stage and equipment set up, band booking, and live soundboard mixing for students involved with the label.

For a full performance line-up, visit Community organizations interested in participating should contact Perimeter Road coordinator Deane Geiken at

Parkland College Celebrates Community College Month

Parkland College Joins Community College Month Campaign

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Parkland College joins the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) in celebrating Community College Month.

Community College Month is a month-long grassroots education and stigma-busting campaign coordinated by the ACCT to improve awareness of the economic, academic, and equity advantages of attending community colleges, and to fight inaccurate, harmful stigmas associated with junior colleges.

"Recent events have proven that community colleges are vital to our community and our state," said Parkland Board of Trustees Chair Bianca Green. "Community College Month is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Parkland College's mission 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."

Public community colleges are designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all members of the community. As institutions, they aim to help demographically and socioeconomically diverse students bypass barriers of entry to higher-level degrees or vocational and professional career skills.

"The proof is in the numbers," said Trustee and Board Secretary James Ayers. "We know that Parkland makes a significant economic impact on our local, regional, and statewide economies; provides jobs; and supplies life-changing resources to our community. Our students graduate with a clear path forward to a higher quality of life. We are proud to dedicate ourselves to and serve our community through Parkland College."

In fiscal year 2020, Parkland College provided a total economic output of $85.7 million on the statewide economy and serves the needs of District 505, Illinois' third largest community college district. The fully accredited public college offers over 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 engage the community in learning.

Follow Parkland College's social media pages for more #CCMonth.