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Parkland College Candidates for Commencement 2022

Parkland College announces candidates for Commencement 2022

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Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 55th Commencement Exercises. View the full list of candidates here; students are listed by hometown.

This year's commencement ‚Äčceremony will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 8 p.m. The event is in-person and will also be livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Visit for more information.

Musical Light Shows Return to Staerkel Planetarium

Pink Floyd Light Show, May 6 at 9 p.m.

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After a years-long hiatus, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will resume musical light shows.

Starting May 6, the planetarium will premiere a fulldome video set to Pink Floyd's classic album "Dark Side of the Moon" on the first Friday each month at 9 p.m. Admission is $6 per person at the door.

This is not a laser show. Light shows at the planetarium are not recommended for those with motion sickness. This show is safe for people with photosensitive epilepsy or other types of photosensitivites. Video produced by Starlight Productions.

For more information about the show schedule, the planetarium, or booking the dome, please call 217/351-2567 or visit

Scout Merit Badge Workshops Return to Staerkel Planetarium

Scout Merit Badge Workshops at Staerkel Planetarium

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Girl and Boy Scouts can earn merit badges at two interactive workshops at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium.

Girl Scout Space Science Adventurer Badge workshop:

  • Thursday, May 19, 7–8:30 p.m.

  • $4 per Scout

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge workshop:

  • Wednesday, May 25, 7–9:30 p.m.

  • $5 per Scout


Please note that these sessions are workshops, not just a show, so scouts must be ready to work! Scouts must bring a pencil or pen and a flashlight covered with red plastic/cellophane. Scouts will receive a booklet based on requirements. The workshop will cover the badge requirements, and scouts will submit the completed work booklet to their scout office to receive the badge.

Advanced registration is required. The registration deadline is a week prior to the chosen workshop (May 12 for Girl Scouts, May 18 for Boy Scouts). There will be no registration taken at the door. There must be a minimum number of registrations to conduct the workshop; in the case of cancellation, refunds will be issued. 

To register, click here. Complete one form per Scout and leader. For more information, call 217/351-2567 or visit

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