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Parkland Cobras Golf Crowned National Champion

Wins NJCAA DII Championship by two strokes

The Parkland College golf team has been crowned 2020-21 NJCAA DII National Champions after winning the NJCAA DII Men's Golf Championship. The 4-day event, which included four, 18-hole rounds, was held at Swan Lake Resort's par-72 Black Course.
The Cobras went into the fourth and final round with a slim, one-shot lead over the favorite, South Mountain CC. Parkland finished with a 294 for the final round, while South Mountain came in at 295. This is the first National Championship for the Cobras Golf program, with its best previous finish being third, in 2018.
"I'm at a loss for words," expressed an elated Corbin Sebens, the Cobras' head coach. "I mean, give all the credit to these guys! This was our goal from the beginning of the season. To come here and get it done is incredible."
Parkland four, low scores in round four included a 72 from Joel Petersson (T20th), a 73 from Jack Halstead (T15th), and a pair of 74s from Corey Neville (T7th) and Scott O'Brien (13th). Alex White (T11th) shot a 78.
"After round one, our goal was to chip away (at the deficit), day by day, added Sebens. "After round two, we got to within three, and after the third (round), we had a one-shot lead. We just kept the same mindset throughout- mentally locked in, stick to our game plan…control ourselves and not worry about them. We knew what we had to do."
After the completion of the tournament, officials announced the All-Tournament Team. The Cobras were represented by Neville, White, O'Brien, and Halstead. In addition, Sebens was recognized as Coach of the Tournament.
As he reflected on the accomplishment, Coach Sebens stated, "This is huge. Being a cold weather school, a national championship is such a big accomplishment. A lot of people don't expect us (being from the Midwest) to be successful. We've knocked on the door a couple of times, but to come out on top today is just incredibly rewarding and means so much to this program."
Team Leaderboard
Individual Leaderboard
Team Scores (Top 7):
1          Parkland College                    +16      293+283+298+294=1168
2          South Mountain CC                +18      287+286+302+295=1170
3          Glendale CC                           +32      300+289+296+299=1184
3          Iowa Central CC                     +41      288+295+300+309=1193
5          Kirkwood CC                         +56      293+294+315+306=1208
6          Tyler Junior College               +63      302+300+311+302=1215
7          Des Moines Area CC              +65      304+310+300+303=1217
Parkland Individual Scores:
T7th    Corey Neville              +3        72+75+70+74=291
T11th  Alex White                  +5        75+69+71+78=293    
13th     Scott O'Brien             +6        72+69+78+74=293    
T15th  Jack Halstead             +10      74+72+79+73=298
T20th   Joel Petersson            +11      75+73+79+72=299


[original article by Joey Gruner]

Parkland Board Swears in Student Trustee, Renews VP Contracts

Board of Trustees General Meeting, May 19

Parkland College's Board of Trustees swore in a new student trustee and renewed the employment contracts of two top administrators.

During their regular meeting Wednesday, trustees administered the oath of office to Student Trustee Jayden Sortor. Sortor, a freshman Cobras Volleyball middle hitter, is studying elementary education at Parkland. She hails from Williamsville High School in Sherman, where she was a volleyball standout and a member of the National Society of High School Seniors.

After the swearing-in ceremony, President Tom Ramage gave his report to the board. He congratulated Nancy Roth, a Parkland instructor in the nursing program, on her nomination for the ICCTA's 2021 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award. Roth will also be recognized at the ICCTA Awards Banquet, June 4-5 in Bloomington.

In preparation for the summer and fall semesters, trustees also approved software and hardware purchases, including new licenses and license renewals, to support technology and infrastructure upgrades across the college.

Next, board members voted to renew the employment contracts for Stephanie Stuart, Parkland's vice president for communications and external affairs, and Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the Parkland College Foundation, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. Other appointments included approving Stephanie Davingman to fill the school's vacant dean of counseling services position.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of: 

    • aviation fuel from AvFuel Corporation, $180,000

    • maintenance services from FlightStar, $228,000

    • repair services from Poplar Grove Airmotive, Inc., $75,000

    • ramp services from FlightStar, $73,000

    • Learning Administration Manager Support Service from D2L Ltd., $61,665

    • Instructional/Office Computer Hardware & Software, $1,980,000

    • annual maintenance renewal of items as listed, $1,590,460

    • services and license to support the Microsoft Teams Voice deployment, $253,000

    • studio equipment and field kits from B&H Foto & Electronics, $27,000

    • 2021 Ford F350 XLT truck from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales, $35,342

    • 2021 Ford SUV Police Interceptor Package vehicle from Morrow Brothers Ford Inc., $35,210

  • the filing of the following grant applications: 

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

    • Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE): Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) Grant

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources: 

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): Center for Global Studies: International Studies Research Lab Fellowship (Honorarium)

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Stephanie Davingman, Dean, Counseling Services

    • James Kiser, Campus Technologies

    • Chris Thomas, Physical Plant

(UPDATE) COVID-19 Vaccinations Available at Parkland College

On-site vaccinations offered May 13 and May 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Parkland (updated to include 12- to 15- year olds)

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May 13 clinic will follow new guidance from the CDC, which has made ages 12+ eligible for the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent.

Parkland College and Walgreens will be partnering to offer vaccinations on Thursday, May 13, and Thursday, May 20, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. as part of a new partnership that will bring on-site vaccination to the college's campus and surrounding community.

As part of Illinois' vaccination plan, individuals ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible community members interested in being vaccinated are invited to make an appointment using the following QR code or walk-up during appointment times.

Walgreens is utilizing a tent in the M-4 parking lot to administer vaccinations. Future vaccine clinic dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Individuals who receive their first dose here but are unable to participate in a follow-up event are still eligible to receive their second dose at any Walgreens across the nation.

For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations, please refer to the Center for Disease Control. Find more Illinois-specific information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here.

Parkland College 2021 Virtual Commencement, May 13

Parkland College to hold Virtual Commencement on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm

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Mazdack Rassi, co-founder and creative director of Milk Studios and co-founder of Milk Makeup, will deliver the keynote address during Parkland College's 2021 Virtual Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. via YouTube. The public is invited to visit Parkland's commencement page for a link to attend the ceremony. 

In his time as co-founder of Milk, Rassi has built the bi-coastal business into a culturally conscious company with creative expression at the helm. Rassi's leadership has transformed Milk from a services company into the home of emerging artists in New York and Los Angeles alike.

With an understanding of the fashion, music, photography, media, and film industries, Rassi drives all business operations for Milk and has become a creative partner to global visionaries, designers, and brands throughout the last two decades. He has steered the company through years of productions, gallery openings, Fashion Weeks, events, and cultural happenings. In 2016, he worked with his team to launch a consumer product made for Milk's community: Milk Makeup.

In addition to managing Milk, Rassi is an active board member of Burton, Autism Tomorrow, Parsons School of Design, and The New York City Ballet.

Parkland College's 54th Commencement will include a welcome from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Bianca Green. Retired professor John Moore will deliver the faculty address while Nancy Sutton, vice president for academic services, will present student awards, segments which typically occur during Parkland's annual Honors Convocation.

Student presenters for the virtual ceremony will be speaker Anthony Fisher and tassel turner Daniel K. Sheff. Fisher, a native of Jamaica, is a photojournalist at WCIA 3 News and a freelance videographer. He is the founder of A1 VIDEOPRODUCTION and will be receiving his Associate in Applied Science in Media Arts and Production from Parkland.

Sheff, a lifelong resident of Illinois, is pursuing a degree in social work after two decades in the retail and restaurant industries. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and plans to transfer to the University of Illinois School of Social Work to pursue advanced degrees.

The ceremony will also feature music selections by the Parkland College Wind Ensemble and an invocation and benediction by the Rev. Heidi M. Weatherford of McKinley Church in Champaign.

Parkland College Candidates for Commencement 2021

Parkland announces candidates for 2021 Commencement

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Parkland College announces the candidates for the college's 54th Commencement Exercises. View the full list of candidates here; students are listed by hometown.

Due to the pandemic, this year's graduation ​ceremony will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. via YouTube. ​Details regarding the virtual commencement, including the link to access it, will be announced in an upcoming release.