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Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble in Concert Dec. 2

"Carols and Cheers" to include holiday-themed selections; Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

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The Parkland Chamber Singers and Parkland Wind Ensemble will hold their "Carols and Cheer" joint concert in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. 
Selections by the Parkland Chamber Singers will include "The World for Christmas--The Real Group" by Ander Edentroth; "Hope for Resolution" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory; "An Advent Carol" by Ellen Gilson Voth; "Lo, How a Rose/The Rose" by Craig Hella Johnson; and "Gloria-I. Allegro Vivace" by John Rutter. Dr. Frank Gallow is director for the Parkland Chamber Singers, while Kristina Engberg serves as accompanist.  
The Parkland Wind Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Beckett, will perform several holiday-themed selections. Among them will be the rousing "Overture to a Winter Festival" by James Curnow; "Celtic Carol," an exciting arrangement by Robert W. Smith of the beautiful “Greensleeves”; and the contemporary and fun favorite made famous by Elvis, "Blue Christmas," arranged by the eminent Jay Dawson.
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Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov. 12

Event to commemorate 100th anniversary of end of WWI

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Parkland College honors the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. The college will hold a 2018 Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. in the stage area of the Student Union (U building). The public is invited to attend.

On this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the country will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

Parkland's brief ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the National Anthem by Parkland alum Joseph Kirby; a welcome by Parkland College President Dr. Thomas Ramage, an Army National Guard veteran; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services and an Army veteran.

Champaign County American Legion Cmdr. Ronnie Turner-Winston, an Air Force veteran, will provide the featured speech. Elijah Ramirez, a Marine veteran and president of the Student Veterans at Parkland (SVAP) group, will provide closing remarks.There will also be a moment of silence with the playing of the "Bells of Peace" (a national World War I remembrance) before the retiring of the colors.

The 2018 Veterans Day observance is sponsored by the Student Veterans Association at Parkland (SVAP).

Peer Tutoring Program Gains Top-Stage Certification

College Reading, Learning Assoc. approves 23-year program's tutor training

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Parkland College's Peer Tutoring program has been approved for Stage Three, Level 1 tutor training certification by the nationwide College Reading and Learning Association.

This coveted recognition allows Parkland College to recognize its student-tutors as having met the approved CRLA requirements for Certified Tutor Level 1, to assist with the learning of their fellow students. Because Parkland's program is now in the top stage, the CRLA certification lasts five years and is renewable. According to the certification committee, the strengths of Parkland's program include its focus on developmental math, "which is more needed today than in years past," and its use of Productive Tutoring Techniques videos to train peer tutors. 

Parkland College's Peer Tutoring program, established in the mid-1990s, trains student tutors who have been selected based on their academic performance, previous experience, and interest in helping others. These students tutor their fellow Parkland College students in mathematics (all levels), physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, accounting, business, economics, Spanish, and other course subjects.

The CRLA certifies college tutor training programs across the globe, providing tutoring centers with the structure for certifying tutors at one or more levels.

Parkland Volleyball Punches Ticket to Nationals

Cobras sweep Lincoln Trail in District J Championship

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GODFREY, Ill. — The No. 2 Parkland Volleyball team advanced to 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Nationals with a 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Trail (25-11, 25-9, 25-9) on Saturday in the District J Championship match.

NJCAA DII Nationals will be held in Charleston, W. Va, November 15–17, at the Charleston Coliseum Convention Center.

Following the match, freshman setter Rachel Verdun was named Region 24 Player of the Year and Head Coach Cliff Hastings was named Coach of the Year. Verdun was also named First Team All-Region, as was sophomore middle blocker Shelby Nunamaker, freshman libero Brooke Norder and freshman outside hitter Ryleigh Warfel. Sophomore Katelyn Riffle was named to Second Team All-Region.

"The team is coming together and peaking at the right time of the year," Hastings said. "They have put together a great body of work throughout the season, but we've played these 55 matches to prepare for these final six matches. The girls have done all the right things to be efficient and successful at the two district matches. Now we march forward at Nationals for four more."

Now 53-2 on the season, Parkland will be making its 11th consecutive trip to the National tournament, a streak that dates back to 2008. The Cobras have won three National Titles (1999, 2015, 2016), and have not missed the tournament since Hastings took over in 2009. The Cobras will enter the 2018 tournament on a 17-match winning streak, their second longest of the 2018 season.

Again dominant, the Cobras' offense blitzed the Lincoln Trail defense to the tune of a .487 hitting percentage behind setter Rachel Verdun's 34 assists. Committing just six total attack errors, and just two in the final two sets, the Cobras attack was led by 10 kills from freshman outside hitter Ryleigh Warfel who hit .368 overall. Freshman Amanda Greening added in eight kills of her own, on an errorless .727 hitting percentage, while sophomore middle blockers Maddie Allen and Shelby Nunamaker each contributed six kills with only one error between them.

Boosting the offense was a service game that totaled 12 aces in just three sets. Setter Ashley King led the servers with three aces, while Warfel and Ellie Stone each had two.

In addition to leading the team in kills, Warfel also helped steady the back row with nine digs to lead the Cobras. Maggie Sorensen added in seven digs, while Brooke Norder and Stone both chipped in six.

A 16-team field, the NJCAA DII National Tournament is a double-elimination format with the final two teams facing off in the DII National Championship match at 4:30 p.m. Central Time Saturday, Nov. 17. For more information on the tournament and how to purchase tickets, visit the Charleston Convention Center website.

[Article by Chad Beyler]

Faculty Member Wins ACE Award for Community Arts Leadership

Peggy Shaw to be honored by 40th North with Artist ACE Award Nov. 8

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A Parkland College faculty member has earned community-wide honors for her leadership and contributions to culture and the arts in the area.

Peggy Shaw, Art and Design faculty in the college's Fine and Applied Arts department, won a 2018 ACE Award from the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council (40 North). The organization will hold its 14th annual ACE Awards ceremony Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the City Center, 503 S. Chestnut St., Champaign.

ACE Awards honor individuals, businesses, artists, teachers, arts organizations, volunteers, and government and community leaders whose hard work and creative efforts enrich the culture of Champaign County. All seven ACE Award category winners embody the spirit of the local arts community with their passion, energy, and dedication to the creative culture of the community.

According to the 40 North website, Shaw won the Artist ACE Award for "making work that is publicly accessible yet deeply personal, work that commands a large room while engaging the individual viewer in a quiet, intimate space, for the immersive power of her work through the courageous revealing of her personal story, for evolving and developing compelling new ways to contribute to the local arts community, inspire students, support colleagues, and the people around her."

Shaw teaches digital photography, darkroom photography, video production and photography portfolio classes in the Art and Design program. Parkland College's Professional Development Subcommittee for Faculty selected her as its 2016 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award for Parkland College. A member of Parkland College's faculty since 2007, Shaw helped establish the school's Educational Video Center (now PCTV) and was part of the team that initiated distance learning efforts at the college. In addition to developing the popular Photography AAS degree, she has created various courses related to photography and video production. 

Shaw received her BFA degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MFA degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photography has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards in both photography and video, including fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the Arts Midwest/National Education Association Regional.
ACE Award winners were chosen from public nominations by an independent panel of community-based judges representing a broad cross-section of Champaign County. Anyone can submit a nomination for an ACE Award.