The Parkland College Blog

Board of Trustees Nominating Petitions Available Soon

Terms of three incumbent trustees will expire April 2019

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Parkland College officials announced today that any interested persons wishing to run for a position on the Parkland Board of Trustees may pick up nominating petitions and related documents from Nancy Willamon in Room U336 at the Parkland College campus, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, Illinois, during regular business hours beginning August 27, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to Sept. 18, 2018.

The term of incumbent trustee James Ayers, Bianca Truitt Green and Jonathan Westfield will expire in April 2019. These board openings will be for a six-year term on the ballot and said seats will expire in April 2025.

Nominating petitions and supporting documents must be filed between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon and 1 and 5 p.m. Central Time on any of the following dates: December 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 17, 2018. Said documentsMUST be filed with the Office of the Board Secretary, Nancy Willamon, Room U336, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, Illinois.

The election will be held on April 2, 2019.

Planetarium Announces Lecture Series for 2018-2019

Talks let local research community share its knowledge with the public

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The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College is pleased to announce the newest lineup of speakers in the James B. Kaler Science Lecture Series.

For more than 25 years, the planetarium has served as a conduit for the local research community to share its knowledge with the general public. Talks occur on the first Friday of the months classes are in session at 7 p.m., and admission to each is $2 at the door. Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium are admitted free of charge. 

The fall lectures will be highlighted with UIUC Engineering Professor David Ruzic speaking on fracking and cross-country pipelines. In November, astronomer Jeff Filippini will discuss dark matter, and in December, geologist Steven Marshak will bring firsthand experience and images of the recent volcanic activity in Hawaii. 

As we look into the new year, entomologist May Berenbaum brings us up close and personal with spiders and how they have been maligned in the movies. Storm chaser Andrew Pritchard returns to the dome in March with more exciting tornado video. The series ends in April as Alex Schwing (UIUC Electrical and Computer Engineering) focuses on artificial intelligence. 

The series lineup with descriptions is available at the planetarium website. For more information, visit the website or contact the planetarium at 217/351-2567. For a list of upcoming shows, contact the show hotline at 217/351-2446.

Enrollment Blitz 2018 to Help Students Register for Fall

One-stop help with applying, financial aid, placement tests, more

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As Parkland College gears up for its fall semester, its Student Services units are once again offering over a week of one-stop help with registering for classes.

Fall Enrollment Blitz 2018 runs August 9–17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the second-floor "bridge" of the Student Union. Please note: Parkland College's campus is closed Aug. 10. Since Parkland College Fall Semester 2018 classes start Monday, Aug. 20, the event comes right on cue, especially for those who may have applied to Parkland but not taken a class. 

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive one-stop service from Parkland's Admissions and Records, Counseling and Advising, Financial Aid, and Assessment units. Students can get help with anything from completing applications for admission or financial aid, to determining course placement for math and English, to attending a Parkland student orientation (SOAR) session and registering onsite for classes. 

For more information on this event, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Open Enrollment for Parkland College Child Development Center

Now enrolling children ages 2 to 5 years for the fall 2018 semester

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The Parkland College Child Development Center is accepting applications for enrollment of children ages 2 to 5 years for the fall 2018 semester. 
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Families in the area who are looking for high-quality full- or part-time child care take advantage of this Champaign-Urbana resource on the Parkland campus. Licensed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the CDC is a demonstration laboratory school open to Parkland College students, staff, and district residents. It encourages whole-child education, offering a variety of experiences that help children develop good self-discipline, positive interactions with other children and adults, and an appreciation of a multicultural, multiethnic society.  

The CDC facility provides three large classrooms, each led by a head teacher and an assistant teacher who are professional staff at Parkland College. Its program features a low student-teacher ratio, fresh and tasty meals prepared on site, onsite public safety, spacious and secure green space, indoor play areas, an in-house library with lending services, and onsite enrichment opportunities on the Parkland College campus including visits to the Staerkel Planetarium.

Located in building G on the school's main campus, the CDC accepts CCRS and offers a sliding scale for its tuition rates.

For more information, contact Nancy Kemna or Tara Bailey at 217/373-3777 or visit

Fall Welcome Convocation, August 23

Games, information, lunch to welcome students back to campus

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Parkland College will hold its annual Fall Welcome Convocation on Thursday, August 23, beginning at 11 a.m. on the Student Union patio.

This kickoff to the new academic year welcomes new and returning students to a campus community that values scholarship, academic honesty, and civility. A highlight of Parkland's Welcome Back Week for students and employees, the fall convocation informs new students about values of the campus in an informal, fun-filled, and welcoming environment.

Parkland's 2018 Convocation will feature a student club sign-up fair, a "tie dye your own T-shirt" art table, free lunch for the student community (valid ID required), and other activities. WPCD-FM, the student-run radio station, will air its music at the event. 

A new feature this year is Guitar Hero Challenge, where participants have the opportunity to compete against Parkland College President Tom Ramage at the popular music rhythm game.  

Dean of Students Marietta Turner said the convocation is designed to strengthen students' connections to Parkland. "It emphasizes that they are on a journey that begins with their first class and ends with a degree," she said.

"College is where students figure out what they want to do with their lives and get the education they need to achieve their dreams," Turner added. "Convocation starts that process."

The Welcome Convocation is part of Parkland's First Year Experience (FYE) initiative, a campus-wide effort designed to increase retention and graduation rates.