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Cobras Volleyball Sweeps Four Matches in Straight Sets

Cobras win 24 of 25 sets at Waubonsee Invite

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The Parkland women’s volleyball team went undefeated in 12 sets at the Waubonsee Invitational with a 4-0 record on the day and an 8-0 record in its season-opening tournament this weekend. The Cobras won 24 of 25 sets over the two-day tournament.

After winning its final 11 sets on Saturday, Parkland swept through its competition on Sunday with four straight-set sweeps. Outscoring opponents 300-167, and never winning a set by fewer than seven points, Parkland earned wins over Oakton (IL), South Suburban (IL), Sauk Valley (IL) and Waubonsee (IL). The Cobras hit at a .413 clip in its four matches on Sunday, while totaling 35.5 blocks and 34 aces across the four wins.

Picking up where they left off on Saturday night, Parkland opened Sunday with a dominating offensive display against Oakton. Hitting above .400 in all three sets, Parkland only committed five attack errors on 78 swings. Leading the offense was freshman Amanda Greening with 16 kills on 21 errorless swings (.762). Sophomore Ashley King tallied 23 assists to pace the offense, while the Parkland defense was spearheaded by Maddie Allen’s six blocks.

Following Greening’s hitting spree in game one, Parkland spread the ball around in its second match, a sweep (25-13, 25-12, 25-10) of South Suburban, with three players tallying double-digit kills. Abby Burnett led all attackers with 13 kills on just 16 swings (.812), while Greening and Sidney Heck each pitched in 10 kills of their own. The Cobra defense was guided by Ellie Stone’s 13 digs and five blocks from both Allen and Burnett.

In Parkland’s sweep (25-14, 25-16, 25-17) of Sauk Valley on Sunday afternoon, Ryleigh Warfel led the way with Parkland’s first double-double of the day, killing 16 attacks to go along with 18 digs, both of which were a single-match high for Parkland on Sunday. Middle blocker Shelby Nunamker made her first appearance of the day as well, scoring 10 kills on 16 swings without an error and chipped in four blocks. Setting up Warfel and Nunamker was Rachel Verdun with a season-best 43 assists. Gabby Wessels and Brooke Norder joined Warfel in double-digit dig outputs, each registering 17 apiece.

The Cobras closed out the weekend with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 sweep of tournament host Waubonsee. Parkland leaned on freshmen Gabby Wessels and Ryleigh Warfel in the final victory of the weekend, as Wessels tallied 15 kills and 10 digs, while Warfel recorded 11 kills and 14 digs. Dakota Harmon and Nunamker led the Parkland defense’s 9.5 team blocks with both middle blockers earning five stuffs.

[Article by Chad Beyler]

Lecture to Feature Congolese Diplomat

National Assembly's Zacharie Bababaswe on "The Future of the DRC and Its Electoral Process"

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A noted politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo will provide a talk at Parkland College early next month. 

The Hon. Zacharie Bababaswe will present "The Future of the DRC and Its Electoral Process" Sept. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room U140 (Student Union). 

Mr. Bababaswe is a social historian and a member of the National Assembly of DR Congo for the Lukunga district in Kinshasa since 2011. He will discuss the current crisis in the DRC over the presidential election. He will then offer an open dialogue with the audience. 

The event is being cosponsored by Parkland's International Students Association and the Congolese Community of Illinois. For more information, contact Amber Landis, ISA faculty advisor and Humanities professor, at

Parkland College Student First in State for Inaugural Scholarship

Drake Davis a 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

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Parkland College's Drake Davis of Crawfordsville, Ind., has been named the Illinois New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

This inaugural scholarship is designed to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce after completing a degree or certificate on a national scale. The scholarship is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

"Education can change lives and help ensure that young people can realize their full potential," said Helen Price, executive director of The Coca-Cola Foundation. "The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting education to help build strong communities."

New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. More than 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,600 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state.

"We congratulate Drake for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize his outstanding achievements," said Phi Theta Kappa's President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. "Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach."

Davis was a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, through which he received a $1,000 scholarship. He and the other 2018 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars will be recognized during the Association of Community College Trustees' (ACCT) Congress in New York City in October.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $830 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit


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Get Full College Credit in Late-Start (13-Week) Classes

Sign up by Sept. 9 to earn full-semester credits in accelerated formats

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Although the deadline to enroll in Parkland College's full-term fall classes has passed, it is not too late for those who missed registering on time to enroll in courses for full-semester credit. 
Sign up for Parkland's 13-week classes, which begin the week of Sept. 10. The college developed the 13-week option as part of its on-time registration process, to help fit classes to the community's needs. Plenty of on-campus and online options are available in topics such as accounting, English, history, communication, biology, computers, psychology, foreign languages, literature, math and music. Career-specialty classes in aviation, construction, welding, collision, and other fields are also available.

Complete all enrollment steps (including course registration) for the 13-week session by Sept. 9. The deadline includes making payment arrangements for reserved classes.
Important information on applying to Parkland and registering for classes is available here.

Parkland College Student Named a Coca-Cola Leader of Promise

Phi Theta Kappa member Michael Dobbs will receive a $1,000 scholarship

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Parkland College's Michael Dobbs of Champaign, Ill., is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 1,200 applications were received.

A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

"The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges," said Jane Hale Hopkins, Executive Vice President and President-Elect of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. "We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community."

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

"Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers," said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. "The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals."

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at


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