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Parkland College Trustees Meet Ahead of Spring Break

Board of Trustees General Meeting, March 9

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Ahead of next week's spring break, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved purchases to enhance campus spaces and key personnel appointments.  At its regular meeting Wednesday, the board heard administrative updates from President Tom Ramage. Executive Director of the Parkland Foundation, Tracy Wahlfeldt, also provided the board with updates on the Foundation's recent activities. 

The board made moves to refresh departmental spaces around campus with new equipment, technology, and furniture; approved training and certification purchases to ensure academic advisors can continue to meet the needs of students; and agreed to an ahtletic trainer contract to help protect Parkland athletes.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • renewal of employment contracts for Vice President for Student Services, Michael Trame and Vice President for Academic Services, Nancy Sutton

  • the purchase of:

    • audio-visual equipment from Tierney Brothers, $60,000

    • contract with Carle Hospital for athletic training room and event coverage, $24,720

    • academic coaching training and certification services from Lifebound, LLC, $26,000

    • services from Central States Media, $190,000

    • services from McKenzie-Wagner, $130,000

    • furniture from Krueger International, $600,000

    • furniture from Krueger International, $24,136

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • U.S. Department of State: IDEAS Program Small Grants Competition

    • Gene Haas Foundation: Post-Secondary Program Scholarships and Sponsorship Grant

    • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): FY22 Migrant Education Program (MEP)

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Competency-Based Education Program Development

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Melanie Lewis, Manager, Human Resources

    • Melissa Munster, Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

    • Eric Shell, Office Assistant, Advising and Career Services

    • Chris Murphy-Lucas, Operations Manager, Career and Technical Education

    • Nicholas Eisenmenger, Precision Ag Faculty, Agriculture

Celebrate the Arts: Youth Art Contest Announces Winners for 2022

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Youth Arts Contest!

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Community Education and Giertz Gallery are thrilled to announce the winners for the second annual Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Contest.

Student entries were featured in an online awards ceremony on March 8, during which placements and honorable mentions were named. First place winners (out of over 80 participants) in the three age categories received a full scholarship to a Parkland summer camp.

Entries were judged by Tanya Scott, curator of education for the University Galleries at Illinois State University; and Matthew Watt, professor of Art and Design at Parkland College.

Congratulations to our winners, and to all the wonderful young artists who continue to inspire us with their talent and creativity!


Ages 7-10:

  1. Emma Lan, “Rooster & Hen Family,” Chinese brush painting

  2. Faith To, “A Rainy Day,” painting

  3. Max Cajavilca, “Bear and the Girl,” drawing

  4. Honorable mention: Avery Anderson, “Flowers,” collage; Walker Chapman, “Mountain Top,” painting; Emma Emry, “Untitled Cat,” painting; Chloe Lee, “Under the Full Moon,” painting; Adela Pena Martin, “A sunset of feelings,” drawing; April Yu, “The Classic of Mountains and Seas-Dijiang,” drawing






Ages 11-13:

  1. Grace Pierce, “Blueberry Pie,” ceramics

  2. Lily Jones, “Pink Dream,” painting

  3. Eireann Byard, “Eco-business park,” drawing

  4. Honorable mention: Matthew Gray, “Falcon,” sculpture; Adrian Schneider, “Rose and Thorn,” digital; Kylah Sparks, “Worm in Apple,” ceramics; Addison Townsend, “Cat Conversation,” photography








Ages 14-18:

  1. Sylvie Leyerle, “Finding Place,” painting

  2. Tracy Li, “Yellow Girls,” painting

  3. Amelia Case, “Two Eleven,” painting

  4. Honorable mention: Honora Hoey, “Implied World,” collage; Grace Kahler, “Spiral,” photography; Joshua Pierce, “Summer Peace,” oil painting; Erin Shin, “The Truth We Hide,” painting; Jeana To, “Self Portraits in Quarantine,” drawing

Staerkel Planetarium to Present Birdwatching Lecture

Parkland Planetarium Hosts Local Birdwatcher, Jeffrey Bryant

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Local avian enthusiasts are invited to join the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College for a lecture on birdwatching.

On Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Jeffrey Bryant will present "Birds: It's Not About What but Where." Tickets are $2 or free for Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium.

Bryant, an avid birder, visits several locations around east central Illinois to observe and photograph various species. For this lecture, planetarium producer and Bryant's wife Waylena McCully will present hundreds of his photos on the dome, along with bird's-eye views of the terrain where the photos were taken. Attendees may recognize several parks and preserves around Champaign County and other nearby locations.

Bryant earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics at Ball State University, researching variable star systems. As part of his work for Wolfram Research, he composes blog posts about visualizations of astronomical phenomena using the Wolfram Language.

Please visit for the show schedule or call 217/351-2568 for information about booking the dome.

Musical Ensembles at Parkland College Offer Free Spring Concerts

Parkland Music Ensembles Free Spring Concerts, March 5 and 6

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Parkland College's music ensembles continue to provide free concerts with live performances in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre.

Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m.
"Hands Across the Sea" A Joint Concert by the Guitar Ensemble and Concert Band

The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Dr. Matthew Dixon, will perform "Hands Across the Sea" by John Philip Sousa; "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; "Knightsbridge March" by Eric Coates, arranged by John Cacavas; and "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland, arranged by Robert Longfield.

Director Dr. Young Kim will lead the Guitar Ensemble in performing "Sinfonia No. 3" by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Guacho" by Chiquinha Gonzaga; "Summer on Broad Street" by Georgia Nettleton; and "Fly Me to the Moon" by Bart Howard, among others.

Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m.
"The Approaching Spring" A Joint Concert by the Parkland Orchestra, Wind, and Guitar Ensembles

The Parkland Orchestra, directed by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will perform "Academic Festival Overture Op. 80" by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Carl Simpson; "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda, by Amilcare Ponchielli; "Waltz from Swan Lake" by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; and "Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof" by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, arranged by Ira Hearshen.

Parkland's Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jonathan Beckett, will present Themes Like Old Times, a medley of old-time familiar songs; "Rondo from Concerto No. 1, Op. 11" by Richard Strauss; selections from the hit show My Fair Lady; and a musical tribute to Amelia Earhart.

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform "Arise, Beloved!" by Rosephanye Powell; "Ave Verum" by William Byrd; "Bring Me Little Water, Silvy" by Huddie Ledbetter, arranged by Adam Podd; and "Nyon Nyon" by Jake Runestad.

Parkland College to Host Parkland AgTech Showcase

Parkland College AgTech Showcase, March 10

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As part of Champaign-Urbana AgTech Week, Parkland College invites local community partners, ag industry professionals, K-12 educators, community members, students, and parents to join us for the Parkland College AgTech Showcase.

On Thursday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can step inside Parkland's agriculture facilities, learn about the future of the Midwest Center for Precision Agriculture, and explore the new Early College and Career Academy (ECCA) program in Precision Agriculture.

The event will open with a presentation at 9 a.m. in the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center (W Building) followed by tours of the college's ag facilities. Throughout the event, participants will learn about the recently launched ECCA track in Precision Agriculture and employer-sponsored programs such as the CNH Service Technician and Advanced Applicator Technician programs, and hear from Parkland's newest partner AGCO/Fendt about the new dealer technical training offering on campus.

Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities such as drones, equipment ride-alongs, data visualization, an applicator simulator, and more; learn about opportunities that provide students with 100 percent paid tuition and guaranteed job placement upon graduation; and discover career opportunities in the ag industry by hearing from local employers in the field.

Parkland Ag and Diesel programs offer two-year Associate in Applied Science programs, a transfer program, the Parkland Pathway program, and numerous certificates that prepare students and working professionals with training, education, and credentials they could use right away.

RSVP by March 8. Prospective students should register here, and other community members here.