The Parkland College Blog

Cobras Clinch Share of M-WAC Title, Shutout Lincoln Land

Cobras defeat Loggers, 2-0

  • Anonym |
  • 0

The Parkland men's soccer team clinched a share of the 2018 Mid-West Athletic Conference title with a 2-0 shutout of Lincoln Land on Oct. 2.

Owning a 3-1 conference record, Francisco Andrade's first half game-winner insured the Cobras of its fourth straight M-WAC regular season championship, fifth in the last six seasons.

The program's seventh M-WAC Championship, it's the Cobras' sixth under head coach Mark Sikora. Having completed their four conference matches of the season, the Cobras will await the outcomes of the remaining conference matches to see if they will win the title outright.

An evenly matched first half saw a combined seven shots on goal between the two squads, four by the Loggers and three from the Cobras. In the 35thminute, Parkland broke through when freshman Yu Sasaki connected with Andrade to break the scoreless tie. For Andrade it was his second goal of the season, while the assist by Sasaki tied him for the team lead (10) that also ranks third nationally.

"We had to grind out a difficult first half due to a much improved Lincoln Land team, and 20 mile-per-hour winds in our face," Sikora said. "Lorenzo Giaretti kept us in the match with some great saves throughout the first half. We were able to break through a tough defense with Francisco [Andrade], but the rest of the half was pretty even."

Starting the second half with a 1-0 lead, Parkland was able to control the possession game for the final 45 minutes. Only allowing Lincoln Land one shot on goal, the Cobras were able to add an insurance goal on one of their five second-half shots. Scoring his first goal of the season, freshman center Tyler Arias found the back of the net in the 58th minute.

"[The] second half we were able to control the match and make chances," Sikora explained. "We got very good shifts from Tyler Arias, who also scored a penalty, and Colby Woolcott who brought great energy to the team. Not our best performance overall, but it was enough to move forward."

Saving each of the five shots put on frame against him, Parkland goalie Lorenzo Giaretti earned his fifth shutout of the season. Giaretti and the Cobras also fended off four Lincoln Land corner kicks.

Up next, the Cobras will be back in action on Monday, Oct. 8, as they travel to face the University of Indianapolis Reserves. The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Central Time.

[Article by Chad Beyler]

Film Screening of "An Inconvenient Truth" Sequel Oct. 10

Free event part of LEED Silver Celebration of Student Union

  • Anonym |
  • 0

As part of the LEED Silver Celebration of its Student Union, Parkland College will host a free showing of the film "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" featuring former Vice President Al Gore Oct. 10 at noon in the Student Union lounge.

The Office of Student Life, the Parkland College Library, and the Sustainable Campus Student Club are cosponsoring this event, which is open to the public and includes free popcorn.

A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, this riveting and rousing followup shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes, in moments both private and public, funny and poignant, as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. 

The film is presented by Paramount Pictures and Participant Media, produced by Actual Films and directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

For more information, contact Josh Clark, activities program manager for Student Life, at 217/353-2627.

Explore Parkland College academic programs, campus life, support services and more during the school's annual Fall Open House.

This event will take place Friday, Nov. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Union atrium and in the L and H buildings for its Health Professions programs.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the Parkland College Fall Open House allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; view student demonstrations and explore the college's innovative features. Breakout sessions on financial aid and the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program also will take place during the open house.

For those interested in criminal justice or forensic science, the Parkland College Forensic Science Lab in Room X104 will be open for public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. that day. The science behind criminal investigation is more challenging and satisfying than popular media portray. Students can view the tools of the trade including fingerprinting techniques, DNA gels and skeletal remains, and an instructor will be on hand to talk about the chemistry of it all.

The Health Professions portion of the open house will take place in the L wing of the main campus and at the H building located in Parkland on Mattis, 1309 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology and Veterinary Technology programs will be featured in the L wing, while the Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Practical Nursing programs will be featured at the H building. Visitors can enjoy chair massages from Massage Therapy students, get their vitals taken from Medical Assisting students and view lab demonstrations from Nursing and Occupational Therapy students in the H building.

For more information about the Parkland College Fall Open House, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Parkland Orchestra, Wind Ensemble to perform joint concert

"Autumn Americana" to feature works by noted American composers

  • Anonym |
  • 0

"Autumn Americana," a joint concert by the Parkland Orchestra and Parkland Wind Ensemble, will take place Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Parkland College’s Student Union. 

Selections from the Parkland Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will include Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson; America the Beautiful by Samuel Ward, arranged by Alfred Reed; and Bill Holcombe’s Casey at the Bat, inspired by the poem of Ernest L. Thayer and narrated by Vincent Trauth, among others. 

Dr. Jonathan Beckett will conduct the Parkland Wind Ensemble in works by noted American composers including Aaron Copland, Leroy Anderson, Victor Herbert, Mark Camphouse and Sammy Nestico. The ensemble will also perform a medley of songs made popular by Big Bands during the Swing Era of the 1920s through 1950s. 

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit

"I think my niche is helping people who have been failed by our education and justice systems," Cathy Salika once wrote.

And who is Cathy Salika? She's only the inspirational Project READ literacy tutor after whom we've modeled our new Project READ Outstanding Service Award—and, naturally, the award's inaugural recipient! We will honor this Urbana resident with our award Saturday, Oct. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parkland College Student Union, an event culminating our celebration of National Tutoring Week, and you're welcome to join us there.

The Project READ Outstanding Service Award honors an exceptional Project READ tutor whose uncommon dedication makes our community a better place, inspiring the following elements of community service:

1) striving to increase the reach of high-quality, reliable, volunteer tutoring services to the most marginalized and vulnerable adults in our community

2) demonstrating commitment, dedication, and passion for helping adults improve their abilities in reading, writing, math, or English so that they can increase their civic engagement, workforce potential, and quality of life.

We gratefully fashion this recognition after the outstanding service of Cathy, who started with Project READ in 2012. And here's why:

  • When Project READ funding was renewed after a two-year hiatus, Cathy was among the first to respond to our call for new tutors. But what we learned was that, despite the budget impasse and the resulting lack of infrastructural support, Cathy never stopped working with her Project READ learner. "No one told us to stop, and we didn't!" she said.
  • When we needed tutors who could volunteer to teach math to female inmates at the satellite jail, Cathy raised her hand, went through the security protocol, and began assisting a learner in the correctional center. She went on to tutor several inmates, men, and women, at the downtown jail and the satellite jail over the course of the grant year. In fact, she became so adept and passionate about serving learners in the correctional centers, she facilitated a special training session for Project READ tutors to learn how to volunteer in the jails, addressing what to expect of the institution and how to best help incarcerated learners develop and progress toward their goals.
  • When we initiated our Drop-in Tutoring program in February of this year, Cathy began tutoring at all of our daytime sites, expanding her service from Adult Basic Education (math and literacy) to include English for speakers of other languages. She signed up to help us run an ESL lab in Rantoul, and when that site finished its term, she continued to ask for more learners to work with. Cathy tutored more than 150 hours between February and July 2018! "The drop-in sites have been good for me as a tutor," Cathy said. "It's easier for me to ask advice of the staff."
  • Cathy facilities learning in all areas with ease, confidence, innovation, reliability—and flexibility! Sometimes we get flooded with unexpected learners at a drop-in site, and when we ask to seat someone with Cathy, she always says, "We'll make it work." We've seen her tutor math to a learner on her left who is preparing for the GED and tutor an ESL learner on her right who recognized her from a previous session and asked to continue to work with her.

Cathy Salika is truly exceptional. The staff at Project READ is fond of saying that if we had 20 Cathy Salikas, we could change the world. Her attitude and philosophy about tutoring explain why we feel this way:

"I love to watch people warm up to a subject as they master it," Cathy said. "The learners come to us with basic needs in English, reading or math. They come asking for help, which isn't always an easy thing to do, and I respect them for that. Many of them have been held back by poverty, family problems, or learning differences. Sometimes they gain better job opportunities, more independence, or more self-confidence from their efforts to learn with us. Their joy in meeting their goals and their pride of accomplishment are an inspiration to me."

Cathy's passion for uplifting our community through learner-centered, personalized Adult Education sets the bar high, and we are grateful for her tremendous contributions. If you'd also like to be an adult tutor for math, reading, or English, or need tutoring services yourself or someone you know, we invite you to join us at Project READ. Please contact our office by email at or by calling 217/353-2662.