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Graphic Design Student Show 2018

Juried exhibit through May 31; reception/award ceremony May 16, Gallery Lounge

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The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 31. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017. Parkland College Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Local industry professionals, invited to judge the show, then select the awards.

This year’s judges are Natalie Fiol, graphic designer at the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and David Michael Moore, freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and facilitator. 

Works in the exhibit showcase creative solutions to design problems presented to students in Parkland’s Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes. Gallery visitors can expect to see traditional print media, motion graphics, logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video and illustration, according to Professor Paul Young, Parkland's Graphic Design program director.

"Graphic design, interactive design, web design, user-experience design, communication design, digital design—yes, we know 'graphic design' is hard to define," Young explained. "But it doesn't have to be this complicated. The bottom line: students who want to create art for commerce are creative people with visual communication training. This is what we teach at Parkland College and this is what you'll see at our annual student exhibition.

"It's true: Students who want to be a creative designer in 2018 will need to wear a lot of hats," he added. "This is especially true in Champaign-Urbana, where employers are asking for generalists who can do it all. And they're eager to hire people who are curious, eager to learn and enjoy solving problems. Curious to see what Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design majors are showing in their portfolio? Come check out this show."

During the May 16 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2018 Graphic Design program student achievements will be announced starting at 6:30 p.m. Immediately after the awards ceremony, Young will give a gallery talk and an informal Q&A with select award winners. Young and his students will reveal how Parkland's Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs teach creative problem solving and design thinking.  

Giertz Gallery summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the gallery when classes are in session, use the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. 

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit

Spaces Filling for College for Kids, Summer Camps

Sign up today for summer fun, learning for youth in June, July

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Area residents are encouraged to sign up now for Parkland College Business Training and Community Education's exciting summer camps this June and July, as spaces are filling up fast.

  • College for Kids (ages 8–13) features dozens of popular classes from which kids can choose. Students act, sing in a cappella groups, design games, explore robotics, build rockets, create metal and jewelry pieces, perform improv comedy, produce television shows, engineer, paint, print, and more.
  • Our Technology Camps (ages 13–18) feature classes for teens who like hands-on learning in automotive maintenance and repair, land surveying and mapping, motorsports, and machining and welding, using some of the most up-to-date technology. 
  • The ever-popular First Gig Rock 'n' Roll Camp (ages 10–17) pairs kids with over 20 professional musicians who have years of studio and live band performance experience. Students will also be placed in a band with other kids, led by a professional musician. The camp concludes with a live concert at a public venue.
  • This year, Parkland is also offering a new camp for crime-solvers. Parkland CSI Camp (ages 14–16) will put kids on a forensics team as they use cutting-edge technology, interact with experts, and talk with law enforcement and media professionals to build a body of evidence, find the culprit, and inform the public. Please note that this class contains graphic content that simulates a crime scene.

For more class descriptions and to register, visit online at, or call 217/351-2235.

Parkland College 2018 Commencement Exercises, May 17

Filmmaking brothers Carter, Luke Boyce to give keynote address

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Award-winning film directors Carter Boyce and Luke Boyce will give the keynote address during Parkland College's 2018 Commencement Exercises, Thursday, May 17, at 8 p.m. at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.

Carter BoyceStudent Academy Award-winning director and animator Carter Boyce is one of Parkland College’s 50 most notable alumni. He attended Parkland at age 19, where he discovered his love for 3D animation. After earning his Associate in Applied Science in Digital Media in 2010, Boyce spent two years picking up animation jobs and working on his portfolio. In 2012, he took his animation career to the next level—film—by attending DePaul University in Chicago for further study.

During his senior year at DePaul, he created and directed his thesis project, an animated short film titled "Die Flucht." The film earned Boyce the top three awards at DePaul's annual student film showcase. He would go on to win a Student Academy Award for Animation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the academy’s 43rd Annual Student Academy Awards® competition in 2016. 

Luke BoyceHis brother, Emmy Award®-winning director Luke Boyce, co-founded the award-winning film and video production company Shatterglass Studios, headquartered in Champaign, in 2006. He has gone on to direct over 100 productions since then, including films, commercials, documentaries, and projects with the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. His documentary work over the past eight years has led him to interview some of the greatest names in cinema including Guillermo Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, and others.

Boyce won a regional Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2013 for a documentary examining the 14th Roger Ebert's Film Festival. His short film "The Pooka," starring  TV's "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan, premiered at the Palm Springs International Shortfest and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival in 2017. That same year, Boyce announced his feature-length directorial debut project, a live-action adaptation of the award-winning Image Comics series "Revival," a Midwestern horror/noir, to be released in 2019.

Other honored guests at commencement will include Kelly Duitsman Loschen, CPA, who will be honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Gregory D. Cozad, CFP, who will receive the college's 2018 Honorary Associate Degree. 

Loschen has a passion for improving the financial literacy, including college and career readiness, of others in her community. After 16 years in public accounting with Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, she joined Farm Credit Illinois as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2016. A Champaign native, Loschen attended Parkland College on the Parkland College Presidential Scholarship (now the Board of Trustees Scholarship), awarded to the top 10 percent of high school graduates in District 505. She earned her Associate in Science in Business Administration in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in 2000, and her Certified Public Accountant designation less than one year later.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Illinois CPA Society, Eastern Chapter; and the Executive Club of Champaign County. Loschen served as past treasurer for the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Parkland College Foundation Board. In 2013, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 Award by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

Gregory Cozad's corporation, Cozad Asset Management, handles millions in assets for individuals and families. CNBC, Bloomberg Television, The Wall Street Journal Radio, and other financial media have turned to Cozad Asset Management for its expertise in investments, the financial outlook, and wealth management. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Registered Representative of M Holdings Securities, Inc. Cozad graduated with distinction from Indiana University and went on to receive both law and masters of business administration degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

Cozad served as president of the Stevick Foundation and as a member of the Champaign City Council, the Champaign-Urbana Economic Development Corporation Board, and the Dean’s Business Council at the University of Illinois. He was a charter member of the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program, serving as emcee of the Parkland College Foundation’s Entrepreneur of the Year banquet during its first nine years and naming its V. Dale Cozad Award, given annually to the winner, in honor of his father. Cozad also initiated the Cozad New Venture Competition at the University of Illinois.

Parkland's commencement also will feature remarks from college President Thomas Ramage and Board of Trustees Chair Dana D. Trimble. Pastor Seth J. Jersild of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Saint Joseph will provide the invocation/benediction, and the Parkland College Wind Ensemble will perform several selections. A reception will be held in the Krannert Center lobby after the recessional. Tickets are required.

Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11

Take home vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants; make great gifts

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Parkland College invites the public to its annual spring Greenhouse Plant Sale, May 8–11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. on May 9 and 10.

This 12th annual event will include vegetable, annual, succulent, and tropical plants. Plants can make great Mother's Day gifts or make a home more inviting.

Parkland College's greenhouse is located on the west side of the Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, on the west side of campus.

Cash or checks only, please. For more information, contact Theresa Meers at

Parkland Motorsports Car Show, May 5, Celebrates 20 Years

Classic, late-model custom cars, trucks, other vehicles on display at free public event

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The Motorsport program is gearing up for the 20th Annual Parkland Car Show happening Saturday, May 5 in Parkland College's M parking lots.

Classic and late-model custom cars, trucks, and other vehicles will be on display at this free public event, sponsored by the Parkland Motorsport Club. Car show judging begins at noon. Student-choice and participant-vote awards will be announced beginning at 3 p.m.
Community residents are invited to display their own vehicles at the car show. Advance registration is $10 if received by April 27 and is available at Registration after April 27 and on the day of the show is $15. Registration fees benefit the club's activities.

Changes to voting implemented in 2017 will continue this year. Jon Ross, automotive program director and car show organizer, explained the reason for the changes.

"There's a national shortage of trained automotive technicians and auto enthusiasts," Ross said. "We've taken half the awards available and devoted them to vehicle owners age 25 and under. The goal is to promote interest among high school and college-aged folks. We hope to see this next generation out here with their vehicles, sharing their work and passion for the automotive industry."
Parkland is hosting the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge for the second year as part of the annual car show. Area residents are encouraged to come out and watch regional teams of high school students disassemble and rebuild an entire Chevy small block engine to factory specifications. Teams achieving a time of 34 minutes or less qualify for the national championship at SEMA in Las Vegas. The competition will take place in the Parkhill Applied Technology Center throughout the day.
For additional information or to register a vehicle, visit