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Students Win Parkland Art and Design Exhibition Awards, Scholarships

Students received a number of awards, art scholarships in exhibit running through May 5

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The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College proudly announces the scholarship and award winners of its 2018 Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition, on display in the gallery through May 5. 
The exhibition comprises student works produced within the last year in Parkland Art and Design classes including Photography, Painting, Drawing, Metals, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Two-Dimensional Design, Color Theory, and Ceramics. Members of Parkland's art faculty selected exhibit works from approximately 315 submissions. The public is invited to view the strength and quality of Parkland's Art and Design program through these artworks which demonstrate tenacity and commitment, and reveal the students' development of critical thinking and visual perception. 
The accomplishments made by these talented, dedicated, and hardworking students are evident by the works included in the exhibit. A reception honoring the participants was held on April 12. During the celebration, students received a number of awards and art scholarships. 
Scholarship recipients included Logan Ingold of Champaign, who won the Underwood-Alger Art Scholarship; Michael Dalton of Urbana, who received the Don Lake Art Scholarship; and Bailey Bryan of Homer, winner of the Robert Ralph Ford Art Scholarship.
Monetary awards included the Dr. David M. and Shirley A. Jones Student Art Award for work of outstanding artistic achievement, given to Duy Le (Champaign); the Parkland President's Award, given to Kayla McEvoy (Sadorus); the Blair Kling Memorial Award, given to Nicole Blair (Danville); the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award for Excellence, given to Hyein Yang (Urbana); the Art and Design Faculty Award, given to Matthew Thornton (Urbana); the Metals Award of Artistic Distinction, given to Cibele Aguiar (Champaign); the Louis Ballard Memorial Ceramics Award, given to Bailey Bryan (Homer); and the Art Coop Award, given to Justin Beck (St. Joseph).

Purchase awards for artwork to be included in the Parkland College Collection went to: Devyn Clay (Champaign), Liam Daly (Champaign), Alia Frickensmith (Champaign), Logan Ingold (Champaign), Mikhail Kogan (Champaign), Andres Morales-Torres (Urbana), and Andrew Waner (Champaign).

Merit awards for outstanding work went to the following students: Brooke Armstrong (Champaign), Barlow James (Champaign), Nicole Blair (Danville), Saxon Burns (Urbana), Caressa Dillow (Bement), Allie Floreth (Champaign), Lyndsey Groth (Champaign), Chris Johns (Champaign), Rashmi Kapoor (Champaign), Stephen Kaufman (Urbana), Edwina Kugel (Champaign), Jane Liao (Champaign), Karissa Marshall (Champaign), John Nine (Champaign), Erin Rogers (Sadorus), Juan Santiago (Champaign), Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn (Champaign), Darlene Veit (Champaign), Catherine White (Champaign), Kelcey Williams (Champaign), and Meilin Zhang (Champaign).

Parkland also recognized Ixcell Vega, Anna Poindexter, Mikhail Kogan, Michael Dalton, and Joan Campagnolo for having their artwork chosen for the 2018 Illinois Community College Exhibit held at Governor's State University this spring. 

The following art students were recognized as completing the requirements for a degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. Emily Goetting, Bailee Kaufman, Destiny Norris, Noah Perry, Alexis Walter, and David Zenge have completed the requirements for an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design. Devyn Clay and Jacqueline Esquivel will receive an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art Education. Leslie Estes, Shawna Gernentz, and Thomas Warner have earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Communications: Photography.

The following is a full list of students with art in the juried exhibition, listed by hometown:

Arcola: Ixcell Vega
Bement: Caressa Dillow
Bismarck: Rheyse Dice
Champaign: Cibele Aguiar, Elena Anisimova, Brooke Armstrong, Ray C. Arseneau, Brett Bailen, James Barlow, Jakob Broga, Joan Campagnolo, Jackie Carrubba, Sierra Clark, Devyn Clay, Freund Colleen, Liam Daly, Katrina Durham, Devin Evans, Victor Feldman, Ariana Flores, Alexandra Floreth, Alia Frickensmith, Brianna Gaspar, Lyndsey Groth, Judy Haydel, Mudi Huang, Logan Ingold, Rayomand Irani, Waleed Jassim, Chris Johns, Eunjoo Kang, Rashmi Kapoor, Ryan Kingsley, Sydnie Klemme, Mikhail Kogan, Edwina Kugel, Duy Le, Yunyu Li, Jane Liao, Clare Margiotta, Karissa Marshall, Ramona Montez, Adrieanna Moore-Johnson, Anita Nash, Alina Neverodska, John Nine, Pavel Pourmal, Ruta Rauber, Juan Santiago, Birute Simaitis, Yoonjung Sung, Heather Thomas-Winkeljohn, Carlos Vasquez, Darlene Veit, Andrew Waner, Linda Weiner, Scott Wells, Marilyn Wendler, Catherine White, Anthony Wilczynski, Eric Wildhagen, Kelcey Williams, Sarah Wisseman, Charles Wisseman, Meilin Zhang
Danville: Nicole Blair, George King II
Gifford: Joshua Frerichs
Homer: Bailey Bryan
LeRoy: Emma Lovellette
Mahomet: Samuel Livingston
Monticello: Nawaf Al-Khenaizi, Paige Thompson, Evan Reeder
Philo: Patricia Guthrie
Rantoul Brett Jones, Samuel Reeves
Sadorus Kayla McEvoy , Erin Rogers
Savoy: Loubna Abderrahmane, Alexis Ervin, Hiroko Ito
Sidney: Makenzie Heyen
St. Joseph: Justin Beck, Dezarae Dowers, Taura Ward
Tuscola: Haleigh Knight, Megan Quick
Urbana: Cole Aden, Brittany Bengtson, Saxon Burns, Curtis Cook, Michael Dalton, Peter Garrett, Jesse Huber, Naomi Johnson, Stephen Kaufman, Lori Kendall, Kathrine Koncel, Andres Morales-Torres, Sergio Ruiz Moreno, Cedric Smith, Matthew Thornton, Sharon Wenda, Cindy Westfall, Hyein Yang, Daniel Zhang

All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodations, call 217/353-2082 or 

Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using 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 on the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area. 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Lisa Costello, Parkland Art Gallery director, at 217/351-2485.

Registration for Fall Semester 2018 Underway

Fall courses begin Aug. 20 and later; register early for best course selection

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Go ahead, get ahead! Open registration for Parkland College Fall Semester 2018 starts today, April 9. Check out available courses now.

Taking classes for the first time? If so, you need to apply to Parkland first! You may do so in person at the Admissions Office, Room U164; online; by faxing a completed application form to 217/353-2640; or by mailing a completed application form to Admissions and Records, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821-1899. Other steps for registering are available here.

Parkland's continuing students may register starting this week, either online at, in person at the admissions office, or by mail.
Fall semester classes begin the week of August 20 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later.
For more information on registration steps, call the Office of Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or email

National Library Week Events at Parkland Library

Events help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the national observation

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National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the United States, is now in its 60th year. Parkland College Library has been observing the week for several years, with events designed to get students, faculty, and community members involved and excited about the library.

This year's theme is "Libraries Lead." The public is invited to join the Parkland College community April 9–13 for any or all of the events listed below to celebrate another year of learning!

Coffee Kickoff
Monday, April 9
Join us all day for free coffee and tea in the library. Free donuts starting at 8 a.m. while supplies last. Check out a book or view books for sale.

Cupcake-A-Book Entry Registration Deadline
Monday, April 9, 5 p.m., Library
Forms must be received by 5 p.m.; entries must be submitted between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11.

Library Love Photo Booth  
Tuesday, April 10, near the Library entrance
Take a photo at this daylong event. Post it on Instagram, using #ParklandLibraryLove. We'll repost it and choose a winner!

Let's Read Poetry
Tuesday, April 10, 3 p.m., Flag Lounge
Listen to faculty members Rochelle Harden and Amy Penne read their favorite poems. If you're feeling brave, share your favorite!


Cupcake-A-Book Contest
Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., College Center
Cupcake adaptions of popular (and/or favorite) books will be on display. Vote for your favorite design with a donation of any amount to support the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland. 


Parkland READ Poster Unveiling
Thursday, April 12, noon, Library Reading Lounge
For the 14th year in a row, Parkland Library has commissioned its own READ poster featuring someone employed at Parkland College and designed by a Parkland College student. It's okay to wonder who's on the READ poster; join us to find out who receives the honor this year!

3D Printer Open House
Friday, April 13, 1–3 p.m., Library's 3D printing area
Stop by and see how 3D printing works, what kind of software we use and how to find or make models. Take home a souvenir! Preprinted items will be available for free, and we will print requests on a first come, first serve basis.

State Universities Transfer Day

IL state university reps will be on hand to answer questions, April 4

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University representatives from across Illinois will be on hand to answer students' transfer and enrollment questions during the 2018 spring State University Transfer Day, set for Wednesday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college's Student Union. 
Representatives from the following colleges will be attending the State University Transfer Day:
Chicago State University
Eastern Illinois University
Governors State University 
Illinois State University
Northeastern Illinois University 
Northern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Chicago 
University of Illinois Springfield
Western Illinois University
This free event is sponsored by Parkland College Counseling Services. For more information, contact the center at 217/351-2461. 

Register for Parkland College Summer Classes

Go ahead, get ahead this summer!

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Move closer to an academic degree or certificate this summer! Open registration for Parkland College summer courses begins Monday, April 2; continuing students may register now. Timetables for summer and fall semesters are available at the campus and on the Web.
Want full college credit in just a few weeks? Three- to 12-week courses are available, with instruction start dates of May 21, June 18, and July 16. Get intensive college credits in a variety of subject areas, including accounting, computers, English, biology, chemistry, music, public speaking, automotive, math, Spanish, and much more. View pp. 1–3 of our Summer 2018 class schedule for a list of specific courses grouped by start and end date.