All posts by Marietta Turner

Get Involved: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Part of the college experience is becoming more aware of your contribution to society; you come to realize you can and do make a difference by serving the world around you. This month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, offers new opportunities for you to express that service. Here are two of them:

  • Our RACES Fundraiser takes place April 26, 11 am–1 pm, in the Student Union. All proceeds will benefit Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES), a community rape crisis center. RACES offers advocacy, counseling, and crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault and provides educational programs in Champaign, Piatt, Ford, and Douglas Counties.
    While you’re at Parkland next Tuesday, buy and decorate a “I ♥ Consent” T-shirt. Take a selfie of yourself as you sign the “Empowering Words” wall, a new mobile assault and domestic battery awareness display. Make your own bracelets/wrist bands, Ultimately, make your voice heard, because it’s on ALL of us to say, “Not Anymore.”
    Shirts are available in white $10  or blue at $15. If you’re unable to attend, you can still order a shirt by contacting Chaya Sandler at 217/353-2627 or me, Dean Marietta Turner, at 217/351-2505. Tell us your size, color and please make the check out to RACES.
  • Take your group, club, friends or family and make a strong Parkland College showing at the 37th Annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT walk:
    37th Annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
    Thursday, April 28, 6:30–10 pm
    Lincoln Square, 201 Lincoln Square, Urbana
    Take Back the Night is aimed at raising awareness around sexual violence and calling for its end by bringing together survivors, community members, students, and other supporters. Everyone will gather on the west side of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana (intersection of Race and Green Streets), and march to the Main Quad beginning at 7 pm.
    A rally and speak-out will follow the march. The speak-out will take place in room 217 in Noyes Laboratory (505 S. Matthews Ave., Urbana). This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE. We will march in inclement weather, barring dangerous conditions. For more information, call 217/344-6298.

On behalf of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Committee at Parkland, I encourage you to get involved and make your voice heard.

Thanks,

Marietta Turner
Dean of Students
Parkland College

Celebrate Black History Month 2016 with Us!

What began as “Negro History Week,” sponsored by African-American historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and others in 1926, evolved over the years into Black History Month.

It is a national time to honor the triumphs, achievements, and struggles of African-Americans throughout the history of the United States.  President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Parkland College is proud to continue this honored tradition and we invite you to join us in celebrating Black History Month 2016.   We have assembled an impressive array of events and activities that we hope you will take the time to attend and experience.

See a calendar of events HERE.

New Location for MLK Countywide Celebration

Join us this Friday, January 15, at Parkland College’s Student Union café (U Building), 2400 West Bradley Avenue in Champaign, from 4 to 5 p.m. The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign County Board, Parkland College, and the University of Illinois invite you to attend the 15th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration.

It is a new location this year, but as always, this event is free and open to the public. Please enter the U building through the entrance by the flagpole and bus stop facing the east side of the building. Parking is ample and the B1, B2, and B6 parking lots are nearest the new Student Union (U Building).

Area humanitarians to be honored at the celebration include Barbara Kessel, who will receive the James R. Burgess, Jr.–Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award; Rohn Koester, who will receive the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award; and Melany Jackson, who will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award.

A reception will immediately follow the program. We hope to see you there!

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[Marietta Turner is dean of students at Parkland College.]

Why Should I Care about Civility?

Why should I care about civility?

Well, I guess you should care because we all want to be respected and treated with kindness. Actually, civility is so much more than being nice or respectful. It’s about:

  • treating others as we would want someone to treat us or a member of our family.
  • showing empathy and tolerance to others.
  • responding to people in a fair and just manner.
  • accepting accountability for our own actions and respecting people and property.

Parkland College faculty, staff, administrators, and students came together in 2008 to draft a Civility Statement. We wanted to promote awareness of civility and base it on the College’s core values. This statement didn’t just sit nicely on a page in the catalog; instead, it became the catalyst for the Parkland Civility Campaign. The campaign evolved into a campus committee called the Parkland College Civility Team, a.k.a. Parkland College for Civility (#PC4C).

We believe civility is for everyone. #PC4C seeks to cultivate a civil campus environment at Parkland College through information and civility actions. Again, October is Civility Awareness Month, so please watch for the #PC4C calendar of events. Join in and get involved! We’re an open-membership group, which includes student members. We’ll be hosting events and civility actions throughout the year.

You can help make our campus even more kind, respectful, and tolerant. Remember our motto: civility begins with me!

Marietta Turner
Chair, The Civility Team-#PC4C
Dean of Students

Pick Your Prof! Register Before Spring Semester Ends, Part 2

[Register for fall classes before May 7? Shon Campbell, Parkland’s new Student trustee, explains why it’s a good idea:]

I believe registering for classes before leaving for break is one of the best options continuing students have. It gives us the opportunity to register for the classes we need most, before the next semester begins.

It’s also good to register early because classes can fill up fast for great instructors who are teaching the classes we need.

***To register for your next classes, schedule to meet with an advisor, especially if you’re a new student or have fewer than 30 hours. (Counseling and Advising Center, Student Union, Room U267, 217/351-2219). Otherwise, go online to my.parkland.edu.***