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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

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

Beat the Line! A Few Reasons to Register Before Spring Semester Ends

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Zach Trueblood is a sophomore English Literature major who writes for the Parkland Prospectus newspaper.

Do you often wonder why classes are so hard to get into right before the start of fall semester? This is due to the fact that enrollment for summer and fall semesters starts in the spring semester.

You’ve likely gotten email about registering, but perhaps it has fallen to the wayside, buried in correspondences from your professors. But as they say, the early bird gets the worm. Those students who have read that email or known about early registration are jumping on all of the “good” classes.

Not only are current students registering early, but new students are taking advantage of many orientations that start in the spring semester. These new students are also registering very early for summer and fall courses. This causes the best class sections to fill up even quicker.

The best part is, registering early helps alleviate the stress that comes with waiting until the last minute. The earlier you register, the more time you have to get your finances in order and enjoy some free time until the next semester starts. So, see your counselor or advisor and get registered now!

Annual MLK Celebration Honors Parkland Faculty

mlk-flyer2015Parkland College is a planning committee partner for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Countywide Celebration. Parkland Director of Human Resources Kathleen McAndrew and I serve as representatives for the College on the committee each year.

As the City of Champaign’s website explains, this commemorative annual event celebrates the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizes excellent community service and humanitarianism by persons and groups in our community. Hundreds of residents attend each year.

This year, during the 14th annual event, Parkland’s own Brian Nudelman, an English professor and our service learning coordinator, will be receiving the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award! The award honors individuals and organizations that engage in outstanding volunteerism and, in so doing, contribute to the well-being of the Champaign County community. We congratulate Brian on his hard work and service to the college and community residents. Below are the event details:

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The Fourteenth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015
4 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

PRESIDENT OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS
FAMILY INITIATIVES
Descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington

This event is free and open to the public.
Reception immediately following the program.

Team YOU: Making the Goal (Success)

portrait-17Hi, my name is Marietta Turner and I’m Dean of Students here at Parkland College.

I’ve served here six years as the advocate (supporter) for student rights and responsibilities, providing both a means for students’ voices and guidance for students’ conduct. I seek to help students if they can’t figure out who to see or what to do about a situation  on campus; I also help them reach their instructors if they’re out of class for an extended time. I’ve been working with students for more than 20 years because I like students, especially community college students. In fact, this is the third community college I’ve worked at in my career.

OK, enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

You want to be successful and complete your educational dream, right?  Everybody’s vision is different, so that could mean a certificate or degree that takes you right to your career, or transfer to a university to finish a bachelor’s degree. How about I give you some tips from time to time about how you CAN change your dream into an achievable goal?

Why change your dreams into a goal? Well, a dream is just that…it’s wishing and hoping for something that may or may not come true. When you set a goal, you plan observable actions towards an end result to be achieved within a more or less fixed time frame. So, let’s dream a big goal (say, a Super Bowl-sized one, because that’s what graduating is like).

OK, the first tip I want to give you is this: You are the boss of you, so take charge of your plan by seeing your advisor, registering for your classes and having your payment arrangements, Financial Aid, or Nelnetcompleted by the deadlines.  Remember, Parkland’s Spring 2015 semester registration is going on NOW.

Next, you become the coach for TEAM YOU. This means you need to develop a game plan to achieve your goals for completing all the necessary courses with good grades. This success takes you over the goal line, into the end zone, and you become a Parkland College graduate. (I’m a football fan so I do make those kinds of sports references.) You need action plans to help you, and we’re going to talk further and hear from successful students to help you plan your game-winning strategies.