Thursday, September 27, 2018

Matthew Grashoff Joins The Unland Companies

Matthew Grashoff has joined The Unland Companies as an Agent. He is located in the Pekin office and licensed to sell Commercial and Personal Property & Casualty, Life, Health and Employee Benefit Programs, along with offering Human Resource solutions to his customers.
Matt has over 15 years of management experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He has led teams in retirement services & administration, contact centers, operations, vendor management, process improvement and relationship management. He spent the last 5 years as a relationship manager, influencing business strategy and customer-facing technology development.
“After nearly 21 years at State Farm I was ready for a new career opportunity in the sales and customer development segment of the business, having spent the majority of my career in operations and enterprise leadership. Unland has an outstanding reputation and continues to place the customer at the center of all decisions, which is where my passion lies,” said Grashoff. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to both live and work in the Pekin area. I look forward to serving the needs of our clients and being even more involved in the community,” he added.
Outside of the office, Matt has a passion for coaching and developing youth. Most notably, Matt coached girls and boys athletics as a volunteer for many years at the Pekin Union Mission. He has served on the Education Committee at First United Methodist Church of Pekin, was a recent member of the Pekin High School Basketball Booster Club Committee and is a member of the LOMA Society of Illinois.
Matt obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marketing, from Bradley University in 1996, where he was also a collegiate baseball player. His commitment to life-long learning is evident by his industry-related designations including: Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and Associate Customer Service (ACS). He currently resides in Pekin with Ivy, his wife of 21 years, and their three children Jae, Brady and Emma.
The Unland Companies is a full-service, independent insurance agency providing broad personal and commercial insurance coverage, human resource services and financial services at an affordable cost, backed by superior service.

Emiquon project wins ASCE section award


— Emiquon Preserve’s water control system received the Project of the Year Award Sept. 26 during the 94th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Central Illinois Section Meeting and Banquet in Springfield.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) teamed with Maurer-Stutz Inc. and Hanson Professional Services Inc. for the project. Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects of its type in the Midwest, is located near Havana, Illinois. The floodplain had been farmland that was separated from the Illinois River by a levee. To keep the 5,500-acre wetland in the preserve from degrading, a water control system was created that reconnects the floodplain to the river for the first time in nearly a century. The team designed a multipurpose, gated water control structure; a pump station; and an elevated control building. Watch a video about the project at https://youtu.be/1iYPMlJTU5E.
The water control structure provides adequate drainage and flood control for adjacent agricultural lands and infrastructure, connectivity between the floodplain and the river, control of the movements of sediment and fish and opportunities for scientific monitoring and research. It also allows for the management of water levels, which will benefit aquatic species in the habitat and the river. The water control structure is named Ahsapa — which means “web” in Myaamia, the language used by Native Americans who had been the land’s early inhabitants — to represent the reconnection of Emiquon and the Illinois River. 
Maurer-Stutz served as the project manager and main point of contact with TNC; completed design, plans and specifications for the pump station and control building; developed bid documents; facilitated bid review and contractor selection; and led construction observation efforts as the engineer of record. Hanson provided complete design services, plans and specifications for the water control structure, as well as foundation design of the pump station and control building.
Last year, this project received an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois, a National Recognition Award from ACEC and the Award of Excellence from the Association of Conservation Engineers’ Carl V. Anderson Conservation Project Awards.
ASCE is a professional organization and the oldest national engineering society in the United States. Founded in 1852, ASCE has more than 140,000 members worldwide.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, the Conservancy develops on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_org on Twitter.
Maurer-Stutz is a full service, multi-discipline firm with offices in Peoria and Canton in Illinois and in Muncie, Indiana. Its headquarters is located at 3116 N. Dries Lane, Suite 100, Peoria, IL 61604. The office may be reached at (309) 693-7615. For more information, please visit www.mstutz.com.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone at (217) 788-2450.

UnityPoint Health® Announces New President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin

Ron Miller, UPH - Pekin Board Chair and Debbie Simon, UPH Regional CEO are pleased to announce Todd Baker has been named President of UnityPoint Health – Pekin and Senior Vice President of Physician Services, effective January 1, 2019.

“Pekin is an amazing community and I’m proud to continue serving the people of Pekin and Central Illinois. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality health care in Pekin and to being a strong corporate citizen. My goal is to help set a clear vision for the future of health care in the region that will ensure UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a relevant provider of high-quality health care for years to come,” said Mr. Baker.

Baker began his health care career in 1989 with Proctor Hospital as General Manager of Proctor First Care. In 2011, Baker was promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and has been with UnityPoint Health since its affiliation with Proctor Hospital in 2013. Baker currently serves as Vice President of UnityPoint Clinic® Operations overseeing more than 50 clinics and more than 180 providers serving the people of Central Illinois.

“Todd has played a key role in reshaping the way UnityPoint Health – Pekin provides health care and specialty services to the Pekin community. His work in operations has helped bring new providers and new services to Pekin that are helping to transform care delivery and the patient experience. We truly believe the people of Pekin and our team members will continue to benefit from Todd’s leadership,” said Debbie Simon, Regional CEO, UnityPoint Health.

Pekin Hospital affiliated with UnityPoint Health in January 2017. Over the past 18 months, UnityPoint Health has made significant investments in Pekin to bring new services, new providers, new technologies, and improved facilities to the Pekin campus and surrounding area. In early 2018, UnityPoint Health opened Pekin East, a 60,000 square foot, state of the art medical office building along Griffin Avenue. Pekin East is home to an array of clinics and services, including primary care, pediatrics, podiatry, vascular services, radiology, and lab services. UnityPoint Health recently opened a First Care location at Pekin East and announced an $8 million renovation project at the UnityPoint Health – Pekin campus.

“This community deserves a health care partner like UnityPoint Health. We do what we do every day because we want the people in our community to go from getting well to living well. I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead our efforts in the Pekin community,” said Baker.

Baker is a Peoria native and graduated from Manual High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Bradley University.

Baker is a member of several civic organizations and serves as a board member for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria City/County Health Department, Hult Center for Healthy Living as Vice President of its Board of Directors, and West Peoria Fire Protection District as its treasurer. Baker serves on the National Council of Advisors for Bradley University Foster College of Business. He is a past board member of the Bradley University National Alumni Association, the Bradley Braves Club, and is a lifetime member of the Central Illinois Bradley University Alumni Chapter.

For more information visit, unitypoint.org.

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About UnityPoint Health Central Illinois

UnityPoint Health provides comprehensive, coordinated care to patients throughout Central Illinois through our clinics, hospitals and home care services. Services are provided at three hospital campuses – UnityPoint Health - Methodist, UnityPoint Health - Proctor, and UnityPoint Health – Pekin, as well as through more than 50 UnityPoint Clinic, Proctor First Care, and ProHealth Medical Group locations, UnityPoint at Home, the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, and the Hult Center for Healthy Living. A recognized leader in healthcare in our community, UnityPoint Health combines advanced technology and comprehensive services with patient satisfaction that’s among the best in the nation.

About UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health® is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. Our physician-led team of professionals communicates clearly and effectively to address a patient’s health care in the most appropriate setting: whether that is a clinic, a hospital or at home. Through relationships with more than 290 physician clinics, 38 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities and home care services, UnityPoint Health provides care throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 30,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome, Every Patient, Every Time®. Each year, through more than 6.2 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic® and UnityPoint at HomeSM provides a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. With total annual operating revenue of $4.4 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation’s 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.

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Avoid Whaling and CEO Impersonation Scams


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BBB Podcasts: Captain Cookie – Saving The World With Cookies



Kirk Francis, Co-Owner of Captain Cookie and the Milkman, stops by the Better Series podcast to remind us that childhood dreams do come true. Listen in to hear Kirk share how he is reaching his customers in more ways than one, all while changing the world one cookie at a time. Play it here.

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Where we have been and where we are going

We have been busy this last month at the Peoria Chamber Expo, business before and after hours, Springfield Speed Networking, Jessica spoke with Business students at WIU and Kiwanis snack packing for Harrison Schools. We also have a new team!
Join us at the upcoming East Peoria Business Expo on October 4th. It is Oktoberfest themed and we are going to have some fantastic surprised. Send us invites to all of your events!


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It's not too late to be a part of the Torch Awards. Tickets are available to attend the premier networking event. Sponsorships are still available!



Secure your Identity and keep your information safe with a secure Shred Day on October 6th. This is a free event where we work with AAA Certified Confidential Security Corp to provide you shredding services. Click the link above for more information.

Terminations Charity Connection

On August 22, 2018 BBB Board of Directors voted to terminate BBB Accreditation for failure to uphold BBB's Code of Business Practices for the following companies:
Apex Roofing of Creve Coeur IL- Terminated for failure to adhere to standards for advertising and selling practices. 
Meyer and Sons Plumbing of Morton IL- Terminated for failure to fulfill contracts signed and agreements reached.
Did you know we can verify your favorite charity? The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. Click here for more information.

Dream Center in Peoria has Love Peoria on October 23rd coming up!

Festival of Trees Presents An Evening with Collin Raye

The OSF Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the David S. Palmer Arena and Inked Entertainment, is proud to welcome ten time ACM and CMA Male Vocalist of the year nominee, Collin Raye to the Arena for an intimate evening, Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
The concert will be the finale to this year’s 22nd Annual Festival of Trees; adding to week of special activities this coming November. Raye will be part of an acoustic trio taking the stage that evening and for now a limited number of tickets will be sold. “ Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990’s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time. “ “We’re excited to be working with OSF and Inked Entertainment on this event.”, states Arena GM, Peter Blackmon. “We saw a great show two years ago with Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan in a similar partnership. Creating a smaller intimate setting was very well received.”
Opening the show will be Sweet Tea Trio. These dynamic young ladies recently signed a co-management deal with superstar Kid Rock and spent a majority of 2017-2018 touring with him on his arena tour. “ We are very excited to bring them to Danville to get this great night of music started.” stated co-producer, Casey Blakely of Inked Entertainment.
Ticket Information: VIP: $65.00 Gold Circle Reserved Seating
(Include meet-n-greet and photo with Collin before the show.)
Floor P1: $35.00 Reserved Seating Floor P2: $30.00 Reserved Seating Sides: $25.00 General Admission
Event Time: 7:30 PM
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 28 at 10:00AM at the Arena Box Office, www.palmerarena.com,
or call 1-800-514-3849.
*Note the new hotline number for phone sales.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Maquet's Rail House
221 Court St. 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-620-8072
Dustin Maquet, Owner
Pekin's finest bar & grill with great food, excellent staff and a unique atmosphere. We have the largest beer selection in Tazewell County! 170 craft & domestic beers available, including 20 on draft.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Takes Domestic Violence Awareness to New Heights this October


Village of Peoria Heights Turns Fountain Purple and Raises Purple Flag at Tower Park
to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Who:                   Carol Merna, Executive Director, Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Honorable Michael Phelan, Mayor, Village of Peoria Heights
Dustin Sutton, Chief of Police, Peoria Heights Police Department
  
What:                 The fountain in Peoria Heights will turn purple and Tower Park will fly a purple flag this October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Village of Peoria Heights is collaborating with the Center for Prevention of Abuse for a press conference to announce the month-long campaign, honor victims, support survivors, and join forces in the community to fight against domestic violence.

                             There is opportunity for interviews, b-roll, and photos following the announcement.

When:                 Monday, October 1, 2018
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Where:               Village of Peoria Heights
Tower Park
4901 Prospect
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Why:                   According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, five people are physically abused by an intimate partner every 15 seconds. In fiscal year 2017, the Illinois Coalition of Domestic Violence reported 61 domestic violence related deaths and 49,243 domestic violence victims served across Illinois.

More than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by the Center for Prevention of Abuse every year. CFPA has two emergency shelters in the Greater Peoria Area, one located in Peoria and the second, The Carol House of Hope, is located in Pekin.

In fiscal year 2018, CFPA provided:

·         8,450 nights in safe shelter for victims fleeing violence or abuse
·         1,947 Orders of Protection at Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County courthouses
·         132 Domestic Violence medical advocacies in local hospital emergency rooms
CFPA is the only agency in the State of Illinois to provide its combination of services for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, sexual abuse, elder abuse, abuse of adults living with disabilities, and prevention education.
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Camille Yameen
cyameen@centerforpreventionofabuse.org
Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904

About the Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and adult protective services. Annually, more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by CFPA. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching out to about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help everyone – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).

Family Friendly Spooktacular on October 25


Monday, September 24, 2018

Shop Local 365


Hopedale Nursing Home Re-Dedication



Hopedale Nursing Home held a re-dedication ceremony on September 23 and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce participated with a ribbon cutting. Speakers at the ceremony,
which included refreshments and tours, included Timothy Sondag, CNO; Mark F. Rossi, President/COO; Alfred N. Rossi, MD, CEO; and Andrea Halley, VP/Administrator. The Hopedale Nursing Home recently completed a $250,000 renovation, which included all new floor coverings, new paint, and new window coverings. The Nursing Home was also recently re-surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and was found to be in compliance with all regulations.  You can see more pictures from this event at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pWRaGuDtyvXwcHYJA

Welcome to our Newest Member

Cusack Orthodontics
3301 Griffin Avenue 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-696-5632
Website
Michelle Cusack, Business Manager
At Cusack Orthodontics you’re not just a patient, you’re a part of our family! We commit ourselves to offer not only the finest quality orthodontic treatment, but to make the process as enjoyable as possible, every step of the way. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient, at a reasonable fee, in a family like atmosphere that is enjoyable, caring, friendly and fun.

Radium Girls


Business & Community Recognition Luncheon


Gateway Foundation Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems

LEARN ABOUT TEEN ISSUES:

Gateway Foundation is parterning with Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems to host a free seminar to discuss some of the biggest issues currently facing today’s youth presented by experts in the field. A variety of topics will be discussed including:

• current teen drug trends

• legislation updates on marijuana

• the latest on gambling

• legal aspects facing teens

In addition, hear testimonies from teens taking the first step towards lifelong recovery and the challenges they have had to overcome.


WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

WHERE:

SCHEELS, 2 FLOOR MEETING ROOM

3801 S. MACARTHUR BLVD.

SPRINGFIELD, IL 62704


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

DEBORAH KUHNS

DKKUHNS@GATEWAYFOUNDATION.ORG

217.281.1540



* Lunch will be provided


Dragoo Earns Professional Engineer License


Drew Dragoo, P.E., a railroad engineer at Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Peoria office, has earned his professional engineer license in Illinois.
Dragoo, who joined the firm in 2014, provides construction engineering and designs tracks, bridges and other structures for railroad clients, including BNSF Railway Co., Canadian National Railway Co. and Norfolk Southern Corp. He also conducts precast-concrete plant inspections nationwide as part of Hanson’s contract with the National Precast Concrete Association.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Bradley University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone at (309) 691-0902.  

Fall Fun Fest


Voter Registration at YWCA Pekin


General Election Information – Election Day – November 6, 2018


October 9, 2018   Last date to register to vote with a Deputy Registrar outside of the Tazewell County Clerk’s Office
October 10 - November 6, 2018   Register to vote at the Tazewell County Clerk’s office office (11 S 4th Street, Pekin / McKenzie Building, 2nd floor) 309-477-2267
September 27 – November 5, 2018   Early voting and registration at the Tazewell County Clerk’s office
(11 S 4th Street, Pekin / McKenzie Building, 2nd floor) 309-477-2267
            September 27 – October 26,            2018:   Monday - Friday   -  8:30am-5pm
            October 29 – November 5, 2018:   Monday – Friday  -  8:30am-7pm
            Saturday, October 27 - 9am-noon / Sunday, October 28 - 10am-4pm
            Saturday, November 3 – 9am-4pm / Sunday, November 4 – 9am-4pm
Candidate information – League of Women Voters Website – VOTE411.org  *
*Free Computer use is available at the Pekin Public Library, 301 S 4th Street, Pekin   309-347-7111

September Biz Barometer






Monday, September 17, 2018

Traffic signal work at US 24 & Illinois 9 begins on September 18th

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that traffic signal work at the junction of U.S. 24 and Illinois 9 will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to be completed by noon. Motorists should expect intermittent delays at this intersection and should allow extra time for trips through the area.

To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

For IDOT District 4 updates, follow us on Twitter at @IDOTDistrict4 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.





Illinois American Water Offers “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest

Students can earn their classroom $100 while learning about the value of water service

- Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other Illinois American Water communication pieces.

This art contest is being offered in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event. All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important, and often taken for granted, role drinking water plays.

“While it’s hard to imagine even just one day without water, many still take this critical service for granted. We hope to raise awareness and educate about the value of water service by combining art with the science of drinking water service,” said Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water.

Participation in the “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest is easy. Students are asked to draw a picture and write one sentence that describes what water service and a day without water means to them. Teachers can find instructions and materials online at www.illinoisamwater.com, in the “Learning Center” area of the site. Learn more about “Imagine a Day Without Water” here http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/. Last year’s winning artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page.


By submitting an entry the student, teacher and school are agreeing to have the submission, including
identification information like name, school, etc. to be used in Illinois American Water materials. All entries should be sent to External Affairs Manager, Karen Cotton, at 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 by Oct. 10, 2018. Questions can be directed to karen.cotton@amwater.com.


About Illinois American Water – Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor‐owned water utility in the state, providing high‐quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly‐traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market‐based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

2018 Marigold Festival Supporters

                                   Thank you to the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Supporters!









HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS INVITED TO ICC “COLLEGE NIGHT” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17


              Area high school students and their parents are invited to Illinois Central College’s “College Night” on Wed., October 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm, in the ICC CougarPlex (the facility that encompasses the Lorene Ramsey Gym). “College Night” brings representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and from a dozen different states, as well as representatives from the armed forces, to one convenient location.
College reps will be on-hand to visit with students and their parents about programs, the admission process, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, as well as answer other questions students and parents may have.
Those interested in enrolling at ICC may choose to attend an “ICC Admissions Overview” session at 6 pm in the CougarPlex classroom. ICC admissions representatives will share information on the application process, what tests to take, and when applications are due. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the session. Financial Aid representatives also will be on hand for one-on-one consultations.
Campus Housing will also offer tours from 5:30 to 7 pm. Students and parents can tour the student housing complex, ask questions about campus life, and receive information about leases.
                For more information, including the most up-to-date listing of colleges and universities attending, visit icc.edu/college-night/.

Fall Fun Fest


NEW EXHIBITS SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN ICC ART GALLERIES SEPTEMBER 19


               Two new exhibits open September 19 in the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.

               Headspace, a printmaking exhibit by Dan Ossandon, opens in the Performing Arts Center Gallery. A talk by the artist is scheduled in the gallery from noon to 1 pm on the opening date of the exhibit.

               In addition, almost always never, an exhibit of the art of Felicia Cannon, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.

               Ossandon was born in Temuco, Chile, and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He studied graphic design at Parkland College in Champaign and Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Ossandon has worked in the industry for nine years. He does work in screen printing and illustration and often incorporates typography into visual images. Ossandon creates his work using painting and screen printing techniques. He said his inspiration comes from everyday objects and events where he takes what he sees, places his own spin on it and creates art from his point of view.

               Cannon was raised in Clearwater, Fla. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Illinois State University in Normal. She has received numerous awards, scholarships, and publications for her work. Cannon said she produces images that function as a vehicle to generate, discover and learn. She added that her art is a form of non-verbal sharing, an externalizing of experience and emotion and a way to map or define an issue more accurately. Cannon said the image can function more as poetry, with multiple layers of meaning and intent, encouraging awareness and raising questions rather than prescribing conclusive answers.

               Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. In addition, the Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events. Operation of all galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks.

               The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

               For more information or to confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, visit ArtsAtICC.com or contact the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.