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Explore Parkland College academic programs, campus life, support services and more during the school's annual Fall Open House.

This event will take place Friday, Nov. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Union atrium and in the L and H buildings for its Health Professions programs.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the Parkland College Fall Open House allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; view student demonstrations and explore the college's innovative features. Breakout sessions on financial aid and the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program also will take place during the open house.

For those interested in criminal justice or forensic science, the Parkland College Forensic Science Lab in Room X104 will be open for public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. that day. The science behind criminal investigation is more challenging and satisfying than popular media portray. Students can view the tools of the trade including fingerprinting techniques, DNA gels and skeletal remains, and an instructor will be on hand to talk about the chemistry of it all.

The Health Professions portion of the open house will take place in the L wing of the main campus and at the H building located in Parkland on Mattis, 1309 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology and Veterinary Technology programs will be featured in the L wing, while the Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Practical Nursing programs will be featured at the H building. Visitors can enjoy chair massages from Massage Therapy students, get their vitals taken from Medical Assisting students and view lab demonstrations from Nursing and Occupational Therapy students in the H building.

For more information about the Parkland College Fall Open House, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or admissions@parkland.edu.

Parkland Orchestra, Wind Ensemble to perform joint concert

"Autumn Americana" to feature works by noted American composers

"Autumn Americana," a joint concert by the Parkland Orchestra and Parkland Wind Ensemble, will take place Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Parkland College’s Student Union. 

Selections from the Parkland Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Rodney Mueller, will include Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson; America the Beautiful by Samuel Ward, arranged by Alfred Reed; and Bill Holcombe’s Casey at the Bat, inspired by the poem of Ernest L. Thayer and narrated by Vincent Trauth, among others. 

Dr. Jonathan Beckett will conduct the Parkland Wind Ensemble in works by noted American composers including Aaron Copland, Leroy Anderson, Victor Herbert, Mark Camphouse and Sammy Nestico. The ensemble will also perform a medley of songs made popular by Big Bands during the Swing Era of the 1920s through 1950s. 

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/music/ensembles.

"The Servant of Two Masters" at Parkland Theatre

Madcap comedy, first of season, opens Sept. 27 at Second Stage

Parkland Theatre opens its newest season Sept. 27 with "The Servant of Two Masters," written by Carlo Goldoni and translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emmilio Landi.

The show will be performed in Parkland Theatre's Second Stage through Oct. 7.

A modern mashup between traditional Italian commedia dell'arte and 1950s sitcoms, this new version of Goldoni's classic pits the madcap servant Truffaldino ("Dean Oliver Truffle") against masters, mistresses, lovers, lawyers and 27 plates of fast food. Imagine a Bob Hope comedy written by Monty Python and performed with the likes of Chaplin or Keaton.

Michael O'Brien directs a cast of campus and community players including Matthew Harper, Gabrielle Smith, Jake Smith, Zoë Dunn, Emaline Johnson, Parker Evans, Neil Ryan, Dave Heckman, Jarrod Finn, Melissa Goldman, Maya Hammond, Thom Billam, and Lindsay Wisniewski.

Parkland Theatre will hold a talkback immediately following the Sept. 27 show. O'Brien and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.

Performance dates are Sept. 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors (65+) and $9 for youth (12 and under), with groups of 20 or more $11 each. Opening night (Sept. 27) is half-price night.

To make reservations, visit parkland.edu/theatre or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

"Cover the Waterfront" Painting Exhibit, Giertz Gallery

Solo exhibit by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn runs through Nov. 3

"Cover the Waterfront," a solo exhibition of paintings by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn, will open Oct. 1 at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.
 
This exhibit runs through Nov. 3 and includes an artist reception Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception features a gallery talk by Dunn at 6:30 p.m. and music by Lanterna. Dunn will provide an additional lecture earlier that day, at 1:15 p.m. at the Staerkel Planetarium.
 
As with all Giertz Gallery programs, the exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
 
A Mexican American raised in southern Illinois, Dunn creates images influenced by her experience of feeling suspended between two cultural heritages. Her body of work in the gallery features circular paintings used to symbolize islands, landmasses that are simultaneously protected and isolated. Imagery in the work conjures up conflicting ideas of protection and escape, such as a sense of home mixed with a longing for a journey afar. 
 
"These circular paintings are like miniature islands that encompass the life of my invented female protagonist and her small world," Dunn explained. "The circle, saturated color, and pattern allow me to explore metaphors for isolation and belonging, boundaries and openness, hope and hopelessness, home and homeland. Expansive waters separate and connect here from there, yesterday from tomorrow, and a woman and her island from the moon."
 
Dunn is an associate professor of painting at Michigan State University who has shown her work extensively, including recent solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), the Hiestand Gallery at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), First Street Gallery (New York, New York), and the Hooks-Epstein Galleries (Houston, Texas). She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.
 
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
 
To find the gallery we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of campus. Walk past the gym and the fountain area, enter through door X7, turn left, and follow the ramps up to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
 
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. All events in the accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/353-2337 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.edu
          
[Image: Night flight, oil and flashe on paper on panel, 22" diameter, 2018]

Ready for a bachelor's or master's degree? Use your Parkland credits! The following colleges will have representatives on hand this fall in the Student Union (unless otherwise noted) to discuss four-year degrees and transfer options.
 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Tuesday, September 25
Monday, October 29
10 am–1 pm
Representative: ​Nathan Caron

Wednesday, September 26
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Michael Harbin

Marines
Tuesday, September 25
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Sgt. Jeremy T. Stillwagon, RSS Champaign

Eastern Illinois University
Thursdays, September 27 and November 8
Friday, October 12
Wednesday, October 24
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Ryan Howard

Loyola University
Monday, October 1
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Victoria Hogle

Olivet Nazarene University
Thursdays, October 4, November 1, December 13
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Sarah Richardson

Aurora University
Thursday, October 18
Monday, November 26
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Barbara McCarthy

Quincy University
Wednesday, November 28
10 am–1 pm
Representative: Justin Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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