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Campus Closed Friday, February 18 for Inclement Weather

Campus Closure, 2/18/22

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All classes, programs, and services have been cancelled at Parkland College for Friday, February 18, and all offices will be closed. This notice includes classes at Area Learning Centers and the Child Development Center. All access roads to campus will be closed, and MTD service will be unavailable. A decision on evening performances will be made by noon on Friday, and will be posted on the college website and social media channels.

Parkland College Students Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List

Students Named to Fall 2021 Dean's List

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To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 677 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Fall 2021.

To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year.

To view the full dean's list, visit

"10 Out of 12" at Parkland Theatre Second Stage Starts Feb. 17

"10 Out of 12" to run February 17-27 at Parkland Theatre

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"10 Out of 12", written by Anne Washburn and directed by BJ Gailey, comes to the Parkland Theatre Second Stage from February 17–27.

Anne Washburn's "10 Out of 12" is a strikingly accurate and deeply funny record of the hardest day any theatre artist can endure: the all-day technical rehearsal, also known as the "10 out of 12." Distilled from years of production notes, the play focuses on a hopelessly-behind-schedule production during one of its last rehearsals before opening to the public. The tech crew is distracted, the actors are fighting (when they aren't missing their cues), and the director and stage manager are just trying to get through the night without killing anyone. "10 Out of 12" shows in hilarious and horrifying detail how theatre can inspire, frustrate, and madden its makers.

BJ Gailey directs a cast that includes Zoë Dunn, Mitchell Flanagin, Mathew Green, Mia-Belle Shannon, Ranae Wilson, Erin Kaufman, Ed Pierce, Marshawn Bingham, Alex Noa, Solomon Robinson, Lindsey Markel, Spencer Hazen, Mariah Smith, and Maya Baker.

Performances will take place in the Parkland Theatre Second Stage on February 17, 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and February 20 and 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Seating is limited, and masks are required. This show is rated teen for mature language and content.

Tickets.  Adult: $20; Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran: $18; Group (10 or more): $16. Opening night is half-price!

Parkland Theatre wants all guests to have an enjoyable experience. Both theatres are wheelchair accessible and have accommodations for patrons with limited mobility and visual or hearing impairments. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please indicate when purchasing tickets.

"10 Out of 12" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

UI Astronomer to Discuss Lives, Deaths of Galaxies in February

Staerkel Planetarium to Present Kaler Lecture on Galaxies

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Galaxies will feature in February's edition of the James B. Kaler Science Lecture series at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

On Friday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Decker French, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Illinois, will present "The Lives and Deaths of Galaxies." All Kaler lecture tickets are $2 and are free for Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium members.

While galaxies like the Milky Way are actively forming new stars, other galaxies appear to have rapidly ended their star formation after an intense starburst. What makes these galaxies stop forming stars? Researchers have some interesting evidence that supermassive black holes may play an important role.

French researches how galaxies evolve over time using telescope observations of visible light and radio waves. Since light has a finite speed, astronomers observe more distant galaxies to see how they appeared at earlier points in the history of the universe. This information gives astronomers a better sense of how galaxies behave over time.

French received her undergraduate degrees in physics and planetary science at MIT, then earned her PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Arizona. She was a Hubble post-doctoral fellow at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, Calif., before joining the UIUC in 2020.

Kaler Science lectures are filmed by Parkland College Television (PCTV) for later viewing on the station. After the talk, the seats will be cleaned before the 8 p.m. show, "Skywatchers of Africa," a program about the astronomy of diverse African cultures. Admission to fulldome shows is $6 for adults or $5 for children, students, or seniors. Please visit for the show schedule or call 217/351-2568 for information about booking the dome.

Parkland College Summer Camp Registration Opens Feb. 15

College for Kids and Summer Discovery camps start in June

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Parkland College is once again hosting summer fun and learning opportunities for area youth, as registration opens for its 2022 College for Kids and Summer Discovery camps.

Registration begins Tuesday, February 15 for elementary, middle, and high school students. An early bird discount of $15 per registered class is available until March 13 for College for Kids.

College for Kids. Hosted by Parkland College Community Education, the popular two-week, half-day College for Kids camp offers around 50 different enrichment classes for students ages 6-13, with subjects ranging from robotics, coding, science, and engineering to visual, culinary, and performing arts.

Younger children are welcome to register this year! College for Kids has expanded their lineup to include classes designed for ages 6 and up.

Summer Discovery. The Summer Discovery program includes exciting camps for youth ages 13-18, designed to challenge students while they have fun. Students will explore new interests and potential careers in interactive, hands-on courses.

The popular Vet Med camp will return for a second year, and a new health professions camp for students ages 14-17, "Stethoscopes and Scrubs: Health Professions Exploration", will make its debut. The wide variety of camps include topics such as electronics, culinary arts, and music, and also career-exploring classics such as Machining and Welding or Land Surveying.

All classes are taught by professional educators in small class sizes, providing personalized attention for each student. The innovative STEAM-model gives students of all ages the opportunity to explore something new, get excited about learning, and discover new interests and hobbies in a safe and comfortable environment.

Social distancing guidelines and safety precautions established by the Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health will be observed in all on-campus classes.

Registration. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis; starting February 6, view and bookmark classes ahead of registration. Summer Discovery camps run for 1 or 2 weeks; class times, dates, and registration deadlines vary depending on the camp. A few half-day options are available. Camps begin June 6 and run through July 29.

Two sessions are offered for CFK: June 20–30 (Session I) with a registration deadline of June 6; and July 11–21 (Session II) with a registration deadline of June 27. CFK classes meet Monday through Thursday at 12:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

Register at and browse by category Youth and College for Kids. Some scholarships and reduced rates are available for students who meet income eligibility for free/reduced lunch.

For more information about the College for Kids and Summer Discovery camps, please contact Community Education at, or by phone at 217/351-2235.