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Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

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Parkland College Theatre is returning after being placed on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and announced its 2021-2022 performance calendar.

Actors Studio Student Production
Playing God

Written and directed by Felix Crim

A sophisticated drama exploring the pre-meditated murders of a serial killer. Life imitates art in this thriller that blurs the lines of good versus evil. Follow our detectives as they unravel the mystery and the reasoning for these gruesome murders. Will the killer be caught? Take the dive into madness in this new work by Felix Crim.

Rating: Mature
Performances: September 30 and October 1, 2, 3
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: free; donations accepted at the door

She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Michael O’Brien

Revised 2016 edition. She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Rating: Teen
Performances: November 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!

10 out of 12
By Anne Washburn
Directed by BJ Gailey

Anne Washburn's 10 out of 12 is a frighteningly 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 anyone dying or killing anyone. 10 out of 12 shows in hilarious and horrifying detail how theatre can inspire, frustrate, and madden its makers.

Rating: Mature
Performances: February 17, 18, 19, 20, and 25, 26, 27
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!

The SpongeBob Musical
By Kyle Jarrow and Tina Landau
Directed by Chelsea Collier

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, and more.

Rating: Family
Performances: April 14,15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and May 1.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre
Tickets: Adult $25, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $22, Group (10 or more) $20, Children 12 and under $12. Opening night is half-price!
Ticket information. Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance; ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges allowed. Visit for more information.

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Parkland College to Offer SHIELD CU Testing

SHIELD COVID-19 Testing Expands to Parkland College

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Parkland College will offer SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing to community members, students, faculty and staff at its campus starting this week.
Parkland College welcomes the testing program, an expansion of the University of Illinois and OSF HealthCare testing program, as one facet in its return to in-person classes for the fall semester.

SHIELD CU is available at Parkland College in the M-4 parking lot tent, 2400 W Bradley Ave. in Champaign on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Visit for more about SHIELD CU COVID-19 testing.

Sizzlin' Summer Savings on Community Education Classes

Get 20% off on all Community Education classes July 14!

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Parkland College Community Education will be hosting a summer sale on their personal and professional development course offerings for one day only.

Members of the community can receive 20% off all Community Education classes on Wednesday, July 14, using the code SummerSave at checkout.

Visit to learn more about available classes, how to register, popular featured classes, and more.

Parkland Board Honors Late Trustee Jonathan Westfield

Board of Trustees General Meeting, June 16

Parkland College's Board of Trustees honored late trustee Jonathan Westfield and made key appointments and purchases at its Wednesday meeting. 

Before attending to the Board's regular business, Chair Bianca Green led with a moment of silence to honor Mr. Westfield's life and service to Parkland following his passing on June 5. Mr. Westfield served as a trustee from 2017 until stepping down from his position earlier this year. 

In regular business, the board approved Matthew Kopmann as the school's new police chief. Kopmann has worked at the college since 2008. In that time, he has served as a field training officer, college relations officer, and an officer recruiter and hiring committee chair. A former Parkland College alum, Kopmann graduated from Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command in 2019.

Trustees also approved the assignment of Morgann Quilty, formerly the director of the Parkland College Library, to the new position of associate dean of the Parkland College Learning Commons, which will be launched next month. Based in the Parkland College Library, this physical and virtual hub for learning will unify multiple student support departments to create a space for students to connect with academic support services.

Among the reports presented to the board was the annual college marketing presentation. Erin Shannon, director of marketing and public relations, outlined future strategic direction for the marketing department.

Also, during the meeting, trustees voted to approve a series of purchases to support Community Education's virtual and in-person course offerings, and extended the successful partnership with 160 Driver's Academy, which provides the personnel, equipment, and other services for the CDL training program.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the bid from K.K. Stevens Publishing Co. for Community Education's printing needs, $38,374

  • the reappointment of Meyer Capel as legal counsel for the Board for fiscal year 2022

  • the purchase of:  

    • CARLI databases renewal through the University of Illinois, $41,616

    • services from Rock Gate Capital, DVA 160 Driving Academy, $680,000

    • services from ATI Training, Home Inspection Institute, $40,000

    • services from Black Rocket Productions, $25,000

    • services from ed2go, $25,000

    • legal services from Grey & Associates, $35,000

    • services from ProTrain, $40,000

    • services from SDI, $25,000

    • furniture from Krueger International, $250,000

    • license agreement for Payscale MarketPay Core and MarketPay Jobs from Payscale, $57,000

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Derrick Baker, Dean, Career and Technical Education

    • Matthew Kopmann, Director/Chief of Police, Public Safety

    • Morgann Quilty, Associate Dean, Learning Commons

    • Steve Barbee, Director, Campus Technologies

    • Rebecca McNaught, Senior Director, Campus Technologies

    • R. Michael Corbin, Financial Aid Assistant, Financial Aid

    • Ryan Doebel, Technical Support Specialist, Campus Tech

    • Jordan Johnson, Career Counselor, Counseling and Advising/SWFT