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Parkland College Art Students Awarded in Art Exhibits

Parkland College Art Students Exhibit at NIU, GSU

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Several Parkland College Art and Design students were accepted into 2022 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition at Governors State University.

The exhibition ran from February 14-26, with $1500 in awards presented during the reception on February 26.

Participating Parkland students included:

  • Jori Basset
  • Katy Geurts
  • Kalyn Warner
  • Jordan Frederick
  • Alexa Harmon

Katy Geurts won Best in Show and Jori Basset won a Merit Award.

Jordan Frederick, Kalyn Warner, and Liam Dee were also included in the Northern Illinois University Community College Virtual Art Exhibition. A virtual gallery can be found here

[from top: Katy Geurts, Jori Basset, Kalyn Warner]

Parkland Surgical Technology Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Parkland College Surgical Technology Program Turns 50

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The Parkland College Surgical Technology Program will be celebrating 50 years of instruction with an Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, April 27 from 5–7 p.m. in the U Wing.
“The Surgical Technology Open House will be a chance to celebrate the success of a program that’s 50 years strong,” said program director Janice Grewatz. “We are so excited to be able to welcome the public back to highlight the wonderful and talented students, alumni, and faculty that have shaped the past triumphs and future opportunities of the program.”
The Open House will feature surgeon guest speaker Dr. James Harms, remarks from Parkland president Dr. Ramage, light refreshments, a raffle, and a presentation highlighting program alumni.

James J. Harms, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery at Carle Foundation Hospital. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received postgraduate training at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. He has worked with the Carle Clinic Association for the last 40 years.
Alumni are asked to submit their photos and stories here.

While the Open House is open to the public, please RSVP at by April 20.
For more information about the Surgical Technology program, please visit

"The SpongeBob Musical" Opens April 14 at Parkland Theatre

"The SpongeBob Musical," April 14–May 1 at Parkland Theatre

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"The SpongeBob Musical", written by Kyle Jarrow and directed by Chelsea Collier, comes to the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College from April 14 to May 1.

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, an unexpected hero rises to take center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

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

With music direction by Cheryl Morganson and choreography by Elliot Emadian, Chelsea Collier directs a cast that includes Laramie Ziegler, Ares Jordan, Jerry Strain, Excellence Onalundula, Jacob Alfonso, Jason Brooks Shaw, Haley Brown, Mariah Smith, Spencer Hazen, Eric Schacht, and a 15 member ensemble.

Performances will take place in Parkland's Harold and Jean Miner Theatre on April 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m., and April 24 and May 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available now at This show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets.  Adult: $25; student/youth/senior/veteran: $22; group (10 or more): $20; children 12 and under: $12. 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.

54th Annual Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition Opens April 11

Parkland College Art and Design Students Showcase Work in Giertz Gallery

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Parkland College's 54th annual juried Student Art and Design Exhibition will be held from April 11 to May 7 in the Giertz Gallery.

Visitors will enjoy impressive student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, graphic design, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty select approximately 180 works from among 300+ entries for the exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2021, were eligible to submit artwork.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include an awards presentation at 6:15 p.m., with live music performed by the Cobra Lounge Trio.

Art and Design program director Denise Seif is among the faculty and students who look forward to this event each spring.
“I'm always so impressed when I see all the student work in the gallery. It's a celebration of their hard work and talent, and it's important for them to be a part of a gallery exhibit like this!" said Seif. "It's different than experiencing the work in a hallway or during class critiques. It puts the work on another level and allows the students to take a step back and recognize what they've accomplished.

"It's also important for gallery visitors and community members to see the work produced in the art department classrooms. We are so fortunate to have the Giertz Gallery as a venue to highlight the great work!"
As students planning on a profession in the arts begin their career path at Parkland, this exhibition allows them to showcase their extensive talent and the exploration processes they have experienced throughout their studies in art and design, according to gallery director Lisa Costello.
“It introduces them to professional practices they will encounter in their field as well, such as working with a gallery, preparing their work for exhibition, and engaging in the jurying process that is essential for an emerging artist,” Costello said. “This is a necessary component for resume building and establishing themselves as practicing artists once they graduate or transfer to a four-year college.”
During the April 14 reception, the awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. Student artists will receive monetary awards including the Parkland President Award, the Metals Award for Jewelry/Metalsmithing, the Fine and Applied Arts Chair Award, the Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award, and the Blair Kling Memorial Art Award. In addition, the Art Coop Award for Sustained Studio Excellence will allow for art supplies purchases.
The reception will also announce scholarships for Parkland Art and Design students, including the Don Lake Art Scholarship, the Underwood-Alger Scholarship, and the Robert Ralph Ford Memorial Art Scholarship.
Merit awardees, scholarship recipients, and certificate winners retain possession of their work, while purchase awards become part of the Parkland College Student Art Collection.
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 X-7, turn left, and follow the ramp 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 217/353-2338 or email
For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit

Registration Open Now for Summer, Fall 2022 at Parkland College

Parkland College Summer/Fall 2022 Registration Now Open

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Registration for Parkland College's Summer Session 2022 and Fall Semester 2022 is open now. See a full listing of available courses at

Registration for Summer Session 2022 opened March 21 for continuing students, and today, March 28, for new students. Register by May 15 for classes that start May 16; by June 5 for classes that start June 6; and by July 4 for classes that start July 5.

Registration for Fall Semester 2022 for continuing students opens today, March 28; registration for new students opens April 4, with classes beginning the week of August 22 (for full 16-week and first 8-week sessions) and later.

Parkland College offers over 120 degree and career programs to choose from in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Students make the most of their time at Parkland through flexible class scheduling, transferable credits, and tuition assistance programs.

See the College Calendar for dates and deadlines, drop/withdrawal steps, tuition and fee information, and more. Students may need to meet with an academic advisor before registering. Academic advisors are available remotely, by emailing For a listing of registration steps, please visit