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"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

Parkland College Day of Giving is March 31

2022 Parkland College Foundation Giving Day Scholarship Fundraiser

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The Parkland College Foundation will be hosting the 2022 Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser on Thursday, March 31.

Starting at 12 a.m. and running to midnight, individuals, businesses, and groups are asked to visit, search for a fund they care about (scholarships, Athletics, etc.), and donate any amount.

During the 2021 Parkland Day of Giving, the community raised over $93,000 that went directly to Parkland College and thousands of deserving students.

The 2021 Parkland Giving Day donations provided:

  • Over $67,000 in scholarships helping students with tuition, fees, and books
  • $12,400 to the Creating Impact fund, which supports the greatest needs of the college
  • Nearly $14,000 went directly to academic programs to enhance instruction across campus


Every donation impacts a worthy student at Parkland. "As a 24-year-old single mother to an eight-year-old, I have spent the past eight years putting my dreams on the back burner to ensure that my daughter has everything she wants and needs," said one scholarship recipient in their thank you letter.

"This scholarship not only gives me the opportunity to pursue my degree, but also courage, knowing that you have faith in me and my abilities."

Ways to give:

Kaler Science Lecture Series Tackles Energy Storage Solutions

Parkland Planetarium Hosts Kaler Science Lecture Series, April 1

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This April's James B. Kaler Science Lecture at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will discuss batteries and energy storage.

On Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m., University of Illinois associate professor of chemistry Dr. Joaquín Rodríguez-López, will present "Thinking Big About Batteries: A Solution for Energy Storage." Kaler Lecture tickets are $2 or free for Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium.

Rodríguez-López's research group explores new strategies to advance renewable electrochemical energy technologies and environmental sensing. They analyze electrode properties at micro- and nano-scales to improve the performance of nanomaterials and interfaces for batteries, electrocatalysts, and sensors for detecting pollutants, in order to make technology more sustainable.

Rodríguez-López earned his bachelor's degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He performed postdoctoral research at Cornell University before joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has earned several awards and fellowships for his work and is now a J. Andrew and Susan S. Langan Professorial Scholar.

Kaler Science lectures are filmed by Parkland College TV for later viewing. After the talk, the seats will be cleaned before the 8 p.m. show, "Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries," a program highlighting the staff who work with Chile's world-class observatories and telescopes.

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.