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"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.

Parkland College to Celebrate Black History Month 2022

Celebrate Black History Month 2022!

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Parkland College will observe Black History Month in February with month-long virtual and in-person events.

With the theme "Black Health and Wellness," the college will look at historical health issues and healthcare disparities facing African Americans as well as noteworthy African American accomplishments in health, medicine, and technology.

Parkland invites all community members to participate in the following events; most events will have attendance restrictions, and some may have virtual options. Session links will be available at
Music That Soothes the Soul
Feb. 2
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Union Building stage

Time Management and Study Skills Workshop
Feb. 2
1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Learning Commons
Facilitator: Angela Jancola, Counseling Services

Diversity Committee Book Study
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 26 (through April 8)
9–10 a.m.
Enjoy a discussion of “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee
On Microsoft Teams
Contact for registration.

AIDS/HIV Awareness Informational Table
Feb. 7
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Union Building first floor

Free Lunch
Feb. 8
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (or until food runs out)
Union Building first floor

Black History Trivia Event
Feb. 9
1–2 p.m.
Room U140
Facilitator: Dr. Willie Fowler, Social Sciences and Human Services

Protecting Your Career and Educational Well-Being during the Pandemic
Feb. 10
1–2 p.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Marietta Turner, Dean of Students, and Brennon Hightower, Counseling Services

Mental Health and the Black Community
Feb. 11
Noon–1 p.m.
Room U140
Facilitator: Donna Tanner-Harold, Counseling Services

Black History Month Karaoke
Feb. 14
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Union Building stage

Suicide Prevention
Feb. 16
1–2 p.m.
Learning Commons
Facilitator: Dr. Marya Burke, Counseling Services

RACE Talks
Feb. 17
Noon–1 p.m.
Room U140
Facilitators: Donna Tanner-Harold, Counseling Services, and Dr. Marsh Jones, Social Sciences and Human Services

Domestic Violence as it Affects the Black Community
Feb. 18
Noon.–1 p.m.
Room U140
Facilitator: Osajuli Cravens, Courage Connection director of engagement and development

Game On! (Gaming)
Feb. 22
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Flag Lounge

Self-Care Presentation
Feb. 22
Noon–1 p.m.
Room U140
Facilitator: Joe Omo-Osagie

Kofi Bazzell-Smith Speaks
Feb. 23
1–2 p.m.
Room U140
Parkland alumnus shares his academic success journey

Classroom Talks: Black Pioneer Contributions in Technology
Faculty-led discussions in campus classrooms throughout February
Facilitator: Dr. Marsh Jones, Social Sciences and Human Services

NOTE: The Black History Month Committee at Parkland College also recommends the following wellness resources to community members: 

Parkland Board Hears Public Safety Update

Board of Trustees General Meeting, January 19

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Parkland College's Board of Trustees heard an update from administration and approved purchases at their regular meeting Wednesday.

Following an update from President Ramage, the board heard from Joshua Birky, president of the Parkland College Association. Afterward, Matthew Kopmann, chief of police and director of Public Safety, provided a presentation to the board regarding the college's police department.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • the purchase of:
    • a used 2004 40' Timpte ag hopper trailer, $30,000
    • furniture from Krueger International, $21,925
  • the filing of the following grant applications:
    • Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA): FY22 Summer Youth Employment in The Arts Grant
  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:
    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Workforce Equity Initiative (WEI)
    • Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN): Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund (IEPA funding)—General Membership Award
  • personnel appointments: 
    • Anthony Silkwood, Interim Baseball Head Coach, Fitness Center and Athletic Facilities Director, Athletics
    • Jennifer Durst, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Chinyin Chou, Nursing Faculty, Health Professions
    • Peter Nelson, Flight Instructor, Aviation