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Dedication of "Taking Flight" Installation Set for Sept. 27

Public is invited to event, which includes music and refreshments

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A dedication ceremony for Parkland College's new state-funded art installation will take place next week; the public is invited.

The "Taking Flight" art installation dedication will be Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union lobby.

Consisting of over 500 ceramic birds, "Taking Flight" welcomes students and visitors to the atrium of Parkland College's Student Union. During the dedication, the work's creator, Ann Coddington, will speak briefly about the conception, design, fabrication, and installation of the piece. The event includes a brief performance by the Coneflowers and light refreshments.

Coddington, a Champaign artist and professor of art at Eastern Illinois University, installed the work this summer. Lisa Costello, director of Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, explained the delay in dedicating the piece. 

"Although we offer classes year-round, we thought it would be ideal to hold the dedication once the fall semester started; this way we are able to celebrate the installation with as many students and community members as possible," she said. The project was funded through the state Art-in-Architecture program, part of the Illinois Capital Development Board. Established in 1977, the AIA works to promote and preserve the arts by securing suitable works of art to adorn public buildings constructed or renovated through state funds, reserving one-half of one percent of the construction or renovation costs to do so. The program emphasizes works by Illinois artists and creates a permanent art collection for Illinoisans.

Coddington submitted her proposal in response to a statewide search by the AIA program when the Student Union was under construction. The committee was impressed by her consideration of the natural elements—wood, stone, sunlight—that make up the bright, airy space she would be working with, and they selected her work.

More information on "Taking Flight" is available at the Parkland College website.

Suicide Prevention Activities, Events for Fall

September is designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month

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Fall can be a difficult time of year for many, especially for those who experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other conditions. To assist the campus and community, Parkland College's Counseling Services unit will host the following suicide prevention-related events and activities this fall, beginning in September, designated nationally as Suicide Prevention Month.
The public is invited to participate in these events taking place on campus and within the community:

The 22 Challenge
Thursday, Sept. 20
11 a.m. | Student Union
Come support our veterans and get your fitness on, as we join together to bring awareness to the importance of suicide prevention in our veteran population. 

Out of the Darkness: Community Walk to Fight Suicide
Saturday, Sept. 22
11 a.m. | Crystal Lake Park
To join Parkland College's team, "Parkland Friends," to donate to support effort, or for more information, please contact Counselor Dennis Cockrum at or 217/369-2190.

National Depression Screening Day
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Noon–1 p.m. | Room U140
Free session includes video, follow-up panel discussion, and free confidential screenings.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, Nov. 17 | Room U140
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., program starts at 9 a.m.
A gathering of those affected by suicide loss in an effort to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. 

"The Servant of Two Masters" at Parkland Theatre

Madcap comedy, first of season, opens Sept. 27 at Second Stage

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Parkland Theatre opens its newest season Sept. 27 with "The Servant of Two Masters," written by Carlo Goldoni and translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emmilio Landi.

The show will be performed in Parkland Theatre's Second Stage through Oct. 7.

A modern mashup between traditional Italian commedia dell'arte and 1950s sitcoms, this new version of Goldoni's classic pits the madcap servant Truffaldino ("Dean Oliver Truffle") against masters, mistresses, lovers, lawyers and 27 plates of fast food. Imagine a Bob Hope comedy written by Monty Python and performed with the likes of Chaplin or Keaton.

Michael O'Brien directs a cast of campus and community players including Matthew Harper, Gabrielle Smith, Jake Smith, Zoë Dunn, Emaline Johnson, Parker Evans, Neil Ryan, Dave Heckman, Jarrod Finn, Melissa Goldman, Maya Hammond, Thom Billam, and Lindsay Wisniewski.

Parkland Theatre will hold a talkback immediately following the Sept. 27 show. O'Brien and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.

Performance dates are Sept. 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors (65+) and $9 for youth (12 and under), with groups of 20 or more $11 each. Opening night (Sept. 27) is half-price night.

To make reservations, visit or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528. 

"Cover the Waterfront" Painting Exhibit, Giertz Gallery

Solo exhibit by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn runs through Nov. 3

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"Cover the Waterfront," a solo exhibition of paintings by Michigan-based artist Teresa Dunn, will open Oct. 1 at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College.
This exhibit runs through Nov. 3 and includes an artist reception Thursday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception features a gallery talk by Dunn at 6:30 p.m. and music by Lanterna. Dunn will provide an additional lecture earlier that day, at 1:15 p.m. at the Staerkel Planetarium.
As with all Giertz Gallery programs, the exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
A Mexican American raised in southern Illinois, Dunn creates images influenced by her experience of feeling suspended between two cultural heritages. Her body of work in the gallery features circular paintings used to symbolize islands, landmasses that are simultaneously protected and isolated. Imagery in the work conjures up conflicting ideas of protection and escape, such as a sense of home mixed with a longing for a journey afar. 
"These circular paintings are like miniature islands that encompass the life of my invented female protagonist and her small world," Dunn explained. "The circle, saturated color, and pattern allow me to explore metaphors for isolation and belonging, boundaries and openness, hope and hopelessness, home and homeland. Expansive waters separate and connect here from there, yesterday from tomorrow, and a woman and her island from the moon."
Dunn is an associate professor of painting at Michigan State University who has shown her work extensively, including recent solo exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), the Hiestand Gallery at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), First Street Gallery (New York, New York), and the Hooks-Epstein Galleries (Houston, Texas). She earned her Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University.
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
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 X7, turn left, and follow the ramps 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 217/353-2337 or email
[Image: Night flight, oil and flashe on paper on panel, 22" diameter, 2018]

Women's Basketball Releases 2018-2019 Schedule

Cobras begin the season on Nov. 2 with the Parkland Classic

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Parkland Women's Basketball Head Coach Mike Lindemann has announced the team's 2018-19 schedule. Coming off a 23-7 overall record in 2017-18, the Cobras begin the season on Nov. 2 with the Parkland Classic. 

In total, Parkland will host 14 games at the Donald Dodds Athletic Complex, including five Mid-West Athletic Conference match-ups. The Cobras finished 8-2 in the conference last season. 

Full Schedule | Schedule PDF

Nov. 2 5:30 PM Moraine Valley Parkland College
Nov. 3 3:00 PM Southeastern Iowa Parkland College
Nov. 7 5:30 PM @ Sauk Valley Dixon, IL
Nov. 10 1:00 PM Olney Central Parkland College
Nov. 14 5:30 PM Ancilla Parkland College
Nov. 17 1:00 PM @ Rend Lake Ina, IL
Dec. 1 1:00 PM Triton Parkland College
Dec. 5 5:30 PM Greenville JV Parkland College
Dec. 8 1:00 PM Waubonsee Parkland College
Dec. 15 1:00 PM @ Rock Valley Rockford, IL
Dec. 19 TBA @ Lake Land Mattoon, IL
Dec. 28-30 TBA ICC Cougar Holiday Tournament East Peoria, IL
Jan. 4 5:30 PM Kishwaukee Parkland College
Jan. 8 5:00 PM @ South Suburban South Holland, IL
Jan. 12 TBA Kankakee Parkland College
Jan. 17 5:00 PM @ Malcolm X Chicago, IL
Jan. 21 5:30 PM @ Olney Central Olney, IL
Jan. 26 1:00 PM Danville  Parkland College
Jan. 30 5:30 PM Lincoln Land Parkland College
Feb. 2 1:00 PM John Wood Parkland College
Feb. 6 5:30 PM @ Illinois Central East Peoria, IL
Feb. 9 1:00 PM @ Lewis & Clark Godfrey, IL
Feb. 16 1:30 PM @ Danville Danville, IL
Feb. 20 5:30 PM @ Lincoln Land Springfield, IL
Feb. 23 1:00 PM @ John Wood Quincy, IL
Feb. 27 5:30 PM Illinois Central Parkland College
March 2 1:00 PM Lewis & Clark Parkland College
March 8-10 TBA Region 24 Danville, IL
March 19-23 TBA NJCAA Nationals Harrison, AR
[Article by Chad Beyler]