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"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]










Fracking First Topic of Kaler Science Talks for Fall

UI engineering professor to discuss benefits of hydraulic fracturing process

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The hot-button topic of fracking for oil and gas heads the list of James B. Kaler Science Lectures this fall at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College.

University of Illinois engineering professor Dr. David N. Ruzic will present "The Truth (and Huge Benefit) Behind Fracking and Pipelines," Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door with Friends of the Staerkel Planetarium admitted free of charge. 

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas and oil, and building pipelines to deliver that gas and oil to where it is needed, has led to energy independence for North America and heralded a huge economic boom for the U.S. Yet the average citizen, and especially one who is young, typically holds a negative impression of these two technologies.

Ruzic will explain what fracking and pipelines are, how they are used, why they are beneficial compared to the alternatives, and why common misconceptions persist about the process.

Ruzic is the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as director of the Center for Plasma Material Interactions. A UIUC faculty member for the last 34 years, he is a Fellow in three different societies and leads an active research group of over 40 people. The university has awarded him the Campus-wide Teaching Award, the College-wide Teaching Award, and several departmental teaching awards. One of his introductory courses on Energy was made into a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in Coursera and is available for free on the “Go Illinois” website. Ruzic earned his PhD from Princeton University in 1984.
Following Ruzic’s talk, the Staerkel Planetarium will present its newest fulldome feature, “Experience the Aurora,” followed by its "Pink Floyd’s 'The Wall'" show. Tickets for regular programs range from $5 to $6 per person. For a full show schedule, visit the planetarium website or call 217/351-2446. 

Degree Completion Day Set for Oct. 3

Get advice, info on finishing your degree or certificate

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Area residents who have not yet completed their Parkland College degrees or certificates are invited to figure out what courses they need to finish them, during a special event Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Degree Completion Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Parkland's Student Union. Past and current students who want to finish their Parkland College credentials will be able to:

  • receive academic advising

  • confirm their degree program

  • learn how to track their progress toward a degree or certificate

  • see which universities guarantee junior-level transfer status with a completed Parkland credential

  • complete a Petition to Graduate form, if applicable

The event, which includes giveaways and refreshments, will be live-streamed from WPCD FM.
For more information on Degree Completion Day, please contact the Office of Admissions at 217/351-2482 or

National Surgical Technology Week Observed

Students to participate in mock operating room, practicing basic surg tech skills

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Parkland College invites the public to see what is going on in its Surgical Technology program.

The college will observe National Surgical Technology Week (September 16–22) with open houses on Tuesday, September 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room L143.
During the open houses, Surgical Technology students participate in a mock operating room, wearing their surgical gowns and practicing basic surgical technology skills. Surg Tech faculty will be on hand to answer questions.
The Parkland College program has been recognized with a Certificate of Merit for a 100-percent pass rate on the national exam given to all program graduates each summer.
Surgical technologists are the only formally trained students prepared to work in the operating room upon graduation. The Certified Surgical Technologist is responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. Primarily, in the scrub role, the surgical technologist functions in a sterile capacity during the surgical procedure but also performs many nonsterile duties throughout the day. 
A shortage exists for surgical technologists, and employment opportunities are excellent, according to Janice Grewatz, Surgical Technology program director.
To learn more about the program, contact Grewatz at jlovekamp@parkland.eduor 217/373-3746.