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Friday, December 21, 2012  
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For Immediate Release – 12/21/2012
Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815.226.3374

Rockford, Ill., —

Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, John Burns, Ph.D., co-edited and co-translated an anthology of poems from several authors. The anthology titled, "Una tribu del salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno: Anotología de poesía Beat” or "A tribe of savages improvising at the gates of hell: Anthology of Beat poetry” is a collection of poetry from the"Beat Generation," the nickname given to a group of poets that emerged in the late 1940s that was characterized by a perceived underground, anti-conformist youth movement in New York. Dr. Rubén Medina, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Madison, along with Dr. John Burns, took the anthology further and translated and edited it into Spanish, being careful to recognize nuances and rhythm. The duo’s anthology was published by Aldus and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Dr. Burns presented the book at the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara, Mexico in November, 2012.


Assistant Professor of Nursing Sarah Gabua DNP(c), MSN, RN, has been appointed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) to serve as an ambassador. As a participant in this elite corps, Gabua will help keep faculty and administration informed about the NLN’s initiatives, grant opportunities, conferences, publications, workshops, and other benefits available to NLN members. The NLN Ambassador Program was established in the fall of 2006 with an initial cadre of 126 members who teach in all types of nursing programs – practical nurse, associate degree, diploma, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral. Today there are more than 879 ambassadors representing schools of nursing in 49 states plus Canada, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.


Troy Skwor Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been invited to The Illinois Water Environment Association’s WATERCON 2013, the Midwest’s largest water conference covering potable water and wastewater issues. Dr. Skwor will present both a talk and poster presentations about his latest research developments using different light treatments to combat bacterial growth in water sources. The 2013 conference is March 18 - 21 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Ill.



Jules Gleicher Ph.D., professor of political science, attended the annual Illinois Political Science Association at the University of Illinois – Chicago where he chaired and was the discussant on the "History, War, and Beyond” panel. He also recently gave a guest lecture entitled, "Subterranean Legislation in the Mosaic Code” to the Great Books Program (Hannibal Lecture Series) of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.





Rockford College announced on October 2, 2012 that it will officially change to Rockford University effective July 1, 2013. For more information on the College’s transition, visit:

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