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Monday, December 15, 2008  
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From the President:

Recap of the Board of Trustees meeting

Good morning! Our campus is unusually quiet with the departure of students and many of our faculty colleagues following the completion of final exams last week. I, too, will be away from campus this week. Therefore, I will use this last newsletter of 2008 to wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a safe, healthy and peaceful 2009!

The Board of Trustees met this past weekend and reviewed the Strategic Plan: Phase One. I am pleased to inform you that the plan was approved, with a few edits for clarification. Dianne Young will distribute the approved plan later this week for your review. Once again, thank you all for your participation in Phase One, which will guide our focus and efforts over the next two years.

Two other decisions from this weekend’s board meeting include approval of the 2009 – 2010 tuition and fee schedule and an amendment to our 403(b) plan allowing distributions at age 59 ½, instead of 65. The details of the tuition and fee increase will also be publicized shortly.

Finally, the Board of Trustees engaged in meaningful discussions on the economic crises, including the changing environment for the lending institutions that support Rockford College and our students. They also discussed the important work we have ahead of us this spring in reflecting on our mission and vision. I will share more of this with you in our various meetings in January.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.



Giving Tree brightens spirits for kids
The kids at St. Elizabeth’s Center’s preschool and after-school programs will be a lot happier this holiday season thanks to the efforts of Campus Minister Elaine Sharpe and the students, faculty, and staff who donated more than 150 gifts to the Giving Tree. Ornaments on the tree listed the names of children at the center. Gift-givers then chose an ornament and bought a gift for that particular child. St. Elizabeth’s Center is located at 1505 S. Main, Rockford. This is the 16th year of the Giving Tree. The gifts will be delivered Wednesday of this week.


Alumni Christmas trip draws big numbers
What better way to shop for gifts than a trip to Chicago? That’s what some 190 alumni and friends did last weekend when they took the annual shopping trip to the Windy City. Bern Sundstedt (Alumni/Development) said the turnout was great and the spirits were high. A total of four buses transported the group.


College embarks on new marketing initiatives
You’ll be seeing advertising on Rockford College in some new venues in the next few weeks. Cassie Swanson (Marketing/Special Events) reports that the college has contracted with both Showplace theaters to show ads before the movies start, from Dec. 26 - Feb. 26. And the college will put up new billboards at three locations in a couple weeks—Riverside & Alpine, Forest Hills Rd. & Hwy. 173, and Riverside west of Forest Hills Rd. The boards will have an appeal for people to volunteer, along with a reference to the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement. In addition to all this, the college is running TV spots promoting the bachelor’s of science degree in management studies program and programs in the Graduate and Community Education area.


Christmas dinner for homeless
Students and staff served Christmas dinner last Wednesday at the Carpenter’s Place, a resource center for the area’s homeless. Some 100 homeless people were served and the college’s Vocal Collective also performed. The date was chosen because it was officially “Jane Addams Day,” marking the life and achievements of this 1882 Rockford College graduate and Nobel Peace Prize winner.The event was organized by the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement headed by Lindsay Kent.


Chuck Cornele does the Polar Plunge…again!
Care to take a plunge into a lake in the middle of winter? That just what Chuck Cornele (Maintenance) is doing in a few weeks. It’s all for a good cause: Special Olympics Illinois, a non-profit offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes age 8 and over with intellectual disabilities. Cornele’s goal is $500 and you can donate online by going to www.firstgiving.com/chuckcornele. Chuck will join about 2,600 other brave souls around the state to take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois. This is the second year that Chuck has taken the dip.


More presentations by students
Last time it was nursing students. This time, it’s history and psychology students who reported on research they’ve done as part of their focused Senior Seminar. Sample titles in psychology included “Perfectionism and Its Effect on Psychological Well-being and Academic Motivation of College Students,” and “The Role of Self-Acceptance and Narrative in the Granting of Forgiveness.” History, meanwhile, addressed topics such as “Marie Antoinette: The Woman Behind the Myth,” and “Money, Morals, and the Movies: How the Studio System and Film Censorship Changed the Depiction of Women in Film.” Instructors are Joel Lynch and Catherine Forslund respectively.


Taking a unique break from exams
Who says final exams have to stress you out? During finals break, students were treated to a free massage and facial in the Lion’s Den, compliments of the college’s Student Activities Office. They were also able to snack on bagels and cream cheese. It’s just one of several events last week aimed at helping students get through exams.


New literary magazine debuts
The English Department is proud to announce the publication of a new literary magazine entitled Black HoleWhite Light. The magazine replaces The Feast, which was the previous literary journal produced by students. Black Hole White Light is edited by Edward Phebus and contains poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose written by Rockford College students as well as photos and artwork.


Going somewhere? Car rental coupons available
Enterprise Car Rental offers a 50 percent discount on weekend rentals (Friday-Sunday), and with code WES6242, a free upgrade. The discount cards are available on the carousel outside the Human Resources Office.


Lest we forget
In last week’s newsletter, a story on nursing student presentations failed to mention another instructor who teaches Community Health Nursing. She’s Andrea Anderson. Well-done everyone!



Coming up
  • 12/19: Award date
  • 12/20: Women’s basketball @ UW-Whitewater, 5 p.m.
  • 12/24-1/5: College offices closed
  • 12/29-30: Men’s basketball @ Defiance, Ohio (Purple & Gold Financial Tourney)
  • 1/3: Men’s basketball vs. Ripon College, 3 p.m.
  • 1/7: Women’s basketball @ Beloit College, 7 p.m.


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