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Monday, January 12, 2009  
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From the Executive Vice President & Dean of the College:
All the best for 2009!
Happy New Year everyone.  I hope your holidays were everything you wished.

President Head is recuperating well from his hip surgery, is holding regular meetings by telephone, and hopes to be on campus a little bit starting soon.

With special commitment from many people throughout December, the college’s Self-Study report for the Higher Learning Commission was sent to the visiting team members just before school closed for the break, which was well within the Commission’s guidelines.  If your calendars are not already marked, please note:  Monday – Wednesday, February 23-25 are the days of the visit (not a good time for a trip to grandma’s house).  We will begin to hear from the team chair in a few weeks with instructions for designing the visit of the six-member group.

In the meantime, faculty and staff members will have a choice of receiving a copy of the report in either a disk or a black and white print copy.  The full color version is handsome, to say the least, but also very expensive (about $25 each copy).  We will have a full color copy in several offices (marked “Please Do Not Remove”).  In a couple of weeks, I will write again with more information about getting your copies.

It will be important that everyone is at least reasonably familiar with the contents of the report.  A short guide to the visit is being prepared with some FAQ’s (frequently asked questions). 

There will also be on reserve in the library for reference the full package of information that was sent to the team, including the academic catalogue; faculty, staff, and student handbooks; the last two audit reports; auxiliary general data in an “Institutional Snapshot”; the Fall 2007 Fact Book (the Fall 2008 Fact Book will be ready by February); and separate reports on assessment of learning and finances.

The report contains an Acknowledgements section that lists people who have been involved in the project and those who have had leadership roles.  Please do refer to that section and thank our colleagues for their commitment and labor over at least two years.  The report is something I believe the college can be proud of.  Its quality as a document doesn’t of course add pennies to the coffers, but it does, in my view, demonstrate what this institution has done and can do.

Every best wish, from Dr. Head and me, for the spring 2009 semester.
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the College

New Student Orientation set
Make sure to put Thurs. and Fri, Jan. 15-16 on your calendars. That’s the date of New Student Orientation.  It's a chance to meet new friends and learn how to connect yourself to the Rockford College community. The spring orientation program begins with resident student check-in for students living on campus from 10 a.m. until noon in the Lion’s Den, Thurs., January 15. Whether you are a first-year student or transfer student, it is important that you plan to attend the afternoon sessions. There will also be a social and dinner beginning at 7 p.m. in the Burpee Center. Important information will be disseminated to all new students at this dinner. Orientation will continue Friday morning from 9 a.m. to noon for all new first-year students (0-29 credits completed) and all new students living on campus.
And don't forget...spring semester will be here before you know it. Classes start Tues., Jan. 20. 

Watch Obama inauguration on campus TVs

You can see the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tues., Jan. 20 on one of several TV sets being set up around campus.  Sets will be available in the Lion's Den, the Peterson Auditorium in Starr Science Center, and in the Commuter Lounge. Plan now to watch this historic event. It starts at 11 a.m. Central Time.

Lower level of Scarborough has new look
The next time you're in Scarborough, you'll be in for a surprise. The lower level lobby has a new look with new walls, new furniture for studying and socializing, and a more comfortable feel overall.  Thanks to the Maintenance Dept. for their hard work over break.

New staff member profile: Deborah Mogford
Rockford College welcomes Deborah Mogford. Deborah recently joined the Rockford College team as an Associate Professor of Performing Arts. She was able to share some insight about herself and her experiences at the college so far. Here is what she had to say.

Q.  Where are you from originally? 
A.  San Antonio, Texas

Q.  Where did you attend college and what was your area of specialization?

ATrinity University, The University of Texas and the Dallas Theatre Center. Directing, Acting, Theatre Management.

Q.  Where did you work prior to coming to Rockford College?

A.  Baylor University, Theatre Arts Department for 20 years and then I worked as an arts educational consultant for a university in Quito, Ecuador. Prior to coming to Rockford, I was a consultant for the nationally recognized Dallas Children’s Theatre and I helped to create the new Baker Idea Institute in Dallas, Texas. Now I function as the administrator for the Institute.

Q.  Tell me a little more in depth about your position.

A.   I am here to build the acting/directing program.

Q.  What are your favorite aspects of your job so far?

A.  The students are smart and willing to learn. My colleagues are professionals with great talent in many aspects of theatre.

MAT grad featured in newspaper
That front page story you might have read last Thursday in the Rockford Register Star about students from Guilford High School traveling to the University of Illinois for a theatre festival included a quote and photo of Melissa Thomas-Wolf, a 2007 Rockford College MAT graduate who teaches at Guilford. Her students had a chance to perform, see productions, and attend workshops.

Scholarship for grad students available
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting nominations for its Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. The scholarships, for use during the 2009-2010 school year, can total up to $50,000 for as long as six years. For more, see Deadline to apply is March 10. 

Taylor is NAC Student-Athlete of the Week
For the first time in the nearly three-year history of the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC), a Rockford College men's basketball player has been named NAC Student-Athlete of the Week for December 29 - January 4. Rennell Taylor received the honor for pumping in a career-high 35 points in a 95-89 win over Defiance College (OH) in the P&G Financial Tournament. He also contributed 16 points in a game January 3 against Ripon College (WI).

Slippin' and slidin' in winter weather
Just a reminder to use extra caution around campus when there is snow and ice. The back road has been especially challenging following repair of a water main. And don't be surprised if the gates to the back road are closed during bad weather. Safety and Security says as hard as Maintenance works to keep it free from ice, it's often better to close it than risk an accident. 

SAS extends hours prior to start of semester
Student Administrative Services announces expanded hours in the run-up to spring semester for the convenience of students and families. Here is the schedule: 

January 12-18
•    Monday          1/12    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Tuesday         1/13    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Wednesday    1/14    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Thursday        1/15    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Friday             1/16    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•    Saturday         1/17    8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
•    Sunday           1/18    Closed

January 19-25
•    Monday           1/19    Closed (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
•    Tuesday          1/20    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Wednesday     1/21    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Thursday         1/22    8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
•    Friday              1/23    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
•    Saturday          1/24    Closed
•    Sunday            1/25    Closed

Congratulations to the proud parents
Our very best goes out to Filiz and Mehment Dik, blessed with the birth of daughter Selin. The Dik's are both professors in our math department. 

Congratulations also to Ashley and Mark Vaughn on the birth of their son, Nolan Douglas. Mark is an admission counselor. 

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