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Monday, January 26, 2009  
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From President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Rockford College has significant economic impact

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

I am pleased to be back in the office full time this week. My appreciation goes out to all who sent cards and provided words or thoughts of encouragement. Thank you!

Just this past week I was presented with the opportunity to renew Rockford College’s participation in the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC). Without hesitation, I did so as I have always believed that beyond the core mission of education, that institutions of higher education are also community citizens. As such, it is our obligation to serve the ‘public good’ by being actively involved in the communities that we serve.

Rockford College has a long history of community involvement and engagement. We also are a substantial contributor to the economic fabric of this community. The most recent economic impact study indicates that Rockford College infuses $61 million annually throughout the state of Illinois and $34 million in the local area.

There was a public announcement last week of an amazing success story in Dubuque, Iowa. In a competition involving several cities, IBM selected Dubuque to be the home of a new enterprise and to staff the enterprise with 1,300 new jobs.  While other factors were evaluated, IBM seemed to be swayed by a collaboration and commitment among the institutions of higher education in that region to partner with IBM to “enhance curricula to better prepare students for opportunities in the IT industry.”  (

In this difficult economic environment, adding 1,300 jobs to a community is a significant result of higher education and community collaboration.  Rockford College will support the growth and well-being of our community as we look for creative ways to partner with community engines such as RAEDC. Rockford and Rockford College will both benefit from our success as we go forward.

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

RC ranks high in student engagement
Students at Rockford College think highly of the college on everything from accessibility to faculty to a supportive campus environment, according to a report from a national survey of college students. 

The report, issued by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), is based on surveys that evaluate undergraduate education at more than 750 participating schools involving some 380,000 students. Rockford College has taken part in the survey for several years as a means to gauge how well the school is helping students succeed in college. 

The good news for Rockford College is that, in each of the five “benchmarks of effective educational practice” established by NSSE, the college scored higher than or equal to similar colleges as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It also scored higher than selected peer institutions and exceeded virtually all scores from the last survey of Rockford College students. 

“These are very positive signs that the college is effectively engaging students in ways that help them learn and grow,” said Robert L. Head, Rockford College president. “I also believe it says a lot about our faculty and staff and their commitment to student success.”

The NSSE project surveys both first-year students and seniors to learn about student behaviors that have been shown by extensive research to improve student learning. Some of the college’s highest-performing areas fall under the categories of active and collaborative learning, student–faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment. 

For instance, senior students participate in community-based projects as part of regular course work more often than peer institutions. First-year students, meanwhile, discuss grades, assignments, or career plans more often. Both groups rated their relationships with college administrative personnel and offices more positively than students at peer institutions.  

For more on this story, see

Staff changes on campus
We report a couple staff changes for your information. First, we welcome back Prof. Joseph Kobylas who has returned full-time to the Modern & Classical Languages Department.  Also, congratulations to Prof. Duane Kitchen who assumes the chairmanship of the biology department with the retirement of Prof. Martha Pippitt at the end of the school year.   

HLC visit on the horizon

The reaccreditation visit from our accrediting group, the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission is about a month away (Feb. 23-25).  This is an important time for the college, its students, faculty, and staff and is the culmination of two years of hard work by many.  Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!

Meet Erin Alden, new Admission Rep

Recently, we had a chance to meet with Erin Alden, our new representative in the Admission Office. Here’s what she had to share:   

Q. Where are you originally from?
A. Rockford, IL
Q. Where did you attend college and what was your area of specialization?

A. Rockford College, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2006. I am currently working on my MBA at Rockford College.

Q. Where did you work prior to coming to Rockford College?
A. Before joining the Undergraduate Admission department at Rockford College in January of 2008 as their Graduate Assistant I worked and interned for a variety of Rockford area not-for-profits; Klehm Arboretum, Lifescape Community Services, On the Waterfront, Inc., and Zion Development Corporation. 
Q. Tell me a little bit more in depth about your position.

A. I work with first-year students and international students through the admission process into Rockford College.

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

A. I love working one on one with the students as they pursue their dreams of going to college, and that I get to work with a strong and knowledgeable group of counselors. 

When you see Erin, wish her well in her new position! 

Incidentally, there is still another opening in the Admission Department for an Admission Representative. If you know of someone who can help students realize their dreams by attending Rockford College, contact the college’s HR Department. 

RC Alert, the best way to know if college is closed due to snow

If you want to know if the college is closed due to snow or if there is any other emergency on campus, you’ll want to sign up for RC Alert.  This is a free service that allows you to sign up and receive messages instantly about emergencies on campus. You can choose to receive messages via e-mail, your mobile device, via text messages, and voice messages on your cell or at home.  Sign up is easy. Just go to, click on RC Alert and follow the instructions to enroll. That’s all there is to it. Get in the know…sign up for RC Alert today! 

About use of e-mail
Remember that the college’s e-mail policy prohibits the use of “send all” for the sale of personal belongings and for business solicitations.  We will soon have an announcement portlet on the college intranet for posting of things for sale, lost & found, and a book exchange, etc.  In the meantime, you are asked not to use the college e-mail for this. 

Students: Some dates to remember

Here are some important dates for students. The last day to add classes is Fri., Jan. 30. The last day to drop classes is Fri., Feb. 6.  Make a note of those dates!  

Seeking Graduate Assistants for spring

Rockford College is immediately seeking two Graduate Assistants for spring 2009. 

Current open GA positions include:

Undergraduate Admission
Lang Health Center

What exactly is the Graduate Assistant Program?  The Rockford College Graduate Assistant Program provides participants an opportunity to learn through active involvement. The GA experience provides an avenue for expanding proficiencies and interests that can be used as MBA or MAT graduates seek professional career opportunities.
What are the benefits of being a G.A.?  Benefits include tuition remission, up to 21 credit hours per academic year, and a monthly stipend. 
How many hours per week are Graduate Assistants expected to work?  25 Hours / Week on average - may vary depending on position.

What are the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS to be a G.A.?  The qualified candidate must be admitted to either the MBA or MAT program at Rockford College before they will be considered for a position.

How do I get started?  Send your resume to Ginnie Weckerly at

Psych Society meeting set
The first meeting of the semester for the Psych Society is this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Starr 442. Everyone is invited!  For more information, contact Jenny Giger, Psych Society president at jgiger@rockford,.edu.   

Musical group ‘Barrage’ to perform here

“Barrage,” a musical group that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, dance and song will perform at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre February 4 at 7 p.m.

The group has entertained at venues around the world, combining music with contemporary world influences, layered vocal arrangements, and pulsating modern beats and rhythms in what is billed as a “high octane fiddle-fest.”  The concert is sponsored by the Music Academy of Rockford College.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the Rockford College box office in the Clark Arts Center, phone 815-226-4100. 

The “Barrage” concert is one of many performances and speakers offered through the college’s Forum Series. For more information, see

Colman Library at your service

Here are a few reasons to make the Library a regular part of your life at RC:

·        140,000+ books looking for readers!

·        380 magazines and journals on the shelves  - and over 17,000 more online.

·        Databases you can use without leaving your room.

·        Interlibrary loan - if we don't have it, we'll get it for you.

·        Study carrels you can "check out" for the whole semester.

·        Computers for work or surf.

·        Lots of places to plug in your laptop.

·        Quiet, and not-so-quiet, places to study - your choice!

·        Help from friendly staff – we love questions. Use us!

·        Entertainment videos - you can't study all the time!

·        Fresh coffee every morning!

We’re open every day… weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 11p.m., Saturdays 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1p.m. to 11p.m.

Visit the Library online at

If you're new to campus this semester, or just want some guidance, please stop at the reference office for an introduction to our offerings, particularly our online databases. We offer so many great resources - be sure you know about them and how to use them for your studies.

Writing Center a great resource

The Writing Center, under the auspices of the English Department, is a valuable resource if you want to have your paper reviewed before you turn it in. Professors and student tutors are happy to help and the service is free.  Log into the portal at and click on the “academic” tab to access the center.

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Reprint of “Black Hole, White Light”
Due to a general interest, R.C.L.M. has decided to reprint last semester's edition of "Black Hole, White Light."  If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Ed Phebus at

Offering care package to soldiers

The campus Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be doing a Care Package Community Service Project this semester. They are looking for students, faculty, and staff who have family members serving our country.  SAAC would like to send them a care package.  If you would like your relative to receive a care package from your Rockford College Student Athlete Advisory Committee please respond to with their name and stationed address.

Anime Club makes debut

The new Anime club will hold its first meeting February 31in the Kent Center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Please take the time to come to our meeting, even for 5 minutes to take our anime survey, have some snacks, and give us your name and e-mail!

The group will be showing a wide variety of anime shows/movies, and are likely to have something you like. Refreshments will also be served.

Here's the new club’s information:

Name: Anime Club

Advisor: Eric Carra

President: Rachael Lefler

Vice-President: Nathan Mika

Meetings will be held every Saturday in the Kent Center.

The purpose of the club is to get people together to watch anime, simple as that, and we want to know what kinds of things YOU want to watch! So please come by and take our survey!

Leadership Explosion 2009: “Leaders aren't born, they are made”
Leadership Explosion, an annual one-day student leadership conference, will be held February 21 in Scarborough Hall. This is a student leadership conference geared toward providing students with opportunities to learn about leadership and develop themselves as student leaders. Student Activities is inviting all Rockford College faculty and staff to participate in the Leadership Explosion by presenting an appropriate leadership development program.  These programs will be presented during scheduled breakout sessions. We are looking for sessions related to student leadership skills development. Presenters are allowed to collaborate together and present as a team. The goal is to benefit as many students as possible.   

As a way to help you formulate ideas, these are a few of the titles from last year’s breakout sessions:

·        “Servant Leadership: Is it for you?”

·        “No Title Needed”

·        “Reframing Adversity as a Springboard for Success”

·        “Leading with Values”

·        “Social Change: Is this what leaders create?”

·        “Build It and They Will Come: Building Team with Team Builders”

·        “Recognizing Diversity with Your World Box”

·        “Working Better Together: Manners bring out the Best”


For more information, contact Kelly Olson (Student Activities) at ext. 5035.

Change in parking regulations

Due to the amount of snow, Rockford receives during winter months, and to ensure the safety of the Rockford College community we are implementing the following changes to the parking regulations and the enforcement thereof: 

Effective immediately there will be no overnight parking in the following lots from December 1- Spring Break:

No overnight parking in the following lots/areas:

·        Fisher Chapel Circle-One Hour Parking

·        Burpee Circle and Dock-30 Minute and Authorized Vehicles

·        Nelson/Burpee Slant-Faculty/Staff Parking

·        Lion’s Den Circle-Two Hour Parking

·        Nelson Lot including Circle-Faculty/Staff and Two Hour Parking

·        Kent Circle-Faculty/Staff Parking

·        D-Lot-Faculty/Staff Parking

·        Slant Parking Starr Science-Faculty/Staff Parking

‘Heart Art’ auction slated at Rockford College

“Heart Art 2009,” a silent auction of original artwork to benefit the Rockford College Art Gallery, will be held January 30 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event will be held in the college’s art gallery located in the Clark Arts Center.  Some 37 artists will have their art on display, all incorporating a heart in their work.  Bidding runs until 9:15 p.m.   

Tickets for the event are $10 per person and $3 for students and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, call the Rockford College box office, at 815-226-4100.   

Best-selling author to discuss pop culture at RC

Chuck Klosterman, best-selling author and pop culture guru, will present the talk “Life Through the Prism of Pop Culture” January 29, 7 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre.

In his books and talks, Klosterman captures what it feels like to live in – and express ourselves through – our pop-obsessed media-saturated culture.  One of the most talked-about writers today, he shows us how pop culture informs our lives and how it helps people understand the world.

The talk is free, though a ticket is required and may be picked up at the Rockford College box office in the Clark Arts Center on campus.  For more information, call the box office at 815-226-4100. 

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