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Monday, February 02, 2009  
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From President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Ranking is great, but there’s still more work to do

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Earlier this month, the results of a survey conducted by Cognitive Marketing (a New York based firm) were released.  The survey sought to identify ways in which independent colleges and universities could minimize the negative effects of the current economic crises.  It is not a major surprise that one finding suggests that institutions with a strong identity and reputation would better weather the storm.

I thought of that survey conclusion as I read the data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), summarized for you in last week’s newsletter.  After all, what our students think of their Rockford College experience is a foundational element of our reputation. As a reminder, NSSE reports data derived from the responses of over 380,000 students from 750 institutions. The data is categorized into five major areas: Level of Academic Challenge; Active and Collaborative Learning; Student-Faculty Interaction; Enriching Educational Experiences; and Supportive Campus Environment.

It should be noted that students of private institutions rank their experiences in each of these five categories higher than do students from public schools.  To some degree, this supports the long standing belief of our sector that there is value to small class sizes and individual attention to students. Beyond this advantage, Rockford College generally ranked higher than our classification, our peer group and our results from previous years. Clearly, our faculty and staff are to be applauded for these results.

There is much to be pleased about in reviewing the positive results within the major categories. There is also much to learn for continuous improvement and reputation-building in reviewing the areas where we are lagging the results of our peers.   With this in mind, I will be working with Dean Quinn and Dean Knotts to organize opportunities for faculty, staff and students to have dialog on our NSSE results and the resulting opportunities for Rockford College.

Have a great day!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

$150,000 grant will benefit future, current teachers
Rockford College has won a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) to help teach both prospective and current educators how to use the library’s vast collection of online primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction. The college is one of only 11 schools in the state of Illinois to be accepted into the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program and one of only 20 nationwide.

TPS is a federal teacher training project that teaches instructors how to access primary sources—actual records that have survived from the past like letters, photographs, articles of clothing and music. They are different from secondary sources, which are written accounts of events sometime after they happen.

“The teacher education program at the college recognizes that students need to effectively function in an increasingly technological society,” says Debra Dew, project director and associate professor of education. “Technology is changing the way people access and use information. This grant will allow us reach out to both current and prospective teachers to train them in this marvelous resource.” 

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Literary magazine reprint available
Reprints of last semester's issue of Black Hole, White Light will be available this week.  If you would like a copy delivered to your office/mailbox please e-mail Ed Phebus at with the details.  Otherwise, copies will be available at the library circulation desk or the mail desk.  Get yours now!

Steven Horwitz is CEE speaker Feb 18, 2 p.m., SCAR 4
Steven Horwitz is Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in New York. He is the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992), and he has written extensively on Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics of gender and the family. Dr. Horwitz will give a talk entitled “Wal-Mart to the Rescue: Private Enterprise’s Response to Hurricane Katrina,” in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.


Seeking care packages for troops
Rockford College's Student Athletic Advisory Committee is working to put together care packages to send to our troops overseas. They currently have student athletes visiting different stores and attempting to collect donations. In an effort to help with this cause, the committee is seeking funds so they can give our troops a reminder of home and show them our thanks. Any amount of donation is appreciated.

Charitable Auctions Main Store - please make a donation by visiting page:

You can donate online. All donations are secure and sent directly to Charitable Auctions Main Store by, who will e-mail you a printable record of your donation.


NIU remembrance
The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) will be giving out bracelets that read: “Rockford College supports NIU” on February 13 at the mail desk from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Take part in this tribute to the students who died in the tragedy last year on February 14.

A few positions available for resume writing workshop
On February 3, Career Services will be hosting a resume workshop in the Faculty Dining Room at 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those that have not yet developed a resume and for those that would like tips to make their resume as marketable as possible.
Additionally, Sarah Petrovich, director of the Rockford Area Career Clearinghouse (RACC), will be making a brief presentation about the RACC and how to utilize their services.
Pizza and beverages will be provided. There is limited space, so please e-mail or call Career Services with the following information to reserve your spot: your name, your year in school, and your major. or 815-226-4022.


Student Success Series focuses on balancing school and social life

“Balancing Academics and Your Social Life” is the topic of the second program in the Student Success series. It is set for February 11 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, 2nd floor Burpee.

With all this freedom, are you having too much fun and not making time for your academics? Are you so focused on getting good grades that your social life is passing you by? How do you find that balance? This interactive workshop will help you develop effective steps to finding the balance that works for you.

Campus Resources for this workshop are provided by Student Life (Res Life Staff) and the Office of Student Success and Retention.

‘Barrage’ to perform here Feb. 4
“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. 

Display for Black History Month
Next time you’re on the Burpee Center 2nd floor, check out the display for Black History Month in the hall between the mailroom and Regents Hall.  The display was put together by the Kobe Regents Center for Global Education. 

Cabaret, student juried art this weekend
Rockford College hosts two arts-related events in the coming week of interest to theatre and art aficionados.

Student Juried Art Show reception: Friday, February 6, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. featuring student work completed at Rockford College. Clark Arts Center Art Gallery; free.  Exhibit runs through March 6.  Gallery hours:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Thursdays—Saturdays  3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.  Call 815-226-4100 for more information.  

Regent Players Three Penny Cabaret: Friday, February 6, 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 7, 9:30 p.m. in the Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center. Features songs that center on the ever-changing facet of love and the road we travel down. Refreshments available.  Admission by donation (3 cents suggested).  For more, call the college box office at 815-226-4100.    

RC comes through for United Way
Rockford College students, faculty, and staff gave a total of $4,094 to the United Way campaign this year, according to correspondence from the United Way office. The campaign is still short of its goal, however, so feel free to give more by going to

Regents Taylor again receives NAC honor
For the second time in three weeks, Regent senior guard Rennell Taylor has been named Northern Athletics Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week. He earned the award for the week ending January 18. Taylor has had a knack for draining last second shots to win games for the Regents. He is featured in today’s Rockford Register Star sports section. 

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