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

We do have a meaningful impact on our students

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Jason Kight serves as the president of the Student Government Association and I have had the pleasure of working with him during this academic year. Last week provided an opportunity to sit down and talk with Jason about his time as a Rockford College student and his plans for the future. By sharing our conversation, I hope to give you a glimpse of the impact our college has on our students and the role our students play in our community.

I first asked Jason about his decision to enroll at Rockford College and he shared a story that I have heard from dozens of students and alumni. Jason’s decision was influenced by other family members who attended the college before him. In his case, it was his brother and sister. He is a double major: International Economics and History.

The study abroad experience at Regents College in fall of 2006, along with the positive changes within Rockford College and his work as SGA president are the highlights of Jason’s collegiate career.  He tells other students to get involved and to realize the benefits of being active, as it enhances the college experience and helps with the development of time management skills.

Jason plans to attend law school in the fall and has already been accepted at four institutions. At this point, he anticipates attending Southern Illinois University.  His interest in the law was sparked by his American Government course taught by Mr. Evans, who along with Dr. Forslund, are two of Jason’s most influential professors.

When asked about his future hopes for Rockford College, Jason wants to see expanded opportunities for international interaction, including study abroad, the recruitment of more international students and the expansion of the foreign language curriculum.

We are just a few days away from spring break and I wish you all a safe and healthy week. I should tell you that Jason will add to his memorable experiences as he will spend spring break in Ireland with his father. Jason, thank you so much for your leadership of SGA.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

They have other plans for spring break
Spring break is just around the corner, and the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break (AHASB) students, staff, and alumni are excited about the opportunity to serve the community of Starkville, Miss. On Friday night, March 6, a group of 37 individuals will depart from campus to participate, once again, in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge.  Upon their arrival, they’ll have a chance to meet the family that will be this year’s HH home recipient. As well, they will work on projects at Camp Seminole where the group is housed throughout the week.


While the group is away, you can track its progress in Mississippi as the students blog their experiences throughout the week. Check it out at

This year’s participants:  Matt Adams (Class of 2004), Ron Aitchison (Class of 1999), Susan Aquino (Class of 1971), Emily Blaha, Michael Bloom, Amy Collinsworth, Ashley Dearth, Megan Diamond, Alyssa Doering, David Gray, Tony Hardin, Megan Hofstetter, Robin Kenney, Lindsay Kent (Class of 2006), Tyler Kuehn, Aric Latino, Lindsay Latino, Chris LiCausi, Erin Mahoney (Class of 2005), Sean Marlow (Class of 2007), Monica McCarty, Nathan Mika, Grace Moone, Lindsey Morris, Angie Past (Class of 2006), Brad Pemberton, Aaron Powers, Rachel Rhea, Roy Roncal (Class of 2006), Josh Ryan (Class of 2008), Emilia Sawras, Emily Smith, Jack Stark, Tanner Taylor, Jonica Trude, Mayra Yanez, Patrick Young (Class of 2004).

The students have been fundraising for this program and they have approached many of you. Thank you to those of you who have so generously sponsored the students’ efforts and their enthusiasm for AHASB. Your support is appreciated! If you have not been approached by an individual student, but would like to financially support this program, please do not hesitate to contact Robin Kenney, AHASB advisor at ext. 4168.

The group departs on Friday night, March 6 at 10 p.m. from Kent Center. Please consider stopping by to say good-bye! (They return on the afternoon of Saturday, March 14.)


April Weekend is right around the corner!
The April Weekend Committee wants to hear your THEME ideas! And the person with the best theme will win a $25 mall gift card and their theme will be used for April Weekend.    

To enter: e-mail your theme to by March 16 at 11 a.m.! Make sure your e-mail includes your name, theme, and mailbox number. Interested in helping with April Weekend? The April Weekend Committee will be meeting Monday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Lion's Den! Brought to you by the Campus Activities Board.

And the winners are…
Lion’s Den servers Julie Dawson and Monica Dale were named RC Employees of the Year at the annual faculty/staff appreciation dinner Feb. 20.  They offer this note to having been named:


To the entire Rockford College community:

“It was an honor to be invited to such a special event last Friday evening.  We feel very blessed to work with such a fine group of people.  We were both humbled and thankful to receive the Employees of the Year Award.  I think we may have been speechless for a few minutes...which doesn't happen often. We look forward to seeing you and serving you at ‘The Den’”  -- Julie and Monica

Upcoming Kobe Regents events slated
Tuesday, March 17 from Noon-1 p.m.: Global Community Hour in the Faculty Dining Room. This month we will be touring “Turkey” with tour guides Filiz Dik, math faculty member and Yusuf Sezer, ESL student.

Tuesday, March 24, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Passport Fair by student mailboxes in Burpee Center. A representative from the U.S. Postal Service will be available to issue passports.  Anyone can get their passport this day with the appropriate paperwork.  (More details later this week and posters will be put up around campus.)

Saturday, April 4 6-8PM   The Rockford College Multicultural Club International Food Fair, Regent’s Hall in the Burpee Center. More information will be sent as vendors and entertainment is secured.

Care to be a conversation partner?
Are you aware that we have a multicultural campus with students from all over the world? South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, Mexico, France, China, Ecuador, Swaziland, Mongolia, Argentina and others. As a matter of fact, each month we get new students so our demographics change all the time.


If you’re interested in meeting people from different countries and cultures
and have at least an extra 30 minutes per week to relax and sit down for an exciting conversation, contact the ESL program at ext. 4138. Starting is simple; just e-mail giving some days and times you can be available and they’ll put you in touch with a student!

Give a buck to support our military personnel overseas
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is collecting donations for its care package service project.  They’ll be sending care packages overseas to our military personnel, many of whom are Rockford College alumni.  They ask for your support and are asking students and athletes for a $1 donation. After all, a $1 donation is not too much to ask for someone who might give their life for our freedom.  If you personally would like to give a donation you may give it to Tim Patrick or Paula Jones in the athletic office, or to any athletic coach.  Thank you for supporting your SAAC.

Music academy alum, Julliard student to perform at Rockford College
A free recital featuring Rockford native and Julliard School student Ben Geller on viola will be held March 4, 6 p.m. in the Fisher Chapel at Rockford College.  
Geller attended The Music Academy of Rockford College in his formative years, and the academy is sponsoring the recital. He will be accompanied by Mindy Asher on the cello.
After attending Butler University in Indiana, Geller went on to study at Julliard’s master’s program, from which he expects to graduate in May. He has already had two professional auditions and plays occasionally at venues around Manhattan. 
The concert is open to the public and families with young children are encouraged to attend. The Music Academy at Rockford College caters to people of all ages who have a passion to learn or play music. For more information on the academy, call ext. 4168. 

Vocal Collective to give pre-tour concert
The Rockford College vocal collective will be traveling to Florida for spring break and will be presenting a pre-tour concert in Maddox Theatre this Friday night, March 6, at 7 p.m.  This spring’s concert tour includes stops in Orlando, Kissimmee, Fort Myers, Naples, and Sarasota.  The tour program features a broad array of choral styles from madrigals and spirituals to American folk songs and melodies from Mexico, Israel, and South Africa. Inspiring arrangements of “Gift to be Simple,” “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger,” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” are included on the concert.

The Vocal Collective is a select, mixed choral ensemble of 17 singers that performs a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance polyphony to jazz and popular music. The ensemble serves as an ambassador for the college, performing at college functions and representing Rockford College at community events such as athletic contests, corporate events and city gatherings. Students from all four classes and from many disciplines make up the Vocal collective. This is the group's fifth year in existence.

Rockford College Classifieds in the portal!
The portal has updated to include Rockford College Classifieds.  This section of the portal will allow you to post items for sale, list lost and found items, and sell or buy books through a book exchange. Submissions will expire after 14 days unless they are re-posted. You can use this new feature of the portal now at 

We are adding this new feature for your convenience, and to begin to control the number of broadcast e-mails being sent to the entire college community. So, if you’re thinking of sending a broadcast e-mail out, ask yourself: Is there a better way to communicate with the college?  How can you best target your message to your intended audience? The portal may be the answer.

Chuck Cornele and Ashley Geiger to do the Polar Plunge
Care to take a plunge into a lake in the middle of winter? That just what Chuck Cornele, Maintenance, and Ashley Geiger, Athletic Trainer, are doing March 7.  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.
You can donate online to either participant by going to . Chuck and Ashley 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 Cornele has taken the dip; it’s Geiger’s third plunge.


Weekly Update takes a vacation
Due to spring break, there will be no newsletter next Monday, March 9. Watch for us the following Monday!  And have a safe spring break, students!  

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