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Monday, April 20, 2009  
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A message from President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Three from RC feel need to serve through elective office

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Chuck Brown, the college’s director of communications and new media, will officially assume his new role on the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners later this month. It is a position that Chuck earned as the leading recipient of votes among five candidates during the April 7th election.

Several months ago, Chuck shared with me his desire to seek elected office and to more broadly serve this community. In these difficult times, I applaud anyone who is willing to seek public office and assist in enhancing our society.

Nevertheless, I am fully aware of the pervasion of cynicism throughout our nation regarding government and politicians.

One expert on this topic is Robert M. Eisinger, professor of political science at Lewis & Clark College. In his article “Questioning Cynicism,” Eisinger makes a case for his belief that cynicism is pervasive in the United States and that it transcends political party and governmental entity. The distressing events over the past few years in our state’s capital give some foundation for the growth of cynicism.

So why would anyone seek such a challenging public responsibility during extremely difficult times and in the service of a distrusting constituency? Chuck acknowledges that he is called to serve because “We are all obliged as citizens to use our God-given talents to give back in service to our community and the area parks represent tremendous community assets.”

He previously served for 16 years on the Schofield (Wis.) City Council. Chuck’s inspiration came from his father, who served for 10 years in the Wisconsin State Legislature and 16 years on the Racine School Board.

If we allow it, cynicism can be a catalyst for increased apathy and an unwillingness to become engaged in the political process. Rockford College’s historic commitment to civic engagement is enhanced through Chuck’s willingness to serve.

What is most inspiring is that Chuck is not alone in his passion for public office. Prof. Bob Evans has served on the board of education for Rockford Public School District 205 since 2002. Prof. Evans accepted an initial appointment and has successfully run for office on two occasions. His reasons for serving stem from his recognition of an obvious need and the expertise that he is able to bring to the situation. Bob acknowledges that his service aids in his teaching; specifically, he is able to bring lessons to students involving public finance and public administration.

Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett, administrative assistant in our Education Department, has served on the Winnebago School Board for four years and currently holds the position of president. Elizabeth responded to a call for candidates in the newspaper and collected the required number of signatures in the course of one weekend.  From her perspective, it was an easy decision due to her strong interest in youth and the importance of education in society.

As stated by Eisinger, “If citizens are not personally invested in their communities, then higher levels of distrust will emerge, resulting in a disconnected, angry and cynical polity.” Many thanks to Chuck, Bob and Elizabeth for their strong commitment to our community and for engaging in the challenge of public service.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

About those potholes
The word from Matt Phillips, RC associate vice president for operations, is that the potholes on campus roads will be repaired as soon as the area asphalt plant opens for the season. While there’s no telling when that will happen, with the nice weather and demand for repairs throughout the city, it should be fairly soon. In the meantime, drive carefully! 

Two new soccer coaches join our ranks
Congratulations and welcome to our two new soccer coaches, Chris Kindschi (women’s) and Benjamin Shaw (men’s).  Athletic Director Kristyn King says nearly 200 candidates applied for the positions, and that both Kindschi and Shaw “bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our programs.”  Kindschi previously coached soccer at Beloit Memorial High School, while Shaw coached soccer at Decatur Christian High School.

Money Smart Week includes sessions at RC
We all need to know how to spend, save, and borrow money wisely. That’s the idea behind Money Smart Week, April 20-25.  Some 30 educational classes will be offered this week, and several are being hosted by Rockford College. All RC-sponsored sessions are slated for April 22 and are being held in the Grace Roper Lounge.  Here’s the line-up:

Financial Aid & Student Loan Scams:
Don't Get Ripped Off --Lunch & Learn
College bound? Beware of scams when looking for financial aid, scholarships, or student loan providers. Helpful information on current scams and fraud to watch out for, along with info on good sources for financial aid will be presented.  Bring a sack lunch. Beverages will be provided. Sponsors: Better Business Bureau, Members Alliance Credit Union, Rockford College. Runs from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Gain Financial Freedom
What is financial abuse? Gain an understanding of financial abuse and how it can be used as a control tactic in abusive relationships. You will learn about some of the financial barriers specific to women and gain valuable tools to overcome them. Sponsors: WAVE, Rockford College, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Runs from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Car Buying 101 - Avoid Buying a Lemon
Helpful ideas and tips to shop for that new or used vehicle, to make the right choice. Is the car mechanically sound? How do I choose financing? Is the extended warranty for you? What is GAP? Sponsors: Rock River Hyundai, Rockford College. Runs from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Help Your Money Last in Retirement - Workshop
At this educational workshop you will learn: what is the impact of inflation, how long can my retirement portfolio last, what are the tax implications, and how do I prepare for the unexpected? Sponsor: Klaas Financial Asset Advisors, LLC. Hosted by Rockford College. Runs from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Catch the new RC TV spots
If you haven’t seen the new TV spots promoting Rockford College for undergraduates, here’s your chance. The new spot, including a cameo appearance by President Robert L. Head, can be seen during the following shows:

CW Network
Gossip Girl - April 13, 20,27
One Tree Hill - April 13, 20,27
Smallville - April 16, 23, 30
July – December on a varied schedule

Varied schedule April 15 – May 6; Morning Show, 6 p.m. News; 10 p.m. News

9 p.m. News (after American Idol) April 14, 21, 28

Prof finds her own work cited during routine research
It’s funny the things you come up with when you’re doing a little research. That’s what Nursing Associate Professor Dr. Julie Luetschwager discovered while doing some research. She published an article in the Journal of Nursing Law in 2000 as a part of her doctoral research.  Turns out, she was cited in an article published in 2002 in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the article was reprinted in its entirety in the National Council for Adoption’s Adoption Factbook IV published in 2007.  Prof. Luetschwager says she was most excited about it being published in the Factbook because this resource is the bible for adoption research. 

New RAs selected for next year
Eight RC students have been named resident advisors for 2009-2010. Please join us is in congratulating the following:

Kevin Rayford, Barnes Hall
Aaron Powers, Caster Hall
Monica McCarty, Dayton Hall
Bobby Tassone, Ekvall Hall
Angelica Venturi, Emerson Hall
Bill Newkirk, Lathrop Hall
Matt Lindgren, Olson Hall
Grace Moone, Talcott Hall

Thanks also to the current RA staff for their hard work and dedication this year: Hannah Stravers, Khetsiwe Dlamini, Brad Pemberton, Clara Wiersma, Amanda Austin, Sara Soeprasetyo, Aaron Powers, and Monica McCarty.

‘Preparing for Finals’ is Success Series topic
Do you procrastinate and end up pulling an “all-nighter” study session before the big final? Is “cramming all night” for you? Why not plan ahead? Attend “Preparing for Finals” Wed., April 22 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. During the workshop, you’ll learn a variety of study techniques, develop a test-taking routine and learn about stress and anxiety associated with finals. For students who find themselves pulling an “all nighter” you’ll also pick up tips on staying awake. 

Brought to you by the Student Success Series Committee: Kerry Fleming, Kelly Olson, and Donnette Tinsley.

Getting to Know Me: Sandy Riley
Here’s another in a series of occasional profiles of new RC staff. Meet Sandy Riley, the new associate director of the BSMS program.   

Hometown:  Beloit, Wis.
Hire date: February, 2009
Family: I am the youngest of six children – 3 boys, 3 girls.  I am in a long-term committed relationship and have decided not to have children of my own.

Professional/educational background:
BA from UW-Madison in Psychology and Social Welfare
MS from UW-Whitewater in Guidance & Counseling
I’ve worked in higher education administration for 12 years in a variety of roles including residence life, student activities, career services, and recruiting.  I’ve also worked in health care administration for several years running a large assisted-living center in Milwaukee and a residential pediatric care center in Rockford.  I’ve also had stints working in Human Resources, Development/Fundraising, and PR/Marketing.

Interesting fact about me:
I love art, architecture, and history.  In my life, this has translated into a passion for travel and for collecting art.  I’ve been to Europe several times and am still working on getting to Florence some day.  I’ve also owned and operated a small studio art gallery and am in the process of converting it into an online art source.

My favorite thing about my profession…
Students, students, students.  Did I mention students?  I love teaching, learning, and helping others to grow and develop.  I also love being out in the community marketing the BSMS program to area employers.  I’m lucky to be able to wear both on and off campus hats simultaneously.  It keeps me challenged and energized.

In addition to art and travel, I should mention that my first love remains music.  During my own college years, my plan was to become a professional musician while I worked as a DJ on the side.  After several years of poverty, I made the wise choice to buckle down and earn that bachelor’s degree!   Music remains close to my heart - after many years away from it, I’m re-learning how to play the piano.  I moved into a new home in Rockford last fall so this summer I’ll be taking up gardening and landscaping more intensely as both hobby and necessity.  My favorite thing is to spend time with my family and with my dogs hanging out at home.  Now if I could just teach my dog Snoopy to type on Facebook….

Rockford College observes Green Week April 20-25
This is Green Week at the college!  Check out the following activities from April 20-25.
Monday 4/20
7 p.m. Presentation in Regents Hall by Steve Ettlinger, entitled “Twinkie Deconstructed” on the real truth behind processed foods. 
Tuesday 4/21
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Green Expo in Regents Hall featuring vendors who use or promote environmentally-sound products and services.  You can even shred important documents! Co-sponsored by the college’s Rotoract chapter.
Wednesday 4/22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Canvas bag decorating under the library overhang - students will be able to decorate their own canvas bag.
6 p.m. "An Inconvenient Truth" movie and discussion in Starr 207
Thursday 4/23
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Flower planting under the library overhang using empty yogurt cups collected from students, faculty and staff.
Friday 4/24
9 a.m. Students will plant trees around campus – they will be working on the triangle area near A-lot at this time and will possibly be working in other areas that afternoon.

Saturday, 4/25
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Rockford Clean-Up at Patriot’s Gateway Center. Call JACCE for details.
All week students will be collecting aluminum cans and using the money from recycling them to adopt a rainforest (2,500 sq. ft. for $10) or replant trees in areas damaged by fire, insects, or disease ($1 per tree). They will be asking students, faculty and staff for unique ways to go green. Names will be drawn for the green ideas and that person will win a prize.
Green Week is sponsored by JACCE. 

Volunteers needed for commencement
Commencement Day is quickly approaching and what better way to honor your fellow graduating classmates than to volunteer? Volunteers are needed the day of commencement, Sun., May 17 from noon – 4 p.m. Please let Cassie Swanson, (director of marketing and special events) know very soon if you are able to share your time. You can reach Cassie at

On the subject of commencement
Remember that April 24 is the last day to pick up your maximum of four tickets to commencement for family and friends. Pick yours up at the college box office in the Clark Arts Center. Don’t forget to bring your student ID. 

RC Art Dept. Senior Show slated for April 24 - May 8
Rockford College hosts its annual Art Department Senior Show, April 24–May 8 in the college’s art gallery. The show features the work of graduating Rockford College art majors as a culmination of their search to develop an individual voice and direction in their artwork. A reception is slated for April 24, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Rockford College’s art gallery is located in the Clark Arts Center on campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours, noon – 2 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday – Saturday.  For more information, call the Rockford College box office, phone 815-226-4100. 

‘Sweet Smell of Success’ set at Rockford College
The musical “Sweet Smell of Success” will be performed at Rockford College April 30 – May 2 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 2 p.m. in the college’s Maddox Theatre. 

Based on the 1957 novel by Ernest Lehman and later adopted as a movie before debuting on Broadway in 2002, the musical is set in New York City in 1952 and follows the exploits of gossip columnist JJ Hunsecker, syndicated to 60 million readers across America. JJ has the goods on just about everyone in the U.S., from the President to the latest starlet. Meanwhile everyone, including J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Joe McCarthy and a battalion of hungry press agents seek to attach their news to a client that JJ might plug.

A Drama Desk award nominee in 2002 and nominee for outstanding musical in the 2002 Tony Awards, “Sweet Smell of Success” is the final Rockford College musical of the season.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors and may be purchased through the Rockford College box office located in the Clark Arts Center, phone 815-226-4100. The performance contains mature content. 

RAGE 5K Run/Walk rescheduled
The 5K run/walk scheduled for this past weekend was cancelled because of rain. It has been rescheduled for Sun.,April 26 at 10 a.m.  Proceeds go to support the Special Olympics Foundation. For more, contact Tony Hardin at or Matt Lindgren at

Cinco de Mayo is theme of final Global Community Hour
The Kobe Regent’s Center for Global Education will be holding its final Global Community Hour, Tues., May 5 – Cinco de Mayo!  They will be going to Mexico with their tour guide, student Mariana Rosas.  Join them May 5th in their new location, the Grace Roper Lounge, for their last trip of the semester.

In the News
Perhaps you had a chance to catch these people in the news last week:
  • Staff and students of the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement interviewed by Channel 13 Thursday for the campus observance of the anniversary of the Virginia Tech tragedy two years ago.

  • Sarah Petrovich, director of the Rockford Area Career Clearinghouse, interviewed by Channel 13 during the organization’s speed networking event last Thursday. Petrovich works closely with RC’s Career Services office on joint activities.

* In the News will try to include links to the actual stories when they are available online. 

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