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Monday, May 04, 2009  
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A message from President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Just as our GIs have served, we aim to serve them

Dear students, faculty and staff:

A new federal program will help many veterans who are seeking a higher education.

As described by the Veterans Administration, the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  It allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Rockford College is pursuing an agreement to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans who served 36 months of active duty after Sept.10, 2001, are eligible for the benefits.  We are in contact with various service agencies in the area to create partnerships ensuring a quality experience for any veteran using this program. Last Thursday, about 10 veterans attended an information seminar hosted by Rockford College and sponsored by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Frank Delatorre, veterans’ educational specialist, facilitated the session.

I strongly believe that veterans deserve the best we can offer for their unselfish and dedicated service to our country. Most of you will agree that Sept.11th, 2001 has radically changed our society.

My younger son, Jason, experienced that time with much reflection. He was motivated by a call to serve and shortly before graduating from high school, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard. Jason has since served in Iraq and taken on a full-time assignment as a trainer, moving from base to base to help prepare our forces to defend our nation. I have said before that as a father, I preferred a non-military career for my son. When Jason and I discussed his choice and I shared my concerns with him, Jason simply responded that if he and others like him didn’t serve, who would? Jason was absolutely right and I am so proud of him for accepting the call as his personal responsibility. The new GI Bill provides those like Jason an opportunity to further their education.

Rockford College currently has 16 veterans enrolled. To these veterans, and those who might enroll in the fall under the Yellow Ribbon Program, I thank you for your commitment and your service.

Have a good week.

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.,



RC continues to monitor flu situation
The college’s Lang Center for Health, Wellness and Counseling is monitoring the H1N1 virus and is ready for any contingency. There have been likely cases reported in neighboring communities, but not yet in Rockford. The precautions for all of us remain the same: avoid people with flu symptoms, wash your hands frequently, and cover your coughing and sneezing. For more, see the Centers for Disease Control Web site at  Watch for further e-mail updates to the college community.


Student leaders, staff, organizations honored
Nearly a dozen individuals and campus organizations were honored at the 5th annual Leadership Awards Ceremony April 26. The event recognizes the impact student leaders have on our campus as well as the difference faculty and staff make on the growth of our students. The awardees include:


·       Outstanding Project Award: Green Week coordinated by Lisa Hiskey in JACCE

·       Innovation in Programming: “Take Back the Night” coordinated by Amy Collinsworth and Hannah Stravers

·       Outstanding Programming: “Rockford College is Haunted” presented by the RC Paranormal Society

·       Outstanding Resident Advisor Program: Dayton Hall: “Let’s talk about sex, baby!” coordinated by Hannah Stravers

·       Outstanding New Club/Organization: DEMS: Democrats Encouraging and Motivating Students

·       Outstanding Club/Organization: Literary Magazine

·       Selfless Helper & Unsung Hero: Denise Glasenapp

·       Outstanding Support for the Rockford College Community: Michelle Griggs, director of Kobe-Regent’s Center for Global Education

·       Outstanding Club/Organization President: Michelle Craglow, president of DEMS

·       Outstanding Resident Advisor: Hannah Stravers, resident advisor of Dayton Hall

·       Association of Student Leaders Achievement: Alix Sauld


Nominations came from RC students, faculty and staff and were then judged by a panel of Rockford College community members.

Nursing chair to temporarily assume dean’s role
Dr. Julie Luetschwager, chair of the nursing department, will temporarily assume the position of dean of the college this summer while Dr. Stephanie Quinn is on a study leave.  The change will be effective from June 1 until the week of July 27.  

Two RC student athletes honored
Senior tennis player Brad Pemberton and junior trackster Matt Lindgren were honored as Northern Athletics Conference Student Athletes of the Week recently for their efforts. Pemberton was the first Rockford College tennis player to receive the award.

Check in with Career Services for jobs
Students are reminded to log into for more information on any job opportunities available.  If you are unable to access, contact Career Services, 815-226-4022 for more information.

Child Development class looking for some kids
The Child Development class would like to invite children ages 2½-years-old through 5-years-old to come to the Psychology Lab (Starr 235) from 8:30 a.m. -- 9:30 a.m. this Wednesday, May 6. Persons bringing children are asked to stay so that the children feel comfortable. The class has prepared several activities for the children that will be fun and will demonstrate principles of child development.  If you would like to bring one or more children to Child Development Day, please contact Prof. Belinda Wholeben at

JACCE collecting magazines for project with Girls Scouts
Do you have magazines you don't want anymore? JACCE is collecting magazines and magazine pages for an activity Tuesday with the Girl Scouts.

The magazines or magazine pages must be appropriate for elementary-age children. They are looking for empowering text and pictures that the girls can use for a self-esteem building activity. Contact Lindsay Kent at if you have magazines to donate and a JACCE fellow will contact you to pick them up.

Are you up for some softball?
Don’t forget the Faculty/Staff vs. Students Softball Game Thurs., May 7, 5 p.m.  at the softball field behind Seaver. Contact if you are interested in playing.


And the winners are…
The philosophy and religion departments have won an ice cream social for getting their textbook adoptions in early, compliments of the bookstore. Altogether, some 77 percent of departments submitted their requests as of April 24.

Multicultural Club donates proceeds to nonprofit
RC’s Multicultural Club visited the “Kids Around the World” office last Friday to present the organization with a $500 check, as a result of proceeds from the recent Food Fair.  They presented a large copy of the check to organization representatives. By the way…the date for next year’s Food Fair has been set – it’s April 10, 2010.


IGNITE is newest effort to energize young professionals
As you might have heard, IGNITE, our region's young professionals organization, has launched.  It is the newest effort in attracting and retaining talent to the Rockford region and includes a full slate of events and programs designed to enhance the young professionals’ experience in Rockford and engage them into the community.

IGNITE is now accepting membership. Young professionals, targeted ages of 20s to 40s, are invited to join. There is no age restriction. Membership is just $60 per year for an individual and $100 per couple. Please visit for more information on IGNITE and download an application. If you have questions or would like more detailed information, contact IGNITE directly at 815-316-4335 or

Getting to Know Me: Kelly Haugen, Director of Career Services
Here’s another in a series of a profiles on new staff at Rockford College. This week, we meet Kelly Haugen, the Director of Career Services.

·       Where were you from originally?
I was born and raised in Rockford.

·       Where did you attend college and what was your area of specialization?
I received my bachelor’s degree in corporate communication with a minor in psychology and my master’s degree in education with an emphasis in career counseling from Northern Illinois University.

·       Where did you work prior to coming to Rockford College?
Before Rockford College, I worked for five years at SPX Hydraulic Technologies in inside sales while teaching a career planning course at NIU and interning at Rock Valley College in their counseling and advising department.

·       Tell me a little more in depth about your position.
Career Services at Rockford College is here to assist students in reaching their career goals. For undecided students, I provide career assessments that help students gain a greater awareness of their individual skills and interests as well as identify possible majors and career paths that will most likely result in them being satisfied and successful. I also offer assistance with finding internships for students in their chosen major. Additionally, I provide resume and cover letter development, mock interviews, off-campus Federal Work-Study positions, information about graduate school, career counseling, and job search assistance.

·       What are your favorite aspects of your job so far?
I love working with students directly and providing them the tools they need to be successful in their career development. I’ve always wanted to be in a helping profession, and it has been very intrinsically rewarding to hear students come back and tell me how I played a role in assisting them achieve their goals.

Employment information fair is Wednesday downtown
Skills 4 Success, an information fair for those interested in retraining and education, will be held this Wednesday, May 6 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Court Street United Methodist Church, 115 N. Church St., Rockford.  The fair includes exhibits, presentations, knowledgeable professionals, and help to answer individual questions.  Skills 4 Success is free and open to the public.

Entrepreneurship Day brings high schoolers to campus
About 120 high school students were on campus last Thursday as part of the 2nd annual Entrepreneurship Day sponsored by our business programs. Students heard presentations from RC professors and area entrepreneurs, and were treated to lunch. 

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo!
Don’t forget the college’s Cinco de Mayo celebration May 5, noon – 1 p.m. in the Grace Roper Lounge. During the celebration, enjoy fine Mexican cuisine provided by Chartwells and win some fantastic prizes! The event is sponsored by the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education, JACCE, and Student Activities. Later, you can dance and enjoy some food at another fun event. Salsa Night is in the Cummings Lounge at 8:30 p.m. 

BSU Talent show is Thursday
The talent show sponsored by the Black Student Union at Rockford College will be held May 7, 7 p.m. in the college’s Regents Hall. This first-ever event will feature some of the best talent in the region, says Kenneth McNeal, president of the BSU. Some 10 acts are expected to perform. Cost for the event is $5 for adults; $3 for students with an ID; and $1 for Rockford College faculty and staff.  Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.


Sweet Smell of Success this week
The musical “Sweet Smell of Success” will be performed at Rockford College May 7 – 9 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Maddox Theatre. This is one week later than originally announced due to problems in the theatre. With the change, there will be no Sunday performance.  

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 purchased for the original dates are still valid and any change in dates will be handled through the Rockford College box office. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.  For more information, contact the college box office, phone 815-226-4100. The performance contains mature content. 

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