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Wednesday, June 10, 2009  
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Join us Sunday for the 10th anniversary of Art on the Lawn

During the summer, members of the Executive Council will take turns writing the President’s message. This week, we feature John McNamara, vice president for college development.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Ten years ago, the juried art fair, Art on the Lawn, had its inaugural show at the College of Medicine on Parkview Avenue. After 7 years, the College of Medicine decided to discontinue hosting the art fair. When I learned this, I leaped at the opportunity to have it at Rockford College. We viewed it as aligned with our mission and supportive of our Art Department, long one of the treasured courses of study at Rockford College. It also provided another opportunity to reach out to the community and invite one and all to our campus. This coming Sunday we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show and the third year on our campus.

Art on the Lawn (AOTL) has become a staple of the summer arts and cultural scene of our community. This year’s show features 59 artists from our region and neighboring states. Virtually every discipline is present. The art is excellent and the setting on Burpee Commons is ideal. This year our generous sponsors are Rockford Orthopedic Associates, Ltd, Title Underwriters Agency, Rockford Health System, Swedish American Health System, Holmstrom & Kennedy Law Firm, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. These sponsors have been with us each year and we are grateful to them for their continuing generous support. All proceeds of the show, after expenses, are earmarked for the Rockford College Scholarship Fund. We have been recognized for our economic diversity and these funds will help us help our students, new and continuing, secure their college degree. 

We have more than 30 volunteers helping us; they include faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the arts and the college. Our fair is a collaboration with the Rockford Art Museum and the Rockford Area Arts Council. We value these relationships and take every opportunity to work closely together to support the arts and cultural offerings in our community. 

Enjoy next Sunday at beautiful Rockford College. Admission is $3, children 12 and under are free. In addition to the excellent art, you can lunch on hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks supplied by our new food vendor, Sodexo, and waffle cones and smoothies from Marty Hey of Hey Brothers. We look forward to seeing you Sunday! 

College receives $238,000 for projects
A recent grant to the college for $238,000 will mean enhanced classroom technology and upgrades to 18 different classrooms. The grant was announced by John McNamara, vice president for college development. In a related development, McNamara also said the college received a $150,000 grant from the Library of Congress to continue a program that trains teachers and prospective teachers on accessing LOC computer-based resources to locate primary research from the library’s vast collection.

Mossop is new food service manager
A familiar face around the food service operation at the college is now the group’s general manager. Colin Mossop assumed the position a couple weeks ago following the transfer of the food service to Sodexo. The company will operate the dining areas under the name Rockford Dining Services. Positive changes are anticipated in food service in the weeks and months ahead, says Matt Phillips, associate vice president of operations.

Road update
Utility construction on the road that meanders through the campus continues today, meaning that the road remains blocked near the refrigeration plant. The latest projection is that the road will be open by late this afternoon or tomorrow morning. 

Get To Know Me:
Michelle Griggs, Director, Kobe-Regent’s Center for Global Education

Where are you from originally?
Born here in Rockford but raised in Salinas Calif.  Moved to Freeport when I was 12 years old.
Where did you attend college and what was your area of specialization? 
Illinois State University undergrad degree (Political Science Global Studies focus); 1st masters in Curriculum & Instruction (focus in Multicultural Education and Diversity Training) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; 2nd masters – focus in Special Education.
Where did you work prior to coming to Rockford College? 
Greenville College – Director of Multicultural Affairs; St. Louis Public Schools – Beaumont High School, teaching Career English and American Literature.
Tell us a little more in depth about your position:
Currently, I handle all international student related information from the time the student is on campus until graduation or completion of the Optional Practical Training term.  I also coordinate the study abroad programs as well as advise the Multicultural Club & BSU. This entails meeting with students, acting as secondary academic advisor, and coordinating and planning events that continually highlight internationals as well as domestic students of color.  

What are the favorite aspects of your job so far?
Meeting and dealing with the students. I am also actually proud of the fact that the KRCGE is a center for change on campus and a place where our international students feel they can come and get the answers and help they need in their unique situations. 

More on Stacy Simms
Last time we told you about Stacy Sims (SAS) and her husband Dan, who welcomed a new baby boy, Austin. Here are some additional details. Austin was born May 18, weighing in at 8 lbs 8 oz. Mom and baby Austin are doing well!  

Check out commencement pix
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the gallery of commencement photos on our Web site ( There’s a very nice slide presentation with captions with an option to view almost 200 additional images. 

Camp Rockford readies for students
From June 15 - June 26, Rockford College will host students for Camp Rockford. The camp originated as the residency requirement for our MAT instructional strategies students and today serves as a fine professional development opportunity for educators. Geographically, the students come from various locations around the state, but we also have many local educators attending the classes. Burpee, Scarborough, and Starr will be the building locations for the Camp Rockford students. Say “hi” to these students when you see them.

RC in the news
Did you happen to catch any of the following in local media last week?

  • Student Ashley Davis was featured in the Register Star’s “Get to Know Me” column last Thursday. Ashley is president of her residence hall and secretary of student government. …read more
  •  Fred Rezazedeh, professor of business and economics, was quoted in a Register Star story yesterday on the potential loss of workers locally who may seek work elsewhere because of the down local economy….read more

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