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Monday, June 15, 2009  
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CARE helps in bringing us closer together

During the summer, the President’s message will be written by members of the Executive Council. Today, we hear from Tina Anderson, Vice President of Business and CFO.

Dear faculty, staff, and students:

Campus Activities & Recognition for Employees, affectionately known as CARE, was started in 2007, when a few of us decided to get together and do something nice and fun for employees, bringing faculty and staff together outside of the regular work hours.  It was important to us not only to have fun and break away from the daily grind, but also to get to know each other better on a more personal level.  CARE has done a phenomenal job over the past two years bringing our campus community together, and is responsible for many wonderful memories of our second family here at Rockford College.

The CARE Committee is a volunteer group of staff and faculty consisting of Ginnie Weckerly, Cassie Swanson, Timm Adams, Anna Dzyuba, Cindy Handel, Cathy Kight, Michael Perry, Kyle Pucko, Stacy Simms, Kerry Fleming, Kelly Olson, and Lindsay Kent.  CARE spends many hours each month planning events for Rockford College employees and their families, as a lot of hard work and coordinated efforts are put into providing fun activities. 

CARE has hosted many exciting events in the last two years, such as the Chili Cook-off, Bring Your Pet to Work Day, a Cubs vs. Brewers Bus Trip, Summer Splash, Summer Potlucks, Co-Worker Appreciation Day, Green Week, Campus Clean-Up, Fall Festival, the Frosty Holiday Party, the Winter Wonderland Holiday Party, and most recently the Do Something Nice for a Co-Worker event last week.  CARE is also responsible for the Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year Programs.  These are just a few examples of the many ways CARE strives to promote fun, positive activities for Rockford College employees.

CARE is also hosting our summer potlucks again this year during the months of May, June and July.  We encourage you to come out to the CARE potluck this Wed., June 17 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., bring a dish to pass, and enjoy a beautiful outdoor lunch with your co-workers on the Colman Library Patio.  The July CARE potluck is on Thurs., July 16; we hope to see you there!

The next time you see a CARE Committee member, take a moment to thank them for all of their hard work and efforts to help make Rockford College a better place.  It’s because of them that we all know each other a little better, and can look back and smile at many great memories we’ve shared together.  Have a wonderful summer!

Tina Anderson
Vice President of Business & CFO

Scholarships offered to students referred by alumni
Alumni often look back at their Rockford College experience as some of the most fulfilling and memorable of their lives. Now, someone you know can have this same experience and receive a $500 scholarship toward their first year at RC.

The new student referral program, effective June 15, 2009 for new students enrolling for fall 2009 and beyond, will permit new students referred by Rockford College alumni to receive the $500 scholarship automatically upon enrollment. Of course, prospective students under the program still need to meet Rockford College admission requirements.

Referring a prospective student is easy. Once you make contact, have your prospective student complete an application for admission online at On the application, there is a question that asks, “How did you hear about this institution?” The student must choose “Rockford College Alumna/us” and then enter your name in the “Other” box directly below. Upon admission and enrollment, the student will then receive the $500 scholarship toward the first year’s tuition.

This program is for students entering Rockford College for the first time. Students are eligible for additional financial aid if they qualify. This program does not apply to students recruited solely through college fairs or similar events staffed by alumni representatives. Four-year Alumni Grants of $500 per year are still available for dependents of Rockford College alumni.

For more details, contact the Admission Office at 815-226-4050, or e-mail Mark Vaughn at

Give a prospective student the same opportunity you had at this great institution. Refer someone today!  

Students present papers at conference in Vegas
Four RC business students presented papers at the 2009 International Conference on the Global Financial Crisis (ICGFC 2009) held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from June 4-6. The papers were a product of the research they did during their HR Management course last semester. The goal of the research was to examine the impact of the current global financial crisis on human resource management. We’ll have more on this next time.

Summit will make kids happy campers
Rockford College’s Learning Center hosts Summit Discover Day Camp for children in grades 1-8 from July 13-17. The week is designed to encourage learning in a stimulating and fun environment. Classes have such interesting titles as: Mostly Magnets, Kitchen Chemistry/Concoctions, and Wildlife Explorers. Students can enroll in an entire day of activities throughout the week ($200), or half-days ($100), either in the morning or afternoon. For more information call the RCLC at 815-226-4087. Registration runs through June 27. For a full description of classes, see Click on Community Education/RC Learning Center/Summit Discover Day Camp.

Finally, help for the family-owned business
The old family-owned businesses (FOBs) down the street aren’t dying. As a matter of fact, they make up a huge portion of this country’s gross national product. But they are facing challenges. And that’s why Rockford College has created a Family Business Center to help them survive and thrive.

Under the leadership of Steve Kadamian, assistant professor of business, the center provides business assistance, education and training, help with estate planning, succession planning, business roundtable discussions, access to student interns, and research support. Because much can be learned from the experience of other FOBs, networking is a key component of the center.

Businesses in the area have typically had to go to Loyola, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee or Marquette to get help with FOB issues prior to now. Today, they have the new center at Rockford College, which taps into the resources of the college’s economics, business, and accounting department and the MBA program. 

Wallace featured in vendor newsletter
Web administrator Gale Wallace is the subject of a nice feature in Adminadvisor, the customer newsletter for The story says: “Gale believes being a part of something that makes such a difference in people’s lives truly gives much inspiration. She looks forward to continually growing and expanding her role.” Your is the college’s Web site vendor.  Way to go, Gale! … more     

MAT grad says ‘go fly a kite’
Jill Dulany-Hollander, a recent MAT grad and teacher at Old Quarry Middle School in Lemont, was featured in a story in the Lemont Reporter about an interesting classroom activity involving kites. Dulany-Hollander surprised her students with a “Fly High with Vocabulary” activity, which she says, made the students happy and engaged. ……read more

May employee honor goes to Tinsley
Congratulations to Donnette Tinsley, director of student success and retention, for being named the Employee of the Month for May. Says Tinsley: “My favorite thing is observing and getting to know our new students as they arrive on campus and watching them grow and develop personally, socially, and academically as they pursue their education and achieve their goals.”

RC in the news
Did you happen to catch…

  • Coverage of the college’s Art on the Lawn held yesterday. There were stories on TV and in the Rockford Register Star. ……read more or watch the news cast
  •  Coverage of the Global Education conference held here late last week on local TV and in the Register Star.

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