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Monday, June 22, 2009  
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A message from President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Visit opens up opportunities for China, RC

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Earlier this month, Gary Lubbert and I traveled to China to open recruitment channels with several high schools, universities and government agencies. Cities visited included Shanghai, Changzhou (a Sister City of Rockford) and Hangzhou, all on or near the central region of China’s east coast. Prof. Lubbert and I are completing work that will result in agreements with Shanghai International Studies University, Jiangsu Polytechnic University and Zhejiang University. Other affiliations are in various stages of discussion.

My first visit to China occurred 12 years ago and with each subsequent visit, I have been able to witness the fairly radical evolution of its burgeoning economy, as well as its social and political metamorphosis.  During that first visit, I toured Tiananmen Square, the home of the major symbols of communism in China. You will remember that 100,000 students participated in a demonstration in Tiananmen Square in 1989 to highlight their call for democracy. The government responded by ordering troops to Tiananmen resulting in the death of hundreds of students and the injury of thousands.

On June 4th, the world acknowledged the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government reacted to mounting calls for additional protests and remembrances on this date with the blocking of all English speaking news channels on broadcast television and certain Web sites. China has made significant progress in connecting to the world’s economy through membership in the World Trade Organization in 2001 and through realizing cultural and environmental commitments resulting in its hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nevertheless, the censorship of the media during our visit reminded me that there is still a division in China between those who share a vision of complete freedom and those who do not.

I believe that education is the means to advancing our global society. Having students from around the world studying at Rockford College brings together different perspectives, provides opportunity for meaningful dialogue and enhances learning. Napoleon once said, “China is a sleeping giant and when it wakes, it will move the world.” That movement has clearly begun. Both Chinese and American students will benefit from our planned educational collaborations.
Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Our thoughts are with those affected by train accident
Rockford College offers its thoughts and prayers to victims, family and friends of those affected by the awful train derailment in southeast Rockford Friday night.  

Kitchen putting skills to work during sabbatical
Biology professor Duane Kitchen is staying busy this summer doing corn genetics research with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a DuPont company.  It’s part of his sabbatical which started May 18.

Profs ready to showcase musical talent
It’s a well-known fact that Rockford College employees and students have many skills and talents. Now, a rock band has been put together consisting of exclusive RC folks. Band members are: Philosophy professor Matt Flamm doing vocals and guitar, senior student and psych major Dan Schrom on lead guitar, theater arts professor Noel Rennerfeldt on bass, and art professor Philip Soosloff on drums.  The group calls itself "The Viking Portables" and their first gig is at Meg's Daily Grind, Alpine and Guilford, on July 10 at 7 p.m.  
Besides developing original material for playing out in greater Rockford, the group plans to showcase its music from time to time at the Thursday open mic's (which Flamm hosts) when they resume in the fall.  The band’s Myspace page announcing the gig, future appearances, and where it’ll be posting Youtubes and songs is here:

Phantom Regiment ready for season
Our best wishes go out to the award-winning Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps as they begin their summer-long season of competition around the U.S. The corps was to have performed at its annual Show of Shows Friday night, but the event was cancelled due to rain.  As you probably know, the corps is headquartered at Rockford College in the Burpee Center. It also carries the RC logo on its equipment truck which travels around the country. 

Take Your Pet to Work Day this Friday

It’s time once again for Rover and Kitty to join you at work during the second annual Take Your Pet To Work day this Friday.  Festivities include a dog photo contest and a pet parade at 11:45 a.m.  The event is sponsored by the CARE Committee.  For details, e-mail

Puri Park to be dedicated
A new park donated to the Rockford Park District carries the name of a true friend of Rockford College: developer and RC board of trustees member Sunil Puri.  Puri donated the land for the park and also provided funds to help develop it. A dedication for Puri Park is Friday at 11 a.m. It is located at 3716 Scarlett Oak Dr. Rockford.    

Get to Know Me with AJ Segneri, Tennis coach

Family: Wife, Sandy

Tennis Instructor/Coach-9 years
Tennis player-21 years
BA in Organizational Management with Psychology and Communications concentrations

I sang in a traveling choir where I traveled throughout Europe.

Working with athletes on a daily basis and continuing my healthy lifestyle.

Music, Scuba Diving, Craft Brewing, Basketball

So long, Kerry and good luck
Our best wishes go out to Kerry Fleming, residence life, whose last day at
Rockford College was June 17.  Kerry has accepted a job at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

More on CARE
Last time we carried a message from Tina Anderson, vice president of business and CFO writing about the CARE team. We wanted to clarify the members of that team, which works diligently to create a sense of community and camaraderie among RC faculty and staff. Team members include Ginnie Weckerly (HR), Cassie Swanson (Mktg), Timm Adams (Music), Anna Dzyuba, (Business Office), Cindy Handel (Business Office), Michael Perry (English), Stacy Simms (SAS), Kelly Olson (Student Activities), and Lindsay Kent (Jane Addams Center). Kerry Fleming, former director of residence life, was also a member this past year. 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. 

Don’t forget conversation partners
You can still help an ESL student learn English by engaging them in conversations as part of the Conversation Partners program. If you have 30 minutes per week to spend with an ESL student and want to meet people from other countries, call the ESL Office today to sign up, phone 815-226-4013. 

Congrats, newlyweds
Our congratulations go out to Matt Phillips (Assoc.VP-Operations) and Teddy Atanassova (Asst.VP – Academic Affairs) on their recent marriage! 

RC in the news

•    The Rockford Register Star has a fun gallery of images from the recent Art on the Lawn at Rockford College. ….View photo gallery

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