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Monday, August 17, 2009  
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Welcome! We’re here to serve you

 A message from Robert L. Head, Ph.D., President

Welcome to our 2009 – 2010 academic year. If you are like me, you are wondering who pressed the fast forward button on summer! Nevertheless, we are excited about new beginnings and the opportunities available for the year ahead.

To our new and returning students: the faculty and staff of Rockford College have anticipated your arrival and have prepared rigorously for it. We are, together, members of a learning community that was founded 162 years ago. During that time, the college has gained a reputation for academic excellence with many distinctions. One of the great joys of my first year as president was the opportunity to meet generations of our graduates. The success of the Rockford College experience is best measured by the significant accomplishments of our graduates within their lives, professions and service to others. I look forward to having each of you add to this legacy.

Moving from student to graduate will not always be easy, but I know you are up to the challenge. The challenges you might encounter are all a part of the essential journey that you are on. Last week, I shared with our faculty and staff a quote from Randy Pausch, who authored The Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch describes being rejected on his initial efforts to be admitted into graduate school. After reflecting on the rejection, Pausch stated, “the brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

Please remember that within a community of learners, you are never alone. I wish for you much success and remind you that if you need guidance and advice, please reach out to those who are dedicated to helping navigate the brick walls.

Let’s make this a year of growth, fun and success. Have a great week!

Dr. Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Welcome, students, to your online weekly newsletter
Greetings, everyone! If you’re new to the college, let us introduce you to “The Weekly,” an online newsletter from the communications office. If you have a newsworthy student project going on or are engaging in some kind of community outreach, we’re definitely interested. E-mail submissions to


Precollege conference was informative
From the state of the college talk from President Head to the afternoon small group sessions for faculty, this year’s edition of precollege conference was most informative.  Thanks to Prof. Julie Luetschwager, nursing department chair, who coordinated the event with her team in her temporary role of tending to academic affairs. 

Big changes in RC’s food service
Whether you’re new to the college or not, you’ll be impressed with the new offerings in food service. These changes will be implemented in both the main dining room in Burpee and the Lion’s Den, and include:
  • Seattle’s Best – a new coffee brand offered in the Lion’s Den.
  • Stack’s Deli – a new sandwich bar with a Subway-type arrangement.
  • Simply-to-Go – provides an assortment of items that are pre-made and ready to take out. 
  • Grill 155 – a variety of grill items

In addition to the new offerings, there are other changes all will appreciate. Hours in the Lion’s Den will be expanded, operating from 8:30 a.m. --   10 p.m. The facility will also be open Saturday and Sunday for four hours. The Burpee dining room will feature food stations specializing in such things as stir fry, omelets, and a gourmet pizza station. Vegetarian options are available at all stations.

You’ll also see some enhancements to both the Lion’s Den and the Burpee dining room.  Flat screen TVs are being installed and plans call for new media and games at the Lion’s Den. All the changes are meant to improve the campus experience for students and provide a healthier option for everyone.  For more on food service and menus, see

It’s time to take ‘The Plunge’
Students, faculty and staff will once again fan out into the community during “The Plunge” this Saturday. The annual event calls on first year students to engage in community projects to enhance the quality of life in Rockford and build camaraderie among the students. Here’s where the groups will be headed: 


Rockford Rescue Mission

            Site leaders:  Prof. Deb Breiter; Brad Knotts
            Duties: Cleaning


Tinker Swiss Cottage

            Site leader: Prof. Diana Cullen   
                        a. Inventory in the store
                        b. Outside landscape and cleaning


Midway Village

            Site leaders: Prof. Bill Lewis; Coach Bob Koopmann 
                        a. Landscaping
                        b. Cleaning


Discovery Center

            Site leader: Prof. Joe Ward
            Duties: Sealing the playground 


Aldeen Park

           Site leader: Prof. Ray James
            Duties: Cleaning up trail and park


Burpee Museum

            Site Leaders: Professors Jennifer Langworthy and Noel Rennerfeldt       
            Duties:  Clean the museum



            Site Leader: Prof. Bill Langston  
            Duties:  Landscaping


Zion Development

            Site Leader: Cory Espensen            
            Duties: TBD

Where’s Robert?

Each week, we give you a glimpse of President Head’s schedule. Here’s what’s on tap for this week.

8/16      New Student Ice Cream Social at Dr. and Mrs. Head’s Home

8/17      Meeting with Superintendent of District 205, Dr. LaVonne Sheffield

8/21      President’s Opening Convocation in Maddox Theatre

8/22      Student Community Plunge activities

How to order parking stickers
Campus Safety & Security reports that parking stickers for employees will be ready for pick-up this week. You’re asked to fill out an application, sign it and send it to the Safety & Security Office via campus mail. You can download the application here:

Stickers will then be sent to applicants through campus mail. If you would prefer to pick up a sticker in person, they will be available at SAS and the S&S office in the Marland Physical Plant starting this Wednesday.

Bern Sundstedt’s voice heard on cartoon video
Among the many talents of Bern Sundstedt, alumni/development, is a voiceover he did for an “anime,” a short cartoon slated for cable stations. Here is a short clip of the video with his voice:

Former music academy student making a splash
Chris Knodle, a former student in the Music Academy of Rockford College, is making a name for herself in music circles. See this link for more: 

Christine Knodle & Andy Kim (Violin/Keyboard) at Julius Meinl Coffeehouse | Julius Meinl Coffeehouse | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Buy used pianos used by Music Academy
During the past year, our music department has had the use of several new acoustic pianos at no cost to the college. These instruments are part of an innovative institutional loan program arranged through Kawai America Corp. and Randee’s Music of Rockford.  The college is pleased to have these fine pianos represented here on campus, with service and support provided by a local dealer.  

These pianos are now available for purchase.  The selection includes studio consoles and professional upright pianos used in the practice rooms, as well as instruments used by the Music Academy during the “Piano Pallooza” fundraising event at the Coronado Theatre. Name brands include Kawai, Yamaha, Charles Walter, Ritmuller, and Pearl River.  Shoppers looking for a fine grand piano, digital piano, or used instrument will find respected brand names at similar savings at the sale.


You can purchase these pianos at a fraction of retail value before they are offered for sale to the general public. Call Joel Ross at Randee’s Music, 815-985-6413 to arrange for a private appointment, September 11-12. Or, attend a public sale September 12-13 at Randee’s in the Colonial Village Mall, N. Alpine and Newburg. 

Open Mic starts this week
Join Prof. Matt Flamm and Ron Rawhoof for a new season of Open Mic, every Thursday starting August 27 (except for Sept. 3). Open Mic runs from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Lion’s Den. Showcase your musical talent, try your hand at performing or come to support your fellow musicians. Original singer-songwriters, all music styles welcome. And it’s free. For more information, call Prof. Matt Flamm at 815-226-4176.

RC hosts Chinese visitors last week

Representatives from Jiangsu Polytechnic University in China visited Rockford College last week to discuss possible collaborations. President Head, Gary Lubbert, BSMS, and others were on hand to greet our distinguished visitors.  

RC in the news
Did you happen to catch the following in the news?
  • A story on Channel 23 on a new law restricting the activities of credit card companies on college campuses included an RC student offering his views. 
  • The effectiveness of protests like the kind occurring at health care town meetings was the focus of a story on Channel 23 with John McNamara (VP, College Development) offering his views. 
  • Kyle Pucko, athletic recruiter, was featured in the “Get to Know Me” column last week in the Rockford Register Star. 
  • Rockford College is one of two sites being considered for a “Dream Team” basketball complex, according to a story in the Register Star yesterday. A meeting is slated for August 25 to review a feasibility report commissioned by several governmental bodies.
  • Bob Reaven, copy center, was featured in the Register Star on the occasion of the unveiling of a mural downtown that he coordinated.  
  • Jesus Parreno, a student in the college’s English Language Institute, was featured last week in Espejo, a local Spanish language newspaper.         

The Weekly will provide links to stories when they are posted on the Web.

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