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Tuesday, September 08, 2009  
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Civic Awareness - Civic Engagement - Civic Prosperity
This week, John McNamara, vice president for college development, writes the weekly column. Watch for President Head’s column again next week.   

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Tonight the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce begins its second annual Candidate Classes; the program is a series of six weekly panel discussions for people who are considering elective office.  I have the honor and pleasure of being one of the panelists for tonight’s class.

I have always believed it is not necessary that everyone’s civic contribution take the course of elected or appointed public service. But, my time in the pubic sector has reinforced for me the importance of our citizens to be aware of the issues affecting our community and the world around us.  In fact I wanted to work at Rockford College because civic awareness and action are at the core of our college’s mission.

An educated and aware citizenry is at the heart of democracy; we begin our Constitution with the words “We the people” for a reason.  The more we know and understand the core issues facing our community, the better prepared we are to participate in elections or vote on critical decisions.  At RC we believe that the more our students are aware of the issues facing our local, national and global community, the more likely they are to become engaged in addressing the negative effects of existing policies or seeking change in the direction of our communities.  Silence condones. Overtly supporting positions is just as vital as protesting those we believe are counter to our long term prosperity.

At Rockford College we believe civic awareness leads to civic engagement, which in turn leads to civic prosperity—a flourishing community, state and nation.  At the start of our school year, we all need to do our part to support the knowledge seeking and awareness of our students. It is work common to all of us!

Have a great week!
John McNamara

Roof repairs at Burpee may affect traffic flow
With roof repairs taking place at the Burpee Center Regent’s Hall in the next couple weeks, expect some interruptions of street/circle drive traffic in front of the facility. Hoisting of materials will last about 4.5 – 5 hours daily and traffic controllers will be present to aid in flow of traffic. Communications will be sent daily regarding the next day’s hoisting area and duration. The Operations Dept. thanks you for your patience during this improvement project. 

Hear expert on U.S. Constitution at Forum event
Gary D. Glenn, an expert on constitutional issues, will present a talk coinciding with Constitution Day here on September 17 at noon in the Maddox Theatre.
Glenn, whose talk is entitled, “Does the Constitution Still Matter? And, if so, how?" is distinguished teaching professor emeritus of political science at Northern Illinois University. In this lecture, he discusses the U.S. Constitution as ratified in 1787 with the idea of “the living Constitution,” a view shared by many that the justices today are at liberty to “give meaning” to the original text. Increasingly, he says, “living constitutional law” matters more than the Constitution.

The talk is free and open to the public though a ticket is required. Contact the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100 for a ticket and information about future lectures.  Glen’s talk is one of many offered through the Forum series.

Get to Know Me: Dr. Susan Smith 
Every other week, the Weekly newsletter features a faculty or staff member so you can get to know them better. This week we feature a new member of the Education Department.

Name: Dr. Susan S. Smith

Job title: Director of Elementary Education

Family:  Husband-Terry W. Smith

Professional/educational background:
  • Bachelors of Arts in Education-Eastern Illinois University
  • Masters-Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Doctor of Education-Northern Illinois University
Professional Experience
  • High School English/Journalism Teacher at East Alton-Wood River High School
  • Language Arts Consultant at Boone/Winnebago Regional Office of Education
  • Principal/Assistant Superintendent for Harvard Community Unit School District #50
  • Superintendent of Lostant Community Unit School District #425
Interesting fact about me:
My family has been involved in education as far back as we can trace. 

The favorite thing about my job is…
I love the academic/scholarly atmosphere. You have time to think globally and ways in which to improve the world/city/college.  

I am an avid golfer and reader. I used to play tennis and would like to do that once again. My passion is to do whatever I can to support the expansion of fine arts. What the fine arts can do for a school system and a community is incredible. 

Correction from last time
In the last issue of the Weekly, we implied that a developer had already been chosen for a new sports complex that could be located at either the Indoor Sports Center on East Riverside Boulevard or Rockford College. In fact, no developer has been chosen as of yet.

Catch upcoming Artists’ Ensemble dress rehearsal free
Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around every day. The Artists’ Ensemble professional theatre troupe is based at Rockford College and the group customarily invites Rockford College students, faculty and staff to a dress rehearsal of an upcoming play. This week, you have a chance to see the world premiere production of Jeeves in Bloom by Margaret Raether. And it’s free! See it this Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Maddox.

Live stats now available for Regents sports contests
With the assistance of several Rockford College departments, including information technology and marketing, fans of Regents athletics can now follow many of your favorite Regents teams from your computer through a new web page.  After weeks of work, Rockford College has created a web page that allows fans to follow Regents home games in real-time.  The web site,, will display the play-by-play and up-to-the-minute stats for football, women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, and softball.  Fans can link from the athletics front page or the schedule page of various sports.

“This presents a fantastic opportunity for our fans around the country,” said interim athletic director Kristyn King.  “Alums, family, and friends can now stay current with our Regents athletic teams.  They no longer have to wait for stats to be put online or the game story, they can get everything in real time.”

The web site launched this past weekend, just in time for Rockford’s first home football game.  

Where’s Robert?
Every week we give you a glimpse of the calendar for President Head.  Here’s what he has this week:
  • September 12: Kobe College Corporation Board meetings, Chicago

RC portal is there for you…so why not use it?
Here’s a reminder about the RC portal, This powerful tool offers the college community the chance to post items for sale, lost items, sign-up for RC Alert and much more. Check it out today.

Music academy faculty to give recital
Make plans now to attend a free recital featuring two faculty members from the Music Academy of Rockford College, Stephanie Pedretti, flute, and Sarah LeFleur, piano. The recital, entitled “An Afternoon in Vienna” takes place Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Fisher Chapel on campus. Hear music by favorite Viennese composers including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss. It’ll be a delight to your ears!  

Check into Washington Semester program
The Washington Semester is a cooperative program that Rockford College and over 200 other colleges and universities have with American University in Washington, D.C.  It consists of intensive study and experiential learning involving special projects in Washington (and, for some sections, overseas) and course work at American University.   A typical program would include two units of seminar; an internship with a government agency, interest group, or private company; and either a research project or an elective course. Eligibility requirements apply. To apply for the spring 2010 Washington Semester Program or want more information, contact Prof. Jules Gleicher, political science, at 815-226-4029 or e-mail jgleicher at You can also view the program’s Web site at Deadline to apply is November 9.

Public interest attorney to speak as part of entrepreneurship, ethics series
Timothy Sandefur, a senior staff attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation will kick off a new season of speakers sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship here on September 16, 6 p.m. in Scarborough 220.

Sandefur’s topic is “Market Entrepreneurs and Political Entrepreneurs: Some Legal and Constitutional Issues.” The foundation is a public interest law firm based in Sacramento, Calif.  The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 815-394-5181.

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship is a unique, cross-departmental project that serves as a clearinghouse for resources, speakers, and courses dealing with business ethics and entrepreneurial topics. For more information, see

Are you into the paranormal?
If you’re intrigued by the paranormal, you might want to check out the Paranormal Club on campus. The club’s first meeting is today at 4 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Colman Library. Topic is: What Does ‘Paranormal’ Mean?        

Be a part of the Brewers-Cubs rivalry
Catch the Brewers-Cubs game with other fans from the college during a trip to Miller Park in Milwaukee Monday, September 21 at 7:05 p.m. Cost is only $10 for Rockford College students, faculty and staff. Price includes game ticket, transportation and a snack on the bus. Bus departs at 4:30 p.m. Act now before the tickets are gone. Sign-up deadline is September 16.

Learning Center offers GRE, GMAT preparation classes
Rockford College’s Learning Center helps people with enrichment and remedial programs, including preparation for graduate school admission tests. Here are the latest offerings and the schedule: 

Preparation Techniques for the GRE 2009:  Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.    Required text:  How To Prepare for the GRE 2009, 17th Edition by Barrons. Cost of the class: $60

Preparation Techniques for the GMAT: Sept. 29 – Nov. 3 from 6 p.m.  8 p.m. 

Required text:  Cracking the GMAT – 2009 Edition, the Princeton Review.  If you are a Rockford College student there will be a fee of $60 for the six classes. Otherwise the fee is $110. 
Be prepared to attend all classes and have the required textbook handy for the class you choose. For more information or to register for the sessions, call 815-226-4087 or e-mail Starr Science, Room 402 is the location. Class sizes are limited.

Join Conversation Partners

Want to help someone from another country to learn English?  Then take 30 to 60 minutes of your week and talk to a student from another country:  South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Senegal, Mexico, France, Colombia, Spain … each month we get new students from around the world!

Become a conversation partner and allow these students to practice their English as you learn about their cultures, traditions, foods and more. Join them this fall and sit down for an exciting one-on-one conversation. Contact the English Language Institute at Rockford College via e-mail or phone 815-226-4013. Starting is simple; just give them some days and times you can be available and they’ll put you in touch with a student!

Got old stuff? Donate it to Regent Players
Regent Players is holding a garage sale for a fundraiser/charity project and is asking for your help by donating something you no longer need. Items can range from clothes that you don't wear anymore to old (working) appliances that you have been meaning to get rid of.  Proceeds will go toward Regents Players who will then use the money for such things as bringing in workshops for the students and campus improvement projects.  Any items that are not sold will then be donated to Goodwill. For more, e-mail

RC in the news
Prof. Fred Rezazadeh, economics, was quoted in the Rockford Register Star Sunday on the relationship between unemployment and wage hikes. His assessment: “It’s guesswork. There’s not a reliable formula, but all you can say is, eventually wages will go up.” 


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