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Monday, September 21, 2009  
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Improvements on campus reflects
college’s commitment to excellence

Today, John McNamara, vice president for college development, writes the administration’s message for the Weekly newsletter.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

To see the construction crane looming tall over Regents Hall is a wonderful sight!! As I write this, Our “Regents Roof” is being replaced; gone are the pea gravel stones that washed away to clog the drains and leave a spotty, patchy appearance to the roof.       

It seems odd to be so excited about a new roof – on half of the Burpee Center – but I hope you share my sense of excitement; to me it is manifest evidence, and the most visible evidence, of the continuous reinvestment in our facilities that has been taking place the last three years. Residence hall renovations, new science equipment, new carpet for the library, all new equipment in the fitness center in Seaver, classroom renovations and new classroom technology in Starr Science and Scarborough Hall, a new psychology lab – all this is in place with more to come this semester break and next summer. 

These investments are the product of responsible budgeting, a commitment to invest in our campus to attract and retain our students, and a strong private-public partnership generating the funds to complete these projects.  We have been successful in securing federal government investments though the earmark proposals backed by Sen. Durbin and Cong. Manzullo, and have enjoyed excellent participation by trustees and alumni-friend donors in project-specific efforts.  In the coming year, we look forward to the distribution of our $2.7 million share of the State Capital Plan; it has not been determined when and how these monies will be distributed, but it appears that when the bonds are sold, the monies will be allocated over a three plus year cycle. 

These investments are one part, but an integral one, in President Head’s emphasis to strengthen our institutional identity, foster institutional excellence and migrate to financial stability. 

I look forward to seeing you at Reunion/Homecoming in 10 days!

Have a good week!

John McNamara

Vice President for College Development

Condolences to Dr. Head
Our thoughts are with President Head and his wife, Sheryl, on the death last week of Sheryl’s father, James Cooper. The funeral is this Thursday in Urbana, Ohio. 


Today is International Peace Day
Students in the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement are marking International Peace Day today with outreach activities involving both their fellow students and area school children.  Here’s what’s on tap:

What: Reading “What Does Peace Feel Like:” Children paint what they think “peace” is on a banner
Who: Approximately 150 middle school students
Where: International Peace Plaza (Puri and Keeling Peace Plaza)

When: 9 a.m. – noon

What: RC faculty, staff, and students paint what they think “Peace” is on a banner
Who: RC population
Where: Lion’s Den

When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The banners will then be sent to Grand Rapids, Mich. for a Peace Banner competition. For more information, go to

Flu shots available now 
One of the methods to prevent flu this fall and winter season is to be vaccinated. A supply of seasonal flu vaccine has arrived and the Lang Center is now giving flu shots. The cost is $25 and can be paid for in cash, check or billed to your Rockford College account.  The Lang Center does not have the capability to bill the flu shot to your insurance. Call the Lang Center at 815-226-3335 if you have any questions regarding the seasonal flu vaccine.

Scholarship Day tomorrow; more than 80 recipients to be recognized
The college’s third annual Scholarship Day is tomorrow (Sept. 22), 4 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. This event will recognize more than 60 scholarships and their 80+ recipients. All of the scholarships to be presented are either scholarships for which there is a working relationship with the donor(s) or sponsoring organizations, or are named-scholarships important to the legacy and history of Rockford College. Many of the donors or organization representatives will be on hand to present the scholarships. A post-event reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the lobby of Clark Arts. Everyone is invited to attend.

College’s center for non-profits marks five years
Located in the Burpee Center, the college’s Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence quietly goes about its work to help non-profit agencies in the area become stronger and more economically viable. NICNE, as it’s called, celebrated its fifth anniversary last Monday at a luncheon attended by more than 100 people at Giovanni’s restaurant with keynote speaker Rick Wartzman of the Drucker Institute. Among the many testimonials given by nonprofit agency heads, Steve Haight, executive director of Careers, Etc. said: “NICNE programs are directly responsible for improvements implemented at our agency including strategic planning, earned income, board development, and environmental scanning.” 


During the last five years, NICNE has served more than 1,000 nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members representing some 250 agencies. It has also helped generate more than $2.75 million in new grant funding received by participants in the center’s popular proposal writing course.  The center is staffed by Pam Clark-Reidenbach, director, and Karen Ream, program and membership coordinator.

Visit Day this Saturday
One of the best ways to get to know a college campus is with a campus tour along with an explanation of the programs and services offered. That’s the idea behind our Visit Day, the next one of which is scheduled for this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event, to be held in the Grace Roper Lounge in the Burpee Center, includes an Academic Fair where students can learn more about what the college has to offer.

Among the services being highlighted:
  • Residence Life
  • Lang Health (Disability Services)
  • Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement
  • Career Services
  • Kobe-Regent’s Center for Global Education
  • Student Activities (Clubs/Organizations)
  • Student Administrative Services
  • Athletics  

Thanks to the Admission staff for reaching out to prospective students who could benefit from the many outstanding features of Rockford College. 

Artist Fitzpatrick to speak at part of Forum Series
Well-known artist Tony Fitzpatrick presents a talk at Rockford College this Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m. in the college’s Maddox Theatre.

Described as creative, unorthodox, and inspired, pop artist Fitzgerald brings a unique flavor to his art through his own experience, whether it is his upbringing in Chicago, or the inspiration from his trips to New Orleans. An icon in the art world, his works are highly-sought after by collectors around the country.

The event is free, though a ticket is required. Call the Rockford College box office for details, phone 815-226-4100.  

Psych Club slates coat drive
The Psych Society at Rockford College is holding its annual coat drive at the college through October 28, and the community is invited to participate by donating new or gently used items, especially large men’s coats, hats, scarves and thick socks. All donated items will be given to the Jubilee Center at Shelter Care Ministries. 

Collection sites are stationed at the Colman Library, Burpee Center main door and mail desk and the Starr Science building.

For more information, contact Jenny Giger at

Care to dive in the Caribbean?
A meeting for those interested in the SCUBA trip to Bonaire is set for this Thursday, September 24 at noon in Starr 330. Cost of the trip is approximately $2,000.  The trip is part of Bio 326/ Reef Ecosystems which is a 3 credit class.  Bonaire is an island located in the southern Caribbean.  All are welcome – faculty, friends, spouses, and alumni – on the trip portion, which is the lab section for the class. 

Three Penny performing group sets two plays in coming months
Mark your calendars now for two Three Penny shows coming up this semester. The college’s Three Penny group is putting on the popular “Rocky Horror Picture Show” again this year on Friday, October 30 at midnight in the Maddox Theatre. Another show, “Lone Star” and “Laundry and Bourbon” A Southern Duet by James McLure (two one-act plays) will be performed Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 6 p.m. in Cheek Theatre.

Get to Know Me with Kim Wagner
Every other week, we feature a new employee in order for you to “get to know them.” This week, we feature Kim Wagner.

Name: Kim Wagner       

Job title: Assistant Professor of Education

Family: Husband- Brent; Four daughters- Tatum-12, Reilly-10, Abigail-8, Natalie-2; many assorted pets

Educational background:
Reading Recovery™ training- National Louis University
Master of Arts in Teaching with Reading Specialization- National University- Costa Mesa, Calif.
BA with a music minor- Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.

Professional Background:
Reading Recovery/Title I- Pecatonica
Art and Music teacher- St Paul, Rochelle
Elementary teacher- Anaheim, Calif.

Literacy Coach, Mentor, Curriculum Developer- Anaheim Achieves, Anaheim, Calif.

Interesting fact about me:
I ran and finished my first marathon in October of 2007.

The favorite thing about my job is…

I didn’t realize how much fun I would have teaching at the college level!

I love to read, play the piano, and spend time with my family.

Student recital this afternoon
If you have some time this afternoon, stop in and listen to a student recital at 4 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. 

RC in the news
Rockford College was among the many features included in a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune last week in response to a story it wrote about the bad economy in Rockford. Gary Kaatz, CEO of Rockford Health System, played up Rockford’s strengths, including this: “Investigate sending a child to Rockford College, consistently named among the best liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.”  


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

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