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Monday, September 28, 2009  
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This week: Trustees meet; Homecoming kicks off

Today, the weekly message is written by Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

This is an important week in the college’s annual calendar.  Homecoming is the time when alums reconnect with their college friends and the college itself.  It’s the time when current students celebrate their college careers, enjoy their friends, and have wholesome fun (yes they do!).  Please see the story below and the schedule for homecoming events.

Since many of our trustees are alumnae/i, homecoming is usually the occasion for a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees.  The themes of the meeting are those announced by President Head at the pre-college conference in August:  Identity, Excellence, and Financial Equilibrium.  On Thursday of this week, all the board’s committees will meet, supported by members of the staff and faculty, to review progress on a number of initiatives and generally to assure that as trustees they are sufficiently informed about college operations in order to perform effectively their responsibilities to guide and oversee the institution.  Then on Friday, the group meets in plenary session.

Several important items are before the board for action at this meeting:

  • final action on the Fiscal Year 2010 budget;
  • the last step in approval of an amendment to the Faculty Constitution, regarding faculty votes on graduation;
  • review and possible action on a set of policies and procedures regarding honorary degree recipients, which are approved by the board.

In addition, at the luncheon session on Thursday, the trustees will hear about several aspects of our student life and athletics programs that are particularly topical or relate to the interests of several board committees.

Have a wonderful Homecoming Week everyone.  Fall is here, which means mid-terms and then fall break aren’t too far away.

Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the College 

A big week for students, alumni
Both students and alumni will be focused on Homecoming this week, a tradition that has endured for years. For students, it’s a chance to have fun, enjoy games, and dance at Friday’s Karaoke Night or the Homecoming dance on Saturday (visit “Campus Events” announcements in the portal for the complete schedule).  For alumni, Homecoming coincides with the annual reunion, where more than 200 alumni and their spouses are expected back on campus to reminisce and celebrate.  Among those attending is Shirley Voss Henley Philon from the class of 1950 who will receive the college’s highest honor for alumna, the Talcott Cross.

By the way…two college employees are also in line for awards at the reunion. Prof. Deborah Breiter, chemistry, is set to receive the Mary Ashby Cheek Award given to a non-alumna/us who enriches the college experience of many by exemplifying the ideals of the college. Robin Kenney, a staffer with the Music Academy of Rockford College and volunteer director for the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break, will receive the Alumna of the Year Award. Their awards will be presented at the All-Alumni Celebration Dinner Friday night. Congratulations, Prof. Breiter and Ms. Kenney!

Grant from Library of Congress enters second year
A project that allows the college to familiarize teachers and prospective teachers about the vast online resources of the Library of Congress enters its second year under the direction of Prof. Debra Dew, associate professor of education, and Michael Griffith, project assistant director. The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program helps colleges and universities access primary sources – actual records that have survived from the past like letters, photographs, articles of clothing and music. They are different from secondary sources, which are written accounts of events some time after they happen. Rockford College is one of only 10 colleges in the state to have the TPS program.

Rosecrance, RC music academy team up
Music as Healing Art is a music curriculum developed collaboratively between Rosecrance Health Network and the Music Academy of Rockford College. It is offered on-site to adolescents in their residential rehabilitation program. Weekly group experiences are led by a faculty member of the academy where students have the opportunity to communicate honestly, support one another and work toward a group “product” of musical expression. A reception marking the success of this collaboration was held last Wednesday at Rosecrance with representatives from both organizations in attendance. 

Forum Series adds another talk on October 13
Students will have another opportunity to fulfill their Forum requirements this semester. Joshua Hall, assistant professor of economics at Beloit College, will present the talk “The Dilemma of School Finance Reform, October 13, 6 p.m. in the Fisher Chapel. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, the Journal of Economics and Politics, and The Independent Review.

Suggest ways on how to change the world
Do you have an idea of how we can make the world a better place? Share your thoughts on the college’s list of “1,000 Ways to Change the World.” You can add your idea at the college’s Facebook page on the notes tab; on our Web site, or by e-mailing Cassie Swanson, Marketing/Special Events, at When complete, we’ll make an effort to implement them! 

‘Everything In the Garden’ plays this week in Cheek Theatre
Plan now to see “Everything in the Garden,” a play by Edward Albee being performed October 1 – 4 in the Cheek Theatre. Set in the late 1960s, we are brought into the wood paneled living room of Jenny (Carol Rice) and Richard (Steve Roberts), a suburban couple dealing with what every person can relate to: bills and not enough money to pay them. The play brings out several dark questions. How far will you go to get that money? And at what cost? That is what Jenny, Richard, and their circle of friends unleash for the audience to decide.


Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors age 55 and up. For tickets, call the box office at 815-226-4100. 

Library staffer earns master’s
Mary Pryor, archivist in the Colman Library, completed work on an MS in education from Northern Illinois University this summer and is looking forward to graduation in December. Congratulations, Mary!

MBA Advisory Committee organizes for 2009-2010
The MBA Advisory Committee gives guidance to the college’s MBA program and includes a number of community and business leaders. The following were recently elected to the committee. The diversity of members exemplifies our reach and support in the community. 


Board members:
Tim Dimke, Rockford Park District; Deb Muzzillo, Ameriprise Financial; Paul Baits, Hamilton Sundstrand; Terry Ingrassia, civic leader and RC board member; Rich McMullen, GE Aviation; Aaron Potter, Bergstrom, Inc.; Paul Hartzog, Trekk Cross Media; Jake Dykstra, Cord Construction; Mark Samuelson, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Abby Viglietta, Anderson Packaging Inc.; Dana Wallace, Fairbanks Morse Engine; Jim Turmo, Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Officer positions:
Chair - Jim Turmo; Vice Chair (Alumni) - Rich McMullen; Vice Chair (Marketing) - Dana Wallace; Vice Chair (Stakeholders) - Jake Dykstra; Secretary/Treasurer - OPEN

RC’s Adams interviewed on Chicago radio station
Timm Adams, associate professor of music at Rockford College and director of the Chicago Chamber Choir, was interviewed on WFMT, 98.7 FM (Chicago’s classical music station) Thursday afternoon on the station’s “Impromptu” program. George Preston interviewed Adams, and the Chicago Chamber Choir sang excerpts from its soon-to-be-released CD, “Hymns & Spirituals: Strength for the Journey.”  The full concert of the same title (many of the songs from the CD, plus some special additions) is slated for October 24 (Lincoln Park) and October 25 (Andersonville). Check out the choir’s Web site for more information,

Postcard blogger to speak here today
Author Frank Warren will speak on “The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren’s PostSecret,” today at 4 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. Warren is the creator of the blog phenomenon “PostSecret Project,” a collection of over 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. The Web site for PostSecret is one of the most popular on the Web, and has been featured prominently in the media in USA Today, on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR, and Fox News. In 2009, Forbes magazine named Warren the #4 most popular "Web celeb," behind popular bloggers Perez Hilton and Michael Arrington, and the founder of

The talk, part of the college’s Forum Series, is free but a ticket is required. Call the college box office for details, phone 815-226-4100.                              

Basic skills tests offered by RCLC
Education students will want to know that the college’s Learning Center is offering Illinois Basic Skills workshops in preparation for the basic skills test. The workshop will be held Thursdays, October 1 (writing); October 8 (reading); October 22 (grammar); October 29 and November 5 (math), and November 11 (optional). The workshops will be held in Starr room 420. Call the RCLC to enroll at 815-226-4087.

Catch RC spots on Monday Night Football
If you live in Charter cable TV territory (northern Winnebago County) and you’re watching Monday Night Football, you’ll see Rockford College TV spots on ESPN, and also Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. It’s part of an effort to raise awareness of the college and the many outstanding things it has to offer.

Psych club in the midst of coat drive
The college’s Psych Society is holding its annual coat drive 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

Walk for a good cause
Last year many students and sports groups participated in Rockford's annual Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. This year they are trying to raise even more money, and it is hoped the Rockford College community will play a vital role by participating again this year. The walk is Saturday, October 17 at Martin Park in Loves Park. It’s a quick 4-mile walk with an optional Pink Champagne Brunch afterward.

The money raised goes to help women and their families who need assistance after being diagnosed with breast cancer; it goes for further research of treatment, and many other types of assistance for those who cannot afford check-ups or treatment.

If you are interested in signing up a team or in volunteering on that day, contact Jaclyn Carlson via e-mail at; stop by the mail desk in Burpee where there are registration forms; or go online at and click on Rockford. Carlson will be setting up a team online so if you would like to join her team you may also contact her. Is anyone else taking part in the event? Let us know!

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. And ask yourself when you are thinking of sending a message to the entire campus community: “Couldn’t this be better handled in”

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

Congratulations, RC! You gave a record amount of blood
The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) reports that the college set a new record with 44 donors giving blood in a recent blood drive. Well-done, everyone!

RC in the news
  • Bern Sundstedt, director of alumni and development, was featured prominently in the Rockford Register Star in their GO section Saturday. As we reported earlier, Bern does voice-overs for motion comic books. You can read the entire story here
  • The Register Star also had a story on John McNamara, vice president for college development, on his appointment to the national Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. 
  • The three local TV stations and the Register Star provided coverage of International Peace Day activities a week ago, including key involvement of our Jane Addams Center.  

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

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