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Thursday, October 29, 2009  
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Sociology prof advises on counterterrorism book
Prof. Lynn Newhart, professor of anthropology/sociology at Rockford College, has been invited to become an academic advisory board member for the book, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, authored by retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Russell Howard, and James Forest of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The advisory board will be comprised of experts and prominent educators in the field of violence, terrorism, and counterterrorism.

Prof. Matt Flamm attends conference in Poland
Prof. Matt Flamm, assistant professor of philosophy at Rockford College, was one of a group of scholars invited to the fifth annual "American and European Values" conference at Opole University in Opole, Poland.

Flamm’s installment of the conference series was titled "John Dewey at 150: Art, Culture, Society."  Conference co-organizer Chris Skowronski, Flamm, and renowned Dewey scholar Larry Hickman are currently editing a selection of essays from the conference to be published by Rodopi Press (2010).

Title of Flamm’s presentation and contribution to the pending volume is "Pragmatic Moralism and the Politicization of Philosophy."  It is an examination of George Santayana's criticism of the philosophy of John Dewey.

Flamm and Professor Skowronski have also co-edited two previous volumes of essays together, one on George Santayana and the other on *American and European Values*, each published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

RC math profs co-host conference in Turkey
Rockford College math professors Filiz and Mehmet Dik co-hosted an international math conference August 4 -12 in Istanbul, Turkey. Mehmet was one of the organizing committee members, and both he and Filiz were members of the scientific committee of the conference. The event was a collaboration between the math departments at RC and Maltepe University. Faculty from both institutions are now working on a book which will include selected and refereed papers presented at the conference. The book will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Great Britain.

RC’s McNamara appointed to national student finance panel
John McNamara, vice president for college development at Rockford College and a former Rockford mayor, has been named to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. The committee is an independent and bipartisan source of advice and counsel on student financial aid policy for both Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Education. The appointment was announced recently by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

“John’s long history of public service and current position as a college administrator makes his an important voice in efforts to make college affordable for all students,” Durbin said. “As the father of six children who attended college, John understands the importance of higher education and the financial burden many families take on to provide a world class education for their families. John is a fantastic addition to the committee and I look forward to working with him to make college education more affordable.”

McNamara served as the mayor of Rockford, Illinois from 1981 – 1989, when he joined William Charles Investments, Ltd. in Rockford. He has worked part time in various roles at Rockford College, becoming the college’s vice president for college development in 2006. Some 90 percent of the school’s 1,200 students receive some form of financial aid.

A key goal of the committee is to ensure that higher education is affordable for all students. As a member of the group, McNamara will help develop policy recommendations and independent analyses on all aspects of student assistance programs.

The advisory committee is composed of 11 members appointed by members of Congress and the Secretary of Education for a single term of four years. Committee members come from across the nation and include financial aid officers, students, college presidents and administrators, officers of guaranty agencies, and leaders of national educational associations.

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