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Monday, November 16, 2009  
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Dean Quinn reports on Council of Independent Colleges Annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers

Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council write the weekly column for the newsletter. Today, we hear from Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Last week I attended the annual CIC conference for chief academic officers.  Here’s an overview of what I learned.  Also, in a few weeks, CIC promises to have posted on its Web site materials from most of the sessions:

The conference is organized around several plenary presentations.  The first was by Dr. Robert O’Connor, president of the Teagle Foundation, former head of the National Humanities Center, and long-time professor of classics at Princeton.  Dr. O’Connor told us a fable (a la Aesop) of Dean Gradgrind (he was talking to an audience of deans!) and assorted faculty members working on assessment of student learning.  By the end of the fable, faculty members were requiring of the dean that they all make decisions based on evidence of benefits for student learning.  A fable . . .

The second plenary was delivered by Prof. Sandy Baum of Syracuse University and the College Board, an economist and expert on higher education finance, especially financial aid.  The point of her data that I think most impressed the audience was as follows:  over the last 20 years, the income (adjusted) of the wealthiest Americans has risen more than the cost of living and more than the average rate of increase in college tuition.  For everyone else, income has risen (if it has risen) at rates lower than the average rate of increase of college tuition.  Hence the financial crunch that most of the country feels regarding finances for college.

Author Azar Nafisi gave the third plenary address and helped facilitate an afternoon seminar, both on the Liberal Arts and Democracy.  Dr. Nafisi is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and currently on the faculty at Johns Hopkins.  She speaks passionately about the importance of literature, the humanities, and the liberal arts for individuals and societies.  The discussions were highly engaged and not of a single mind.

The rest of the conference offered breakfast roundtable discussions and concurrent sessions.  Some examples follow:  diversity; faculty development; international programs; types of learning; library and learning / teaching technology; online programming; three-year bachelor degrees; and many more. I also helped facilitate a day-long workshop for CAO’s with three or four years of experience.

This conference provides a wide range of topics of direct relevance to CAO’s presented by national and international experts, entirely worth my investment.  And it was in Santa Fe!

Have a good week.

Dr. Stephanie Quinn
Executive Vice President and Dean of the College 

Where’s Robert for November 16 - 22
Each week, we tell you about the important things on President Head’s calendar.  This week, he is in China meeting with higher education officials.

  • November 17     Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai
  • November 18     Jiangsu Polytechnic University in Changzhou
  • November 19     City College of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou
  • November 21     Shanghai Dianji University in Shanghai
  • November 21     Nanjing University in Nanjing

Hunger & Homelessness Week Nov. 16-20
The Jane Addams Center has slated activities all week to call attention to the plight of the hungry and homeless. The week culminates with students preparing a Thanksgiving dinner at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon.

Library wants to know how you use their facility, services
The library is running a short survey (via Survey Monkey) and they are trying to get as many in the campus community to respond as possible. Kindly take a few moments to fill it out. Here’s the link:

The purpose of the survey is to get a better understanding of how students, faculty and staff use the library and to get their opinions on the library facility and services.

Musical ‘Parade’ set for Nov. 19-22 in Maddox
“Parade,” a popular Broadway musical, will be performed November 19 – 22 in the college’s Maddox Theatre. The musical is the tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder in Georgia in 1913. The story is brought to emotional and theatrical life by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway’s most promising young composers (“Songs For A New World”). Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call the Rockford College box office, 815-226-4100.

Glenda Riggins is October Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Glenda Riggins, administrative assistant in Starr Science, our October Employee of the Month. 
A Quick Look...                                                              


Marven, husband; Heather (Kyle), Aaron (Beth) and Brian (Lucy), children; Jack – 3 ¾ and Grace – 1 ¼; grandchildren

Education: A lifelong learner, Glenda is pursuing a degree in art

Hobbies: Sewing, quilting, painting, knitting, just about any textile art, cooking and gardening

Organizations/Committees: Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, Relay for Life and a Sunday school teacher

My favorite thing about my profession: The opportunity to assist a very diversified group of people with a wide range of tasks!

Interesting fact about Glenda: I’ve worked in Career Services, the Library, Graduate Office and now Starr Science! I love Rockford College!!

Said one colleague in Starr Science: “Glenda is a valuable colleague. Her office is a high-traffic area, with students and faculty coming in and out all of the time. She is professional and serves as a friendly, competent and caring “face” for our division.”

Lang has limited H1N1 vaccine; preference given to priority groups
The Lang Center has received a limited number of H1N1 vaccine doses through the local health department and is expecting its own shipment from the state soon. In the meantime, because they have not received enough vaccine to immunize our entire student population, Lang is following the guidelines the health department has provided to them. Vaccine will be given to students following these criteria:

#1 Pregnant students or students who care for children under the age of 6 months.

#2 Health care providers, including our nursing students, especially those who are rotating into the pediatrics or mother/baby units.

 #3 Students who have underlying chronic conditions such as asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, cardiac problems or autoimmune disorders. 

 #4 Students within the 17-24 age group.

Please stop in at Lang to receive your vaccine following the listed criteria.  They will only give the vaccine to students who are of the highest priority from now through Thanksgiving break.  After break, or if additional vaccine becomes available, Lang will administer the vaccine to any of our students. 

Congratulations to new mother, Liz Sandine
Our best wishes to Liz Sandine, business office, and husband Jay on the birth of a daughter, Baylee Grace Sandine on October 22 at 1:43 a.m.  She was 8 lbs.-14 oz. at birth.  Mom and Baylee are doing great, Jay reports.  Liz has received flowers and cards from her Rockford College family and it’s meant the world to her. She thanks everyone for their caring.

Two chances to catch Global Community Hour
The Kobe-Regent’s Center for Global Education sponsors its popular Global Community Hour tours this week featuring Columbia (Tuesday) and Tajikistan (Wednesday). GCH runs from noon – 1 p.m. in the Cool Lounge, 3rd floor Burpee. Guest presenters are Paola Vera and Mavjuda Mahkamova from Columbia and Tajikistan respectively.    

Cell phone drive nets more than 100 phones
A cell phone drive organized by student Jenifer Swanson and the Jane Addams Center collected 102 phones, which were split between two women’s resource centers –  WAVE in Rockford, and VOICES in Freeport. Volunteers also received a lot of extra chargers for phones in the hope they may be matched up with phones that may not have had the correct ones. Both organizations were extremely appreciative. Students, staff, and community members all helped to make the event a success, and JACCE is hoping to make it an annual event. Says Jenifer: “I can’t express enough how appreciative I am that there were so many people that donated!”

Grad passes CPA exam with flying colors
Quinn Place (May 2009 accounting graduate) successfully completed the CPA exam by passing the series of four exams on her first attempt. The reason this is noteworthy is because only about 10 percent of the candidates taking the exam pass all parts on their first attempt. Furthermore, Quinn was able to successfully pass the exam without the benefit of a "CPA Review Class" which 95 percent of all candidates take before attempting the exam. The CPA exam is a four-part exam that can be taken sequentially one part at a time or the candidate can opt to take multiple sections in a single sitting. Congratulations to Quinn on her achievement.

RC in the news
  • Although the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” last night did not include Prof. Deborah Breiter as anticipated, you can see her in additional online video at this link:
  • Professor Fred Rezazadeh, economics, provided some expert opinion on the financial troubles of AMCORE Bank in a story on Channel 17 last Wednesday.
  • President Robert Head was featured last Wednesday about his use of Twitter in a story on Channel 23.
  • The Model Congress here last Thursday drew the attention of Channels 13, 17, and 23 as well as WNTA radio. 
  • One of the H1N1 information sessions here last Thursday was covered by Channel 23.  
  • The annual Soup Fest held here yesterday by CHIP Alumni (an RC tenant in Burpee) was covered by Channel 23. 

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

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