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Monday, November 23, 2009  
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Forum speakers can serve to inspire us

This week, Jennifer Nordstrom, a member of the administration’s Executive Council, shares a message with our readers. 

Last month, I had the privilege of joining Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, our October 20th Forum speaker, and other members of the Rockford College community for dinner.  While listening to the conversation, it was hard not to reflect on this unique experience we were all sharing.  I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone else in the room realized that this was an opportunity that many people across the country would be grateful to have?  

Mr. Alva is just one of several people I have met during my time at Rockford College.  We have had nationally and internationally known people visit our campus.  It is routine; and thus there is the danger of these occasions becoming taken for granted.  I know when I was a student here that I dreaded attending “those boring Forums” (and by the way, when I was a student, we had to do four a semester).  At the time, I didn’t realize what an important person Dr. Richard Leakey was before I walked into Maddox.  By the time I left that night, I knew, and his presentation is one of the highlights of my undergraduate experience.

We are lucky to have such opportunities right here on our campus.  They should not be looked at as obligations, but rather unique experiences which we are fortunate to share.  Inspiration comes at unexpected times and from unexpected sources.  Who knows when someone you have never seen or met before will inspire you?

So next time there is a chance to meet a distinguished guest on our campus, to have him or her visit your class, to attend an open session, or to listen to a lecture – stop and think about the value of this opportunity that you are being given, seize it….and be thankful. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!


Jennifer Nordstrom, Associate Vice President for
Undergraduate Admission and Strategic Marketing

Cans, cans, and more cans
Kudos to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) for once again hosting a highly successful can drive for the needy. As of this writing, SAAC had collected more than 3,100 cans of non-perishable food. Competition among RC athletic teams for the most cans collected added some incentive.  Women’s soccer/women’s tennis had the lead going into today with some 1,613 cans collected. SAAC hopes to once again prevail as the top can collector among all NAC schools. Donated cans will be given to the Salvation Army and the Rock River Valley Food Pantry later this afternoon.  

Students honored by Phi Beta Kappa
Every fall semester, the Rockford College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recognizes that year’s enrolled senior, junior, and sophomore whose academic performance, as measured by grade point average, has been most outstanding. This year, the honors go to Audra Carlson, Keary Fry, Brittany Gorham, Douglas Jankowski, Kellie Kim, Monica McCarty, and Lora Negrete.  This award should not be confused with election to Phi Beta Kappa, a decision that the chapter typically makes during the spring semester of the eligible students senior year. 

Senior seminar students to present
Presentations by students in senior seminar will take place tomorrow (Nov. 24) and next Tuesday around campus. Education will be up tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Starr 130; nursing students present December 1 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. in Starr 332. The presentation topics are interesting and relevant. Stop in for one or more presentations. They run anywhere from 20 minutes to a half-hour.  

Events you won’t want to miss in December
Check out these seasonal events upcoming next month!  For more information, call the RC box office at 815-226-4100.

December 4: A concert to raise money for the Salvation Army for the holidays will be held December 4 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. in Regents Hall. Performers include “The Thought Feeling I Am,” Vince Chiarelli, and the “Viking Portables,” a group made up primarily of Rockford College professors. Donations of non-perishable food items gladly accepted. Admission is $5; children under 13 are free with an adult.   

December 6:
Enjoy the sounds of the season with Rockford College’s annual Choral Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. in the college’s Maddox Theatre. Several outstanding Rockford College choral groups will perform, all under the direction of Professor Tim Adams. The concert is free and open to the public.

December 6:
The Music Academy of Rockford College presents the Moeller Duo in the college’s Fisher Chapel at 3 p.m. The rare combination of classical guitar and cello make up this husband-wife team. The concert, entitled “From Baroque to Blues,” is free and open to the public.

December 13:
“The Frontiers,” a band that emulates the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. in the Rockford College Maddox Theatre. The group includes Jeremy Toledo, a 2005 RC graduate. Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the performing arts department.   

AE presents a new tale on old classic 

Artists’ Ensemble Theatre, the professional theatre troupe located at Rockford College, presents “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” just in time for the holidays.  Much like “Wicked” is a revisionist version of the “Wizard of Oz,” this play is a fresh take on the familiar Christmas Carol. “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” runs December 4 – 20 in Cheek Theatre. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Admission is $26 ($18 on Thursdays); $24 for seniors; and $10 for students. Students can take advantage of the 5@5 program where unsold tickets are sold to full-time students five minutes before curtain for only $5. 

December Recognition is Dec. 5
The December Recognition event honoring mid-year graduates from Rockford College is Saturday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the college’s Maddox Theatre. Keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Mary Weaks-Baxter, RC English professor. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Catch a recital today
Want to take a break before break? Stop by for a student recital at 4 p.m. today in the Maddox Theatre sponsored by the Performing Arts Department.  

RC in the news
  • Business Career Day here last Thursday brought out Channels 13, 17, and 23. Some 250 high school students learned about careers during the day-long program. (Kudos to Michelle Borgialli, alumni coordinator and former GA for the MBA program, for coordinating the day.)    
  • Dr. Deborah Breiter, chemistry/biochemistry, provided some most interesting quotes in a Rockford Register Star story last week about new guidelines for mammograms.  Click here for the complete story. 
  • RC students helping serve Thanksgiving dinner to the needy last week was covered by Channels 13 and 23. The event was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford.
  • The Can-struction event, where teams build structures using only non-perishable food, was covered by Channel 23 last Friday.  (First place went to Prof. Stafford’s Survey of Exceptional Child classes.) 
  • John McNamara, vice president for college development, was pictured and quoted in the Register Star this morning based on a message he gave to the Rockford Interfaith Council’s Thanksgiving Day event yesterday in Fisher Memorial Chapel.  Click here for the complete story.
  • Pam Clark-Reidenbach, director of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence based at RC, was quoted in the Register Star this morning about the financial challenges nonprofit groups face today.  Click here for the complete story.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!  See you on November 30.   

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