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Monday, December 21, 2009  
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In spite of challenges, 2009 was a great year
A message from Robert L. Head, Ph.D., President

Dear students, faculty and staff:

We are quickly approaching the end of 2009 and what a year it has been. There have been many highs and lows for our country and our region. Beginning with the hopes and expectations surrounding the inauguration of President Obama and weaving through the tumultuous economy and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2009 has impacted us all. 

By many indicators, this has nevertheless been a successful semester at Rockford College. Student success; faculty scholarship; and staff engagement are all evident. For your important contributions, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do on behalf of Rockford College and our students. You are now engaged (or soon will be) in a break that is well-deserved. Please enjoy this special time of year with your families and friends.

I wish you all a very safe, healthy and joyous holiday season!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

CEE receives gift from entrepreneur
The college’s Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (CEE) last week received a check for $5,000 from John Chisholm, a San Francisco entrepreneur who CEE director Stephen Hicks met last year. CEE is a unique, cross-departmental project that serves as a clearinghouse for resources, speakers, and courses dealing with business ethics and entrepreneurship topics. It involves faculty from the philosophy, political science, and economics, business, and accounting departments and is housed in the Burpee Center.

Vocal Collective part of RSO concert
Those who packed the Coronado Theater this weekend to see the Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s holiday pops concert also received another treat. RC’s Vocal Collective, under the direction of Prof. Timm Adams, sang a host of holiday songs to an appreciative crowd. RSO conductor Steven Larsen said he couldn’t recall the VC singing with the orchestra previously. He also noted that the RSO was founded by a Rockford College music professor some 75 years ago.

Piano donated to performing arts
Martha Dahlberg (Performing Arts) reports that a Mason-Hamlin grand piano owned by Mary Lucas, a former music educator, will be donated to the college’s performing arts department for use in Clark Arts Room 208 (used for voice and piano lessons, studio classes and Master classes). The room is in need of a better piano, she adds. It is 5.5’ Mason-Hamlin grand in a matte black finish, with a humidifier (which will be perfect for 208), a piano lamp, and a professional bench. One interesting note: This piano was used in a voice studio at Knox College, where Mary’s mother played it for a voice teacher, who moved on to Europe for her career. It has been well-cared for and she is particularly happy that it will once again be used in a voice studio. 

‘Giving Tree’ gifts delivered
Campus minister Elaine Sharpe delivered more than 200 gifts to children at St. Elizabeth’s Community Center last week. The gifts came from RC students, faculty and staff who selected names off the "Giving Tree” and then bought an appropriate present. Thanks to everyone involved for making the holiday a little nicer for deserving kids. 

RC grad is doing well
Prof. Belinda Wholeben (psychology) says she had the pleasure of serving on the thesis committee for a former RC graduate, Ashley Paustian. At RC, her majors were in psychology and business. Her thesis defense was last week, and she did admirably. Ashley’s master’s will be from Columbia College – Chicago in the Department of Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management.

Get your H1N1 flu shot now
Lang Health Center now has the H1N1 flu vaccine available at no cost to all students, staff and faculty members.  Stop by the Health Center if you would like to get the vaccine. Lang Health Center will be open today for your convenience.

See RC profs perform Jan. 2
If you haven’t seen the Viking Portables featuring three RC professors, you’ll soon have your chance.  The group, featuring Matt Flamm (Philosophy), Noel Rennerfeldt (Performing Arts), Philip Soosloff (Art), and student Dan Schrom will perform January 2, 9:30 p.m. at the Red Lion in downtown Rockford.   

In the news

  • There was a very prominent story in the Rockford Register Star Saturday on the efforts of President Head to develop partnerships with four Chinese universities for student and faculty exchanges.  Click here for the complete story.
  • The Register Star also had nice review of the RSO concert this weekend and had some nice things to say about the Vocal Collective’s performance.  Click here for the complete story.

See you next year!
Here’s wishing everyone happy holidays and a joyous new year. See you in January! 

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