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Monday, January 04, 2010  
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Campus, technology improvements usher in new year

Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council take turns writing the weekly column. Today, we hear from Tina Anderson, vice president of finance & chief financial officer.  

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Welcome to 2010!  It’s the dawn of a new month, a new semester, a new year, and a new decade.  The beginning of a new year grants us the opportunity to start from scratch, to wipe the slate clean, and to make improvements to our personal lives, our health, and our surroundings.  Rockford College is no exception.  Over the last several weeks, our colleagues in the facilities and technology departments have been working around the clock on renovations to the campus, which will improve the surroundings and college life for our returning students, staff, and faculty, while making a positive impression on our new students.

Four main areas of the college campus have been undergoing physical and technological improvements over the holiday break: Scarborough, Clark Arts, Seaver, and the Lion’s Den.  Take a walk over to Scarborough Hall and see the beautiful new hallway flooring on the first floor.  All new paint, flooring, and furniture have been added to classrooms 201, 205, and 217 on the second floor, with new whiteboards on the way.  And Classroom 4 has been completely remodeled, transforming the two-tiered classroom setup into a new computer lab, with new paint, carpet, computers, tables, and chairs, with whiteboards yet to come.  Clark Arts rooms 7, 17, and 210 are also being improved with new lighting, paint, and chairs, while Seaver Room 106 is getting new carpet, desks, and furniture.  All of these classrooms will have new technology installed in them as well.  The Lion’s Den is currently undergoing a completely new look, which will include new paint, furniture, flooring, technology, and lighting.  These improvements have been made possible due to technology and capital grants and by our friends at Sodexo.

A huge thank you to the facilities and technology departments for their hard work over the holiday break to help improve our surroundings here at Rockford College.  Hopefully this will be the first of many improvements and positive changes in the New Year.  Have a safe, healthy, and happy 2010!

Tina Anderson
Vice President of Business & Chief Financial Officer

RC’s Soosloff exhibits at Chicago art event
Prof. Philip Soosloff, (art) exhibited at the 16th annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) in Chicago, November 6-8 at Navy Pier. Soosloff had eight pieces on display at a booth operated by the Thomas R. Riley Galleries of Cleveland, Ohio. The event presented works from 68 top international dealers and galleries from 10 countries. 

Princeton Review seeks student feedback
Have you always wanted to be a leading voice within your academic community?  Here’s your opportunity.

The Princeton Review invites you to speak out about daily academic and social life at your school by being a part of this year’s student survey.  Spread your insights on what life on your campus is all about: favorite classes, extracurricular activities, sports and clubs, school traditions, professor/student interaction, residence life, food…you get the picture.

The survey is online and takes only a few minutes to fill out.  All undergraduates who complete it will be entered to win the "$5,000 for Your Thoughts" Sweepstakes!  To complete the survey and enter the sweepstakes, please use your school-issued e-mail address to log into their site at:

Lion’s Den work continues
Work on the Lion’s Den continues this month with many improvements in store. Matt Phillips, associate VP of operations, says new surfaces are being installed throughout, all new furniture and flat screen TVs are being added and the fireplace will be enhanced with a flagstone look. In addition, a meeting room will be built in the basement.  Lastly, a pool table will now be on the main level and the second level will house a table convertible between air hockey and ping pong.  Don’t expect everything to be done at once though. It will be an ongoing project through the semester. As a reminder, food service in The Lion’s Den will be closed through January 10. 

Call for photos of the day
Remember to send in a photo of the day for the college’s Web site. It will be posted on either or Facebook. Submit your photos to

New Van Galder schedule
The folks from Van Galder bus lines stopped in to tell us about a change in its schedule for runs to O’Hare, Midway and downtown Chicago. For an updated schedule, go to The new schedule takes effect January 18.

RC in the news

  • Prof. Fred Rezazadeh (Business/Economics) was quoted in a story in the Rockford Register Star yesterday dealing with the employment outlook in 2010. His assessment: Full-time employment is not likely to pick up until later this year.  Click here for the complete story.
  • Student Amber Gray was featured in a "Get to Know Me” feature in the Register Star in mid-December. Among other things, Amber had a role in the recent Artists’ Ensemble play, "Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.”  Click here for the complete story.

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