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Monday, February 01, 2010  
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Student follows in father’s footsteps
all the way from Africa

A message from President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:
Bern Sundstedt, director of alumni and development, and I traveled to Georgia for an alumni reception on Saturday. We were welcomed in Atlanta with below freezing temperatures, ice and a threat of snow (just like home). Nevertheless, the gathering of 18 alumni and friends was enjoyable and informative. As I am able to meet more and more of our graduates, I am continually impressed with the many stories of multiple generations of Rockford graduates within the same family. This truly speaks to the lasting legacy of the Rockford College experience.
The story holds true for Khetsiwe Dlamini, the president of our Student Government Association (SGA). Khetsiwe is from Mbabane, Swaziland and a business administration - management major. Her journey to Rockford College began by attending an alumni reunion with her father, who was a student here between 1964 and 1968, and became one of the most renowned doctors in Swaziland. From that moment, Khetsiwe knew she was destined to follow her father’s footsteps to Rockford.
The transition from Africa to Rockford had a few bumps along the way. Khetsiwe missed her home and her family, and as can be expected, did not enjoy her first experiences with snow. After acclimating, she describes her experience with the Rockford College community as follows; "I love the relationship that I have with faculty. It’s great that the staff knows students here as well, and they are always helpful and nice.”
Our most successful students tend to be our most engaged students. Khetsiwe served as an RA for two years; served on the Campus Activities Board for two years; was president of the Multicultural Club last year; and studied abroad at Regents College last fall. Yesterday, Khetsiwe met with the SGA to establish goals for this semester. Her overall objective is to empower students and have their voices heard through their student government. She believes that the SGA will be effective this semester and, furthermore, will excel as the many positions that were vacant in the fall are now filled with dedicated and energetic student representatives.
Khetsiwe is not sure which road she will follow immediately after her graduation in May. She does know that her long-term goal is to own her own business and play a role in the further development of Swaziland. Not only is Khetsiwe a great student, but she also possesses a great personality. Her motto is that "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain." With this perspective and her commitment to excellence, Khetsiwe will be successful throughout life.
Have a great week.
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
President



RC students step up for Haiti
Students at Rockford College have seen the images and heard the stories about the devastation in Haiti following an earthquake almost three weeks ago. Now they’re stepping up to help.
The college’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) are holding a Haiti Relief Challenge on campus this week urging students to give to a fund which will then go to Haiti relief efforts. The SGA will match the total amount donated up to $1,000.
"We're challenging students to help us raise money for this important cause,” says Khetsiwe Dlamini, SGA president. "And as an incentive, we as an organization will donate as well. We think it is important as students to be counted among the many who have given already to the relief efforts.”
Adds Lindsay Kent, coordinator of the Jane Addams Center: "Rockford College has always lent a hand to those in need, both in the community and beyond. These efforts are in keeping with our commitment of service and caring.”
The groups kicked off their drive last week at the college’s Clubs and Involvement Fair in Regents Hall of the Burpee Center. They are also setting up collection points at campus events where JACCE is giving out hot chocolate to anyone who donates.
Earlier, college president Robert L. Head had urged the entire college community to consider giving to the Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross and other bona fide agencies.



RC education alums fare well in Golden Apple program
Seven alums from our education program are among 20 semifinalists in the annual Golden Apple program that recognizes exemplary K-12 teachers in the region. The group includes Sharon Anderson ’03; Judy Chancellor ’92; Erikka Coletta ‘00/’03; Ashley Hoffman ’03; Valerie Jewell, ’97; Kristine Schaefer-Frank ’97; and Laura Wanke ‘03/’09. The final five winners from among the 20 will be announced March 5.



College hosts special guest from Kyrgyz Republic
The top administrator of the International University of Central Asia visited Rockford College last week to explore possible ways the two colleges can collaborate. Camilla D. Sharshekeeva is rector of the school located in Tokmok, Kyrgyz Republic. She met with President Head as well as college trustees and college staff. Prior to her current position, Sharshekeeva was minister of education in the Kyrgyz Republic and also worked for the World Bank on rural education.



Pick up your copy of literary magazine
The fall, 2009 edition of Black Hole, White Light is available now. Copies are free and available for pickup at the Howard Coleman Library circulation desk and the mail desk located in Burpee. Any questions can be e-mailed to ephebus@rockford.edu.



RC’s Burns presents paper in Spain
John Burns, instructor of modern and classical languages, recently presented a paper entitled "Leopoldo Maria Panero as the Figure of the Poet in the Media and Literature” at a conference on contemporary developments in emergent literatures in the new Europe held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.



Consider applying for Washington Seminar program
The Washington Semester is a cooperative program that Rockford College and over 200 other colleges and universities have with American University in Washington, D.C. It consists of intensive study and experiential learning, involving special projects in Washington (and, for some sections, overseas) and course work at American University. A typical program would include two units of seminar; an internship with a government agency, interest group, or private company; and either a research project or an elective course.

The deadline for spring semester nominations is April 15, but nominations are accepted on a rolling admission basis. The program has reserved partial scholarships for Rockford College nominees. If you wish to apply for the Fall, 2010 Washington Semester Program or want more information about it, contact Prof. Jules Gleicher, political science, at 815-226-4029. You can also view the program’s Web site at www.wsp.american.edu.



College, community come through for blood drive
Here is a recap of the "Rock and Roll Up Your sleeves” blood drive at Rockford College January 23. Well-done everyone who participated!
151 Appearances
131 Collected
20 Deferrals
47 New Donors
393 Lives Saved! Priceless!



Art prof to give talk at art museum
Prof. Dave Menard, art, will speak at the Rockford Art Museum March 12 at noon as part of the museum’s "Art Talks” lecture series. Title of his talk is "Confessions of an ‘INK-SLINGER’” documenting his life as a graphic hired gun. It’s about his journey from art school to printing for some of the biggest artists in the country as well as his arrival at RC. The talk is free and open to the public.



Students win essay contest sponsored by ethics, entrepreneurship center
Eight students at Rockford College were winners in two essay contests sponsored by the college’s Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. In the first contest the winners included Jennifer LaSarre and Hannah Mueller, co-winners; Kelly King, Jake Malizewski, and Lisa Voss, honorable mention. In the second contest, winners included Erin Filak, first place; Kristy Luck and Elliot Welsh, honorable mention. Instructors are Prof. Stephen Hicks and Shawn Klein, both faculty in the philosophy department. The center is a unique cross-departmental unit that serves as a focal point for resources, speakers, and courses dealing with business ethics and entrepreneurship topics.



Where’s Robert?
A weekly summary of noteworthy meeting on Dr. Head’s calendar.

February 2 Meeting with Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson
February 2 Meeting with Janyce Fadden, executive director of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council
February 3 Meeting with Caesar Mickens, Public School District 205 Director of Professional
Development
February 4 Rotary
February 5 Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program at Rock Valley College



Student makes appeal to help orphanage in Haiti
A couple weeks ago, we told you about RC student Junior Exantus who was urging people to give to an orphanage where he worked in his native Haiti. To give online, see the group’s Web site at www.threeangelshaiti.org. To write a check, make it out to the Three Angels Children’s Relief Fund and drop it off at the college’s mail desk addressed to Junior Exantus. For more information, contact Christina Valiquette, director of the ELI program at 815-226-4138.


Spanish Club sets meeting
The first meeting of the Spanish Club for the semester will be held today (Monday) from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Lion’s Den. Stop by and see what it’s all about.



Upcoming campus events in February
Don’t miss these college arts events in February.

January 29 – February 21: Art show, "Secrets,” a print exchange between artists from the U.S. and U.K. in the Art Gallery. Free. Click here for more. www.rockford.edu/?page=ArtGallery.
 
February 6: RC’s Vocal Collective makes an appearance in the Artists’ Ensemble production of "The Big Broadcast” in the Maddox Theatre. Curtain is 8 p.m. See www.artistsensemble.org for more.

February 12 – 13: Regent Player’s Cabaret in the Cheek Theatre, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Life.” Curtain 7 p.m. Admittance by donation.
 


Prepare for the GRE with these classes
"Preparation Techniques for the GRE” will be offered Mondays from March 15 – April 12 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Starr Science Room 114. To register, call the Rockford College Learning Center at 815-226-4087 or e-mail ebergstrom@rockford.edu. Cost is $50 for RC students; $100 for non-students.



This is Black History Month
To help kick off Black History Month, the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement is hosting a viewing event tonight at 8 p.m. in the Lion’s Den featuring the "BET Honors.” The show celebrates the accomplishments of Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy” Combs, Ruth Simmons, and renowned neurosurgeon Keith Black. Everyone is welcome!



Dine with Beyer Elementary at Culver’s Feb. 7
Now you can have dinner at Culver’s and help the After School Camp (ASC) at Beyer Elementary School at the same time. Pick up a Scoopie Card at the mail desk today and use it for dinner on February 7 at the Culver’s on East State and Phelps. Ten percent of the proceeds from a silent auction and 10 percent of your dinner bill will go toward the ASC. Proceeds will help pay for transportation, meals, equipment and t-shirts for the kids.



Reading groups formed to discuss selected books
The Philosophy Department in cooperation with the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship is sponsoring two new reading groups open to the entire college community. Discussion of The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith will be held in the CEE office on second floor Burpee Fridays Feb. 5, 26; March 19; April 9, 30 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Another group will discuss Honor: A History by James Bowman, Tuesdays Feb. 9, 23; March 16, 30 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Scarborough 204. Free copies of the books are available at the CEE office.



Out and about
A preview of activities in the area of interest to the college community.

"Urban Archaeology: Retrieving the History of the Barber Colman Company.” 2 p.m. Saturday, February 6, Midway Village Museum. Cost $6 per person; museum members free.
"The Big Broadcast,” Artists’ Ensemble fundraiser. 8 p.m. Saturday, February 6 in the Maddox Theatre. Tickets are $30. For more, call the AE box office at 815-394-5004.



RC in the news
  • SGA and JACCE were cited in the Rockford Register Star last Friday for their efforts to raise money for Haiti relief efforts, and were also the subject of a story on Channel 13. Click here for the complete story.
  • Prof. Robert Evans, political science, was quoted in the Register Star last Friday about a county employee’s potential conflict of interest in that the employee is also seeking a political post.
  • John McNamara, vice president for college development, was quoted in the Register Star Saturday about the county’s plan to reimburse employees who seek bachelor’s degrees at the college. Click here for the complete story.
  • Forum speaker Peter Phillips, director of Project Censored, was interviewed by Channel 13 last Monday prior to his talk that evening.

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