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Monday, February 08, 2010  
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Nashville collaboration is good model for Rockford

Dear students, faculty and staff:

I recently joined 30 members of the community who came together to explore an interesting collaboration created in Nashville, Tenn. The organization is known as Alignment Nashville (AN) and its mission is to "bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville’s youth has a positive impact on public school success, children’s health, and the success of our community as a whole.” The videoconference allowed for a beneficial learning experience and candid discussion between those of us from Rockford and those engaged with AN.

AN has been in existence for five years and has a membership comprised of leaders from all levels of education, government, business, juvenile justice, social services and the faith community. The collaboration works to produce initiatives which are in full support of their school district’s strategic plan. The initiatives are designed to first address and improve student learning in subsets of students where the intervention is most needed. However, approved projects must be able to be scaled to support all students within the school district.

The homework for the meeting included reading the 12/18/2009 Kiplinger Letter. Kiplinger brings focus to the connection of educational attainment and business in the United States. Several concerns are presented in the article:
  • 60 percent of businesses are finding it difficult to find job applicants possessing the right skills.
  • 30 percent of students drop out of high school and many of those who graduate fail at basic skills.
  • Baby boomers represent 40 percent of today’s workforce and have higher skill levels and college attainment than subsequent generations.
  • Baby boomers will lead the charge with 34 million retirements between 2008 and 2018.
  • More and more of newly available jobs will require a college degree.
  • In a comparative study of student results from around the world, U.S. students ranked 10th in science and 32nd in math.
Alignment Nashville’s efforts have produced successes in areas of concern, such as those reported by Kiplinger. It is worth the effort of Rockford leaders to further explore how a similar model of collaboration with District 205 could benefit student achievement within our community. As a side note, AN includes a strong partnership between their public schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University and Nashville Community College. Our work with District 205 and their work with Nashville Public Schools have a common focus of improving learning for all students – at every level.

Have a great day!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Philosophy instructor is quoted in West Coast newspaper
Shawn Klein, philosophy, was quoted recently in a story that appeared in the Sacramento Bee newspaper about ethics and sports technology. Specifically, the story had to do with a current controversy about the use of an unconventional, and some would say prohibited, golf club by pros. You can see his quote here:

You’re invited to take part in National Survey of Student Engagement
This spring, first-year and senior students will be invited to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The results of the survey will provide an estimate of what students gain from attending Rockford College compared to students attending other colleges and universities nationwide. The results will help Rockford College identify aspects of the undergraduate experience in which we excel and those that need improvement.

First-year and senior students will receive an e-mail providing them with instructions to complete NSSE. The first 25 students who complete the survey will receive FREE T-SHIRTS. All participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch and a Dynex 19 inch TV.
If you would like additional information about Rockford College’s participation in the NSSE, contact Heather Snider, coordinator of institutional research, at Thank you in advance for your participation.

Where’s Robert?
Here are some noteworthy items on President Head’s schedule for this week.

February 8 Meeting with Congressman Donald Manzullo
February 9 Meeting with Mayor Larry Morrissey and Police Chief Chet Epperson
February 10 Rockford Area Economic Development Council Education Solutions meeting
February 12 Meeting with Dr. Robert Willis, Executive Director of the Rock River Chapter of the American Rockford Red Cross

Sweatshirt promo in bookstore is quite a deal
The Rockford College Bookstore is running its annual Spring Sweatshirt Promo. While supplies last, you can get a limited-edition quarter-zip Hoodie in purple, pink or black for only $21.95! Quantities are limited, and in the past the promo hoodie has gone fast, so stop in soon.

JACCE seeks stuffed animals for care facility; donations for Haiti
The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement (JACCE) will be collecting new and gently used small stuffed animals until this Friday. The animals will be delivered to residents at Asta Care on Valentine's Day. Asta Care provides nursing care and therapy services. For more information, click here: There will be boxes at the mail desk and at Howard Colman Library for you to drop them off. The stuffed animals can also be delivered to the Jane Addams Center located in Nelson, room 210.

Meanwhile, while you are buying hot cocoa at the library, Starr, or Scarborough halls to donate for Haiti, there will also be supplies for you to make Valentine's Day cards for the residents at Asta Care. There will also be someone across the mail desk at Burpee throughout the next few days.

Catch Regent Players Cabaret this weekend
Plan now to attend The Regent Players production of the "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Life” Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. in the Cheek Theatre. Regent Players Cabaret is an assortment of songs focused on the hard and good times of life. It ranges from songs from Sara Bareilles, Spring Awakening, Rent, Moulin Rouge, John Legend, Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, and much more. It is three pennies to get in or any donation you would like to give. There will be alcoholic beverages, soda, water, and candy given out for donations.

Open Mic is back! See you this Thursday
After a brief delay due to various scheduling difficulties, the popular Open Mic is once again open for business. Open Mic is held every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. in the Lion’s Den. Though there may be one or two announced Thursdays when Open Mic cannot be held, count on every Thursday until the end of the semester, same time and place. Bring your talents, great and small, musical, spoken, otherwise, and expect a friendly reception. The PA is excellent. Questions? Contact Prof. Matt Flamm, philosophy, at 815-226-4176.

Get to Know Me
Occasionally, we introduce you to employees who are new or have assumed different responsibilities. This week, meet Chad Zeman, the new track and cross-country coach.
Name: Chad Zeman
Job title: Head Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country and Track Coach
Family: Fiancée Lisa and my dog CoCo (Staffordshire bull terrier)
Professional/educational background:
- Rockford College Graduate ’08
- Graduate Assistant in Cross-Country and Track
Interesting fact about me:
- I am getting married in May!
- Training for the upcoming Ironman in September located in Madison, Wis.
The favorite thing about my job is…
- Helping student-athletes attain their full potential
- Helping Rockford College bring in students!
- Being around the sport
- Being Active
- Reading
- Traveling

Bulgaria is destination for next Global Community Hour
Join the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education for its Global Community Hour as its takes a trip to Bulgaria this Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room located on second floor Burpee. Guest speaker is Teddy Phillips, a native of Bulgaria. Global Community Hour is a series of interactive sessions designed for you to explore international cultures guided by our own international students and staff. The presentation of the country lasts about 20 minutes, and after that we all share a dish from that country. The recipe is provided by the student, while the food is prepared in the school cafeteria by the food service.

Get your copy of literary magazine
If you didn't get a copy yet, the fall 2009 edition of Black Hole, White Light is available at the Howard Coleman Library. A small reprint was done, so feel free to come and grab a copy.

Become a conversation partner
Tired of the same routine? Take 30 to 60 minutes of your week and talk to a student from another country: South Korea, Venezuela, Vietnam, Senegal, Mexico, France, Colombia, Spain and others. Each month the college greets new students from around the world. When you become a conversation partner, you’ll allow these students to practice their English as you learn about their cultures, traditions, foods and more. For more information, contact the English Language Institute of Rockford College at or phone 815-226-4013.

Out and about
Here are some calendar items for events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.

"Rhapsody in Blood: Murder in 5th Position,” a comedy mystery ballet presented by the Rockford Dance Co., will be performed this Saturday, 7 p.m. at the Brewery building, 201 Hill St., Rockford. Call 815-963-3341 or see

Womanspace presents India Fest, a special art reception and open house featuring the Jhoole Weavers art exhibit and much more on Friday, February 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr. in Rockford. For more, call 815-877-0118, or see

RC in the news
  • The college’s nursing program expansion was the subject of stories on Channels 23 and 13 as well as the Rockford Register Star, where it was prominently displayed in the local news section Saturday. Dr. Julie Luetschwager, department chair, was interviewed. Click here for the complete story.
  • RC alumna Stacie Talbert, a 2004 MBA graduate, was the subject of a "Newsmaker” feature in the Register Star January 25. Stacie is currently the chief financial officer for the Rockford Park District. Click here for the complete story.

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