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Monday, March 15, 2010  
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Not too late to apply for financial aid

Occasionally, members of the Executive Council or their designees write a message for this newsletter. Today, we hear from Todd Free, assistant vice president for Student Administrative Services.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I hope this note finds each of you returning from an enjoyable, restful and safe spring break. In just about eight weeks many of you will be graduating! We in Student Administrative Services (SAS) wish you all good luck in your final weeks of courses, but more importantly we hope that you enjoyed your time here at Rockford College with your fellow students. We are very proud of all of you!

For those of you who will be with us again next academic year, now is the time to make sure you have taken care of everything which includes not only getting registered for fall, but also making sure you have completed and submitted the 2010 -11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Although the priority deadline for filing was March 1, 2010, there is still time to make sure that you are considered for all state, federal and institutional aid you may be eligible to receive for next year – so file your FAFSA now. The online version of the FAFSA can be found at

Lastly, as you are working with your advisor to finalize your fall 2010 schedule, you may want to consider taking a summer course or two. Our summer schedule is available on self-service and your advisor can help you select courses that will best serve your program of study. Taking a summer course is a great way to satisfy prerequisites and general education requirements, and it allows you to focus more time on a challenging course if needed. Taking summer courses is also a way to reduce fall or spring course loads if you are participating in activities. Selfishly, from a staff member’s perspective, it is wonderful to see our students on campus during the summer!

Enjoy your week and hopefully some warm spring weather!

Todd M. Free
Assistant Vice President for
Student Administrative Services

Local higher ed consortium plans lecture series; Morrissey, Provenzano to present March 16 at RC Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and SupplyCore CEO Peter Provenzano, chairman of the Rock River Development Partnership (also an RC trustee), will keynote the first in a series of lectures on "Building a Better Rockford” addressing issues facing Rockford, March 16, 6:30 p.m. in Regents Hall. The series is sponsored by the Higher Education Alliance for the Rock River Valley (HEARRR) comprised of Rockford College, NIU, RVC and the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford.

Theme of the March 16 session is "Setting the Context: A Candid View of Our City’s Challenges and Opportunities” and is hosted by President Head and NIU president John Peters. Admission is free but registration is requested online at Other sessions are scheduled for April 15 at the U of I College of Medicine and May 6 back here at Rockford College.

Welcome back, Hutchcroft crew!
Our thanks go out to the Hutchcroft alternative spring break crew, who returned Friday after a week-long work project in Starkville, Miss., building homes for Habitat for Humanity. This is the 15th year the college has sent representatives down to Starkville.

Participants included Matt Adams ‘04, Ron Aitchison ‘99, Emily Blaha, Erik Boozell, Liz Corey, Alyssa Doering, Annika Doering, Christopher Durham ‘98, Dan Eberle, Jenny Giger, David Gray, Tony Hardin ‘09, Robin Kenney ‘09, Mona Khalifeh, Brad Knotts, Tyler Kuehn, Aric Latino, Lindsay Latino, Scott Leezer, Chris LiCausi ‘07, Sean Marlow ‘07, Erika McCall, Sam Medina-Conchi, Grace E. Moone, Grace A. Moone ‘79, Lindsey Morris, Anna Muller, Cindy Mulligan ‘07, Brad Pemberton ‘09, Aaron Powers, Rachel Rhea, Roy Roncal ‘06, Brittany Salvador, Elise Strominger, Tanner Taylor, Angie Venturi, Patrick Young ‘04/’07.

Two RC education grads capture top awards for teaching excellence
A couple of the college’s education alumnae were among five Golden Apple winners announced last Friday. The awards are given for exemplary teaching, and considering there are 20 semi-finalists, this is quite an honor. Congratulations go out to:

  • Shannon Anderson, Prairie Hill Elementary School-South Beloit- Kindergarten (‘03 grad in elementary education)
  • Erikka Coletta, Ledgewood Elementary School-Roscoe - 3rd Grade (’00 grad in child development; ’03 MAT grad in instructional strategies)

The newest Golden Apple teachers will be welcomed at the 14th Annual Golden Apple Banquet with a red carpet arrival on April 30 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center.

Karla Hunter is Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Karla Hunter, staff accountant in the Business Office, who was named the college’s Employee of the Month for February. About Karla, one colleague writes: Karla is one of those people who is not always in the limelight of activity, but who works tirelessly to keep the college’s accounting records balanced and up to date.” Incidentally, Karla has both her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the college.

Speaker to discuss portrayals of women in pop culture
Musician and feminist Meredith LeVande will be presenting the multimedia presentation "Women, Pop Music, & Pornography” on March 17 at Noon in Grace Roper Lounge. The presentation explores why representations of women in popular culture are growing increasingly pornographic and hyper-sexualized. This is a Women’s History Month event that is co-sponsored by JACCE and Student Activities.

Where’s Robert?
Each week, we give you a glimpse at some of the noteworthy items on President Head’s calendar. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:

March 16

  • Meeting with Rockford Area Economic Development Council
  • Higher Education Alliance of the Rock River Region Lecture Series: "Building a Better Rockford” - Regents Hall, Rockford College

March 18

  • Inauguration of Dr. Marty Marriott at Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, Wis.

March 20

  • District 205 Education Summit "Visualize 2015” Eisenhower Middle School

March 21

  • Rockford College Alumni Gathering in St. Paul, Minn.

Menard gives talk at art museum
Prof. Dave Menard, art, gave the talk "Confessions of an Ink Slinger” at the Rockford Art Museum last Friday as part of the museum’s art lecture series. Menard describes the talk as… "a story about my life as a graphic hired gun. It is about my journey from art school to printing for some of the biggest artists in the country as well as my arrival at RC.”

Condolences extended
Our sympathies go out to Prof. JoEllen Vause (education) on the death of her husband, Jay, last week.

President and Mrs. Head exhibit artifacts at Ethnic Heritage Museum
Visitors to the Ethnic Heritage Museum can see a collection of Rockford College President Robert Head and his wife Sheryl featuring family artifacts post-Civil War on exhibit during March in the museum’s African-American gallery. There is also a notebook-format reproduction of "African Americans in Rockford-Lincoln Era” from the original exhibit that the Rockford Public Library Adult Services Dept. created in 2009.

The museum celebrates Women’s History month each Sunday with honorees from five ethnic galleries: Irish-Jody Deery, Hispanic-Patty Bachmann, Polish- Serafina Vanek, Italian-Judge Lisa Fabiano, and Lithuanian-Carol Valaitis.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum is located at 1129 S. Main St. in Rockford. It is open Sundays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated and tours are available by appointment during the week. For more, call 815-962-7402.

Sign up for trip to see the Chicago Bulls
Join Student Activities for a trip to see the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m. at the United Center. Bus departs parking Lot A at 4:15 p.m. Open to all RC students, faculty and staff. Cost is $10 which includes transportation, game ticket, and snacks on the bus. Sign up March 16 in Scarborough, 10 a.m. – Noon; March 17: Lion's Den 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Or stop by Kent to sign up as well!!

Reef ecologist to speak at RC March 16
Rockford native Eric Conklin, a foremost reef ecologist who has done extensive research in Hawaii, will speak at Rockford College March 16, 4 p.m. in Starr Science room 207. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Conklin is a researcher at the University of Hawaii and has studied the pristine atoll of Palmyra, which is about 1,000 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands. He has written for the Nature Conservancy magazine, most recently about a giant vacuum that cleans contaminants from reefs. Title of his talk is "Coral Reef Ecology: Why it Matters” which also includes slides of the reefs he studies. The talk is hosted by the Rock River section of the American Chemical Society. For more information, call the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100.

Community Day is March 25
Mark your calendars for Community Day, March 25 at the college. Here’s the schedule of activities during this day-long event.

All day: RC Shirt Day! Show your school spirit and help share the good news of Rockford College by wearing your RC shirt to school, to work, to the gym, to the grocery store, everywhere! If you do not have an RC shirt – stop by the bookstore! All t-shirts are available to students, faculty, staff and alumni at a 10 percent discount – and there are still several fun colored sweatshirts starting at $21.95!

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. JACCE’s Service Thursday fundraising for autism. Contact the JACCE for more information.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship Day! Do you know a prospective student for summer of fall 2010? Let them know about this exciting event! When students bring official transcripts, his or her admission file will be evaluated on the spot. If admitted, full-time students may receive scholarships! The event runs from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. No registration necessary!

7 p.m. – Open Mic Night in the Lion’s Den

Contact Cassie Swanson, marketing/special events director, at or 815-226-4073 with any questions about Community Day on March 25!

SAAC asks you to donate items for our troops
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee has placed boxes around campus to collect donations to send to our troops from now until April 16. There are a few boxes in each building on campus so just drop off items when you can. Among the items SAAC is looking for: candy, magazines, cards/small games, beef jerky, DVDs, batteries, books, toiletry items and anything else you want to donate. For more information, e-mail Tim Patrick:

Lang Center reports uptick in flu cases
With the coming of spring, the Lang Center reports it has begun to see a few new cases of influenza. Getting an H1N1 flu shot is recommended and Lang Health Center still has free doses available. If you would like to receive your free dose please stop by the health center; no appointment is necessary, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Business ethics expert to speak
Dr. William Kline, assistant professor of liberal studies at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), will address the topic "David Hume and Ethics” in a free talk at Rockford College, March 17, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. in Scarborough Hall Room 217. Kline received his Ph.D. from BGSU and has published in the Journal of Value Inquiry and the Journal of Business Ethics. His talk is part of a series sponsored by Rockford College’s Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. For more, see

Out and about
A listing of community events which may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families:

  • Annual All-Star concert with students from five area high schools. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Coronado PAC. Call 815-968-5222.
  • Fourth Annual Finer Womanhood Program, March 20, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Ellis Arts Academy. For more, e-mail
  • Golden Apple wine-tasting at Artale Wine Co., March 19, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person at the door. See
  • Kelly Wright, co-anchor of "FOX & Friends Weekend" is the featured speaker at the Calvary Lighthouse Church in Rochelle, March 21 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more, call 815-562-7701.

RC in the news

  • Prof. Fred Rezazadeh (economics) was featured in a story in the Rockford Register Star Friday about the effect of mass layoffs on re-hiring. Click here for the complete story.
  • Kelly Cooper (career services), and students Stephanie McCammond and Nicole Strautz were all featured in a story yesterday in the Register Star on the use of interns at local companies. Click here for the complete story.

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