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Monday, May 03, 2010  
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On future planning, campus celebrations
and student trends
A message from President Head

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Tim Morris, the recently retired leader of Hamilton Sundstrand’s local operations, was on campus last week and served as the keynote speaker for our third annual Business Luncheon. Tim covered Sundstrand’s success over the years and its commitment to being an industry leader. What served as a motivator to all of the guests in attendance was Tim’s story of Sundstrand’s tenacity in pursuing new markets and dominating existing ones. Tim provided a strong recommendation for institutions engaged in strategic planning. He encourages organizations to look outward and forward, rather than inward and backward during the planning process.

Three reasons to celebrate in 2010-11
Rockford College enjoys a strong legacy. During our next academic year, we will continue to expose students to a quality learning environment while also celebrating a few significant milestones:

  • The 50th year of Rockford College on the current campus;
  • The 25th anniversary of the Music Academy; and
  • Jane Addams 150th birthday.

We will enjoy celebrating each of these occasions and well we should. Each is extremely meaningful to our community. In addition, we will be mindful of what is happening in the external environment so that our new strategic plan, beginning in 2011, is informed by a radically changing landscape.

Some interesting trends in higher education
Richard Blomgren of Warren Wilson College presented Demographic Shifts and a New Enrollment Reality at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ 2010 National Conference on Trusteeship. Some of the data reported by Mr. Blomgren is commonly known. Trends that have been less publicized include:

  • 81 percent of all college students attend college in their home state.
  • Nearly 60 percent of students attend college within 100 miles of their home.
  • Only 10 percent of college students prefer an institution of less than 1500 students.

How we react to these and other trends will define Rockford College for years to come. I look forward to evolving a few critical strategies for our next planning cycle that will both honor our history and prepare us for the future.

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

Next HEARR forum May 6 at RC
The third and final installment of the free HEARRR community lecture series, "Building a Better Rockford,” will be held at Rockford College, May 6, 6:30 p.m. in Regents Hall. Focus of the event will be "A Strategy for Rockford” and will feature Max Reim, partner and principal with Live, Work, Play, a Toronto-based development consulting firm working with the city of Rockford on a master plan for the urban core. To reserve a place and for more information, see HEARRR stands for the Higher Education Alliance for the Rock River Region.

A.L.I.V.E. is alive and well thanks to RC student
RC student Danial Petrie has been doing his part for the community. As a founding member of A.L.I.V.E., a community service program aimed at helping high school scholars and scholar-athletes, he has provided leadership for several causes including homelessness in Rockford. Last Thursday, he was involved in a walk for homelessness and was interviewed by Channel 13 WREX who did a piece on the group. They were joined by 12 walkers, walked more than two miles and fed more than 70 homeless including little homeless children. Danial calls the event "a life-changing experience!”

Seaver water problem
Because of a mechanical problem, water at the Seaver Physical Education Center is shut off for the next few days. Portable restrooms have been brought to the facility; however showers will not be available during this time. The problem occurred Friday after the fire department was flushing fire hydrants on campus and the supply pipe feeding the complex burst, flooding the mechanical portions of the building. No other campus buildings are affected by this incident. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Literary magazine hot off the presses
The Rockford College Literary Magazine is proud to announce that the spring 2010 edition of "Black Hole, White Light” is available for pick-up in the library or at the mail desk, free of charge. They would like to thank all of the artists who submitted their poetry, prose, and artwork, as well as everyone who came out to the open mic night.

Honors Day is just around the corner
Wednesday we will honor more than 70 students for their academic and co-curricular achievements during the last year. But, that’s not all! The 50 minute ceremony is topped off with the surprise announcement of the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Awards for full-time and adjunct faculty. This year there was a record number of your nominations received. Join in the fun. Come on out and celebrate our year’s end. It all happens Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. A reception with cookies and punch will follow immediately in the lobby of Clark Arts.

Where’s Robert?
Noteworthy events on President Head’s calendar.

May 3:
Meeting with Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson

May 5:
Honors Day Ceremony, Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre

May 6:
Rockford Public School District 205 Strategic Planning Meeting

May 6:
Higher Education Alliance of the Rock River Region (HEARRR) Community Lecture, Rockford College’s Regents Hall

Arbor Day planting
Members of the Jane Addams Center and our Maintenance Dept. planted a Japanese lilac tree on the west side of the road entering campus Friday morning in commemoration of Arbor Day. It’s an annual tradition for JACCE to raise the funds to plant a tree on campus.

Breiter is speaker at College of Medicine event
Prof. Deb Breiter, biochemistry, spoke at the convocation ceremony for the Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology program last Saturday at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Breiter has collaborated on many research projects with the medical college over the years.

Real life training for nursing students
Three junior nursing students who were in the Colman Library last week witnessed a man (who is not a student) having a seizure. (They reported he was slumped down on a couch and seizing.) The students assisted the man during the seizure using their nursing knowledge keeping his airway open and preventing him to aspirate. One librarian said it was a good thing the nursing students were there. 911 was called and the man, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital. The students were Rachel Piche, Kara Kenyon, and Amanda Carr who admit "they virtually live in the library.” Well-done, students!

RC Music Academy students excel
Two students from the Music Academy of Rockford College, Patti Lee and Katie Schultz, were awarded Gray Wilmer scholarships last Friday night at the RAMI Awards ceremony. Both kids are amazing musicians and students, says academy director Marti Frantz. They both really do represent well what it is possible to achieve for those who grow up in Rockford.

Entrepreneurship Day this Thursday
About 65 students from area high schools will visit RC Thursday for the annual Entrepreneurship Day sponsored by the department of accounting, economics, and business. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Regents Hall with an optional tour from 2-3. The speakers lined up right now are Sunil Puri, CEO of First Rockford Group and Edward Caceres, CEO of Nazca Energy LLC.

Volunteers needed for commencement
Commencement is quickly approaching and what better way to honor your fellow graduating classmates than to volunteer? Volunteers are needed the day of commencement, May 16 from noon – 4 p.m. As many of you know, tickets are required for admission to the commencement ceremony. Volunteers do not need a ticket and can watch the ceremony backstage. Contact Cassie Swanson, marketing, at casswanson@rockford.eduyou are interested in volunteering.

Haven’t seen the 5100 building? Another celebration coming up!
A community-wide celebration and ribbon-cutting for our new 5100 E. State St. facility will be held Sat., May 15 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. A special ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. to mark the occasion. All students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to attend. No RSVP is necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Students volunteer for Special Olympics
Four of our nursing students along with Prof. Julie Luetschwager volunteered at the Special Olympics held at Harlem High School in Machesney Park Saturday. The students included two seniors, Annie Costello and Justin Martin, and two sophomores, Emily Buechler and James Kelly. It was a beautiful day for the event and the excitement of the athletes was palpable.

Opera anyone?
An "Evening of Opera Scenes” sponsored by the performing arts department will be held today at 7:30 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. The event will include scenes from seven popular operas. Admission is free.

Out and about
Events that would be of interest to the college community and their families.

Going on now: Art Exhibit: WomanSpeak, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and evenings and weekends when programs are scheduled, Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford. WomanSpeak features art inspired by the words of strong females and runs through Saturday. Held in Gallery 1 (Fountain View Room). Freewill offering; suggested donation is $5.; 815-877-0118.

Friday, May 7: "Let’s Murder Marsha,” 8 p.m., Clock Tower Resort Theatre. A happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries, overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator. To her ears, though, it sounds like they are planning to murder her. With the assistance of her neighbor, she tries to turn the tables on them with a poisoned potion. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.; 800-741-2963.

Saturday, May 8: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony,” 7 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center. The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s 75th anniversary season closes with Rockford’s Mendelssohn Chorale and four renowned guest vocalists joining the symphony. "Beethoven’s 9th Sympony,” best known for "Ode to Joy,” was completed by Beethoven when the composer was completely deaf. Concert ticket prices are $30 to $55.; 815-965-0049.

Sunday, May 9: "Summer Weddings: Italian Style,” 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays now through Aug. 29, Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., Rockford. See handmade wedding gowns from the 1900s and handmade wedding linens. Also on display, bonbonieri, unique items from Italian traditions. Bonbonieri are fragile glass boxes filled with "confetti” disguised as wheat or flowers. The colors many times indicate special events such as a baptism. Cost is $3, $1 for children 12 and younger. 815-962-7402.

RC in the news

  • A Golden Grad tea in Roper Lounge, bringing together senior alumnae and students in Prof. Elaine Sharpe’s developmental psychology class, was covered last Monday by Channels 13 and 17. Students have been interviewing the women on an ongoing basis on their views of how life has changed over the years. One of the guests was Bertha Prather, class of 1938!
  • The college’s business luncheon for area business leaders last Wednesday was covered by Channels 13 and 17. Keynote speaker was Tim Morris, retired president of Hamilton Sundstrand.
  • A story on the value of a college education was the subject of a story today in the Rockford Register Star. Jennifer Nordstrom, associate vice president for undergraduate admission and strategic marketing, was quoted and the paper also ran a photo of prospective students on campus visiting from the Chicago area.

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