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Monday, May 10, 2010  
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Commencement keynoter is former TV exec, RC grad
A message from President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

The final week of the 2009 -2010 academic year is upon us. Best wishes to all of our students as you conclude your final exams. I wish all of you a safe and meaningful summer.

On Sunday at the Coronado Theatre, we will celebrate our 156th Commencement. Degrees will be awarded to 407 students from 16 states and seven countries. Baccalaureate degrees awarded will total 224. There will be 157 MAT and 26 MBA degrees awarded. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

The commencement speaker will be Mark Pedowitz, a 1974 graduate of Rockford College. Mr. Pedowitz recently started his own television production company, Pine Street Entertainment, after a 19 year run in leadership positions with Disney-ABC. During his time as president of ABC Studios, the following broadcast series were created: "Lost,” "Desperate Housewives,” "Grey's Anatomy,” "Ugly Betty,” "Scrubs,” "Criminal Minds,” "Brothers & Sisters,” "According to Jim,” "Ghost Whisperer,” "Private Practice,” "Flash Forward,” and "Cougar Town.”

It is my privilege to announce that Barrett Bell will join Rockford College as vice president of enrollment management on May 19. Barrett has 23 years of higher education experience in various areas of enrollment management. He and his family will be relocating from Houston, Texas where Barrett most recently served Houston Baptist University. His primary areas of responsibility will include Admissions, Student Success and Retention, Student Administrative Services, Marketing and Athletics. I look forward to working with Barrett and having Rockford College benefit from his energy and leadership.

The Weekly Update will continue to be published over the summer. My colleagues on the Executive Council will join me, by contributing periodic updates, in keeping you abreast of significant events.

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

Hicks, Lubbert recognized for teaching excellence
Two faculty members at Rockford College have been honored with excellence in teaching awards given annually to a full-time professor and adjunct professor.

Dr. Stephen Hicks, professor of philosophy, received the award for the full-time professor. He has been at the college since 1992 and is also the executive director of the college’s Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. The adjunct award went to Gary Lubbert, director of the Return to College program, offering a bachelor of science degree in management studies. He has been with the college since 1995.

Nominations for the awards come from throughout the college and winners are chosen by an ad hoc selection committee.

See new Rockford College facility at open house and ribbon-cutting
Rockford College will open the doors to its new classroom facility at 5100 E. State St. to the community during an open house May 15, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.

The new expansion includes more than 9,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the art teaching and learning spaces on the building’s top level and is focused on adult learners and their unique set of wants and needs. Tenants will include the college’s masters programs in business and education, and the bachelor of science program in management studies for adults returning to college.

A new fiber-optic connection to an existing network on East State Street developed by the city of Rockford and Northern Illinois University will benefit the new facility and the entire campus with a fiber-optic backbone to the Internet, say college officials. The long-awaited fiber connection brings a faster, more stable source of Internet service, strengthening the college’s technological infrastructure while increasing its capability to connect with a global community.

For more information on the new facility including a gallery of photos, see

Can’t get to commencement? See it online
For the first time, the Rockford College commencement will be streamed live online at Just go to the Web site this Sunday and you’ll see the banner on the home page. Click and view! Commencement begins at 2 p.m.

Resident assistant staff chosen at RC
Resident assistant staffers have been selected for the 2010-2011 school year at Rockford College. They include Amy Collinsworth, Heather Goodrich, Alan Jankowski, Matt Lindgren, Sam Medina-Conchi, Bill Newkirk, Bobby Tassone, and Angie Venturi. Resident assistants serve as coordinators and mentors at the college’s eight residence halls.

RC students inducted into language honor society
Five students at Rockford College have been inducted into Phi Sigma Iota international foreign language honor society. They include Lisa Elsner, Maribel Guerrero, Mariana Rosas, Angelica Venturi, and Emilia Sawras. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. It recognizes outstanding ability and achievement in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also classics, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, bilingual education, second language acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component.

Get to Know Me

Name: Justin Krueger

Job title: Accounting Manager

Family: Wife – Elizabeth; son, Jared – 31 months old; daughter, Emma – 16 months old

Professional/educational background:
Worked in the Rockford office of Sikich LLP for two years as a senior accountant. Primarily worked on not-for-profit and government audit engagements. Before coming to Sikich, I worked for Borhart Spellmeyer & Co. CPA in Elgin for three years as a staff/senior accountant.

I graduated with a B.S. in accountancy from Northern Illinois University in December 2004. I graduated high school in 2000 from Winnebago High School. I am a registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.

Interesting fact about me:
I am on the board of directors for The Literacy Council, which provides literacy instruction to individuals and families to strengthen communities.

The favorite thing about my job is…many things. I am around hard-working and positive individuals each day. Every day is different from the previous day which creates an interesting and challenging workplace.

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my family, movies, and video games.

Study Buddies make a comeback
The Study Buddy appeared this year after a lengthy hiatus just in time for final exams. It is a care package assembled by the Alumni/Development Office that parents purchase, complete with many of the comforting goodies college students need to relieve stress during late night studying. Study Buddies contain some 20 items, mostly treats, to keep students happy and alert. Kudos to Bern Sundstedt and Michelle Borgialli from the alumni office as well as a host of GAs and other staffers for their help. The RC alumni association board provided the impetus to bring the Study Buddies back.

Where’s Robert?
A peek at President Head’s schedule for this week.

May 10
Speaking at Rockford College’s Student Teacher Celebration

May 13
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Leadership Luncheon

Rockford College’s Board of Trustees’ committee meetings

May 15
Rockford College’s Trustees’ full board meeting
Press conference & grand opening at 5100 E. State St.

May 16
Rockford College 2010 Commencement

That’s what we call customer service
We often hear about staff who go the extra mile to help students and the public. Here’s a story from the Graduate Office: A teacher from a local school district came into the Graduate Office recently (with her husband) in desperation without an appointment. She had just been told that she needed a specific class to keep her job. Problem...the class was already full. Her husband is unemployed. She has been in her current position numerous years. Our office staff met with the husband and wife for a good deal of time and contacted the instructor explaining the situation. Last week, the husband came in with flowers and a gracious note of appreciation that his wife was able to get into the class.
(Thanks to Michelle Reynolds, MAT director, for this information.)

Dancers get fit, have fun and raise money for a good cause
A fitness event held here Friday night in the Seaver gym not only got dancers in shape, it helped with relief efforts for the recent Chilean earthquake. The event featured the Zumba program that uses Latin rhythms with easy to follow moves to burn calories. The event was sponsored by our Multicultural Club and the American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter.

Out and about
Community events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.

May 12: 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Senior Follies, "Steppin’ Out” sponsored by Lifescape Community Services. First Evangelical Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Rd. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Call 815-963-1609 for more.

May 15: Groove Walk sponsored by On the Waterfront. Runs from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. with 10 bands at 10 downtown venues. For information or tickets, see 

RC in the news

  • John McNamara, VP of development, was interviewed live in Channel 23’s studio last Tuesday about Harris Bank’s takeover of AMCORE.
  • Prof. Fred Rezazadeh, economics, was interviewed last Tuesday by Channels 13 and 17. Topics were changes in consumer habits with the economy; the stock market collapse; and the recent hike in gas prices.
  • Prof. Ray Baker, business, was interviewed by Channel 17 last Thursday on the economy and consumer buying habits.
  • Nursing students Rachel Piche, Amanda Carr, and Kara Kenyon and nursing department chair Dr. Julie Luetschwager were interviewed last Thursday about the students’ live-saving heroics in the Colman Library when a man had a seizure. Stories appeared on Channel 13 and in the Rockford Register Star.

Community Search
Calendar of Events

Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

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