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Tuesday, June 01, 2010  
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Memorial Day 2010: A time of remembrance with ample reason to look ahead with optimism
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council write messages for college community. Today, we hear from John McNamara, vice president for college development.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Memorial Day, our national day of remembrance for those servicemen who were killed in war, has long held special significance to me as a veteran who served in Vietnam. Today it is hard to find a family who has not lost a relative or friend in one of our many wars. Over the years, I have traveled to Washington, D.C often; it is a rare time that I do not find a few minutes to visit the Vietnam Memorial. It always touches me deeply to see the names of people I knew etched in that wall. When I see their names, I see them clearly. No matter the time of day or night I visit, I have never been alone there. It is so intimate that it calls people to it to remember their loved ones, and also to give visitors comfort and strength.

This Memorial Day, Barbara and I ventured downtown to see the annual Memorial Day Parade. It is always my favorite parade because it has so much music with most of our school bands participating. Monday we saw several Rockford College connections. The Phantom Regiment, who spend 3 weeks on campus practicing for there season of national exhibitions was in full dress and outstanding as usual. We also had the pleasure of seeing and listening to Bob Gough ‘74 and the Rockford Pipe Band march and play to the delight of the crowd.

The special draw to attend this year’s parade at 9 a.m. was to watch one of our grandchildren playing the clarinet in a grade school marching band. As much as I loved seeing ten year old Seamus Maguire McNamara, what struck me the most were the hundreds of young people that participated; 4 high school bands, the same number or more of junior high bands and several grade school groups performed. Many of these bands were accompanied by cheer leaders or marching teams. Intermingled with the bands were scouts of all ages, and the large contingent of students who participate in JROTC at Auburn High School.

These groups could not match the Phantom Regiment for quality of sound or precision, but certainly matched them in enthusiasm and effort. I was struck by a great sense of hope as I watched these hundreds of young people participating in this day of remembrance. When I see what young people do today, in school and out, I am optimistic. How fortunate we are at Rockford College to be surrounded by great numbers of young people everyday. It is a joy and a tremendous obligation to do all we can to impart the knowledge, curiosity and critical thinking they will need to match the enthusiasm, dreams and talent they possess.

Finally, speaking of young people, Early Childhood Education Programs will debut at RC this fall. An expected increase in the demand for early childhood teachers with bachelor’s degrees has prompted Rockford College to start a new early childhood education program this fall as part of its wide array of education-related offerings.

One of the reasons for the uptick in demand is a set of new rules ushered in as part of the recent Head Start reauthorization. Under the new law, Head Start teachers and coordinators would need to earn a bachelor’s or advanced degree by Sept. 30, 2013 to keep their "Type 04”credentials.

Anyone planning to get into the field would likewise need a bachelor’s degree, though Head Start assistants would need at least an associate degree to earn or maintain their certification.

The new program involves observation, work in the field and course work, and leads to certification for both undergraduates and graduate students. A special endorsement in special education may be taken simultaneously at the college, resulting in a more comprehensive and versatile professional.

More on this exciting initiative will follow. Our congratulations and thanks to all who made this exciting series of programs possible, with special thanks to Barb Swanson Susan Leahy and Marcia Blascoe.

The summer is just beginning!! Have a great week.
John McNamara

Where’s Robert?
May 31 – June 6, 2010

June 1
Rockford Area Business Association Meeting

June 2
Speaking at Jefferson High School’s Graduation Ceremony

June 6
Traveling to China

RC Rocks with top notch faculty
The Marketing Department is starting a new campaign reminding the campus community and the public just how much Rockford College 'Rocks.' We are all doing amazing work and the stories should be shared! Each week, look forward to a new letter of 'R.O.C.K.S.' as it will represent an area in which we excel. Find out more at Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at Here is this week's story:

R: Renowned Faculty.

Dr. Jules Gleicher, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department
In just the past year, Dr. Gleicher has been busy changing his world. He wrote Political Themes in the Hebrew Scriptures (Palgrave Macmillan). The book was just released in March of 2010. In addition, he has written articles entitled "Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution," and "Did the Seventeenth Amendment Repeal Federalism?” "Reflections” is a review of George Anastaplo, and will appear in The American Journal of Legal History, v. 50, no. 3 in July 2010. "Federalism” will appear in The Political Science Reviewer this summer. Gleicher has also presented at national conferences.

Dr. Gleicher has remained an active member of the Rockford College community. His accomplishments only prove to enhance students’ classroom experience. His devotion to teaching and building students’ critical thinking skills is as strong as ever.

Conference on global education
Plan to attend this year’s "Global Education for the 21st Century” June 10 from 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and June 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at RVC’s Stenstrom Center on Samuelson Road. Opening keynote speaker is Dr. Young Zhao, author of "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization.” Some 72 breakout sessions are slated featuring presentations from national and local school leaders and teacher practitioners. For more, see

Get a complete description, reviews or purchase Dr. Gleicher’s latest book!

Rockford College’s Art on the Lawn is June 13
Rockford College hosts its 11th annual Art on the Lawn, Sun., June 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring more 64 artists from throughout the region.

The juried event gives visitors a chance to view and purchase fine art including oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, prints, pencil drawings, pastels, glass, metal sculpture, exotic woods, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, fiber, and functional art.

Admission is $3 person; children 12 and under are free. Food and drink are available for purchase throughout the day and there is ample, free parking. The event will be held rain or shine on the college’s beautiful Burpee commons.

For more information, see

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