Monday, June 07, 2010
Summer is here!
This week, Tina Anderson, VP of business and chief financial officer, fills in for President Head, who is in China for the week.
There are the obvious signs at Rockford College that summer has arrived each year – the weather gets warmer, the sun shines longer, the parking lots aren’t as full, there are fewer students and faculty walking around campus, and the atmosphere is just a bit more relaxed and laid back. But summers at Rockford College don’t necessarily mean things slow down for everyone. There are lots of exciting events that occur at Rockford College only in the summertime; following are just a few of them:
- Over 200 Phantom Regiment players are once again practicing their musical instruments, filling our campus grounds with beautiful music for four weeks this summer.
- Art on the Lawn is Sun., June 13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., where more than 64 artists will display their various types of artwork on the Burpee Commons.
- The CARE Committee hosts monthly campus potlucks on the Colman patio, with the next one scheduled for Wed., June 23.
- Then on June 14, over 200 teachers will arrive on campus for Camp Rockford, to attend two weeks of MAT-PLS classes.
- On June 28, a second "camp” begins for teachers in the Rockford Public Schools who are participating in our Reading and Math Partnership certification program.
- There is also a walking group during the summer months which meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in front of the mail desk; they walk a 1-mile loop around our campus.
- And then there’s the audit… Our annual year-end audit occurs every summer and continues into early fall. While the workload slows down during the summer months for many, this is when the Business Office staff is at its busiest, making sure all of our I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. Although this event is not nearly as fun as listening to the Phantom Regiment or attending the CARE potlucks or Art on the Lawn, it is one sure sign of summer in the Business Office. It’s also the sign of another fiscal year coming to a close, which means that a new year is just about to begin.
For many organizations, summertime is the laid back, lazy, relaxed season to catch up, slow down, and enjoy some free time with family and friends. But as you can see, for many people around the Rockford College campus, the summertime is exciting, busy, and bustling with energy. Whatever your plans are this summer, make sure to take some time to rest, relax, and enjoy yourself, you deserve it! Have a great summer everyone!
Vice President of Business & CFO
Early childhood education program debuts 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.
Marcia Blascoe, retiring early education director for Rockford School District 205, has been tapped to head the program, which was recently approved by the State Board of Education. She says the need for more and better-skilled early childhood teachers is important.
"It is absolutely critical today for young children to have a strong foundation to build upon,” she says. "Early childhood programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational achievement and labor market potential while reducing delinquency, crime and truancy.”
Nationally, there is an expected expansion in early childhood education which includes public initiatives, Head Start and child care. That, says Blascoe, creates high demand in local communities along with the need for highly-qualified early childhood providers.
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.
Blascoe says opportunities exist for public and private school pre-K teachers, administrators, Head Start teachers, child care directors, child development specialists and family support workers.
If you know someone who would be interested in this exciting new program, they should call 815-226-4050 (undergraduate and transfer students) or 815-226-4040 (graduate students). Also see www.rockford.edu/?Education.
RC Rocks with great opportunity
The Marketing department is running a campaign to remind 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 www.rockford.edu/?RCRocks. Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is this week's story:
Opportunity abounds at Rockford College. Whether you are working one-on-one with faculty on research, developing grants for the community, organizing a food drive, or achieving your lifelong educational goals, opportunity to change your world awaits at Rockford College.
See a few testimonials in our Rockford College ‘Opportunity’ commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKIsLYD7OAg
Two new employees join our ranks
As you may know by now, two new employees have joined us in recent weeks: We welcome Barrett Bell, vice president of enrollment management and Jennifer Broaddus as a student advocate in SAS. We’ll have profiles of these and other new employees in future newsletters.
From the Wellness Committee: Rockford College Walks!
Just a reminder, every Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting) walkers will take to the one mile path set up by a former group of nursing students. The walking begins at 11:30am, walkers meet at the Mail Desk, the walk typically lasts about 20-25 minutes and should take place in lieu of your lunchtime.
Weekly Wellness Info:
True or False: Using a proper technique when walking is more important than just getting out there.
True or False: It is required to walk 7 days a week in order to benefit from walking.
Factoid: Walkers going 5 mph will burn more calories than a runner at the same speed!
Answers to T or F questions (F, F)
RC baseball standouts honored
Rockford College would like to congratulate senior Kyle Standridge and Eric Nicholson on their recent baseball honors. Standridge was recently named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest Region Position Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-American. Last week, Standridge was received Honorable Mention as part of the D3Baseball.com All-American Team. Nicholson was named to the ABCA All-Midwest 3rd Team for this season. The ABCA all-region team includes the 50 best players in the region as determined by baseball coaches. Congratulations, gentlemen, on your incredible seasons.
See media guru free
Attendees of the upcoming Connected World Conference June 15-18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place will have a chance to pitch their ideas and rub elbows with the man who helped coin the term "Internet of things.” Henry Holtzman, chief knowledge officer, MIT Media Laboratory, will be on hand June 16 as a presenter for the conference, and will also be the guest-of-honor at a reception that evening. During this reception, attendees will be given the chance to make their case and share their thoughts on connected devices with Holtzman. Students and professors can receive a full-conference pass to attend the MIT session, and all other sessions, for no charge* using the promo code "Student" when registering online. For more, see http://www.connectedworldmag.com/conference.
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 www.niceconference.org.
Out and about
Consider these events if you’re looking for something to do this week.
- Rockford RiverHawks vs. Gary Railcats, 7:05 p.m., Road Ranger Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park. Game special is Two for Tuesday. 815-885-2255; www.Rockfordriverhawks.com.
- Rockford City Market, 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays from June 11 to Oct. 22, rain or shine, on Water Street between East State and Jefferson streets. Growers and vendors from within 150 miles will sell natural products including vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheeses, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and snacks. There also will be artisans and vendors with unique offerings, performers and activities for kids. 815-964-4388.
RC in the news
Did you happen to catch these in the media?
- John McNamara, VP for college development, was interviewed by Channel 17 last week about the start of the Blagojevich trial.
- Fred Rezazadeh, economics, was interviewed by Channel 13 last Thursday regarding research correlating one’s health with fluctuations in the economy.
- Barbara Swanson, education dept. chair, and Marcia Blascoe, education, were quoted in the Rockford Register Star this morning in a story about the new early childhood education program.