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Tuesday, June 15, 2010  
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We can be leader in attracting international students
A message from President Head

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Having just returned from a recruiting trip in China, I remain diligently committed to the vision of Rockford College as a destination of choice for international students. As I have previously stated, more global diversity among our student body will assist with the portion of our mission that seeks "to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society.”

This is not a totally new concept for Rockford College and will be emphasized to a greater degree with the development and implementation of the next phase of our strategic plan. In reviewing the history of previous international efforts, I am aware of the work completed in 2006. One outcome of those efforts was the following definition of internationalization, created in a faculty symposium on April 21, 2006: Enhancing the critical knowledge, skills, and values to help students become productive citizens in a multicultural world.

A recent article in U.S. News & World Report listed liberal arts colleges with the most international students as a percentage of their total undergraduate students. Only 15 exceeded 10 percent, a list that includes Earlham (12 percent), Grinnell (11 percent) and Lake Forest (10 percent) from this region. The vast majority are at 5 percent or less, including Beloit (5 percent), Ripon (2 percent), Millikin (1 percent) and Monmouth (1 percent). The goal that I have suggested to our Administrative Council for its deliberation and inclusion in our next strategic plan is a student body that is enriched by 100 international students. This goal will be achieved over five years through the matriculation of both undergraduate and graduate students and will elevate Rockford College to the intended status of a national leader among private institutions.

The higher education environment around the world is rapidly changing. A study completed by the Education Advisory Board concludes the following:

  • Global student mobility continues to increase. Students studying outside of their home countries totaled 1.6 million in 1999 and increased to 2.6 million last year. The projection is that growth will continue and total 3.7 million by 2025.
  • The United States continues to be the destination of choice, but its market share has dropped from 26 percent to 23 percent over the last seven years. The major competitors for international students are Australia and the U.K.
  • Even though the market share for the U.S. is shrinking, the number of students studying in the U.S. is increasing due to the overall growth in international students leaving home. Currently, 640,000 international students are enrolled in U.S. institutions. If the U.S. continues to attract 23 percent of all international students, the number will grow to 850,000 students by 2025.

We are anticipating students from China, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela to arrive in August. I look forward to continued growth in this endeavor.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Art on the Lawn a success despite late rain
If the rain dampened spirits at our 11th annual Art on the Lawn yesterday, you couldn’t tell from the crowds. While the rain started around 1:30 p.m. – about 2/3 of the way through the event – many artists and fair-goers remained under the protection of tents and the Burpee Center. A total number of visitors has not been tallied yet, but organizers say it was on par with last year until the rains came.

Some side notes on the fair. When it started raining, several visitors got busy and, along with event volunteers, helped artists transport their art to their cars. Among them was a cameraman for Channel 13, who was there to cover the event.

RC Rocks: Helping students succeed
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 Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at
Here is this week's story:

C: Committed to student success.

Rockford College is often described as a small, close-knit family, where faculty, staff, and fellow students care about your success. Our Office of Student Success and Retention is also readily available to provide you with the tools and resources to change your world – in and out of the classroom.

Learn more about our Office of Student Success and Retention

From the Wellness Committee
According to the American Council on Exercise, the following are the top six myths as it concerns exercise. Here are their top six responses:

  • Women who lift weights will get bulky muscles.
  • Spot reducing is possible.
  • No pain, no gain.
  • Exercise requires a hefty time commitment.
  • If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want.
  • There’s a magic bullet (quick fix) out there somewhere.

Thanks to those who joined the walking group last week! Remember every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. we meet at the mail desk!

Get to Know Me
A regular feature intended to introduce you to new faculty and staff.

Name: Barrett Bell

Job title: Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lori (wife)
Lauren (daughter)
Lindsey (daughter)
Bridget (daughter)
Barrett II (Son)

Professional/educational background:
B.S. in Accounting – Oklahoma State University
B.S. in Biblical Studies – Emmaus Bible College
M.B.A. – University of Dubuque

Interesting fact about me:
I have never been to a barber in my life.

The favorite thing about my job is…
Seeing students succeed
Creating "win-win” situations where all parties triumph

Camping, hunting, fishing

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

June 14
University Leadership Council, Washington, D.C.

June 15
Meeting with U.S. Senator Roland Burris, Washington, D.C.

June 16
Speaking at Rockford Noon Lion’s Club

June 18
Emcee at Children’s Home & Aid Society "Jazz on the Rock”

June 19
Speaking at the 20th anniversary of Rockford’s Juneteenth event

New orientation leaders named
Congratulations to the following students who have been named orientation leaders for 2010-2011: Allyson Utech, Francois O’Leary, Amanda Psareas, Amber Joyes, Annika Doering, Chelsea Hall, David Gray, David Smith, Elizabeth Corey, Erika McCall, Hanna Schweder, Heather Weisheit, Kassi Mari, Mark Westphal and Mona Khalifeh.

Help the new conservatory
The Rockford Park District is seeking a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to build the green roof on the Nicholas Conservatory. In order to win, this project will need to be among the top 10 vote getters on the Pepsi Refresh website. The district would be grateful if you would sign on to this website and vote for our project. You can vote every day through the end of June. Also consider forwarding this to your friends, family and coworkers and encourage them to vote as well. The following is the link to the website:

Out and about
Consider these events if you’re looking for something to do this week.

  • June 15: Music in the Park: Rockford Concert Band, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Will Petersen conducts. Features vocalist Ryan Jensen and the 2010 Summer Park Band. Free entertainment for the whole family. 815-987-8800;
  • June 18: "Let’s Jazz It Up ... For the Life of a Child” is the theme for this year’s Jazz on the Rock fundraiser for Children’s Home + Aid taking place at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford Country Club. Emceed by President Head.
  • June 18: Rockford City Market, 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 22, Water Street between East State and Jefferson streets in Rockford. 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 as well as performers and activities for kids. 815-964-4388;
  • June 18: Friday Night Flix, 7 p.m., with movies beginning at dusk, Davis Park. Flicks are free. Friday’s movie is "Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone” which includes an on-screen introduction from the Register Star’s Movie Man, Will Pfeifer. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets to the park and can purchase food, soda, beer and wine from on-site vendors.
  • June 19: Juneteenth 2010, noon to 9 p.m., Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Juneteenth is a cultural and entertainment event featuring art and food vendors and games for kids. Live performances include a talent show, Rockford Improv, Miles Nielsen, Rock City Unique Steppers, poet Debra Jo Howard, a puppet show and more. Special guests include local politicians and Dr. Robert Head, Rockford College president. Rain location is the nCENTER, 220 S. Madison St., Rockford. 815-218-2861;

RC in the news
Did you happen to catch these in the media?

  • The Vince Chiarelli Band with student Vince Chiarelli, Prof. Matt Flamm, and RC alumni John Whitmore was featured in the GO section last week in the weekly band profile. Vince will also be featured in a story in an upcoming Catalyst coming out next week.
  • Art on the Lawn yesterday was covered by Channel 13.

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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