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Monday, June 21, 2010  
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RC’s Family Business Center close to reality

Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council take turns writing the weekly message. Today, we hear from John McNamara, vice president for college development.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Coming on the heels of the our announcement of the approval of our new early childhood program comes word that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is slated to approve our grant application for the Family Business Center in the next 6 – 8 weeks.

The Auto Industry Adjustment Initiative is a program under the EDA as part of the federal government’s job creation and retention efforts in response to the many automobile assembly plant downsizings and closures. Community leaders in Winnebago and Boone counties in Illinois joined forces with Rock, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha County representatives in Wisconsin to submit an overall grant application of close to $8 million to develop programs at higher educational institutions to address the economic needs in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. If approved, the Family Business Center at Rockford College will receive $630,000 over three years to assist in the development and operation of the center.

Family businesses will pay an annual fee to be a member of the center; the fee of $1,000 annually will be subsidized by grant funds over the next three years so that in the first year members will pay only $200, and then $400 and $600 per year in the succeeding two years. The curriculum will address such key issues for family businesses as Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Training & Development, Conflict Resolution and Management Issues. Owners will also benefit by the opportunity to network with other members to share ideas, solve problems and create opportunities with one another.

Our program and those at NIU, RVC, Blackhawk Technical College and others are intended to support the many small businesses in this two state region; small businesses are the biggest job generators and Rockford has always been home to a large number of these entrepreneurial enterprises. Our program will be under the auspices of the Department of Economics, Business and Accounting and will be headed by Assistant Professor of Business, Stephen Kadamian. The program will be housed in our new leased space at 5100 E. State St. and add much activity and excitement to this superb facility.

Our faculty has been very active in developing new programs to respond to growing needs. Just this year, we have initiated the early childhood program, new initiatives for teachers and principals in District 205, and doubling the size of our nursing program. We look forward to the approval of our Family Business Center initiative this summer.

Have a great week.
John McNamara
Vice President for College Development

Office moves on tap
If the staff person you’re looking for isn‘t where they normally are this summer, it’s because several offices will be shifting to new buildings. The Graduate Studies Office will be going to the 5100 building; the Development Office will move to the space now occupied by the Business Office, most of which is going to 5100 (Matt Phillips and Deb Dietz will go to the former BSMS office on 2nd floor Burpee). Elsewhere, Lindsay Kent, JACCE, is in the Kent Center. Her office in Nelson Hall will become the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education. We’ll update you on any other changes.

Admission is working hard
An admission report given at the staff meeting last Thursday had many bright spots. Among them is the nursing program expansion, which had budgeted for eight students and ended up with 15 new students. There are also 117 first-year students with a budgeted goal of 114 (as of June 21). Thanks to the Admission Office staff for their fine efforts!

Student-athletes excel in classroom
While we’ve covered the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes before, it bears repeating. Some 23 of them were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma national honor society (we’re only one of 12 chapters in Illinois), seven student-athletes had a perfect 4.0 GPA and 70 had a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Well-done, students! We’re proud of you.

College to host program for RPS school kids this summer
Rockford College will be teeming with Rockford Public Schools’ students this summer who will be taking part in a 4-week program called "Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Development” (LEAD). Various topics will be covered during the session, which is expected to draw as many as 100 students. RC is one of many sites in the community hosting such programs with RPS this summer.

A tip from the Wellness Committee
Quick and easy ways to add fiber to your menus: Enjoy a whole-grain cereal topped with fresh or frozen fruit for breakfast, or add bran to your favorite ready-to-eat or hot cereal.

  • Choose fruits and vegetables more often than juice, since fiber is found mainly in the peeland pulp.
  • Chop dried fruits and nuts into chicken or turkey salads.
  • Choose 100 percent whole-wheat breads, pasta, pitas, and tortillas.
  • Add garbanzo beans (or any type of bean) to salads.
  • Top a baked potato with chopped vegetables or salsa — and eat the skin, too.
  • Snack on crunchy vegetables like carrot sticks, broccoli florets, or red pepper strips.
  • Serve brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish.
  • Add chopped vegetables and legumes to soups, stews, and casseroles.
  • Satisfy your late-night munchies with air-popped popcorn, dried fruit, or a small handful of nuts.

Source: American Dietetic Association, 

Where’s Robert
June 21 – June 27

June 23
Rockford College Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee Meeting

Belly Flops for Haiti
Gale Wallace, Web administrator, wanted us to know about a project benefiting the BLESS THE HAITIAN CHILDREN sponsorship program, supported by Central Christian Church in Beloit, Wis.

Belly Flops - $10
2 LB Bag - Irregular Jelly Belly beans

Hodgepodge - $5
2.5 LB Bag - Irregular candies mixture

Fruit Snacks - $5
2 LB Bag - Irregular fruit snack mixture

Sunkist Fruit Gems - $5
2 LB Bag - Irregular fruit snack mixture

Hope for Haiti Bracelets - $2

Items can be purchased from Gale in the admissions office and will be on sale until they are sold out.

Meet May’s employee of the month
Bob Reaven, Copy Center, Mailroom, and Delivery Manager, has been named our employee of the month for May. It’s a multifaceted job that Bob handles well, according to his nominators. Said one of those nominators: "Bob is always cordial and seeks to accommodate any request. He goes above and beyond his job responsibilities to support everyone.” Congratulations, Bob Reaven!

Seeking helpers for Pro Am
Are you interested in seeing the Pro Am this year? If so, here’s your chance! The Golden Apple Foundation (housed in Burpee), will be a recipient of this year's Pro Am funds and they need volunteers to help with concessions. Just let Lori Berks-Nelson know if you are available to work any of the following shifts on July 12 at Forest Hills Country Club: 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.; 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. You can reach Lori at 815-226-4180;

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

June 26: Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts: 12th Annual Sinnissippi Summer Series, 7:30 p.m., Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Treasa LeVasseur, who plays piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin and sings R&B will perform. Attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets; no alcohol. Free to attend. Rain site is Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford Call 815-987-8800 after 2:30 p.m. on concert day for rain site information. For more, call 815-964-2238;

July 2 – 11: "Radio Gals,” performed by Artists’ Ensemble Theatre right here at the Maddox Theatre. For more information, call AET at 815-904-2277 or go to

RC in the news

  • Barrett Bell, VP, enrollment management, was interviewed by Channel 23 last week about federal cutbacks in the work-study program. Though the college lost 36.3 percent of its funding for the program, it will make up the difference with institutional funds, leaving all work-study slots intact.
  • Bob Evans, political science, was interviewed by the Register Star last week about the large number of candidates (24) for the new Forest Preserve District board. Incidentally, Mary McNamara Bernsten, daughter of college VP John McNamara, is one of the candidates.
  • Two people with Rockford College connections are heading up a new event at Davis Park called "Sunday in the Park.” They are Barbara Berney, who coordinates our Art on the Lawn event, and Jennifer Hillistad, a ’09 RC grad.
  • Bob Koopman, baseball coach, was pictured yesterday in the Register Star with his son, Frank. The newspaper had a series of photos of fathers and sons in recognition of Father’s Day.

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