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Monday, June 28, 2010  
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Enrollment looking good but there’s more work to be done
By Barrett Bell, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Happy Fourth of July!!

Apart from the fireworks, cook-outs, and fun with family and friends during this Fourth of July holiday, it is fitting to remember and honor the many men and women who have made great sacrifices to maintain the freedoms we treasure. Although I personally did not have the opportunity to serve, I, like many of you, am immensely appreciative of my father and relatives who have served, and continue to serve, so honorably. Their devotion to our nation has left a legacy for all time, for our children and our children’s children. They are deserving of great honor both this Fourth of July and all year long! So, let us celebrate our freedom--we are indeed a blessed nation.

With the advent of July, comes the midpoint of summer and the finalizing of the fall 2010 enrollment. Fall enrollment is looking optimistic and appears to be "turning the corner” on establishing a new trend. All within enrollment management, and across campus, who have diligently labored over the past months are to be commended for their efforts. To date, we have exceeded our budget goals for new first-year students, continuing full time students, as well as part time students. We hope that, after the next ROAR on July 17, we will also exceed our goal for transfer students. However, we all need to be reminded that "it is not over, until it is over.” We must all continue to push forward through the rest of the summer.

Very shortly Orientation plans will be finalized. As you well know, this is an important event which will set the stage for the success of our incoming students. Our ability to make them feel at home and help them acclimate to campus is imperative to their success. So, stay tuned for upcoming details, both on Orientation and other events which will kick-off the new academic year. In so many ways "change” is upon Rockford College: new students, new academic programs, new staff and faculty, office moves, and new initiatives. Change and growth is a great thing, something to be welcomed and embraced.

As the hot days of summer continue, even without air conditioning for many of us, we all have much to celebrate. May you enjoy the summer, the flex schedules, and the upcoming holiday, and anticipate great things for the upcoming year.

Have an awesome week,

Barrett Bell
Vice President for Enrollment Management

New faces, places
There are several personnel reassignments to report this week, effective July 1.

Christine Murray will report to the admission department in the role of admission receptionist. Her new telephone number will be 815-226-4050. Her office location will still be in Burpee, Undergraduate Admission.

David Schneider’s title will change to Admission Counselor. All other contact information will remain the same.

Ella Stenberg’s title will change to admission data specialist. Her new telephone number will be 815-226-4051. Her office location will still be in Burpee, Undergraduate Admission.

Lindsay Kent’s title has changed to director of student activities & JACCE. Her office location is in Kent and her telephone number remains the same.

Jason Sage is the new administrative assistant in the Graduate Office. Jason was previously the MBA graduate assistant.

Music academy board president is adventurous
Especially in this heat, you might like to read about the incoming Music Academy board president, Jim Epperson’s climb of Denali. Click on this link to view his blog:

Jim has been an adult violin student of the Music Academy for 12 years. He will be guiding a descent into the Grand Canyon with those who choose to travel with the Music Academy and the RC Alumni Office on their trip to Arizona next June, the culminating event of the Music Academy’s 25th anniversary season.

Here’s a bio on Epperson. Notice how he likens the transformative power of music and nature:

Jim Epperson discovered the allure of the outdoors 15 years ago when a friend invited him on a backpacking trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. There, he discovered that nature like music has the ability to touch your very core. Since that first trip he has explored mountains in Colorado, Washington, California, Alaska, France and Italy. He and his wife Sue are pursuing their current goal to visit each one of our national parks.

More office moves
Last time, we told you about some office moves taking place this summer. Here are more provided by Matt Phillips, assistant VP of operations:

  • JACCE will move to Kent with student activities
  • KRCGE will move into Nelson 2
  • ELI to Nelson 2
  • Graduate Office will move into 5100 LL south side
  • Business Office to 5100 LL North side
  • Alumni, Communication and Development to Burpee 1 (current Business office space)
  • Institutional Research to Library 1st floor

Hendry designs costumes for musical
We’ve received word that the musical, "Phantom," at Lancaster's Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa. was costumed by our own Prof. Jeff Hendry, performing arts. The show was spectacular and his costumes were a major reason why.

The local paper reviewed the show and had this to say about the costuming:

"The costumes, by Jeff Hendry, rival anything in an MGM musical (one waits for Leslie Caron in "Gigi" to walk onstage). They are a feast of velvets, satins, feathers and pearls."

Here's the URL for the full review:

Another reason RC rocks
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 If you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson, marketing, at Here is this week's story:

K: Knowledge.

Rockford College has more than 70 majors, minors and programs to choose from, a Return-to-College program in management studies, two graduate programs in business and teaching, and several community education programs, camps and more. We have a program for just about everyone! Tell someone today about Rockford College and the opportunities we offer. You can even send them the link below so they can learn more!

Learn more about our program offerings!

From the Wellness Committee
Just a reminder that every Tuesday and Thursday the walking group meets at 11:30 a.m. for their one mile walk around campus! Come join! In the meantime, check out this healthy recipe for a real treat.

Berry Chocolate Sundae (recipe courtesy of the American Institute for Cancer Research)

  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 oz. dark (72%) chocolate, chopped;
  • or 2 tbsp. 70% cocoa chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 8 large strawberries, hulled and
  • quartered lengthwise
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup reduced-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Place sugar, cocoa powder and salt in heavy, small saucepan. Gradually stir in milk while eating over medium heat, whisking until combined and smooth. Continue cooking until sauce begins to bubble around edges. On low heat, add chocolate and vanilla extract and whisk until sauce is smooth.
  • Set aside until sauce cools to room temperature.
  • Transfer sauce to container, cover tightly and refrigerate. The sauce thickens as it chills. It will keep for up to five days. Makes 3/4 cup sauce.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread almonds on baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden, stirring after 4 minutes. Transfer nuts to a plate and cool to room temperature. Wrapped in foil, toasted nuts keep for three days at room temperature.
    Place berries and vanilla in mixing bowl and toss with fork until the berries look moist. Set aside for 30 to 60 minutes to let berries marinate.
  • To serve, divide berries among four wide shallow bowls. Add 1/4 cup scoop of the yogurt to each bowl. Spoon two tablespoons chocolate over yogurt and sprinkle with almonds. Makes four servings.
  • Per serving: 220 calories, 7 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 5 g dietary fiber, 40 mg sodium.

Where’s Robert?
June 21 – July 4, 2010

June 30
United Way’s Volunteer of the Year Ceremony

Out and about
Events of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.

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

July 1: Moonlight Jazz Orchestra performs a free concert as part of the Sinnissippi music series. 7:30 p.m. in the music shell. See

July 4: Rockford’s Fourth of July Celebration capped off by a gala fireworks display downtown. See

RC in the news

  • John McNamara, VP-college development, was interviewed by Channel 23 last Monday about expansion of higher education facilities in this area.
  • Prof. Fred Rezazadeh, business/economics, was interviewed for a story that appeared yesterday in the Rockford Register Star about positive economic indicators for the region.

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