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Tuesday, July 13, 2010  
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In overcoming adversity, we can benefit from new thinking and vision
 A message from President Head
 
Dear students, faculty and staff:
 
Throughout its long history, Rockford College has periodically been called upon to respond to and overcome adversity. Entering our 164th year, we can look back and recognize the resilience of the college as it successfully navigated its course through several wars; social revolutions; and economic blips.
 
On a relatively small scale, the concept of overcoming adversity came to mind recently as it became necessary to appoint new leadership for our football program with only a month remaining before student-athletes report to campus for fall practice. You received the notification of Coach Schrader’s resignation from Vice President Barrett Bell, along with the announcement that he and Athletic Director Kristyn King have appointed Patrick Babcock as our Interim Head Football Coach. Patrick has a solid background as both a player and a coach, and quickly expressed interest in taking on the challenge of the interim assignment.
 
One of the benefits of change is that it leads to new thinking and vision. I asked Coach Babcock to share his thoughts on his recent appointment. He responded with the following:
 
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to take the helm of a very young Regent football program. The opportunity to interact and help develop young adults through their transition to successful and well-prepared adults is very exciting to me in my new role as interim coach. The Rockford College football program will focus on providing students with knowledge and experiences that will help them long after the final day they hang up their pads and venture into the real world. Student-athletes who leave the Regent football team will have been exposed to three core concepts: loyalty, honesty, and the importance of a strong work ethic. Additionally, athletes from our football program will display the importance of being selfless and a desire to continue growth through gathering knowledge and experiences from Rockford College and beyond.”
 
As I have frequently stated, the purpose of athletics at Rockford College should always be focused on academic success – giving students an opportunity to participate in an activity that enriches their overall collegiate experience and adding to the vibrancy and outreach of our institution. I am pleased that Coach Babcock’s response strongly advocates similar expectations.
 
Speaking of dealing with adversity, I am grateful for all who have had to endure a summer of limited air conditioning on campus. As noted in Matt Phillips’ recent communication, the completion of the installation process for our new chillers should occur this week. As soon as the units have been turned on, we will have a campus-wide celebration in the form of an ice cream social. Thank you for your patience!
 
Have a great week!
 
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
President
 


Rockford Rocks with renowned faculty
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 casswanson@rockford.edu. Here is this week's story: 
 
R: Renowned Faculty.
 
Dr. Patricia Walters, Professor and Coordinator of Religious Studies
 
In just the past year, Dr. Walters has been busy changing her world.
 
Publications: The Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts: A Reassessment of the Evidence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
 
"The Synoptic Problem" in The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament, edited by David E. Aune (West Sussex, U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
 
Forthcoming publications:
From Judaism to Christianity: Tradition and Transition: A Festschrift in Honor of Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday , Novum Testamentum Supplements (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2010)
 
Review of Acts of the Apostles, by Richard I. Pervo, Religious Studies Review (2010)
 
Forthcoming presentation:
"Irreconcilable Distances: A Challenge to the Assumed Authorial Unity of Luke and Acts." This will be presented at the Society of Biblical Literature 2010 meeting in Atlanta, Ga., November 20, 2010.
 
Thanks, Dr. Walters, for your continued service!
 


Where’s Robert?
For the period July 11 – July 17. 
 
July 11
Ravinia Concert with the Music Academy Foundation 
 
July 13
Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee meeting
 
July 13
Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Birthday Celebration
 

 
Another tip from the Wellness Committee
This chart lists some activities you can do to burn 150 calories. These are approximate figures, based on a body weight of 150 pounds. If you weigh less than 150 pounds, it'll take you longer to burn the same number of calories. The opposite is true if you weigh more than 150 pounds.
 
Activity                                       Time
 
Biking, 6 mph                           38 minutes
Biking, 12 mph                        22 minutes
Jogging, 5.5 mph                    12 minutes
Running, 10 mph                    7 minutes
Walking, 2 mph                       38 minutes
Walking, 3 mph                       28 minutes
Walking, 4.5 mph                    20 minutes
Tennis, singles                       23 minutes
Gardening                                30–45 minutes
Washing windows or floor    60 minutes
Water aerobics                        35 minutes
Swimming, 25 yards/minute 33 minutes
Swimming, 50 yards/minute 18 minutes
Raking leaves                          35 minutes
Shooting basketballs             35 minutes
 
We are always looking for more people to join the walking group every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m.! We meet at the mail desk!
 

 
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
 
  • Alpine Kiwanis 38th Annual Brat Days, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Edgebrook Center, 1639 N. Alpine Road, Rockford; Logli, 6410 E. State St., Rockford; and Logli, 1810 Harlem Road, Loves Park. The cost is $5 in advance, or $6 the day of and includes a choice of a Johnsonville brat, a ¼-pound all-beef Johnsonville hot dog or meatless barbecue, chips and a beverage of choice. Funds raised goes to area nonprofits, aid for national disasters and for area scholarships. www.Alpinekiwanis-il.org.

  • Phantom Regiment’s Annual Show of Shows, 7 p.m., Boylan Catholic High School, 4000 Saint Francis Drive, Rockford. Show features six of the best drum and bugle corps in the world. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with show at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $55. Purchase your tickets in advance and receive $2 off each ticket price. 815-226-2835; www.regiment.org.

 
RC in the news
Several Rockford College people were included in a story in the Rockford Register Star Friday about cuts in the federal work-study program. They included students Damir Utrzan and Katherine Koehler and assistant VP for SAS, Todd Free. The story was actually positive because the college will make up the difference for the amount decreased by the feds. 
 
 

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