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Wednesday, July 28, 2010  
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Variety is indeed the spice of life
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council share their thoughts in this space. Today, we hear from Barrett Bell, vice president for enrollment management.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

In the midst of power outages, no air conditioning, lightening strikes, trees falling on power lines, office moves, etc.; this summer has been all but normal. Having only been here at Rockford College for a short time, 64 days – but who’s counting, I am again learning to expect the unexpected and to appreciate the diversity of each day. Far too often it’s easy to slip into the comfort zone of the "routine” and neglect the multifariousness of life.

Truly, variety is an unrecognized blessing.  Just think how boring life would be if:
  • You ate the same thing for each meal every day; or,
  • You had to drive the same car for a lifetime (remember your first car); or,
  • Even worse, if everyone drove the same car; or,
  • You had the same hair style your whole life – that would be scary; or,
  • Every house on your block or in your city was an exact duplicate, same color and everything; or,
  • You took the same vacation every year; or,
  • You worked with the same people, and only those people, for your entire career.
Think how horrible it would be if we all looked alike, dressed alike, smelled alike(?), spoke alike, thought alike and told the same stupid jokes. Imagine wearing the same pair of shoes every day! Without question, the variety of life’s experiences and all the people we come in contact with is a great benefit.

The thought is simple and not philosophically wrapped: diversity is exciting and adds value to each of our lives. To meet and get to know people from different walks of life is enriching, something we all should do more often. To build and experience diversity is an integral part of our mission.

Throughout this week, challenge yourself to enjoy and embrace the diversity of your life - even more to seek out the variety of life and to get to know new and different people. Try new experiences. Go to new places. Pledge to enjoy one new food you have never had before and meet one new person you did not know – you will remember it for a lifetime.

Have an awesome week!

Barrett Bell
Vice President for Enrollment Management

It’ll be a worldwide whirlwind for RC student
Amanda Sisney has the whole world to look forward to during the first semester of 2010-11. She is soon off for several months to see the world via the Semester at Sea program. Here’s her exciting itinerary: Halifax, Nova Scotia: Cadiz, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Takoradi, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis, Mauritius; Chennai, India; Singapore; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Kobe and Yokohama, Japan; Honolulu, and ending in San Diego. Have a great trip, Amanda!   

New degree track in theatre at Rockford College
A new degree in acting/directing at Rockford College offers theatre students another option as they seek to create a well-rounded background in the arts.

The new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) is a change from the previous bachelor of arts degree in acting and directing. And while the distinction may seem subtle, theatre faculty at the college say it should allow it to compete with similar programs at much bigger schools.  

"Clearly, the standard for college and university acting programs is the BFA,” says Noel Rennerfeldt, chair of Rockford’s performing arts department. "We feel we have the expertise in our faculty to create a viable and competitive BFA.

The college’s bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts will continue as a generalist program, Rennerfeldt says, and as a secondary education track. Rockford also offers the BFA in musical theatre performance and the BA in music.

As part of the new BFA program, the department has added several new courses in acting, both practical and theoretical. The entire sequence includes 16 courses equivalent to 49 credits which, when added to other college course requirements, leads to the BFA.
"This enhanced program puts us in the enviable position of offering the training that students are looking for in the setting of a small, private liberal arts college,” adds Rennerfeldt.

A busy summer for Prof. Hicks
Prof. Stephen Hicks, philosophy, has been busy this summer with presentations around the world. Here’s a synopsis:
  • Title: Entrepreneurship and Humanistic Management Ethics. 16th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, May 13-15, 2010, IESE Business School, University of Navarre, Barcelona, Spain.
  • "Why Modern Art?" College of the United States summer seminar for high school and college students. Chicago, Illinois, July 22, 2010.
  • "'Austrian' Economics and the Unrequited Love of Philosophy for Economics.” Keynote lecture for the Austrian Economics in the 21st Century conference of the Fundacion Bases and School of Economics of Catholic University in Rosario, Argentina, August 5-7, 2010.

From the Wellness Committee:
The Benefits of a Brown-Bag Lunch
Packing your own lunch gives you more control over calories than hitting the local deli. Get tips on how to pack a tasty and satisfying brown bag lunch from Madeline Vann, MPH. 
Brown Bag Lunch: Calorie-Counting Control

Not only do you control the calories in your brown bag, but you also are able to control the portion sizes. Portion distortion — a general inability to judge correct portions of food that you don’t prepare yourself — is a significant contributor to diet failure and weight gain.

Brown Bag Lunch: What to Pack
If you are used to eating out, you may face a learning curve as you experiment with brown bag options. As a general rule, you want to follow your calorie-counting guidelines and create a meal that will be filling. This requires the right mix of fiber, protein, fruits, and vegetables. For example, pack a chicken sandwich on multi-grain bread with a small salad (with light or no dressing) and a piece of fruit or low-calorie yogurt.

Here are some ideas for healthy and filling brown bag lunches that will also save you money:
  • Wrap up your leftovers. Try a slight modification to make last night’s dinner a fresh experience. For example, stuff leftover chili in a pita with some veggies and avocado slices for a new taste.
  • Microwave a frozen meal. There’s a frozen lunch entrée to meet every diet and every budget. A lot of these new microwave dinners are really, really nice and they are very controlled in calories. The industry has done a lot of good things in producing those products and you can find some very tasty bargains in the frozen food section.
  • Pack a soup. Soup is filling and generally low in calories. In fact, if you eat soup before digging into your main lunch course, studies show you’re likely to eat 20 percent fewer calories.           
  • Focus on cost-saving foods. In general, packing a brown-bag lunch will save you money compared to eating out every day. If you are stretching your pennies, Use beans, eggs, potatoes, and leftovers from whole chicken meals (rotisserie or baked at home) for truly low-calorie and budget-friendly meals.
  • Brown-bag snacks as well. Create your own 100-calorie snacks to get you through the day. Making these yourself might require a food scale for careful measuring, but you’ll save a small fortune over prepackaged 100-calorie snacks and be more eco-friendly.

Kelly James needs your to get out of jail
Last week we told you about some RC folks were taking part in the MDA jail and bail fundraiser. Note that Kelly James, library, is also participating. You can pledge for Kelly by going to:

Out and about
Activities that would be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
Music in the Park: Johnie Faren and the Orient Jazz, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sinnissippi Park Music Shell, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford. World-recognized drummer Johnie Faren brings his special style of jazz. Free entertainment for the whole family. 815-987-8800;

AirFest 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Chicago Rockford International Airport, 60 Airport Drive, Rockford. This year’s theme is "Let Your Dreams Take Flight.” The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team headlines. The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Demo and the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demo Team also will perform tactical demonstrations. Cost at the gate is $15 for adults, $5.50 for youth ages 5-12 and free for 4 and younger. Discounted tickets are available at 815-969-4467.

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