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Wednesday, August 25, 2010  
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Inventing a life and a self
A message from Robert L. Head, Ph.D., President

Dear students, faculty and staff:
It was quite enjoyable to welcome our new students over the weekend and I look forward to the arrival of our continuing students this week. With their presence, energy and life fully return to our campus. This year is especially exciting as we have our largest undergraduate student enrollment in the past eight years and we have more new international students than we have had in some time. Our new international students are from China, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden and Tanzania.

A couple of years ago, I read Bridge of Sighs, a novel by Richard Russo. Dr. Russo is retired from the faculty at Colby College. His novel captures the essence of the age-old debate as to whether our lives are formed by our choices and decisions or through predetermination. The major character in the book is Lou Lynch, who lives in an upstate New York village all of his life. Both his father and his son followed the family tradition of remaining in the village and letting little from the outside influence their insular lives. Lou’s friend, Bobby Marconi, took a different route. He dared to do more by furthering his education, becoming an artist, and traveling the world. When Lou considered the path that Bobby blazed, he said, "Bobby alone, it seems to me, invented both a life and a self to live it.”

Whether you are just beginning your collegiate learning journey or are nearing the completion of your degree, the opportunity to invent a life and to discover your unique self is within your grasp. You are well on the way. This is an extraordinary journey and I am delighted that Rockford College will serve as the community and platform for your development.

Again, welcome to Rockford College and have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

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

R: Renowned Faculty.

Learn a little more about recent faculty works and have a great week:

Condolences to Chuck Brown
From Ginnie Weckerly, HR: Our condolences go to Chuck Brown, Director of Communications. His wife, Becky, passed away Friday morning. A service to celebrate Becky’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Road. There will be a reception after the service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rockford Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to "Lighting the Auburn Street Bridge" and sent to the Becky Brown Memorial Fund c/o Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101.

Where’s Robert?
August 26: Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee meeting
August 27: President’s Opening Convocation
August 28: Orientation Plunge activities
August 28: Opening Game Ball at Riverhawks game

Out and about
August 27-29:
Consider attending Cherry Valley Festival Days, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Baumann Park, 300 S. Walnut, Cherry Valley. Enjoy food, carnival, bands, games, competitions, and fireworks for the family. Pre-sold buttons are available for $5 and are good for all three days. Buttons on Friday are $6 and also are good for all three days. Buttons on Saturday are $6 and are good for Saturday and Sunday. Buttons on Sunday are $3. 815-332-2152;

RC in the news

·   Move-in day for students Saturday (with President Head and members of the executive council assisting) caught the attention of the Rockford Register Star and Channel 23. The TV station had a story Saturday evening and the newspaper had photos Sunday.

·   The Register Star had a story in its business section Sunday about the cost of buying college school supplies and our textbook rental program. A photo accompanied the story showing bookstore manager Dawn McCrary and student Richard Duncan.

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Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

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