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Monday, September 27, 2010  
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Education pays – in oh so many ways
Occasionally, members of the college’s executive council will share a message in this space. Today, we hear from Barrett Bell, vice president for enrollment management.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Although many of us know and appreciate the value of a college degree, it is nevertheless refreshing to see how strongly the evidence supports the benefit of higher education, especially given the current state of our economy.

Recently the College Board released a study entitled, "Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.” This report presents updated data from the previous report, "Education Pays 2007.” It is definitely worth reading to again evaluate the evidence. The study observed that in the last three years:

". . . median earnings for four-year college graduates have increased more rapidly than those of high school graduates. The 2.3 percentage point difference between the unemployment rates for high school graduates and bachelor’s degree recipients we reported for 2006 increased to 5.1 percentage points in 2009.”

The study also reported:

"Comparing the median cumulative earnings of high school graduates to those of college graduates, we find that by about age 33 — after 11 years of work — higher earnings compensate not only for four years out of the labor force, but also for average tuition and fee payments at a public four-year university funded fully by student loans. . . modifying the assumptions underlying these calculations might slightly lengthen or shorten the time required to make up the investment. The key point is that for the typical student, the investment pays off very well over the course of a lifetime — even considering the expense.”

But the payoff for higher education is not merely financial. In fact, earning a better living may be one of the lesser benefits. A college education improves our lives, attitudes and behavior in society. It will benefit our children and the community in which we live, helping us become both better parents and citizens. According to the study, higher education even has positive health implications. In summation, the study empirically affirmed what so many of us have known anecdotally:

"A growing body of evidence points to the direct impact of higher education not only on specific job-related skills, but also on the attitudes and behavior patterns of students. Education enables people to better adapt to change. It also makes them more likely to take responsibility for their health, to take responsibility for the society in which they live, and to parent in ways that improve the prospects for their own children. The evidence is overwhelming that higher education improves people’s lives, makes our economy more efficient, and contributes to a more equitable society.”

Although many other observations can be gleaned from this and other studies, higher education remains an exceptional value. One of the greatest tests of value is the test of time and a college degree continues to stand strong through the test of time. It enriches our lives and communities in so many ways. Higher education and the opportunity to pursue a college degree should never be taken lightly and always cherished.

Have an awesome week.

Barrett Bell
Vice President for Enrollment Management

RC rocks with real-life opportunities
The marketing department is running a campaign reminding 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, marketing, at Here is this week's story:

O: Opportunity

As a student in the sciences, opportunity is available to work with Marsili Consulting – a leader in determining odor and off-flavors in food and beverages – right here on campus! Several students have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past, and one student co-authored a research paper on the findings. Learn more about Marsili Consulting Group  

Get to Know Me
Periodically, we will include a profile on a new faculty member of staff person. This week, meet James Marshall, a member of the biology faculty.

Name: James Marshall.
Job title: Assist. Prof. of Biology.

Family: Wife Lori, son Alex (4) and daughter Katie (20 months).

Hometown/position(s) (before RC): Born in Arlington Heights, Ill. Just came from Denison University in Ohio where I was a Visiting Assist. Prof. of Biology.

Professional/educational background: TCU BS in Environmental Science and BA in English; SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - MS in Biology; Ohio State, Ph.D. in Biology.

Areas of academic interest or specialization: Primary teaching experience is in evolution and ecology; I study population and community ecology of birds.

Interesting fact about me: Addicted to checking books out of the library, despite knowing I won't have time to read them all.

The favorite thing about my job is…being in a place where learning is expected of me (and encouraged).

Hobbies/interests: Reading, bird-banding, frisbee sports, watching hockey, football, and those awful Cubs. 

Art prof to exhibit in N.C.
Philip Soosloff, art, is exhibiting three pieces in an invitational show called Milestones: The 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC, Oct. 1 – Dec. 31. It is a prestigious gallery and a great art city. The image here is his "Biking the Blue Ridge” 2010 Mixed Media 70”W x 30” H x 15” D.

Women leaders in education is focus of forum
Area school superintendents will share their struggles, triumphs, and daily challenges as women in educational leadership at a free forum this Thursday (Sept. 30) at 6:30 p.m. in the Burpee Center Grace Roper Lounge. "Women as Leaders in Education” is sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. Our own Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college, will give the welcome. All are invited.

Sign up for CLA!
Attention First-Year Students! There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Collegiate Learning Assessment. To sign up for the CLA, contact Heather Snider, institutional research, at 815-226-4186 or Participants are eligible to win an iPod Touch, a Magellan GPS, and more. For more information about the CLA, visit:

Book signing Wednesday for book on women in WWII
A book signing with our professors/authors of "We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II” is set for this Wednesday (Sept. 29) from noon – 1 p.m. in the college bookstore. Meet and chat with professors Catherine Forslund, history; Mary Weaks-Baxter, English; and emerita professor Christine Bruun, psychology. Also, in a fitting tie-in, the three professors will take part in a panel discussion with author Emily Yellin and WWII-era Rockford College alumnae October 14, 7:30 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre and will sign their book afterward.

Yellin is author of "Our Mother’s War” about American women at home and at the front. She will speak October 14, 4 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre.

A website that provides supplemental materials for the book, "We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in WWII” may be accessed at

New at 5100: Food!
Our 5100 facility on East State Street now offers food service from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday - Friday and also Saturday mornings. Sample what they have to offer! If you have classes at 5100 in the evenings or on Saturdays, this would be a great opportunity to grab some dinner or a snack!

RC sets musical, "The Robber Bridegroom”
Rockford College presents "The Robber Bridegroom,” a musical by Alfred Uhry, October 7 to 10 in the college’s Maddox Theatre. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

A rousing, bawdy Southern fairy tale set in 18th century Mississippi, "The Robber Bridegroom” is the story of the courting of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country, by Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods.

The proceedings go awry, thanks to an unconventional case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have the recipe for a rollicking country romp.

Tickets are $10 for adults; seniors and students $7. Season subscribers get one ticket for free. Call the Rockford College box office, 815-226-4100, for more information. Box office hours are Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before show time.

To see the entire Rockford College theatre schedule for 2010-11, go to:

Benefit concert set at Rockford College for Habitat crew
A benefit concert for the Rockford College Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break featuring the Rockford Second City Barbershop Chorus will be held October 16, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre. Admission is $20 for adults; $10 for students.

Rockford Second City Chorus is a 13-year-old award-winning choir that has performed widely in the community and the region. More on the group is available on its website,

Now in its 16th year, the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break is an annual event in which Rockford College students, faculty, staff and alumni travel to Starkville, Miss. to build homes for Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge. Since the group was formed, crews have built 16 homes. For more, see  

Mulligan Restoration is sponsoring the concert.

Open Mic at Rockford College
Every Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Rockford College Lion’s Den. Showcase your musical talent, try your hand at performing or come to support your fellow musicians. Original singer-songwriters, all music styles welcome. Free. For more information, call Prof. Matt Flamm, philosophy, at 815-226-4176.

Women’s clothing/accessory exchange for good cause
Recent RC graduate Jennifer Torrence wrote to tell us about a special women’s clothing/accessory exchange. "Fall into Fashion” will be held October 9 at the Holiday Inn on East State Street. Bring five fashionable women’s items to exchange; you walk out with five new items for only 50 cents per item. All proceeds will go to the RAD program for women and children. Cost to participate is $5. For more, see the event’s Facebook page, "Fall into Fashion.”

Dietz wins awards in nature art/photo exhibit
Deb Dietz, business office, who exhibited photography in an exhibit/reception sponsored by the Nygren Wetland Preserve and Natural Land Institute, ended up taking second place in the amateur division for photography and also won the People’s Choice voting for the amateur division. The juried exhibit featured 49 pieces of art and photography in both professional and amateur categories. Awards were given for first, second, and third place. "It was an exciting event, and I was very surprised and grateful, given the incredibly talented competition,” says Deb. 

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

"Spaces Within” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 9, Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Imagery relating to the architecture of interior spaces will be explored through the work of Chicago artists Richard Hull and Nicholas Sistler. See intimate spaces, angles, planes, bold perspectives and exuberant color. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, free for members and children 12 and younger. Tuesdays are free to the public. 815-968-2787;  

Rockford IceHogs vs. Peoria Rivermen, Sept. 28, 6:35 p.m., MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford. The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the Rockford Register Star, will offer IceHogs fans free admission to a preseason game against the Rivermen. Fans can find a coupon in the Rockford Register Star through Tuesday and present it at the MetroCentre before the game. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 815-987-1228.

Fall ArtScene, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at various studios and galleries throughout the Rockford area. The works of hundreds of skilled artists will be exhibited and sold in a wide variety of forms, genres, media and styles. This event is free. Visit and click on Fall ArtScene for a complete listing of participating galleries and 815-226-4100.

RC in the news

  • A report from some key economists that the recession is over brought the media to Rockford College to get reaction from Prof. Fred Rezazadeh, business/economics. Stories appeared on Channel 13 and in the Rockford Register Star.
  • Dr. Stephanie Quinn, exec. VP and dean of the college, was interviewed by Channel 13 last Thursday about a report card on education in the state issued by the group, Advance Illinois.
  • Student Jaimi Shaver was pictured in the Rockford Register Star last Saturday walking on campus in the midst of trees turning color with the onset of autumn.

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