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Monday, October 04, 2010  
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We fare well on measures of economic diversity
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Each month brings us a new ranking of colleges and universities. Some are from organizations that have general name recognition and many, of late, are from organizations that are relatively new. Most attempt to evaluate an institution from an academic quality perspective, while a few focus on student perceptions of campus life and their overall experience. In recent years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked colleges and universities based on their economic diversity. This year’s report was issued just last week.

U.S. News determines economic diversity by identifying the percentage of undergraduate students at each institution receiving Pell grants. Pell grants are need-based awards through a federal program designed to assist families with lower incomes. U.S. News notes "many of the top ranked schools within our Best Colleges rankings historically haven’t enrolled large numbers of students from low-income families. It’s been argued by many that the highest rated colleges and universities should make a much better effort to enroll and then educate these students, given education’s role in being a catalyst for upward social mobility.”

Earlier this summer, U.S. News ranked Rockford College in the top tier of Midwest institutions in its Best Colleges survey. Last week, Rockford College was ranked in the upper tier of Midwest Schools in economic diversity. The report suggests that schools where 40 percent or more of students who receive Pell grants have a "mission to serve students or geographic areas with families of lower incomes.”

Rockford College is listed at 41 percent based on fall 2008 enrollment. What might be a surprise to some is that the vast majority of Midwest institutions with larger percentages are private colleges and universities. Contrary to popular perception, private colleges enroll a greater proportion of low-income students and a smaller proportion of high-income students than public universities. This is not only true in Illinois, but nationally as well. For those wanting to further explore the socioeconomic comparisons of public and private institutions, I invite you to review "12 facts that may surprise you about America’s private colleges and universities.” The document can be found, the website of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Prof. Flamm named to select group
Prof. Matt Flamm, philosophy, was named a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 group last week. The prestigious group of 40 represents those who, in the opinion of a special selection committee, are deeply involved in the community and have excelled in their profession. This is the third year the 40 Under 40 list has been assembled. Flamm and the other 39 awardees were introduced at a reception last week at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. Congratulations, Matt!

By the way…four RC grads also made the list. They include:

  • Tiana Cooper, Lutheran Social Services – MBA Marketing `09
  • Courtney Geiger, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois – BS English `02
  • Frank Haney, Williams-Manny Insurance – BS History `97
  • Amy Maavich, Alpine Bank – BS Business Administration `02

Rockford College among top ‘military friendly’ schools
Rockford College has been listed among the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. to accommodate students with military experience.

The list of selected "military friendly” schools was released recently by G.I. Jobs, one of several military-related publications produced by Victory Media. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community and technical colleges. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

Barrett Bell, vice president of enrollment management at Rockford College, says the college puts a high premium on recruiting veterans because they add richness to the college environment.

"Military students can bring a high degree of maturity, life experiences, diversity, leadership and worldliness to the classroom,” he says. "Other students and faculty benefit from the different perspectives that service members and veterans bring.”

The complete list of military friendly schools is available at

RC rocks with outstanding faculty
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 at Here is this week's story:

R: Renowned faculty

This past week, Dr. Matthew Flamm (philosophy) was named to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's 40 under 40. This honor is given based upon contributions to the workplace as well as community involvement. Congratulations Dr. Flamm!

Student teachers assist with autism event
Teachers at Seth Whitman Elementary School in Belvidere, along with three Rockford College student teachers, will host an Autism Awareness Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Seth Whitman Elementary School, 8989 Beloit Road.

Autism is a developmental disability that causes difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and play activities. A short presentation will be followed by families working together to assemble manipulatives, the learning tools used in autism classrooms.

Where's Robert?
A list of noteworthy events on President Head’s calendar.

October 5: Alignment Rockford Finance Committee meeting

October 5: Rockford College Board of Trustees Finance Committee meeting

October 5: Rockford College Family Business Center Reception for Family Business Owners

October 7: Kids Around the World Dinner

October 9: Embry-Riddle Campus in Daytona, Fla.

RC sets musical, ‘The Robber Bridegroom’
Don’t forget…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. Call the box office, 815-226-4100 for more.

RC choral group sings in Chicago
The Vocal Collective, a select group of singers, was honored to sing at the recent birthday gala for the Jane Addams Hull House Association in Chicago, September 25. The gala, held at the Palmer House, was co-chaired by President and Mrs. Head and other distinguished guests including the president/CEO of both ComEd and Harris Bank. The association’s president, Clarence Wood, saw the Vocal Collective sing at the Jane Addams 150th birthday celebration at the Belvidere oasis, and was so impressed he wanted them to sing at the gala. Congratulations to the Vocal Collective and its director, Prof. Timm Adams.

Get to Know Me
Occasionally, we publish this featured so you can get to know our new employees. Today, meet Pam Ward, mail room coordinator.

Name: Pamela Ward

Job title: Mail Room Coordinator

Family: Two step children, Meghan in college 21 years old, Jon in Navy, 22 years old.

Hometown/position(s) (before RC): Family in Bolingbrook Il, Rockford resident for about 11 years!

Professional/educational background: Am a Licensed Cosmetologist, Licensed Insurance Producer, was in Purchasing/Materials Management for about 15 years, and also an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Now I’m an undergrad here at RC!

Interesting fact about me: I am a former Triathlete!

The favorite thing about my job is…meeting all the people here at Rockford College!

Hobbies/interests: Anything athletic; LOVE the movies

New club on campus
The newest addition to our list of clubs is ready to launch. The German Club is having its first meeting today (Monday) from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Lion's Den. Come out for some free coffee, cookies, and great conversation. They will discuss culture, current events, and other topics regarding Germany. All students and faculty are welcome.

Exhibit at RC art gallery inspired by nature of human body
Artist Sara Schneckloth deals with imagined microbiological systems in her work. She envisions cells, organs, fluids and tissues, and tries to assemble those elements into a new structure.

Schneckloth will bring this unique style of art to the Rockford College art gallery as part of a free exhibition October 8 – November 7. An artist’s reception with appetizers and refreshments is October 8, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Currently residing in South Carolina where she teaches at the University of South Carolina, Schneckloth works in a variety of media and looks for ways to take drawing beyond its tradition definition as "marks on paper.”

As a special interactive treat for exhibit visitors, she will be coordinating a 9 ft. x 12 ft. collaborative drawing that starts with a basic compositional structure with indelible white marks on black paper. Students and gallery visitors are invited to contribute their marks to the piece in layers of color and material.

For a complete schedule of Rockford College art gallery exhibits and hours of operation, see For more information, call 815-226-4100.

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:

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.

Special on pullovers from the bookstore
Just in time for the fall, the Rockford College Bookstore has gotten in a new value-priced fleece pullover, embroidered with the RC wordmark! Available in black, charcoal gray or hot pink, and is only $24.95! Come get something warm before it gets cold..."

Take a trip to France without leaving campus
The next Global Community Hour sponsored by the Multicultural Club is Oct. 6 (tomorrow) from noon to 1 p.m. in the Forrest Cool Lounge. Join your tour guide, Yann Biancat, for this exciting event!

A recipe from the Wellness Committee
Check out this tasty recipe from your Wellness Committee!

Crunchy Vegetable Wrap
Spread cream cheese or hummus over tortilla. Top with lettuce leaf
and then arrange the filling in a row along the center one-third of the tortilla. Roll tightly and cut in half. Serves 1; 183 calories, 7 g protein, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 614 mg sodium. (Cream cheese and hummus have approximately the same nutritional value.)

  • 1 whole- wheat, low-fat
  • tortilla, 10-inch size
  • 2 tbsp. light cream cheese
  • or 2 tbsp. hummus
  • 1 large leaf of curly lettuce
  • ¼ cup shredded red or green cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. shredded carrots
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • A few sprinkles of blue cheese

*Taken from the Williams Manny Hope Health Monthly newsletter.

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

Rockford Area Arts Council’s State of the Arts Awards, Wed., Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. This annual fundraiser honors recipients of the Mayor’s Arts Awards and celebrates achievements in the arts for the past year. Networking will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon and a lunch, program and the Mayor’s Arts Awards will be from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $45, $40 for members. Community members also are invited to participate in the Arts for Everyone video challenge. Selected videos will be shown at the State of the Arts. To participate, choose a talent, make a two-minute video and then upload it to YouTube, click the "share” button and e-mail a link of your video to Call 815-963-6765 for reservations by noon Tuesday.

The Rat Pack, A Symphonic Celebration, Sat., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. The glamour and sizzle of "the Rat Pack” light up the stage of the Coronado. Three Broadway stars perform classic songs of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin including, "Fly Me to the Moon,” "Chicago,” "New York, New York,” and "That’s Amore.” Cost is $20 to $58. 815-965-0049;

25th Annual Head of the Rock Regatta, Sun., Oct. 10, Rock River from Riverside Boulevard bridge to Whitman Street bridge. The event is free to watch. It is registered with U.S. Rowing and the 2010 U.S. Rowing rules of rowing.
See, call 815-226-4100.

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