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Monday, October 11, 2010  
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Reunion a special time on campus
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

At every turn as president, I am continually reminded of the abiding strength and legacy of Rockford College. Such will be the case this coming week, when more than 300 alumni will be on campus for Reunion.

More than 20 alumni from the class of 1960 will be in attendance to celebrate their 50th year as graduates of RC. Another eight will be here to celebrate 60 years. In total, more than 40 graduation years will be represented. The programming list is extensive and you can view a schedule at I invite you to take part in as many activities as you can.

What is particularly interesting to me this year and a powerful testimony to our enduring history is the weekend's kick-off event. On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Maddox Theatre, our famous trio of professors, Drs. Bruun, Forslund, and Weaks-Baxter along with upcoming Forum Speaker, Emily Yellin, will discuss the RC professors' recently published book, "We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II.”

Providing a unique perspective to the role that women played in our country's efforts during and immediately following the War, will be four Rockford College alumnae:

-Jackie Silcroft Forslund ‘46
-Jean Lyons Keely ‘46
-Sally Stevens Koepsell ‘46
-Julia White Rogers ‘43

Their insights and experiences along with those of other alumnae are featured in the book.

I urge you to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only learn from primary sources of information, but exclusive to us, four Rockford College alumnae who lived through the era, and who will so proudly represent our college's ongoing 163-year legacy of influential women and their role in our world.

It is hard to believe that the fall semester is nearly half over. Allow me to take this moment to wish our students well as you begin the week of mid-term exams. I wish you much success and thank you for a very enjoyable beginning to this academic year.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Alumni on campus this weekend
As Dr. Head mentioned, more than 300 Rockford College alumni will be on campus this weekend for the college’s annual Reunion. Events include a golden grad luncheon on Friday; All-Alumni Celebratory Dinner and Awards banquet Friday night; tailgating at the football game Saturday; a 5k run and more. The events are coordinated by the Rockford College Alumni Association and the alumni office.

PBK honorees named for this year
Every fall semester, the Rockford College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa recognizes that year’s enrolled senior, junior, and sophomore whose academic performance, as measured by grade point average, has been most outstanding. This year’s honorees are Nicholas Blitch, Bethany Borgmann, Vincent Chiarelli, Rebecca Doxtater, Lisa Elsner, Erin Filak, William Newkirk, David Olson, Emily Peterson, Shannon Powell, Jaimi Shaver, Ethan Spiezer, and Danielle Sutton. Congratulations, students!

Taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment could yield prizes!
Attention First-Year Students! There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). 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:

Author to speak at next Forum event this week
Emily Yellin, author of "Our Mother’s War,” chronicling the lives of American women at home and at the front during WWII, will give a free talk at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre, October 14, 4 p.m.

Yellin has been a longtime contributor to the New York Times. Her work has also appeared in Time, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune and other publications. In 2004, she contributed to a chapter about women in the commemorative book, "The World War II Memorial: A Grateful Nation Remembers.” 

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

October 13: Rockford Area Economic Development Council Education Committee meeting

October 15 & 16: Rockford College Board of Trustees committee meetings & full board meeting

October 15 & 17: Rockford College Alumni Reunion activities

Rockford College rocks with a commitment to student success
The marketing department would like to remind you that RC Shirt Day is Tues., Oct. 26. Wear your Regent gear to work, to class, running errands – everywhere! Show your Regent pride!

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:

C: Committed to student success.

The Writing Center is ready to help you with that next paper or writing project! Peer writing tutors can assist in essay organization, topic brainstorming, sentence structure, grammar and more! The Writing Center is located in the Colman Library, first floor. Schedule your appointment by calling 815-226-4043 or e-mailing Or, visit the Virtual Writing Center on the portal (

Benefit concert to help alternative spring break crew
Rockford’s 2nd City Chorus will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. All proceeds benefit the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break program. Tickets are available to all Rockford College faculty, staff and students at a 50 percent discount off the ticket price. Normal admission is $20 for adults; $10 for students. This concert opportunity has been made possible through an in-kind donation from Mulligan Restoration.

Act like a zombie for a good cause
What would you do to help find a cure for breast cancer? Would you learn a dance? Would you dress up like a zombie?

On October 23 at the Seaver Center here on campus, "Thrill the World Rockford” will give you the opportunity to do just that! Participants will do Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance, simultaneously with thousands of other people around the world. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society. Join the event coordinator, student Rachel Robinson Bardoville ’11, at the Seaver Center October 23 at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person.

Free dance classes and web-tutorials are available to learn the dance! Contact Bardoville at You can also find out more on the event on Facebook or visit their website at:

Bring in old cell phones and help domestic violence victims
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This month, just as we do with breast cancer, we take the opportunity to bring awareness to the topic, encourage hope and healing to anyone who has been affected by this epidemic, and bring information and resources to anyone who needs them.

Once again this year, JACCE will be holding its second annual cell phone drive to help domestic violence victims. Bring in your old cell phones, working or not, and JACCE will donate them to various agencies. The collected phones will be split between Remedies (formerly WAVE), and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the cure. Remedies will distribute these phones to women who are in crisis, which they can use as a lifeline when a dangerous situation arises. The Susan G. Komen Foundation will turn the phones into cash donations to use for their research.

Please bring your phones to the table outside the mail desk in Burpee this week (October 11-15), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year we collected 105! Let's make it 125 this year!

V-ball team helps out with breast cancer awareness
The Regents volleyball team did its part in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday when they collaborated with JACCE and RAGE to host a Think Pink volleyball match. JACCE sold t-shirts and pink bracelets with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society’s "Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk.”

Psych society sets annual winter coat drive
Psych Society's Annual Winter Coat Drive for the Jubilee Center is on now and runs until the end of the month. JC is a drop-in center for individuals with mental illness, many of whom are also homeless. If you have any winter coats that you are willing to donate, the Jubilee Center will be very grateful! Mittens, gloves, and socks are also appreciated. Drop boxes have been placed in the Starr lobby, the library lobby, by the mail desk in Burpee, and in the Scar lobby. Drop-offs can also be made to the psychology reading room Starr 442. Donated coats will be given to Jubilee clients at the Psych Society’s annual Halloween Party at the end of the month. If anyone would like to volunteer for the party, contact

Get your flu shots
Lang Health Center has received its supply of flu shots for 2010. This year’s flu shot will provide protection from the seasonal flu as well as the H1N1 strain and is preservative (thimerosal) free as well. Cost of the flu shot is $15 and will be available at Lang on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. As we enter this year’s flu season please remember the basics of prevention, including washing your hands. 

Watch for annual Wellness Fair
Mark your calendars. The Wellness Committee will be hosting the annual Benefits and Wellness Fair on November 17 from noon to 4:30 p.m. More information including vendors and prizes will be given at a later time!

It’s a week of observances
Yes, it’s Columbus Day today, but did you know there are other observances and events this week? Today is National Coming Out Day to mark tolerance and equality; this week is Alcohol Awareness Week. It’s Hispanic Heritage Month through Friday. And it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sprechen sie Deutch?
Today is German Coffee Hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lion's Den. Come out and practice your German speaking skills in a friendly and open environment. All skill levels are welcome. Enjoy some free coffee, cookies, and great conversation. All students and faculty are welcome.

Submit to literary magazine
The Rockford College Literary Magazine is currently looking for submissions for the fall 2010 issue of "Black Hole, White Light.” Send your prose, poetry, or artwork as an attachment to Include a cover page with the title and your name. Deadline is October 29.

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

Spooktacular Festival at Lockwood Park, Oct. 22, 6 to 10 p.m., Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford. Ride through the haunted woods of Lockwood Park. Also open Saturday, Oct. 22-23 and 29-30. Tickets go on sale each night beginning at 6 p.m., entertainment will be provided by the Smokin Gunz band. 815-987-8809;

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Sat., Oct. 23. Registration at 8 a.m., walk at 9 a.m., Martin Park, Loves Park. Rockford Woman’s fourth annual Victory Lap Brunch to follow at Cliffbreakers. Cost is $20. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society. Event features pink champagne, brunch and giveaways. 815-987-1453.

Second annual Fall Groove Walk, Sat., October 23, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., downtown Rockford. Annual music walk celebrating Rockford’s downtown River District and music scene. One Groove Walk ticket admits you to all the establishments where you can listen to several bands. Walk to each establishment or ride the RMTD Trolley for a free ride. Cost is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Advanced tickets available at CJ’s Lounge, Deli Italia, Guzzardo Performance Music, Kryptonite, On the Waterfront, Inc., Rue Marche and Swilligan’s.

RC in the news
· Prof. Stephen Kadamian, business, was quoted in a Rockford Register Star story Saturday about two research projects being undertaken by MBA students.
· Renee Smith, box office, was featured in the Register’s Star’s "Face of Business” today.
· The book by three RC profs, "We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in WWII,” was featured in the Register Star’s GO section Saturday. The book was written by Catherine Forslund, history; Mary Weaks-Baxter, English; and emerita professor of psychology Christine Bruun.

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