Monday, October 18, 2010
Flight to quality
Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council contribute messages to the newsletter. Today, we hear from Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Amidst all the committee and board meetings, all the alumni and reunion events Friday and this weekend, one phrase stood out for me, "flight to quality.” The phrase was used by a visitor to Saturday’s board meeting, from the Education Advisory Board, discussing climate and trends in the country and in higher education.
The phrase was used in the context of the for-profit competitors that have arisen in higher education. Recent evidence indicates that for-profit institutions of higher learning compete with us not on price but on flexibility. In fact, many have tuition prices higher than even the private non-for-profit sector, and many leave their students with much higher debts loads than our sector. This latter issue is being addressed by the U.S. Congress. There seems to be growing recognition that not all of the for-profits deliver on their promises.
For traditional institutions like Rockford College, that phrase, "flight to quality,” means that what we have always done well is still prized in the academic and employment marketplace, that more students and employers are recognizing that the degree itself doesn’t always testify to the education, but the source of the degree more often does.
That observation or trend, if it turns out to be valid, does not free us from the need to forge ahead with originality and flexibility in our curriculum, quite the opposite. It does mean that, after our years of struggle, the values we have maintained despite those struggles not only abide but also seem to be gaining market traction – again.
A market trend of flight to quality is a good context for envisioning and planning the next five years at Rockford College.
Have a great week!
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Dean of the College
9 receive alumni awards at annual reunion
Nine RC alumni garnered honors at the college’s annual Reunion this past weekend. The prestigious awards honor those who have given service to the college or have excelled in their profession. Here are the award-winners:
Talcott Cross Award – Marci K. Jumisko ’92: The oldest Rockford College award, the Talcott Cross is awarded to an alumna for her constancy, devotion and a long history of meritorious service to Rockford College. Jumisko is the current alumni representative on the college’s board of trustees. She has also served on RC’s strategic planning committee and presidential search committee. She was Alumna of the Year in 2000 and alumni association president from 2001–2004.
Karl C. Williams Award – David Rydell ’63: Presented to an alumnus for his constancy, devotion and a long history of meritorious service to Rockford College. Rydell is chair of the college’s board of trustees where he has served as a member since 1994 and treasurer from 2000–2009. He is the immediate past chair of SwedishAmerican Health System and has served also on boards of United Way, YMCA, Midway Village and others.
Award of Distinction – Given to alumni for fulfilling the ideals of Rockford College and bringing honor and esteem to the college in one or more of the following ways; through their vision, dedication, and initiative in a purposeful endeavor; by their responsive and sustained efforts in community improvements; or by their notable achievements in a profession. Winners include:
· Dr. Hind Rassam Culhane ’60. Career academician. Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Science at Mercy College, NY. Fulbright Senior Scholar 2000–2001, Damascus, Syria. Served U.S. as senior education advisor to project RISE for the U.S. Department of State, Revitalization of Iraqi Schools, 2003–2004.
· Marvin S. Cutler ’65 (posthumously). Served 18 years as CFO and director of finance for Spertus Institute, retired 2008. Active volunteer throughout Chicago. In 2007, earned Illinois CPA Society’s Distinguished Service Award for service to nonprofits.
· Paula Ericson Egelson ’75. Director of research, Southern Regional Education Board. Former director, Center of Partnerships to Improve Education at the College of Charleston (S.C.). Expert in school improvement, university-school partnerships, literacy, and the at-risk learner.
· Craig Eley ’70. Prehearing Administrative Law Judge for Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation. Past president, Denver Bar Association. Former chair, Colorado Parish Resource Center; past moderator, First Plymouth Congregational Church. Active WRCR alumnus.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award – Cindy O’Brien Harris ’95. Given to an alumna/us who has finished her/his Rockford College tenure within the last 15 years. This alumna/us will have fulfilled the ideals of Rockford College by vision, dedication, and initiative in a purposeful endeavor, or through responsible and sustained efforts in the improvements of a community, or a notable achievement in a profession, thus having brought honor and esteem to Rockford College. Harris is senior marketing communications consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Illinois. She has served on boards for Discovery Center Museum, Visiting Nurses Association and Next Rockford. She was named to Rockford Chamber’s ’09 class of 40 Leaders Under 40.
Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award – Joel Moore ’00. Honors an alumna and/or alumnus for invaluable service to the alumni association and Rockford College during the past year. Moore is second VP, wealth planning specialist with Morgan Stanley. He spearheaded the largest gathering of RC alumni in 2009 other than Reunion – a gathering of Y2K-era alumni and friends (53 attendees in all – 39 alumni).
Mary Ashby Cheek Award – Gary Lubbert. Given to a past or present non-alumni member of the Rockford College community for enriching the college experience of many by exemplifying the ideals of the college. Lubbert is director of RC’s Return-to-College BSMS program. He is a past recipient of RC’s Excellence in Teaching for full-time faculty and this year’s recipient of RC’s Excellence in Teaching for adjunct faculty.
Congratulations to these award-winners!
Former RC employee passes away
Our condolences go to the family of Lorri Hoover, who held the role of director of career & disability services for Rockford College before taking a leave in June of 2008. Lorri passed away September 10.
RC people appointed to professional panels
Three Rockford College academic professionals have recently received appointments to oversight roles in their respective fields.
Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college, was appointed to the Accreditation Review Council (ARC) for the Higher Learning Commission with service beginning January 1, 2011 and ending August 31, 2014. ARC members serve on reader’s panels and make recommendations to the institutional actions council or to a review committee. They also serve in an advisory capacity to the HLC staff and board.
Marilyn Greer, nursing, participated in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) RN Item Writing October 4-7 in Chicago. NCSBN recruits qualified nurses to serve on the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN exams review panels. Volunteers who participate are an integral part of the examination development process.
Lynn Stafford, education, has been approved as a committee member of the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Review Committee for the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, publishers of textbooks and other resources. Evaluation Systems is the contractor providing the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) program.
RC rocks with knowledge
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 www.rockford.edu/?RCRocks. Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is this week's story:
In response to demand, the performing arts department has recently added a design/tech track to the BFA in theatre arts for those interested in scenic, lighting, or costume design and/or technical theatre. See a full list of Rockford College programs at www.rockford.edu/?Programsofstudy.
Canned food drive is off and running
For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Northern Athletics Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) want to do something together as a conference that would help in their respective communities. As a result, the NAC SAAC is continuing the Northern Athletics Conference "Cans Across the Conference."
SAAC is once again organizing the canned food drive as a community service competition among the 13 institutions in the NAC. Rockford College SAAC will be collecting cans and other non-perishable items on campus from now through November 22 to benefit the Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford Food Pantry, and Salvation Army.
In addition to food items, one dollar donated will equal two cans. In addition, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) will be counted.
Rockford College has won the last two years, as we collected 6,750 items in 2008 and 3,551 in 2009. Any donations can be dropped off in Nelson Athletics on the 1st floor.
A list of noteworthy events on President Head’s calendar.
October 18: Rockford Area Economic Development Council Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University meeting.
October 20: Keynote speaker at Boy Scouts’ "Champions of Youth.”
Don’t forget Shirt Day!
The marketing department would like to remind you that RC Shirt Day is Tuesday, October 26. Wear your Regent gear to work, to class, running errands – everywhere! Show your Regent pride!
Children’s home needs volunteers for Halloween party
Walter Lawson Children’s Home is in need of volunteers for their Ho-Down themed Fall Party, October 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call Pam Lewis at 815-633-6636 if you’re interested.
This is Ally Week
This week is Ally Week and the college’s E.M.B.R.A.C.E. organization wants your help to demonstrate our appreciation to our fellow Rockford College allies. Please take the time to sign your name and relay words of encouragement on our Ally Week banner in the Lion’s Den to show that you will stand against mistreatment of GLBTQI students (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning, and inter-sexed). And while you are there, take a sticker to sport your support! We will use this banner at future E.M.B.R.A.C.E. events to honor our allies.
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 email@example.com. You can also find out more on the event on Facebook or visit their website at: http://www.thrilltheworldrockford.com/Index.html.
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
"An Evening in C Major,” October 20, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s annual campaign celebration, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St., Rockford. This year, the celebration will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Chandler Starr Miller Youth Scholarship Competition. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the program will take place from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Cost is $35 a person, and all proceeds benefit the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Reservations are requested. 815-964-9713 or visit www.mendelssohnpac.org.
The Green Ball, October 22, 5:30 p.m., Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing. The event showcases state-line environmentally-friendly practices. Organic wine and beer will be available. Dress is business casual to semiformal. Cost is $25. 815-282-3033.
Rick Bayless, who specializes in Mexican cuisine with twists, will be at Giovanni’s October 23. Tickets are $25 for open seating for the 4 to 5:30 p.m. cooking demonstration, and food sampling. The dinner at 7 p.m. ($125 per person) is based on recipes from Bayless’ restaurants and cookbooks. He also will speak about his travels, passion for cooking, the Frontera Farm Foundation and more. Proceeds will benefit the Rockford Public Library and the Rockford Public Library Foundation. 815-987-6603.
RC in the news
· Forum speaker Emily Yellin was interview by Channel 23 last Thursday prior to her talk on her book, "Our Mother’s War.”
· An event last Thursday in which students wore beer goggles while driving a golf cart to raise awareness of Alcohol Awareness Week, attracted the attention of Channel 17 which covered the event.
· Megan Lawler, an RC student and member of the girl’s basketball team, was pictured in the Rockford Register Star yesterday giving a high five to walkers in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Saturday.
· Chuck Brown, communications, was interviewed by Channel 13 yesterday at Third Presbyterian Church before a service marking the church’s 100th anniversary.