Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Posted by: Gale Wallace
Trick or Treat
Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council write the weekly column. Today, read what Barrett Bell, vice president for enrollment management, has to say.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Happy Halloween! I trust you all enjoyed fall break and the changing of colors of the leaves and are now refreshed, ready to resume the tasks at hand.
Although I am definitely not a history buff, I know one of the founding principles of our nation is that the voice of the people should determine the governance of the people. Although the original voters were only men who owned land, our nation now rightfully recognizes the voice of all citizens regardless of race, religion, gender, economic background or social status. All citizens share the same authority and responsibility to let their voice be known. This is truly an amazing freedom, AND RESPONSIBILITY not to be taken lightly.
Some would say that one small vote is insignificant. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Even in our nation’s short history, countless elections have been determined by just a few votes or some "hanging chads.” Many may still remember the closest election in Senate history, when in 1974, after two recounts, the election was decided by only two votes in favor of Louis Wyman. (Ultimately, upon petition to the Senate a new election was held and John Durkin was elected.) Yes, every vote is important and we should never discredit the power of one seemingly small voice.
To this day I still remember as a little boy going "trick or treating” with my little brother and sister in the suburbs of Chicago. Although some of the homes and neighborhoods looked pretty scary and uncertain (even though my parents were standing at the curb), we always came home knowing it was worth our time. In a matter of days our nation will not only celebrate Halloween but it will also embrace the election of many public officials, the latter of which may seem scarier and more uncertain than the former. May each of us, as responsible citizens, let our voice be heard, and regardless of the uncertain outcome, know that it was worth our time to vote.
Have an awesome week.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Sundstedt is new VP at Rockford College, McNamara will continue in new role
Bern Sundstedt, a Rockford College graduate and long-time development officer at the school, has been appointed the new vice president for institutional advancement, the college announced last week.
The move is part of a long-range plan to continue building capacity and make good on the recent, marked success of the college and Sundstedt’s immediate predecessor, John McNamara.
Since assuming the office in 2006, McNamara has led college efforts to secure more than $3.2 million for capital improvements. He has also overseen a period during which more than $5 million has been raised to support operations. More than $500,000 has been contributed to the endowment fund and sentiment among alumni and the community is strong.
McNamara, a former Rockford mayor, will remain at the college in a new role as senior development officer. In that position, he will direct efforts to secure special and planned gifts while maintaining the strong government relations that he has built on behalf of the college.
"I am so glad that the college has accepted my desire to relinquish administrative duties as vice president,” said McNamara. "I can now focus my efforts entirely on serving our mission through the pursuit of special and deferred gifts. Bern will do a superb job as vice president and together we will continue to work passionately for Rockford College.”
At various times throughout his 16 years as a key player in Rockford College advancement, Sundstedt has been directly responsible for alumni affairs, college relations, the annual fund, planned giving, grants, and major gift initiatives.
"It is rare that a college has at its disposal such an experienced advancement professional,” said college president Robert L. Head. "Bern has been such an integral part of our recent success, serving the college on so many fronts. He couples that knowledge with a deep-seated passion that should serve us well. At the same time, I am pleased that John will continue on to help maintain that vital link between the college and the community.”
Sundstedt started with the college in 1994 and is a 1977 Rockford College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He begins his new responsibilities November 1.
"I look forward to the coming challenge,” says Sundstedt. "Of course we will be looking to generate as much monetary support for the college and its students as we can. But, perhaps more important is our work to develop ways in which RC can maintain its role as an active partner in the future of this region and the world, as it proudly has for each of the last 163 years.”
Hospital is pleased with our nursing students
The following letter was sent to Andrea Anderson, nursing, about nursing students who have been working on a project at Rockford Memorial Hospital as part of their class. Well-done, students!
Lisa Voss and Kara Kenyon have done an outstanding job on their project for us! We had a print company produce their SIDS poster design (36X48) and it was presented at the regional perinatal managers meeting last week, reaching a 12 county radius. It has also been distributed to the local pediatrician/family practice offices so they can educate families with it. It will also be highlighted at Rockford Memorial's Quality Fair next week in the cafeteria. I don't know if you knew, but Winnebago County has suffered yet another infant loss from co-bedding, which brings the year to date total to 7 for 2010. The work they have done will have far reaching benefits.
Their SIDS power point presentation Pat and I are presenting to the staff has been well-received. I believe Lisa and Kara are wrapping up with a simple brochure to be handed out to families who deliver here. I am also implementing their suggestion to add formalized SIDS risk reduction interventions to our patient discharge forms. This recommendation came after they shadowed on the Mom/Baby unit and found that though SIDS information was shared, it was not standardized and interventions were not always connected to the Why, which is important.
This is the second time I have worked with Rockford College students and I have been so impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail. Lisa and Kara will be an asset to the nursing profession! Thank you for allowing Pat and I to work with them this semester.
Linnette Carter MS, APN/CNS
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
High Risk, L&D, Mother/Baby
Rockford Memorial Hospital
Gleicher involved in scholarly activities
Professor Jules Gleicher, political science, attended the annual meeting of the Association for Political Theory in Portland, Ore. October 21 – 23, at which he chaired and guided the discussion for a panel on "Religion and Politics." Also, Gleicher's review of George Anastaplo's book, "Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution" has appeared in the October 2010 issue of the American Journal of Legal History.
JACCE engages in year-long project at homeless agency
The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement continues to work at Carpenter’s Place as part of Service Wednesdays this year. The work involves arts and crafts with the agency’s homeless clients. Lindsay Kent is the center’s director.
A list of noteworthy events on President Head’s calendar.
Judging the Slam Dunk & 3-Point Shoot-Out
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University meeting
Rockford Area Realtors’ Planning Retreat
Dave Howell is September’s Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Dave Howell, sports information director, our top employee for September. Says one nominator: "On a regular basis, Dave works hard and long hours to make a difference each day in the lives of our students.”
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for employee of the month? E-mail the CARE Committee at CARE@rockford.edu.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ set at Rockford College Oct. 29
The 1970s cult feature, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at Rockford College’s Maddox Theatre October 29 at 11:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the college’s Regent Players, the interactive show includes a prop bag for those who make a donation to the group. Concessions will be available and appropriate costumes are encouraged.
The event is free and open to the community. Although no tickets are required, reservations are requested because of space limitations. For details, call the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100.
It’s Homecoming week
Get in the homecoming spirit. The following are the Homecoming theme dress days: PJ Monday; RC Spirit Tuesday; Wacky Tacky Wednesday; 80's Thursday; Class Colors Friday (First Year: Wear red; Sophomores: Wear blue; Juniors: Wear black; Seniors: Wear purple; Graduate students, faculty & staff: Wear RC colors.)
RC rocks with successful alumni
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:
S: Successful alumni
From our History program, Amanda Becker has gone on to teach U.S. and world history. In just her second year of teaching, Becker was a Golden Apple Award nominee. About Rockford College, she said, "I could visit or e-mail any of my professors with questions any time and they were available. They encouraged me to dive deeper into my studies as well.”
Buy coupon books to help cheerleaders
The Regents Cheerleaders are selling Bergner’s Community Days Coupon Booklets as a team fundraiser to replace needed uniform components and pom poms. They will be available all week at the mail desk from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you can’t make it at these times please see a cheerleader or Juliana Barker in Athletics to purchase your coupon books.
Great way to double your money!
- Donate $5… Get $10 in the store
- Donate $25… Get $50 in the store
- Donate $100… Get $200 in the store
Shirt Day is tomorrow!
The marketing department would like to remind you that RC Shirt Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 26. Wear your Regent gear to work, to class, running errands – everywhere! Show your Regent pride!
They acted like zombies
Among the 160 people who dressed up like zombies Saturday in the Seaver gym to raise money for breast cancer were Michelle Borgialli and Janice Holton, both in the development office. They danced to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller” along with thousands of others around the world.
Check out Sam’s Club offer
A Sam's Club representative will be at Rockford College October 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Burpee Mail Desk Area. Sam's Club Collegiate Membership can help you save money. Plus, the value begins instantly with the following:
- $15 Sam's Club Gift Card, (for new sign-up or renewal)
- $10 Sam's Club Gift Card, for each referred student who joins
- Collegiate Members receive a Sam's Club Gift Cards with qualifying Textbooks.com purchase
- Verizon accessory package with the purchase of an LG Chocolate Touch at Sam's Club
- $20 off a pair of eyeglasses / $10 off a year's supply of contact lenses (see optical dept. for details)
- 25 free prints available at Sam's Club Photo (not valid at samsclub.com/photo). Only one offer per primary Collegiate Membership.
This week is Fall Fest!
Celebrate fall with Fall Fest this week. Shirt Day tomorrow; Chili Cook-Off Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Colman patio; Apple Cider Day Friday outside HR in Burpee. Join the fun!
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
"Spaces Within” exhibit, ongoing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 9, Rockford Art Museum. 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; www.rockfordartmuseum.org.
Coronado Spirited Ghost Tours, Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center. Hosted by Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society. Experience first-hand accounts of the unexplained noises, scents and sightings within the Coronado, along with a historic tour of the building. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday or Friday. Cost is $10. Advanced reservations required. 815-968-2722, ext. 12 or ext. 17.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Pops, Saturday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center. Enjoy pop culture favorites as well as spine tingling classic. Cost is $15 to $35, student tickets available for $6. 815-965-0049; www.rockfordsymphony.com.
RC in the news
- Professor Jules Gleicher, political science, was interviewed by Channel 17 last week about the upcoming election.
- Chrissy Murray, admissions, was pictured prominently in the Rockford Register Star’s local section last Sunday during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.