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Monday, November 01, 2010  
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SGA president has ambitious agenda
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

During my time at Rockford College, we have enjoyed strong leadership within the Student Government Association (SGA). This year is no exception. I am pleased with the efforts and commitment of all participants in student organizations, but want to use this article to introduce our SGA president, Samuel Randall.

Samuel’s path to Rockford College was not an ordinary one. He was home schooled from kindergarten through the 12th grade. In the 11th grade, he enrolled in dual credit courses with Rock Valley College. Samuel completed his associate of arts at RVC in 2009. In his second year at Rockford College, Samuel is majoring in both classics and biochemistry.

Even though Samuel’s path to Rockford College was not ordinary, his ambitions are extraordinary. During his year as SGA president, Samuel’s plans for SGA are embedded in five goals:

· To increase awareness of and communication with Rockford College's Student Government Association.

· To create a Food Committee to foster communication between the food services and the campus community.

· To increase outdoor lighting on campus.

· To develop a student government-specific volunteer or service project.

· To create a Green Committee to address environmental concerns on campus.

I look forward to working with Samuel and SGA on the stated goals.

One question that I asked Samuel was about his impressions of Rockford College. He responded by pointing out the many opportunities available to students; teachers who are always accessible; and a student body that is friendly. Samuel believes that our sports teams and other co-curricular programs afford students a variety of leadership opportunities and ways to develop academically and personally.

On a personal note, Samuel says that he has a love of nature and especially enjoys ornithology and botany.

"I know they may not be subjects of interest for everyone, but they are loves I've had since I was a young child and still do today,” says Samuel. "In my spare time I like to swim laps, paint with watercolors or oils, read good primary source texts, and spend time with my family. I'm also a bit musically inclined and play piano, flute, baroque recorder, and I sing (bass) in a chamber choir.”

Following graduation, Samuel plans to attend medical school; a medical scientist training program; or pursue graduate studies in preparation for a career in research or post-secondary education.

Samuel is an outstanding student and is truly taking advantage of his Rockford College experiences.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Conscious Capitalism, Inc. founder to speak here this week
On Wednesday, November 3, the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (CEE) presents its final fall 2010 guest speakers, Michael Strong and Magatte Ward, at 11 a.m. in SCAR 220.

Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and chief visionary officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes conscious capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, etc.). He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and co-author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

Title of strong’s talk is: "Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.” The talk is free and open to the public.

Soosloff at SOFA this weekend
Prof. Philip Soosloff, art, will be displaying at the SOFA exhibit (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) at Navy Pier in Chicago November 5 – 7. Soosloff will be represented there with the Thomas Riley Galleries of Cleveland, Ohio. He will have seven or eight pieces on display this year. It is his 8th year participating in this show.

The image accompanying this story is titled, "The Departure” 2010 Mixed Media Wall Sculpture 22” H x 59”w x 9”D.

Learn more about alternative spring break
Information sessions for the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break, March 5 – 12 are scheduled for November 3, 4 and 8 from 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in the Kent Center. The project takes students, staff and alumni to Starkville, Miss. where they build homes for Habitat for Humanity. Plan to attend an information session and learn more about this amazing opportunity! Questions? Call Robin Kenney, coordinator, at 815-226-4168.

RC rocks with renowned faculty
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:

R: Renowned Faculty

Sharing her experience and talents for the benefit of all students, Lynn Stafford, associate professor of education and director of the special education program, has been approved as a committee member for the Learning Behavior Specialist review committee. The committee is supporting Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, publishers of textbooks and educational resources. Read more about Professor Stafford and our other exceptional education faculty at

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

November 2: Meeting with Andrea Schell, President, Hamilton Sundstrand

November 6: Professor Wand, Shenyang Normal University, China, visits Rockford College

Online math class available
Rockford College now has an online course. Math 401/501, History of Mathematics (ONLINE), is available for anywhere from 1 – 4 credits. There is no prerequisite and it is an elective course.

The course examines the origins and development of mathematics and many of its component fields, such as number concepts, numeration systems, arithmetic and its algorithms, algebra, geometry (euclidean, non-euclidean, and analytic), trigonometry, calculus and probability. Great mathematicians and their contributions, great breakthroughs, and classic problems will also be studied.

For more information, call Prof. Mehmet Dik, math, at 815-226-4135.

Young, Oshinski switching roles
Effective today, two of staff members are exchanging roles. Dianne Young moves from the President's Office and now serves as faculty assistant - Scarborough Hall. Sue Oshinski moves to the Burpee Center and serves as executive assistant to the president. Good luck to both Dianne and Sue in their new roles.

Performing arts senior productions this weekend
Seniors in the performing arts program will be presenting their senior seminar presentations this weekend in the form of 20-minute productions they create and perform. The presentations are set for November 6 at 7:30 p.m. and November 7 at 2 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. Students presenting are Brian Duncan, Mariah Thornton and Michael Palmenderi (Nov. 6) and Cayla Solsberg and Cassandra Henwood (Nov. 7). Check out this fine talent this weekend.

Free rides to the polls tomorrow
JACCE will be offering rides to and from polling places tomorrow! Stop by Kent Center between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you need a ride! Here are some helpful links so you know which polling site you need to go to!

Stafford joins MAT grad in presenting talk
Prof. Lynn Stafford, education, gave a presentation recently at the fall convention of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children. Title of her talk was "Using Primary Sources to Motivate Students.” Stafford was joined in the presentation by Misty Eisenbraun, special education teacher at Flinn Middle School in Rockford. Eisenbraun is also a Rockford College MAT grad.

And the winners are…
Congratulations to the winners in the Chili Cook-Off last week sponsored by the CARE Committee. Winners include: Most Popular: The Castaways; Spiciest: NSO; Most Flavorful: Dr. Sarcastic & the Innocents; Best Presentation: Hot Stuff. And let’s not forget...Off the Beaten Path: Feminism Club.

Author Timmerman travels the world to discover where our clothes are made
The author of a book tracing where our clothes are made around the world will describe his adventures in a talk at Rockford College, November 8, 7 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre.

Kelsey Timmerman wrote "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes.” In his talk "Where Am I Wearing,” he relates his interactions with people around the world, from garment workers in Cambodia to lobster divers in Nicaragua.

Timmerman says he tries to connect people through words and pictures and that if we can reduce global issues to the stories of individual people, we can better understand ourselves and others.

His talk, part of the college’s Forum Series, is free and open to the public though tickets are required and may be picked up at the college’s box office in the Clark Arts Center. For more, call the box office at 815-226-4100 or see

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

A Celebration of the Day of the Dead, November 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Ethnic Heritage Museum, 1129 S. Main St., Rockford, Hispanic Gallery. As is the tradition in Mexico, an altar will honor deceased loved ones. A description of the items on the altar and their meaning will be available, and visitors can bring a picture or something meaningful for their deceased loved ones to add to the altar before the ceremony. A special prayer will be conducted in Spanish. This event is free to attend. 815-962-7402;

"A Chorus Line,” November 4, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center. "A Chorus Line” is a musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. "A Chorus Line” is the winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Cost is $29 to $49. 815-968-0595;

Smashing Pumpkins, November 7, 1 to 4 p.m., Discovery Center Museum. Pumpkins will become parking lot projectiles when flung from the museum’s giant trebuchet. Attendees can bring their used pumpkin, create their own catapult and learn how to lob. 815-963-6769;

RC in the news

· A story in the Rockford Register Star last Tuesday talked about the college’s 6 percent enrollment increase and quoted college president Dr. Robert Head. The story, placed on the front page of the local section, also included a photo of Rockford College students headed to class.
· Prof. Jules Gleicher, political science, was interviewed last Wednesday by Channel 23 on voter behavior as a precursor to tomorrow’s election.
· Thelma Warner, interim chair-nursing, was quoted in the Register Star yesterday about the emphasis being put on training nurse practitioners and the expansion of the nursing program at RC. Nursing education leaders from other colleges were also quoted.
· There was a nice feature yesterday in the Register Star on Jacqueline Gonzalez, an RC nursing grad and currently a progressive unit nurse at OSF Saint Anthony’s Medical Center.
· A story in the Register Star last Thursday talked about the impact out-of-town college graduates can have on this community. Specifically, they interviewed RC alumna Helen Hill (also a member of the college’s board of trustees) who came to college here from out-of-town and decided to stay in Rockford.

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