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Monday, December 06, 2010  
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Assessment at the core of Rockford College
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

The Rockford College Board of Trustees met on Saturday. The agenda included an update on the assessment of student learning. The Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy Team, consisting of Dean Quinn, Professors Dik, McIntyre and Mogford, and Heather Snider, presented information on faculty progress in improving assessment. They led a valuable and energized discussion that assisted board members in better understanding a critical element of our College.

As we contemplate assessment of student learning, we recognize the need to view outcomes at various levels: course; discipline; major; general education; and institutional. One document published in early 2007 is a description of learning expectations of Rockford College graduates. This document is truly the substance behind the phrase Think, Act, Change Your World. While I will not include the entire document in this article, the beginning paragraph states:

Rockford College graduates contribute to the world as knowledgeable, ethical, and productive citizens with the necessary resources to be active, effective, and reflective: knowledge for understanding the world, values for envisioning the world, and skills for shaping the world. These resources are developed through academic, social, civic and personal educational experiences in the liberal arts and academic disciplines of the college. Knowledge and skills require values to be ethical; knowledge and values require skills to be effective; and values and skills without knowledge are at best empty, and at worst destructive.

More than half of our trustees are Rockford College graduates. It is easy to recognize the desired outcomes in their behaviors and lives, as well as within the thousands of our graduates throughout the world. Nevertheless, our continued work is to provide a rigorous method of assessing all that we do, including that which we determine to be critical learning outcomes. Many thanks to the Assessment Academy Team and the faculty for accepting the challenge of providing improved plans to measure what we already know – that Rockford College is an exceptional place for students to learn and grow.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Giving Tree reminder

Big thanks go out to all the individuals who claimed ornaments from our annual Giving Tree and to Professor Elaine Sharpe and the Psych Society for their hard work in helping make Christmas brighter for hundreds.

The tree is bare. Now it’s time to make sure that all the ornaments get converted into presents no later than Thursday – December 8. Please return all gifts to the lobby of Starr Science, Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Make sure your child’s name and number are on the gift. Complete a pink gift return info sheet and leave it with your gift.

Wrapping paper is available in Starr 442 room if needed. If you would like your presents wrapped, please leave them in the boxes provided in the entrance lobby of Starr science building with your child’s name, age, and number attached to it.

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

Learning from faculty members that are not only excellent professors, but stay active in their chosen field is a great benefit at Rockford College. Among his many accolades, Professor Philip Soosloff from the art department recently displayed his artwork at the SOFA exhibit in Chicago. He was represented by Thomas Riley Galleries of Cleveland. This is the eighth year Soosloff has exhibited at SOFA. Learn more about how RC Rocks at

Wrap presents for a great cause in your RC shirts!
The marketing department will be assisting in gift wrapping this year at Cherryvale Mall on December 23. Each year, non-profits are allotted an opportunity to gift wrap and use the funds gained for their organization. One of the main sponsors this year has taken Thursdays as a day to wrap for funds for the Veterans Unmet Needs Association. The sponsor is in need of additional volunteers for December 23 and we can help! This is not only a great cause and fantastic way to change the world, but it is also an excellent awareness opportunity for the College as RC volunteers will show their RC pride in purple! Please contact Cassie Swanson at or 815.226.4073 to sign up or for more information.

December Recognition this Saturday

Congratulations to our summer and fall graduates! December Recognition takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Maddox Theatre. Professor Timm Adams is presenting the keynote address. All are welcome to attend, support and congratulate our newest alumni. You can learn more at Please contact Cassie Swanson at or 815.226.4073 to RSVP for more information.

Upcoming Events at Clark Arts Center

Dance Studio Show, Clark Arts Dance Studio, Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Directing and Acting Scenes, Clark Arts Maddox Theatre, Monday, December 13th, at 5:00 p.m.

Two concerts help usher in the holidays

A winter choral concert featuring choir groups from the college is set for December 10, 7:30 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre located in the Clark Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

For those who enjoy the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the local RAMI-award winning group, The Frontiers, will perform December 12, 7 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre. The event is a fundraising concert benefiting Toys for Tots, and the performing arts department at Rockford College. Tickets are $5 with a toy donation, or $10 without a toy, and may be purchased at the door.

Special guests for The Frontiers concert include Jesse Sacia, Kyler Hartje, Mike Krug, Penny Mae Dixon, Stephanie Souza, Cassie Swanson, Rockford College performing arts students, and the St. James and St. Rita Children’s Choir. The concert is made possible, in part, with support from Guzzardo Music and attorney Kim MacCloskey.

For more information, call the Rockford College box office at 815-226-4100. 

Where's Robert?

Each week, we give you a glimpse of the important events on Dr. Head’s calendar. Here’s what’s on tap for this week.

December 7 Meeting with Andreas Schell, President, Hamilton Sundstrand

December 7 Meeting with Phil Davidson, Director, Maverick Media

December 11 December Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Out and about

Education Outlook Luncheon, on Thursday, December 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. Rockford School District Superintendent LaVonne Sheffield will address the business community about the Visualize 2015 Strategic Plan for the Rockford School District and other topics of interest. The event is hosted by the Rockford Chamber’s Public Education Council. This will be Superintendent Sheffield’s first address to the business community. Attendees also will hear her thoughts and plans for the Alignment Rockford and Student Assignment. Cost is $35. Reservations requested by 5 p.m. Tuesday. 815-987-8100.

J.R. Sullivan’s 16th Hometown Holiday, opens on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford. This holiday variety show features the work of among others, Stephen F. Vrtol III `78 and Linda Abronski, actors with Artists’ Ensemble Theatre Company. There will be additional performances at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $25 and will be available at the Coronado Performing Arts Center at 314 N. Main St., at and at 815-968-0595, where credit-card payments only will be accepted.

Severson Dells Nature Center’s Silent Lights, on Saturday, December 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Severson Dells Environmental Education Center, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford. A luminary walk with refreshments and songs will be featured. The forest preserve will be lit up with hundreds of luminaries. Inside the Nature Center, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. you can have hot chocolate and listen to music by Casey’s Fancy in the classroom. There is no fee to walk the path. Musical entertainment is $5 or $20 per family and free for members. 815-335-2915.

RC in the news
· Pam Clark Reidenbach, NICNE director provided a guest column in the Rockford Register Star’s opinion page yesterday entitled, "Mergers not quick fix of Nonprofits’ finances.”

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