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Monday, December 13, 2010  
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December means many things to many people
Occasionally, members of the college’s community share messages in the newsletter. Today we hear from Matthew Phillips Associate V.P. of Operations.

Across the world the month of December means many things to many people. For some it means winter, for others it means summer. It marks the end of a calendar year leading into the beginning of another. December holds many important days for various faiths and religions across the world.

On most college and university campuses the first weeks of December are full of late night coffee, term papers, group assignments, study groups, exams and finally…. winter break. The same is true here at Rockford College. As our students and faculty depart to recharge their batteries before yet another semester begins, many projects will be just getting underway for the next month.

Below is a summary of some of the larger projects that we will be tackling over the Winter Break:

Ekvall Residence hall

· A new fire sprinkling, alarm and notification system is being installed.

· All residence halls are mandated by the State of Illinois to be sprinkled by January 1, 2013.

· Ekvall is our first hall to receive this upgrade.

· All halls will be phased in over the next two years.

Residence halls

· Through a generous donation, approximately 100 of our residence hall rooms will be receiving new desks and dressers.

Colman Library

· A new roof will be installed over a portion of the Library.

· Many new computers and new furniture will be added to the first and second floors.

· A water leak under the foundation will be fixed.


· The area outside the mail desk will be getting a facelift. Seating will be added.

· The cafeteria will be painted.

Lion’s Den

· The Lion’s Den will be receiving all new audio and video technology.


· The walls of the pool area will be painted.


· Classroom 8 will be painted and will receive new technology and furniture.

Enjoy your break. Go see the world. Go see friends, go see family, and come back recharged and ready to tackle another spring semester. Be safe.

Matthew Phillips
Associate V.P. of Operations

Directing and Acting Scenes

Directing Scenes consists of 10-minute scenes which are cast and directed by our students. Acting Scenes will immediately follow Directing Scenes and are performed by students from the Acting V class. The event will take place today at 5:00 p.m. at the Clark Arts Center in Maddox Theatre. Admission is free. No reservations required.

For additional information, please contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100, or you can e-mail them at

Chamber Wind Ensemble: A Holiday Carol Sing-A-Long
Stop by and listen, or sing some favorite holiday carols this Wednesday at 6:00p.m. in the Burpee Center Lobby. Lyrics, home-made cookies, and beverages provided.

Contact Kurt Boucek for more information at

Come to the Kent Center for snacks and relaxing activities!

Late Night Pancake Breakfast & make your own stress ball at 10:00pm in the Cafeteria.
Holiday Movie: ELF at 6:00pm in the Kent Center.
Free Massages from1:00pm-3:00pm in the Lion’s Den. Sign up is in the Lion’s Den. Residence Life is hosting a Pasta Dinner on Wednesday also.
Holiday Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 6:00pm in Kent Center. 


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:

O: Opportunity

This weekend, in a benefit for Toys for Tots organized by RC Alum Jeremy Toledo, performing arts students were given the opportunity to perform with local band the Frontiers in a night of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Two students acted as narrators throughout to a packed theatre. It was an excellent show and our performing arts students sang beautifully. Learn more about how RC Rocks at

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 14 Meeting with Golden Apple representatives and local ministers

December 15 CARE Holiday Party

December 15 RC Chamber Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert

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.

Senior History and Social Science students present research findings

Tuesday and Thursday, senior history and social science students will present their research findings. Topics include "If Only I Was a Man: Women Soldiers in the Civil War,” "The Double-Edged Sword: Dwight Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex,” "The Big Red One: No Mission Too Difficult” and many more. Presentations will take place in the Rare Book Room in the Howard Colman Library – Tuesday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Senior Psychology students present research findings

Tuesday and Thursday, senior psychology students will present their research findings. Topics include "Attitude Differences Toward Meeting on Facebook or MySpace Compared to Meeting on Online Dating Websites,” The "Credibility of a Source and People Believing Everything They Believe,” "The Effect of Test Anxiety on Recall Ability” and many more. Presentations will take place in the Psychology Lab (Starr 235) – Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy local high school choirs present ‘Sounds of the Holidays’ taped in Maddox Theater

Friday, local high school choirs taped holiday music in Maddox Theatre to air on WTVO’s ‘Sounds of the Holidays’ program. The College is proud to support our local high schools and the arts in our community. ‘Sounds of the Holidays’ will air on WTVO and its affiliates on the following dates:

December 18, 9-10 a.m. on Rockford’s My Network
December 18, 4-5 p.m. on FOX 39
December 19, 2-3pm on WTVO
Christmas Eve, 6-7 p.m. on WTVO
Christmas Eve, 9-10 a.m. on Rockford’s My Network
Christmas Eve, 9-10 p.m. on FOX 39
Christmas Day, 6-7 a.m. on WTVO
Christmas Day, 9-10 a.m. on Rockford’s My Network TV
Christmas Day, 11 a.m.-noon on FOX 39

Contact Cassie Swanson at with any questions. 

College will host the annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive in January

Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Burpee Center, Rockford College will host the 11th annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive. This is the largest blood drive of the year for the Rock River Valley Blood Center. Stone and Double T from WXRX will be broadcasting live so come on out, roll up your sleeve and safe a life! This is the second year the College has hosted this event. Contact Cassie Swanson at with questions.

Out and about

Rock Valley Children’s Choir "Holidays and Holy Days” Concert — "Hail to Britannia!,” 7 to 9 p.m., Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford. The performance, which celebrates the holidays across the British Isles, will showcase all four Rock Valley Children’s Choirs. Cost is $8 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. 815-964-9713;

"Harris Winter Wonderland: An Outdoor Skating Experience,” 6 to 10 p.m., Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St., Rockford. The rink also is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in December and January. School-is-out special hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 20 to 30. The rink will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day hours are 4 to 8 p.m. The 12,000-square-foot synthetic ice surface includes benches along the trail for skaters to take breaks.

There also are concession stands offering hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, hot dogs and pretzels. Regular admission is $3. Skate rental is $2. There is no charge for spectators. 815-987-8800;

Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. There also is a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Mendelssohn Chorale returns for this annual outpouring of seasonal music and holiday cheer. Join in a singalong of carols and holiday tunes. Tickets are $20 to $54; student tickets are $6. 815-965-0049;

RC in the news
Professor Bob Evans, department chair, economics, business, and accounting and associate professor of political science, wrote an article that appeared in the Rockford Register Star.

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