Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Bah, humbug, Auld Lang Syne!
Occasionally, members of the college’s Executive Council share messages in the newsletter. Today we hear from Bern Sundstedt, vice president for institutional advancement.
I apologize for mixing holiday sentiments, but my general reaction to New Years is, "Bah, humbug, Auld Lang Syne!” There is really nothing new about New Years. It’s not like it’s "Clean Slate Day,” the grandest of all the holidays (a day of my own demented fantasy after which everything you were working on before is gone, leaving you a "clean slate” on which to work). Now, wouldn’t that be great.
Let’s face it: at a college the January 1st "new year” doesn’t have quite the same meaning, does it? It’s really Mid Year. But, "Happy Mid Year” doesn’t sell champagne. Truth be told, we are probably a little rough around the edges and carrying a few too many pounds - especially after having had such a long and relaxing break with family and friends.
For many of the students and faculty, this is your chance now to gear up for January 18. It’s a convenient and appropriately lengthy time to take stock and prepare for a semester of learning. For those in the BSMS program it is the start of a fresh cohort. For staff, we pick up where we left off on the 22nd and start plugging away with new spirit.
How do we go about this? One day at a time. On this day, I have drawn up a list – a prioritized list of five tasks to accomplish – some large (like the RC annual report), some small (like this message). Throughout the week I will attempt to address each item in some significant way in the hopes that by week’s end, some tasks will be done and others will have had demonstrable progress. In this way I will try to not bite off more than I should chew (unlike the leftover ham loaf in our refrigerator).
This strange calendar demarcation of January 1st, foisted upon us by Pope Gregory XIII, is really an opportunity to look at our professional work and our personal lives with fresh eyes – eyes that have been well tempered by rest, relaxation and a good deal of excess. I hope you have success at your lists (my other three tasks include: helping process our 80+ year-end gifts, finalizing plans for two alumni gatherings and jumping on an elliptical machine at least three more times this week). Let me know if I can help you with yours.
So, "Here’s to you, Happy New Year,” and as Stina Tanaglia reminded me, don’t forget to replace the ending zero with a 1 when signing your checks.
VP for Institutional Advancement
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:
C: Committed to Student Success
Spring Orientation is an excellent way for our new students to acclimate to campus, and for our campus community to welcome them. Spring orientation is January 14 this year. Spring and fall orientation is another way the Office of Student Success and Retention encourages student success. Learn more about how RC Rocks at www.rockford.edu/?RCRocks.
College will host the annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive this month
Saturday, January 22, 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 email@example.com with questions.
Culture Task Group event
Mark your calendars! CTG will host a "Welcome to Spring Semester” event on Tuesday, January 18th – 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Forrest Cool. CTG will continue its work to "study campus culture, specifically relations between and among faculty & staff” this spring.
‘Half the Sky’ book discussion
"Half the Sky," the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn about the lives of extraordinary women around the world as they struggle to overcome oppression will be discussed in Classroom C at the Rockford Public Library on Wyman St. on Tuesday, January 25th, from 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM.
The book discussion is part of the "Half the Sky” program taking place prior to Sheryl WuDunn’s Forum presentation at Rockford College in March. Learn more about the program here.
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.
January 3-7 Council of Independent Colleges 2011 President’s Institute, Palm Springs, CA
January 7 Alumni Gathering, San Francisco, CA
United Way and NICNE will unveil ‘Volunteer Connections’
The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence will unveil "Volunteer Connections” this Friday at noon in the Burpee Center. "Volunteer Connections", a partnership of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE), the United Way of Rock River Valley and other community partners will be unveiled at the inaugural event which will inform community organizations about the value it will bring to local nonprofits and the communities they serve.
There is no charge but registration is requested by Noon, Thursday, January 6, 2011. To reserve a place or for more information call NICNE at 815-394-4384. For more, see www.rockford.edu/?NICNE.
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
Healthy Beginnings video series, sponsored by the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) will be offered to the community free of charge by the First Presbyterian Church over eight Wednesday evening sessions beginning January 5th through February 23rd, 2011.
The Healthy Beginnings series is targeted for adults who wish to learn more about the power of lifestyle change for the prevention, arrest and reversal of the most prevalent western diseases affecting our population, including heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
First Presbyterian Church, 406 N. Main Street in downtown Rockford will host the series as a part of their Stewardship of Health program as a community event.
Healthy Beginnings will be held for 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings starting January 5, 2011. Supper will be offered at 6:00pm, followed by one-hour video and discussion beginning at 7:00pm. Pre-registration is required for the supper at 815-968-0478.
"Harris Winter Wonderland: An Outdoor Skating Experience,” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Davis Park, 320 S. Wyman St., Rockford. The rink is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays in January. Admission is $3. Skate rental is $2. For weather updates, call 815-987-8800 or visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
Marvelous Mittens, this Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m., Rockford Public Library, Montague Branch, 1238 S. Winnebago St., Rockford. Read stories, sing songs and play games. There also will be a snack and a craft. If you bring an extra pair of mittens (or gloves), the library will donate them to charity. For all ages, no registration required. 815-965-7606, option 2; www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Harlem Globetrotters: 2011 4 Times the Fun World Tour, this Sunday at 2 p.m., MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford. The Harlem Globetrotters will be celebrating their 85th consecutive season. They take on the Washington Generals. Ticket prices start at $21.50. 815-968-5222; www.metrocentre.com; www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
RC in the news
- President Head discussed the importance of the "Half the Sky” project on the college’s blog on the Rockford Register Star’s website.
- The Howard Colman Library was mentioned as participating in the Northern Illinois Cooperative’s new wireless catalog by the Register Star and WREX.