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Tuesday, January 11, 2011  
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2011 marks the next phase of RC’s strategic plan
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:
The beginning of a new year is generally an interesting time. For most of us, it’s a time of reflection on the past and an opportunity to assess what might be accomplished in the future.  Throughout 2010, there were many achievements by students, staff, faculty and alumni that enhanced the reputation of Rockford College. Overall, it was a good year for the college. I read Bern Sundstedt’s article in last week’s newsletter and found myself longing for the arrival of his mythical "Clean Slate Day.” Unfortunately, I don’t ever think our work to create an increasingly capable learning institution will ever be complete as we will always seek the next level of excellence.

In 2010 we achieved what was intended with the launch of phase one of the strategic plan two years earlier. Rockford College is a more stable institution and, using a phrase from physics, has attained a state of static equilibrium. Within this condition, we are able to balance our budgets and continue to meet the learning expectations of the students entrusted to our care. Nevertheless, we are fully aware of internal and external concerns and opportunities that must be dealt with.

The goal before us is to develop a state of dynamic equilibrium. The concept of dynamic equilibrium is that we are able to both anticipate the many environmental forces that we will face in the future and operate at a level where those forces do not have a negative impact on us. Only organizations that operate at a time when the future is completely known and stable will ever truly attain dynamic equilibrium. However, accepting the challenge of seeking dynamic equilibrium is beneficial. By doing so, we will become stronger from the forward thinking, analysis and implementation of new ideas.

In December, our Board of Trustees approved the next phase of our strategic plan. The three strategic statements from which we will operate over the next five years and that will leave us closer to dynamic equilibrium are:
  • To distinguish the College through academic programs designed to expand our academic reputation;
  • To distinguish the College through our commitment to the whole student experience;
  • To distinguish the college through stewardship of its assets.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

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: 

K: Knowledge
In response to demand, our Philosophy department has added a new minor in Ethics. This is a wonderful new addition that can be applied to a variety of majors. Learn more about how RC Rocks at    

New student registration Thursday
The second new student spring registration date is slated for this Thursday evening. Students will have the opportunity to register for classes, meet with financial aid officers, fill out final paperwork and begin their journey as new RC students.  

New student orientation Friday 
Spring orientation takes place this Friday. Students will learn about a variety of campus areas and have the chance to get acclimated to campus before classes begin. Be sure to say ‘hi’ to our new spring Rockford College students! For Orientation questions, please contact Donnette Tinsley at or 815-226-4004.

Athletic Visit Day is January 29
Do you know a prospective student athlete? Encourage him or her to attend Athletic Visit Day on January 29. Students will learn about RC athletics, meet with coaches, tour campus and enjoy chicken wings and a basketball game. Students can register online 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.
January 9-14      Recruiting in various Chinese cities

Visit Day slated for February 5
Visit Day is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn about RC. Here’s how you can help: share the wonderful opportunities available at RC with a prospective RC student by inviting him or her to Visit day! Learn more or register at   

United Way campaign sign-up extended to January 20  
A note from HR: Thank you to those of you who have pledged your support of our United Way Campaign in past years. As you plan your charitable giving for 2011, consider all of the positive impacts the United Way of Rock River Valley is producing in the community, and how even the smallest gifts will lead to positive change. Pledge cards were placed in your mailboxes in December and are available in HR.
Pledge cards are due back to Human Resources by January 20th.  

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 with questions.  

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner coming in February 
Mark your calendars for the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner February 18th. Invitations to be sent soon!  

Spring 2011 Forum Series begins in February 
Women and Tattoos, a talk by Margot Mifflin, will be given Tuesday, February 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in Clark Arts Center—Maddox Theatre. Mifflin is an author, freelance journalist and feminist critic, Mifflin has written about art, fiction, pop culture and women's issues (specifically, popular culture from a feminist slant and the cultural politics of transgressive bodies) for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, the Believer, and Mifflin is best known for ‘Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,’ a seminal study of the implicit politics of tattooed women and female tattooists. Read more: 

Martin Luther King Day 
On Martin Luther King Day, January 17, there will be no classes and offices will be closed.  

First Day of Class!  
Remember! The First Day of Class is next Tuesday, January 18, for Regular and MBA Sessions.   

French Club Coffee Hour 
The French Club Coffee Hour will take place this Tuesday in the Lion’s Den from 4-5p.m. Come and learn about French language, culture, and literature. For more information contact Dr. Rafal Krazek at 815-226-4147 or     

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

Tuesday, Jan. 11, Vegetarians in Motion, 6:30 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford. Jeanie Burke will present "The Fabulous Fiber Shuffle.” She will talk about how vital dietary fiber is. A potluck will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5, $3 for members. 815-397-5579;

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 Cubs Caravan, doors open at 4:30 p.m. with event beginning at 5 p.m., the Flodin Boys & Girls Club, 1000 Mill Road, Rockford. Attendees will be given a ticket that will indicate the two people they can get an autograph from. At 6 p.m., a program will begin with an overview of the upcoming season, a question-and-answer segment and a hot dog dinner with chips and a soft drink. The caravan will include Mike Quade, the Cubs’ new manager and former Rockford Expos manager; Sean Marshall, pitcher; Andrew Cashner, pitcher; Koyie Hill, catcher, as well as coaches and prospects. The cost is $25. Tickets are available at the Boys & Girls Club administration office, 1040 N. Second St., Rockford. 815-972-5973.

Thursday, Jan. 13, Camp Grant Museum, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Camp Grant Museum, 1004 Samuelson Road, Rockford. The museum strives to preserve some of Rockford’s local history. The building was the first of three fire stations at the camp and later the induction and muster out center for Camp Grant during World War II. Special hours are available for groups and tours. 815-395-0679;

Saturday, Jan. 15,Visit Klehm for free. Family Fun Days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Other free days scheduled are Feb. 19 and March 19. 815-965-8146;

Dvorak & Wagner, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. The first concert of 2011 warms up the Coronado with Gazebo Dances by the composer of "The Red Violin” and Wagner’s salutation to German art and culture, the comedic "Die Meistersinger.” Russian cellist Dimitry Kouzov performs the Dvorak cello concerto. Cost is $18 to $56. 815-965-0049;

Sunday, Jan. 16, Korn, other bands coming to MetroCentre. Disturbed and Korn with guests Sevendust and In This Moment, 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford. Cost is $37.75, additional fees and charges may apply. 815-968-5222;

Art Teachers’ Art at Womanspace campus. This exhibit runs through Wednesday, February 16. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm, plus evenings and weekends when programs are scheduled. Work is in a wide variety of media and most art is available for purchase, 40% of which benefits Womanspace and its programs.

The Womanspace campus is located a half mile west of Rock Valley College at 3333 Maria Linden Drive in Rockford. Call 815-877-0118, email or visit for more information.
RC in the news
  • The ‘Volunteer Connections’ partnership announcement at Rockford College last week was discussed in an editorial in the Rockford Register Star Sunday.
  • Jim Keeling, a Rockford College trustee, and his wife Pam were interviewed about the leadership role they have in the RC sponsored Half the Sky program by the RRS.   
  • Last week Pam Keeling posted her thoughts about the World Bicycle Relief’s visit to Rockford College on RC’s Half the Sky blog.

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