Monday, January 24, 2011
Five suggestions for a successful performance
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
I won’t attempt to calculate the number of graduation speeches that I have heard in my lifetime, but there have been many. It seems that every speaker has the intention of connecting with the audience in a particular way. Some want to share their personal accomplishments and perspectives of the world. Others want to inspire listeners. The best resonate with graduates in a meaningful way. None have done a better job of connecting than Timm Adams, Associate Professor of Music, did during his remarks at last month’s December Recognition Ceremony.
Professor Adams shared a message entitled, "What Makes You So Special?” Timm began by leading graduates through an entertaining summary of their learning journey and acknowledged the accomplishment of completing the requirements for their degrees. He stated, "You are special because of your fortitude in completing your college education. You’re special because of your ability to comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. You’re special because of your individual desires, opinions, and perspectives. But most all, my friends, you are special because of the unique set of experiences that have brought you this far in life!”
Timm considered the advice he would provide for graduates and found a familiar anchor in a skill he teaches music students. It is how to effectively communicate a song. After reflection, Timm believes the requirements for communicating a song are also needed for tackling significant events – such as engaging in an interview, making presentations, or performing critical tasks within your organization. His five suggestions for a successful performance are:
· Inform your performance: Support and inform your performance through research, preparation and hard work.
· Keep it simple: Relax, simplify and remain focused on your primary goal.
· Get your mind off of yourself: Don’t think about yourself. Instead, have a genuine interest in the wants and needs of those around you.
· Make it beautiful: Create a presentation that makes people take notice. Do not cut corners. It is all about conscientious and detailed work.
· Execute with passion: Do not merely go through the motions. Treat every task or job as if it was the most important task or job you’ll ever have.
The advice is sound and there are so many at Rockford College who abide by it daily. Thank you for giving each and every task all that you can and infusing each action with pride and passion.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Longtime Library Director passes away
James T. Michna, Director of the Howard Colman Library between 1968 and 1998, passed away on January 2, 2011, in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Those who wish to send messages of condolence to his widow Peggy should contact Professor Jules Gleicher at JGleicher@rockford.edu, or call 815-226-4029.
Visit Day Saturday, Feb. 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 www.rockford.edu/?VisitDay.
Rockford College Radio launched Friday! You can find links to the station on the inside pages of our website: www.rockford.edu.
Open Mic this Thursday
Come showcase your talents on the live stage at Open Mic this Thursday at 7pm in the Lion’s Den! Open Mic will be broadcast live on our new Internet radio station!
Spring reading group kicks off January 28
Professors Matt Flamm and Shawn Klein are heading up CEE’s spring reading group starting Friday, January 28. Each participant is provided with Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy and On the Genealogy of Morals. Enjoy insightful conversation and light refreshments. Each meeting will be held at the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship office, second floor, Burpee, 3-4 p.m.
Dates for chapters are as follows:
Jan 28: Introduction
Feb 11: Birth of Tragedy 1
Feb 25 Birth of Tragedy 2
Mar 18: Genealogy 1
Apr 8: Genealogy 2
Applications available for Fall 2011 Washington Semester
The Washington Semester Program is now accepting applications. Learn more about the program at www.wsp.american.edu including topics for the upcoming semester. Participation is generally geared to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may also apply. Applicants should have a Rockford College GPA of 2.5 or better. The deadline for fall semester nominations is April 15. Interested? Contact Professor Jules Gleicher at JGleicher@rockford.edu or call 815-226-4029.
Commencement slated for May 15, 2011
Commencement will be held at the Coronado Theatre on May 15, 2011. This year’s Commencement speaker will be prominent attorney and RC alumnus Thomas S. Johnson, Class of 1964. Check your campus box and home address next week as detailed information will be mailed. More information will be available at www.rockford.edu/?Commencement. In the meantime, questions can be directed to Cassie Swanson at email@example.com.
Cabaret is coming up!
The Rockford College Regent Players present, "CABARET 2011—The Songs that Shaped Our Lives.” Enjoy songs that have shaped our lives through radio, television, and musical theater with an evening of music and cocktails. Performance dates are February 4 at 8 p.m., February 5 at 10 p.m. and February 12 at 8 p.m. Contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 for more information.
Faculty and students to perform today
Professor Timm Adams, Martha Dahlberg, Beth Fredrickson, Kenna Johnson, Mark Westphal, and the cast from the upcoming show at RC, Trouble in Tahiti, will perform today at 5:30p.m. at the Emerson House, 420 North Main Street. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Wine and Cheese will be served. Suggested donation is $10 to benefit the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.
JACCE & Student Activities for this week
Today the Elite "Sports & Leadership” meeting will take place from 5-6pm in the Kent Center. This event will help develop your leadership skills on and off the court! This Wednesday is Service Wednesday which will run from 10-12pm at Carpenter’s Place. Meet Wednesday in Kent at 9:45am. For more information contact Lindsay Kent by at LKent@rockford.edu or call 815-394-4382.
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, University of Illinois College of Medicine & Rockford CHIP Alumni Association present preview of FORKS OVER KNIVES, 6:30PM. at the University of Illinois Rockford – Auditorium 1601 Parkview Ave.
This 90 minute film examines the profound claim that many chronic diseases can be prevented, controlled, and even reversed, by making simple changes in the way we live. Meet the research scientists and doctors who are putting this new knowledge to work. Meet their patients who are getting striking results. Learn how to make this knowledge work for you. Call for reservations at 815-395-5600 as seating is limited!
Starting a Business in Illinois, 6 to 8 p.m., Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. A two-hour training program specially designed for people who need a better idea about the personal and legal requirements necessary to open their own business. This event is free to attend. 815-921-2081; http://ilsbdc.ecenterdirect.com.
Thursday, Jan. 27, Job and Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. First St., Belvidere. The Workforce Connection is holding a job fair in conjunction with the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce BoCo Expo. 815-547-9616; www.theworkforceconnection.org.
Third Annual RSO Allegro League Luncheon, noon, Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St., Rockford. The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s auxiliary hosts a luncheon featuring arts advocate Henry Fogel, who will explore the value and place of the arts and classical music in today’s society and what it takes to keep them alive. Tickets are $35. Reservations are due by Tuesday. 815-965-0049; www.rockfordsymphony.com.
Sunday, Jan. 30, The History of Science, as told by Mark Twain, 2 p.m., Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley. Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of America’s most famous humorist, homespun philosopher, and author with a first-person, Chautauqua-style program by Warren Brown as Mark Twain. Registration is required. 815-332-5161; www.cherryvalley.lib.il.us.
RC in the news
· Our new football coach, Vic Wallace, was discussed in news articles in the Rockford Register Star and The Jackson Sun.
· Chuck Follett, the CEO of Follett Corporation, was interviewed last week at the Rockford College bookstore by WREX about receiving his recent Knighthood given by the Dominican Republic.