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Monday, January 31, 2011  
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Step Away From Your Technology
Occasionally, members of the college’s community share messages in the newsletter.Today we hear from Ginnie Weckerly, Human Resources Manager.

Like many Rockford College employees and students, I spend countless hours in front of a computer. It occurred to me the other day that the only daily physical activity I have are the two mandatory walks (one in the morning and one at night) my dogs insist on! Wellness and ergonomic experts would cringe at my bad habits. They would cringe again if they discovered I am writing this article while sitting cross-legged on the sofa with a laptop on my lap!!

So what is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of human capability compared to work demands. Many of us put unnatural stresses on our bodies by the way we use technology – computers, smart phones and video games. In a lot of cases the use of these devices is constant! Last week, our insurance company’s ergonomics expert provided work station review training and insight as they relate to ergonomics. The expert provided lots of good information. Below are a few things for us to contemplate:

· Posture while at the computer (body angle, shoulders relaxed, back supported, wrists straight and flat, head looking forward).

· Equipment position (mouse next to keyboard, screen monitor slightly above eye level, screen adjusted to reduce glare).

· Work habits (use a light touch on your keyboard, take breaks to stretch, build variety into your day).

Cece Bristol (Lang Health Center), Mark Vaughn (Undergraduate Admissions), Sam Williams (IT), Melissa Larson (HR) and I (HR) completed the work station ergonomics "Train-the-Trainer” course so that we can serve as ergonomic workstation resources for you. If you would like ideas on how to set-up your ergonomic work station, please feel free to contact one of us. We would be excited to walk through this process with you.

Ergonomic handouts will be posted on We will let you know where to find the documents once they are posted.

Have a good week. And remember to give yourself a break…step away from your technology every now and then.

Ginnie Weckerly,
Human Resources Manager 

Highest Award Given to Faculty Member

Rockford College professor of education, Dr. Louis Ferroli, is the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame Award, the highest award given to a member of the Illinois Reading Council. This recognition is given because of Professor Ferroli’s significant contributions to reading and reading education. He was cited for the quality of his work as well as his reputation for meritorious contributions in professional activities such as writing, speaking, organizing programs, and helping teachers. The award will be presented at the Council’s annual banquet in Springfield on March 18.

The Illinois Reading Council is one of the most prominent literacy organizations in the United States and an affiliate of the International Reading Association.

Attention student teachers in physical education

All physical education students planning to student teach in Fall 2011 are required to attend an application meeting on February 8th at 3:00pm in Seaver 106. For more information contact Professor Bill Langston at 226-4048, or

Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive saved 271 lives!

Rockford College hosted the 11th annual Rock-N-Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive January 22. The results are in and the blood received at this event saved 271 lives!

Visit Day this Saturday

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

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 31 Go Red for Women Breakfast

February 4 Meeting with Dean Quinn and Dr. Appelson of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago 

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 during 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.

Commencement slated for May 15, 2011

Commencement will be held at the Coronado Theatre on May 15, 2011. Check your campus box and home address this week as detailed information has just be mailed. More information is available at In the meantime, questions can be directed to Cassie Swanson at

Forum Rescheduled

The first Forum Series event of the semester originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, featuring Margot Mifflin, author of "Women and Tattoos,” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 8, at 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center.

Please update your calendars. We look forward to a full-house on February 8 for the first Forum Series event of spring 2011.

Mark your calendars for Heart Art 2011

Heart Art is slated for Friday, February 11, 2011 from 6-9:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Join us for a silent auction of original artwork – bids will be taken until 8:15 p.m. – with proceeds benefitting the Rockford College Art Gallery. Tickets are $10 per person or $3 for students and will be available at the door. You can also contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 to reserve your ticket or for more information.

Add/Drop Deadline Tuesday

The last day to add classes or drop classes without penalty is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1 at 5 pm. Classes may be added or dropped via Self Service or by using a Drop/Add form. These forms are available from your advisor, the SAS Office in Burpee, the Graduate Office at 5100 State Street, or in the Forms section of the Rockford College Portal. Undergraduates, you will need to get online approval or a signature on a Drop/Add Form from your advisor in order to complete this process. So, plan accordingly.

Rockford College Radio highlights for this week

Monday: Music All Day.

Tuesday: Interview with author Margot Mifflin, 1:30PM. Music All Day.

Wednesday: Jimmy Jazz, 12-1:30PM. Music All Day.

Thursday: Open Mic, 7-10PM. Music All Day.

Friday: Jimmy Jazz, 12-1:30PM. Broadway Hour with Mark Westphal, 2-3PM. The Madhouse Comedy and Talk Hour, 6-7PM (With Special Guest).

To listen visit: and scroll down to links on right.

Winter storm impact uncertain

There is a significant winter storm approaching RC. Please check the portal, website, RC Alert and local news channels for any necessary changes in RC schedules over the next few days. Due to the heavy volume of snow that is predicted certain parking changes may be implemented.

Get ready for some conversation!

Take 30 to 60 minutes of your week and talk to a student from another country: South Korea, Brazil, China, Mexico, Taiwan, Ecuador, Bolivia and many others! Each month we get new students from around the world!

Become a Conversation Partner and allow them to practice their English as you learn about their cultures, traditions, foods and more! For more information please contact the English Language Institute at or call 815-226-4013.

Out and about

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2nd City Chorus Guest Night, 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2715 Mulford Road Rockford. Guests will learn about the chorus and the Barbershop Harmony Society, sing with the chorus, listen to the chorus and its two quartets perform, then socialize with members. Refreshments also will be served. 815-332-5611;

Wednesday, Feb. 2, Broadway at the Coronado presents "Grease,” 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds. Bad boy Danny and girl-next-door Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of your favorite songs. Cost is $29 to $49, additional fees may apply. 815-968-0595;

Thursday, Feb. 3, Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library, East Branch, Friends of RPL Community Room, 6685 E. State. St., Rockford. 815-965-7606, press option 2 or visit;

Saturday, Feb. 5, Corky Siegel and Randy Sabien in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford. Blues legend Corky Siegel on harmonica and piano with jazz violinist and multi-instrumentalist Randy Sabien. A special exhibit from the Sinnissippi Quilters’ Guild will also be gracing the walls of the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center for this performance. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 815 964-2238;

Sunday, Feb. 6, Black History Month exhibit, Black History Month exhibit" African American Sports Legends” at the Ethnic Heritage Museum salutes internationally known African American Sports Legends. This exhibit will go on display Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The "African American Sports Legends” exhibit will display authentic uniforms, photographs and other memorabilia, most of which are signed by the players. Some of the items visitors will view come from such legendary players as Chicago Bears’ Gale Sayers and Walter Payton, LA Lakers’ Magic Johnson, baseball greats Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and golfer Tiger Woods. In the world of boxing, see boxing legends Joe Louis and Mohammad Ali. A must see are items from the Negro Baseball League. These irreplaceable items are on loan from Dr. Robert Head, President of Rockford College.

The "African American Sports Legends” will highlight the football career of Rockford native Marshall Starks. Starks started his football career at West High School and played for the University of Illinois. Starks, the first African American from the Rockford area to play in the NFL, was the sixth round draft choice for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961. He then played for the New York Jets (1963-64). Starks still holds the record for his 97 yard return of a missed field goal kicked by George Blanda of the Houston Oilers.

The Ethnic Heritage Museum is located at 1129 South Main Street in Rockford. "African American Sport Legends” exhibit will be on display until Sunday, February 27, 2011. Admission is free to the public but donations are appreciated. For more information call 815-962-7402 or visit  

RC in the news

· Football coach Vic Wallace was presented in a story on WREX.

· Professor Marcia Ori Blascoe, Education, was profiled in the Rockford Register Star.

· Pam Keeling, wife of Rockford College trustee Jim Keeling, posted comments on the Rockford Register Star’s Rockford College blog, about Jennifer Braun, of International Midwife Assistance, and information about her upcoming visit to Rockford College next week.

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