Monday, February 07, 2011
Battling the Blizzard of 2011 – An Exemplary Job Done by All
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Living in the northern portion of the Midwest means that we will encounter snow storms from time to time. As was the case last week, some storms will be severe. There are a number of factors that are reviewed prior to making the decision to close or remain open. In addition to the magnitude of the forecasted storm, we consider 1) the ability of our resources to maintain a safe campus environment and 2) the conditions of public roads allowing for a safe commute to campus.
I have always found the decision to close Rockford College, or any residential institution, to be a story of two realities. Most of us reacted to the news of the closing by viewing the Blizzard of 2011 from the comfort of our homes. Comfort might be too casual of a word when you consider the need to clear driveways and in my case, an area in the backyard sufficient for my dog. Given the severity of the storm, remaining in our homes was the appropriate thing to do.
A segment of our colleagues react much differently to a forecasted storm and to the concept of closing. They recognize events of this nature as a major call to duty. Those who must report to campus while it is technically "closed” do so to provide services for our residential students. Others do so to ready the campus as quickly as possible for its eventual re-opening. Last week, everyone who worked through the closing did a tremendous job and I ask you to join me in thanking them for their dedication and sacrifice!
Some of the stories that you might find interesting are as follows:
· Even with the best of intentions, many in food service could not make it in on Wednesday morning. With a crew of only four, Dining Services prepared and served brunch for 162 students and staff. By afternoon a few more of the team made it through the storm and prepared dinner for 160.
· One of the challenges for Dining Services was that the storm prevented the normal delivery of food to campus and they had to be creative with what was in stock.
· The entire facilities crew worked roughly the following hours:
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (After a full day of work)
Wednesday 5:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (At least one individual was on duty until 9 to repair machinery).
· Clearing snow from our campus is not an easy task. Much of the time is spent outside of trucks. Walks and stairs must be cleared with snow blowers and shovels. Both the amount of snow and the cold temperatures made this a tough task indeed.
· The depth of snow in several areas of campus required that we call in reinforcements. William Charles Construction, a good friend of the College, agreed to bring in their heavy equipment allowing us to handle the 5 to 6 foot drifts that were created by high winds.
· The security team worked all the way through the blizzard, maintaining campus safety, handling lock outs, assisting those who drove off of our roads, etc.
Our colleagues battled the blizzard; worked night and day in serving our students; and did so in less than ideal conditions. The storm presented a true challenge and they came through for us. I couldn’t be happier with the performance of these unsung heroes.
The major danger of singling out a certain group is that you fail to acknowledge everyone who performed admirably and sacrificed during an extraordinary event. For that I apologize. However, I do recognize that all who performed tasks from home during the closing must now work through a backlog of tasks and must restructure course syllabi to get back on track. Thanks for your contributions, too.
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! Periodically, a new letter of 'R.O.C.K.S.' will be showcased and 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:
R: Renowned Faculty.
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. Here are a few comments students made after learning of Ferroli’s recognition:
"Awesome recognition for an amazing educator!!!”
"Dr. Ferroli is a great teacher! The lessons he taught me have made me a better teacher!”
"Dr. Ferroli is an awesome teacher!!! Congratulations!!!”
"He is one of my favorite professors! Congrats!”
Rita Elliott Joins Communications Office
Rita Elliott joined the Communications Office last week and will be serving as the Interim Director of Communications. Rita is filling in for Dr. Chuck Brown during his extended absence. Rita is a familiar face to many of us here, as she worked in the College Relations office from 2000 – 2005 and is a former Director of Communications for the College. She will continue to make sure Rockford College is well represented to all of our audiences. Please feel free to contact her with any media or communications needs. She can be reached at 815-226-3374 or Relliott@rockford.edu.
Half the Sky: Jennifer Braun Speaking Tonight
Jennifer Braun from International Midwife Assistance is here as part of the Half the Sky Initiative at Rockford College. She has a very interesting presentation tonight with lots of photos and stories to relate about the work of her organization in Afghanistan, Uganda and Haiti as they work to improve the health and wellness of women during pregnancy and childbirth as well as their children and families.
We welcome you to join us. . .
6:00 pm at Regents Hall in the Burpee Center
This event is free and open to the public. Park in lot A - the Burpee Center is directly across from this parking lot.
For more information about the Half the Sky initiative, visit: http://www.rockford.edu/?HalfTheSky.
Women and Tattoos kicks off Spring Forum Series on Tuesday
Author Margot Mifflin: Women and Tattoos
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Clark Arts Center—Maddox Theatre
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 Salon.com. 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: https://rockford.site-ym.com/?page=ForumSeries#ixzz1DI2GwupN.
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.
February 11 Board of Trustees Finance Committee Meeting
February 11 Board of Trustees Investment Committee Meeting
February 12 Presidential and Trustee Scholarship Interview Day, Welcome & Parents Lunch
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:
Saturday, Feb. 5, 10:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 8:00 p.m.
No advance sales. Admission is by donation at the door. For additional information, contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100.
Heart Art Auction Feb. 11
A silent auction of romance and Valentine's Day-related original artwork to benefit the Rockford College Art Gallery will be held Friday, February 11, 2011 from 6 – 9:00 p.m. The event will be held in the College’s art gallery located in the Clark Arts Center. More than 43 artists will have their original art on display. Bidding runs until 8:15 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person and $3 for students and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, call the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100.
Celebrate Black History Month
Mark your calendars for the Read Aloud of Black Voices on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Howard Colman Library. Be sure to watch for more events from JACCE and Kobe-Regents. Also plan on lunch in the Dining Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 9 for a special menu in honor of Black History month.
Deadlines are Important!
Financial Aid: Rockford College’s 2011-12 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2011.
Many types of financial aid are given on a first-come, first-served basis so delays could hurt you. Make sure your completed and accurate FAFSA is submitted by March 1, 2011. To complete to the 2011-2012 FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Travel Abroad: Please be reminded that if you seek to travel abroad for the fall or summer 2011, all applications must be completed and turned in to the KRCGE by MARCH 1, 2011.
Snow, Snow, Snow! Parking Lot Regulations Changes Implemented to ensure Safety
Due to the amount of snow Rockford receives during winter months, and to ensure the safety of the Rockford College community, we are implementing the following changes to the parking regulations and the enforcement thereof:
Effective immediately there will be no overnight parking in the following lots from December 1- Spring Break:
No overnight parking in the following lots/areas:
Fisher Chapel Circle-One Hour Parking
Burpee Circle and Dock-30 Minute and Authorized Vehicles
Nelson/Burpee Slant-Faculty/Staff Parking
Lion’s Den Circle-Two Hour Parking
Nelson Lot including Circle-Faculty/Staff and Two Hour Parking
Kent Circle-Fire Lane and Special Needs
Slant Parking Starr Science-Faculty/Staff Parking
All Fire Lanes, as usual
Please have your car moved from these lots by 11:30 PM. If there are necessary exceptions please call the Rockford College Campus Safety & Security Dispatcher to alert them to the exception, 815-226-4060. The overnight period is determined from 11:30 PM until 6:30AM.
The safety and security of the Rockford College community is of the utmost importance.
Rockford College Radio
Remember to tune in to the hottest new radio station in town!
Mon – 4:30pm interview with Margot Mifflin
Wed - Jimmy Jazz -12:00pm-1:30pm
Thurs - Open Mic – 7:00pm-10:00pm
Fri - Jimmy Jazz -12:00pm-1:30pm
Broadway Hour with Mark – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Madhouse talk/comedy show -6:00pm-7:30pm
To listen, visit: http://www.rockford.edu/Members/blogs.asp and scroll down to the links on the right and click on Rockford College RADIO.
Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.
Monday, Feb. 7, Scrabble night, 6:30 p.m., Meg’s Daily Grind on Alpine, 1141 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. Scrabble Night is the first Monday of each month. It’s free to play; boards are provided. Bring friends or make new ones. 815-316-8785; www.megs-daily-grind.com.
Heart Care: Ask the Experts, 5 p.m., Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Browse heart care exhibits. SwedishAmerican President and CEO will discuss hospital updates at 6 p.m., followed by keynote speaker, Roger Greenlaw, who will present "Self Care is the New Primary Care for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.” A panel of physicians will discuss the latest heart care innovations and answer questions at 7 p.m. Admission is free. To register, visit www.swedishamerican.org or call 815-968-2500.
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 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. This event was rescheduled from Feb. 1. 815-332-5611; www.2ndcitychorus.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, Rockford IceHogs vs. Houston Aeros, 6:35 p.m., MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford. The Rockford IceHogs play the Houston Aeros. Every Wednesday home game features $1 Bud Select Drafts, $1 Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, $1 Pepsi products and $1 companion tickets for select seats. Tickets are $6 to $25, additional fees may apply. 815-968-5222; www.metrocentre.com.
Free child care seat safety check, 3 to 7 p.m., OSF Lifeline Ambulance, 318 Roxbury Road, Rockford. Certified car seat technicians will check the car seats in parents’ vehicles and provide education about correct installation and the proper way the child should be placed in the seat. Reservations required by noon Tuesday. 815-227-2323; www.osfsaintanthony.org.
Thursday, Feb. 10, Ignite Unplugged, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., FatWallet, 12533 Wagon Wheel Road, Rockton. Tim Storm, founder and owner of FatWallet.com, will offer insight and advice on success. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. 815-316-4335; www.igniterockford.com.
Saturday, Feb. 12, Third annual Fur Ball, 6:30 p.m., Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30. The cost is $65 a person and includes entertainment, dinner and dancing. Dress is casual to formal. 815-299-7297; www.furballrockford.com.
Beethoven’s 2nd Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s own Karl Rzasa performs Mozart’s joyous bassoon concerto. The 2nd Symphony, from Beethoven’s "Early Period,” is an energetic work born in a period of intense strife in the composer’s life. Prokofiev’s 20th-century "Classical” symphony pays homage to Mozart and Hayden. Cost is $18 to $56, additional fees may apply. 815-965-0049; www.rockfordsymphony.com.
Sunday, Feb. 13, The Ethnic Heritage Museum’s Black History Month exhibit salutes internationally known African-American sports legends, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and other Sundays through February at 1129 S. Main St., Rockford. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Dr. Head is loaning the museum uniforms, photographs and other memorabilia, most of which are signed by the legendary players. Players whose items are on display include Walter Payton, Magic Johnson, Hank Aaron and Tiger Woods. Also on display are items from the Negro Baseball League. 815-962-7402; www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org.
Sixth annual Gospel Music Concert Series, 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Byron, 205 N. Peru, Byron. Features local singers and musicians performing traditional popular bluegrass and southern gospel music. Admission and parking are free. 815-234-8737.
RC in the news
· The Rockford College Radio launch story was carried by the Rockford Register Star, WIFR, and WREX.
· The Regents Women’s Basketball Team’s victory was carried on WIFR.