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Monday, February 14, 2011  
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An old idea experiences a new beginning
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Colleges and universities are great incubators of ideas, some new and some associated with past traditions. Some are voiced and gain no traction, while others take root and are moved forward by the will and commitment of dedicated students, staff and faculty. A few months ago I heard rumblings about an idea to re-establish a Rockford College radio station. In learning more about our history of radio, I discovered that WRCR was first created by students in 1962. The station initially broadcast from room 206 in Nelson Hall before moving to Burpee in 1964. It was an important part of campus life until changes in student interest resulted in the closing of the station in 1995.

As you know, WRCR has been resurrected and started broadcasting the week of January 18, 2011. The station is located in its former studio in the basement of Burpee Center. It is a 24 hour per day operation that streams over the internet, offering its reach around the globe.

The major force behind the resurrection of WRCR is Vince Chiarelli, a junior accounting major. Vince acknowledges the support and encouragement of Professor Matt Flamm and Vice President Bern Sundstedt with being able to have a successful launch. He indicated that the reason for starting the radio station was a downturn in interest in the Music Club and a desire to showcase local bands. Vince has a vision to have the radio station be a venue for original music. In the past month, they’ve had three Rockford bands on the station and last week broadcast their first live band concert from the Lion’s Den.
There are currently four programming shows with two more in development. As of the end of last week, the station had accumulated over 400 listening hours. While Chicago and Philadelphia are the top two cities in audience hours, Vince hopes that listenership picks up on campus and within Rockford. Ideas for future programming include weekly faculty profiles and interviews of campus speakers engaged in Forum and the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

WRCR has great potential to further enhance campus communication. My thanks to Vince for having the will and commitment to move this idea forward and bringing back a Rockford College tradition. By the way, Vince wants everyone to know that there is plenty of opportunity to get involved. If you have an interest in helping out, let him know.

WRCR is also still close to the hearts of many alumni. An active group of WRCR alumni have stayed tuned into WRCR’s efforts to broadcast again and are excited about the station’s rebirth. You can learn more about the history of the station at the WRCR Alumni page:

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Note: How to listen to WRCR: From the College website homepage and under the Resources menu, chose Social Media and look for the WRCR icon on the right side of the page. Or visit and search for Rockford College Radio.

Forum Series: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

‘The Birth of Chess? Viking-Age Game Discovery’ by John C. Ashton 4 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel.
Sponsored by the Rockford College Eta of Illinois, Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

An independent scholar, Mr. Ashton discusses his new translation of Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus’ 1732 Lapland botanical expedition journal. The translation resulted in contributions to Viking age archaeology through its description of a board came called Talblut, related to the Viking game of Hnefatafl.

Visit the Rockford College Box Office in person during box office hours: Monday–Friday, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

If you cannot visit the box office during open hours, you may order via e-mail and make sure to include how many tickets you need, your name and your mailbox number. Or call us at 815-226-4100 with the same information.

Colleague Appreciation Day is Wednesday, Feb. 23

This is the perfect opportunity to brighten the day of those special co-workers who always go the extra mile. A simple "Thank you” can mean so much. The CARE committee is also selling candy from Feb. 16 – 22 at four convenient locations: HR Office (1st floor Burpee), Athletics (Nelson), the Physical Plant, and the Box Office (Clark Arts Center). Candy can be purchased for just $1 each and will be delivered to your co-workers via campus mail on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Chocolate and fruit options are available.

Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) First Meeting, Feb. 16

The Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC)- formerly Green Committee - will hold its first 2011 meeting on Wednesday, February 16th from 7:00-8:00pm in the conference room on the second floor of Nelson Hall. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. We want to hear your concerns regarding campus sustainability. The administration and Student Government have joined together and will work cooperatively towards a more sustainable and healthy campus community.

Please consider attending. If you cannot attend please feel free to contact Samuel Randall, Student Body President or Matt Phillips, associate vice president of operations.

Fill out your SAS Customer Satisfaction Survey Today!

If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to fill out the SAS Customer Satisfaction Survey. A survey reminder with the survey attached was sent from Todd Free earlier today and should be in your inbox. This year’s survey process will be closing on March 1st.

The survey is for students, faculty, parents of our students, staff and alumni and is your chance to let us know what we are doing well and what we can do better to meet your needs.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and we truly do appreciate (and want) your thoughts! You may return your completed survey in any one of the following easy ways:

· Via email to Sarah Cedarleaf at

· Print the form out from the email Todd Free sent out and send it to Sarah Cedarleaf c/o the undergraduate admission office via campus mail.

· Place it into one of the survey collection boxes located outside the SAS office on the first floor of Burpee or across from the mail desk on the second floor of Burpee.

· Drop it off in person to Sarah in the Admission Office (first floor of Burpee).

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete and submit this survey we truly appreciate your time and thoughts.

Vote Now: "Employee of the Year” Voting closes Monday, Feb. 14

CARE would like to congratulate and thank our 2010 Employee of the Month recipients for all they do for Rockford College. Every year, "Employee of the Year" is awarded by CARE at the annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Dinner. We need your help in determining the recipient of Employee of the Year. All faculty and staff are asked to vote for one person on this list by replying to Replies will be accepted through Monday, February 14th. Only one reply per e-mail address will be accepted. We thank you for your participation!

1. Renee Smith
2. Karla Hunter
3. Lori Erickson
4. Antonia Esquivias
5. Claire Awowede
6. Cece Bristol
7. David Howell
8. Robert Evans
9. Jessica Pink
10. Annette Franco

If you have any questions related to this process, please e-mail Please note there are only ten employees to select from.

Also, faculty and staff, please RSVP to, by February 17 if you would like to attend the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Dinner on February 18.

Thanks again, CARE Committee. 

Rockford College Radio Schedule

Remember to tune in to the hottest new radio station in town!

Tues- Faculty Focus (this week with John Burns) 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Wed - Jimmy Jazz 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Thurs - Faculty Focus 6:00pm-7pm. Open Mic 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Fri - Jimmy Jazz 2:00pm-1:30pm, Broadway Hour with Mark – 2:00pm-3:00pm, Travel Jamz. 3:30-4:00pm, Madhouse talk/comedy show, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

To listen, visit:, and scroll down to the links on the right and click on Rockford College RADIO.

Flight 21811 will be leaving on a trip to JAPAN!!

If you are interested in traveling abroad but don’t want to leave campus, come out to Global Community Hour and visit Japan.

WHERE: Grace Roper Lounge
WHEN: Friday, February 18, 2011 12 – 1 p.m.
WHO: Our tour guide will be Miss Aki Matsui of Kobe College!

*Global community hour is a series of interactive sessions designed for you to explore international cultures guided by our own international students. The presentation of the country lasts about 20-30 minutes, after which we share a look at authentic artifacts and questions & answer session about that country.


Intervarsity Continues on Thursday Nights

Intervarsity will meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m in Fisher Memorial Chapel. Contact Clubs and Orgs for more information.

Three Penny Dance Auditions on Thursday, Feb. 17

Auditions for the 3rd annual dance show are open to everyone. The show will feature diverse styles of dance so trained or untrained – dancers are needed! Auditions will be held in the dance studio, Clark Arts. The dance show is a Three-Penny Production put on by students. All proceeds from the show go directly to the Regent Players Performing Arts Club. Contact the Box Office for more information.

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.

February 14 Guest Reader for National African American Read-in at Lincoln Middle School.

February 15 Alignment Rockford Board Meeting.

February 18 Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner.

February 18 & 19 Rockford College Board of Trustees Committee Meetings & Full Board Meeting.

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

Monday, Feb. 14, Art with Heart, 4 to 5 p.m., Rockford Public Library, Lewis Lemon Branch, 1988 Jefferson St., Rockford. What’s Valentine’s Day without beautiful art with hearts? Come have fun on Valentine’s Day. This event is a children’s program and is for all ages. Registration is required. 815-965-7606, press option 2;
Tuesday, Feb. 15, Sinnissippi Audubon Society presents Jim Bland, 7 p.m., Severson Dells Environmental Education Center, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford. A program on the health of area streams and rivers, focusing on the critters that are the base of the food chain that supports the area’s game fish. This event is free and open to the public. 815-335-2915.

Wednesday, Feb. 16,Rockford IceHogs vs. Peoria Rivermen, 6:35 p.m., MetroCentre, 300 Elm St., Rockford. Every Wednesday home game features $1 Bud Select Drafts, $1 Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, $1 Pepsi products, and $1 companion tickets for select seats. Cost is $6 to $25, additional fees may apply. 815- 968-5222;

Thursday, Feb. 17,Chocoholic Frolic, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St., Rockford. Fundraiser for The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. More than 30 chocolatiers are expected, some from previous years and some new to the event. Cost is $30, $25 in advance. 815-965-3455;
Friday, Feb. 18, 31st annual Rockford Home Show, 4 to 8 p.m., Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park. The Home Show also will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. See what’s new for your home and garden. You also can shop for products, services, ideas, concepts and get expertise on interior and exterior design. Includes live family entertainment and seminars. Cost is $6, free for children younger than 12. 815-877-8043;

Saturday, Feb. 19, Fifth annual Black and Latino Achievers Ball, 6 p.m., Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford. The Rock City Unique Steppers is teaming with the YMCA for the night of music, dancing and information about YMCA programs. Cost in advance is $20, $30 a couple. Tickets are available at the Booker Washington Community Center, La Voz Latina and at the downtown YMCA or Northeast branch of the YMCA. 779-772-2148;

Sunday, Feb. 20,Love and Marriage: Celebrate Our Heritage, 1:30 p.m., Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford. A family-friendly, multicultural celebration showcasing courtship and wedding traditions reflecting our community’s many ethnicities and the Ethnic Heritage Museum’s six galleries. This event features dinner and costs $35 for adults, $10 for children. 815-289-3551;
Measure 5 Music Academy Students to Open for Bowfire
Bowfire, world-renowned musicians, will rock the Coronado Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 13, 2011 with a performance featuring Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Rock and World Music. The concert will benefit the Midway Village Museum of Rockford.

Music Academy students who perform in the group Measure 5 will take the stage at 6 p.m. to open the evening with a special performance. Bowfire will follow at 6:30p.m.

Ticket Prices: $35. $45. $125 VIP.
VIP tickets include: Post-Performance Reception. Preferred Seating.
Exclusive Bowfire DVD. Opportunity to Meet the Musicians

Purchase Tickets Three Ways:
Call 1-815-968-0595 (additional fee for processing).
Visit the Coronado Box Office (call for hours).

RC in the news
· Robert Evans, political science, was interviewed by WREX on Friday about the political future of Egypt.

· Dr. Head's acceptance of the Rockford College Board of Trustees’ offer of a new contract was carried by WREX, WNTA, WIFR, and the Rockford Register Star.

· Rockford College basketball player Robert Malone was profiled in the Register Star last week.

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