Monday, February 21, 2011
Charter Day Celebration is Next Week
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Our community will celebrate Charter Day next week. The annual event is a long-held tradition that commemorates the founding of Rockford College in 1847. This year’s featured speaker is Jim Whitehead. Jim is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago School of Law, a partner with the law firm Sidley Austin, and a member of the Rockford College Board of Trustees.
I am looking forward to Jim’s remarks, which I am sure will include reflections on his great grandmother, Blanche Walker Burpee. Blanche Burpee is a Rockford College graduate from 1895, was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1918 though the 1960s, and was honored through the naming of the Burpee Center. She was truly the catalyst in acquiring the rights to the land on which our current campus resides.
In 1966, an interview with Blanche Walker Burpee, then 91 years old, was recorded and it reveals the strong character and conviction of a true friend of Rockford College. She was asked to share her feelings about moving from the old campus to the current one and responded, "Well, there was a period there that there were only two or three other women on the Board besides myself. And, every time the board met somebody would say, "Well, we've got to get a new campus because we're getting short of space and we need larger buildings. And, uh, but, we can't afford it." So, I listened to it, and it irritated me terribly because didn't anyone offer to do anything!”
In the late 1920s, Blanche Burpee took action. She began acquiring options on 400 acres of land and told her son-in-law and confidante, Loren Whitehead (Jim’s grandfather), "Now don't even tell any one of those men what it's for.” Her will was strong and her success is evident. Hear much more of the story next week at Charter Day!
I also want to acknowledge that today is Presidents’ Day. The history of the holiday dates back to 1796 when our nation’s first president, George Washington, was concluding his final year in office. During that year his birthday on February 22 was celebrated as "Washington’s Birthday.”
Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, many states adopted his birthday as a holiday. In 1971, President Richard Nixon combined Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays into Presidents' Day. Falling on the third Monday in February each year, it is now viewed as a holiday that pays tribute to both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all those who have served as president of our nation.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Forum Series: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Roles of African Americans in Globalization: Past and Present
Dr. Cleamon Moorer
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 4 p.m., Regents Hall, 2nd Floor – Burpee Center
Dr. Cleamon Moorer is an assistant professor of management at Brennan School of Business at Dominican University. Professor Moorer has authored articles for The Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, the American Journal of Business Education, and the Journal of Business Case Studies. He is the author of "From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate,” a professional and spiritual autobiography. He is also a member of the Genocide Intervention Network, an organization committed to stopping the worst atrocities around the world including Darfur. He is founder of Moorer Customer Care Solutions Consulting and a motivational speaker.
Students can also use Professor Moorer’s book to compete in the current From Failure to Promise: Essay Contest. For more information, visit http://www.fromfailuretopromise.com/Essay-Scholarship-Contest-.html.
For tickets, 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.
Career and Internship Fair
Friday, Feb. 25, 1 – 4 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Contact: Kelly Cooper, email@example.com.
All current students, alumni and community members are invited to attend the Career and Internship Fair. If you would like your resume to be included in a resume book for employers to view prior to the event, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "resume book" in the subject line.
For a complete list of registered employers who will be at the fair or for more information, visit: http://www.rockford.edu/events/event_details.asp?id=131755#ixzz1EcLMrVJG.
New Dining Services Available for Faculty & Staff
Rockford College Dining Services/Sodexo and the Culture Task Group are pleased to announce a new food service initiative in effect for the College’s faculty & staff members.
Effective Monday, February 21, 2011 there will be two tables reserved in the Main Dining Hall for use by faculty and staff from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. In addition, Dining Services/Sodexo will offer meal
discounts to faculty & staff for the Main Dining Hall all-you-care-to-eat venue:
· Breakfast $4.00 (was $4.50)
· Lunch $5.25 (was $6.25)
· Dinner $6.95 (was $7.95)
As a reminder, if you use the declining balance system and fund your College ID through SAS, this will allow you to pay for meals with a swipe of the card and, most importantly, to avoid paying sales tax on your meal purchases. Credit and debit cards are also accepted.
Weekly menus are available online at www.rockfordcollegedining.com.
FAFSA Priority Deadline Fast Approaching!
Financial aid forms and applications are much like homework; you have to do them correctly and turn them in on time. Different types of financial aid have different deadlines. Because the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation of many need-based programs, fill out and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. 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 FAFSA is submitted by March 1, 2011. To complete the 2011-2012 FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Last day to Withdraw Classes with "W” Moved to 4/8
The last day to withdraw from classes with a W final grade was moved to Friday, April 8, at 5 pm. This change is reflected in the Academic Calendar posted on the website at http://www.rockford.edu/?page=AcademicCalendar.
You must drop classes by using a Drop/Add form only. These forms are available either from your advisor or at the SAS Office in Burpee. Self Service does not permit students to withdraw from classes from the current semester online, therefore, be certain to give yourself enough time to complete the drop process before 5 pm on Friday, April 8.
· All undergraduate forms must be signed by your advisor before submission for processing.
· Graduate students should contact the Graduate Office (815-226-4040) directly if you have questions regarding withdrawing from classes.
Spring 2011 - 14 Hour GRE Preparation Sessions Begin March 14
The Rockford College Learning Center is once again pleased to offer the GRE Preparation Session.
Place: Rockford College Campus
5050 East State Street
Starr Science Building
Dates and Times:
Monday, March 14 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 21 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 28 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 4 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 11 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 18 5-7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 2 5-7:00 p.m.
To register or for more information, email EBergstrom@rockford.edu or phone 815-226-4087.
March of Dimes Fund Raising at Rockford College
Each year the KRCGE & Multicultural Club donates half their proceeds from the upcoming Multicultural Food Festival (April 2) to a specific world changing charity. This year, our charity is the Rockford Area March of Dimes. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Since its establishment in 1998, March of Dimes Global Programs has conducted partnership projects in 33 countries across Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, South-eastern Europe, Asia and the Western Pacific region.
Our team name is called the "Multicultural World Changers” and we are asking for help in our fund raising efforts by making donations, purchasing candy, or volunteering your time to our event on May 1, 2011 by participating in our Walk for Babies event. Watch for more information during the entire month of March including a table in the mezzanine in front of the Mail room. Purchase sheets for Worlds Finest "SOLID" Chocolate Bunny's and Imperial Almonds are available now!! Please feel free to stop by the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education office, located in Nelson Hall #210, to place your orders today!
Thank you in advance for helping us to reach our goal and to provide the campus and community with another wonderful Multicultural Food Festival! Our theme for the festival this year will be "Around the World in One Bite!”
Visit our team Web page at
Want to get Published?
The Rockford College Literary Magazine is currently seeking submissions for the Spring 2011 issue of Black Hole, White Light. Send your prose, poetry, photographs or artwork as an attachment to email@example.com. Please include a cover page with the title and your name. If interested in joining the editorial board please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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 23 Dinner with Kobe-Regent’s guest Dr. Cleamon Moorer and students
February 25 Rockford Association for Minority Management Scholars Banquet
Anthropology Candidate Lectures This Week
Two candidates for the anthropology position will be giving lectures in Severson Auditorium this week. The public is invited and encouraged to come. On Tuesday, 2/24 at 11.00 AM, Dr Matthew Dalstrom will talk about American medical migrants to Mexico. On Friday 2/25 at 9.00 AM, Dr. Daniel Bauer will talk about his research among fishermen in Ecuador.
Celebrate Black History Month with the RC English Department
The Rockford College English Department Presents the 2nd Annual "Read Aloud of Black American Voices” in celebration of Black History Month.
What: Rockford College Students perform selected works of Black American writers.
Where: The Howard Colman Library.
When: Wednesday, February 23rd, from 11:00 – 1:00.
Coffee and cookies will be served! Contact Prof. Michael Perry with any questions: email@example.com.
Free Movie Night: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., Fischer Memorial Chapel.
Brought to you by the American Association of University Women, and the JACCE, as part of the African American History Month, Half the Sky, and in anticipation of Women’s History Month.
Friday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Lion’s Den.
Clubs/Meetings for the Week:
Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC)
The Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) is under way and is looking to set up the second meeting of the semester. If you are interested in attending, please send in what times would work best for you so the most individuals can be accommodated. If you were unable to attend the first meeting of the semester, don't worry, there's still time to get involved.
Dialogue is already underway and the CSC has some wonderful initiatives planned and in practice. Come and find out more about how you can make Rockford College a more sustainable campus community! Please send comments, questions, and available times to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELITE: Enthusiastic Leader Inspiring Through Excellence
All are invited to attend. Each event held in Kent Center from 5 - 6 p.m.
Feb. 21: Good Leader & Goal Setting
Mar. 28: Community Leaders
Rotaract Club of Rockford College
Monday, February 21, 3 p.m., Kent Center, all students are welcome to attend! Snacks and Refreshments will be provided!
The Four-Way Test:
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. http://www.rotaract.org.
Monday, February 21, 3 – 4 p.m., Burpee Cafeteria
· Have comments about food selections at certain meals?
· Is there a meal that you wish was on the menu?
· Do you have suggestions for what would make your overall dining experience better?
Come to the meeting to hear about all of the updates happening in our dining facilities and to discuss any food service related issues!
Student Government Association, email@example.com.
Rockford College Radio Schedule
Remember to tune in to the hottest new radio station in town!
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz, Classic Rock Hour,2-3PM – Polish Bear Sports Radio.
6-7PM - Faculty Focus with Jules Gleicher.
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz, Classic Rock Hour.
3-4PM - The Buzz with Bec and Beth, 6-7PM - Faculty Focus with Jules Gleicher.
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz, Classic Rock Hour, 2-3PM – Broadway Hour with Mark & Andrew, 3:30-4PM – Travel Jamz, 6-7:30PM – The Madhouse Comedy/Talk Show with Special Guest Kelly Steward.
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.
Station Phone Number: 815-394-5280.
RC in the news
· An article written by Pam Keeling, wife of Rockford College trustee Jim Keeling, appeared on RockfordWoman.com. The articled discussed the "Half the Sky” project at RC.
· Martha Franz, director of the Music Academy at Rockford College, was interviewed by the Rockford Register Star about the Academy’s Prelude music program.
· The upcoming ‘Hands Across the Sea/Trouble in Tahiti’ play at Rockford College received coverage on WIFR.