Monday, February 28, 2011
‘Half the Sky’
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council share a message with the college community. Today, we hear from Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college.
This week, Dean Quinn shares her book review of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
Sheryl WuDunn, co-author, Half the Sky, will speak at Rockford College, Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm, Maddox Theatre. Her visit is part of the Spring 2011 Forum Series. Call the box office to reserve tickets 815-226-4100.
Book titling is an art, an art of the sale and of the idea. In this case, not only is the main title evocative—we are told in the book that the phrase comes from a Chinese proverb, "Women hold up half the sky,”—but the subtitle names the book’s agenda fully and precisely. Exposing some of the most grievous, sustained, and ingrained examples of human unkindness to other humans, the book simultaneously offers hope, and hope through action available to just about all of us. Reading Half the Sky is a journey harrowing and uplifting at the same time. It is also an education in the way the world is, the way people are, and the horrible and wonderful versions of both. It is especially a call to action.
Modern scholars, lawyers, and politicians are all learning what Rockford College’s singular alumna Jane Addams knew long ago, that telling a story is an act of persuasion. Half the Sky makes the case through telling the stories of girls and women oppressed in various circumstances that are hard for us to believe exist in our world. Then we read about examples of courage, perseverance, and imagination that prevail. And we in our comforts also learn about things we can do across divides of miles, experiences and cultures to change the world, in little or large part.
The book uses data to persuade as well. Girls "vanish,” in total numbers estimated to be between 60 and 101 million, or about 2 million a year. One estimate has about 12.3 million people engaged in some kind of forced labor at any one time around the world. And the world includes our country, and state, and home town.
Stories predominate in the book however. We are introduced to Rath, a Cambodian teenager, who was sent to work at age fifteen in Thailand through an agent hired by her family but who instead turned her over to gangsters who ran a brothel. Resistance was rewarded with beatings, death threats, and forced drug addiction. Not allowed alone outside the brothel, nonetheless she escaped, found the police, who arrested her for illegal immigration. Rath was imprisoned, released, supposedly to be repatriated, but instead sold again to a trafficker.
The chapters, full of such stories, are followed by short sections on positive work done. One describes a new breed of "social entrepreneurs,” activists in a new abolitionist movement. One such social entrepreneur described was twelve years old when he learned about world-wide slavery and decided to do something about it. He formed an organization and in his first year raised $8,500. In high school at the time Half the Sky was written, this young man was campaigning nationally for the cause to abolish slavery. Chapter topics include "Emancipating Twenty-First-Century Slaves,” "Maternal Mortality,” "Investing in Education,” "Microcredit: The Financial Revolution,” and others.
The final chapter is "What You Can Do,” followed by "Four Steps You Can Take in the Next Ten Minutes,” as well as an appendix of three pages on organizations that support women. A first step can be to read Half the Sky.
Recent learning research calls on educators to unite theory and practice. Rockford College’s founding and continuing mission has been to do just that. The college’s focus this year on the issues raised by Half the Sky exemplifies that mission, and will help our community, within and outside the college, to Think, Act and Change Your.
Dr. Stephanie Quinn,
Executive vice president and dean of the college
Rockford College Welcomes Becky Factor, Admission Counselor
Rockford College welcomes Becky Factor who has recently joined Admission department. Becky is primarily responsible for the enrollment of Rock Valley College transfer students. Becky earned a B.S in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University in Penn., and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, Minn. Becky came to Rockford College from Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the big island of Hawaii where she was Assistant Director of Admissions. Previously she was assistant principal in Minneapolis suburbs, worked at international schools in Quito, Ecuador, Bangkok, Thailand, and Tampico Mexico.
Becky’s husband is director of lower school at Keith Country day school and they have 2 adult sons, one in Minneapolis and one in New York City.
Congratulations CeCe Bristol – 2010 Employee of the Year!
CeCe Bristol, director of Lang Health Center, was voted as Employee of the Year by her Rockford College colleagues.
Congratulations CeCe on this honor!
To learn more about CeCe, visit the community section of the portal: https://my.rockford.edu/portal/page/portal/rockford/home/community.
Join the MAP Grant Lobby Trip on Thursday, March 3
Students will be given transportation to and from Springfield in order to join other students from across the state in a lobbying effort to save the M.A.P. grant. The group will leave from the Kent Center at 8 a.m. Contact Lindsey Kent at LKent@rockford.edu for more details.
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 email@example.com. Here is this week's story:
This past Friday, our Career Services office organized a Career and Internship Fair on campus bringing 40 employers to campus. This was an excellent opportunity for our students, alumni and the community to talk with employers about open positions and internships – all in one day! This was the second annual Career and Internship Fair organized by Career Services.
Plan to Attend the Charter Day Convocation, this Wednesday, March 2
Rockford College will celebrate its founding with the 164th annual Charter Day Convocation at 4:00 p.m., in Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center. Charter Day is part of the Spring 2011 Forum Series
This year’s address, will be given by James S. Whitehead, J.D., college trustee and great grandson of Blanche Walker Burpee (Class of 1895), and son of John Whitehead, both of whom served as College trustees. Mr. Whitehead’s address is entitled, "Blanche Walker Burpee: A Rockford College Heroine”
Charter Day celebrates the anniversary of the College and its receipt of the original document from the State of Illinois recognizing the Rockford Female Seminary as a degree-granting private institution of higher learning. Rockford College was originally founded as Rockford Female Seminary in 1847, a counterpart to Beloit College, which at the time was a men’s college. Rockford changed its name to Rockford College in 1892 and began enrolling men in 1955.
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.
FAFSA Priority Deadline is Tomorrow – March 1!
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 to the 2011-2012 FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Last day to Withdraw Classes with "W” Moved to April 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 web-site 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 on-line, 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.
Study Abroad Deadline Extended
If you are planning to study abroad either summer or fall 2011. Please note the March 1 deadline has
been extended until Friday, March 4, 2011. Please be sure all application materials are turned in to the Kobe-Regents Center, Nelson Hall 210, no later than 12:00 noon Friday, March 4, 2011!
Rockford College Gears up for the Collegiate Learning Assessment
This spring, Rockford College senior students will have the opportunity to take the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). The CLA is a nationwide, cutting-edge indicator of the quality of the undergraduate education that measures fundamental outcomes of student learning and the value added by colleges and universities. The CLA specifically measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. Students’ personalized score reports will tell them where they stand on key attributes of academic and professional success compared to their peers. The College’s score report will tell us how our students perform compared to students at other schools, as well as improve academic and co-curricular offerings. The CLA, along with other periodic assessments of student learning, help us verify that our students learn what we want them to learn. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage senior students to participate in this important assessment.
Senior students have numerous chances to take the CLA throughout February and March. For more information on assessment dates and times, or to sign up, students can contact Luke Kramer at 815-394-5189, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will be awarded a free t-shirt as well as able to use their results on grad school applications and résumés.
For more information about the CLA, visit: www.collegiatelearningassessment.org.
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.
Preview Performance of Vocal Collective KC Spring Break Tour
All are invited to attend a preview performance of the Vocal Collective’s spring break tour performances in Kansas City on Thursday, March 3, at 8 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel, and featuring the music of William Byrd, Stephen Foster, Daniel Gawthrop, Johnny Mercer and others. Admission is free. For additional information, contact the box office at 815-226-4100.
Only a God Can Save Us: Screening and Panel Discussion
Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in the CEE office in Burpee
Martin Heidegger is considered by many to be the most profound thinker of the 20th century, and his philosophy continues to be influential. In May of 1933, Heidegger joined the Nazi Party and became the first Nazi Rector of a German university. Heidegger’s final words of despair in a famous Der Spiegel interview make it clear that he had no faith in democracy: "Only a God can save us.”
The film Only A God Can Save Us is a critical view of Heidegger’s so-called "flirtation” with Nazism and examines the elements of his philosophy which may have led him to support the National Socialist revolution.
Come watch the two-hour documentary film about this controversial philosopher and stay for a discussion panel featuring Jeffrey Van Davis, the film’s director, and Rockford College faculty members Dr. Stephen Hicks (Philosophy), Dr. David Sytsma (History), and Dr. Jules Gleicher (Political Science).
Residence Halls at Rockford College Close at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
Spring Break Housing Application forms can be picked up outside your RA’s room, on the 2nd floor of Nelson Hall. The form was also emailed to all students last week.
Completed forms must be turned into your Residence Hall Director (Nelson 2nd floor) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.
Spring Break for students runs from: Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. until Sunday, March 13 at 8 a.m.
Meals will not be available during Spring Break; however the Lion’s Den will be open for cash/credit purchases
· All College Rules and Regulations apply during the break period.
· Card Access will be turned off for all non-registered Fall Break residents during this period.
· Card Access will be turned back on for all residential students at 8:00 am on Sunday, March 13.
· A $30 fee will be charged to your student account for each day you are on campus without being registered.
Any questions should be addressed with your RA or Residence Hall Director.
Baby Day is March 16
The Child Development class invites children from ages birth to 2-years-of-age to Baby Day! The students have planned a variety of activities which will demonstrate several principles of development that we have studied in class. The children of many students, staff, and faculty have enjoyed this event in the past.
Children should be accompanied by one or more adults. Also, adults should bring toys, blankets, or other favorite and familiar objects that will assist the children in feeling comfortable.
When: Wednesday, March 16, from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: The Psychology Lab, Starr 235
If you (or any of your friends, neighbors, or relatives) would like to bring a child to Baby Day, please email Dr. Belinda Wholeben at BWholeben@rockford.edu, giving the age of the child that you (or others) will be bringing, as well as any questions you may have.
Student Government Association Logo Redesign Submissions Wanted
Guidelines are simple:
· Must include the words: "Rockford College Student Government Association"
· Must be black monochrome
We want the new logo to be versatile and intend on using it in the following capacities:
· Business cards
· Official documents
Interested? The competition is open to all Rockford College students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. Please send all submissions in PDF form to email@example.com or they may be submitted at the mail desk addressed "Student Government Association: Attn. Logo Competition". Please limit submissions to three per person. The winner will receive a $50.00 Visa gift card.
Looking for some culture? ELI can help with that!
The English Language Institute is looking for Conversation Partners for our international students. Become a Conversation Partner and allow ELI students to practice their English as you learn about their cultures, traditions, foods and more!
Contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 815-226-4013 if you are interested and would like more information. Starting is simple, just give us some days and times you can be available and we will put you in touch with a student!
We truly appreciate your help working with our ELI students!
Is your Mailbox Overflowing?
Please make sure you are checking your mail box periodically. Several mailboxes are overflowing along with some packages that have been in the mailroom for over a month. Is that any way to treat Mom’s cookies?
Please make sure if you have a package or mail sent to Rockford College it is addressed properly.
5050 E State Street
First Name Last Name,
**Your box number
Rockford, IL 61108
Do not put PO box- those address with PO will not come to Rockford College. Your box number must be listed as part of your address.
If mail or packages are received that go to a person who does not have a mail box at Rockford College, the Mail Desk will return it to the sender. If you do not have a mail box, stop at the mail desk to open one. Mail boxes are free of charge!
Listen to Rockford College Radio all week and win great prizes
WRCR will be giving away tickets to see the Jump Smokers this Saturday, who you may have heard on Jersey Shore. We also have 2nd Cousin gift cards, t-shirts, and other prizes. Make sure to call in during Jimmy Jazz today to start winning prizes.
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz
Classic Rock Hour
2-3PM – Polish Bear Sports Radio
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz
Classic Rock Hour
3-4PM - The Buzz with Bec and Beth
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
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
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.
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.
March 2 Read Aloud at Barbour Language Academy
March 2 Charter Day, Maddox Theatre
Clubs/Meetings for the Week:
There will be a RAGE meeting Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. in the Kent Center. The RAGE 5K and end of year BBQ will be discussed! New members welcome! Any questions? Email rage@Rockford.edu.
Rockford College Paranormal Society:
Interested in talking about the unknown? Do you enjoy interesting stories? Are you skeptical about what happens after life?
The next meeting is Tuesday March 1, 6:30 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel. EVERYONE and all ideas are welcome!
Tomorrow’s Educators Achieving Challenging Heights/ T.E.A.C.H.:
Donuts and Coffee, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Center Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Enjoy the fellowship of Future Educators. Sign-up sheets will be available for you to help with:
· service projects
· organizing T.E.A.C.H. sponsored social gatherings
Please contact Dr. Susan Smith at SueSmith@rockford.edu if you think you are interested in being part of T.E.A.C.H. We will put you on our e-mail list to let you know about future projects!
RC in the news
· The growth in enrollment at RC was reported in the Rockford Register Star last Wednesday.
· The Career and Internship Fair at RC on Friday was covered by WREX.