Monday, March 14, 2011
Mere degrees of separation from Rockford College to Japan
A message from College President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Six degrees of separation is a theory suggesting that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Frigyes Karinty, a Hungarian writer, proposed the concept as far back as 1929. A sociologist from the United States, Stanley Milgram, tested the theory some decades later and more recently, Columbia University professor Duncan Watts has completed significant research on the theory. One could argue against the premise but six degrees of separation has become an accepted notion in our culture. This was certainly true in the past few days.
Approximately one year ago, our community hosted The Honorable Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States. Ambassador Fujisaki dined with members of our community and was one of two ambassadors to share the stage at a public event in the Chapel. His message throughout was the interconnection between our two countries. On Friday and Saturday, I saw the Ambassador on several news shows describing the horrific situation in Japan. While events are still unfolding, it is clear that the devastation from Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami has affected millions of lives. The death toll is expected to be in the thousands and there is a threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns. Hundreds of thousands have been evacuated.
Japan is more than 7,000 miles from Rockford, but our connections are significant. We are a caring community and have a strong track record of responding positively and substantively to natural disasters of this nature. Plans for direct support have not been finalized, but as a community, we will offer support. I do ask that you include those impacted by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.
We learned on Friday from our student from Japan, Aki Matsui, that her family was unharmed by the tragedy. That is very good news! Nevertheless, I ask that we all be particularly mindful of Aki and make an extra effort to support and assist her with any extraordinary needs during this challenging and stressful time.
For the past two years, I have served on the board of directors of the Kobe College Corporation, a U.S. organization that supports the activities of Kobe College in Japan – a long-standing partner of Rockford College. As you might recall, Kobe College was founded by two Rockford women, including Rockford Female Seminary graduate Julia Dudley. I did receive a communication on Saturday from the office of Dr. Koichi Mori, Chancellor of Kobe College, stating that their community was spared from the devastation. As he reported, some of the buildings shook slightly, but all is well.
During the upcoming days and weeks we will identify opportunities to support the people of Japan. I am confident that the Rockford College community will respond in a meaningful way.
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Half the Sky Author Sheryl WuDunn on Campus Tuesday, March 15
Sheryl WuDunn, co-author, Half the Sky, will speak at Rockford College, Tuesday, March 15, 7:30p, Maddox Theater. Her visit is part of the Spring 2011 Forum Series and a larger community effort driven by College Trustee Jim Keeling and his wife, Pam, and hosted by the College. Several events and lectures have been organized over the course of the last several months to bring awareness to the challenges facing women in our world. WuDunn and her co-author and husband of Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof, not only provide us with the harsh realities facing so many women across the globe, they also give us hope and tools to empower change. We are pleased to welcome Sheryl WuDunn to our campus on Tuesday and look forward to hearing more about her important work in person.
Due to the popularity of Ms. WuDunn’s lecture, we cannot guarantee ticket availability to the Rockford College campus after Today, March14. Be sure to secure your forum tickets in advance by 5 p.m., today, March 14!
Visit the Rockford College Box Office in person during box office hours, Monday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Box office phone, 815-226-4100.
Plan to attend an Informal Discussion with Sheryl WuDunn
Find out how you can make a REAL difference in the world by helping change the place of women and their families with Sheryl WuDunn, Tuesday, March 15, 1-2:00 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel.
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:
Tuesday, Rockford College students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to meet Sheryl WuDunn – co-author of Half the Sky at her forum talk in Maddox Theatre. This renowned author will inspire and share ways in which we can change the world. There are also additional opportunities to meet Ms. WuDunn in person throughout the day. Find out more ways Rockford College ROCKS at www.rockford.edu/?RCRocks.
You may have missed the FAFSA priority date…
But there’s still time to file the FAFSA! We also have a wonderful prize for two students that have filed their FAFSA by March 15, 2011…..so get filing!
Safety & Security Reminders
It’s always a good idea to keep our safety and security top of mind. Please do what you can to prevent thefts on campus, and help make your Rockford College community a more pleasant and safe environment.
· Do not leave valuables or personal items in your residence hall rooms or offices over the break.
· Popular items of theft are small personal electronics (mp3s, flash drives), game consoles, cash, jewelry, gift cards, etc.
· Lock your residence hall room door or office door when leaving at all times.
· Keep your keys in a secure place over the break and remember to return from break with them.
· Program your cell phone with emergency contact numbers to contact authorities if necessary.
· Remember, Rockford College is NOT responsible for personal items or valuables left unattended on campus.
Database Trials through end of March at Library
The library is pleased to offer trial access to the databases listed below. This trial ends March 31. To access, just copy the URL into your browser and click enter. This is an opportunity for you to explore, and give me feedback if you like what the databases offer. If you have problems finding articles with those databases, contact Dr. Jan Figa, Library Director. Other trials will be announced.
Academic OneFile: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=AONE
Business & Company Resource Center: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=BCRC
Business & Company Resource Center: Newsletters: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=BCRC
Business & Company Resource Center: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=BCRC
EDUCATOR'S REFERENCE COMPLETE: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=PROF
GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources): http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/rock01321?db=GRNR.
Bald for a Cause
"The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.” – St. Baldrick’s mission statement.
If you are interested in shaving your head for the cause, would just like to learn more, or find out how you can be a part of the cure for childhood cancers, attend the informational meeting on Monday, March 14, at 5 p.m. in Kent Center. It will be a very short meeting. If you are unable to attend but are still interested, please email Anna Muller at email@example.com for more information.
Artists’ Ensemble Invites You to Dress Rehearsal
The Artists’ Ensemble invites the Rockford College campus community to be their guests at a special dress rehearsal of their upcoming production, Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck on Thursday March 17 at 7:30 p.m., Cheek Theatre, Clark Arts Center.
Mauritius performs March 18 - April 3 in the Cheek Theatre. For more information about the show, visit, http://www.artistsensemble.org/Mauritius.html.
Multicultural Club gearing up for International Food Fair
WE LOVE CANDY! So Look for us all about campus! Don’t forget…
We still have SOLID MILK CHOCHOLATE BUNNIES, and CHOCHOLATE COVERED ALMONDS on sale until March 15th!
Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month, as long as the candy lasts, look for our table in the mezzanine in front of the Mail room. From 11:00 – 1:30 p.m. Purchase sheets for candy can be found with any team member and please feel free to stop by the Kobe-Regents Center for Global Education office located in Nelson Hall #210 to make your pledges and purchase candy.
Thank you in advance for helping us to reach our goal and to provide the campus and community with another wonderful Multicultural Food Festival on April 2! Our theme for the festival this year will be "Around the World in One Bite!”
Visit our team Web page at http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/MCWorldChangers
If you would like to learn more about March for Babies, visit the Web site at www.marchforbabies.org.
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 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.
Rockford College Prepares 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 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.
Student Showcase of Academic Achievement
You are invited to participate in the Student Showcase of Academic Achievement to take place on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. All Students are encouraged to display their finest works, give talks, or similar activities to the campus community. All project applications are due by Friday, April 8.
All who attend have a chance of winning one of several prizes that include gas station and book store gift cards or free lunches; those who participate are automatically entered into the drawing. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Almir Causevic & Michelle Mishmash, Office of Academic Affairs:
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 15 Sheryl WuDunn Reception
March 15 Half the Sky Forum
Listen to Rockford College Radio all week and win great prizes
Programming for this week:
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,5-6PM - Faculty Focus,
6-10PM - LIVE AT MURPHY'S FOR ST. PATTIES DAY.
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
Clubs/Meetings for the Week
Rotaract Club of Rockford College:
Monday, March 14, 3 p.m. in the Kent Center.
Help plan our TOMS SHOES: "One Day Without Shoes" event for April!
Learn about the Rotary International initiative to eradicate polio!
Wingin’ It @ Allocations:
Come to the next Allocations meeting Tuesday March 15 @ 5:00 p.m. Allocations Committee is currently seeking new members. There is over $7,500 of Student Government funds left to allocate for special petitions. We’d like to hear some new voices to help decide how this money is spent. Enjoy some chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings while finding out what Allocations is all about and what we have to offer.
Student Government Association
RC in the news
· RC’s Charter Day Convocation ceremony was covered by the Rockford Register Star.
· The work of Rockford College students and alumni on behalf of Habitat for Humanity was noted in the Starkville Daily News.