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Monday, March 21, 2011  
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Remember, April 15 is just around the corner
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council share a message in this space. Today, we hear from Barrett Bell, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:

So what’s in a date? April 15 is definitely one of those dates everyone knows. It is the deadline to file your Federal Tax Return with the IRS, although this year that deadline has been extended to April 18. For many students and others this will be the first time to enjoy the new experience.

Truly, this date conjures an array of emotions inside each of us. For some, the emotion is glee and it is their favorite time of year. It is the time when they put in lots of overtime and "rake in the bucks” doing tax returns for others. For others, the emotion is anticipation as they are able to make plans for the summer vacation. Still yet others experience a sigh of relief as they are finally able to pay off those Christmas credit card bills (hopefully, everyone does pay off those Christmas bills.)

I have to confess that for years this date was a haunting one which did nothing but make me anxious. Even being a "numbers guy” I worried about making mistakes or losing out on refund money which the family needed or not being able to understand all the rules, or not having the right form, and the list goes on. Well, if you have not yet done your taxes, I encourage you to visit the IRS website (www.irs.gov). Although I am not a tax expert, I have found the site to be vastly improved, containing more information and resources. I would especially draw your attention to the deduction for student loan interest paid during the year or the deduction for some tuition and fees. Additionally, the Lifetime Learning Credit or the American Opportunity Credit may be very beneficial. You will have to check out all the details and see what applies to your situation.

There are also free electronic filing options, which have been available for quite a few years and are very convenient. Did you know that you can electronically file your taxes free if your Adjusted Gross Income is less than $58,000? The IRS estimates this applies to about 70% of taxpayers. And, when you file electronically you receive your refund in about three weeks, less than half the time of filing a paper return. Further, if you use direct deposit your turn around time is even reduced by a few more days.

Nevertheless, each of us should be encouraged to not procrastinate and get our taxes submitted. As every student knows, this is an essential part of the financial aid process as well. If all this is just too overwhelming, my advice is to make friends with a "numbers guy or girll” – he/she will enjoy the challenge.

Have an awesome week!

Barrett Bell
Vice President for Enrollment Management.



Next Forum Event Thursday, March 24: Climate Change

Dr. Bette Otto-Bliesner will Bette Otto-Bleisner, Ph.D., senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is our next Forum Series presenter. Her presentation, "Climate change: What Can Happen and What Earth’s Past Can Tell Us” will be in Peterson Auditorium, Starr Science Center, on Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m.

NCAR scientists served as authors or reviewers for reports by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Bliesner's research interests are in using computer-based models of Earth's climate to investigate past climate change across a wide range of time scales. She earned her doctorate in meteorology in 1981 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Admission is free but tickets are required. To order tickets or for more information, call the Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100.

The talk is part of the college’s Forum Series and is sponsored by Rockford College Sigma Xi chapter. To see the Spring 2011 series line-up, go to http://www.rockford.edu/?page=ForumSeries.



Got Failed Forums?

If you have any failed Forum semesters, the deadline for make-up essay submission is Monday, April 11, 2011 by 5 p.m. Essays must be turned in to the Box Office in Clark Arts Center. This means you have 3 weeks to turn in essays.

For essay guidelines see: http://www.rockford.edu/?page=ForumSeriesFAQ (info is in the answer to the last question). It is not possible to graduate with any failed Forum semesters. Next submission date will be in November 2011.



Excellence in Teaching Award 2011 Nominations Due April 8

It is time to nominate faculty members who demonstrate outstanding teaching ability. This year two awards will be made. One of course will be the traditional award to a full-time faculty member. The second award will be made to an adjunct faculty member. As we all know, our adjunct colleagues make important and in many cases sustained contributions to the academic success of our students.

Please take a few minutes to consider a faculty member who displays excellence in teaching for this award. Forms can be found at myrockford.edu/Forms/Academics. All nominations are due by April 8 to Cathy Kight, ckight@rockford.edu. The award will be presented at Honor’s Day, May 4, 2011.



Performing Arts Student Recital

All are welcome to attend the Performing Arts Student Recital, today, Monday, March 21, at 4 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center.



Pickleball Tournament

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, Rockford College Intramurals will be hosting a Doubles Pickleball Tournament. If you want to play, email Ryan Mills (rmills@rockford.edu) your name and your partner’s name. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. The tournament will begin at 8:30p.m. in Seaver Gymnasium.



International Food Fair Volunteers Needed

Would you like to volunteer at the International Food Fair 2011 and get a free ticket? If yes, please reply to multiculturalclub@rockford.edu. We need about 30 people to serve food for an hour on Saturday, April 2, from either 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. OR from 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. And remember – just one hour gets you a free ticket and plenty of terrific dishes to try! Thanks for being part of this year’s "Around the world one bite at a time" theme of the International Food Fair 2011.



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.



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. to 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
AcademicAffairs@Rockford.edu  
815-226-4065



Saint Xavier University Job Fair, March 29, Chicago

Looking for work? Career Services at Rockford College with ISCPA invites you to Saint Xavier University’s 13th Annual Job Fair in Chicago on March 29, from noon to 3 p.m. This is great chance to network with employers within the Illinois area.

Shannon Center
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

· Opportunities for All Majors, Open to the Public

· Free Admission

· Full-time Professional Positions, and Internshipes

· Bring Plenty of Resumes

· Dress Professionally and be Enthusiastic

· Research participating employers by visiting our website at www.sxu.edu. Keyword: Job Fair. This changes weekly!

For directions to Saint Xavier University, go to: www.sxu.edu Keyword: Directions.



Webinars Presentations: 9 Career Authors & Experts Share Proven Job Search Techniques!

Come to the Rockford College webinars presented by TalentMarks to learn the latest information on how to organize your job search, plan your career, build a network, interview and use Linkedin and Twitter to get a job! Attend one presentation or all. All presentations take place in the Faculty Dining Room, Burpee 2nd Floor, from 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenters are the top career authors and experts in the nation! Participate in one or ALL 9! No registration is required. All students, alumni and community members are welcome to attend.

Mark your calendar for these Wednesday events!

March 23 Richard Bowles, Career Exploration
March 30 Kathleen Barton Mentoring
April 6 Melissa Giovangnoli Linkedin
April 13 Scott Zimmerman & Carl Rakich Interviewing
April 20 Susan Whitcomb Twitter
April 27 Mark Goulston Listening
May 4 Devora Zack Networking
May 11 Peter Weddle Career Strategy
May 18 Martin Yate Job Search



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.

March 22 Rockford College Board of Trustees Trusteeship Committee Meeting

March 23 Rockford College Board of Trustees Executive Committee Meeting

March 23 Rockford Asia Business Association Meeting

March 24 Rockford College Board of Trustees Finance Committee Meeting

March 25 Rockford College Performing Arts Benefit Party, University Club

March 27 District 205 School Board Candidates Forum, New Zion Baptist Church



RC in the news
· Sheryl WuDunn’s talks at RC were covered by the Rockford Register Star, which included photos of the event, WIFR, and WREX.

· The Without Shoes Dance Company’s upcoming presentation of its spring concert, "Songs of Life, Love and Flowers” was carried in the RRS.


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