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Monday, March 28, 2011  
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New Grant funds College Readiness Intensive Science and Math Experience
A message from College President Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

In an article written last fall, Edward Leach of the League of Innovation, commented on the need for higher education to play a more significant role in expanding the pipeline of graduates in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Leach links this activity to helping the United States compete at a higher level in the global economy. He stated that, "67 percent of undergraduates in Singapore earn a degree in natural science or engineering, 50 percent in China, 47 percent in France, and 38 percent in South Korea, but only 15 percent of students in the U.S. earn these degrees.” There is also ample evidence denoting the lack of women and minorities with an interest in STEM programs.

Earlier this year, Rockford College applied for a grant through the Association Colleges of Illinois (ACI). The target was a College Access Challenge Grant through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to support a College Readiness Intensive Science and Math Experience (ISME). Through this initiative, Rockford College will help low-income, minority and first generation high school students in the Rockford area graduate from high school, fully prepared for the rigors of higher education STEM majors and contribute to building a more diverse STEM workforce for Illinois and our nation.

We were fortunate to receive the grant, which provides over $250,000 total during the next three years. The grant will be administered by Teddy Phillips and will impact several cohorts of 20 to 25 students during its life. Teddy believes that, "The College Readiness program will allow Rockford College to reach out into our local schools and help prepare high school students for their future educational experiences and careers. The program will guide them on the road to college and the intensive science and math component will give them experience in college labs and classrooms. We are very proud to launch this program and look forward to offering it for years to come.”

The program has two initiatives – the first is to prepare students for college and the second is to prepare them for STEM programs. Students will spend two Saturdays each month on our campus – one "STEM” Saturday exploring and experiencing fields such as biodiversity, cancer biology, innovative technologies, alternative energy sources; and one "College Readiness” Saturday, exploring the skills and steps necessary to succeed in high school and ultimately enroll and succeed in college. During the summer, students will participate in a residential summer academy to explore STEM and liberal arts coursework, and shadow career professionals.

Lindsay Kent and Student Life will lead the College Readiness initiative with activities beginning April 9. Jeanne Grey and our science and math faculty will lead the STEM initiative with activities beginning April 16.
Teddy has worked with Rockford Public Schools District 205 to make the opportunity available to their high school students. In response, Dr. Caesar Mickens of the District stated, "Rockford Public Schools is not only honored, but ecstatic about the opportunity for our high school students to participate in the College Readiness Program at Rockford College. We realize that if our students are to be successful and in a position to compete on a global level, it absolutely essential for them to have a post secondary experience which leads to professional certification or degree. The College Readiness Program will provide our students with the academic and social skills to assist them in having a successful post secondary experience.”

Once again Rockford College can make a significant impact on the lives of those in our community and I look forward to the transformative possibilities that can be derived from this program.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Next Forum Event Today, March 28: Personal Maps, Mapas Personales

Poet, activist, professor and scholar, Dr. Ruben Medina will read from his poetry in English, Spanish and
Spanglish, including work from his most recent book Nación nómada, published in 2010. He specialized in Mexican and Chicano literature and culture, intellectual history, film studies and Mexican migration to the U.S. 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. The next Forum event is April 13, "Impact of the Mexican Revolution on the United States,” by Dr. Antonio Delgado. To see the Spring 2011 series line-up, go to

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: (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.

Wednesday is Rockford College Shirt Day!

Wear your Rockford College gear to work, to the store, to the gas station – everywhere! Wednesday, March 30 is the perfect day to show off your Rockford College Pride! And, while you are styling in your Rockford College shirt, feel free to snap a photo or two and then submit them to: We’d love to see and share all of the places you go in your Rockford College apparel!

Register Now for Summer/Fall Classes!

The Summer 11 schedule is now available for viewing on Self Service
for advising and registration. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and you should be sure to check for updates as they become available.

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 (link). All nominations are due by April 8 to Cathy Kight, The award will be presented at Honor’s Day, May 4, 2011.

The Colleen Holmbeck Prize of The Academy of American Poets

Submissions are now being accepted for the Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize sponsored by the English Department of Rockford College and the Academy of American Poets.

Named in recognition of a 1956 RC graduate who is also an advocate of the arts on our campus, the prize offers a monetary award of up to $100. Winners are also listed in the Academy’s Annual Report.

To Submit: Send entries to Campus Box 242 by Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Include a cover sheet with your name and contact information and a copy of each poem (without your name). Please limit your entries to no more than five poems per person. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Bill Gahan at 394-5213.

Connect the Dots Student and Alumni Gathering

Connect the Dots is a student and alumni gathering hosted by Rockford College Career Services and the Alumni Office. It is designed to introduce students to Rockford College alumni and friends so that they can learn more about various fields, and practice their networking and interviewing skills. During speed networking, students will rotate alumni tables every five minutes, getting the chance to practice their elevator speech and inquire about work experiences.

Participating alumni will be representing fields including Finance, Medical Education, Nursing, Marketing/Public Relations, Publishing, Banking, Art Therapy, Risk Management, Entrepreneurship, etc.

All current undergraduate students are welcome. Please RSVP to to attend. After you RSVP, you will receive complete biographies of participating alumni.

Connect the Dots takes place from 5 – 7 p.m.
Check-in: 4:45 – 5 p.m.
Speed Networking 5 – 6 p.m.
Appetizers and Mingling 6 – 7 p.m.

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

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.–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  

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 - 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 Internships

· Bring Plenty of Resumes

· Dress Professionally and be Enthusiastic

Research participating employers by visiting the website at Keyword: Job Fair This changes weekly!

For directions to Saint Xavier University, go to: 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 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

Clubs/Meetings for the Week
Literary Club:
The Rockford College Literary Magazine is currently seeking submissions for the Spring 2011 issue of Black Hole, White Light. Send your prose, poetry, drama, photography or artwork as an attachment to Please include a cover page with the title and your name.

The April 12th deadline is fast approaching! If interested in joining the editorial board please email for more information!

Alpha Helix:

Do you like to blow things up? If YES, then join us for BANG! BANG! Is a science demo show that will be on the evening of Friday April 15, 2011. This show is an awesome part of the events that are put on over April Weekend. You must be willing to attend practice sessions every week for no more than two hours a week up until the show date. If you have any questions feel free to email Angie Venturi at or call her at 815-303-5108.

RC Intramurals:

Monday, March 28, 2011, Rockford College Intramurals will be hosting Co-Ed 2-Ball. This is a basketball shooting competition with partners, one male and one female. This competition will take play in Seaver Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. If you would like to participate, reply back with your name and your partner’s name. See you there!
How Do You Play 2ball? - This unique basketball skills game is played by a two-player team. Each team has one minute to score as many baskets as possible from any of the designated shooting spots clearly identified on a half court. Each shooting spot is worth a different point value based on the difficulty of the basket. At the end of the competition, the winner in each category with the highest score wins.

Rotaract Club:

Kick off your shoes and join us for the Rotaract Club’s One Day Without Shoes, on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Burpee Commons.

*Music*Bags*Twister*Cake Walk*Raffle for a pair of TOMS Shoes*Shoe Collection*

Purchase raffle tickets next week, 3/28-4/1, at the Burpee Mail desk from 11a.m. - 1:30 p.m. One Day Without Shoes is an awareness event to support children in underdeveloped countries. With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Shoes have value beyond being critical for physical health. Many schools in developing countries require shoes for attendance. And some soil-based diseases not only cause physical symptoms, but create cognitive impairment too, crippling a child’s long-term potential. Learn more at

RC in the news

· Head baseball coach Bob Koopmann was interviewed in the Rockford Register Star last week.

· Several of our athletes were profiled by the Bureau County Republican.

Community Search
Calendar of Events

FORUM: Babes In Arms

Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

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