Monday, April 04, 2011
Education critical to development of the region
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
When I first met Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, he enthusiastically described his vision for a "city university.” While the major game changer that the Mayor conceived has not come to fruition, Rockford’s higher education landscape has changed and continues to do so. Several entities based in other locations have established satellite campuses in Rockford. Typically, these institutions have strategies for enrolling adult students in high demand professional or pre-professional academic programs. Adding to the challenge of adapting to change within the higher education industry has been the dramatic downturn in the economy and its ripple effect on funding at both the state and federal level. Many states, including Illinois, have reduced funding for education at a time when institutions like Rockford College and Rock Valley College are growing in student enrollment.
Another opportunity to impact the local higher education landscape rests in the community’s aggressive pursuit of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). As I have stated in the past, ERAU would have a very positive impact on this entire region. ERAU will bring programs that are needed to support aeronautical enterprises and add to the educational capital so richly needed in our community. As I understand it, ERAU’s decision to locate in Rockford or Houston will not be made until June.
My strong desire for the greater Rockford community is that we harness the energy created through the ERAU initiative and broaden the focus to the creation of an overall educational strategy. In fact, I believe that education should and must become the strategic imperative for economic, social and cultural development for this region. Having a comprehensive strategy for education requires a view of education as a system: pre-school through graduate school. It requires a collaboration of policymakers, colleges, business and civic leaders. Many locations throughout the country have already created collaborations. In its fall meeting, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns announced its partnership with educational institutions – "Getting Ahead: Access to Higher Education and Degrees.”
I have confidence that those who are engaged in work to support our local school district will make progress and those who seek to improve the employment conditions of our community will likewise have incremental success as the overall strength of the economy improves. If we truly want a game changing result, the process must change. What are now individual and disjointed initiatives must be brought under an over-arching regional focus. If ERAU comes to Rockford, that would be a nice outcome. If not, this community must still move forward. Regardless of the outcome, we must harness the energy and enthusiasm generated in pursuing ERAU into a strategic imperative to make education in this community a competitive advantage.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
Professor Gleicher serves on MPSA panel
From April 1-3, professor Jules Gleicher, political science, attended the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago where he served as discussant on a panel entitled "Immortal Longings and Political Passions.” The papers presented for this panel focused on various works of Shakespeare, including; "Antony and Cleopatra,” "A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and "Timon of Athens.”
Blood Drive Today – Monday, April 4
JACCE is hosting a Blood Drive with the Rock River Valley Blood Center in the Lion’s Den parking lot From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please plan to come on out TODAY to give blood and save lives!
Congratulations to Coach Kristyn King
Regents head softball coach Kristyn King reached the 300 victory plateau last week with a two-game sweep of Maranatha. Congratulations to Coach King and RC’s softball players! We look forward to many more victories in the future.
Performing Arts Department Classical Student Recital will be held today
The Performing Arts Department Classical Student Recital will be held today, April 4 at 4 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel.
Time is running out if you have failed Forums to make up
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.
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.
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: http://www.rockford.edu/?ClassSchedule.
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 (link). All nominations are due by April 8 to Cathy Kight, email@example.com. The award will be presented at Honor’s Day, May 4, 2011.
Connect the Dots Student and Alumni Gathering April 11
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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!
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
Residence Life Hosts National Championship Viewing Party
Monday April 4, 7pm in the Lion’s Den. Come to watch the NCAA championship game between Butler and UConn and have some fun with food, championship squares and prizes!
Bags Tournament on Wednesday
This Wednesday, Rockford College Intramurals will be hosting a Bags Tournament. This competition will take place outside, in the grass area by Nelson Athletics Building (played in Seaver Gymnasium if weather DOES NOT cooperate) at 4 p.m. If you would like to participate, reply back with your name and your partner's name. Deadline to sign up is April 6, 2011, at 12 p.m. See you there!
Last Lecture: Sealed with a Kiss, by Dr. Colleen Page, Tuesday, April 4, 4 – 5 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel.
Wednesday, April 6 – Global Community Hour, 12 – 1 p.m., Forest Cool Lounge. This hour is dedicated to the country of China.
When: Thursday, April 7
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Where: Burpee Cafeteria
· Find out what has been updated or changed this year in food services.
· Suggest a meal you would like to see on the menu.
· Let us know what would make your overall dining experience better.
T.E.A.C.H. Meetings - Tomorrow Educators Achieving Challenging Heights All Future Educators Welcome! We will be having two meetings to finalize the end-of-the-school year plans. Please come if you can.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
3 - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Both meetings will be held in the Kent Building
One Day Without Shoes - DONATE OLD SHOES TO COLLECTION BOXES OUTSIDE OF THE BURPEE MAILDESK ALL THIS WEEK, 4/4-4/8. *Please put shoes in a plastic grocery bag
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 Maildesk 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 www.toms.com.
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.
Psi Chi Honor Society Induction Ceremony
CNN Newsmakers interview
Jane Addams Peace Garden Meeting
HLC Annual Meeting, Chicago
RC in the news
· The International Food Fair at RC on Saturday was covered by WREX over the weekend.
· The Voice included mention of professor Jeff Hendry, performing arts, for his design of costumes for the Chicago Festival Ballet.
· Professor Philip Soosloff, art, was mentioned as participating in the 3rd Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival by a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune.
· Professor Louis Ferroli, education, was mentioned as the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Reading Council (IRC) Hall of Fame Award by WIFR and The Voice.
· The U.S. Library of Congress Grant received by RC was covered by WIFR.
· Softball head coach Kristyn King was noted for her 300 victory plateau in the Rockford Register Star.