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Monday, April 25, 2011  
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Financial Aid Reform Facing Critical Issues
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

Congress continues its intense review of education policies and funding. While my preference would be for a strategic discourse, I am well aware of an old saying related to such matters. If you want to know the central issue, you need only follow the money. As I reported a couple of weeks ago, funding for the Pell Grant Program increased from $13 billion to $34 billion in a mere five years.

Much of the early focus of Congress has been on for-profit institutions. The significant publicity on the use of high pressure and deceitful sales tactics within this segment of schools is absolutely warranted. These tactics are unconscionable and must be eradicated. Congress sees the growth in Pell Grants as being primarily attributable to for-profits. The for-profit institutions see the growth as mainly attributable to low income students and note that they are being responsive to the need for access to higher education for this population.

Institutions like Rockford College have also enrolled more students with increased need for financial aid given the pressures on families in a struggling economy. There is no doubt that Congress must find a way to control the overall federal budget. Clearly, our nation’s future is imperiled without prudent fiscal management. Nevertheless, reducing access to higher education for middle and lower income families should not be the outcome.

One of the classic debates in our industry relates to what are the predictors of success for potential college students. Much has been written about the relationship between SAT and ACT scores and students’ family income. Generally speaking, the wealthier a student’s family, the higher the SAT score. According to Human Capital Research, moving up an income category produces an increase in every SAT section of over 12 points. Similar studies correlate family income to college completion rates for students. Dr. Robert Weisbuch reported in an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education a few years ago that "students have a 1-in-2 chance of earning a B.A. by age 24 if their family makes $90,000 a year or more; a 1-in-4 chance if their family earns $61,000 to $90,000; and less than 6 percent if their family income is lower than $35,000.”

This is not at all a call to drop standards of measurement for incoming students or to have our federal government abandon prudent fiscal management. It is a call to 1) create public policy on the funding that makes sense and allows low and moderate income families to access higher education and 2) to have higher education understand and improve student success for low income students. After all, a highly educated population is not only important to our competitiveness in the global economy, it is also critical to our national security. We cannot abandon students who have high financial need, even in tough economic times.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
President



Commencement 2011
Rockford College’s 157th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m., at the Coronado Theatre in downtown Rockford. Mr. Thomas S. Johnson, nationally recognized attorney and partner at Williams McCarthy LLP, Rockford, will address the graduates.
Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rockford College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard University. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Rockford College in 1989 upon the conclusion of his term as Chairman of the College's Board of Trustees.

COMMENCEMENT EVENTS
The following events will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2011:

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, 9:00 a.m. in the Clark Arts Center.
This event is for new members of Phi Beta Kappa, their families, and faculty. For information about Phi Beta Kappa, a national scholastic honor society, please contact Dr. Fred Hadley, Bergmann Professor of Chemistry, at 815.226.4170 or fhadley@rockford.edu, or visit www.rockford.edu/?PhiBetaKappa.

Baccalaureate, 10:00 a.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel
Baccalaureate is an interfaith prayer experience open to all graduates and their families. Graduates should wear their caps and gowns. The approximate length of Baccalaureate is 50 minutes. Please call 815.226.4137 or e-mail ESharpe@rockford.edu to reserve a place for you and all family members who will be joining you. This is a wonderful way to begin your special graduation day.

Check-In and Line-Up, 1:00 p.m. Coronado Theatre, Back Door entrance (off of Park Ave.)
All degree candidates are asked to report to the back door entrance (off of Park Ave.) of the Coronado Theatre by 1:00 p.m. to officially check in and line up for the Commencement procession. Graduates must bring only their caps and gowns and leave purses, coats and valuables with their families. Storage for personal items is not available. There will be Faculty Marshals, Junior Marshals and event staff in the area to direct you, help you robe, and arrange you in line for marching.

Please note: the Rockford Marathon will take place downtown Commencement Day so please allow additional time for parking.

Procession, 1:45 p.m. Coronado Theatre
Led by the Head Faculty Marshal and the Junior Marshals, degree candidates will process through the corridors and theatre lobby. Faculty will follow the graduates in the procession. The Platform Party, led by their marshal, will complete the procession. When you find your seat, we ask that you please remain standing until instructed otherwise.

Commencement Exercises, 2:00 p.m. Coronado Theatre
The approximate length of the ceremony is 2 hours. This time-honored traditional event marks an end to many years of study on your part. Each student will have his/her name called, will walk across the stage, receive his/her diploma cover and shake hands with Dr. Robert L. Head, President of Rockford College. In addition to the conferral of degrees, the ceremony will include presentation of the senior class gift and the Commencement address. We ask that all families and friends of the degree candidates remain in the theatre throughout the entire ceremony – including the recession.

There will be a light reception to follow in the lobby of the Coronado Theatre.

For more information about Commencement go to: http://www.rockford.edu/?Commencement.



Children ages 2 through 5 invited to the Child Development Class
Children ages 2 through 5 are invited to the Child Development class on Wednesday, April 27, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Psychology Lab (Starr 235). All children must be accompanied by one or more adults.
The class has several activities planned for the children. These activities will demonstrate principles of cognitive development, language development, moral development, and gender role development. The activities are designed to be enjoyable for the children. If you plan to bring a child (or children) to the Preschool Day, please respond email Dr. Belinda Wholeben with the name and age of each child that you will accompany.
We look forward to seeing you!



Education Senior Seminar Presentations
You are invited to attend any or all of the following education senior seminar presentations. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Starr 130

9:00 – 9:30 Jordan Shaver
Does Intelligent Design Have a Place in the Science Curriculum?
9:30 – 10:00 Beth Haddad
Do Social and Emotional (SEL) Programs Improve Social and Academic Achievement?
10:00 – 10:30 Sarah Peacock
Are Parents and Schools Equally Responsible for Preventing Bullying?
10:30 – 11:00 Brooke Snider
Does High-Stakes Testing Influence What is Taught in Schools?
11:00 – 11:30 Erica Kinscherff
Early Intervention Programs: Are They Effective?



Forum This Week
Guys & Dolls
Books by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
April 28–May 1, 2011
Thursday–Saturday @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.
Clark Arts Center—Maddox Theatre

Based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon and set in Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to the cast of vivid characters who have become legends of the canon.

Read more: http://www.rockford.edu/?page=ForumSeries#ixzz1KYGVd6v3.



Art Department Senior Show

Exhibition dates:
April 29–May 15, 2011
Reception:
Friday, April 29, 2011
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
An exhibition featuring the work of graduating Rockford College art majors. The show is a culmination of their search to develop an individual voice and direction in their artwork.

Gallery hours:
3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday – Friday
Closed Saturday – Monday

Accessible • Free admission



Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 29, 2011
The KRCGE is excited to invite you to join us in a community effort to Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 29, 2011. The yearly nation-wide event is organized by the YWCA. The goal is to eliminate racism by raising awareness and beginning new conversations. Rockford College is pleased to join the YWCA and the City of Rockford as a participating site in this year’s National Stand Against Racism day. KRCGE, JACCE and many other student clubs on campus will be participating this year by signing the petition to stand as either groups or individuals.

As an official participating site, we would like as many as people as possible to show their support by purchasing a t-shirt to wear to work that day. To place an order you have the option to purchase the t-shirt online directly at www.standagainstracism.org or, on April 29, on a first come first serve basis, you can purchase a shirt directly from KRCGE but quantities are limited so don’t delay! If you place your order on line, all orders placed before 1 p.m. (EST) are shipped the same day. Please contact Ms. Joann Camilo (609) 396-8291 ext. 401 with customer service questions or with orders of 50 or more.

Please stay tuned for more details on how you can participate in activities for the day. We look forward to see you all across campus on Friday, April 29, 2011 in visible support of Stand Against Racism. For more information, visit: www.standagainstracim.org.



Clubs/Meetings for the Week

T.E.A.C.H. Sponsors Movie Night

"Waiting For Superman”
Friday, April 29
6:00-8:00
Regents Hall, Burpee
Children are welcome. We will have an area in Regents Hall equipped with coloring books and games as well as supervision for the children. If you are bringing your children to the movie, please respond to SSmith3@Rockford.edu indicating the number, age and gender of the children so we can plan accordingly.

T.E.A.C.H. Organizes Teams to Support Rockford Sharefest Walkathon

Rockford Sharefest Walkathon-2011
Saturday Morning, April 30, 2011
Begins & ends at Davis Park downtown Rockford-Walk is along the Rockford Riverfront and downtown museum district.

The Walkathon begins at 10:00 a.m. and is approximately a three mile walk.

The cost to participate in this event is $10.00 per person. All proceeds go to help the Rockford Public Schools.

If you wish to participate, you must bring your $10.00 to Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett or Dr. Smith in Lang by Tuesday, April 26. Additional information regarding team organization will be provided after registration is complete.

Radio Club:
Make sure to listen to Rockford College Radio all week and win great prizes. We have gift cards to 2nd Cousin's, and Bino's Restaurant, and other prizes. Make sure to call in during Jimmy Jazz today to start winning prizes.

Monday
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz Classic Rock Hour
Tuesday
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
Wednesday
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz Classic Rock Hour (LIVE IN THE CAFETERIA)
Thursday
3-4PM - The Buzz with Bec and Beth
6-7PM - Faculty Focus
Friday
12-1:30PM – Jimmy Jazz Classic Rock Hour
2-3PM – Broadway Beat with Mark & Andrew
3:30-4PM – Travel Jamz
6-7:30PM – The Madhouse Comedy/Talk Show

To listen visit: http://www.live365.com/stations/musicclub10?site=pro.  
Station Phone Number - 815-394-5280



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.

April 25 Higher Education Alliance of the Rock River Region Meeting

April 26 Meeting with Linnea Bengtsson, Lidköping, Sweden

April 27 Board of Trustees Human Resource Committee Meeting

April 28 Board of Trustees Building and Grounds 
April 29 Committee Meeting
April 30 Art Department Senior Show and Reception, 10th Annual Literary Evening Downtown, Discussion Leader for Half the Sky

May 1 Alumni Reception, Clark Arts Center



RC in the news
· President Head, Dr Forslund, history, and Dr Weaks-Baxter, English, are featured as participants in the upcoming Literary Evening Downtown sessions in the Rockford Register Star.

· Alumnus Kelsey Lueshen was the subject of an inspirational article in the Register Star.


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