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Monday, May 02, 2011  
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Gender Inequality Breached Through Education
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:

The annual Downtown Literary Evening, a fundraiser for the Rockford Public Library Foundation, was held on Saturday and consisted of several book discussions. Professors Forslund and Weaks-Baxter facilitated a discussion of We Are a College at War, a book they authored along with Professor Bruun. I would have enjoyed participating in that discussion but had the task of leading a review of Half the Sky at the same time.

There have been many opportunities to participate in events surrounding Half the Sky, including the public lecture by Sheryl WuDunn, who co-authored the book with her husband, Nicholas Kristof. Reading the stories of so many atrocities and abuses of women throughout the world triggers an awakening of consciousness. It is difficult to dispute the authors’ claim that gender inequality is the moral dilemma of our time. It is also nearly impossible to not answer the book’s call to action.

While nearly all stories of abuse described in the book take place in developing countries, the United States continues to have issues of gender inequality. Just one week ago Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed in the New York Times entitled "What About American Girls Sold on the Streets?” He states, "Americans often think that "trafficking” is about Mexican or Korean or Russian women smuggled into brothels in the United States. That happens. But in my years and years of reporting, I’ve found that the biggest trafficking problem involves homegrown American runaways. Human trafficking is more similar in America and Cambodia than we would like to admit. Teenage girls on American streets may appear to be selling sex voluntarily, but they’re often utterly controlled by violent pimps who take every penny they earn.” His point is that our system is punishing young girls and women involved in prostitution who are not doing so willingly, and the same system is not targeting those who are coercing girls to do so. There are clear issues of control, lack of self-esteem, poverty and education gaps.

Early this year, Julleanna Seely reported on a recent study showing that the glass ceiling remains intact for women holding executive positions. The study used data supplied by Fortune 500 companies. The primary points of concern are as follows:

· Only 14% of executive positions were held by females
· Less than 8% of executive women were listed as top earners
· Barely 16% of board of directors positions were held by females
· 136 of the Fortune 500 companies did not have women executives, including Exxon Mobil, Sears, and Costco

Given the above information, one begins to look for opportunities and signs of improvement. One trend of the last 15 years is that women are going to college and graduating in higher numbers than men. A report issued last week indicates that for the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees. Census numbers now show that 20.1 million women have bachelor’s degrees, compared with 18.7 million men. 10.6 million women have graduate degrees versus 10.5 million men. One of the strong beliefs of the authors of such books as Half the Sky and Three Cups of Tea is that the plight of women will be enhanced primarily through education. I concur with this belief.

I again thank Pam and Jim Keeling for their work and commitment to the Half the Sky project. As a community, we have benefitted from the experience. You have another opportunity to participate this afternoon as Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Senior Advisor – Education, with UNICEF New York presents, "Equity For, In and Through Education.” Her focus is on human rights and access to education for all.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Last Spring 2011 Forum Series is Today!
50 Jobs in 50 States
Daniel Seddiqui
Monday, May 2, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Clark Arts Center—Maddox Theatre

Unable to find a job in his chosen field after college, Seddiqui developed a plan of working a different job in a different state each week. During this time, he worked jobs that manifested the culture and economy of the state through which he passed. He wrote a book on his experience and travels the U.S. talking to college students to help them find their passion and experience the different cultures and lifestyles of America. Seddiqui graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics and was also a track star at USC.

Read more:

Informal Q & A session with Daniel Seddiqui - Stop by and ask your questions about exploring the working world. Monday May 2, 4-5 p.m., Fisher Chapel. 

Final Half the Sky Lecture Today

Monday, May 2, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center

Addressing the topic of education from a global perspective, Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Senior Education Advisor – Education, with UNICEF New York will present, "EquityFor, In and Through Education.” Her focus is on human rights, education in the developing world, access to education for all, opportunities for those in the education profession and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Reynolds has spent time as a UNICEF representative in Botswana, Nigeria, China, and Angola. She is originally from Guyana. Dr. Reynolds’ lecture is free and open to the public and Regents Hall is accessible.

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

Help make Commencement special for your fellow classmates by volunteering at the event. Volunteers are needed to usher, take tickets, help line-up the graduates, and more! Volunteers will be able to watch the ceremony. Sign up to volunteer today by contacting Cassie Swanson at

Sign the banner to show support for Japan quake victims

A banner will be on display by the mail desk in Burpee today (beginning at 11:30 a.m.) and tomorrow, May 3. Everyone is invited to take a moment to sign the banner as a symbol of support following the Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis that changed our world on March 11, 2011. The banner will be mailed to our friends at Kobe College.

Honors Day is Wednesday May 4

This Wednesday we will honor more than 70 students for their academic and co-curricular achievements during the last year. But, that’s not all! The 50 minute ceremony is topped off with the surprise announcement of the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Awards for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty. This year there was a record number of your nominations received. Be sure to come and celebrate the many achievements of our students this year!

Fisher Chapel
Wednesday, May 4
4 p.m.

A reception with cookies and punch will follow immediately in the narthex.

Student Spring concert

Thursday, May 5,
7:30 p.m., Maddox Theatre

"Songs for Spring," featuring Men's Chorus, Women's Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and Vocal Collective, is an uplifting program of folk songs and other lighthearted music for spring. "What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor," "Find the Cost of Freedom," "Down in the River to Pray," "You'll Never Walk Alone," and "Without a Song" are included.

Final Exam Schedule

Final exams are May 9 – 13. The exam schedule may also be accessed through the web-site at the following link:

Dr. Joel Lynch Participates in SIOP Conference

Dr. Joel Lynch recently participated in the 26th Annual Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference in Chicago, Illinois on April 14 and 15. The conference was attended by more than 4,600 academics, practitioners, and graduate students who specialize in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. While at the conference, Dr. Lynch delivered a presentation entitled, "Organizational Decision Making Relative to Employees with Physical Disabilities: Shifting Standards” as part of a research symposium entitled, "Workplace Stigma: Physical Disabilities, Cancer Survivorship, Pregnancy and Chronic Illness.”

Volunteer for Art on the Lawn

Art on the Lawn will be held this year on Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Burpee Commons, and we need volunteers! Shifts run approximately 2-3, depending on your schedule.

The routine shifts begin at 9 a.m. and include taking admissions, serving as "booth watchers” when the artist takes a break, or handling odd jobs as they come up. We have more physically demanding jobs from 6 to 9:30 a.m. to help the artists unload their work and move it to their tent location—and then from 5 to 7 p.m. (we especially need help during this time slot) when the show is over to assist the artists in moving their work to their vehicle.

Coffee and rolls are available for free for the early shifts. All volunteers will get a Rockford College T-shirt and free admission to the Art Fair. If you are able to help out, please contact Alumni Coordinator -Michelle Borgialli ( /815-394-5111) with the time you are available and your shirt size.

Whether you can volunteer or not, be sure to save the date and plan to come to the fair and enjoy a great event on our grounds.

Art Department Senior Show

Exhibition dates:
April 29–May 15, 2011

An exhibition featuring the work of graduating Rockford College art majors Jennifer Dyer and Mindy Young. 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.

Wanted: "Photo of the Day” Submissions

Spring is starting to look like it has finally arrived and the campus is buzzing with a wide variety of activities. If you are out and about taking photos, be sure to submit your favorite shots for a "Photo of the Day.” Send your photos to

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!

May 4 Devora Zack Networking
May 11 Peter Weddle Career Strategy
May 18 Martin Yate Job Search

Clubs/Meetings for the Week

RC Intramurals:
Rockford College Intramurals Co-Ed Softball! Teams MUST have at least 9 players. Games will be played in the afternoon on April 18, April 21, April 28, and May 2. This is Slow Pitch Softball. Please email your Team Name and Roster by April 15, 2011 at 5:00pm.

Campus Activities Board
Zumba! Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., Seaver Gym.
Free for RC Students!

Student Activities:
Lunch on the Lawn
Tuesday, May 3
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Plenty of free food and fun activities including a free give-away. Rain site is Regents Hall.

Literary Club:
Friday, May 6, come out to the Lion's Den at 5 p.m. to pick up your copy of this semester's edition of Black Hole, White Light, the campus literary magazine. Stay to read your favorite poetry, prose, or to hear others! All are welcome.
Spoken Word Open Mic sponsored by the Literary Magazine! May 6 at 5 p.m., Lion's Den.

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.

May 2 Lunch with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, UNICEF Senior Advisor - Education

May 2 Board of Trustees Finance Committee Meeting

May 3 Board of Trustees Advancement Committee Meeting

May 3 & 4 Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges & Universities Legislative Meeting

May 4 Honors Day Convocation

May 5 Vocal Collective Spring Concert

RC in the news
· Senior UNICEF Education Advisor, Barbara Reynolds, Ed.D. who will be speaking this afternoon, was noted by WIFR.

· The "Guys and Dolls” cast appeared on Wednesday, 27, on the WREX morning show and they were featured in the GO section of the Rockford Register Star. Dr. Head was also featured promoting the Literary Evening Downtown reading group.

Community Search
Calendar of Events

Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

Songs & Sonnets: A Renaissance Christmas

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