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Monday, May 09, 2011  
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Congratulations to the Class of 2011!
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

We have entered the final week of the semester. Let me wish our students a successful journey as you begin final exams. Additionally, I hope you all enjoy a safe summer.

On Sunday at the Coronado Theatre, we will celebrate our 157th Commencement. Degrees will be awarded to 367 students from 12 states and several countries, including Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kyrgyzstan, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the UK. Baccalaureate degrees awarded will total 224. There will be 116 MAT and 27 MBA degrees awarded. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Our commencement speaker will be Thomas S. Johnson. Tom was born in Rockford, received his undergraduate degree from Rockford College in 1964 and earned his law degree from Harvard University. He received an honorary degree from Rockford College in 1989 upon the conclusion of his term as Chairman of the College's Board of Trustees. Tom is a partner with WilliamsMcCarthy, LLP and concentrates his practice in the area of estate planning. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the only Rockford lawyer so honored. I look forward to Tom’s remarks.

The campus will undergo a facelift this summer. Several projects, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, are scheduled for the next three months. We are targeting a significant amount of work on our roads and parking lots; a renovation of the Jane Addams Memorial Peace Garden; modifications to a few of our residence halls; and several additional minor projects.

The Weekly Update will continue to be published over the summer. My colleagues on the Executive Council will join me and contribute updates to keep you abreast of events.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Congratulations to this Year’s Excellence in Teaching Award Winners!

Congratulations to Faculty winner Jeff Fahrenwald, director of the Masters in Business program, and Adjunct Faculty winner Sherry Zenk, Learning Resource Center instructor. The criteria for both awards are:

· Knowledge of his/her discipline
· Respect for students
· Creative course development
· Advising
· Campus Leadership

Jeff has been with Rockford College since 1988 and is the director of the MBA program. He teaches in the areas of human relations, management, leadership and international studies in the MBA program. Jeff is recognized for being enthusiastic, available and always responsive to students’ questions. He also is known for bringing real life business experiences and examples to the classroom. One comment shared says, "Jeff is not interested in a summary of a case or a report; he is more interested in how a problem can be solved. If we provide a solution (regardless of how crazy it is), he looks for our reasoning behind that solution.” Another student notes, "He seems to be very well organized and prepared for each class as well as sets high expectations for his students. He always has a great way of engaging students and getting us to look at issues in a variety of ways.”

Sherry has been teaching at the Rockford College Learning Center for 15 years. Sherry is known for her dedication to students who may need some extra help with Reading and Math work. Sherry is a strong advocate for her students and goes beyond the confines of the classroom to help them succeed. She has taken on many roles Learning Center, all aimed at increasing students’ ability to learn and do well in their courses. Learning Center Director Jeanne Grey wrote this about Sherry, "One area that stands out to me is her dedication to our students who are struggling. She goes beyond the expectations set forth by the college. She meets with the students outside of class, helps them make plans for academic success, and is truly an advocate for them. It is a joy to watch her teach. She explains, is patient, has a delightful sense of humor, utilizes effective teaching strategies, and presents the material in a manner that the students understand the material.”

Congratulations again to Jeff and Sherry on this noted recognition!

Commencement is Sunday May 15

157th Rockford College Commencement Exercises
Sunday, May 15, 2011
2:00 p.m.
(procession beginning at 1:45 p.m.)
Coronado Theatre, Rockford

Also this year, the ceremony will be streaming live online in its entirety. To view the stream, just visit and click on the "Watch live Commencement” button.

For a complete listing of details related to commencement, please visit the commencement website page:

Volunteers Needed for Commencement

There is still time to volunteer and help is still needed! You can 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

Final Exam Schedule

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

Attention all 2011 Graduates

If you borrowed any federal loans, you are required to Complete Federal student loan exit counseling. Please visit to complete this requirement by May 20, 2011.

Information regarding Loan repayment obligations and opportunities including deferment, cancellations, and loan consolidation will be covered. Please be prepared to spend approximately 30 minutes completing the exit interview. Students who have borrowed Perkins, Helen L. Grant, or Rockford College Loans will be required to complete exit counseling as well. An E-MAIL from University Accounting services will be sent to you in mid-December regarding your exit counseling for these loans. In addition to this requirement, there will be 2 session hosted on Monday, May 9 and Thursday, May 12 from 10 – 11a.m. in the President’s dining room (Burpee center) for anyone interested.

If you have any questions regarding your loans or would like to schedule an individual appointment, please contact Stacy Simms at (815)226-4052 or at

Student Late Night FREE Breakfast
Monday Night, May 9, 10 – 11:00 p.m., Burpee Cafeteria.

Take a study break and enjoy a free breakfast is sponsored by Student Life and served by faculty and staff members!

Student Showcase Prize Drawing Winners
Congratulations to the following winners!

Copy of the book, Half the Sky: William Gahan, Patricia Mitchell, and Joe Ward

Bookstore gift card: Sara Davis and Colleen Page

Spa Package: Wealtha Helland

Road Ranger gift card: Abbey Akerman, Marissa Stansell, and Ella Stenberg

Meal Voucher: Andrew Shaw, Ashlee Jarvis-Sobucki, Wendy Carter, Melissa Swaziek, Christopher Gantz, Alan Jankowski, Drew Wills, Mona Khalifeh, Merritt Kuhn, and Terry Charles.

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.

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) for more information.

CARE Faculty and Staff Potlucks

Make sure you mark your calendars and plan to attend the first CARE potluck on Tuesday May 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the Colman Patio. Brats, hot dogs, utensils and water are all provided. Just bring your favorite dish to pass and enjoy the company of colleagues on the patio. See you there!

Dr. Jules Gleicher Has Article Published

"Did the Seventeenth Amendment Repeal Federalism?” has recently been published in the on-line version of The Political Science Reviewer, v. 39, no. 1 (Fall 2010),

Congratulations to Dr. Gleicher! 

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 9 Late Night Breakfast (Cafeteria)

May 12 Nursing Class 2011 Pinning Ceremony

May 13 & 14 Rockford College Board of Trustees Committee Meetings & Full Board Meeting

May 15 Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony, Baccalaureate & Commencement

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

Clubs/Meetings for the Week


Free trip to the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield on Friday, May 13. Bus leaves at 9 a.m. from Kent Center. Contact the JACCE for more information and to reserve your space.

Student Government:
Thank you for your participation in the book donation! We have a good number of books to give to schools. This Thursday, May 12, we will be going to Jefferson High School and Washington Elementary School to assist teachers by working one-on-one with students. We will meet at Washington at 9:15 am and will end at 11:00. Those who would prefer going to Jefferson can meet there at 9:00 and will also end at 11:00. Please respond email by Tuesday, May 10, if you are interested in attending, and also which school you would prefer to be at, if you have a preference.

Transportation may be available. The donated books will be given to these schools on Thursday as well.

RC in the news
· Professor Tim Addams, music, was mentioned in the Rockford Register Star as participating in the All-Star Music Celebration at Heartland Community Church.

· Professor Thelma Warner, nursing, was interviewed in an article in the Register Star about the growth of regional nursing departments.

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