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Tuesday, May 24, 2011  
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The Might of Independent Colleges and Universities
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council share a message in this space. Today, we hear from Barrett Bell, Vice President for Enrollment Management.
Dear Students, Staff and Faculty:
Having past served at both public and private institutions, I have come to appreciate independent colleges and universities and the opportunities they provide.  However, being relatively new to the state of Illinois, I did not comprehend the overall significance of institutions like Rockford College and the strong force they are within the state’s system of higher education.  Recently, Dr. Head shared some eye-opening information compiled by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, which encapsulates the impact and merit of such institutions.
Question:  Do public or independent institutions enroll more students?
Answer: Independent institutions enroll over 230,437 students at more than 100 campuses throughout the state.  These colleges and universities now serve more students than the state’s public universities (204,781). (Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Fall 2009)
Question: Do public or independent institutions account for the greatest enrollment of minority students?
Answer: Independent institutions enrolled 57,765 minority students, while public institutions enrolled 55,380 minority students. (IBHE, Fall 2009)
Question: Given that independent institutions only receive 6% of the state higher education appropriations for operations and grants, what is the outcome relating to degrees and graduates (i.e. return on the State of Illinois’ investment)?
Independent institutions produce 41% of all bachelors’ degrees;
Independent institutions produce 58% of master’s degrees;
Independent institutions produce 72% of all first professional degrees;
Independent institutions granted over 54% of all health related degrees;
Independent institutions granted 48% of all degrees bachelors and higher. (IBHE, 2009)
The report goes on and can be found on the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities website
Do independent colleges and universities stand out as leaders within higher education across the state of Illinois?  Do independent colleges and universities provide an outstanding return on investment of our state tax dollars, allocated for such programs as MAP (a program under attack and well worth fighting for)?  Do independent colleges, such as Rockford College, provide an exceptional benefit to our local communities and the State?  The facts not only speak for themselves, they proclaim from the rooftop the overwhelming endorsement of all the above.
I extend a deep and sincere congratulation to each of recent graduates.  As you move forward pursuing careers across the state or further education, you continue to laud the value, not only independent colleges, but specifically of the great heritage of Rockford College. May you continue on with vigor and forever change our world.
Have an awesome week,
Barrett Bell
Vice President for Enrollment Management

In Memory of Chuck Brown, Ph.D. 
We learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Chuck Brown, on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Chuck died of complications from his extended illness.
In addition to a public memorial celebration in honor of Chuck’s life, which is being held at Rockford Country Club on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a reflection program held at 6:00 p.m., the following URL details his complete obituary, including information about memorials in his honor.
Rockford Register Starr reporter Brian Leaf was a student of Chuck’s in high school and wrote a touching tribute to his longtime mentor and friend. You can read Brian’s blog post here:
We offer our sincere condolences to Chuck’s family and friends.  

Cubs vs. Brewers – get your tickets before they are gone! 
Join us for the CARE Committee’s Annual RC Bus Trip to see the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday August 27. The Bus leaves the RC parking lot at 1:30 p.m. (second pick-up location in South Beloit). Game Time is 6:10pm in Milwaukee.
  • Tickets to this sold out game - only $50 each!
  • Tailgate with your RC colleagues & enjoy beautiful Miller Park!
  • Bring your own food, grills & beverages.
  • Tickets available in CFO’s office on 3rd floor of Burpee, or ext. 4388.
Don’t wait – call today for your tickets!

Summer Food Service Hours  
The Lion’s Den is open:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Closed if offices are closed.
The 5100 location is open:
Monday – Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday 7:45 to 10:45 a.m., following the BSMS schedule.

Summer Hours In Effect  
Rockford College offers an expanded flexible working schedule during the summer months.   Summer months are defined as the first Monday after commencement in May (May 16) through the last Friday before Pre-College Conference in August (August 12).
All offices will remain operational five days per week during regular business hours throughout the summer. Full-time staff members may elect one of the following options for work during the summer as an alternative to the five-day workweek.
1.    Four days at 10 hours each
2.    Four days at 9 hours each + one day at 4 hours
3.    Four days at 8 hours + one day vacation
Hours of work must be scheduled sometime between the hours of 7 A.M. and 6 P.M.  Employees are required to take the minimum of a half hour unpaid lunch.  Part-time employees should consult with their supervisors about summer hours.  Schedules must meet the goal of having the office open five days per week during regular business hours with appropriate coverage.  All schedules must be approved by the employee’s supervisor and appropriate Executive Council member.  Schedules are subject to change based on business necessity.
Employees will be given an eight-hour holiday on Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Exempt employees must still work 32 hrs during holiday weeks, combined with the 8-hour holiday for a total of 40 hours. The holiday-week schedule must be also be approved by your supervisor.

Watch the 2011 Commencement online 
If you missed Rockford College’s Commencement ceremony on May 15, that featured a wonderful address to the graduates by alumni Tom Johnson ’64, or if you would just like to see it again, go to to view the recorded live stream. You can also access the link by clicking on the "Commencement” button on the homepage.

Comcast Newsmakers Features Dr. Head
Dr. Head recently recorded a Comcast Newsmakers segment that will air on CNN Headline News at :24 and :54 past the hour beginning  today, May 23 through Sunday, May 29. Dr. Head’s five minute segment focuses on Rockford College’s strong liberal arts tradition and its significant impact on education in the community. To view the segment, go to

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.  

RC in the news
  • Legendary Chicago journalist and RC alumna Anne Keegan passed away last week. Read her obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Gallery photos were carried in the Rockford Register Star of the Rockford College 2011 Commencement Ceremony.  

  • Pam Clark Reidenbach, director of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Rockford College, was interviewed in the Rockford Register Star about the future challenges faced by nonprofits in the region.   

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