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Monday, June 06, 2011  
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Rockford College and Keith Country Day School share a long history
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:
Last Thursday, I provided the commencement address for Keith Country Day School. The event was held at Rockford College and represented another convergence of our two institutions. Keith was founded in 1916 by Belle Emerson Keith, who believed that education should be "a living, growing thing, not hampered by too much formula or formalism.” With their 32 graduates all attending college next fall and with their many accomplishments, it is clear that the formula Keith is following is a successful one. By the way, Mrs. Keith was the great-aunt of Georganne Eggers, a Rockford College trustee emeritus.
The connection between our two institutions became formal in 1944 when the facilities of Keith Country Day School were offered to Rockford College to be used for the development of a teacher-training program at the elementary level. Rockford College assumed complete charge of Keith and the Board of Trustees established a special committee to deal with the affairs of Keith. Records in our archives describe interviews of teaching candidates and the approval of curriculum changes from that era. In 1962, the Keith Trustees regained the title and control for the North Second Street campus from Rockford College for the sum of $64,122, which was the amount owed to the College.
Today, Keith School and Rockford College continue a collaborative relationship and continue to serve the Rockford community with high quality educational and community outreach programs.
May Board Meeting Update:       
During its May meeting, the Rockford College Board of Trustees elected officers for the upcoming year. Those who will serve are David R. Rydell, Chair; Charles L. Colman, Vice Chair; Barbara R. Tanaglia, Secretary; and R. Ray Wood, Treasurer. Marci K. Jumisko was elected as a regular member of the board after serving a term as alumni trustee.  Members whose terms were renewed are Dawn R. Hallsten, Teresa J. Ingrassia, James G. Peterson, Sunil Puri, Richard M. Schilling, Barbara R. Tanaglia, Jane R. Thomas, James S. Whitehead and Jonathan S. Whitlock.
Other actions of the Board included the adoption of revised versions of the Student Handbook and the Harassment Policy, and the approval of the many construction projects planned for this summer. The board recognized the good work of our colleagues throughout the year and extends its thanks to one and all. It also approved the recommendations for two faculty promotions – Tammy Schiek to associate professor and Philip Soosloff to full professor; and granted faculty emeriti status to Diana Cullen, David Pippitt, Barb Swanson and Peter Tobias.
Have a great week!
Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Welcome Dan Papuga - New Dining Services General Manager
 Welcome to Rockford College’s permanent General Manager for Dining Services, Dan Papuga who joins the Rockford College team today.  Dan has 25 years experience with Sodexo, the majority of those years at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill.
Matt Phillips shares, "I am very excited about the energy and experience Dan brings to the food service team here at Rockford College.  I will make sure that Dan meets as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months.  I am sure there will be many.”
RC extends our thanks to Jeff Hilligoss for his leadership trough this transition. Jeff took over as interim Dining Services General Manager in late March and will continue his good work with Sodexo.

Art on the Lawn is this Sunday 
Rockford College will host the 12th Annual Art on the Lawn this Sunday, June 12. More information about this juried art show can be found on our website at
Also – look for Senior Development Officer John McNamara on the airwaves this week. John was on the WREX Ch. 13 morning show this morning to talk about the event. He’ll join Andy Gannon and Aaron Wilson on WIFR’s Morning Blend tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., and visit with Ken DeCoster of WNTA on Thursday at 12:15.
Be sure to make plans now to check out the wide variety of artists and their spectacular works this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $3 dollars, children 12 and under are free. Parking is free, food and drinks for purchase will be available.

Don't Need to Wear 'Em - Just Attend 'Em -- Summer Shortz -2011  
NORTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE presents 2011 Summer Shortz - three power-packed short workshops! This program is offered at no charge to RC Faculty, Staff and Graduate Assistants. Registration is REQUIRED.
Wednesdays – 8–9:30 a.m. on the Colman Library Patio, fruit and coffee provided.
"Perspectives on Leadership”
June 15:
Einar Forsman, President and CEO, Rockford Chamber of Commerce

July 20:
Linda Grist Cunningham, Retired Executive Editor, Rockford Register Star

August 17:
Bill Gorski, MD, President and CEO, SwedishAmerican Health System
Register by June 10, 2011. Cost:  $25 per person, per session.                                             
View the Registration Form for more information

CARE Employee of the Month program nominations 
All are encouraged to nominate someone today to reward them for going above and beyond in their daily duties. CARE would like to recognize that special employee for their exceptional efforts! Fill out a nomination form today and either send it to the CARE mailbox, or email to Nomination forms were emailed today so check your inbox. Otherwise, email CARE to have one sent your way.

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.

The Phantom Regiment  
The Phantom Regiment will be holding Summer Educational Camps next week on campus. Learn more about the Regiment here.

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.
June 8      Rockford Area Economic Development Council Education Committee Meeting
June 8    MBA Business Luncheon
June 9    Council of Independent Colleges meeting
June 12    Art on the Lawn

RC in the news
  • Many students who received awards on Honors Day were recognized in the Rockford Register Star.
  • The Register Star carried a photo gallery of the Keith Country Day School Commencement at Rockford College last week.

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Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

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