Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Quality and My Summer Vacation
Occasionally, members of the Executive Council share a message in this space. Today, we hear from Dr. Stephanie Quinn, executive vice president and dean of the college.
Dear students, faculty and staff:
Just back from a marvelous two weeks in Sicily, I was to prepare for the president’s all-day retreat with the vice presidents (paid for by President Head). The focus of those conversations was academic quality and distinctiveness. With a mellow tan from days in ancient Greek temples; with dazzling images of gilt eleventh-century mosaics fixed in mind; and with a bit of a stretch around the waist from superb food and wine, I certainly could have experienced a tough re-entry in focusing the brain on academic and college planning.
Actually…not so much. Day after day in Sicily in one site or museum or restaurant or street café after another, my friends and I visited and experienced excellence. Not everything every minute, but something every day, from what seemed to be perfect architectural sittings on spare hills overlooking the nearby sea, to the choice and placement of tiny shards of glass and tile into stories that seemed alive in the changing light of high church walls, and of course to tastes—olive oil pressed nearby from trees growing even nearer, and fish and shellfish caught that day ("no we cannot serve artichokes because their season was over two weeks ago and they’re gone”). Sicily is not without its troubles, past and present, but a visitor focuses, and that focus lingers. The focus was world-historical world-class quality.
Back home at dear RC, we are taking the turn from relief at the success of our perseverance and sacrifice to strategies of distinctiveness and quality. It was after all only human beings who built those temples and crafted those mosaics, however long ago, and made my meals two weeks or so ago. And it is only we the folk of Rockford College who crafted the success of the last several years. The turn from sacrifice to excellence—a slow one, step by small step—is ours to design and implement. My own recent turn from Sicilian excellence to college planning has not seemed incongruous. Degrees of difference aside, the work of envisioning and achieving our human best seems to be continuous across vast changes of time and culture. It’s our turn.
And did I mention the coffee, and the ice cream, and the bread, and the huge expanses of hot pink flowers covering walls, and the ancient Greek play in an ancient Greek theater, and . . .
Have a great week!
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.
EVP and Dean of the College
Important Year-End Reminders
As our fiscal year ends this Thursday, here are a few important reminders for our year-end preparation:
- Please remember that all expenses incurred on or before June 30, 2011 will be included in the current FY11 budget. The date the cash is actually paid to the vendor is irrelevant when it comes to booking the expense; what matters is when the expense was incurred, so all trips, purchases, & orders incurred on or before June 30th will hit the FY11 budget. Expenses incurred on July 1 or after will hit the FY12 budget.
- Please make sure that all invoices & expense reports related to expenses incurred on or before June 30 are turned in timely. It is important for our audit that we capture all FY11 expenses on the books before the auditors arrive. There will be a 2-week window after June 30 when the Business Office will be collecting all remaining FY11 invoices & expense reports, which will be due by Friday July 15 this year.
Everyone’s help with this process is much appreciated. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Tina Anderson or the Business Office.
- The preliminary FY12 budgets will be sent to budget managers’ G drives today so that you have the budgets available at the start of the next fiscal year, on Friday July 1. This will be a preliminary working budget, & will be finalized & approved by our Board of Trustees at the October Board meeting. Any changes made as a result of the October Board meeting will be communicated to budget managers promptly. In the meantime, the preliminary FY12 budgets will act as your working budget from July 1 on.
Congratulations to the May Employee of the Month – Monna Ohme
Congratulations to Monna for being chosen as May’s Employee of the Month. Monna shares that some of her favorite things about her job at RC is that involved working with most areas of the college. She adds, "This allows me to work with many on campus—we are blessed to have so many thoughtful and dedicated colleagues among our faculty and staff.”
Here are a few comments that were shared with the CARE committee about Monna:
- Monna is very dedicated, hard at work behind the scenes to make our publications look amazing!
- Monna’s skills are far-reaching and she never settles for less than the best.
- She always keeps cost in mind but makes every product that comes out of her office look like a "million bucks” Monna is an amazing asset to Rockford College!
Our congratulations and sincere thanks go out to Monna Ohme for being an Outstanding Employee of the Month!
- I love working with Monna. She is always very sweet and respectful and has the unique ability to give constructive advice when necessary without offense and with a lot of patience.
Farewell and Best Wishes to Melissa Larson
Please join us for cake and punch as we say farewell and thank you to Melissa Larson, whose last day with Rockford College will be July 1, as she begins a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom to her new daughter Cailyn. We wish Melissa the very best in her new adventures! Hope to see you all there.
- Date: Thursday June 30
- Time: 1-2pm
- Place: Forest Cool Lounge
Summer Shortz Change in Speaker for Session 2 on July 20
NICNE is excited to invite as guest speaker, Janet R. Holmgren, Chief Judge, 17th Circuit Court who was also chosen the 2009 Woman of the Year by Rockford Woman Magazine. Originally featured speaker Linda Grist Cunningham had to be changed due to a scheduling conflict.
The August 17 session features Bill Gorski, MD, President and CEO of Swedish American Health System.
This program is offered at no charge to RC Faculty, Staff and Graduate Assistants. Registration is REQUIRED.
Click Link Below for Details & Registration Form:
RC Greeters Needed for City Market, July 22
Rockford College has a great opportunity on Friday, July 22 at Rockford’s popular City Market. RC has signed up to be "Market Greeters” for that evening. We are looking for 6-12 volunteers who, with help from the market staff, welcome guests at the gates, distribute directories, assist market staff/volunteers in the information tent (which will also serve as their booth for the evening to provide information about their organization) and monitor the gates. This opportunity gives RC with terrific exposure and ability to promote the College. Volunteers are needed from 2:40 p.m. -7:15 p.m. maximum and depending on the number of volunteers. If you are interested, email Bern Sundstedt at email@example.com for more information.
Professional Development Sessions starting this Fall
Beginning this fall, employees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development sessions. The exact dates and times are yet to be determined, but your input now is needed to help come up with topics you are interested in having presented. Several ideas for sessions were shared at last week’s staff meeting. Some of those included leadership, cross department team building, diversity training, conflict management, and change management. Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas for session topics. If you would like to include your idea, please email HR Director Jennifer O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned to the weekly updates for more information about the professional development sessions.
The Discovery Center Museum’s "Discovery After Dark” is coming up on Friday, August 5 from 5:30 – 10 p.m., 711 N Main Street, Rockford. General admission is $7, free to Discovery Center members. For the "grown-up” kids, 21 and over – It’s your time to play! Spend time under the stars in the planetarium, explore the Rock River Discovery Park, see explosive live science demonstrations. 20% off in gift shop. Food for purchase and cash bar catered by Giovanni’s. Contact Lori Radean (815-972-2839) or email@example.com for questions or advanced reservations.
College Night - Free Pizza at Gia's Music Club
FREE 8” PIZZA with 1 topping with the purchase of a drink for any college student who shows their college ID.
When: July 1st (8PM-Close)
Where: Gia’s Live Music Club
7784 Forest Hills Road Loves Park, IL
5:30PM-8:30PM – Cabaret Lounge Singer
8:30PM-12AM – The Vince Chiarelli Band
Sponsored by Rockford College Radio and Gia's Music Club.
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 27 Meeting with Jay Angeletti, The Angeletti Group LLC
June 27 Golden Apple Foundation Annual Board Meeting
June 28 Meeting with David Therkelsen, Kobe College Corp./Japan Education Exchange
June 29 Meeting with Tom Gendron, Woodward Governor Co.
June 30 Meeting with Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton
RC in the news
- Assistant Director of Admission Rebecca Miziniak and BSMS student Carlos Crout, were interviewed by WIFR about enrollment trends for this fall and what is driving adult students to return to college.
- RC was thanked in a letter to the Rockford Register Star for its participation in the Veterans Affairs 2K walk.