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Monday, November 08, 2010  
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Let’s thank our vets on Veterans Day Thursday
A message from college president Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Dear students, faculty and staff:

We will celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday. The history of this special day goes back to November 11, 1918 when the Armistice Treaty was signed to officially end World War 1. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson designated November 11 as Armistice Day and in 1938 Armistice Day became a fully recognized federal and state holiday, acknowledging those who fought in the First World War. It wasn’t until 1954 that the holiday incorporated all veterans. This occurred when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law changing the designation from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

We are aware of 25 currently enrolled students with veteran status. The majority of these veterans, 18 to be exact, are under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. Three are either dependents or survivors of veterans. The Post 9/11 GI Bill became effective in August of 2009. Since that time, Rockford College has made significant efforts to accommodate students with military experience. In recognition of these efforts, Rockford College has been listed among the top 15 percent of "military friendly” colleges and universities in the U.S. The ranking of institutions was released last month by G.I. Jobs, a publication of Victory Media.

It is not just Rockford College that has reached out to assure that service members and veterans have access to higher education. Over 600,000 veterans are currently enrolled in both private and public institutions throughout the country. It is the intent of each institution to welcome veterans and to adapt to meet their specific needs.

To the veterans among our students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff who pledged to preserve our freedom, I join a grateful nation in thanking you for your service and sacrifice.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

Hunger & Homelessness Week events
Take note of these events this week intended to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in Rockford:

· This week: CAN-struction event where teams compete against each other to build masterpieces out of non-perishable food items. Judging is Friday on Burpee 2nd floor.

· Tonight from 7 – 9 p.m.: Movie Night, "The Pursuit of Happyness” in Kent Center.

· Tuesday: Join JACCE in the cafeteria during lunch to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless.

· Wednesday: Students travel to Carpenter’s Place homeless shelter to help clients there make arts and crafts.

· Thursday: Thanksgiving dinner served to the homeless at Emmanuel Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All activities are sponsored by JACCE.

Group that provides bikes to Third World countries pedals into Rockford College Nov. 18

World Bicycle Relief, a group that builds and donates bicycles for use in Third World countries to improve mobility and increase productivity, will make a stop at Rockford College, November 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in the college’s Lion’s Den. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded by SRAM and Trek Bicycles in 2005 and supported by many individuals, foundations and corporations, World Bicycle Relief specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bike programs to aid in poverty relief and disaster assistance efforts. They typically partner with non-governmental organizations, government and community-based organizations.

The group’s appearance in Rockford is co-sponsored by Rockford Bicycle Co. and is part of a year-long program sponsored by Rockford College with the help of local civic leaders Jim and Pam Keeling. That effort, called "Half the Sky” is aimed at improving conditions in underdeveloped countries by making the tools available to enable people to make a living for themselves, especially women.

Compared to walking, bicycles represent a leap in productivity and access to health care, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.

According to World Bicycle Relief, bikes have distinct advantages over walking. They increase carrying capacity by five times and save households up to 30 percent of annual income for transportation costs. In Africa, the group is working to provide 50,000 bicycles for children in Zambia so they can get to school. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, it worked with World Vision to provide more than 24,000 bikes to people in Sri Lanka.

For information about World Bicycle Relief, see To learn more about local "Half the Sky” initiatives, call Jim Keeling at 815-490-4900.

Get to Know Me
Occasionally, we profile a new faculty or staff member at the college. Today, meet Nola Addante, nursing.

Nola Addante, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Family: Husband, Steve; Three kids: Josh (27) (his wife, DeAnn), Elizabeth (24), and Stephen (19). My first grandchild is going to be born any day now, and, it’s a boy! My parents are still alive and in the area. I have two sisters who also live nearby, and, a brother who passed away this past May. My son, Stephen, is going to school here part-time now, and my nephew, Kipton Bucey, who is a junior here, lives with us during the school year. I have three dogs too – they are truly part of the family as well!

Hometown/position(s) (before RC): Born and raised in Steward (IL.) and Rochelle (IL.) area. I moved to Rockford in 1990. I have worked as a nurse in all three hospitals in Rockford, but primarily at OSF St. Anthony. My area of focus was the operating room for many years. This is my first full-time teaching position. I have worked as an adjunct for Rock Valley College in the past.

Professional/educational background: After finishing my bachelor’s in nursing at NIU in 1997, I decided to wait awhile before pursuing my master’s degree. I began working on my MSN in 2007 and graduated this past June.

Areas of academic interest or specialization: Now, I teach patho-pharmacology which is a combination of pathophysiology and pharmacology. I enjoy it very much. I also teach nursing students in the clinical area, at OSF St. Anthony. Adult health and the medical/surgical area are my primary interests.

Interesting fact about me: Can’t think of anything really unique, or "interesting,” but I went on a two-week trip to Europe when I was 18. It was a choral tour and we sang in several beautiful cathedrals in Germany, France, and England. I have many great memories of that trip – we were in London a few days after Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married.

The favorite thing about my job is…Helping future nurses receive a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to be exceptional nurses when they are finished with school. And, trying to instill a love for education and, hopefully, to make a difference in people’s lives.

Hobbies/interests: I was a musician before becoming a nurse – I play the piano, organ, and flute in addition to singing. Occasionally, I play the organ and piano at weddings. And, I’ve been playing piano at a friend’s restaurant periodically this past month. I attend Heartland Community Church weekly, and really like it there. I’ve been on a mission trip to Haiti, and hope to some day return there or go on a medical mission trip (probably to Africa). I love dogs – the three that I have (toy poodle, chow, and cocker spaniel) keep me active as I have to go out and walk them every day. I LOVE to travel – especially to warmer climates (like Mexico) in the middle of winter! My dream is to one day go to Italy (this is #1 on my "bucket list”).

RC rocks with opportunity!
The marketing department is running a campaign to remind the campus community and the public just how much Rockford College "Rocks.” We are all doing amazing work and the stories should be shared! Each week, look forward to a new letter of "R.O.C.K.S.” as it will represent an area in which we excel. Find out more at Should you have submissions, please contact Cassie Swanson at Here is this week's story:

O: Opportunity

Students, faculty, staff and alumni all have the opportunity to change their world! The 16th annual Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break (AHASB) program takes place in March of 2011. Those who have attended throughout the years have shared that the experience not only made a difference for those receiving a new home, it enriched their lives as well. Coming together and changing the world – AHASB is just one of the opportunities available at RC to do just that. Learn more about AHASB at

Where's Robert?
A list of noteworthy events on President Head’s calendar.

November 8: Meeting with Northern Athletic Conference commissioner Steve Larson

November 9: Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities Annual Board Meeting

November 10: Rockford Area Economic Development Council – Education Committee meeting

November 12: Campus meeting with Page Park School students 

Author Timmerman travels the world to discover where our clothes are made

The author of a book tracing where our clothes are made around the world will describe his adventures in a talk at Rockford College tonight at 7 in the college’s Maddox Theatre.

Kelsey Timmerman wrote "Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People That Make Our Clothes.” In his talk "Where Am I Wearing,” he relates his interactions with people around the world, from garment workers in Cambodia to lobster divers in Nicaragua.

Timmerman says he tries to connect people through words and pictures and that if we can reduce global issues to the stories of individual people, we can better understand ourselves and others.

His talk, part of the college’s Forum Series, is free and open to the public though tickets are required and may be picked up at the college’s box office in the Clark Arts Center. 

Students…enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing, free!
"Welcome to the Jungle,” a benefit for young people to benefit Maya’s House, a local shelter for homeless children, will be held this Friday at Giovanni’s. A table has been purchased for Rockford College students by college trustee Jim Keeling and his wife, Pam. The first 10 to contact Lindsay Kent, director of JACCE and student activities, will be able to sit at a reserved table (normally $30). Social hour (5:30 p.m.) entertainment will be provided by the Auburn High School Jazz Band followed by dinner and then dancing (8 p.m.) with music by DJ Steve Shannon. You can reach Lindsay at 815-394-4382; The Keeling’s have also purchased for distribution 20 tickets to the dance, (normally $9). See Lindsay for these tickets too.

Classical student recital today at 4 in Fisher Chapel
Enjoy a classical recital today at 4 p.m. in the Fisher Chapel. Come on out for a relaxing break and support our hard-working students.

Here are team members in chili competition
Last time, we told you about the winning teams in the chili cook-off sponsored by the college’s CARE committee. Here are the team members.

Most Popular: The Castaways – Vee Rodriguez, Jimmy Russell, and the Jerry Berg

Spiciest: NSO – Emily Buechler, Michael Kelly, Stephanie Schmidt, Patricia Cazy, Rachael Piche, Natalya Johnson, Lisa Voss, Amanda Carr, Sarah Mobley, Haley Emford

Most Flavorful: Dr. Sarcastic & the Innocents – Todd Free, Kelly Rippentrop, Jennifer Nordstrom, Ryan Kessler, and Stacy Simms

Best Presentation: Hot Stuff – Dr. Head, Tina Anderson, Teddy Phillips, and Chrissy Barte

Off the Beaten Path: Feminism Club – Brittany Salvador, Rane Maska, and Jeni Swanson

Benefits & Wellness Fair next week
The college Wellness Committee is hosting its annual Benefits and Wellness Fair November 17 from noon until 4:30. So far there are approximately 20 vendors confirmed, coupons to give out and great prizes. Make sure to mark your calendars!

Learn more about Alternative Spring Break
Tonight is the last informational meeting regarding the Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break, March 2011! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the program! Join us tonight from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m., Kent Center.

Out and about
Events that may be of interest to the Rockford College community and their families.

Field of Honor Veterans Memorial Ceremony, Wednesday, 10 a.m., Field of Honor, Riverside Boulevard and Walker Avenue, Loves Park. Music by Harlem High School bands and choir. Main speaker will be Lt. Col. Stefanos Venable.

Puttin’ on the Glitz, Friday, 11:30 a.m., Giovanni’s. The event raises money for the Regional Cancer Center at SwedishAmerican and includes a social hour, fashion show and luncheon. Cost is $30. Reservations are requested by Thursday, but tickets may be available at the door. 815-489-4340.

Wine, Women and Purses, Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Giovanni’s. Hosted by the YWCA of Rockford, the event features wine tasting/appetizer pairing, live music and a selection of handbags available for purchase. A silent auction also will take place. The cost is $50 or $45 for YWCA members.

RC in the news
· Prof. Jules Gleicher, political science, talked about election results during a segment on Channel 17’s Live at 5 show last Thursday.

Community Search
Calendar of Events

Student Music Recital

EDP: Seminar #6 - Conflict Management and Resolution

NICNE Customer Service Workshop

FORUM: Sports Management Symposium

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