Spring 20 Issue

Faculty Stories

Faculty Notes

Class Notes

In Memoriam

Inside This Issue – Catalyst Spring 2020

Catalyst is published by the Marketing and Communications and Alumni offices within the Advancement Division. Letters to the editor, feedback, feature suggestions, and class notes are welcome.

Contact information: Office of Marketing and Communications, 815-394-5041 or Communications@rockford.edu

Message From The President

Greetings from President Fulcomer

Greetings from Rockford University! The English expression “May you live in interesting times” certainly applies to living through 2020. Over the last few months, we have weathered a storm that we didn’t see coming. But as a liberal arts institution that values the development of critical thinking and transferable skills that help one respond to unforeseen challenges and opportunities, we were prepared. 

Faculty Stories

Farewell to the Needle and Thread

Rockford University Costume Designer Takes Last Bow By Aris Sherwood Walk into the lobby of Maddox Theatre in the Clark Arts Center at Rockford University, and you will find mannequins dressed in costumes of shows past. Underneath them are the designers’ names...

Kelly Monson, Ed.D, Assistant Professor of Education

I vowed to provide a safe and inclusive atmosphere, to foster relationships, and to individualize the learning experience for my students.

Featured Stories

Regent Heroes

Regent Heroes

During the past several months, Rockford University alumni have proven their dedication to their professions.

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Seaver Transformed

Seaver Transformed

Rockford University’s $3.5 million Seaver Physical Education Center renovation was completed, ahead of schedule and on budget, on May 29.

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Rockford University Peer Mentoring Program Goes Digital

Rockford University Peer Mentoring Program Goes Digital

Reprinted article by Leslie Joan Millenson, ACI Director, Special Projects with permission from Associated Colleges of Illinois. When the COVID-19 emergency threatened to shutter Rockford University’s campus, Dr. Karen Walker acted fast to connect with the mentees in...

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Business & Accounting Orhan Erdem, Ph.D., gave a presentation to the Rockford Rotary this past January where he highlighted several outstanding cases about the global economies and mentioned ties of several social and economic developments to the 2008 financial crisis. In addition to his talk, Orhan also published his book titled After the Crash: Understanding the Social, Economic and Technological Consequences of the 2008 Crisis with Palgrave Macmillan.


Read more about other faculty accomplishments, including published works, presentations, and awards.

Rockford University Professor Orhan Erdem


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