MEET OUR TEAM

Your Rock Solid future awaits!

We are thrilled that you have considered Rockford University on your college search. Our Admission team is happy to guide you through the admission process. Whether fresh out of high school, transferring from another institution, or returning to school, we strive to provide you with the necessary support to ease that transition.


 

Jennifer Nordstrom

‌Jennifer Nordstrom ’92/’01
Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admission

815-226-3383
JNordstrom@rockford.edu

I grew up in Machesney Park, Ill. At Rockford University, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance as well as my MBA in Management.

My advice for you is to look at the entirety of what a university has to offer. Do not limit yourself by making assumptions about academic programs, student life or affordability without fully investigating these areas with an Admission representative. Definitely visit the university of your choice before making the final decision to enroll.

Little known fact: I was involved in a sting operation set up by the federal government. I aided the investigation that led to the arrest of a group of check counterfeiters.

Associate Director of Admission Marketing and Events

815-394-5096
chartje@rockford.edu

My hometown is Machesney Park, Ill. I earned my associate of arts from Rock Valley College and my bachelor of science in community psychology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

My advice is to spend a few moments documenting your college experience and truly making memories—snap a few photos, take advantage of the opportunities available, and don’t be in a rush to move on with life. Breathe, experience, and learn!

Little known fact: I am in two local bands.

‌‌Ben AlburyBen Albury
Assistant Director of Admission and Transfer Admission Counselor

815-226-4064
BAlbury@rockford.edu

I grew up in Brisbane, Australia. I went to Illinois Valley Community College and Wayne State College (Neb.) to play baseball. I finished my Master of Arts in Teaching here at Rockford in 2009 which was in physical education. I got an Associate of Arts and Science at (IVCC) and a Bachelor of Science for WS, then a MAT at Rockford.Advice: Choosing your college/university is a big decision; weigh all of your options and choose where you see yourself maturing as a person for the next years of your life. Make the most of your visit and ask as many questions as you can to get a picture of what your experience will be like! Investing in school is a long-term investment in your future. Finally, when you attend school go to class and ask questions, sometimes that’s half the battle to becoming a successful student.Little known fact: I could be Australia’s biggest Chicago Cubs fan!

Susan Collins

scollins@rockford.edu

My hometown is Rockton, Ill. and I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Rockford University in English.Advice? Get to know people! Make connections and friendships and relationships with everyone around you. I made so many friends and positive relationships with both students and professors while at RU and it has helped me in finding a career and gaining new experiences.Little known fact: I love board games and am very competitive while playing them

Nick Evans
Admission Counselor

815-226-3384
nevans@rockford.edu 

My hometown is Rockford, IL. I attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., where I studied Marketing.My advice is to find the college or university that not only has the academic programs that you are interested in, but also the opportunities and resources available to students that are important to you. Going on campus visits are a great way to learn about a university and everything it has to offer!Little known fact: I was able to attend a Chicago Cubs World Series game!

Drew Johnson

‌Drew Johnson
Admission Counselor

815-226-3382
ajohnson@rockford.edu I was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up in Roscoe, Ill., I attended Hononegah Community High School and then went on to Bradley University, where I majored in marketing with a sales concentration.My advice? Look for schools that give you every opportunity to pursue your passions and provide you the resources to turn those passions into careers!Little Known Fact: I have been to 12 different countries outside of the U.S!

 

Jennifer Vargaz

Jennifer Vargaz
Transfer Admission Counselor

815-226-3380
JVargaz@rockford.edu

I grew up in Rockford, Ill. I graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and a concentration on Intercultural Communication.My advice to you is to take full advantage of your university experience. This is a significant time in your life that you will have amazing opportunities both academic and social- be it study abroad, interacting with new people from all over the country, or joining a club on campus that is outside your comfort zone. Most importantly, enjoy your time here- it goes by so quickly!Little known fact: I’ve lived in 3 major cities in Italy and Spain.

Shannon Zelek
Admission Counselor

815-226-4149
szelek@rockford.edu

While I currently live in Loves Park, Ill., my hometown is actually Poplar Grove where I attended North Boone High School. I then headed to Iowa for my Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Organizational Science at Coe College.Advice? Be involved in the college search process, your high school, and in college! You can never have too many experiences – especially the kinds that lead you to studying abroad, being a college athlete, student leader, or having an internship. There are so many new and exciting things waiting for you as long as you make the move to achieve them. Have boundaries or know your limits, but don’t be afraid to tackle some scary and exciting moments.Little known fact: I am a Lifetime Girl Scout who helped plan the International Girls’ World Forum in 2012 (as a high school student) which had around 500 participants from all around the world.

Ella Stenberg

Ella Stenberg ’09
Admission Data Specialist

815-226-4051
EStenberg@rockford.edu

My hometown is Rockford, Ill. and I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Banking and Finance at Rock Valley College. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Management Studies degree from the BSMS program here at Rockford University!The advice I would like to give is that a university is what you make it – be happy with it. Enjoy your education and the new friends you will make.Little known fact: Tom Selleck is my favorite actor!

Christine Murray

Christine Murray
Admission Receptionist

815-226-4050
CMurray@rockford.edu

I grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. I earned my Associate of Science in Office Technology from Onondaga Community College.My advice to you is to enjoy your time in college!Little known fact: I am a huge Steelers fan! 


Ana Gonzalez
Undergraduate Admission Assistant

815-226-3378
agonzalez@rockford.edu

More info coming soon!

 

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4050
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission
Admissions@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Please call to reserve an appointment on Saturdays.

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