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Rock Solid Regent JhasmynJhasmyn O’Connor is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the month of October! Jhasmyn is a junior double majoring in biochemistry and human development with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She was nominated by Dr. Gidget Tay and Dr. Bill Doria. Jhasmyn is known as a well-prepared and enthusiastic student. Her professors believe she is a great role model for younger students to emulate: involved in the community (both on and off campus), engaged in class, and a well-rounded, kind human-being.

Jhasmyn is involved in many aspects of the Rockford University Community. Jhasmyn is president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (a club that she helped found), a member of Alpha Helix, and a member the Math Club. She works at Student Administrative Services, is an IT lab assistant, and does organic synthetic chemistry research on campus. Her other responsibilities include being a Campus Liaison to assist first-year students as well as an Advancement Ambassador. Jhasmyn’s plans after graduation are to attend a Graduate/Medical school to obtain her MD and PhD in Biochemistry. She truly is a Rock Solid Regent. Congratulations Jhasmyn!

Amber Dargel and Emma Reidner

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Emma Reidner - Amber DargelCongratulations to our first ROCK SOLID REGENTS for the fall semester, Amber Dargel and Emma Reidner. Amber and Emma received a joint nomination from Dr. Lydia Gerzel-Short, Assistant Professor of Education. They are both special education majors. Amber is in her senior year at RU and Emma is classified as a junior. Dr. Gerzel-Short shared that she nominated these students because of their commitment to special education and their recent team presentation at the annual conference for the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children. They collaborated with Dr. Gerzel-Short to co-present a 90-minute training titled, Engaging Hard to Reach Students. The presentation focused on how to support students with significant behavioral challenges such as self-injurious behavior and stereotypic behavior. Their work and dedication to this project was evidenced in the quality of their presentation and their delivery of the materials. Their conference session was so well attended that there was standing room only in the room!

Amber is from Winnebago, Illinois and is currently completing her student teaching internship. Her internship responsibilities includes providing instruction to students with moderate to severe disabilities. After graduation from RU she looks forward to obtaining a job in her area of passion and expertise, special education.

Emma is from Princeton, Illinois. Emma shares that RU has been a great place for her to study because of all the opportunities it has offered her. She is thankful that all of her professors have been so supportive and have gone above and beyond to help her be successful. After graduation Emma plans to fulfill her Golden Apple Scholarship teaching requirement by teaching in an Illinois school of need.

Dr. Lydia Gerzel-Short is very proud of these two teacher candidates. Congratulations Amber and Emma, you are each a true representation of what it means to be a ROCK SOLID REGENT!

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Rockford University’s campus and offices will close for winter break from Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Happy Holidays.

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Transfer students interested in applying at Rockford University are invited to attend the “Spring Transfer Admit-athon” on Thursday, January 5. The walk-in event requires no appointment and will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nelson Hall, on RU’s campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Admission counselors will be available to help interested applicants fill out the free application and receive an admission decision on the spot. Please bring an official transcript with you. First-year students will also need ACT/SAT scores.

Classes for the spring 2017 semester begin on Tuesday, January 17, at Rockford University. Students in all levels of education are served including first-year students, transfer students, international students, veterans, and adult students. Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations and currently serves approximately 1,300 students.

Spring semester offers opportunities for both first-year students to begin their academic career, and transfer students to advance in Rockford University’s traditional undergraduate programs. Financial aid and scholarships are still available for full-time traditional undergraduate students.

Questions may be directed to Rockford University Admissions at 815.226.4050.

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Media contact: Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815.226.3374

Classes for the spring 2017 semester begin on Tuesday, January 17, at Rockford University and there is still time to enroll. Students in all levels of education are served including first-year students, transfer students, international students, veterans, and adult students. Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations and currently serves approximately 1,300 students.

Spring semester offers opportunities for both first-year students to begin their academic career, and transfer students to advance in Rockford University’s traditional undergraduate programs. Financial aid and scholarships are still available for full-time traditional undergraduate students.

The next cohort start date for the adult accelerated degree completion program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) degree begins February 7, 2017. The BSMS program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format. The program also provides a tuition-covered option for qualified adults who have been out of work for at least 18 months and will cover any remaining tuition after all eligible state and federal student aid is applied. Qualified applicants must be Illinois residents 25 years of age and older who have been unemployed for at least 18 months, have some transferable college credit, but have not already earned a bachelor’s degree.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Graduate Education programs in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (MEd) programs allow students to take up to four courses before formally enrolling in the program and offer flexible options for working adults. The MAT program offers several licensure tracks and endorsements in areas like special education, reading specialist, instructional strategies and bilingual education. New Master of Education degrees are offered in Urban Education and Pedagogical Practice. There is also a variety of options available to degreed professionals who may wish to enter the teaching profession. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program covers a variety of functional areas including accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. Students can choose a concentration in disciplines such as MBA/CPA, public and not-for-profit management, entrepreneurship or management.

Undergraduate/Bachelor inquires – Contact the Rockford University Office of Admission at 815-226-4050 or 800-892-2984, or email to Admissions@rockford.edu for more information about applying for undergraduate classes. You may also apply online for free at www.rockford.edu/admission/apply/.

Master’s programs – Contact the Rockford University Graduate Office at 815-226-4040 today if interested in MBA or Graduate Education courses.

Visit www.rockford.edu for more information.

 

Home for the Holidays

Rockford University Performing Arts
Winter Choral Concert

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 7:30 PM in Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street. Clark Arts is accesible.

Admission is free but a ticket is required. Contact the boxoffice@rockford.edu, or 815.226-4100 for tickets.

Share in the sounds of the season with Rockford University’s Regent Singers, Women’s Ensemble, Gospel Choir, and Vocal Collective (pictured below).

 

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Media contact – Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

The Rockford Register Star has been honoring individuals and organizations since 1971 and 1979 respectively with their highest honor, the Excalibur and Excelsior awards. The Excalibur award is given to an individual for community service, excellence and making a difference in the Rock River Valley. The Excelsior award goes to an organization for doing the same. Rockford University is a honored to be included as one of this year’s finalist for the Excelsior distinction.

Read more about Rockford University and the Excelsior Award in a story published today in the Rockford Register Star, 2016 Excelsior finalist Rockford University: Committed to ‘excellence in the classroom’.

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The next Future Regent Visit Day will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 11:30 – 3:30 on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. 

Interested students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the educational offerings at Rockford University. Activities for the day inlcude the following: 

Check in. Registration will be held in the Burpee Student Center. Park in Lot A and follow the sidewalk to the Student Center. Staff members from Admissions will be there to welcome you and get you checked in for the day’s events.

Academic Fair. Trying to decide what major you are interested in? Talk with the faculty one-on-one and they will share the ‘ins and outs’ of their academic specialty. Take this chance to get to know our faculty members and see how dedicated they are to creating the optimal experience for your college education.

Financial Aid. Meet our courteous and knowledgeable Student Administrative Services staff at the Academic Fair.  Receive first-hand knowledge about the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and Rockford University’s scholarships.

Meet Admission Staff and Students. You have questions and we have answers. Chat with an admission counselor and current students to find out everything you wanted to know about Rockford University.

Campus Tours.  Receive an in-depth look at the beautiful campus that encompasses the Rockford University Community. See why our 150-acre campus is one of the hidden jewels of Northern Illinois.  One of our Regent Guides will give you a taste of the Rockford University Experience from a student’s perspective while you get to know the places that will be a part of your college life.

Lunch. Lunch is on us! Enjoy a delicious meal in the cafeteria from our on-campus dining service.

 

To learn more about the November 11 Future Regent Visit Day and to register, visit http://www.rockford.edu/admission/visit/day/.

 

Contact: Rita Elliott, Director of Communications, 815-226-3374

Rockford University will inaugurate Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., as its 18th President on Friday, November 4 at 2 p.m., in the Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford, Ill. Along with the day’s formal celebrations, more than 30 Academic Showcases featuring a variety of activities highlighting the scholarship and creative activities of the university’s faculty, staff, and students are planned. Showcases will be held from 9-11:45 a.m., at various locations across the campus. The entire campus, inaugural guests and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. A full schedule of events is located on the Inauguration pages of rockford.edu.

Fulcomer_EricStanding_5x6BT2016-200x250July 1, 2016, marked the first day in office for Dr. Fulcomer who was one of four finalists selected in the nation-wide search process to name Dr. Robert L. Head’s successor. Dr. Fulcomer’s appointment was finalized with a unanimous vote at the University’s Board of Trustees meeting on February 20, 2016. Previously, Dr. Fulcomer served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Rockford University and has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education.

Dr. Fulcomer says, “Since joining the institution three years ago, I have been so impressed by our highly distinguished faculty who excel in their fields and who prepare our students well for graduate school, vocation and active participation in a global society. I have been equally impressed by our many dedicated staff members who support our students in so many ways. I believe that the education we provide at Rockford University is indeed the very best of what American higher education has to offer: grounded in the liberal arts and extended by professional and practical experience.”

In addition to his enrollment management responsibilities at Rockford University, Dr. Fulcomer supervised the areas of student administrative services, student life, athletics and global affairs. Prior to coming to Rockford, Dr. Fulcomer was Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. He has teaching experience at both Bluffton University and Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Fulcomer received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo, his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University.

Saturday, October 15, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be sponsoring a forum discussing the shortage of clean water worldwide and Rockford’s solutions. The Rockford schools and businesses are heavily involved in designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to worldwide needs of water. The public is invited to come and hear some of the many global projects Rockford is doing this Saturday from 10 am-12 pm, Starr Science Bldg Rm 207, on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street.

Rockford University Associate Professor Troy Skwor, Ph.D. will be moderating.

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