03/06/2019 3:58 pm
Rockford University is pleased to announce the appointment of Anissa Kuhar of Rockford, Ill., as Director of Adult & Graduate Admission, effective March 6, 2019. This is a new position for the University created to provide leadership and management for a newly formed department responsible for the recruitment of students to existing and future adult accelerated and graduate degree programs across the University. Kuhar will focus on developing and executing recruitment and marketing strategies designed to attract graduate-level and adult degree completion program students, as well as working to grow existing and new relationships with corporations, community organizations and governmental agencies.
Kuhar has served Northern Illinois University for 24-years, most recently as Assistant Director for the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development. She has a strong background in project management, communications, marketing, strategy development and community outreach. Previously, she served Rock Valley College as an instructor teaching on–site classes at United Parcel Service’s Air Hub location.
Active in the region, Kuhar serves on the Alignment Rockford Operating Board, where she evaluated projects that fulfill high-priority strategic needs in the RPS system. She also serves as coordinator for the Parents of Gifted Education’s Auburn High School Power Professional Speakers Forum. Kuhar earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Illinois State University and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.
02/15/2019 11:27 am
New York City based musical theater songwriting team Sam Carner and Derek Gregor have chosen Rockford University and its students to workshop a brand new musical. Carner and Gregor are in residence here through the end of February to bring their musical comedy “Techies” to life. The debut of this new production will run February 21 – 23 in Maddox Theatre, before heading to the Duplex Theater in New York City in March with students from Rockford University. This presents a unique opportunity for performing arts students to work with professionals in the industry and to learn more about the process of how a new production moves from concept to reality. It also presents a unique opportunity for the community to be able to see and participate in a brand new musical production.
“Techies” is described as a fourth-wall shattering pop-rock musical comedy about being weird and fighting for respect in one of the most judgmental places on earth – high school. The show opens on Thursday February 21 and runs through Saturday, February 23. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Single ticket admission for adults $12, seniors age 55 and up, and students $9 unless otherwise noted. Group rates are available. For tickets, contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or email@example.com. Visit rockford.edu/artslectures/performingarts/ for more about Techies and the University’s performing arts season.
What it means to “workshop” a show: When playwrights and songwriters/composers of musicals create new work, it is very important to give the play a voice (other than the creators’ own voices) in order to see what works and what doesn’t. This happens with virtually every composed theater piece that exists. The process usually begins with a “reading,” in which actors are chosen just to sit around in a group, perhaps with an audience or maybe not, to read the play or musical. The next level is often a “stage reading” in which the actors have actually rehearsed with the script, and perhaps there’s a director that guides the performance. There may be some simple blocking and movement, but usually the actors stand behind a music stand or read it with script in hand. Eventually a new work is given a “workshop,” in which the actors have spent several weeks rehearsing, memorizing, and staging the new work. In all of these iterations, the work is discussed at length by actors and audience alike, and many edits are made to the work. When it gets to the workshopping stage, there are often several performances so the creators can get a lot of needed feedback.
Performing Arts Chair and Professor of Performing Arts Deborah Mogford explains, “The production of Carner & Gregor’s Techies is part staged reading, part workshop. The performances in Rockford will be ‘lightly staged,’ and the performances in NYC will truly be a staged reading. The joy of this process is the special collaboration that goes into creating a work of art in the theater. Sam and Derek have trusted Rockford University Performing Arts students with their newest work, and the two of them have been amazingly gracious in their desire for feedback and collaboration with our department.”
More about the writers as noted on their website carnerandgregor.com – Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, among Playbill.com’s 12 Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know, won the Richard Rodgers Award and the John Wallowitch Award for songwriters under 40, and Sam won the Kleban Prize for “Most Promising Librettist.” Their songs, which have garnered 11
MAC nominations for “Best Song” / “Best Comedic Song” with one win, are performed in hundreds of venues around the world every year and have been sung on all seven continents (including Antarctica).
01/29/2019 2:07 pm
Due to the extreme and dangerous weather conditions the Rockford region will experience over the next 48 hours, Rockford University will close the campus at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 29 through 5 p.m., Thursday, January 31.
All campus facilities will be closed during this time with exception of the residence halls and the University Police & Department of Public Safety. Dining Services will operate on a modified schedule. Students should refer to my.rockford.edu for complete details.
Students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty to manage class assignments and responsibilities during this time.
Essential personnel should check with their supervisor for specific instructions.
Conditions will cause frostbite in a matter of minutes. Students, please take this seriously and do not plan on being out in the snow or leaving campus unnecessarily. It is highly recommended that students stay inside their residences and venture out only if absolutely necessary.
Please refer to these important safety tips from the national weather service to protect yourself, your pets and your property.
01/17/2019 12:59 pm
Rockford Park District and Rockford University announced plans for an expanded partnership today, January 17, 2019, at a joint press conference that will provide even more opportunities for area collegiate athletes. Rockford University Athletics, an NCAA Division III institution, will call Mercyhealth Sportscore Two campus, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, home for all its field sports, practices, and local competitions. Collegiate athletes were already utilizing Mercyhealth Sportscore Two to play soccer, but now all men’s and women’s soccer games will also be played at the facility. Softball, baseball, and indoor football will also be played at the venue. “Rockford University is excited to be able to build an even stronger relationship with the Park District. The Mercyhealth Sportscore Two campus is exceptional and provides our student-athletes access to world-class practice and competition space. I look forward to cheering on our teams here and to welcoming families and fans from near and far to experience all that these facilities have to offer,” said Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D., Rockford University President.
Throughout 2018 community engagement sessions, the Rockford Park District heard from taxpayers about how important it is to align with organizations that share the vision, mission, and values of the Park District, and to make sure partnerships are mutually beneficial. “We are very excited to expand our relationship with such an outstanding organization, and support the success of area collegiate athletes. This is an example of how District assets and resources can be leveraged to enhance and strengthen achievement of District priorities. Equal efforts and outcomes will have a positive impact on our community,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.
Photos from the announcement made at the Mercyhealth Sportscore Two facility are posted on the University’s Facebook page.
About Rockford University
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, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and as a US News & World Report Best Midwest Regional University. Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,200 full-and part-time students.
About Rockford Park District
The Rockford Park District was proudly citizen-created in 1909, and is the third largest park and recreation system in Illinois, with more than 180 parks and facilities. The Rockford Park District improves the quality of life for citizens by providing a vibrant and relevant park system that increases property values, stimulates economic development, decreases juvenile crime, and improves our community’s health. A vibrant and relevant park system also protects the environment, employs hundreds of area teens, and brings our diverse community together in unity through the common love of play.
01/08/2019 10:09 am
Rockford University President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., announces the appointment of Lisa Custardo, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CC-SEI, as Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Custardo brings more than 20-years of finance and management experience within the health and education services and non-profit industries.
A native of Illinois, Ms. Custardo currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Alliance for a Healthier Generation headquartered in New York, NY. She has also served as Vice President, Finance and Operations at Greenheart International in Chicago, Ill., as well as in increasing leadership roles including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for Marklund, a non-profit organization headquarter in Geneva, Ill., that serves infants, children, teens and adults with severe and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Ms. Custardo earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. Additionally, she is credentialed as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and holds certificates as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Coach (CC-SEI), Trainer & Facilitator – Social + Emotional Intelligence focused for business leaders, and as a Certified Mentor Coach (CC).
President Fulcomer notes, “I’m excited to welcome Lisa to our campus and to the community. Lisa is a seasoned and proven leader who is well-versed in managing the complex financial needs specific to non-profit organizations. Her expertise will serve Rockford University well in our efforts to grow all aspects the University while maintaining strong fiscal disciplines and practices.”
Ms. Custardo adds, “These are such extraordinary times in higher education. We are presented with a very challenging landscape which consistently calls for more innovative business approaches, unique leveraging of resources and creative student engagement, while continuing to hold strong demand for traditional offerings and programs. I’m deeply inspired by that call to action. When I couple that with the chance to join Rockford University – an institution rich in history and steeped in academic excellence, honor and value – I see that I have been given a very special opportunity. Even further, after meeting Dr. Fulcomer and the talented group of professionals that I will have the distinct pleasure of collaborating with, I know I’ve also found my new home. This is a profound moment in my career, and I look forward to the future with excitement about our work together and the impact we’ll make on the field of higher education.”
Ms. Custardo was part of a nation-wide search to replace Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tina Anderson who transitioned to full-time teaching at the University for the spring 2019 semester. Anderson is now Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Puri School of Business. Campus visits for finalists were conducted in December 2018. Custardo will officially begin her duties with Rockford University on February 4, 2019.
The Rockford Urban Education Research Symposium will highlight the culminating work of the first cohort of teachers who are students in the Master’s in Education, Urban Education Pathways program at Rockford University, a partnership with Rockford Public School District 205. The public is welcome to attend the symposium on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M. at Rockford University’s Burpee Center in Regents Hall, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.
Research projects and poster presentations will be on display. RPS 205 Superintendent Ehren Jarrett, Ed.D., will provide a key note address. Dr. Jarrett and Rockford University President Eric Fulcomer will also recognize teacher leaders and special recognition will be awarded for Outstanding Action Research, Honorable Mention Action Research and People’s Choice Action Research.
For more information about the symposium, contact SWilliams@rockford.edu.
11/07/2018 6:53 pm
Rockford University will host a Future Regent Visit Day on Monday, November 12, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Future Regent Visit Day’s provide interested students and their families an in-depth look at the University, including visits with admission representatives, financial aid staff, faculty, and current students. Guests are invited to explore campus, meet with faculty, and interact with current students.The November 12 visit day also features a free lunch. The Visit day will conclude at approximately 2 p.m.
Check-in begins at 10 AM on Rockford University’s campus, located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. To learn more about Future Regent Visit Day and to register, call 815-226-4050 or visit www.rockford.edu/admission/visit to reserve a spot today.
11/05/2018 11:44 am
Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., president of Rockford University, was named one of the 2018 People You Should Know by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce; one of 20 people recognized during a special reception held Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Tebala Event Center. The Chamber’s People You Should Know recognitions started in 2011 and has since honored 121 community leaders.
This latest group features eight women and 12 men representing a variety of industries, including health care, government, nonprofits, finance, education, manufacturing and professional services. Honorees are business leaders who impact their respective organizations and industries and who positively affect the local business environment. More about the entire 2018 class is featured in the Rockford Register Star’s November 1, 2018 story, “Rockford Chamber of Commerce names 20 People You Should Know.”
Dr. Fulcomer came to Rockford in 2013, first serving as Vice President for Enrollment Management for three years before being named as Rockford University’s 18th president in 2016. Under Dr. Fulcomer’s leadership the university has conducted more than $2 million in capital improvements to the science building and the residence halls, continuing to build on the $25 million in investments made to the campus since 2008. He has more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education. Prior to his time at Rockford, Dr. Fulcomer served for 19 years at Bluffton University (Ohio), most recently as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life.
In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Fulcomer has been active in his communities. He is a board member for Rockford Christian Schools, the Golden Apple Foundation, SwedishAmerican Health Systems, Alignment Rockford Governing Board, Rockford International Education Center, Rockford Leaders, and Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Rockford Christian Schools, Associated Colleges of Illinois and the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities. He participated in the Chamber’s Leadership Rockford Program, and served as co-chair of the Funding and Alignment Spoke of Transform Rockford. Dr. Fulcomer is also a member of the Rockford Rotary Club.
Dr. Fulcomer shares, “It’s my privilege to be included as one of 2018’s People You Should Know. I have enjoyed getting to know and work alongside many of the recipients from this year’s class, as well as many previous PYSK honorees. The diversity of organizations and efforts represented by these individuals is truly impressive. Recognitions like these help provide proof that whatever challenges our community may face, the Rockford region is strong and filled with limitless potential for growth and prosperity.”
10/26/2018 4:25 pm
Dr. Ismail Mirici, Dean of the Ataturk Faculty of Education from Near East University in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, visited Rockford University in mid-October to meet with President Eric Fulcomer regarding a new partnership between the two universities. An initial memorandum of understanding was signed that allows for the continuing development of a program that will begin with Rockford University offering select classes to students at Near East University and eventually grow to provide a full joint degree program.
Rockford University has experienced significant growth in its international programming over the course of the last decade, currently hosting more than 100 students from 17 countries. Fostering a robust international presence on campus further supports the University’s mission to prepare students for success in a modern and changing global society. Dr. Fulcomer adds, “We are excited about this new collaboration with Near East University and the opportunities it will bring to Rockford University, our students and the community. How fortunate we are to have a microcosm of the world here on our campus. Our international students enrich our experiences by sharing their unique cultures and languages and providing us a greater appreciation of both our differences and our similarities.”
The program will make it possible for students at Near East University to begin their education in North Cyprus and complete their degree at Rockford University. Rockford has more than 20 similar types of agreements with universities throughout China as well as study abroad opportunities for students in Sweden, Spain, Japan, England, France, Italy and Chile.
Dr. Ismail Mirici and President Eric Fulcomer meet at Rockford University on October 15, 2018 to sign a memorandum of understanding between Rockford University and Near East University.
09/20/2018 3:37 pm
US News & World Report released its 2019 rankings and has again named Rockford University as a Best in the Midwest Regional University. According to US News & World Report, Regional Universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs. These rankings are split into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region consists of 12 states.
The 2019 U.S News ranking includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on academic excellence, including assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Unlike most other publication rankings, U.S. News doesn’t require institutions to complete a survey, invest in advertising or pay fees to be part of the listing.
Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education in Urban Education, (M.Ed.). Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and is a U.S. News & World Report Best Midwest Regional University, Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.
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