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35mm A Musical Exhibition promotional imageRockford University’s fall 2019 Forum Series concludes with a production of the musical exhibition 35mm. The musical runs Thurs.- Sat., November 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., November 24 at 2 p.m. in Rockford University’s Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center. This groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre is directed by Associate Professor of Music, Timm Adams, and bridges the connection between the visual and auditory experience, creating a multi-sensory emotional journey.

This stunning new multimedia musical immerses the audience in a collection of ‘snapshot images’ by photographer Matthew Murphy that are woven together as each of the evening’s original songs written by Ryan Scott Oliver is performed. In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening as it re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

Maddox Theatre is located in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. Tickets are required and single ticket admission is $12 for adults and seniors age 55 and up, and $9 for students. Contact the Box Office for tickets at or 815-226-4100 to purchase tickets.

“Working actively to conserve our wildlife is so important to me because if we don’t value and protect what we have we risk losing it. There is so much beauty that surrounds us that is worth protecting and if I can do my small part to ensure some sort of change is made, then that is what I’ll do.”

When he reflects on his experience this summer, Tanner Elliott says he can’t wait to go back.

Participating in his summer job as a Conservation Foreman at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico was, without a doubt, one of the greatest highlights of Tanner’s college career. Tanner has been on staff at Philmont for the past two summers. The photos shared in this story are from his time in 2018 when the ranch experienced devastating fires. The ranch had to close for the entire season and cancel treks for thousands of scouts for the first time in its 80-year history.

Tanner’s passion for the environment is deeply-rooted in his sense of service. He continually partakes in the Rockford community’s Sheriff’s Explorer program, is currently serving as Rockford University’s Student Government Association Vice President, and successfully completed an Eagle Scout project to build an accessible seating area adjacent to the football stadium of a local area high school. 

All of these efforts contribute to Tanner’s drive to value and protect his community and the environment. He believes that our earth is a vital component of a community to which we all belong to, and with great effort is enthusiastically working to do his part to protect it.

His ambition to serve and protect may have never happened if it was not for his father and grandfather, both dedicated Boy Scout leaders. Ever since he was little, they demonstrated to him the importance of understanding and caring for the environment and local community.

“My grandfather inspired me to have the force to create a better community, and to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”

Tanner is a major in the Criminal Justice program here on campus. As he aspires to work in Fish and Game or conservation service, preferably for a Federal/State institution, Tanner is already gaining plenty of experience to draw from. 

The Human Library logo for Forum series eventThe Human Library will make its first-ever visit to campus on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall, Student Burpee Center as part of the University’s Fall Forum Series. The Human Library is a Nonprofit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has partners in more than 80 countries across the world.

The Human Library was created in the spring of 2000 in Copenhagen by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen and is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. Since 2000, Human Library events have featured human beings serving as open books, allowing interactive conversations that the audience would not normally have access to.

The Human Library is a global innovative and hands-on learning platform, that is embedded in high school to higher education learning to better our understanding of diversity in order to help create more cohesive and inclusive communities across cultural, religious, social and ethnic boundaries. Every human book from our bookshelf represents a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, or ethnic origin.

Presented by volunteers from the Northern Illinois Chapter of The Human Library and in collaboration with Rockford University’s Office of Global Affairs and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, this interactive event will last at least 90 minutes. There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. The event will take place in the Burpee Center’s Regents Hall, located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. For tickets, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or This semesters Forum Series will continue through late November. View the full Forum Series lineup at

Futre Regent Visit Day See for YourselfRockford University’s next Future Regent Visit Day is on Monday, November 11, beginning at 10 a.m. Future Regent Visit Days 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, interact with current students, and test drive the University’s academic offerings.

The November 11 Visit Day also features a complimentary lunch. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on Rockford University’s campus, located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. The Visit Day will conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. To learn more about Future Regent Visit Day and to register, call 815-226-4050 or visit make a reservation spot today.

“The Anomic Bomb: Mass Murder in a Mad World” will be presented by Casey Jordan, Ph.D., criminologist, forensic psychologist, and professor on Monday, November 4, 7 p.m. as part of the University’s fall Forum series.

Dr. Jordan has taught and studied the nature of crime and violence for more than 30 years and has interviewed more than 100 inmates and criminals to collect data on casual factors for their crimes, with the end goal of using this data to solve and prevent future crimes. She is currently the professor of Division of Justice & Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University. In addition to teaching, she has also served on the defense teams of many high-profile murder cases and has served as the CNN Criminologist in covering unfolding spree-and mass-murder events such as the DC snipers and the Las Vegas massacre.

More than a century ago the great sociologist Emile Durkheim coined the phrase “ANOMIE” in an attempt to describe the complex world of chaos experienced by people who committed suicide. Dr. Jordan will provide insight into anomic mass murder, differentiating between terrorism, workplace violence, and family annihilations, and end with a brainstorming session for what we can do –if anything—to identify the anomic Bomb. In this presentation, case studies of anomic bombs will be explored, in addition to a brainstorming session for what can be done, if anything, to identify the anomic Bomb before they explode.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. This event will take place in Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center located on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or For a complete list of the 2019 Fall Forum Series events, visit Arts & Lectures/ Forum Series.

A public solo exhibition, “Aloft” by Rafael E. Vera an interdisciplinary artist from Venezuela and based out of Chicago, will take place on Friday, October 25 from 6- 8 p.m. In addition to the exhibition, Vera’s work will be on display from October 25 through November 29.

Vera is the department head of Studio Arts at Loyola University, Co-Director of Ralph Arnold Gallery and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Vera’s work is commonly installation-based, as well as two and three-dimensional, and oftentimes collaborative. His drawings and sculptures search for those in-between spaces where void and the dividing line interact and coexist. They reference a limbo space that investigates his constant interest for the transition.

Vera received his BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award and the George L. and Roman Siegel Fellowship Award. In 2013, he received the 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship. He was also an Artist Resident in HATCH Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition, 2014-2015. He is currently the Director of the Fine Arts Department at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking.

There is no charge to attend. This event will take place in the Rockford University Art Gallery located in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. For more information on the Art Gallery and to view upcoming exhibitions visit

Rock Valley College and Rockford University announced today a new partnership designed to provide a seamless path for adult students to complete a business management bachelor’s degree at Rockford University through its Puri School of Business. The Rockford Ready program enables anyone who has completed an Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S) to easily transfer their degree credentials for full-credit and earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Studies in as little as 24-months through a combination of online and hybrid courses.

Rockford University and Rock Valley College have long-standing transfer articulation agreements for students who begin their college studies at RVC to earn Associate’s of Art (A.A.) or Associates of Science (A.S.) degrees, which are degrees designed to prepare students for transfer into a four-year college. Rockford Ready differs in that it is customized more specifically for working individuals who have an A.A.S. degree. A.A.S. degrees are more career-focused programs that provide specific skill sets and certifications to go directly into the workforce.

“We are listening closely to what our area business and industry leaders are saying is needed to help their employees acquire the necessary skills and education they need for continued leadership and management growth,” said Rockford University President Dr. Eric Fulcomer. “Rockford Ready is an excellent example of how two organizations can come together to provide a creative and viable continuing education option to specifically addresses those needs. I’m impressed with our respective faculty and administrators who worked side-by-side to design this innovative bachelor’s completion curriculum. We are excited to launch the program here today with our RVC colleagues.”

RVC President Dr. Doug Jensen adds, “Rockford Ready creates an important new educational pathway for RVC graduates that provides our students and graduates seamless access to an affordable, high-quality local bachelor degree completion program in business management. Our mutual goal with Rockford University is to be receptive and responsive leaders in educational opportunities for our region. Rockford Ready is an excellent example of a program doing that, and one that is sure to offer greater opportunities for career advancement.”

Anyone interested in learning more about applying an Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree toward a bachelor’s in business management at Rockford University is encouraged to attend a free Rockford Ready information session on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Woodward Technology Center Lobby, Rock Valley College, 3301 Mulford Rd, Rockford. An in-depth look at how the program helps advance career opportunities, including details on program and admission requirements will be included. A panel of current and former students will also provide insight into their experiences with Rockford University’s business degree completion program. Guests also will be able to speak one-on-one with program advisors and faculty. The $35 application fee is waived for anyone who registers during the event.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To learn more about the Business Management information session and to register, call 815-226-4040 or visit to reserve a spot.

For more information about the Rockford Ready program, contact:

                Rock Valley College – Advising; or 815-921-4100 or,

                Rockford University – Adult & Graduate Studies; or 815-226-4040

Rockford University welcomes Mary Rose Filip on Tuesday, October 22, 3 p.m., in Fisher Memorial Chapel as part of the University’s Fall Forum Series. Filip, a volunteer at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall and Museum, will present “Rockford, World War II, and the Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol.”

On April 3, 1940, the women of Rockford founded Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol (W.A.S.P.). Within months this effort swept nationwide and was the first Women’s Ambulance program in the country. Veteran’s Memorial Hall and Museum opened a scrapbook in their archives to unearth this part of Rockford’s history. There has been nothing about these women online, but after several months of intense research, their story and pictures are ready to be showcased. This story is a living legacy and is expected to grow as more information comes to light. Join Mary Rose Filip and take a step back into a 1940’s time capsule of Rockford’s history as she unveils the living legacy of the more than 200 women of Rockford who founded W.A.S.P.

There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. This event will take place in Fisher Memorial Chapel located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. For tickets, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

This semester’s Forum Series continues through late November. View the full lineup at

Rockford University will host an event for students who are ready to enroll during the daylong Admit-a-thon event on Monday, October 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Admit-a-thon day is intended to provide interested students and their families a convenient and individualized time to talk with an admission counselor as well as have access to current students, faculty and alumni, explore campus, and receive a same day admission decision.

During the Admit-a-thon, interested students are invited to come directly to the Admission offices located in Nelson Hall anytime between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete a free application. An official transcript (first-year students must also bring ACT/SAT scores) will be needed. Admission counselors will be available to evaluate individuals’ files and provide an admission decision on the spot. Full-time, admitted students also will receive a scholarship.

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 more than 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult 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), Master of 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, and is consistently recognized as Best Midwest Regional University by US News & World Report. The University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.

The winners have been announced after an exciting week of pride and enthusiasm for Rockford University’s 2019 Homecoming decorating contest. Departments and offices competed last week in the contest with the theme of “our pride cannot be tamed”. Out of nine participating spaces, Rockford University’s Office of Student Life won first place and a trophy for their time, efforts and creativity.

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The second and third place winners include:  


Second Place: Office of Global Affairs

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Third Place: Puri School of Business

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