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Mercyhealth and Rockford University announced today a new partnership between the two organizations that will serve to elevate the overall student-athlete experience. Effective with the start of

Rockford University’s Director of Athletics, Jason Mulligan (left); President Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D. (middle); and President and CEO of Mercyhealth Javon Bea (right)

the 2019-2020 academic year, this new five-year agreement establishes Mercyhealth as the exclusive sports medicine provided for all Rockford University athletic programs and student-athletes.

As the exclusive sports medicine provider, Mercyhealth will provide a dedicated Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) to further supplement Rockford University’s full-time Head Athletic Trainer Holli Hall, MS, LAT, ATC in providing preventative care, injury assessment, emergency care and rehabilitation. The partnership also includes ongoing CPR certification training for all coaching staff, student-athlete sport physicals and team physicians.

President of Rockford University Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D.; and President and CEO of Mercyhealth Javon Bea

According to Javon Bea, president and CEO of Mercyhealth, this new partnership continues a long tradition of caring for athletes in the communities they serve. Rockford University President Dr. Eric Fulcomer adds, “We believe that this new partnership with Mercyhealth serves as an excellent example of how we can collaborate with an important organization to work toward a common goal of providing outstanding service and care.”

Rockford University currently has more than 280 athletes and 35 coaches participating in 14 NCAA Division III sports. For more information about Rockford University Athletics, visit GoRegents.com.

Rockford University welcomes Xavier Ramey on Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, as part of the University’s fall Forum Series. This presentation is made possible by Connect2Peace, Rockford Rotary Club, and Eliminate Racism 815. Xavier Ramey is the CEO of Justice Informed, LLC, a social impact consulting firm based in Chicago, Ill.

Serving as the lead of the Social Innovation and Philanthropy Strategy in the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, Ramey is known for being an award-winning social strategist, noted public speaker, and conflict mediator. He has managed multi-million dollar philanthropic portfolios to stimulate employment in addition to working as a non-profit director of development in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Recognized for his discussions on topics including community and economic development, policing and policy violence, Ramey draws connections from the Christian faith to our lived experience.

Ramey will provide a keynote that brings the issues of social equity, community development, peace-making, and history together for attendees such that their understanding of how the relationships they choose and do not choose, impact the world itself. He will invite each listener to consider how peace requires an understanding of injustice, history, and deciding to stand up for those we often stand upon.

Maddox Theatre is located in the Clark Arts Center on the University’s campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend. Tickets are required and seating is limited. To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at boxoffice@rockford.edu. The complete fall 2019 Forum Series is available on the University’s website at rockford.edu/artslectures/forum/.

Ashni Gandhi has been selected as the Rockford University AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2019-2020 academic year. Ashni began her duties on August 21, 2019. The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a government program that helps to elevate poverty in areas of need. AmeriCorps VISTA members, like Ashni, serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside members in their local communities to help eradicate pressing challenges and provide solutions.

Ashni is a recent graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She double majored in English and Spanish, worked in the Government Affairs division at Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), interned at a local law firm, and studied abroad in Barcelona for an academic year. In addition, she also served as a news reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Daily Illini.

This coming academic year, Ashni will work on implementing services and programming focused on students who may be at risk of not having the opportunity to gain a secondary education because of their economic status. Ashni’s work will focus on building programming and services that further support students who face financial challenges. When asked about her goals for this academic year, Ashni stated “I’m excited to work in conjunction with faculty and students at the University, strengthening RU’s ties to the Rockford community at large. By implementing measures to alleviate poverty, I hope to inspire students to keeping fighting for their own higher education and give back to those in need.”

She will contribute to the capacity building goals of the Rockford University VISTA project by performing activities such as developing programming and student support materials for the Minority Male Mentoring Program, developing a community support network specifically for economically stressed students, revamping our student success workshops, and working with the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement on creating Civic Leadership and Career-Building Volunteer Experiences for our students.

Troubled Waters in International Trade: Impact on Northern Illinois Economy discussion will be presented on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Nordlof Center located at 118 N. Main Street, Rockford. The Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University is pleased to host a moderated discussion on trade disputes and how it is expected to impact various local businesses.

Highlighted will be the United Kingdom’s exit from European Union (Brexit), and trade disputes between US-china and Korea-Japan and how it could significantly impact most local businesses, manufacturing or service, agriculture, and investors – whether exporters, importers or neither.

This non-political conversation, moderated by former Congressman Don Manzullo, will feature Mark Tokola, former US Senior Foreign Service Officer, Minister Counselor of Political Affairs to the US Embassy in the UK and current VP Korea Economic Institute of America; and Roxana Idu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Puri School of Business at Rockford University.  

This program is offered by The Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your space today by calling 815-543-5550 or by emailing IWAT@rockford.edu.

Rockford University welcomes Graham Hackett on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m., in Scarborough Hall’s Severson Auditorium, as part of the University’s fall Forum Series. Graham Hackett serves as the Prevention and Education Coordinator for Our VOICE, a sexual assault prevention and rape crisis center in Ashville, NC. As a veteran educator, professional speaker, and social justice advocate, Graham has a unique cross-section of experience, enhanced by collaborating with culturally diverse populations.

As awareness about sexual assault grows and condemnation of toxic behavior reaches a fever pitch, many are asking, “WHAT NOW?” This program looks at how we can move our communities towards gender equality and improved safety for all, delivered with an eclectic blend of keynote and spoken word delivery.

This event is free and the public is welcome to attend. Tickets are required and seating is limited. To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at boxoffice@rockford.edu. Severson Auditorium is located in Scarborough Hall on the University’s campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. For a complete list of the fall 2019 Forum Series events, visit Rockford.edu/Arts & Lectures/ Forum Series.

The start of the 2019-2020 academic year officially begins on Wednesday, August 21. The University looks forward to welcoming returning undergraduate and graduate students to campus. On Friday, August 23, at 12 p.m., Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., will preside over President’s Opening Convocation. Held each year since 1851, the opening convocation includes a faculty procession in full academic regalia and features remarks from Dr. Fulcomer. Inspired by a summer trip with his daughter to New York City, “More than Gossip” will highlight a recent renewed interest in the hallmark CW Network TV show, Gossip Girl, as a backdrop to chronicle the lives of RU Alumni as motivation for students as they approach the academic year. 

Following the President’s Opening Convocation will be the annual Plunge community service event for new students, happening on Saturday, August 24 from 8:30 – 12 p.m., at locations throughout the city. A long-standing annual tradition, the Plunge will include around 150 members of the campus community who work on various projects that help them learn more about the Rockford Community and forge new relationships with fellow classmates, faculty and staff. Sites include: Beyer Stadium, Mendelssohn Performing Arts, Severson Dells, Rockford Rescue Mission Thrift Shop, Discovery Center, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and on the Rockford University campus.

Visit www.rockford.edu for a full list of the upcoming Fall Forum Series Events, Performing Arts Season, Art Gallery and fall sports schedules. All Forums are open to the public and, with the exception of Performing Arts events, are free of charge. Lectures and performances will take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the Clark Arts Center Box Office during regular hours of operation— Monday through Friday, 1- 5 p.m., as well as one hour before event at location of event. Contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu. The Clark Arts Center is accessible.

 

The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers and performances that are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. All Forums are open to the public and, with the exception of Performing Arts events, are free of charge. Lectures and performances will take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained at the Clark Arts Center Box Office during regular hours of operation— Monday through Friday, 1- 5 p.m., as well as one hour before event at location of event. Contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu. The Clark Arts Center is accessible.

 

Fall 2019 Lineup 

President’s Opening Convocation

Friday, Aug. 23, 12 p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The 2019-20 Rockford University academic year begins with a formal convocation and remarks by President Eric W. Fulcomer. Held since 1851, this longtime tradition includes a faculty procession in full academic regalia.

 

 

#WhatNOW: Ending Sexual Assault- Graham Hackett

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

As awareness about sexual assault grows and condemnation of toxic behavior reaches a fever pitch, many are asking, “WHAT NOW?” This program looks at how we can move our communities towards gender equality and improved safety for all, delivered with an eclectic blend of keynote and spoken word delivery.

 

 

Equity is a Foundation for Peace- Xavier Ramey

This lecture is made possible by Connect2Peace, Rockford Rotary Club, and Eliminate Racism 815.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Xavier Ramey will provide a keynote that brings the issues of social equity, community development, peace-making, and history together for attendees such that their understanding of how the relationships they choose and do not choose, impact the world itself. He will invite each listener to consider how peace requires an understanding of injustice, history, and deciding to stand up for those we often stand upon.

 

 

An Evening with Lt. Colonel Olga Custodio, USAF- Olga Custodio

Monday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

Regents Hall, Burpee Student Center

Turned away from flight school because she was a woman, Lt. Col. Olga Custodio went on to break barriers as the first Latina to complete USAF military pilot training, first to become a USAF pilot, and later, as the first Latina commercial pilot for American Airlines. Lt. Col. Custodio’s visit is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and is Rockford University’s Rock Solid Success Seminar, an annual event designed to provide encouragement and motivation to all students as they pursue graduation from RU.

 

 

Rockford, World War II, and the Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol- Mary Rose Filip

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Fisher Memorial Chapel

Join Veteran’s Memorial Hall & Museum volunteer Mary Rose Filip and step back into a 1940’s time capsule of Rockford’s history as she unveils the living legacy of the over 200 women of Rockford who founded W.A.S.P. Women’s Ambulance Safety Patrol on April 3, 1940.

 

 

The Anomic Bomb: Mass Murder in a Mad World- Casey Jordan

Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

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. Criminologist and forensic psychologist Casey 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.

 

 

The Human Library

Presented by volunteers from the Northern Illinois Chapter of The Human Library and in collaboration with the Office of Global Affairs and the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Regents Hall, Burpee Student Center

The Human Library 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. 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.

 

 

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Thursday- Saturday, Nov. 21- 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time, a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical, which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre. This intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

 

 

Rockford University Department of Nursing is undergoing a site visit for continuing accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) this September. We are inviting members of the public to join the ACEN reviewers in a conversation about our Rockford University nursing program on Thursday, September 19 from 3-4 pm in Fisher Memorial Chapel located on Rockford University’s campus at 5050 E. State St. If you would prefer to comment in writing, please send any comments to Dr. Deborah Breiter, Dean of the College of Science, Math and Nursing at dbreiter@rockforde.edu by September 10, 2019. 

Rockford University has added Criminal Justice as a new major and minor degree offering, beginning in fall 2019, and becomes the only area four year residential university to offer a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The new Criminal Justice degree is part of the University’s Sociology and Criminal Justice department, which is housed in the College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education. Criminal Justice was previously offered as a concentration within the Sociology major.

The new Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide students with a wide range of opportunities including academic internships at local agencies or organizations within the Rockford community and beyond by preparing students for a variety of careers, such as law enforcement (local, state, and federal), probation and parole, pre-trial services, law, homeland security, fish and game wardens, and detectives and criminal investigators.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “employment of police and detectives is projected to grow seven percent from 2016 to 2026. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers.” Lynn Newhart, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice states, “In this program, the all-university and collegial requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Our Criminal Justice curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to criminal justice incorporating courses from criminal justice, political science, and sociology.” She also noted that the interdisciplinary approach is important since it offers appeal to students who are interested in criminal justice careers other than law enforcement. A sampling of classes includes: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Transnational Organized Crime, Homeland Security, Terrorism, Law and Society,  Constitutional Law: Rights of the Accused, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminology. Dr. Newhart adds that students will gain knowledge and skills in research, writing, public policy, criminology, corrections, juvenile delinquency, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.

Rockford Police Department’s Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Dalke consulted with the University and Dr. Newhart to provide additional expertise and guidance on shaping the criminal justice program. “Having this program at Rockford University will benefit the institution, the students and community in many ways,” states Dalke. “Knowing the challenges that are presented in Rockford and having a deeper understanding of the community will set these students at an advantage. Building the relationships with the community and hands-on learning through local internships with RPD and others, along with a strong degree curriculum, will help prepare students for a successful career upon graduation.”

Students interested in the Criminal Justice Program at Rockford University are encouraged to contact Rockford University Admissions at 815-226-4050 or email Dr. Newhart at LNewhart@rockford.edu for more information.

Tracy (Hanqing) Wang ’19 at 165th Commencement Ceremony

Rockford University congratulates our recent graduates. Approximately 350 students from 16 states and 17 countries received undergraduate and graduate degrees.

To view the complete list of the recent graduates along with other student achievements, visit the Rockford University Merit page. Achievements have also been distributed to students’ hometown newspapers for regional publication.