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Rockford University is hosting two upcoming events for students interested in attending college and learning more about the University. For students who are ready to enroll, a daylong Admit-a-Thon will be held on Thursday, January 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Saturday, February 23, prospective students and their families are invited to the Future Regent Visit Day held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

During the Admit-a-Thon on Thursday, January 3, 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. Additional scholarship opportunities are available. This walk-in event requires no preregistration.

The Future Regent Visit Day on Saturday, February 23, will provide interested students and their families an in-depth look at Rockford University, including visits with admission representatives, financial aid staff, faculty, and current students. The day also includes a tour of the campus, located in the heart of Rockford on 150 wooded acres, and an academic fair where visitors can talk one-on-one with faculty from various departments to learn more about academic programs. A complimentary lunch in the University’s dining hall will be provided. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on Rockford University’s campus, located at 5050 East State Street in Rockford. To learn more about Future Regent Visit Day and to register, call 815-226-4050 or visit


Tracy Wang

Rockford University senior Tracy Wang (Jiangsu, China) has been named as a 2018 Lincoln Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Each year, the annual Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Ceremony recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities by seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. This year’s ceremony took place Saturday, November 17, in Springfield. President Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D. accompanied Wang for the ceremony.

Tracy attended Pine City High School in Pine City, Minn., and will graduate from Rockford University in 2019 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Math. After completing her degree, she plans to attend law school to achieve her professional goals.  

When asked about this opportunity Tracy stated, “It is a great honor to be selected as Rockford University’s Lincoln Laureate. I feel very thankful that the institution has recognized all of my achievements. Four years ago I had the decision where to go to college, and I can proudly say that every day I am glad that I chose a university that values its students above all else, has supported me both in and out of the classroom, provided mentoring for my future career, and taught me lessons that have broadened my perspectives.”

Tracy has participated in the Washington Semester Program for Justice and Law at American University. She is currently serving as the President of the Rockford University Student Government Association. She has been named to both the Dean’s and Distinguished Scholar list. In addition to her work in Campus Activities and Student Government, Tracy has served as an Orientation Leader for Rockford University’s new student programs for the past two years, and through this has inspired new students to look for opportunities to become involved and encouraged them to consider serving as student leaders. As an active student leader, she has been a member of the Rockford University Facility Committee, the Multicultural Club, and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She is also currently serving as the student representative to the University’s Board of Trustees.  

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Rockford University’s Performing Arts department presents “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” written by Academy Award winner Alan Ball and directed by Professor Deborah Mogford. The show runs Thursday, November 15- Saturday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m. in Rockford University’s Clark Arts Center, Cheek Theatre. The Clark Arts Center is accessible.

This unique, six character cast, play first premiered 25 years ago at New York’s Manhattan Class Company. The comedy play provides an irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing. It is summer and five women wearing identical unique bridesmaids dresses have survived the elaborate wedding ceremony to find themselves at the ostentatious wedding reception being held on the estate of the bride. There is only so much they can take, so they seek sanctuary in an upstairs bedroom. Each woman has her own reason for avoiding the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on these five very different women are surprised to discover a common bond. This wickedly funny and touching celebration of life explores the nature of sisterhood and the ever-present question about the behavior of men. You can’t live with them, but can you live without them?

This production is for mature audiences only. Tickets are required and seating is limited. To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office at The complete list of this seasons productions is available on the University’s website at

Rockford University welcomes noted scholar and Professor Annie Storr, Ph.D., on Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., in the Fisher Memorial Chapel located on Rockford University’s Campus. The lecture is part of the University’s Fall Forum Series. Dr. Storr will present “Rockford’s Daughter: Reintegrating the life of Ellen Gates Starr as a social reformer, artist, activist, and religious seeker.”  Dr. Storr provides unique insight into the backstory and resulting significant impact of this Rockford Seminary alumnae.

Annie StorrAccording to Dr. Storr, Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940) may be one of America’s most important under-studied figures of the early 20th Century. Side by side with her lifelong friend, fellow Rockford alumna and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jane Addams (1860-1935), she co-founded Chicago’s famous Hull-House. Part of this story is Starr’s role as an articulate conveyor of ideas, both directions, between the Progressive Midwest and the Britain of the Suffrage Movement, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Social Gospel and Modern literary circles. The research and historical study of Ellen Gates Starr and Jane Addams continues to be one of Dr. Storr’s two long-term projects.

Dr. Annie Storr is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Research Study Center. She teaches both art history and education at Montserrat College of Art, having devoted her career to exploring the intersection of the two disciplines.

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 The complete Fall 2018 Forum Series is available on the University’s website at

Rosling RönnlundRockford University welcomes Anna Rosling Rönnlund on Monday, October 15, 7 p.m., Maddox Theatre, as part of the University’s Fall Forum Series and presented with Rockford’s Connect2Peace organization. Rönnlund is co-founder and board member of the Gapminder Foundation, whose mission statement is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand. Rönnlund is also co-author of the book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think with her father-in-law Hans Rosling and husband Ola Rosling. Following the event, the book will be available for purchase outside of the University Bookstore. Maddox Theatre is located in the Clark Arts Center on the University’s campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible.

The book caught the attention of Bill Gates who says that it is one of the most important books that he has ever read. In an April 2018 interview with Time Magazine, Gates goes on to say that, “Factfulness is his [Hans Rosling] final effort to help people identify areas where things are getting better and spread that improvement. It explains more clearly than almost anything else I’ve read why it’s so difficult for people to perceive progress. “Factfulness” is defined as the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. In this interactive conversation presented with Rockford’s Connect2Peace organization, you’ll hear 10 instincts that distort our understanding of the world and how the thinking habit of factfulness can help. You’ll also learn about Dollar Street, an innovative data visualization program devolved by Rönnlund that uses data to depict how people really live.

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 The complete Fall 2018 Forum Series is available on the University’s website at

Rockford University and Rock Valley College are hosting their bi-annual Career & Internship Fair this Wednesday, September 26, from 1-4 PM in the Rock Valley College Physical Education Canter (PEC). The Rockford University and Rock Valley College Career & Internship Fair is an opportunity for employers to recruit job and internship seekers. This event allows employers the opportunity to meet with current students, alumni, and other members of the community.

More than 92 employers will be in attendance looking to fill internships, full time, and part time employment opportunities. Employers in the Banking/Finance, Business, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Staffing, and News/Media industries will all be present. For the most recent updates please review the event information here. All candidates should dress professionally, and bring copies of resumes to give to employers. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome and registration at the door is free. This event is free to students, alumni, and the community.