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Rockford University and Rock Valley College are hosting their bi-annual Career & Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 27, from 1-4 PM in Rockford University’s Regents Hall, Burpee Center located at 5050 E. State St. Rockford. 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.

Approximately 50 employers will be in attendance looking to fill internships, full time, and part-time employment opportunities. Employers in the Banking/Finance, Business, Healthcare, Education, IT/Tech, Staffing, and News/Media industries as well as many others 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. Job-seekers who pre-register will have their resume sent to employers before the fair. Walk-ins are welcome and registration at the door is free. This event is free to students, alumni, and the community.

If you have any questions please contact Clayton Duffy at 815-394-4287 or by email at

Rockford University welcomes Evie Ladin and Keith Terry on Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m., Fisher Memorial Chapel, as part of the University’s Spring Forum Series.

Evie Ladin (percussive-dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, banjo player, and square-dance caller) and Keith Terry (percussionist, rhythm-dancer, and educator) have helped cultivate the thriving International Body Music scene, performing rhythm-based multi-cultural music and dance works, reconnecting Appalachian music with other African-Diaspora traditions in the music world. The San Francisco Chronicle named Keith Terry “a unique master of percussive motion” while also highlighting Evie Ladin as “a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve”.

Keith Terry, Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF) and Evie Ladin, Executive Director of the IBMF, are artists whose work explores the intersection of music, dance and culture through the human instrument. 

Body Music, also known as body percussion or body drumming, is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, sing, snap and grunt their musical ideas. There are many traditional Body Music’s in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. This literal hands-on seminar will introduce you to the sonic exploration of the instrument we all share, with skilled performances by the duo, and discussion of how the human arts shift and change with the political landscape.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place at Fisher Memorial Chapel 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 Spring Forum Series events, visit Arts & Lectures/ Forum Series.

Rockford University’s international students will help prepare a wide variety of international dishes for Rockford University’s 11th annual International Food Festival on Saturday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. This popular annual event is open to the community. The event takes place in Regents Hall, 2nd floor, Burpee Center on the Rockford University campus located at 5050 E. State Street, Rockford. The Burpee Center is accessible.

Sponsored by Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs, the International Food Festival features authentic recipes from more than 33 countries. Some of the countries represented at this year’s festival include Denmark, Germany, Philippines, Japan, China, Sweden, Turkey, Syria, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and France. Members from the Multicultural Club choose their favorite recipes so that visitors can taste and enjoy home cooked meals from their countries. International entertainment is also planned that features traditional songs and dances. Rockford University is currently home to more than 112 international students representing 23 countries.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults, and children are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Rockford University’s Global Affairs office at or call 815-394-5112.  


Rockford University’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program (BSN) will move to a four-semester program effective for the Fall 2019 semester, changing from the previous five semester structure. Rockford University currently enrolls up to 80 students per year in its nursing program. Cohorts begin in both the fall and spring semesters.

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Program Chair and Nurse Administrator, Kim McCullough, DNP, RN says, “For more than 38 years, Rockford University has been a leader in providing students with the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing that is further complimented by a program grounded in the liberal arts tradition. This prepares our nursing graduates with the highly technical skills they need to be excellent medical professionals, along with important critical thinking and problem-solving skills that make them excellent employees and caregivers.” She adds, “Rockford University’s nursing students are a solution to the growing nursing shortage. They are now able to enter the workforce sooner, while still being trained with the rigor necessary to ensure they continually demonstrate the capabilities and compassion nurses require”.

Rockford University’s nursing program provides students the opportunity to experience clinical and hospital settings to best prepare them for their future careers, while also offering a wide view of opportunities available for a nursing professional. The mission of the Rockford University Nursing Department is to prepare registered professional nurses to provide quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities with diverse health needs. Nursing students are challenged to think critically, act compassionately, and engage with their wider community. The mission of the nursing department can be seen woven into each of the courses and is built upon each semester.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program at Rockford University are encouraged to contact Rockford University Admissions at 815-226-4050.

Rockford University welcomes Reverend Katherine Gray Silvan on Monday, March 4, 12 p.m., in Fisher Memorial Chapel, as part of the University’s Spring Forum Series. Rev. Katherine Gray Silvan is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a licensed Master of Social Work who educates, empowers and ministers to people of all faiths. Fisher Memorial Chapel is located on the University’s campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

After being ordained as an Interfaith minister at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC in 2002, she went on to grad school at Southern Connecticut State University and became a licensed social worker. As a professional speaker, Rev. Silvan leads groups, seminars, and lectures both locally and nationally at colleges and community centers. A few years ago she began doing public speaking through Conscious Campus, an organization that provides renowned inspirational speakers and entertainers to colleges and universities with the mission of building social and cultural awareness. Since then, she has had the great privilege of speaking around the country educating students about the importance of faith diversity and learning the art of self love.

“The Art of Self Love” includes stress reduction, healthy boundary setting and mindfulness techniques and ground breaking research on alternative methods of healing and body balancing. In this workshop/lecture, Rev. Katherine Gray Silvan engages her audience in the Art of Self-Care. Katherine makes the distinction between being selfish and self-full and teaches students how to assess their perceptions regarding self-care and to set honest boundaries for themselves. This workshop explores healthy living, healthy giving and healthy believing; helping the audience understand the connection between our thinking and beliefs and how we are feeling and doing in our lives. Katherine will introduce and explore short and simple techniques for creating skills in self-care that help navigate a diverse world. Students will not only spend the session caring for themselves, but they will also walk away with the beginnings of a self-care tool box that they can utilize and build on throughout their lives. All will be encouraged to embrace a personal commitment to be a force of love in the world, by first loving oneself.

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 list of the Spring 2019 Forum Series events is available on the University’s website at

Rockford University’s Spring 2019 Forum Series continues with a special keynote address from Board of Trustee member Jonathan Whitlock, to commemorate the 172nd anniversary of the signing of Rockford University’s charter on Monday, March 4 at 4 pm.

This year’s Charter Day commemorates the 172nd anniversary of the signing of the charter for Rockford University. The annual event will include special speaker and Board of Trustee member Jonathan Whitlock, and an academic procession of faculty in traditional robes depicting their rank, with stoles representing their respective alma maters and degrees.

There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. This event will take place in Maddox Theatre, in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

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

Rockford University’s Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement is hosting Rockford Goes Bald: Head Shaving Event for St. Baldrick’s on Weds., February 27 in Regents Hall, Student Burpee Center from 5:00- 7:30 pm. T-Mobile is an official sponsor for this event. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization, with the exception of the U.S. government.

There are currently 15 people signed up to participate in the event, of which 10 will be shaving their heads to help raise awareness and donate to the cause. These participants include Alex Johnson (Director of Student Involvement and Orientation at Rockford University), James Orourke (T Mobile representative), Sergio Herrera (AmeriCorps VISTA at Rockford University and Rockford Goes Bald event organizer), as well as several other students and staff members. The commitment of these individuals to shave for this event raises more than just funds and awareness, it also shows kids who lost their hair during their cancer treatment that you support them.

Rockford Goes Bald begins at 5 pm on Rockford University’s campus, located at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. To learn more about Rockford Goes Bald and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or to donate visit, donations are now being accepted. 

Hear from New York City based musical theater songwriting team Sam Carner and Derek Gregor as they share insights about their new musical “Techies”, how they chose Rockford University and its students to take part in developing this brand new musical, the process of creating and workshopping a new musical, and what opportunities it presents to the Rockford University students involved. 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 also presents a unique opportunity for the community to be able to see and participate in a brand new musical production and provide valuable feedback. 

“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 Visit for more about Techies and the University’s performing arts season.

Rockford University is pleased to welcome Jamsheed Choksy, Ph.D. as he presents State and Faith in Iran- Recent History as a Key to Understanding the Present on Thurs., February 21 at 4 pm. In this Phi Beta Kappa lecture, Dr. Choksy will discuss how the country’s geography, natural resources, international relations, and domestic changes combined with foreign influences and interventions to produce a political system in which the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government—not dissimilar to those of the US—become subordinate to a theocratic establishment. Dr. Choksy is a U.S. Presidentially-nominated and U.S. Congressionally-confirmed Member of the National Council on the Humanities which oversees the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC.

Dr. Choksy is Distinguished Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His writings and lectures explore why human existence is viewed as a struggle between good and evil, and how beliefs and practices shape people’s lives and actions.

He is a leading authority on the Arab conquest of Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and Central Asia, the spread of Islam, and the impact of faith on politics, international relations, and security. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities, and has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, DC), Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Religion. His many publications include Conflict and Cooperation: Zoroastrian Subalterns and Muslim Elites in Medieval Iranian Society.

There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. Dr. Choksy’s presentation will take place in Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

Read more about Dr. Jamsheed Choksy here.

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Rockford University’s Spring 2019 Forum Series continues with a free lecture from American historian and author Ronald C. White, Ph.D. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. Dr. White will speak about his latest presidential biography American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, which has won the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography awarded by the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York. The biography was a finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize. General David H. Petraeus (Ret.) wrote, “Certain to be recognized as the classic work on Ulysses S. Grant”.

Ronald C. White is one of today’s most astute biographers of Abraham Lincoln. He has written three award-winning and bestselling books on the 16th U.S. president, offering new insights into this fascinating historical figure. In his latest presidential biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, White offers a surprising portrait that reshapes our understanding of an American hero. Dr. White’s lectures are noted as riveting and thoroughly researched historical journeys, with lessons that still speak to us today.

A frequent and popular speaker, White brings history alive to give context to today’s issues. As one of the foremost biographers of Abraham Lincoln, White draws audiences in with new insights into Lincoln’s life and legacy as a lawyer, politician, and president. In his lectures on Ulysses S. Grant, Dr. White refocuses the life of self-effacing American Ulysses who points beyond himself to a panoply of enduring values. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on PBS News Hour.

There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. Dr. White’s presentation will take place in Maddox Theatre, in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

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