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05/17/2019 3:17 pm
At a luncheon for supporters and special guests, President Eric W. Fulcomer announced that the University has exceeded its original goal of $17,300,000 with $18,237,000 raised to date. The Rock Solid & Ready Capital Campaign will officially conclude at the end of the University’s fiscal year on June 30, 2019. Any additional funds raised will contribute to the Rock Solid & Ready final total.
President Fulcomer states, “As Rockford University’s 18th president, it has been my privilege to continue working toward the successful completion of the elements set forth in the Rock Solid & Ready Campaign. I was fortunate in my previous role as Vice President of Enrollment Management to have served alongside President Emeritus Robert L. Head, as the vision for this important work began to take shape, ultimately refining itself into a campaign that has allowed for a strengthening of the Rockford University experience for students, faculty, alumni and friends.”
Campaign Chair Jim Keeling adds, “The generosity of the Rockford University community has been incredible. Led by our dedicated Trustees, more than 2,500 donors have invested in this extraordinary institution during our campaign. Relative to the established campaign priorities, the $18,000,000+ has made a tremendous impact, helping to Shape Modern Facilities ($3.7 million); Enhance the Student Experience ($5.9 million) and Provide for Current Needs ($8.6 million).”
As a result of the Rock Solid & Ready Campaign, the University has been able to make substantial improvements in its academic areas, student experience and learning spaces. Campaign highlights include modernizations completed to the Starr Science Building; the purchase of new scientific equipment; naming of the Puri School of Business, including the installation of the Bloomberg Business Lab trading floor; and the creation of the Student Opportunity Fund which allows for supportive funding for students to further engage in research experiences with faculty and in unique learning opportunities. Finally, the strengthening of the University’s annual fund has allowed for extensive capital improvements to take place across all areas of campus.
This fall, the University will be constructing a $3,000,000 expansion to the Seaver Physical Education Center. This new addition will house an enhanced weight and fitness space and will add more classroom space for the rapidly growing physical education and exercise science programs. Designed by local architecture firm Larson & Darby Group, this vital expansion will be an important venue for student learning and enrollment growth.
President Fulcomer concludes, “We have much to celebrate as we close out this campaign. I am grateful to all who have helped us achieve our goal. Our wonderful students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and visionary trustees, have solidified an exceptional and robust educational experience that prepares Rockford University students for productive lives and careers.”
05/15/2019 1:04 pm
The Truth about Refugees: I was a Stranger…Now I’m a Neighbor discussion will be presented on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 pm in Rockford University’s Fisher Memorial Chapel located at 5050 E. State St. Rockford. The Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University is pleased to host this panel presentation on the policies, experiences, and contributions of refugees coming to the Rockford area.
The discussion will include the process by which refugees get to Illinois, current programs to help them acclimate and settle in the community, the experience in refugee camps, and psychological issues faced on the path to resettlement. Rockford is home to refugees from many parts of the world (Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia primarily) who are making great contributions to our community. The panelist will explain and highlight their paths to becoming our neighbors.
Panelist include: Ngoan Le, Illinois Refugee State Coordinator and Chief of the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Services at the Illinois Department of Human Services; Janet Biljeskovic, Program Director for Rockford Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services; Lionel Nzamba, Refugee from Republic of Congo, Africa, currently working for Lifescape; Damir S. Utržan ’11, Ph.D., LMFT, Treatment Director and Group Supervisor at Minnesota Department of Human Services, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area; and Tricia D. Wagner, Director of ESL (English as a Second Language) Programs at Rock Valley College.
This program is offered by The Institute of World Affairs and Trade at Rockford University. The event is free and open to the Rockford University campus and Rockford community. Fisher Chapel is accessible.
05/08/2019 3:51 pm
Rockford University’s will hold its 165th commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford. Approximately 350 students from 22 states and 12 countries will be awarded degrees and recognized for their significant achievements.
The University is pleased to welcome Bern Sundstedt, alumnus from the class of 1977, former Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Rockford University to address the 2019 class of graduates. Through his more than four decades relationship with the University, Sundstedt has been an integral connector to individuals who represent 11 decades of University life.
Sundstedt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from Rockford University and went on to attend Yale University’s Drama School, from which he graduated in 1981 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Upon graduation he set off on a national tour of Othello which culminated in a four month run on Broadway. The years following, led to stints off-off-Broadway and in regional theatre and television.
Returning to Rockford in the early 90s, Sundstedt joined his alma mater in 1994 as Director of Grants, while also periodically teaching the advanced acting sequence as an adjunct instructor. Having taken on positions of increasing responsibility in Alumni and Development he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and most recently as Senior Project Specialist. In this, his 25th year working at the University, he is retiring in June.
Due to an unforeseen and unavoidable scheduling conflict, originally scheduled speaker Heather Nauert is no longer able to attend.
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Rockford University will also award world-renowned cardiologist, pioneer in the pathophysiology of heart failure, and special friend of the University, Eugene Braunwald, M.D., with an Honorary Doctor of Science. Dr. Braunwald is the distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the founding Chair of the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction Study Group (TIMI) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Braunwald trained at New York University School of Medicine. At the age of 25 he gained recognition through his published works; six years later he was named Chief of Cardiology and Clinical Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He soon became founding Chair of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. From 1972 to 1996 he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
As chairman of TIMI, Dr. Braunwald joined with Rockford University alumni from the class of 1969, Drs. Marc and Janice Pfeffer to provide significant insight into the treatment of patients who suffer from acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina.
Tickets are required to attend the ceremony and are limited to degree candidates and their guests. Tickets must be secured in advance are not be available at the door of the Coronado.
04/25/2019 1:00 pm
President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., will be attending the second U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Summit in Chicago, Ill., on April 24–27. The summit is hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in collaboration with the Mexican Federation of Private Higher Education Institutions (FIMPES) and Santander Universidades and Universia. A delegation of 23 Mexican rectors and senior campus colleagues will participate, as will 31 college presidents and senior leaders from 23 CIC member colleges and universities. The summit will emphasize the importance of international exchange in today’s “America First” political climate.
Summit events will take place at five CIC member institutions in the Chicago area: DePaul University, Dominican University, North Central College, North Park University and Rockford University. Rockford University will host summit participants for a campus visit on Saturday, April 27.
CIC President Richard Ekman noted, “In the current climate of constrained international cooperation, CIC reaffirms the importance of international exchange for the preparation of informed citizens and responsible global participants. Our Mexican neighbors have a special relationship to colleges in the U.S.”
The Summit follows five years during which delegations of Mexican rectors participated in CIC’s annual Presidents Institute, the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents in the U.S., and an inaugural Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2017. Roberta S. Jacobson, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Antonio Cuesta, acting consul general of Mexico in Chicago; Margaret B. Hug, director of regional education initiatives for the U.S. Department of State; and Rebeca Vargas, president and CEO of U.S.-Mexico Leaders Network, are expected to address the summit.
Session topics include innovation in internationalization, the status of student and faculty exchange programs, cross-border articulation agreements, the nature of global leadership and the situation of undocumented students. Participants will also explore joint summer programs and other forms of educational and scholarly partnership and possibilities for association-to-association partnerships. As a result of the summit, participants intend to provide enhanced exchange opportunities for students and faculty members in both countries; provide students with increased access to internships in Mexico and the United States; and allow faculty members and students to collaborate in shared research projects and development programs.
04/19/2019 3:19 pm
Rockford University’s spring 2019 Forum Series concludes with the production of the musical comedy All Shook Up. The musical runs Thurs. – Sat., April 25- 27 at 7:30 PM and Sun., April 28 at 2 PM in Rockford University’s Maddox Theatre, Clark Art Center. This Broadway preformed musical is directed by alumnus Kyle Donahue (2003) and built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, such as classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
The music of Elvis comes alive in this musical set in 1955, somewhere in Middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a guitar-playing young man changes everything and everyone he meets, as he helps a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. This lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes. Kyle Donahue has directed, choreographed and performed around the world on regional theatre, theme park and cruise ship stages and is an alumni of the BFA Musical Theatre Performance program at Rockford University. In Rockford, Kyle performed at New American Theatre, with Rockford Dance Company and the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company.
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 email@example.com or 815-226-4100 to purchase tickets.
04/16/2019 3:13 pm
The Denim Day sexual violence prevention campaign event will take place at Rockford University on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM in the Regents Hall, Student Burpee Center. Rockford University is partnering with the Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention, Rockford Public Schools, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, and United Way to help bring this campaign to the Rockford community.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April for over 20 years. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. Following the overturn, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans to support the victim. The Denim Day campaign was developed by Peace Over Violence in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against inaccurate and destructive misconceptions about sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and rape.
The Denim Day movement is a sexual violence prevention and education campaign. A panel of speakers from the Rockford area will discuss and answer questions focusing on sexual violence and college students. Wear jeans with a purpose, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. There is No Excuse and Never An Invitation to Harass, Abuse, Assault, Rape.
Forum Series takes place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. With the exception of Performing Arts’ events Forum Series event tickets are free, but required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This semester’s Forum Series continues through late April. View the full lineup at www.Rockford.edu/forum.
04/16/2019 1:54 pm
Rockford University, in partnership with MercyHealth, invites you to attend a nursing careers open house at the new state-of-the-art Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside on Tues., April 30. Anyone interested in learning more about how a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rockford University can lead to a rewarding career in the MercyHealth system is encouraged to attend. A special behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital will also be given for those in attendance.
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. Rockford University’s Nursing Department prepares 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.
Visit Rockford University’s website to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program.
Doors open at 4:30 PM with the program beginning at 5 PM. Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside is located at 8201 E. Riverside Blvd, Rockford, IL 61114. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Register online at www.rockford.edu/nursingcareers. For questions or more information, contact Admission Counselor Faith Haley at email@example.com.
04/16/2019 11:37 am
Bern Sundstedt, senior project specialist at Rockford University and former resident actor at New American Theater (NAT) in Rockford from 1977-1978 and 1990-1994, will perform the The Evils of Tobacco, a monologue serio-comedy written by Anton Chekhov as translated by Michael Frayn.
The performance and short discussion following is part of the University’s Brown Bag Series, a semester-long slate of presentations offered by University faculty and staff that feature topics of special interest to the presenters in order to spark the imagination of others and drive conversation and curiosity. This performance and talk-back will be presented on Monday, April 29 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, Rockford University, 5050 East State St., Rockford, Ill. 61108 and is open to the public. Admission is free. The Clark Arts Center is accessible.
Sundstedt graduated from Rockford University in 1977. He completed his training at Yale School of Drama, receiving his MFA in 1981. He went on to appear on Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and in Regional Theatre. Returning to the Rockford region in 1990, he took up residence at New American Theatre, while serving as an adjunct instructor of theatre at Rock Valley College and as the technical director for Starlight Theatre.
Sundstedt first performed The Evils of Tobacco in 1991. While he has performed the play three other times by invitation and has attained a reputation as a Musical Lampoonist, this will be his first public performance of any substance since 1994 when he portrayed Michael Evans in NAT’s, Dancing at Lughnasa.
The Evils of Tobacco, written in 1886 as a high farce for Russian Vaudeville and Street Theatre, was one of Chekhov’s first pieces written specifically for performance. Over the subsequent 17 years, during which Chekhov wrote his major masterpieces, he re-wrote Evils of Tobacco five times. Each time the play’s tenor and content changed, reflecting the playwright’s evolving maturity, during which he became one of the world’s premier writers of realistic dramas.
The Evils of Tobacco, is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Mr. Sundstedt appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.
04/10/2019 4:01 pm
Professor of Philosophy Matt Flamm, Ph.D. will present the ‘Last Lecture’ on his talk titled “It’s All Connected” on Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m. in Fisher Memorial Chapel, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. The Last Lecture is part of the Spring Forum series at the University and provides an opportunity for students to nominate a member of the faculty to deliver his or her ‘last lecture’ as the University nears the end of its academic year.
The Last Lecture series at Rockford University was inspired by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 1997 to his death in 2008. Before his death he was asked to give the students his Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch delivered a laugh-filled session of teaching stories, about going after your childhood dreams, and helping others achieve theirs. The Last Lecture Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Father Robert J. Verstynen Trust; honoring Rockford University faculty members for their years of teaching and example of lifelong learning.
Professor Flamm was chosen based on nominations from students. To show how “It’s All Connected” Dr. Flamm will discuss love, work, teaching, and sing a few songs. He earned his AS from Portland Community College, his BA from State University of New York at Stony Brook, his MA from Texas A&M University, and his doctorate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has enjoyed teaching at Rockford University since 2004. In addition to academics Matthew writes, records, and performs music which, as his presentation will showcase, goes hand in hand with his love of philosophy.
The Last Lecture is free and open to the public, however, tickets are required. Please contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets or for more information. Fisher Chapel is accessible.
The complete list of the Spring 2019 Forum Series events is available on the University’s website at www.rockford.edu/artslectures/forum/.
04/04/2019 10:41 am
Rockford University welcomes Robbin Chapman, Ph.D., associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday, April 9 at 12 p.m., as she discusses “STEM and non-STEM Disciplines: Are They Mutually Exclusive?”
Dr. Chapman previously served as Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Lecturer, Education Department at Wellesley College, and is currently serving a two-year term as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. She earned her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include designing computational tools for learning in public spaces and culturally-responsive pedagogy. Publications include the book, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities, and chapters in “Social Capital and Information Technology”, “Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators”, “Wiley Handbook of Learning Technology”, and the forthcoming “Injecting Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Race and Gender for Diversification in STEM.” Dr. Chapman is regional liaison, Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. This event will 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 email@example.com. For a complete list of the 2019 Spring Forum Series events, visit Rockford.edu/ Arts & Lectures/ Forum Series.
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