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994 – Dean Meyer
1995 – Alexander Kain
1996 – Timothy T. Konrad
1997 – Wayne Fetter
1998 – Brian Harty
1999 – Lisa Wise
2000 – Jo-Ann Valdivia
2001 – Melissa Kussner
2002 – Svetlana Petkova
2003 – Heather Holzwarth
2004 – Ellie Etminan
2005 – Lauren Poppen
2006 – Joseph R. Haney
2007 – Alen Vrebac
2008 – Amy M Rich 2009 – Mohit Singh
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Barrick Research Award Winners
1998 – Lisa Wise, Brian Schofield
1999 – Kari Ebens, Jo-Ann Valdivia
2000 – Melissa Kussner, Elizabeth Sweet
2001 – Svetlana Petkova, Shannon Widlowski
2002 – David Grover, Heather Holzwarth
2003 – Joshua Glovinsky
2004 – Nathan Sweeney
2005 – Erin Moller
2006 – Amy M. Rich
2007 – Amy M. Rich, Angela M. Snow
2008 – Megan E Hofstetter
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1995 – Christopher Aylward
1996 – James B. Dole, Wayne Fetter
1997 – Bradley Barrie, Lisa Wise
1998 – David Bogner, Aimee Stivers
1999 – David Bogner
2000 – Melissa Kussner
2001 – Jackie Guy, Svetlana Petkova
2002 – Adam Peck, Carie Swanson
2003 – Jerome Foss
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Joseph Haney
2006 – Alen Vrebac
2007 – Aaron M K Insko
2008 – Audra L Carlson
2009 – Audra L Carlson
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Calculus Achievement Award Winners
1962 – Dennis J. Palmini
1963 – Carol J. Daley
1964 – Charles Silver
1965 – Carolyn J. Mattila
1966 – Michael L. Landes
1967 – James Curtis
1968 – Johannes Veldhuis
1969 – Kathleen Majcan
1970 – Patrick Shanahan
1971 – Kathleen Mokate
1972 – A. Scott Forsburg
1973 – William R. Paulson, Charles E. Ritzke
1974 – Diane J. Bundens
1975 – Jeffrey Klotz, John Morrissey
1976 – Herbert E. Borbe, Jr.
1977 – J. Scott Hudnall, Cynthia Kleindienst
1978 – Deborah J. Fredricks, Mark S. Zumhagen
1979 – James Harker, Donna Kmen
1980 – Patricia Novak
1981 – Susan Martin, Donna Mueller
1982 – Ellen Evans, Jayne Mariani
1983 – Brian R. Bowley, Wayne A. Martin
1984 – Randall A. Cook
1985 – Timothy A. Anderson, Dawn M. DeSousa
1986 – Andreas Lauer
1987 – Linda M. Abrahams, Tracey A. Kelleher
1988 – Nancy C. Casten, Tracey R. Winters
1989 – James K. Konrad, Karen I. Miraglia
1990 – Jon A. Johnson, David C. Wilson
1991 – Steven W. Siekerski
1992 – Carolyn S. Schauer, Eric Seger
1993 – Karen Hoover, Daniel C. Konrad
1994 – Tim Konrad
1995 – Jeffery Damon
1996 – Bradley Barrie
1997 – Jakob Krummenacher
1998 – Marcia Clinton
1999 – Tracie Knobeloch
2000 – Angela Valaisis
2001 – Heather Holzwarth
2002 – Jody Beilke
2003 – Zachary Cook
2004 – Erin Moller
2005 – Ashley Holzwarth
2006 – Angela M. Snow
2007 – Mohit Singh
2008 – Matthew D Brynteson
2009 – N/A
**Known as the Freshman Mathematics Achievement Award (1962 – 1989)
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Students are eligible to apply for workstudy positions in costuming, scenery, box office, script library, choral library, and recruiting (*note- typically box office positions are awarded to non-departmental students due to time conflicts). Applications for positions should be submitted one week prior to the beginning of the semester. Workers will be selected on the basis of skills, experience, reliability, and initiative. These positions are campus jobs and will be considered as such in terms of renewal and department recommendation. Any student who meets the requirements for employment will be considered. Payment for such jobs is handled through the Melissa Larson in Human Resources. Any student who receives financial aid will be working for the Performing Arts Department under the work study program.
If a student qualifies for employment but receives no form of financial aid, they will be paid on a payroll basis, when available. Those working under the payroll system may seldom work more than 5 hours per week, according to university guidelines. If an individual has a work-study position, s/he is not eligible for a payroll position as well. The university deems this an “over award” and will not allow it.
If you do not follow the above guidelines, there will be repercussions. The first no-call, no-show will result in a verbal warning. The second no-call, no-show will result in a written warning filed with Human Resources. The third no-call, no-show will result in termination.
Payroll and Work-study Assistants holding Production Positions
In many cases, a student who has been granted a production position is also a work-study or payroll assistant. In order to facilitate the method in which work-study hours, payroll hours, and production position hours are calculated, please study the following explanations:
It is very likely that the student will find it necessary to work above and beyond the requirements of both work-study and production class hours to successfully complete a production position. As stipulated earlier, the faculty/staff supervisor makes the final determination regarding the completion of quality work.
SCENE SHOP GUIDELINES
Tools and Equipment:
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Performing Arts faculty will serve as academic advisors to the majors in this department. Currently, Prof. Rennerfeldt is a First Year Advisor and will assist first year students with scheduling and registering. Students may be assigned to another advisor within the department during or prior to the sophomore year. The academic advisor’s purpose is to assist the student in planning his/her course of study and in registering for courses. Advisors are here to assist; they are not responsible for ensuring that all requirements for graduation are met. This is the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to take ownership of his/her academic course of study and should become fully aware of departmental requirements (for a specific major and minor) and all-university requirements. There are checks and balances in place to assist you and your advisor in this process. Academic advising usually begins in early October during the fall semester and early March during the spring semester, although you may schedule an advising appointment with your advisor at any time. If a problem arises with your advisor, contact the Department Chair. You are free to change advisors; however, you must have the approval of the new advisor before the switch can be made. Remember, the final responsibility for planning, enrolling, completing, and succeeding in your academic program remains with you.
Self Service is your personal academic resource for your life at Rockford University. Self Service provides our learning community at Rockford University with “anytime, anywhere” access to key information services. Self Service provides students with real-time access to their academic records, including their class schedules, grades, and unofficial transcripts. Students can, review their billing statements and financial aid summary. Self Service also provides an outlet for students and faculty to interact regarding coursework.
For questions concerning problems connecting to Self Service, please contact the Help Desk at 815.226.4127 or email@example.com. For all other issues please contact the Student Administrative Services (SAS) office at 815.226.4062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senor Seminar/Project is required for graduation by every major field of study offered by Rockford University. The purpose of the senior seminar is for a graduating student to demonstrate knowledge of theatre both in dramaturgy and performance. The purpose continues with identifying the values of performance for the society at large and the utilization of theatrical skills in the mounting of a production/performance. The students’ evaluation of their process and product will demonstrate their ability to think in a critical manner. This seminar will demand the student draw from all of their studies in the liberal arts as well as their training in theatre.
The Senior Seminar B.F.A. Acting/Directing and B.F.A. Musical Theatre:
A student will be responsible for developing a one person show to be presented for the public.
A student will:
Notes specific to the BFA Acting/Directing Senior Seminar:
The Senior Seminar B.A. Theatre (non-performance):
Students will select a topic of your choice on which you can write and in-depth analytical paper of 20 pages in length. The paper cannot be totally a research paper. The student must use the research that is presented to draw their own conclusions.
Students must submit a:
The Senior Seminar B.A. Music:
Music majors have three choices for their Senior Seminar project, which is to be completed in their final semester at Rockford University. Senior Seminar may be taken prior to the final semester if the student is double majoring in something else. Students may opt to write a research paper or perform a senior recital or lecture recital in conjunction with a shorter paper. The Senior Seminar is required for all graduates of Rockford University, regardless of major, and represents the culmination of your collegiate studies.
For students whose emphasis is not performance, he/she may opt to write a research paper on the topic of his/her choice (in consultation with Professors Hendry and/or Adams). Requirements are the same for the “Senior Seminar B.A. Theatre (non-performance)” listed above.
For students with a performance emphasis, the Senior Seminar will consist of a full recital along with a 10-page paper about the music and composers on the recital and a journal documenting the process and preparation for the recital.
Senior Recital guidelines:
Some students may choose the Lecture Recital format, which is the presentation of a full recital with lecture, a five-page paper documenting the student’s research, and a journal documenting the process and preparation for the lecture recital. This may interest students who have a specific interest in a certain composer or a certain style or type of music.
Lecture recital guidelines:
In the Spring, each sophomore student will have an informal review of their progress during the previous two years. The student’s strengths and weaknesses, future goals, and progress in the degree track will be discussed. Since most classes include an ongoing dialogue between students and professors, the sophomore review should be regarded as a continuation of those conversations. This is not a panel review but a simple conversation with the director of the student’s degree track.
For BFA Music Theatre students the juries will serve as the review with a corresponding feedback session. For BFA Acting/Directing students, the final project for 10-line Acting course (THEA 215) will serve as the review with a corresponding feedback session. BA students will have a short interview/portfolio presentation with a corresponding feedback session. For non-traditional students who transfer into the department, reviews will be discussed on an individual basis. If the review is to be productive for the student it must be open and frank. The purpose of the sophomore review is to help each student make the most of the remaining two years of educational opportunities.
SENIOR EXIT INTERVIEWS
Each graduating student with in the Performing Arts Department will set up an appointment with the Department Chair and one other faculty member of choice in order to assess his/her tenure and experience in the Performing Arts Department at Rockford University, and to discuss immediate and long-range career goals and plans.
Performing Arts Scholarship
The Performing Arts department recommends awards based on talent and potential. Awards are computed as a part of the student’s overall aid package. Prospective students must apply to the university and audition on or before May 1 to be considered for a Performing Arts Scholarship.
Vocal Collective Scholarship
Up to $2,500, for year-long participation in the Vocal Collective, a select, mixed choral ensemble of about 15 singers. For more information, please see “Music Program” section.
Hognander Endowed Scholarship
Gertrude Lund Hognander Scholarship for Leadership in Music and the Performing Arts, established in 2004, is named for Alumna Gertrude Lund Hognander, Class of 1937, and provides funds for a full-time student of any year who participates in music or the performing arts programs at Rockford University, demonstrates personal initiative, leadership and teamwork, and is an engaged and positive contributor to one’s school, community and/or performing arts group.
Margaret E. Everett Music Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 by the estate of Miss Everett, a 1919 graduate of Rockford University, to provide music scholarships for students demonstrating need.
Leonard Bernstein Award
Established by Mr. Bernstein after his 1966 commencement address to the university, the award is presented to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the performing arts at Rockford University, as judged by the performing arts faculty.
Bill Stiles Award
The Bill Stiles award was created in memory of Bill Stiles, a Performing Arts/Acting major and 1989 graduate of Rockford University, who passed away in 2000. The award is the Performing Arts Department’s highest acting honor and is based on a body of work. The award can go to a junior or senior. Recipients’ names are engraved on a plaque which is on display in the Clark Arts Center loggia directly under a photograph of Bill.
EXPECTATIONS OF SCHOLARSHIP/AWARD RECIPIENTS
Students who receive departmental scholarships and/or awards may be called upon to participate above and beyond normal expectations. These additional duties could include, but are not limited to: additional productions positions, recruiting duties, special projects, etc.
Scheduling conflicts are common in a busy department like ours. Faculty and staff work extremely hard to avoid these conflicts as much as possible. From time to time, however, conflicts will still occur- conflicts between production work and a student rehearsal, or between music ensemble performance and a main stage rehearsal, for instance. Occasionally, faculty or staff may be unaware of the conflict. These can typically be worked out, but only if the student notifies the appropriate faculty members immediately. This is the student’s responsibility. The best way to facilitate this is to mark any and all obligations on the conflict sheet, which is filled out at the beginning of the production and given to the Stage Manager. Do NOT wait until the last minute to tell the Theatre Arts or Music supervisor of the conflict; bring this to the attention of the appropriate faculty members as soon as you are aware of the problem. Failure to do so may result in a failed class, a lowered grade, or withdrawal of audition privileges for a semester.
In order to reduce the possibility of conflicts, students and faculty involved in independent performance projects should consult the Performing Arts Department calendar when scheduling rehearsals and performances. In both scheduling and use of spaces, main stage productions take precedence over student activities, independent performance projects, and Three-Penny productions.
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WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES
A variety of special workshops will be presented each year for the students. These workshops will vary each semester depending upon the needs of the student body. The department tries to offer workshops each year in dance and theater, as well as in music. Workshops or master classes are lead by respected industry professionals from Chicago and beyond, and topics include but are not limited to performance, diction, auditioning, stage etiquette and Actor’s Equity Association. Attendance and participation of all students is expected and should be given great priority in your schedule.
PERFORMING ARTS TRIPS
All Performing Arts students are enrolled in the class Performing Arts-Field Experience (PFMA 100) each semester. This class gives students the opportunity to experience the best the arts communities of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin have to offer. At least three times each semester, we take students to a variety of dance, music and theatre events.
Past events include: Steppenwolf Theatre productions with Gary Sinse and John Malkovich, Damnation of Faust and Sweeney Todd at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dracula at the Milwaukee Ballet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the pre-Broadway productions of the Death of a Salesman and Mary’s Zimmerman’s The Odyssey, Aida and The Producers, August: Osage County and The Addams Family with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.
Regent Players is a representative student organization whose highest purpose is to support and expose the performing arts (through theatre, music and dance) to the Rockford University campus and nearby communities. We as a club focus on the importance of providing an additional learning environment for interested students to explore the performing arts outside of a classroom setting. Membership is open to any and all students at Rockford University who show interest. All one needs to do to become a member of Regent Players’ is attend 75% of scheduled Regent Players meetings and participate in most of the events (such as fundraisers, service projects and club activities that are planned throughout the year). Regent Players officers are elected at the end of each school year for the upcoming year. Regent Players works closely with the Rockford University Performing Arts Department and is able to exist because of the support and guidance from every member of the Performing Arts faculty. Some past/planned events include our annual Cabaret, semi-annual New York trip, themed dance shows, a participatory viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, volunteering at Rockford’s “On the Waterfront” and a complete makeover of our theatre’s greenroom.
For more information about Regent Players, contact the current club president.
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These requirements are designed to help the theatre student address specific needs that arise with certain responsibilities. These requirements should set the groundwork for technical positions.
As each production is different, new needs may arise from specific problems. With an advisor’s help and this document, many problems can be addressed that can occur with theatre production. This document is intended to help create a positive learning experience with production positions.
Please note that all PA students are encouraged to apply/request a production position, not just students in Theatre Production course (THEA 103/303). If you are not enrolled in THEA 103/303, we can potentially offer other credit compensations (through the form of Studio problems THEA 394 or Independent Study THEA 491).
It is important that a stage manager keep information flowing. S/he is at the heart of all communication. Prompt delivery of daily rehearsal reports/notes is necessary to be effective.
RUNNING CREWS (lighting/sound/stage/costumes/props)
All duties of running crews will be assigned by the stage manager after discussion with designers and director.
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS / ASSISTANT DESIGNERS / ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGERS
To assist the Directors/Designers/Stage Manager with whatever duties are needed to complete the responsibilities to the show.
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