Campus & Community

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 boxoffice@rockford.edu. The complete Fall 2018 Forum Series is available on the University’s website at www.rockford.edu/artslectures/forum/.

Student Handbook

10/02/2018 1:50 pm

Meet The Staff

10/12/2017 4:20 pm

Meet Our Staff

The Residence Life team consists of professional staff members and selected student leaders (Resident Assistants) who work hard to help you make the most of your residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team works together to develop a partnership with our residents. This partnership provides many opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development, and maturity in your learning-living environment.

Professional Staff

Scott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).  Scott is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University (Lisle, IL).  

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO); and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 

 

John Nicholson
Residence Hall Director – Small Houses Complex
M.S.E., Fort Hays State University
B.S. Truman State University

John Nicholson is the Residence Hall Director for the small houses, he joined the Rockford University staff in June of 2017. John is originally from Glenview, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in justice systems and a minor in economics from Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He also holds a Master of Science in Education from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS).

As a new professional John is actively engaged in multiple associations including Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA). John is a new member in Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).

 

Molly HutchcroftMolly Hutchcroft
Residence Hall Director – Cummings Complex and Olson Hall
M.S.W., University of Denver
B.A. Psychology, DePaul University

Molly Hutchcroft is the Residence Hall Director for Cummings Complex and Olson Hall. She joined the Rockford University staff in August 2017 after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on mental health, from the University of Denver. Prior to living in Denver, CO, Molly lived in Chicago for four years while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at DePaul University. She is originally from Hiawatha, IA.

Working with many different populations over the past six years, Molly brings a new perspective to Rockford University. Molly began working with college students when she was at DePaul University by being a Resident Advisor and being on the executive board for Residence Hall Council. When she graduated and moved to Denver, she began working with children 5-17 years of age with behavioral and mental health concerns in a residential setting providing crisis response. She also worked with college students who had experienced interpersonal violence, brought in discussions about interpersonal violence into the classrooms, and assisted with many other events to bring awareness about interpersonal violence to the college environment. Molly has also worked with adults struggling with substance use and mental health. Molly is a recent member of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) and hopes to become a member of other Student Affairs organizations.

Resident Assistant Staff

Resident Assistants (RA) are upper-class student leaders who are carefully selected and trained to help foster a learning-living environment in the residence halls at Rockford University. The RA’s are assigned a high degree of responsibility in working with the students and administration to create and maintain a safe, productive community in the halls.

RAs are also on the front lines of assisting new students in making the transition to university life as smooth as possible. Through various activities, RAs help students adjust to life at Rockford University by putting on programs that encourage students to develop and master life skills such as problem solving and critical thinking while developing their individuality. Your RA will be there to listen to and answer your questions (or refer you to someone who can), and take a genuine interest in you as a person. Your RA will also confront you if you are violating policy and will ask you to confront each other when someone else’s behavior is a problem.

Resident Assistants are generally selected towards the end of the spring semester. If you are interested in becoming a RA, we encourage you to look over the application and speak with a current RA.

 

Department Information

Residence Life
Student Life Suite - Burpee Student Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4026
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
residencelife@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

RA Sindy
Barnes Hall

Sintheyah (Sindy)
Academic Year: Senior
Major:  English & Sociology
Concentration:  Criminal Justice 
Hometown: Rockford, IL

RA Haley

Emerson Hall

Haley
Academic Year:  Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Sandwich, IL

RA Nate

Olson Hall

Nathan (Nate)
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Biology Pre-Med
Hometown: Winnebago, IL

RA Abbie

Caster Hall

Abigail (Abbie)
Academic year: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: McHenry, IL

RA Finnley
Lathrop Hall

Finnley
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Studio Fine Arts
Concentration:  Printmaking
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

RA Sarah

Svenson Hall

Sarah
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Dance
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

RA Danni

Dayton Hall

Dannielle (Danni)
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Biology
Hometown: Machesney Park, IL

RA Cris

McPhail Hall

Cristen (Cris)
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Computer Science
Minor:  Business Administration 
Hometown: Shreveport, LA

RA Maddy

Talcott Hall

Madison (Maddy)
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Elementary Education
Hometown: Peru, IL

One America

01/19/2017 3:58 pm

Past Rock Solid Regents

01/05/2017 1:55 pm

Past Rock Solid Regents

A Rock Solid Regent is a student that truly exemplifies what it means to be Rock Solid. Rock Solid Regents are recognized for a variety of reasons, including for academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and campus leadership. Students are nominated by faculty and staff members that recognize that these students’ contributions to Rockford University go above and beyond expectations.  Learn more about any of the Rock Solid Regents by selecting their name.

Sarah Combs

05/03/2016
Sarah Combs from Roscoe Illinois is the final Rock Solid Regent for the spring 2016 semester. Sarah is a senior early childhood education major and was nominated by Elisa Bott, Assistant Professor of Education.

Jennifer Caterina

04/22/2016
Jennifer Caterina is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 17. She is a sophomore math and theater major from Huntingdon, Tennessee. She was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik and Dr. Filiz Dik.

Aaron Pearson

04/12/2016
Aaron Pearson, from Belvidere, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 11. Aaron is a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) program and was nominated by Donna Harvey, Director for the BSMS Program.

Hanqing (Tracy) Wang

04/04/2016
The Rock Solid Regent for the week of April 4 is freshman Hanqing (Tracy) Wang. Tracy is a political science major from Jiangsu, China. She was nominated by Maria Diemer, Assistant Director of the Office of Global Affairs.

Morgan Bell

03/21/2016
Morgan Bell, from Rockford, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of March 21. Morgan is a junior criminal justice and psychology major. She was nominated by Stacy Simms, Assistant Director of SAS.

Lewis Bochette

03/14/2016
Freshman Lewis Bochette is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of March 14. Lewis is a nursing major from Harvard, Illinois.

Lauren Spitznas

02/29/2016
Lauren Spitznas, from Rockford, Illinois is the Rock Solid Regent for the week of February 29. Lauren, is a junior nursing major and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik.

Samantha Hodson

02/15/2016
Samantha is a senior theater major with a concentration in design/tech from Flower Mound, Texas. She has a special interest in stage management and scenic design for theater. She was nominated by Mariah Harris, Residence Hall Director.

John Finley

02/09/2016
John Finley, from Rockford, Illinois is a junior political science major and was nominated by Rebecca Wallgren, Box Office Manager for Maddox Theatre.

Sintheyah Siyarath

02/03/2016
Sintheyah is a freshman criminal justice major from Rockford, Illinois. She was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, ‌Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics.

Vanessa Ostrander

02/03/2016
Vanessa is a biology major from Dubuque, Iowa. She was nominated by Jennifer Nordstrom, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admission. Jennifer shared that Vanessa is a fantastic representative of RU.

Brett Ott

12/01/2015
Brett is from, South Beloit, Illinois and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik and Dr. Filiz Dik. He is a math major, and this is his first semester at RU.

Mayra Rodriguez

12/01/2015
Mayra is a senior Elementary Education major from LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. She is a Golden Apple Scholar and is also pursuing teaching endorsements in Bilingual and Special Education. Mayra was nominated by Professor Lynn Stafford, Associate Professor in the Education Department.

Grant Anliker

11/04/2015
Grant is a freshman mathematics major from Belvidere, Illinois. He was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics.

Tessa Rhodes

10/26/2015
Tessa is from, Belvidere, Illinois and was nominated by Dr. Tara Wood. She is a junior special education major, and this is her first semester at Rockford University.

Megan Miller

10/19/2015
Megan is a senior elementary education major from Lanark, Illinois. She is working towards earning a teacher license with an additional endorsement in special education. She was nominated by Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Lydia Gerzel-Short.‌‌‌

Joshua Cooper

10/12/2015
Josh is senior physical education major, from Yorkville, Illinois. He was nominted by Professor Tammy Schiek.

Andrew Miller

10/05/2015
Andrew is a senior special education major from Rockford, Illinois. He was nominated by Professor Lynn Stafford.

Haley Taylor

09/28/2015
Haley is a sophomore nursing major from Roscoe, Illinois. She was nominated by Mariah Harris, Residence Hall Director. Haley currently serves as the Resident Assistant (RA) for Emerson Hall and she excels in this leadership role.

Samantha Riffle

09/14/2015
Samantha was nominated by Dr. Robin Miller Young. She is a senior early childhood major from originally from Rockford, Illinois who is going to get her Professional Educator License (PEL) in early childhood and early childhood special education.

Department Information

Office of Student Success and Retention
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4004
fax: 815-226-2822
Karen Walker, Ed.D., Director
KWalker@rockford.edu

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Rock Solid Regents

01/05/2017 1:29 pm

Rock Solid Regent

A Rock Solid Regent is a student that truly exemplifies what it means to be Rock Solid. Rock Solid Regents are recognized for a variety of reasons, including for academic achievements, extracurricular involvement and campus leadership. Students are nominated by faculty and staff members that recognize that these students’ contributions to Rockford University go above and beyond expectations.  Learn more about any of the Rock Solid Regents by selecting their name.

 

Activities 2014-2015

12/09/2016 5:03 pm

ACTIVITIES 2014-2015

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Resources

12/09/2016 5:00 pm

RESOURCES

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Upcoming Events

12/09/2016 4:58 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

Research

12/09/2016 4:56 pm

RESEARCH

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Department Information

Young Women & Girls in Illinois
Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

YoungWomenGirlsIllinois@rockford.edu

Project Contacts:
Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D., French and Gender Studies
Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D., Classical Studies
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Ph.D., English
Belinda Wholeben, Ph.D., Psychology

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