Meet The Staff

10/12/2017 4:20 pm

Meet Our Staff

Professional Staff


Scott MitchellScott Mitchell
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College
Phone:  815-226-4026
Fax:  815-394-3730

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
Phone: 815-394-5028
Fax: 815-394-3730

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
Phone: 815-226-4094
Fax: 815-394-3730

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 Assistants

Barnes Hall


Academic Year: Junior 
Major: Anthropology & Sociology-Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Caster Hall


Academic year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Dubuque, IA


Dayton Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Ekvall Hall


Academic Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Harvard, IL


Emerson Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: 2-D Fine Art
Hometown: Davis, IL


Lathrop Hall


Academic Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Shreveport, LA


Olson Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Pecatonica, IL


McPhail Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Pre-vet
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM


Svenson Hall


Academic Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration-Finance
Hometown: Westerstede, Niedersachen (Germany)


Talcott Hall


Academic Year: Sophomore
Major: History
Hometown: Rockford, IL


Residence Life
Kent Center--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
fax: 815-394-3730
Scott Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

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

State of the University

10/12/2017 10:27 am

Rock Solid Regent JhasmynJhasmyn O’Connor is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the month of October! Jhasmyn is a junior double majoring in biochemistry and human development with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She was nominated by Dr. Gidget Tay and Dr. Bill Doria. Jhasmyn is known as a well-prepared and enthusiastic student. Her professors believe she is a great role model for younger students to emulate: involved in the community (both on and off campus), engaged in class, and a well-rounded, kind human-being.

Jhasmyn is involved in many aspects of the Rockford University Community. Jhasmyn is president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate (a club that she helped found), a member of Alpha Helix, and a member the Math Club. She works at Student Administrative Services, is an IT lab assistant, and does organic synthetic chemistry research on campus. Her other responsibilities include being a Campus Liaison to assist first-year students as well as an Advancement Ambassador. Jhasmyn’s plans after graduation are to attend a Graduate/Medical school to obtain her MD and PhD in Biochemistry. She truly is a Rock Solid Regent. Congratulations Jhasmyn!

Head Softball Coach

09/29/2017 3:11 pm

Head Softball Coach and

Rockford University, a NCAA Division III member of the NACC Conference, is accepting applications for the position of Head Softball Coach. Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the successful candidate will be responsible for the direction and organization of the softball program, the recruitment and retention of academically and athletically qualified student athletes, supervision of coaching staff, practice planning, player skill/leadership development, fiscal responsibility of the program and alumni cultivation.
The individual will convey key institutional messages to prospective student-athletes and parents on- and off-campus and cultivate relationships with guidance counselors, coaches and key educational organizations. The recruitment portfolio will include travel, counseling and advising students and families regarding the admission process, conducting interviews and presentations.
The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, both in writing and speaking; great organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail; and strong interpersonal skills. This individual should possess a strong sense of initiative and should be able to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously while working independently with minimal supervision or in a team setting. The ideal person will also be skilled at taking a creative and collaborative approach to problem-solving, have the ability to analyze data to assess admission trends, and exhibit a strong technical proficiency and ability to work with information systems (we utilize Sales Force and Front Rush). An understanding of and appreciation for the values of a residential liberal arts college are essential.
A Master’s degree from an accredited institution is preferred. A minimum of four years of collegiate coaching experience preferred. Preference will also be given to individuals who have been athletes, particularly at the Division III level. The position requires a willingness to travel and availability for night and weekend work.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to:

Rockford University invites applications for the position of Admission and Recruitment Coordinator. Primary responsibilities for this position will be to recruit first year and transfer students and serve as an admission office generalist, performing a variety of duties that contribute to the undergraduate admission operation. In addition, this position will supervise and manage student employment for the admission office.


•Recruit first year and transfer students to the University. Activities include: communicating with prospective students and other relevant audiences, reviewing and processing applications, attending off-campus recruitment events, and giving group presentations.
•Work collaboratively with all areas within the University to achieve the University’s overall recruitment and admission goals with a focus on coordinating admission and athletic recruitment efforts.
•Supervise and manage student employment for the admission office, including hiring, scheduling, training, budgeting and assigning work.
•Support the campus visit program by coordinating group and individual visits as directed.
•Develop and execute requested enrollment related reports as directed using the CRM (Salesforce), PowerCampus, and manual processes.
•Assist in the development, coordination, and administration of the training activities of the department including new hire training, ongoing staff training and evaluation of training effectiveness.
•Maintain a high level of productivity and morale and help create a climate that is proactive by being personally involved in helping the department achieve its recruiting goals.
•Handle related duties as assigned.
•Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

• Must have a strong work ethic, be proactive, have high energy and be a committed team player.
• Must have a demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate and multi-task while remaining detail-oriented.
• Excellent leadership capabilities with the solid ability to help train and develop others.
• Must have a strong personal presence and have excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
• Must have high integrity and solid business acumen.

• Four year college degree
• Minimum of 3 years progressive fulltime admission, sales or related professional experience
• Supervisory experience preferred
• Proficient in Microsoft Office
• Experience with Salesforce a plus


Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating salary requirements, resume and list of three professional references to:


Admission Counselor

09/29/2017 3:00 pm

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admission, the Admission Counselor will be responsible for successfully recruiting and enrolling students  to Rockford University. To achieve these goals, the incumbent will review applications for undergraduate admission, conduct recruitment travel, as well as advise and counsel prospective students, guidance counselors, and other constituencies regarding the admission process and academic programs.  The incumbent will be responsible for meeting individual and team enrollment goals.


• Participates in the development of student recruitment plans, strategies, and written materials.

• Analyzes qualifications of prospective students utilizing established University admissions standards, guidelines and criteria.

• Communicates on the phone, via e-mail, and in person with prospective students, applicants, parents, transfer coordinators and others to provide information and answer questions about Rockford University.

• Visits middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Speaks to groups and individual students, and meets with guidance counselors to promote the University.  Assists in coordinating recruitment events; arranges visits from prospective students and parents.

• Serves as a liaison to develop partnerships between the university and high schools throughout the state and country.

• Creates and distributes resource materials for student recruitment programs; analyzes trends in recruitment.

• Prepares reports and proposals.

• Participates in the development of operating goals and objectives for the department; recommends, implements, and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations.

• Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

• Demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities.



• Bachelor’s degree required

• Prefer 1 to 3 years sales experience

• Bilingual Spanish skills a plus

• Must be comfortable with public speaking

• Must have a valid drivers license

• Must be able to work nights and weekends

• Position requires overnight travel



Review of resumes will begin immediately and be accepted until the position is filled. Materials submitted for all positions should include a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:



Application materials that do not include all of this information will not be considered.


Student Club Event Registration Form

  • :

Student Activities Dashboard

09/12/2017 2:35 pm

Quick Links

  • Clubs & Organizations

  • Event Registration Form

  • Student Government Association (SGA)

  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Rockford University’s Department of Information Technology is accepting application for the position of Help Desk Specialist/ Audio Visual Support. We are customer oriented and use the tactic of education and training to enable our user community. The person we are looking for will have very strong troubleshooting skills, solid communication skills, and exceptional customer service skills. This is a fulltime position with a rich benefits package.

• Use and maintain work order tracking system to ensure all work orders are entered and updated.
• Perform a variety of technical tasks ranging from installation of computer hardware and software to troubleshooting malfunctioning equipment including desktop computers, laptops, printers, projectors, mobile phones and desk phones, etc.
• Support Audio/Visual requirements for various demands and events.
• Provide Audio/visual setup, breakdown, inventory control, configuration, repair, recording and other requirements as needed.
• Performs installations, upgrades and backups of software and hardware applications.
• Maintain the campus computer workstations, productivity applications, anti-virus software, utilities, and workstation LAN connectivity.
• Troubleshoot software and hardware failures.
• Act as a project member for major technical systems efforts, executing assigned tasks.
• Team player to work with counterparts and peers within the department.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):
• Answer and log incoming calls, working to close open tickets.
• Plan, install, maintain and support the PC workstations and LAN. Maintain productivity software (Microsoft Office, Anti-Virus, etc.) on distributed systems within the company.
• Provide consultation and frontline support services to senior-level staff.
• Communicate clearly and effectively ticket information to support staff of multiple organizations as well as to customers.
• Support and maintain the desk phones in offices and the directory information in the phone system.
• Follow pre-set definitions for tasking, assign support tickets to resources as needed and follow up on the completion of those tickets.
• Work on assignments that are moderately complex in nature where judgment is required in resolving problems and making routine recommendations.
• Set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.
• Be available for night and weekend event support.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education 2-year degree or equivalent working experience
Required Experience 1-2 years preferred
Working knowledge of PC Installation, repair and preventative maintenance of personal computer and related systems. Solid troubleshooting and communication skills required.
Certifications Preferred A+ preferred

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter indicating hourly salary requirement, resume and list of three professional references to

Rockford University is accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant for Student Activities to begin January 2018. The successful candidate will assist in the day to day operations in the Student Activities and will


The Graduate Assistant for Student Activities: Events, will assist in the day to day operations in the area and will report directly to the Director of Student Activities.  The primary emphasis of this position is to assist in the implementation of student programs with the goal to increase student involvement through social program.  Emphasis will be given to both commuter and residential students.  GA will be required to work an average of 25 hours per week.




  •   Spend time   becoming familiar with the programming efforts at RU
  •   Be knowledgeable   of the resources available on campus to all students
  •   Make student   referrals utilizing available resources
  •   Assist in the   preparation of all activities linked with CAB, Student Activities,       Orientation, Welcome Weeks, Family Weekend, Homecoming, April Weekend,     Sibling Weekend, etc.
  •   Complete specific   Orientation and Activity tasks assigned
  •   Assist director   throughout with programming and events
  •   Prepare and   send correspondence to students
  •   Assist in   scheduling student events
  •   Observe/shadow CAB   meetings with Director
  •   Hold meetings   while being observed by Director for constructive feedback
  •   Once Director   and GA feel comfortable, the GA may conduct meetings        unsupervised and will   have their own supervision load (CAB)
  •   Assist in gathering   data for month end and year end reports  
  •   Maintain Website/   Event Calendar/ Event Publicity
  •   Complete end of   semester status reports on programs and seek feedback for    next semester   programming
  •   Research “Best   Practices” in commuter students, future programs and other    topics as needed


  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree
  • Candidate will admitted into the MAT or MBA program     
  • Ideal candidate will have undergraduate experience in student life/student development and be familiar with co-curricular activities in higher education.
  • Must have knowledge of publisher, excel, and word; graphic design/ editing a plus.


  • Tuition remission up to 21 hours per year
  • Monthly stipend


Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter, resume and a list of professional references to: