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The faculty of Rockford University is committed to the teaching mission of the institution and thus to all our students. The faculty values and appreciates the diversity of religion, ethnicity, national origin, race, disability, and gender in our student body. The rich diversity present in our campus community enriches the educational environment by deepening our understanding of the world and better equipping all students to be global citizens. We, the members of the Rockford University faculty, wish each of you to know that you have our support in your efforts to grow, learn, and fulfill your dreams. We are glad you have chosen to study at Rockford University, and we value your contributions to the whole RU community. We are your teachers and we are here to help and support you.
The Council on Global Affairs is a group of faculty and staff who have volunteered to meet regularly to discuss issues and activities of global significance on campus. Current members include Sam Bandy, John Burns, Maria Diemer, Mehmet Dik, Catherine Forslund, William Gahan, Julie Griffith, Ron Lee, Marilen Loyola, Andy Newgren, Matt Phillips, Stephanie Quinn, Luis Romero, Deepshikha Shukla, Jean Swindle, and Gidget Tay.
Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”
Currently we are displaying the flags of Sweden and Ukraine.
Cross-cultural classes are designed for international English as a Second Language students (ESL) and undergraduate/graduate native English-speaking students studying at RU. The aim of these classes is to help the ESL students to be confident and improve their level of fluency in English in addition to helping native English-speakers gain valuable information about other cultures and people. The international and RU students bring their own ideas and thoughts shaped by their cultures. The classes are an exchange where both ESL and RU students discover and get to know each other. This class provides an excellent atmosphere of mutual sharing and cross-culture communication. Students build new relationships and acquire a sense of achievement.
Symbiotic dialogue between Cross-cultural Psychology class and ESL students.
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March 26 – Strategic Planning Update
The work on creating our next strategic plans continues. In February, I shared that the Board of Trustees would be meeting to hold a similar event to the one we held for faculty and staff on January 12. That occurred on February 16. Last week, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee met for a full day to review all of the feedback received so far and to begin the next phase of planning. I thank the members of the steering committee for their commitment to this work: Vice Presidents Anderson, Phillips, Mihalyo, and Sundstedt; three faculty – Sean Beckmann (Chemical and Biological Sciences), Kelly James (Library), and Tara Wood (English); and four staff – Maria Diemer (Global Affairs), Jeffrey Hohn (Development), Jen Saylor (Athletics), and Ed Tomaszkiewicz (Facilities).
The current draft of the plan has four themes. The next step of the process is for theme teams to be formed, one around each theme, to do a deep dive into the feedback received and to take that information to develop initiatives and metrics. Theme co-chairs are contacting members of the campus community to serve on these theme teams and they will have some intensive work to do between the beginning of April and mid-May.
February 12 – Planning for a strong future
January 12, 2018 was an important day for Rockford University as faculty and staff gathered for a Strategic Planning Community Day event to officially kick off the creation of our new strategic plan. I thank all those faculty and staff members who attended the event. This new strategic plan will chart our path for the next several years, guiding us beyond the 175th anniversary of our charter in 2022.
The framework for the creation of our next strategic plan is found in Joanne Soliday’s and Rick Mann’s book, “Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Private Colleges and Universities” (Credo Press, 2013). Two copies of the book are currently on reserve in Colman Library. The book explores what thriving institutions look like in the areas of courageous and collaborative leadership, vision, institutional self-esteem, institutional story, habit of reflection and intentionality, culture of planning and innovation, net revenue and strategic finance, student learning and success, and transformative environments. After a long period of time in which we focused on survival, I trust that this next strategic plan will help us move toward becoming a thriving institution.
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