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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other issues please contact the Student Administrative Services (SAS) office at 815.226.4062 or email@example.com.
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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Production positions and crew assignments are posted following casting each term. Students are asked to submit production position and crew preferences to the Technical faculty/staff one week after casting is posted. Positions are then assigned by the technical staff. Assignments are made by the Technical Director (TD) and Costume Supervisor. Although students’ preferences and conflicts are taken into account, the final decision rests with the Technical staff.
In assigning production crews, the goal is that each student will experience all major productions areas (scene, lights, costumes, and props) during his/her degree program.
ALL Performing Arts students involved with the production (cast and crew) and students enrolled in production class (THEA 103/303) are required to attend strike.
THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR IS IN CHARGE OF ALL MAINSTAGE STRIKES.
Strike schedule is posted by the Technical Director. When a production ends with a Sunday matinee, strike will begin within 30 minutes of the end of the show and will continue until the stage and all preparation areas are clean and ready for the next production. As posted in advance, some show strikes will occur the evening of the day following the final performance. NO STUDENT MAY LEAVE STRIKE UNTIL DISMISSED BY THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (not your area supervisor).
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The Music Program at Rockford University operates within the Performing Arts Department and offers one degree, the Bachelor of Arts in General Music. This major consists of core requirements and supporting requirements in addition to the General Education requirements for a B.A. degree (these may be found in the university catalog). The Music Program also supports those students who are pursuing the B.F.A. degree in Musical Theater Performance.
In addition to courses intended for music majors and/or musical theater majors, the Performing Arts Department also offers a number of courses and opportunities for students who are interested in music but do not wish to pursue it as a major. We’ll look at those opportunities first, and then turn to guidelines and requirements for our majors.
PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS
Rockford University is proud to employ some of the finest musicians in Northern Illinois to teach private lessons to our students. Whether you’re interested voice, piano, guitar, violin, flute, percussion, trumpet, or any other instrument, you’ll find a professional of the highest caliber ready to teach you. Students may register for one or two credits of private instruction. A one-credit lesson provides you twelve 30-minute lessons over the course of the semester, and a two-credit lesson provides you with twelve 60-minute lessons during the semester. The $200 per credit lab fee helps to maintain the practice rooms and tune the pianos. Practice rooms are intended only for students that are enrolled in private lessons through the university.
Students who have registered for private lessons will be notified during the first week of classes and given contact information for his/her teacher. Private lessons begin during the second full week of classes, so you and your teacher will have a few days to make initial contact and set up a lesson time. If you are not notified of your teacher, or if you are unable to reach your teacher by the end of the first full week of classes, please contact Prof. Martha Dahlberg, Music Program Coordinator at 815.226.4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you register for voice lessons for the first time at Rockford University, you may be asked to attend a Voice Orientation meeting before you are assigned a teacher. You will be asked to sing something (a prepared song or even “Happy Birthday”) and answer a few questions in order to help the faculty select the best teacher for you.
Student recitals occur four times each semester at 4:00 pm on Mondays in Maddox, Cheek, or Fisher Chapel. One of the four recitals is a “Classical Only” recital. All Performing Arts majors are required to attend at least three of the four recitals. Music majors and musical theater majors are required to perform on at least two recitals per semester. First year students must perform on at least one recital during the first semester at the university and must also perform on at least one Studio Class (see below).
Songs performed on recital must be from memory, with the exception of songs from oratorio. (Oratorio arias should still be well learned; and while the music may be used on recital, eyes should not be buried in the music during the performance.) All music should be well rehearsed with the accompanist. It is customary to acknowledge audience applause by bowing at the end of a performance, after which the performer should also acknowledge the collaborative pianist (accompanist), who should also bow.
Students should notify Professors Adams and/or Dahlberg via e-mail by 5:00pm on the Friday preceding the recital if they wish to perform on Monday’s recital. Please indicate the following in your e-mail to Timm or Martha: song, show or opera the song is from (if applicable), and composer(s) or arranger (please check the spelling!). Most musical theater pieces have a lyricist and a composer, so be sure to include both first and last name of the songwriters in the e-mail.
Recitals are formal affairs, so students should be dressed in business or audition attire when performing. Our department should always be a safe place to perform, so the utmost courtesy and respect should be given the performers.
Studio class is a wonderful opportunity to perform for and listen to students within your own voice or piano studio. Each teacher will schedule his/her own studio classes throughout the semester, although they are generally held on Mondays at 4:00 pm. This is a chance to perform songs that might not be fully polished and to garner feedback from your peers prior to performing on a recital or at an audition. Each teacher will have his/her own studio class requirements and protocol, so please refer to your MUSC 134 or 334 syllabus for more information.
What an unfortunate name! Juries are a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to the faculty the progress you have made during the semester. This is a chance to get essential feedback from faculty members other than your private lesson teacher, and the department considers them to be an important part of your musical and theatrical growth.
What is a jury? At the end of each semester, the students listed above will be assigned a jury time on a given date. At the jury, the student will select a song from the songs that he/she prepared during the semester to perform for the faculty. Typically, the faculty will then request one more song to be performed by the student. Simple as that!
It’s unfortunate that these 10-minute showcases are called “juries” because it puts such a negative spin on the whole ordeal. Please consider this an opportunity to shine rather than a time to be judged. Keep in mind that faculty members are rooting for you and very much want you to succeed. Keep your mind on your objective, remain in the moment, and envision yourself successfully completing your songs.
MUSIC THEROY PLACEMENT EXAM
Music Theory placement exam will be given to all incoming music majors and musical theater majors during the first few days of class each fall semester. This exam will help the faculty know how best to advise you in your music theory coursework. Music minors may opt to take this exam if they are unsure whether or not they need Fundamentals of Music before taking Music Theory. It would be a good idea to brush up on your music theory before this test, but there’s no need to be nervous. This will give you an opportunity to test out of Fundamentals of Music, if you already have some theory/music reading background. Scoring poorly on this exam will not penalize you in any way.
Music Theory requirements
Music Theory I (MUSC 102) and Aural Skills I (MUSC 104)
Music Theory II (MUSC 103) and Aural Skills II (MUSC 105)
Music Theory III (MUSC 202) and Aural Skills III (MUSC 204)
Music Theory IV (MUSC 203) and Aural Skills IV (MUSC 205)
Music Theory I (MUSC 102) and Aural Skills I (MUSC 104)
Music Theory II (MUSC 103) and Aural Skills II (MUSC 105)
Musical Theater Performance Majors
Music Theory I (MUSC 102) and Aural Skills I (MUSC 104)
For students with little or no theory background, the following courses may be required before registering for Music Theory I:
The music theory placement exam will include the following topics.
Regent Singers (MUSC 243) is a mixed (SATB) performance ensemble that performs a wide variety of choral music ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary and from classical literature to folk songs and spirituals. Much of the music performed by Regent Singers is a cappella, although there is occasional piano accompaniment and even collaboration with chamber orchestra. The culmination of each semester’s preparation is a final performance at the Winter or Spring Performing Arts concert. Meets MWF 12:00 – 12:50 each semester.
The Vocal Collective is a highly select mixed vocal ensemble that numbers 12 to 20 singers and sings everything from Renaissance polyphony to jazz. Established in 2004, this scholarship group learns music quickly and performs often, usually a cappella. The ensemble serves as an ambassador for the university, performing at university functions and representing Rockford University at community events such as sports games, corporate events and city gatherings. Members of the Vocal Collective often tour during spring break and past tour destinations have been Florida, Minneapolis, and Chicago. Auditions for the Vocal Collective occur during the first week of classes each fall semester and are open to all students.
Women’s Ensemble (MUSC 242) is open to all women on campus. A wide variety of music written for treble voices is studied and performed, including arrangements of pop/jazz/show tunes. The culmination of each semester’s preparation is a final performance at the Winter or Spring Performing Arts concert. Meets T-Th, 12:00 – 12:50 most semesters.
The Gospel Choir (MUSC 241) is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS and brings to Rockford University the tradition of gospel music in American culture. Led by Adjunct Professor Charles Matlock, this performance ensemble explores the rich repertoire and performance practice found in the gospel tradition and exists in part to preserve and affirm the African American culture in the city of Rockford. Meets Thursdays, 6–8 p.m. most semesters.
Opera Workshop (MUSC 24) is offered every other year in the spring, and offers students the opportunity to explore the classical side of the ever-popular marriage between music and theater. The course addresses the preparation, study and performance of representative scenes from the opera repertoire. The semester’s work culminates in an Evening of Opera Scenes, which are fully staged.
Opera Ensemble (MUSC 276) will be occasionally offered during semesters that Opera Workshop is not offered and when there is interest to do so. Focus will be on learning and performing duets, trios, quartets, and larger ensemble pieces from the operatic literature without a staging component.
Band (MUSC 276) at Rockford University is fairly new and growing. Led by trumpet-player extraordinaire Kurt Boucek, this ensemble plays a variety of styles from jazz and popular arrangements to Dixieland and classical music. They also serve as the university Pep Band, performing at football and basketball games.
The RC Music Club is a student-directed rock band that rehearses once a week and performs on campus at the Lion’s Den. This band plays covers as well as original music from members of the band and the club’s sponsor, Prof. Matt Flamm.
Student musicians with more advanced playing experience are encouraged to audition for the pit orchestra for the two full-scale musicals produced each year by the Performing Arts Department. These are paid positions, providing modest compensation, and require a nine or 10-day commitment for rehearsals and performances.
Prospective music majors must audition and demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency or aptitude in the major applied area of study (voice, piano, strings, etc.). Please prepare two contrasting selections on your primary instrument and be ready to discuss your desire to study music at Rockford University.
Special Requirements for Music Majors
Music majors are required to pass a piano proficiency exam before graduating. This is an important part of your growth as a musician. Because keyboard skills are so essential to almost any career in music, it’s imperative that students prepare early for this important exam. Piano teachers are prepared to assist with this preparation as a part of your private piano lessons (MUSC 132 or MUSC 332).
The piano proficiency exam consists of the following:
Preparation for the Piano Proficiency
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Rockford University has a detailed and explicit Alcohol and Substance Policy. That policy is published on the university’s website and in the Student Handbook (and briefly stated below). All students must comply with the university’s published policy. Although cigarettes are not an illegal drug, they are detrimental to your vocal and overall health and highly discouraged by the vocal faculty.
It is the policy of Rockford University to promote a campus environment that is free of drug and alcohol abuse. In order to ensure a safe, secure and healthy environment for its community and to comply with its obligations under the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Rockford University prohibits students from unlawfully possessing, using, consuming, purchasing, distributing, manufacturing, dispensing, or selling on the University’s premises or as a part of any of the University’s activities: 1) illicit substances; 2) drug paraphernalia; 3) lawful controlled substances, except as medically authorized and used in accordance with their prescriptions; and 4) alcohol.
Both State law and Rockford University policies prohibit the purchase, possession and/or consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of 21 (twenty-one). Under strict supervision, alcohol may be served at approved events. Any individual or recognized group sponsoring an event associated with Rockford University must obtain approval before an event when alcohol will be available.
Federal and state laws, and Rockford University policy, prohibit the sale, re-sale, possession, use or distribution of any controlled substances or prescription medication. The sole exceptions to this policy are (1) the use of prescribed medications by the patient for whom the medication was prescribed where such medication is used only as directed by the physician who prescribed the medication; and (2) the sale and/or dispensing of prescription medications by healthcare professionals within the scope of their licenses to do so and in accordance with the law. Students found in violation of this policy are subject to serious University disciplinary action (suspension or dismissal) and arrests under the state and federal laws.
Rockford University has detailed and explicit hazing policies. Those policies are published on the university’s website and in the Student Handbook (and briefly stated below). All students must comply with the university’s published policy.
Rockford University prohibits hazing by members of the University community. Hazing is any situation created on, or off, campus that affects any member of the University community which:
The following are examples of hazing activities according to the above statement. These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive, merely representative of behavior or actions that are defined as hazing: paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; engaging students in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late night or early morning sessions which interfere with scholastic activities or deprive persons of the opportunity for sufficient sleep; forcing or coercing persons to consume alcoholic beverages or unusual substances, such as unprepared food, in any amount; any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, indecent or contrary to the individual’s moral values or religious beliefs; any other activities which are not consistent with the policies, regulations and codes of the University.
Rockford University has adopted a Smoke Free policy. The smoking of tobacco products in all buildings, including residence halls, owned or operated by the University is prohibited. Smoking is prohibited within the spectator areas at all sporting events and in all areas within Sam Greeley Field. Finally, smoking is prohibited at campus events and activities, unless there is a designated smoking area.
Smoking is allowed in designated areas outside buildings.
The proper disposal of all waste tobacco products is required at all times.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action and/or removal from the premises.
Rockford University has detailed and explicit sexual harassment policies. Those policies are published on the university’s website and in the Student Handbook (and briefly stated below). All students must comply with the university’s published policy.
As an educational community dedicated to a belief in the inherent dignity and worth of each individual, Rockford University will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment within the university community or by trustees, faculty, staff members or students as representatives of Rockford University or by others officially representing the university.
Sexual harassment is illegal under federal and state statutes. More importantly, it is a violation of the most basic ethical, personal, and professional standards of our university community. The ability of the university to carry out its mission is undermined when any member of the community, male or female, is subject to unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical. In both obvious and subtle ways, the very possibility of sexual harassment is destructive to individual students, faculty, staff, and the academic community as a whole.
Therefore, it is the policy of Rockford University to forbid and condemn sexual harassment in any form and to seek appropriate discipline and redress in every instance. Each member of the university community has the obligation to report and prevent sexual harassment and to participate in the judicial process to the fullest extent possible.
NOTE: The Sexual Harassment Officer (SHO) for Rockford University referred to in this document is:
Robert Evans – Colman 103 – phone: 226-4175
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Faculty Contact Information
|Jeff Hendry, Arts and Humanities Division Chair, Professor of Performing Arts
Office: Clark Arts 102 (costume shop)
|Timm Adams, Associate Professor of Music
Office: Clark Arts 102
|Deborah Mogford, Associate Professor of Performing Arts
Office: Clark Arts 14
Staff Contact Information
|Elizabeth Drog, Technical Director/Production Manager
Office: Clark Arts 101A (scene shop)
|Rebecca Wallgren, Box Office Manager/Clark Arts Administrative Assistant
Office: Clark Arts 218 (box office)
|Costume Shop Manager
Office: Clark Arts 102 (costume shop)
Adjunct Faculty Contact Information
(Music Program Coordinator)
|Mark Baldin (Brass)
|Charles Matlock (Gospel Choir)
|Valerie Blair (Collaborative Pianist)
|Lynne Olson (Sax, Clarinet)
|Kurt Boucek (Band)
|Missy Pond (Tap)
|Bob DeVita (Percussion)
|Margaret Raether (Playwrighting)
|Richard Evans (Cello)
|Richard Raether (Stage Combat)
|Kathy Fane (Piano)
|Julia Schade (Music Director and Pianist)
|Marsha Foxgrover (Organ)
|Eric Schroeder (Guitar and Music Theory)
|Beth Fredrickson (Voice and Piano)
|Jacques St. Cyr (Flute)
|Patricia Jeske (Piano)
|Aki Tanaka (Violin, Viola)
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CLARK ARTS BUIDLING GUIDELINES
Please remember that although you will spend most of your time here, we are not the only ones using the Clark Arts Center. The other frequent users of this building are: the Fine Arts department, rental contractors, patrons and prospective students with their families. Clark Arts is one of the highest traffic areas on campus. Please keep the following in mind when using our facilities in order to help us maintain a positive experience for other departments and visitors.
Scripts – A supply of the scripts for the productions being produced each year may be available in the Howard Coleman Library for the week prior to auditions. These scripts may be checked out on an four hour time frame only. This is a special consideration given to the students to help in the audition process. These scripts will be used for each production after casting.
Phones – The scene shop phone is not to be used by anyone other than the staff, faculty, or authorized student workers for approved purposes. Local and on-campus phone calls can be made from the scene shop phone with permission from the Technical Director. Personal long distance calls are prohibited.
Stage Management Office – The purpose of the Stage Management Office is to facilitate the needs of the Performing Arts Department personnel and productions. As a student, you should be equipped with the appropriate supplies to function in a college environment. Some resources are available in the Stage Management Office for the benefit of all members of the Performing Arts Department and should remain in that location (this includes pens, staplers, etc.)
Copy Machines – Clark Arts has two copiers. One is located inside the kitchenette in the Multi Purpose Room (MPR), which is also equipped with a fax, scanner and a printer. The other is for copying only located on the top floor in the hallway of the Fine Arts wing. These copiers are for class and production needs ONLY. Due to past abuse, students may not make copies for personal reasons on these copy machines. This includes use for Three-Penny productions, Regent Players, outside jobs, etc. There will be no exceptions. There are various copy machines located in the library or through the copy center that can be used for personal reasons. Please report any problems such as jamming, error codes, out of toner or paper to the box office. Do not leave the copier out of order for the next person to deal with. If no one is in the box office, please leave a note on the dry erase board on the door. Also, please do not leave papers lying around after you are finished with the copiers. Both copiers have paper recycle bins located next to them. Recycle what you don’t need and take the rest with you. Items found around the copiers will be either thrown away or turned into lost and found.
Lobby – The lobby is often used as a social area for many. Please remember there are offices nearby—please use your “inside voices.” It is also helpful if you return the furniture as you found it and remember to throw away all trash when finished with it. There are trash and recycle bins located conveniently throughout the building.
Practice Rooms – Music practice rooms are located in Clark Arts Center along the hall next to the Dance Studio (opposite the hall where the bathrooms are located). These rooms are open whenever Clark Arts is open. They are intended only for students that are enrolled in private lessons for the semester. Students not enrolled in private lessons may use available practice rooms to prepare for other RC coursework or to prepare for auditions for RC productions. However, precedence will be given to students enrolled in lessons. If there are issues with the practice rooms or if you identify someone using the practice rooms that do not meet the above criteria, please alert a faculty or staff member.
Practice room usage is a privilege, and it is imperative that the rooms and the equipment in the rooms (including pianos) be treated with the utmost care and used only for music practice. Privileges will be revoked for any student abusing the practice rooms or the pianos.
Pianos – Pianos are one of the single most expensive pieces of equipment that the department owns. They are expensive to purchase and expensive to maintain. It goes without saying that students, faculty, and staff treat these instruments with great care and respect! Please keep the following guidelines in mind when using one of the pianos on campus:
Piano/Practice Room Guidelines:
Room Reservations – The usage of the Multi Purpose Room, Dance Studio, Room #210, Room #208 and Maddox and Cheek Theatres are available for use and are regulated by scheduling services, the box office manager and the technical director. To schedule time in either the Maddox or Cheek theatres, you must go through the technical director. For the MPR, Dance Studio and room #210, you can sign up through the box office manager. Any other rooms outside of Clark Arts must be arranged with scheduling services.
Theatre Arts students wishing to purchase tickets:
Ticket prices: Adults $10 — Seniors (55+) $7 — Students $7
Cast + Ticket Prices: Adults $7 — Seniors (55+) $4 — Students $4
All Full-time Rockford College students must attend at least two Forum Series events per semester in order to meet graduation requirements. Attendance cards are handed out as you walk into the event for you to fill out and hand in to a Forum Committee Member as you leave at the end of the program. No Forum cards will be distributed after the event has begun. No Forum credit for late arrival or early departure.
Keys will not be issued to assistants on a permanent school year basis. Each individual holding a technical position for the current production will be issued a ring of keys appropriate for that position. These keys will be issued only for the time needed (run of show, design, project, etc.). These keys are issued to one person, and under no circumstances should they be passed on to someone else.
The Technical Director will distribute these rings to the appropriate individuals. The rings will be signed out to one individual and must be returned to the Technical Director, personally, at the end of Strike. Any rings not returned at this time will be charged a fee of $10.00 per day that they remain out. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE KEYS TO BE REMOVED FROM THESE RINGS.
Students who have keys will be responsible for those areas to which access has been granted. The faculty and staff offices in Performing Arts are open Monday through Friday. They are not to be entered after this time without express consent. The offices are also not to be entered without a faculty or staff member present. The Theatre Arts Office is to remain intact at all times – nothing is to be removed from this office unless approval is given by the faculty or staff member who is present at the time. The Office is to be returned to complete and original working order immediately.
Props, Furniture, Stock Storage
The storage areas have all been cleaned, organized, and labeled. With your help, we can keep all of the Performing Arts Department’s belongings in good condition while allowing you the access you need. When you need to use any of the departmental material for a production or for class work, please adhere to the following guidelines:
If you fail to follow any of these guidelines, there will be consequences that can range from verbal warning, lower of class grade, to loss of privilege to use the materials. We all must share in the responsibility of maintaining our equipment.
For access to storage to borrow costumes for departmental purposes, please set up an appointment with the Costume Shop Supervisor.
Howard Coleman Library:
The library is located in the center of the college campus. The library has a fine collection of plays and texts on acting, directing and the process of theatre as well as a fine collection of music texts, biographies, CDs, DVDs, art song repertoire books and opera scores.
Clark Arts Script Library:
The library is located on the first floor of the theatre down the hall from the costume shop. Please check the door for the scheduled times the library will be open. Since the library is manned by theatre work study students, then the times the library will be open are subject to the work study students’ academic schedules. Typical script library hours will be between 9:00am and 5:00pm with the 12:00pm – 1:00pm hour always open. If you need access to the script library and it is not open, please see the Technical Director for access.
HEADSHOTS AND BIOS
Each cast member and the stage manager will get their headshot and bio published in the theatre program which they are involved. You will receive a packet from your Stage Manager at first rehearsal which will include the following:
From time to time, students may spend their own money for Performing Arts Department production expenses. When this occurs, the student must go through the expense reimbursement process to have that money returned to them. A form can be found online at think.rockford.edu or through the Technical Director. This must be filled out and signed by the student. The receipt(s) must be attached to this form and it should be turned in to Beth as soon as possible. Once the form is authorized for reimbursement by the Chair of the Department, it will be submitted to the Business Office for processing. Checks are issued each Thursday and generally will be distributed to your campus mailbox (unless otherwise specified). When possible, the petty cash system should be used instead of this reimbursement system. Tax exempt forms MUST be used. They can be obtained through the Technical Director or Box Office Manager. If tax is paid on items, that cost will not be reimbursed.
EXTRACURRICULAR AND OFF-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
It is the primary responsibility of the Performing Arts faculty to facilitate the student’s growth, artistically and academically. To ensure a healthy balance of academic and artistic activities, all participation during the academic year in off-campus activities (off-campus jobs, shows, etc.) must be approved in advance by the faculty. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities on campus (student government, sports, etc.) are asked to use their best judgment, and remember that academics and departmental obligations are priorities. Students who are considering participation of any kind are encouraged to consult with his/her professors and the Chair of the Department prior to making a commitment.
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