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Rockford University is pleased to introduce the new Bloomberg Business Lab and invites the public to a special open house on February 27, 2018 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Complete with state-of-the-art Bloomberg Professional services terminals, the Bloomberg Business Lab, part of the Puri School of Business, is the only one of its kind in the Rockford region. Providing trusted real-time and historical data as well as market-moving news and analytics, the Bloomberg Business Lab will allow our students to develop leading skills for careers in finance, economics, accounting and other business fields. For more about the new Bloomberg Professional services at Rockford University, read the full press release here.

Bloomberg Business Lab open house postcardDuring this open house, professor and students will be in the lab to demonstrate how this powerful global technology is being used in the classroom. In addition, the Puri School of Business features newly renovated spaces, and guests are invited to tour the entire facility. 

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m., (Welcome and remarks at 5:15)

Where: Puri School of Business on the campus of Rockford University. Building is located just east of the 5050 East State Street entrance.

Please register to attend by Feb. 23.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bloomberg-business-lab-open-house-tickets-42986789645 to RSVP.

Bloomberg Business Lab fact sheet

 

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series continues with a visit from a New York City-based jazz pianist on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Fascinating Algorithms: Pianist Dan Tepfer 
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center 

New York City-based jazz pianist Dan Tepfer will discuss the intersection of science and art in music, in particular the balance of intuition and emotion with the mathematical and algorithmic. At a more personal level, he will talk about how, as a performer and composer, he has opened up new avenues of creativity in his work by integrating mathematical structures, from simple processes to fractals, into his music.

With the exception of Performing Arts productions, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

This semester’s Forum Series continues through late April. View the full lineup at www.Rockford.edu/forum.

ROCKFORD, Ill. —Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series continues Feb. 22-25 with Performing Arts’ production of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Play: Richard III 
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center 

King Edward is on the throne, England is at peace, and all is well. But don’t worry – it won’t be that way for long because Richard is “discontented.” Gripping and outrageous, Shakespeare’s Richard III is the tale of a ruthless, power-crazed Machiavellian who lies and cheats his way to the highest seat in the land through charm, deception, and force of presence.

Forum Series take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

This semester’s Forum Series continues through late April. View the full lineup at www.Rockford.edu/forum.

Rockford, Ill. —Rockford University will host two events in February for students interested in attending college and learning more about the University. For students who are ready to enroll, a daylong Admit-a-Thon will be held on Monday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Saturday, February 24, prospective students and their families are invited to the Future Regent Visit Day held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

During the Admit-a-Thon on Monday, Feb. 19, interested students are invited to come directly to the Admission offices located in Nelson Hall anytime between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete a free application. An official transcript (first-year students must also bring ACT/SAT scores) will be needed. Admission counselors will be available to evaluate individuals’ files and provide an admission decision on the spot. Full-time, admitted students also will receive a scholarship.

The Future Regent Visit Day on February 24 will provide interested students and their families an in-depth look at Rockford University, including visits with admission representatives, financial aid staff, faculty and current students. The day also includes a tour of the campus, located in the heart of Rockford on 150 wooded acres, and an academic fair where visitors can talk one-on-one with faculty from various departments to learn more about academic programs. A complimentary lunch in the University’s dining hall will be provided.

Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on Rockford University’s campus, located at 5050 East State Street in Rockford. To learn more about Future Regent Visit Day and to register, call 815-226-4050 or visit www.rockford.edu/admission/visit.

Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education in Urban Education (MEd).

Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. RU is ranked as a Best Regional University – Midwest Tier One by US News & World Report and was named by the Princeton Review as a Best in the Midwest institution. The University currently serves approximately 1,260 full-and part-time students.

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series continues with a free author lecture from an alumna on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Surprising Effect of Stories on Sane
(and Crazy) People: Jacquelyn Mitchard, ’73 
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

The thing that authors want most is connection, which is the whole reason they write stories. The New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard recounts some of the most moving, and scary, stories about the way readers feel about her stories.

A Chicago native and graduate of Rockford College (now Rockford University), Mitchard is a professor of creative writing in Miami University of Ohio’s low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program, and lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children. She was the first author to be featured in Oprah’s Book Club.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

Other highlights of this semester’s Forum Series include lessons on forgiveness from a Holocaust survivor, an appearance by Rockford’s new mayor, a visit from a New York City-based jazz pianist and a musical presented in collaboration with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

View the full lineup at www.Rockford.edu/forum.

Rockford University is accepting nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is the Senior Student Affairs Officer of the institution and is a member of the President’s Executive Council. The Vice President provides vision, leadership and management oversight to student life programs and services including, at present, Residential Life, Student Activities, Career Services, Title IX and Compliance, Judicial Affairs, Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, and Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services. The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should be an exceptional student advocate, facilitate and enhance communication between students and administration; expand opportunities for social interaction and student development; and ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, city ordinances and Rockford University policies, while fostering a creative, vibrant, and inclusive student experience. View the full search posting >>

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate directors within Student Life including, at present, Director of Residence Life/Assistant Dean of Students, Career Services Director, Director for the Jane Adams Center for Civic Engagement (open), Title IX and Compliance Officer (open), Director of Student Activities, and Director of Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services.
  • Provide leadership and support to all professional, administrative, and student staff assigned to Student Life.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated student life program that is supported by a student life mission statement, department goals, and co-curricular learning goals.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and management oversight and evaluation for all student life programs and services.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with University-wide retention efforts.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Participate in and support ongoing efforts associated with compliance to Title IX; depending on background and experience, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students may serve as the Title IX Officer.
  • Evaluate and advocate staffing needs.
  • Conduct regular meetings with student life directors as well as individual (area specific) meetings on a regular basis to provide support and keep an on-going pulse of projects, accomplishments, set backs, needs, and professional development.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to staff members.
  • Oversee all budgets within Student Life.
  • Provide articulation, advocacy, and problem resolution with students as they interact with each other, faculty, staff, the University, and the community.
  • Develop policies, programs, and services that minimize University liability in the areas of judicial affairs/student conduct, residence life, and campus activities.
  • Manage and maintain the Rockford University Student Handbook (convene regular reviews and recommend policy revisions to ensure that the University is in compliance with federal and state laws, city ordinances and legislation).
  • Oversee student discipline/adjudication and ensure that established judicial procedures are followed and due process is practiced.
  • Appoint designated hearing officers and when necessary, advise hearing officers on questions and procedures.
  • Work closely with the Rockford University Chief of Police and Director of Residence Life to ensure consistency regarding policy implementation and enforcement.
  • Work with the Emergency Response Committee to design and implement emergency protocols pertaining to campus life.
  • Respond to crisis situations/provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with the University administration for long range planning including space needs, budgets, capital expenses, and facilities related to student life as well as enrollment and retention goals.
  • Represent Student Life at the Board of Trustees meetings as well as the Student Life Committee of the Board.
  • Provide regular updates/reports at Faculty Meetings (both written and verbal); and written updates to President.
  • Coordinate and compile End of Year Reports for all areas within Student Life.
  • Represent Student Life by being a contributing member on several University committees such as Academic Standards, Admission and Retention, Enrollment Management, Emergency Response Committee, Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • Represent Student Life (and student development) to the campus community.
  • Ensure proper advising to Student Government and to all Rockford University clubs & organizations.
  • Oversee use of the Student Center.
  • Coordinate administration of student awards.
  • Any other reasonable requests by supervisor/administration to ensure the effective and efficient operation of Rockford University.

The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students is expected to consult and use information from professional associations such as American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Position Requirements:

  • Experience – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students should have a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in higher education, with a minimum of five years’ experience in residence life, judicial programs, and crisis management. A master’s degree is required in Higher Education, Counseling, Student Personnel Services, or similar field; and experience with, and an understanding of, best practices at a private, residential, liberal arts 4-year campus. Doctorate preferred.
  • Knowledge – Understanding of student development practice and theory. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Must have proven customer service orientation. Ability to multi-task and handle a fast paced environment is essential. Must be self-driven and a strong team player/leader. Finally, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential with a clear understanding of Title IX, FERPA, NCAA, federal and state laws, city ordinances, University policy and confidentiality.
  • Problem Solving – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be detail orientated and possess strong leadership, judgment, managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to evaluate situations and establish effective courses of action. (Emergency/Crisis and Discipline situations.)
  • Professionalism – The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students must be committed to the highest standard of professionalism, integrity, excellence and diversity.

About Rockford University:

Rockford University is a co-educational four-year private institution located in Rockford, Illinois. Chartered in 1847 as Rockford Female Seminary, the institution became Rockford College in 1892 and became fully co-educational in 1958. On July 1, 2013 the college transitioned to Rockford University. Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” the University currently serves approximately 1,300 full-and part-time students. The University is pleased to continue to grow its enrollment. Best known of the university’s graduates is Jane Addams (1881), founder of Chicago’s Hull-House and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). The University educates men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Through the total academic and co-curricular experience, Rockford University strives to prepare students for fulfilling lives, careers, and participation in a modern and changing global society. The University has approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. At the graduate level, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education (MEd).

Rockford is conveniently located in northern Illinois just 90 miles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago. Situated on a scenic riverfront, the City of Rockford is home to 150,000 people who enjoy a small-town atmosphere with the benefits of being part of a larger metropolitan population of 300,000.

Rockford University is being assisted by the partners of Hyatt – Fennell. Nominations and application materials should be submitted via email to Rockford@hyatt-fennell.com. Please specify the position in the subject line. Applications include a letter of interest, a current résumé/cv, and contact information for five professional references and should be submitted in separate documents. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted prior to March 23, 2018 to receive full consideration. All applications and nominations will be considered highly confidential.

For more information contact:
Cheryl Hyatt – 724-242-0476
Rockford@hyatt-fennell.com
www.HYATT-FENNELL.com

Rockford University is an AA/EOE employer

Rockford University is pleased to announce the addition of the Bloomberg Professional service to its business curriculum. The new Bloomberg Business Lab, featuring 11 state-of-the-art terminals, is now part of the Puri School of Business at Rockford University and is the only academic institution with this level of global business resources in the Rockford area. Students will use the Bloomberg Professional service to further develop industry leading skills for careers in finance, economics, accounting and business. The Bloomberg Professional service has more than 320,000 leading business and financial subscribers worldwide.

Puri School of Business

The Bloomberg Professional service, Bloomberg’s core offering, is a software platform that provides trusted real-time and historical data, market moving news and analytics to help business and financial professionals make better informed investment decisions. The service also features execution platforms for every asset class, research and a global network to communicate securely and reliably. The University’s subscriptions to the Bloomberg Professional service will serve as a resource for both students and professors. It will enable students to become familiar with tools used in financial services, thereby reinforcing classroom theory, while professors can use it to further their own research.

John Gunyon, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Rockford University’s Economics, Business and Accounting department, says, “The addition of the Bloomberg Business Lab is an incredible asset to our growing business curriculum. The Bloomberg Professional service terminals will provide instant access to more than 130 industries and thousands of companies, allowing our students to analyze real-world scenarios that drive movements in major asset classes, credit metrics, economics and government policy. The technology brings together all of the data, news and analytics to provide the kind of complete understanding of companies, industries and markets that are critical to finding successful entry into today’s financial job market.”

The Bloomberg Business Lab was made possible by Rockford University alumnus Sunil Puri and his contributions to establish the PURI School of Business. The business school is home to the Department of Economics, Business and Accounting, including the Master of Business Administration, Executive Development and Adult Accelerated Degree Completion programs. The academic programs offered by the department are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Rockford University will host an open house for the Bloomberg Business Lab and the Puri School of Business on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. with remarks at 5:15 p.m. The Puri School of Business building is located directly to the east of the University’s main entrance at 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

For more information regarding the Bloomberg Business Lab or the University’s Economics, Business and Accounting department, contact Dr. John Gunyon, JGunyon@rockford.edu.

Bloomberg Business Lab Fact Sheet

Media contact:
Rita Elliott, Director of University Communications
relliott@rockford.edu , 815.226.3374

 

 

NEW YORK — The American Educational Research Association has selected a Rockford University professor’s paper to be presented at its annual meeting in New York this spring.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Jean Swindle’s paper—“Unequal Languagehoods: Pre-service Teacher Language Beliefs about Different Child Migrants”—was chosen from among more than 13,000 submissions for consideration. AERA has invited Prof. Swindle to present her research with other authors in a session titled “Diverse Perspectives on (Inter)national Education.”

Dr. Swindle’s most recent focus at Rockford University has been the further development of a new master’s in Urban Education (M.Ed.) online degree program, designed to help prepare educational professionals to work in urban school environments.

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association draws more than 15,000 participants to its yearly conferences focused on the scientific study of education and learning. AERA’s Annual Meeting for 2018 is slated for April 13-17 in New York City.