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Rockford University revives talent show tradition, raises money for Ukraine in honor of 175th anniversary

04/07/2022 10:25 am

More than $1,700 raised for Rockford’s sister city

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Apr. 7, 2022) – In honor of its 175th anniversary, Rockford University, the region’s leading private four-year educational institution, held a faculty and staff talent show, which raised money for Ukrainian relief efforts.

Held on March 19, 2022, at the Maddox Theatre, the “Regent Revels” featured music, comedy, dance, and more performed by the university’s faculty and staff for the amusement of students and guests. For every person that attended the free event, Rockford University pledged a donation in support of Ukrainian relief.

In total, the show raised $1,750, which was donated to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’s fund for Brovary, Ukraine, Rockford’s sister city.

“Initially our plan to hold the Revels was born out of a desire to revive a fun tradition as part of our 175th anniversary celebrations,” said Rockford University President Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer. “When the conflict in Ukraine unfolded it also gave us the opportunity to support relief efforts in our sister city of Brovary.”

The faculty and staff talent show was once an annual event at Rockford University. Previously known as the “Faculty Follies,” the show began in 1997 during the university’s 150th anniversary celebration. The last Follies was held in 2001. In honor of the university’s 175th anniversary, the faculty and staff decided to bring back the tradition. 



Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The university offers more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, including the bachelor’s degree completion program offering a B.S. in management studies and accounting studies. Through its graduate programs, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Master of Education in Urban Education, (M.Ed.). 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 ass a U.S. News & World Report Best Midwest Regional University, Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 full-and part-time students.

For more information: Graeme Gallagher, Rockford University, 815.226.4140,