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March 17, 2014

 


 

March 17, 2014

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

It always seems like the semester goes so quickly after spring break and with commencement just two months from tomorrow, there is a lot still to do before the school year comes to a close.  In the area of enrollment management, we are busy working with the students who will comprise the entering Fall 2014 class, both first-year and transfer. As has been reported throughout the year, we are experiencing a large increase in interest from prospective students. This increase is largely due to our relationship with Royall and Company, the firm that is helping us connect with students who would be a good fit for Rockford University.  The bigger pool means that our admissions staff has made more phone calls, sent more e-mails, and coordinated more campus visits than in previous years.  In SAS, the staff has created and sent out many more financial aid packages than usual.  All of this is making for an exciting environment in Burpee Center (at least for another month until these offices move to Nelson Hall in preparation for the Burpee renovation).

In addition to the changes we've made in work processes to deal with the increase in student interest, we are also planning to implement a new course registration program for first-year students.  We will keep the familiar ROAR for our transfer students and we have added SOAR (Student Advising, Orientation, and Registration) for our first-year students.  Under the direction of Becky Factor, Director of Student Success and Retention, SOAR is an all-day event that is geared toward helping new students build relationships with their peers, faculty, and staff at Rockford.  The theme is Community Under Construction, which is a nice play on the relationship building experience that will occur at SOAR and the construction projects slated for this spring and summer that will enhance the student experience.  A group of faculty and staff is working to make sure that the SOAR sessions prepare the students well for their transition to college.  The group is also working to make intentional connections between SOAR and fall orientation, so that fall orientation sessions build on the foundation that was laid at SOAR.


There is certainly a lot to do across campus to prepare for the arrival of our new students this fall.  We appreciate the part that each member of our campus community plays in this preparation.

-Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management

 

 

Forum Make-Up EssaysForum

 

Please note that the due date for forum make-up essays is April 7 by 5:00 p.m. All the guidelines for writing and submitting the essays are on the portal under the Forum tab, "Forum FAQ's". The essays should be submitted to Academic Affairs.

 

 

Students presenting Research at water conferenceRaffle

 

Four Rockford University undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting their research with CBS faculty members Drs. Troy Skwor and Matthew Bork at the Watercon conference, the largest midwest water and wastewater conference, Monday 3/17 and Tuesday 3/18. Sarah Stringer, Jenilee Johnson, Lauren Hyser and Brianna Schardt will all be presenting on various research topics at the conference. Dr. Troy Skwor will also be presenting research from his lab.

 

 

Attend RVC presidential candidate forumsRegent

 

The four finalists in the search for the next President of Rock Valley College, including alumnus Michael Mastroianni '74, will be visiting the RVC campus beginning next week. During each candidate's visit, they will engage in a community forum open to the public. All are invited to attend the presentations. Please see the portal announcement for a listing of dates and times.

 

 

Freeing our lives: Learning about sexual harrassmentretirement

 

What is the definition of Sexual Harassment? How can you help a friend who has been harassed? How can you begin to heal from harassment? What are your options? Attend one of three information sessions this week to get information, receive support, share your story or just listen. Tuesday, March 18 from 12-1 p.m. Grace Roper Lounge; Thursday, March 20 from 4-5 p.m. Rare Book Room; or Friday, March 21 from 10-11 a.m. Lang Health Center.

 

 

Little Free Libraries at RUDeadline

 

Little Free Libraries are community-based lending libraries, collections of books on specific themes available to any member of the community to borrow. Join the library staff for pizza and a discussion of the Little Free Libraries project at Rockford University on Thursday, March 20, from 12 - 1:00 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of Howard Colman Library. Contact Mary Weaks-Baxter or Rachael Altman if you have questions.

 

 

Art Gallery opening and receptionAlumni

 

Join us in the Rockford University Art Gallery/Clark Arts Center for the Artist Lecture and Opening Reception of the painting exhibition "Jeremy Long: Personal Allegories" in Friday, March 21. There will be an artist lecture at 6 p.m. with a reception in the gallery from 7-8:30 p.m. Jeremy Long is an exponent of the Post Abstract Figurative movement in American painting and Professor of Art at Wright State University College of Liberal Arts, Dayton, Ohio.

 

 

Fall RegistrationPrinceton

 

Registration for the Fall '14 semester will open for all continuing graduate, undergraduate and BSMS students beginning Monday, March 24.  The Fall 2014 schedule will be available for viewing on Self Service beginning Tuesday, March 18 in preparation for advising prior to the start of registration. Students will be able to begin submitting their carts for approval from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 24.  Priority registration ends for continuing students on Friday April 11.

 

 

Meet and greet with forum guest Kyle ThiermannBirthdays

 

Faculty and Students are invited to attend a meet & greet with forum guest, Kyle Thiermann on Tuesday, March 25 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Howard Colman Library. There will be pizza and drinks provided and a chance to win one of three $10 gift cards for Coldstone Creamery. Kyle Thiermann's forum event will be held the same night at 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre.

 

 

Career and Internship FairAltman

 

Rockford University Career Services and Rock Valley College Career Services, Advising and Placement Office are co-hosting a Spring semester Career and Internship Fair on March 26 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., in Regents Hall. Contact career center with any questions by sending an email to careersv@rockford.edu.

 

 

Annual Cubs vs. Brewers Baseball GameChange

 

Join the CARE Committee for the Annual RU Faculty & Staff Bus Trip to see the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, April 27 at 1:10 p.m. in Milwaukee. Tickets are only $50 each and include admission to the game, bus ride & parking. Please contact Monique Lindstedt for tickets, at ext. 4376 or mlindstedt@rockford.edu, no later than Friday, April 11.

 

 

167 in 167OneSixtySeven

 

In the spring of 2012, a video was produced and unveiled in celebration of our institution's 165th anniversary. "165 in 165" featured our 165-year legacy and chronicled the story of RC through imagery and sound in 165 seconds (2:45 minutes, to be exact). Now two years later, our institution has two more years (or two more seconds) to add to our history, including the milestone of becoming Rockford University. So, the Advancement division got a little creative and came up with a new theme and video - "167 in 167." Enjoy!

 

 

Upcoming dates and remindersBrown

 

Dr. Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, DVM, Ph.D. from UIC College of Medicine at Rockford will be giving the following seminar at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 21 in Starr 207; "Developing Vaccine for an Infectious Disease: From Bench to Clinic."

There will be no Office Depot orders processed during the week of March 17. Ordering will resume on March 24.

Applications for orientation leaders are due back to Jil Gates no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday March 19.

The deadline to apply for the Jane Ashcraft Alexander scholarship is 4:00 p.m., March 24. Details on how to apply, as well as an application, are available in the portal announcements.

Celebrate Women's History month with the Women's History Month Read Aloud on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:30AM - 12:30PM in Howard Colman Library.

The Washington Semester Program is now accepting applications for fall 2014. The deadline for priority consideration for fall 2014 is April 15, but nominations are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

The 2014 Student Showcase highlighting Senior Seminar projects, undergraduate research, poems or short stories, artwork and performances will be Wed., April 23 in Grace Roper Lounge. Proposals are due by April 16. Applications can be found in the portal announcements.

The FAFSA deadline was March 1. If you have not filed your FAFSA yet, do so immediately.

Save the date for the Care Committee's Pre-Show Social for "Women on the Verge" Dress Rehearsal, Wednesday, April 30.

The URL used for the web address to log in to TimeForce has changed. Please make sure to update your bookmark with the new web address.

Please note that a number of office moves occurred over break. All moves are highlighted on the construction page of the portal.

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Habitat volunteers return for 19th year.  Starkville Daily News.

Study highlights Rockford University's $118 million economic impact. Rockford Register Star.

Longtime Rockford College president release book about Christianity. Rock River Times. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

March 17 - March 23

March 17:

Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Robert Morris @Robert Morris
5:00 p.m.

Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Robert Morris @Robert Morris
8:00 p.m.

March 19:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Rock Valley Community College @RVCC
3:00 p.m.

March 20:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Judson University @Rockford
5:00 p.m.

Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Judson University @Rockford
8:00 p.m.

March 21:
Softball vs. Northland @Rockford
3:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Northland @Rockford
5:00 p.m.

March 23:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Judson University @Rock Valley Community College
3:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Beloit @Beloit
1:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Beloit @Beloit
3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

 

February 17, 2014 - "President's Day"

 


 

February 17, 2014

 

 

Dear faculty, staff and students, 

 

Approximately 220 employees and guests are planning to participate in Friday's Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner. I commend staff and faculty for your continued good work in helping our students navigate their learning journey. This annual event is attended by many for our Board of Trustees and I also convey their appreciation for all that you do. During the evening we will honor five of our colleagues who are retiring. They have 95 years of combined service to Rockford University and their commitment and passion for this institution are truly worth celebrating.  

 

I want to acknowledge that today is Presidents' Day. The history of the holiday dates back to 1796 when our nation's first president, George Washington, was concluding his final year in office. During that year his birthday on February 22 was celebrated as "Washington's Birthday." Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, many states adopted his birthday as a holiday. In 1971, President Richard Nixon combined Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays into Presidents' Day. Falling on the third Monday in February each year, it is now viewed as a holiday that pays tribute to both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all those who have served as president of our nation. I encourage you to take time during this cold and snowy day to reflect on the significance of the holiday and remember those who devotedly served the country as its chief executive officer.

 

Have a great week!

 

- Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

Poster removal in Burpee lobbyRaffle

 

In preparation for the Rockford University Gala on Saturday, February 22, all posters and temporary signs in the Burpee Lobby will be taken down on Monday, February 17. Please feel free to re-post on Monday, February 24. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please contact Lisa at LBartholme@rockford.edu or x 5111.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentRegent

 

Congratulations to junior Neil Moallem on being named the Rock Solid Regent of the week. Neil is a junior majoring in Math. While at RU Neil has played soccer, is a member of the Math Club and is a Math Lab assistant. After graduation, Neil plans to move somewhere warm and begin his career as a high school math teacher.

 

 

Kalahari tickets on sale nowretirement

 

Tickets for Kalahari Water Park are on sale now in the Student Activities office (2nd floor Burpee). The trip will be this Saturdady, Feb. 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ticket cost is $20 for undergraduate students and includes bus transportation, all day pass to the waterpark, and a pizza and soda coupon. You must pay with cash or check when purchasing your ticket and there are no refunds or exchanges once purchased. Read more...

 

 

RU baseball hats for saleDeadline

 

Rockford University adjustable baseball hats are on sale now. All hats are one size with an adjustable back. Orders are due by Feb. 19. Cost per hat is $15 with payment due before March 5. If you would like to place an order for a hat, please contact Eric Pinter at: epinter@rockford.edu.

 

 

Resume WorkshopBrown

 

Sarah Heidemann, an HR Consultant from Woodward, is coming to give a presentation on how to develop a successful professional resume. This resume workshop will be held on Thurs., February 27 from 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, Burpee 2nd Floor. Please RSVP to careersv@rockford.edu.

 

 

Audition for the 'R' FactorAlumni

 

Rockford University's Multicultural Club is looking for people to perform for this year's International Food Festival. Come show off your talents by auditioning for the 'R' Factor. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 28 and auditions will be held after spring break. Please contact Carla Ramirez (cr120345@rockford.edu) or Essence Kimble (ek143554@rockford.edu) with any questions.

 

 

Scholarship and prize opportunitiesBirthdays

 

Sponsored by Rockford University and the Academy of American Poets, the English Department offers, to all undergraduate students, the "Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize", named for Colleen Kitzmiller Holmbeck, a 1956 Rockford College graduate. The winner of the "Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize" is announced at Rockford University's Honors Day, and listed in the Academy of American Poets newsletter.
Submit entries to Campus Box 242 by Monday, March 31, 2014.

There are three scholarships available to Education students which require an application be completed:

  • Elisabeth Seegmiller Recruitment Grant
  • Karen Harter Recruitment Grant
  • Marion Carlson Seedoff Memorial Award

If you are interested in applying for any or all of these scholarships, please contact Professor Jean Harezlak at 815-226-4097 for your copy of the scholarship description, criteria and application.

There are three scholarships available to Anthropology/Sociology students which require an application be completed:


If you are interested in applying for any or all of these scholarships, please contact Professor Lynn Newhart at 815-394-5212 for your copy of the scholarship description, criteria and application.

 

 

Congratulations to Rachael AltmanAltman

 

Congratulations to Rachael Altman, Reference and Instructional Librarian, on a  recent series of successes. Rachael was accepted to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Immersion Program - Teacher Trak to be held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Rachael is running unopposed in the American Library Association 2014 Election. She is running for Councilor of the New Members Round Table, the charge of the position is to serve as a unified voice and represent the interests of the New Members Round Table on the ALA Council. Rachael was also recently accepted as a member of 85 Broads, the leading professional women's networking organization committed to the economic empowerment of women.

 

 

Donate your pocket changeChange

 

Donate your pocket change to support students participating in the 19th Annual Alan Hutchcroft Alternative Spring Break. Our students will be participating in Habitat for Humanity - Collegiate Challenge in Starkville, Mississippi. Pocket change is being received at the following locations:

  • Mail Desk - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Box Office - Clark Arts Lobby 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Athletics - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Center for Learning Strategies - Lower Level Starr Science 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for all of your help.

 

 

Princeton Review undergraduate student surveyPrinceton

 

Our Princeton Review team invites your direct feedback about your experience at Rockford University in our annual student opinion survey. Your insights on favorite classes, extracurricular activities, sports, professor/student interaction, residence life, food provide will give invaluable guidance for college bound students searching for their best fit schools. Our online student opinion survey takes only a few minutes to complete. All college students completing the survey have a chance to win one of ten Apple® iPads™.

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

February 17 - 23

February 18:
Alignment Rockford Governing Board Meeting

February 21:
Board of Trustees Committee Meetings
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Dinner

February 22:
Board of Trustees Meeting
Rockford University Gala

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University to host film screening. Rockford Register Star.

Prof. Elaine Sharpe discusses love and Valentine's Day. WTVO. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

February 17 - February 23

February 18:

Women's Basketball vs. Benedictine
@ Benedictine
7:00 p.m.

February 19:
Men's Basketball vs. Benedictine
@ Benedictine.
7:00 p.m.

February 22:
Men's Track and Field @ Margaret Bradley Invitational, University of Chicago
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @ Margaret Bradley Invitational, University of Chicago
10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

 

March 3, 2014 - "Economic Impact"

 


 

March 3, 2014

 

 

A few weeks ago, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities (FIICU) released its 2014 report to Governor Quinn and the state's legislators. The report attempted to quantify the economic impact and value of private colleges within Illinois.

 

The bottom line is that independent colleges and universities contribute $16.5 billion to the state's economy. In total, the institutions employ 178,000 individuals and generate $900 million in local and state taxes. Most importantly, the institutions combine to educate 231,000 students.

 

This annual report is a reminder to government officials that their investment in the Monetary Award Program  (MAP) is a sound investment. After all, MAP grants to students represent nearly all of the public's financial commitment to private higher education. Public institutions also benefit from MAP. However, taxpayers contribute considerably more in public subsidies to support students enrolled in public institutions.

 

At the time of the report's release, Dave Tretter, president of FIICU, stated, "The college experience is a unique one for every student, and no one education fits everyone the same way. Our message today is that independent colleges and universities in Illinois understand the challenges facing higher education and how important it is that we take those challenges head on to produce better students, more successful careers and a thriving, growing economy. We hope this report shows how our institutions are working every day to provide the best education at the best value for students and taxpayers."

 

On Friday, Rockford University will hold a press conference to share our own recently completed economic impact study. The study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International and quantifies our impact on the region. The variables include the impacts of university operations, student spending and student productivity. Traditionally, these studies provide a financial perspective on an institution's contributions. The contribution of Rockford University extends far beyond the numbers. It includes a 167 year partnership with our community to enhance the quality of life in the region and serve as a launching pad for graduates, whose careers and commitment to society are truly significant.

 

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

Forum #5: Charter Day ConvocationRaffle

 

The 5th Forum of the Spring semester will be this Wed., March 5 at 4 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, Ehren Jarrett, Ed.D. will be the guest speaker. Celebrating the 167th anniversary of the signing of the charter for Rockford University. Includes an academic procession of faculty in traditional robes depicting their rank, with stoles representing their respective Alma Maters and degrees.

 

 

Staff MeetingRegent

 

There will be a staff meeting on Wednesday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. in Fisher Chapel. The agenda, corrected notes from the January staff meeting and a copy of the Faculty Report which contains reports from the Vice President's can be found on the portal.

 

 

World Read Aloud Dayretirement

 

Rockford University will Celebrate World Read Aloud Day on March 5 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Howard Colman Library. Join the global literacy movement and advocacy campaign for every child's access to books as the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories is discussed. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite children's book to share.

 

 

Economic Impact Press ConferenceDeadline

 

Please join Rockford University President Robert L. Head, Ph.D., for a press conference to announce the results of a comprehensive economic study that demonstrates the university's overall financial impact in the region. The press conference will be held on Friday, March 7, 10 a.m., Forrest Cool Lounge.

 

 

Mid-Term Grade SubmissionAlumni

 

As we approach the mid-term exam period, please note that Self Service and Moodle are now open for submission of mid-term grades and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 10.

 

 

Fall RegistrationPrinceton

 

Registration for the Fall '14 semester will open for all continuing graduate, undergraduate and BSMS students beginning Monday, March 24.  The Fall 2014 schedule will be available for viewing on Self Service beginning Tuesday, March 18 in preparation for advising prior to the start of registration.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentBirthdays

 

Mariah Dhaese is the Rock Solid Regent of the week. Mariah is senior majoring in mathematics and minoring in secondary education. Currently, she is student-teaching at Harlem High School. She was awarded Student-Faculty Summer Research Grant in 2012 and again in 2013. Over the last three plus years, she has been volunteering in Math Lab to help students in lower level math classes. After graduation, Mariah plans on teaching high school math.

 

 

Student Life Shuttle ServiceAltman

 

The Student Life department offers members of the RU Community a free shuttle service on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The shuttle leaves from the Lion's Den on the hour and travels along State Street and Perryville, returning at 10 minuntes til the next hour. Check the Campus Events Calendar for a full range of dates.

 

 

May 2014 Commencement CeremonyChange

 

Students planning to graduate at the end of the Summer 2014 term who are within six credits or less of completion at the end of the Spring 2014 semester may petition to participate in the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.  In order to be considered you must submit your application for graduation, be registered for your summer classes and certified to complete your degree requirements by the end of the Summer 2014 term. Deadline to petition is Wednesday, March 19.

 

 

Upcoming dates and remindersBrown

 

Multicultural Club will be selling candy outside the cafeteria every day this week from 12-1 p.m. to raise money for the upcoming International Food Fair.

Join the French Club in front of the cafeteria in Burpee on March 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for $1 get a treat and Mardi Gras Beads.


Wacky Wednesday "Shuffleboard & U" is happening on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. outside the Café!

Multicultural Club is looking for performers for the International Food Festival - 'The R Factor'- to represent their culture or cultures. The deadline for signing up to perform at the event as been extended until March 7.

Join us for pizza and a discussion of the Little Free Libraries project at Rockford University on Thursday, March 20, from 12 - 1:00 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of Howard Colman Library.  

The Copy Center will have limited access during spring break, due to limited staffing. If you need any emergency printing done, please see Roger Ceniseros at the mail desk.

Thank you to all of the employees that were bright and cheery on Friday. All employees who stopped by, in festive wear, were entered into a drawing for a couple gift cards. The full list of winners can be found on the portal.

Congratulations to all faculty and staff that are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary in March.

A reminder that there won't be a Regent Weekly Newsletter over Spring Break (next week). Enjoy your break!

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

March 3 - 9

March 5:
Charter Day Convocation

March 6:
Speaking Engagement - Rockford Cosmopolitan Club
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Scholarship Committee Meeting

March 7:
Kobe College/Japan Education Exchange Board Meeting

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University students named to the fall 2013 Dean's and Distinguished Scholar's List.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

March 3 - March 16

March 7:

Men's Track and Field at Gill Athletics Final Qualifier, Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.)
4:00 p.m.

Women's Track and Field at Gill Athletics Final Qualifier, Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.)
4:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Rose-Hulman @RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.

March 8:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Tiffin JV @Winter Haven, Fla.
3:00 p.m.

Women's Track and Field @Eastbay Pointer Last Chance, UW-Stevens Points
(Stevens Points, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

Men's Track and Field @Eastbay Pointer Last Change, UW-Stevens Points (Stevens Point, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

Baseball vs. Coe
 @RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
9:00 a.m.

Baseball vs. Coe
@RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
12:00 p.m.

March 9:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Wartburg JV @Winter Haven, Fla.
8:00 a.m.

Baseball vs. Wartburg @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
10:30 a.m.

Softball vs. Nazareth @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
12:00 p.m.

Softball vs. MCLA @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.

March 10:
Baseball vs. Penn State Abington @RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
11:00 a.m.

Softball vs. North Park @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
12:00 p.m.

Varisty Reserve Baseball vs. Penn State Abington JV @Winter Haven, Fla.
1:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Eastern Nazarene @Gene Cusic Classic
(Cape Coral, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Gordon @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
3:00 p.m.

March 11:
Softball vs. St. Mary's (Ind.)@Gene Cusic Classic
(Fort Myers, Fla.)
8:00 a.m.

Softball vs. Minn.-Morris @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
10:00 a.m.

March 12:
Baseball vs. Becker @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
8:00 a.m.

Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. Mesabi Range CC @Winter Haven, Fla.
9:00 a.m.

Varsity Reserve Baseball vs.
Mesabi Range CC @Winter Haven, Fla.
12:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. Rhodes @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
3:00 p.m.

March 13:
Varsity Reserve Baseball vs. St. Joe's JV @Winter Haven, Fla.
8:00 a.m.

Baseball vs. New Jersey City @RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
10:30 a.m.

Softball vs. Drew @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
12:00 p.m.

Softball vs. Oneonta St. @Gene Cusic Classic (Cape Coral, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.

Baseball vs. TCNJ @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
2:00 p.m.

March 14:
Softball vs. Franklin & Marshall @Gene Cusic Classic
(Cape Coral, Fla.)
8:00 a.m.

Baseball vs. Greenville @RussMatt Tournament (Winter Haven, Fla.)
9:00 a.m.

Softball vs. Stevens Institute @Gene Cusic Classic
(Cape Coral, Fla.)
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Nebraska Wesleyan (Lincoln, Neb.)
4:00 p.m.

Men's Track and Field @NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Nebraska Wesleyan
(Lincoln, Neb.)
4:00 p.m.

March 15:
Baseball vs. Wittenberg @RussMatt Tournament
(Winter Haven, Fla.)
8:30 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Nebraska Wesleyan (Lincoln, Neb.)
10:00 a.m.

Men's Track and Field @NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, Nebraska Wesleyan (Lincoln, Neb.)
10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

 

February 24, 2014 - "Welcome baby Londyn"

 


 

February 24, 2014

 

 

A curious thing happened just before 3 p.m. last Thursday: a baby was born. That phenomenon, in and of itself is not all that rare now is it? After all, across the world, four babies are born in every second. No, the curious thing about this baby is that she was born to a particular Alumni couple. We'll call the baby, Londyn, because . . . well . . . because that's the baby's name. And, her parents are Joel and Brooke Larson Moore. Joel is the Vice President of our Alumni Association. Together, Joel and Brooke and the Alumni within their circle of influence, all in their mid-thirties, are becoming increasingly active in our institution's vision, direction and support.

In their roles as honorary co-chairs of Saturday night's Gala 2014: Building Lives and Opportunity, Brooke and Joel were scheduled to emcee a large chunk of our evening's program. They were excited about sharing their personal narrative and holding themselves up as excellent examples and grateful recipients of the kinds of student opportunities that the Gala's proceeds are slated to provide, ongoing. They were eager to give back and convince others that the student experience at Rockford University is something worth supporting and preserving.

While undergrads, the personal connection that Brooke was able to establish during her senior research project with Drs. Pippitt (Martha and David) and Dr. Breiter, along with Joel's similar relationships with Drs. Carley, D. Pippitt and the late great Dr. Larry Forman, have proven to be fundamental to Joel's and Brooke's development, and a hub around which they have been able to build their lives together.

 

Baby Londyn

But, then, on Thursday the story and focus changed dramatically; or did it? Brooke and Joel were obviously unable to attend, and yet perhaps more importantly we were suddenly confronted with a new character (pictured at right) - an even more compelling human - a fresher-than-fresh-faced-infant, who, in an instant became for me, and I hope for everyone reading this note, an innocent reminder that she and thousands like her, just born or yet to be born, were the real reason we gathered on Saturday, and the reason that all of us, students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and friends are diligent in the roles we play at Rockford University.

For we have something of value that other people want. We have inherited a legacy in which the preservation of an intimate atmosphere of teaching and learning is of paramount importance. I for one will, for the remainder of my time here at RU, keep with me the visceral response that was engendered in my heart when I saw for the first time, Londyn's face and the bright promise she represents, along with the motivation she provides for all of us to work in maintaining the most excellent of student opportunities available.

I suspect that is the reason that Brooke and Joel threw their efforts behind this Gala in the first place, and why it is we as an institution are redoubling efforts, through the creation of the Student Opportunity Fund. The fund will complement the capital improvements on the horizon, and will serve as an incubator of sorts for new ideas and progressive ways in which to engage our students with the world outside the classroom, in order to strengthen their education and add value to our community for generations to come.


Thanks so much to everyone who attended or supported the Gala in thought, word and deed - especially to the student volunteers who served our guests in front line: it is greatly appreciated.

-Bern Sundstedt '77
VP for Institutional Advancement

 

 

Express Transform Rockford SessionRaffle

 

Transform Rockford is a grass-roots community movement with input and volunteers from a cross-section of the community hoping to make transformation change in our region. We want to know what it will take to keep you in the Rockford area after you graduate and how we can make this region the best it can be. At this Express Visioning Session, we will ask you to reflect on the following statement: My Transformed region is, has, was, will be (think 15-20 years from now). This visioning session will take place in the Cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentRegent

 

Congratulations to senior Erin Ryczek on being named the Rock Solid Regent of the week. Erin is majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Middle School. Erin play basketball, is a member of T.E.A.C.H. and the Student Athlete Advisory Council. 

 

 

Africa Straight Upretirement

 

Come learn about Africa Straight Up from our very own William's Bowa and Amour Muro! Experience African Culture with traditional dress, music, movie, and snacks. Africa Straight Up will be Thursday, February 27 at noon in Grace Roper Lounge.

 

 

Employee of the YearDeadline

 

Congratulations to Kelly James, Rockford University's 2013 Employee of the Year! Kelly was selected by her peers from the distinguished group of nominees who received employee of the month honors in 2013. Please join us in congratulating Kelly James, 2013 Employee of the Year!

 

 

Audition for the 'R' FactorAlumni

 

Rockford University's Multicultural Club is looking for people to perform for this year's International Food Festival. Come show off your talents by auditioning for the 'R' Factor. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Feb. 28 and auditions will be held after spring break. Please contact Carla Ramirez (cr120345@rockford.edu) or Essence Kimble (ek143554@rockford.edu) with any questions.

 

 

Forums #4 and #5Princeton

 

The fourth forum of the spring 2014 semester will "Heartbreak House", presented by the RU Performing Arts Department. Dates of the performance are February 27 - March 2, 2014. Times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday, March 5, we will celebrate the founding of our institution with our annual Charter Day Convocation at 4:00 p.m. in Maddox Theatre of the Clark Arts Center. Ehren Jarrett, Ed.D., Rockford Public Schools Superintendent, will present the keynote address. The entire campus community is invited to join us for this celebration marking our 167th year. This event will also be the fifth forum of the spring 2014 semester.

 

 

Scholarship and prize opportunitiesBirthdays

 

Sponsored by Rockford University and the Academy of American Poets, the English Department offers, to all undergraduate students, the "Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize", named for Colleen Kitzmiller Holmbeck, a 1956 Rockford College graduate. The winner of the "Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize" is announced at Rockford University's Honors Day, and listed in the Academy of American Poets newsletter.
Submit entries to Campus Box 242 by Monday, March 31, 2014.

There are three scholarships available to Education students which require an application be completed:

  • Elisabeth Seegmiller Recruitment Grant
  • Karen Harter Recruitment Grant
  • Marion Carlson Seedoff Memorial Award

If you are interested in applying for any or all of these scholarships, please contact Professor Jean Harezlak at 815-226-4097 for your copy of the scholarship description, criteria and application.

There are three scholarships available to Anthropology/Sociology students which require an application be completed:


If you are interested in applying for any or all of these scholarships, please contact Professor Lynn Newhart at 815-394-5212 for your copy of the scholarship description, criteria and application.

 

 

Important Dates to RememberAltman

 

Make sure your completed FAFSA and any other financial aid forms are submitted no later than March 1, 2014. 

Self Service and Moodle are now open for submission of mid-term grades and will close at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 10.


Registration for the Fall '14 semester will open for all continuing graduate, undergraduate and BSMS students beginning Monday, March 24.

 

 

May 2014 Commencement CeremonyChange

 

Students planning to graduate at the end of the Summer 2014 term who are within six credits or less of completion at the end of the Spring 2014 semester may petition to participate in the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony.  In order to be considered you must submit your application for graduation, be registered for your summer classes and certified to complete your degree requirements by the end of the Summer 2014 term. Deadline to petition is Wednesday, March 19.

 

 

Employee of the MonthBrown

 

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

February 24 - 28

 

February 25:

Lincoln Middle School - Speaking Engagement/Black History Month

 

February 26:

Student Roundtable

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University celebrates Black History Month. WREX.

MBA Student Alyona Gladyshko discusses her family in Kiev, Ukraine. WIFR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

February 24 - March 2

March 1:

Men's Track and Field at NACC Indoor Championships, UW-Parkside (Kenosha, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field at NACC Indoor Championship, UW-Parkside (Kenosha, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 


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Februray 10, 2014 -"Charter Day Convocation"

 


 

February 10, 2014

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Dr. Ehren Jarrett

Our Charter Day Convocation takes place March 5, during which we will celebrate the 167th anniversary of the founding of Rockford University. I am unaware of another organization in the community that has existed for as long. Longevity is admirable, but what is more important is the impact the University has made on its graduates, the community and the world. That is what makes this celebration special.

The speaker will be Dr. Ehren Jarrett. Dr. Jarrett assumed the role of Rockford Public Schools Superintendent on July 1, 2013. He joined the district's leadership team in June of 2011 as an assistant superintendent. Before that, he was principal at Hononegah Community High School in Rockton for four years. During that time, Newsweek Magazine and the Washington Post recognized Hononegah as one of the top schools in the country.

Dr. Jarrett earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. He is very engaged in the community and serves on the boards of Alignment Rockford, the United Way Campaign and Discovery Center. Dr. Jarrett and his wife, Christie, reside in Rockford and have two children.

One of the strategies Dr. Jarrett champions is the idea of college for all graduates of District 205. While it is unlikely that the vision will be realized in the near term, it is important to create some initial wins. Building greater aspiration for college within the District's students is an important first step. It is also important that families are able to visualize a path to college and recognize that the seemingly impossible financial hurdle can be overcome. Dr. Jarrett and I continue to work with other community partners on these initiatives. Two years ago, Rockford University committed $2 million in financial support to high school graduates from the city of Rockford. Other local entities are now considering support so that more and more students from our community are able to pursue the dream of higher education. There is still some work to be done, but it is our desire to announce other community-based scholarships, with external funding, in a few months.  

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentRegent

 

Congratulations to Katie Kuehner on being named this week's Rock Solid Regent! Katie is a senior with a major in Musical Theater. Katie has been in seven musicals during her four years at RU. She is a member of the Regent Players, previously serving as secretary and Tea Club. Katie is also a student worker in the Admissions office. 

 

 

Construction and Office Moves UpdateRaffle

 

The next set of office moves is set to take place over spring break, March 10 - 14.  Moves are as follows:

  • Student Life to Kent 1st floor
  • ESL/ISSS to Kent LL
  • Dean of Students Office, Brad Knotts and Deb Green to library, 1st Floor
  • Career Services to Lion's Den LL (Johnson Center) Conference Room

There is now an easy way to keep up to date with all the office moves that are scheduled. A portal page has been created to help everyone on campus stay informed about upcoming moves. A button has also been added underneath the Table of Contents in the Regent Weekly that link directly to the page.

 

 

Scholarship Opportunities Availableretirement

 

The Jane Ashcraft Alexander Scholarship is a gift to Rockford University from her family. Jane Ashcraft Alexander gave Rockford College much credit for the richness of her life. It is the Alexander family's intent that the competition be open to all students at the university. The deadline for application is 4 p.m., March 24.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has contacted Rockford University regarding two scholarship opportunities available for our students; the Kjellstrom Women's Scholarship Initiative and the Era L. Walker Jr. Scholarship. Please see the portal announcement for details on how to apply for both.

 

 

Financial Aid Priority DeadlineDeadline

 

Rockford University's 2014-15 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2014. Make sure to file your FAFSA form by that day. Read more...

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch PresentationBrown

 

There will be a Brown Bag lunch presented by Professors Sharon Bartlett and Sean Beckmann on Tuesday, February 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The topic will be "Biological and Cultural Monsters from the French-Speaking World".  The lunch will be held in Starr 130. Read more...

 

 

Student Activities for the weekAlumni

 

Student Activities has a lot planned for the week. There is still time to sign up for Chopped, students and staff can compete to showcase who is the best chef on campus. Tickets for Kalahari Water Park are on sale now for $20 to all undergraduate students. Wacky Wednesday will be Presidential Trivia and the week will end with a Slam-Poetry Contest and an Anti Valentine's Day dance on Friday. Read more...

 

 

Campus HappeningsBirthdays

 

The Center for Learning Strategies has a variety of Valentine's Day treats for sale all week.

The first Psych Society meeting will be held February 12 from 12- 1 p.m.

Weekly meditation hour will be Teddy Bear meditation on February 13 from 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

How can you use your dreams to learn about yourself and your life? Join the Dream Group this Thurs., Feb. 13, from 4-5 p.m. to find out.

Applications for the open Resident Assistant positions are due February 14.

The IT team is working to determine how they can best support campus use of technology. Please take this brief survey by February 14 to aid them.

Howard Colman Library is hosting a screening of the film

Black Rockfordians: Their Journey Through the Forest City on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Walk in tutoring hours at the Center for Learning Strategies in Room 114, Starr Science Building are now available.

Don Cheval, our TIAA-CREF representative, will be on campus Feb. 19 and March 26 to offer one on one consultations to maximize your 403b investments.

Full-time faculty and staff can now pick up their benefit compensation statements in HR.

50/50 Tickets for the raffle to be held during the Gala on Feb. 22 are now available for purchase.

Prof. Klein was interviewed for the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the ethics of high school athletes transferring between schools.

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

February 10 - 16

February 10:
Transform Rockford Steering Committee

February 14:
Morehouse College Inauguration

February 15:
Alumni Gathering, Atlanta, GA

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University classroom discusses Super Bowl ads. WTVO.

Changing landscapes in higher education, written by President Head. The Voice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

February 10 - February 16

February 12:

Women's Basketball vs. Alverno
@ Rockford
7:00 p.m.

February 15:
Men's Track and Field @ Fighting Scot Invitational, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @ Fighting Scot Invitational, Monmouth College,
Monmouth, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @ Rockford
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @ Rockford
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

 

February 3, 2014 - "The importance of student advising"

 


 

February 3, 2014

 

 

The Importance of Student Advising

 

Student advising is more than setting up a class schedules; it is an important step in preparing students for their first and subsequent careers. The goal of academic advising at Rockford University is to help our students make informed decisions regarding their specific academic program. We recognize that as a student advances, they will progressively assume more responsibility over their academic life. Advising also provides information and assistance as students make the transition to university life, and get ready to move beyond the university.  

 

A strong characteristic of Rockford University is the small student-teacher ratio. This characteristic helps establish a close working relationship between students and their faculty advisor. Students have a responsibility to create a good working relationship, which is constructed upon frequent contact with their advisor to review program development, proper course selection, schedule changes, and be informed of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available. The student's advisor also will monitor progress toward graduation and serve as a resource for other services offered on campus (such as the Career Services office, the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Learning Strategies, etc.). Students are also encouraged to seek out their advisor for information and counsel on academic related matters, including concerns regarding academic performance. Remember, the student advisor is the student's advocate.

Key Responsibilities in advising include:

*    The student shall meet with the student academic advisor at least once per semester to register for courses for the following semester.

*    Before the student declares a major-generally by the end of sophomore year-they will choose an academic advisor within the department of student major.

*    To contact their advisor, they should use standard university communications-campus telephones, voicemail, e-mail-to set up a meeting.  Students may also stop by advisors' offices during posted office hours. Please use multiple avenues to contact student advisor.

*    Advising is a shared responsibility.

Have a good week,

Steven F. Siconolfi, Ph.D., FACSM

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

 

 

Student Research Grant Proposal DeadlineRegent

 

Due to campus closures because of inclement weather, the deadline for Student Research Grant (Involving Travel) Proposals has been extended to Tuesday, February, 4, 2014. All proposals need to be emailed to AcademicAffairs@Rockford.edu. Read more...

 

 

Apply to be a RAPress

 

The Office of Residence Life is looking for Resident Assistants for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. If you know someone who would make a great Resident Assistant encourage them to apply or check out an informational session. Applications are due by February 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The next information session is February 5 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. Read more...

 

 

Forum #3 of 10: The Right to Vote and the Rockford ConnectionCareer

 

The next forum of the spring semester will be Wed., Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Julia Lathrop (as portrayed by Amy Nyman) will talk about the role of students at Rockford Female Seminary in working for voting rights. Catherine Forslund, Ph.D., will review historical events leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Marissa Leibling, LLD, who leads the Voting Rights Project, will discuss the current and future impact of the Supreme Court decision of June 2013 that overturned several sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Read more...

 

 

Spring intramurals start soonSoup

 

Whether you like to play sports or just enjoy being active, Spring Intramurals 2014 offers you an opportunity to "Get in the Game" with your closest friends. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join. You can sign up Wednesday, Feb. 5 or Friday Feb. 6 outside the cafe from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please contact Coach Jason Ware (jware@rockford.edu) with questions. Read more...

 

 

CARE talk with Judge LynchBand

 

This Wednesday February 5 at 6:30 p.m., in Grace Roper Lounge, Judge Thomas Lynch will give a talk hosted by the RU Business Club on personal finance and living debt free! This event will be the first of its kind in the Rockford area and we are very pleased to have Judge Lynch and local bankruptcy attorneys and court staff members on our campus for its kick off. Read more...

 

 

TIAA-CREF Retirement Seminarsretirement

 

Achieving retirement goals requires a strategy for generating lifetime income.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend an educational seminar on Wednesday, February 5 in Grace Roper Lounge. Don Cheval, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be presenting from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Read more...

 

 

RU Mid-Year ConferenceConference

 

A mid-year conference for faculty and staff will take place on February 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 in Regents Hall. It is a time for our community to come together to focus on the future. This is important and valuable work for our community and it will have benefit to me, the University's Strategic Planning Council and the Board of Trustees. We encourage you to participate. Read more...

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch PresentationBrown

 

There will be a Brown Bag lunch presented by Professors Sharon Bartlett and Sean Beckmann on Tuesday, February 11 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The topic will be "Biological and Cultural Monsters from the French-Speaking World".  The lunch will be held in Starr 130. Read more...

 

 

Become an Alumni AmbassadorAlumni

 

The Office of Alumni Relations is starting a new organization on campus to connect current undergrad and graduate students with alumni through exciting volunteer opportunities. The Rockford University Alumni Ambassadors will serve their institution by meeting with engaged alumni from around the Rockford area, and the country! The general application will be released later this month, but if you have questions about this awesome opportunity, please contact  Tim Schmeling (tschmeling@rockford.edu). Read more...

 

 

February Birthdays and AnniversariesBirthdays

 

Congratulations to everyone celebrating a birthday or an anniversary in February!

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

February 3 - February 9

February 3: Transform Rockford Meeting with Faculty

February 4: New Hire Orientation Lunch

February 5: Speaking Engagement:  League of Women Voters

February 6: Faculty Mid-Year Conference

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University educator Jeff Fahrenwald named Citizen of the Year. Rockford Register Star.

14 to watch in '14: Maurice West offers guidance, builds up neighborhood. Rockford Register Star.

Rockford University performing arts department to host 'Heartbreak House'. Rockford Register Star. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

February 3 - February 9

February 3:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Kishwaukee College
@ Kishwaukee College
 5:30 p.m.

February 4:
Women's Basketball vs. Aurora
@ Aurora
7:00 p.m.

February 5:
Men's Basketball vs. Dominican
@ Rockford
7:00 p.m.

February 8:
Men's Track and Field @ Keck Indoor Invitational, Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.)
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @ Keck Indoor Invitational, Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.)
10:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Edgewood
@ Edgewood
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Edgewood
@Edgewood
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

 

January 21, 2014 - "Cathy Kight retirement"


 

January 21, 2014

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

 

Welcome to the beginning of our Spring Semester! With the temperature dropping to zero this morning, one could really challenge the appropriateness of this term's name. Nevertheless, classes begin today and we are off and running. Best wishes to everyone for a successful semester.

 

Yesterday marked the 29th time our nation formally recognized the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. On Saturday, a community celebration of Dr. King was held on our campus. The event provided an opportunity for selected high school seniors to compete in an oratorical contest for scholarships to the college/university of their choice. Nearly 200 guests including Mayor Larry Morrissey, city aldermen, ministers from several faiths, and students from various institutions attended the event.

 

Earlier this month, Cathy Kight announced that she would retire and move to the next stage of her life's journey. On Friday, Cathy said farewell to the university she served so well since October of 1989. Her journey has taken her from part-time to full-time; from communications operator to office manager of communications and the physical plant; to the Library; and in 2008, to the Office of Academic Affairs.  

 

Cathy at work in the Office of Academic Affairs. 

One of the major changes during her tenure was the flow of campus communications. When Cathy began as an operator, there were no room phones in the residence halls, no one had cell phones, and not all offices had phones. There was also was no voicemail. Nearly every phone call to campus went through her - quite a difference from today.

 

Asked what she enjoyed the most over the years at Rockford University, Cathy quickly responded that it was the students. She greatly enjoyed her role as an on-campus mom to many of them and helping them in different ways through all of her positions. Cathy shared a number of favorite memories including being able to give diplomas to her three children, numerous campus events, volunteering at casino nights and for late night breakfast duty, assisting Drs. Quinn and Wholeben with the final mailing of 2008 HLC report during a blizzard, and a certain prank during the 2009 Charter Day ceremony spearheaded by her son Jason, then the president of Student Government. I'll let her tell you the details of that one.

 

Cathy's future plans include moving to Florida and assisting her mother-in-law during a difficult time, planting flowers, volunteering and traveling to visit family. In parting, she said, "I'll miss everyone, but I'll be watching!" Thank you, Cathy, for all you did for Rockford University.

 

Have a great week!

 

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

 

Forum #1 and #2 of 10Regent

 

The first two forums of the spring semester will be held Friday, January 24.

James Marten, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the history department at Marquette University. Dr. Marten has written or edited more than a dozen books on the sectional confluct and children's history.  Dr. Marten will be giving a talk titled "Progressive-Era Children" at 4 p.m. Friday, January 24. Read more...

Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Espirit Creole will be performing Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Read more...

 

 

NICNE January Leadership CafePress

 

NICNE's January leadership cafe will be on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Presented by David Allen, Managing Partner, Development for Conservation LLC, the cafe will discuss the pains and gains of cultural change and offer some practical tips for eventual success with a fundraising board. RSVP to Karen Ream at kream@rockford.edu.  This event is free for all RU staff, faculty and GAs. Read more...

 

 

Student Health Insurance DeadlineCareer

 

Rockford University requires all full time students, residential students, and students participating in intercollegiate athletics to have health insurance. You must provide proof of health insurance by completing the online waiver form by the deadline every year that you attend Rockford University. If you would like to enroll in the student insurance, the deadline is January 31, 2014. Read more...

 

 

Rock Soup: Transforming RockfordAppreciation

 

Join us on Feb. 3 (Monday) for lunch and discussion with Dr. Head about the Transform Rockford movement. We'll meet in Faculty Dining Room from 12-1 to talk about the goals of the movement and ways we can become involved.  Please RSVP to Professor Mary Weaks-Baxter (x4079 or  mweaks-baxter@rockford.edu) by January 30 if you plan to attend. Read more...

 

 

Financial Aid Priority DeadlineSoup

 

Rockford University's 2014-15 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2014. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation of many need-based programs, fill out and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA for the next academic year well be available beginning January 1. To complete to the 2014-2015 FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Read more...

 

 

Pep band members wantedBand

 

Student Life is hoping to identify enough students, faculty/staff and alumni to have a pep band for home athletic games.If you are proficient in a musical instrument and interested in participating, please contact Brad Knotts, Dean of Students at 815.226.3398 or bknotts@rockford.edu.

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

January 20 - 26

January 22
Board of Trustees Executive Committee Meeting

January 23
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

The Right to Vote and the Rockford Connection Feb. 5 at Rockford University. Rock River Times.

Rockford University to host visit day Feb. 1 for prospective students. Rockford Register Star.  

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

January 21 - January 26

January 21:

Women's Basketball vs. Dominican @ Rockford 7:00 p.m.

January 22:
Men's Basketball vs. Concordia Chicago @ Rockford
7:00 p.m.

January 25:
 Men's Basketball vs. Lakeland
@ Lakeland 
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Lakeland
@ Lakeland
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


Rockford University | 5050 E. State Street | Rockford, IL 61108

January 13, 2014 - "Beginning of a new year"

 


 

January 13, 2014

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

 

The beginning of a new year is an interesting time. For most of us, it's a time of reflection on the past and an opportunity to assess what might be accomplished in the future. Throughout 2013, there were many achievements by students, staff, faculty and alumni that enhanced the reputation of Rockford University. Thanks to all of you for the good work in helping move our institution in a positive way.

 

In November, Vice President Eric Fulcomer was one of several administrators from a number of universities interviewed by a reporter from the Wall Street Journal. As he is prone to do, Dr. Fulcomer shared the progress of Rockford University and his thoughts about the future. The reporter proceeded to author a column skeptical of the future for small liberal arts colleges, completely ignoring Dr. Fulcomer's positive contributions.

 

The same reporter joined a panel of journalists at a conference I recently attended. The emphasis of his remarks, while not what we want to hear, cannot be denied. Private higher education is losing the public relations battle. Defending tuition levels, having financial aid policies not understood by the public and translating the value of liberal arts to a career-centered public, have created a very vocal opposition.

 

Over the past two years, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has developed a marketing campaign targeting the promotion of our institutions and the liberal arts. In announcing the initiative, CIC President Richard Ekman said, "CIC's campaign to strengthen and support independent higher education will include research and data that dispel persistent and false stereotypes about independent colleges, feature prominent graduates of independent colleges and universities in all walks of life, and develop new language to describe the advantages of a liberal arts education, especially at independent institutions."

 

CIC has 625 member institutions, including Rockford University. Assisting with the marketing campaign are The Dilenschneider Group, a New York public relations firm, and Sawmill Public Relations, a social media firm. The rollout includes several components to be launched over the next couple of years. One element released in December was a campaign Twitter feed, @SmartColleges. The feed features "avatars" (college student "Libby" and counselor "Art") who offer thoughts on Twitter about liberal arts. Through these characters, CIC posts data, quotes and content for public consumption.

 

While this singular initiative will not overcome the multitude of negative comments and beliefs about our sector, it does represent a beginning of a concentrated and coherent response. Please feel free to follow Libby and Art.

 

Have a great week!

 

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

 

Financial Aid Priority DeadlineSoup

 

Rockford University's 2014-15 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2014. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation of many need-based programs, fill out and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA for the next academic year well be available beginning January 1. To complete to the 2014-2015 FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Read more...

 

 

IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate ChangePress

 

The IRS has announced that the 2014 standard mileage rate for deducting the cost of operating a personal vehicle for business reasons will decrease to 56.0 cents per mile for business miles driven. Expense reports for the 2013 calendar year rate of 56.5 cents and a new report for the 2014 calendar year rate of 56.0 cents are posted on the portal under the Resources tab, Business Office. Read more...

 

 

New Password Reset OptionCareer

 

The IT department is proud to offer a new password reset option for your convenience. This service provides registered profile users the opportunity to maintain greater control of access and account information. You will be able to register and reset your password from the think.rockford.edu sign in screen. There is also a short 2:20 minute video instruction on how to build a registered profile and reset your password available. It is strongly encouraged that you sign up for this option and encourage others as well. Read more...

 

 

Successful Relief Donations CollectedAppreciation

 

Thank you for all that donated and a special thanks to all those who stopped by and signed the banners for Washington, IL tornado relief and Philippines typhoon relief. The Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement and a Jane Addams Fellow, Angela Martinez, were able to raise a combined $499.49 for relief efforts. Read more...

 

 

Forum #1 and #2 of 10Regent

 

The first two forums of the spring semester will be held Friday, January 24.

James Marten, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the history department at Marquette University. Dr. Marten has written or edited more than a dozen books on the sectional confluct and children's history.  Dr. Marten will be giving a talk titled "Progressive-Era Children" at 4 p.m. Friday, January 24.

Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Espirit Creole will be performing Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole culture.

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

January 13 - 17

January 13
Transform Rockford Steering Committee Meeting

January 16
Spring Orientation

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Rockford University women end year strong. Rockford Register Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

January 13 - January 19

January 14:

Men's Basketball vs. Benedictine @ Rockford 7:00 p.m.

January 15:
Women's Basketball vs. Edgewood @ Rockford
7:00 p.m.

January 18:
 Men's Track and Field @ Pioneer Open, UW-Plateville
(Plateville, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

Women's Track and Field @ Pioneer Open, UW-Plateville,
(Plateville, Wis.)
10:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @ Concordia Wisconsin
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @ Concordia Wisconsin
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


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December 16, 2013 - "Faculty Athletic Representative"

 


 

December 16, 2013

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff,

Over the past nine years, Professor Bill Lewis has served as the University's Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) to the NCAA. Bill has served with passion and commitment, representing the bridge between faculty and athletics. At the end of November, Bill stepped down from the role he has served so well. Please join me in thanking Professor Lewis for his dedication to our student-athletes over the years.

Professor Bill Lewis



As of December 1, Professor Michael Perry began serving as our Faculty Athletic Representative. When asked why he would be interested in the commitment, Professor Perry said, "I have enjoyed attending sporting events since coming to the University in August of 2008. When the opportunity of becoming the Faculty Athletic Representative arose, I figured it would be a good opportunity to merge my love of sport with my role as a faculty member. I hope to continue the good work of Bill Lewis in establishing and enabling a positive and productive relationship between faculty and the athletic department." Thank you, Professor Perry, for stepping forward.

Professor Michael Perry



Many thanks to the CARE Committee for organizing last Thursday's Holiday Party. 170 of our colleagues and family members took part in the festive event. One of the joys of being associated with the Rockford University community is the collective will to contribute to others. My thanks to the CARE Committee for organizing an outstanding event and thanks to faculty and staff for creating baskets of goodies, bidding on the same, and providing vital funding for organizations within our community. On Friday, I was informed that the outcome of giving to area non-profits generated from the silent auction was $1,920!  

During this holiday season, I want you all to know how much I appreciate all of your hard work and service to the University. I am truly blessed to be part of an organization with such dedicated colleagues. It takes a great deal of individual and collective energy to have a successful year in a complex organization like ours. As 2013 comes to a close, I want to share my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your many and varied contributions.

I look forward to 2014, which will be another year of challenge and opportunity. Have a great holiday season; enjoy the break with family and friends; and best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and healthy new year!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
President

 

 

Updated Campus MapsSoup

 

As departments and offices relocate during our upcoming Burpee/Seaver renovation projects, the Marketing department will continue to update our institutional campus map to reflect these transitions as they occur. We have updated the map to reflect Athletics' relocation to the lower level of Burpee. There are two locations on the Portal where you can always find the most current map file, under "Quick Links" on the left-hand navigation bar and under "RU Resources" on the Marketing page (Home > Resources > Marketing). Read more...

 

 

New Press for Print ServicesPress

 

The Copy Center will have limited capabilities starting Wednesday, December 18 through Friday, December 20 due to the delivery of a new printing press! Black and white and some color copying will still be available in a limited capacity.  If you have jobs that need printing before our holiday break, do try to get them in asap, so they can be finished for you before the Wednesday, December 18. Read more...

 

 

Rock Solid Regent NominationsCareer

 

As you reflect back on the fall semester, did you have a student that was exceptional in their academics, overcoming obstacles, helping others, projects or community service? If so, consider nominating them as a Rock Solid Regent so our campus community can recognize their achievements. Read more...

 

 

Financial Aid Priority DeadlineAppreciation

 

Rockford University's 2014-15 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2014. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation of many need-based programs, fill out and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA for the next academic year well be available beginning January 1. Read more...

 

 

MLK Day of ServiceRegent

 

The CBL program and the Jane Addams Center at RU invite you to join us on MLK Day 2014 to serve breakfast at Rockford Rescue Mission, tour the mission, and visit a couple of other local social service agencies. If you are interested in joining, please email Mary Weaks-Baxter at mweaks-baxter@rockford.edu.  Read more...

 

 

Insurance Forms on the PortalBookstore

 

The following forms can be found on the HR portal page for full time employees to utlitize. Many of these forms will be very useful as we go into the New Year. If you cannot find something, please reach out to HR. Please visit  2014 Insurance Forms or HR Documents to find forms such as: Flexible Spending Direct Deposit, Provider Directory(Dental and Vision), Prescription Information(Formulary, Providers, generic medications), Health Savings Account Direct Deposit,
Eligible Expenses for Flex and Health Savings, and Tips on our New Health Provider. Read more...

 

 

Other Campus NewsOther

 

Congratulations to the following employees who won the gift cards for either increasing or starting a United Way donation: Deb Dietz, Becky Factor and Kim McCullough.

If you or your child had picture taken with Santa at the Holiday party and you would like a copy of it, you will find your photos located on the G: drive here: G:\FileTransfer\for Gale Wallace\Holiday Party 2013.

The owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant that is opening on the corner of E. State and Perryville has reached out to encourage RU students looking for a part-time job to apply. Find more information here.

Congratulations to Ying Tang on winning the Forum survey gift card to the campus bookstore!

2014 is right around the corner and there are so many activities to look forward to. Make sure to check the list of events that are sponsored by Student Activities and CAB during Spring Semester now and save the dates.

Due to the amount of snow, Rockford receives during winter months, and to ensure the safety of the Rockford University community winter parking regulations are now active and enforced. Check here for a list of lots effected by these regulations. 

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

December 16 - 23

December 16
Association of Governing Boards Presidential Conclave, Washington, DC

December 17
Monthly Meeting with Mayor Morrissey

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

RU helps Rockford Public Schools send more students to local colleges. WIFR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

December 16 - January 5, 2014

December 17:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Kankakee Community College @ Rockford 7:30 p.m.

December 18:
Women's Basketball vs. Cornell College @ Cornell College
7:00 p.m.

December 19:
JV Men's Basketball vs. Illinois Valley Community College @ Illinois Valley Community College
1:00 p.m.

December 21:
Men's Basketball vs. Edgewood
@ Rockford
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Chicago @ Rockford
4:15 p.m.

December 30:
Men's Basketball vs. Dubuque
@ University of Dubuque Tournament,
Dubuque, Iowa
7:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Augustana @ Rockford
7:00 p.m.

December 31:
Men's Basketball vs. TBA @ University of Dubuque Tournament,
Dubuque, Iowa
TBA

January 4, 2014:
Men's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @ Rockford
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @ Rockford
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


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December 9, 2013 - "Nelson Mandela"

 


 

December 9, 2013

 

 

Dear students, faculty and staff, 

"We are one country, we are one people, and I cherish the idea of a new South Africa!" With those few words, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela shared his core beliefs of freedom, equality and reconciliation. At the age of 95, Mandela died last Thursday and many in the world mourn.

Over the past few days, there have been frequent reflections reported of those having connections to Mandela as freedom fighter, as national leader, and as one of the great inspirations of the 20th century. On Friday, during a break in Rockford University Board of Trustees committee meetings, I spoke with former Rockford Mayor Charles Box about a 1992 meeting he had with Mr. Mandela in New York. Charles spoke of an individual who had been imprisoned for 27 years, was released only two years earlier, and was soon to be elected as the first president of a fully participative democratic South Africa. Charles shared images of the meeting, including that of a very energetic Mandela, who had a clear and positive view of South Africa's future. There was little doubt that Mandela had accomplished much and would accomplish even more. 

While I never met Nelson Mandela, I have clear pictures of elements of his life story in my memory banks. The first is from the period of my own awakening of consciousness surrounding the horrible system of apartheid in South Africa (a system of government-sponsored racial segregation). This occurred during the early period of Mandela's 27 years in prison. It was also during our country's civil rights era. The second took place on October 9, 1999 when I met Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu was appointed by President Mandela to serve as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission was an instrument of President Mandela to bridge the apartheid-era South Africa, with a fully democratic one. Seeking the truth within a history of atrocities and granting amnesty to those who generated the damage (and admitted the same) were unique characteristics of the approach.

In our private moment, Archbishop Tutu maintained that South Africa could not move forward without forgiving those who constructed and maintained apartheid. The willingness to forgive their oppressors and include them in the new vision for their country is why both Tutu and Mandela were deserving of Nobel Peace Prize Awards: Archbishop Tutu in 1984 and President Mandela in 1993.

Today, our flag is lowered in honor of Nelson Mandela. Tomorrow, a memorial service in South Africa will be attended by four current and former United States Presidents. We are a better world community because of his life and his activism.

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.
President

 

 

Late Night Breakfast TonightSoup

 

Take a break and get a FREE "late night breakfast" served by your very own Faculty & Staff! Breakfast will be served tonight, December 9, from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in the dining hall. Good luck with final projects and exams! Read more...

 

 

Library Hours for Finals WeekCareer

 

The Library hours have been extended for finals week. The hours for the week are as follows:

Monday 12/9 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Tuesday 12/10 7:45 a.m. to 12 midnight.
Thursday 12/11 7:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 12/12 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Employee of the MonthAppreciation

 

Congratulations to Tammy Schiek on being named the December Employee of the Month! Professor Schiek is Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Education and has been with Rockford University since August 2005. Read more about Professor Schiek here.

 

 

 

Winter Parking RegulationsWassail

 

Due to the amount of snow, Rockford receives during winter months, and to ensure the safety of the Rockford University community winter parking regulations are now active. In addition to these winter regulations, the general parking regulations are in place. There will be no overnight parking in the following ares from now until Spring Break: Fisher Chapel Circle, Burpee Circle and Dock, Nelson/Burpee Slant, Lion's Den Circle, Nelson Lot and Circle, D-Lot, and Slant Parking for Starr. Read more...

 

 

Financial Aid Priority DeadlineBrown

 

Rockford University's 2014-15 priority deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2014. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation of many need-based programs, fill out and submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA for the next academic year well be available beginning January 1. Read more...  

 

 

MLK Day of ServiceRegent

 

The CBL program and the Jane Addams Center at RU invite you to join us on MLK Day 2014 to serve breakfast at Rockford Rescue Mission, tour the mission, and visit a couple of other local social service agencies. If you are interested in joining, please email Mary Weaks-Baxter at mweaks-baxter@rockford.edu. Read more...

 

 

Other Campus HappeningsBookstore

 

Please join the History Department for Senior Seminar presentations beginning Wed., Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Library. See a schedule of presenters and topics here.

Congratulations to the final Wacky Wednesday winners of 2013, Lindsay Lengjak and Phil Andrade!

Applications for the Student-Faculty Summer 2014 Research Program are due by January 31. Read more...

Dr. Patricia Walters, Professor and Coordinator of Religious Studies, presented her paper "The Way 'We' Were: Reassessing Authorship of the Acts 'We'-Sections" at a conference in Baltimore. Read more...

The Copy Center and Paper Order forms are now located under the Resources tab, Print Services page on the portal.

Professor Shawn E. Klein was interviewed for an article in the online business journal of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more...

Athletics has discovered extra stacking letter trays and letter pull out trays. They are free and available to anyone who needs or wants them. Read more...

 

 

Where's RobertWheres

 

December 9 - 15

December 9
Transform Rockford Steering Committee
Alumni Meetings in Minneapolis, MN

December 10
Alumni Meetings in Minneapolis, MN

December 12
CARE Holiday Party

December 15
Association of Governing Boards Presidential Conclave, Washington, DC

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

RU Grad Students Collect 400 Books for CICS Patriots Charter School. WIFR.

Winnebago Buy Local hosts shopping event at Rockford University. WREX. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Athletic EventsAthletics

December 9 - December 15

December 9:

Women's Basketball vs. Aurora
@ Aurora 7:00 p.m.

December 14:
Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @ Wisconsin Lutheran
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @ Wisconsin Lutheran
4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


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