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February 16, 2015 - "6th Annual Read Aloud of Black American Voices"

 


 

February 16, 2015

 

Celebrate the poetry of Langston Hughes

All of the RU community is invited to celebrate renowned poet Langston Hughes, one of the earliest innovators of the jazz poetry style, this Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Rockford University English Department is hosting the 6th Annual "Read Aloud of Black American Voices", in celebration of Black History Month, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Howard Colman Library. 

 

Ten copies of "The Selected Poems of Langston Hughes" will be given away throughout the celebration. Anyone can participate in reading during the event. If you'd like to read please contact Professor Michael Perry at MPerry@rockford.edu.

 

 

Last Lecture 2015Meeting

 

Congratulations to Professor Philip Soosloff on receiving the honor of the 2015 Last Lecture! Professor Soofloff's lecture will be a Forum Series Event on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The lecture is titled "Finding the Moments; Connecting the Dots between Life and Art Making". 

 

 

 

The Anthropology and Sociology Club is hosting a free movie night. They will be watching a comedy tonight, Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in Scarborough 01(Auditorium). Snacks will be provided.

 

 

People You Should Know February 18Handbook

 

Rockford University and the Rockford Chamber have partnered together to present the People You Should Know (PYSK) Talks. This series, highlighting a collection of weekly talks, features recipients of the Chamber's People You Should Know Awards. Produer and Director of RVC and Starlight Theatre, Mike Webb, will be this week's speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 12-1 p.m. in room 122 of 5100/PURI Business School.

 

 

Coffee and Career Chat with Northwestern MutualCoffee

 

Career Services is hosting a Coffee and Career Chat with Northwestern Mutual this Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 3:00 p.m. in Forrest Cool Lounge. Cheryl Vandenburg will be discussing the company and answering questions. All majors and minors are welcome as they have a variety of jobs at their company. If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please contact Alexis Scherer at the Career Services e-mail address careersv@rockford.edu.

 

 

Scholarship OpportunitiesImprov

 

There are several scholarship opportunities available the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Ink Addict is awarding one $1,000 first place prize and one $500 runner up prize for graduate or undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree for Graphic Design or Art.
  • The Jane Ashcraft Alexander Scholarship is a gift to Rockford University from Jane's family.This scholarship is open to all students at the university. The deadline for application is 4:00 p.m., March 24.
  • Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with their scholarship program for the 8th year. They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year. The scholarship application deadline is June 15, 2015.
  • Juniors and Seniors in elementary or early childhood education are invited to apply for the Marion Carlson Seedoff Memorial Award. Applications are due March 20, 2015.  

 

 

New library search toolDegree

 

There is a new library search box available now on the library portal page. The box combines a new search tool from EBSCO that allows users to search almost all of the library resources simultaneously along with an easier way to access existing tools like library catalog and WorldCat. Further details can be found under My Announcements on the Portal.

 

 

Web Printing available for faculty and staffPrinting

 

As part of phase two of the PaperCut rollout, the IT Department is pleased to announce that web printing is now available for staff, faculty, and adjunct faculty. This allows for secure, on-campus printing of documents from non University owned machines. For current locations and guidelines for this new feature see My Announcements on the Portal. 

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, and RemindersFaculty

 

Today, Feb. 16, is the last day for full-time faculty and staff to pick up Benefit Compensation Statements from HR. Statements will be delivered in the normal way you receive your paycheck if not picked up in person.

This week is  Study Abroad Week. There will be food from many countries served in the cafeteria and a Study Abroad Fair will be held this Thursday, Feb.19 from 12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room.

Materials for the February faculty meeting on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m., Severson Auditorium are now available on the portal.

Congratulations to Elisha Beston and Emily Todt on winning Wacky Wednesday last week. This week's Wacky Wednesday is "Stick Grab".

There will be an interactive SmartBoard training on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1:00 in STARR 402.

TIAA-CREF will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10-11 a.m. for a retirement workshop in Fisher Chapel. No reservation is required. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Tickets can now be purchased for the 50/50 raffle to be held during the Mad About Science Gala this Saturday, Feb. 21. Ticket cost is $25/ticket or 5 for $100. Purchasers need not be present to win.

All education majors and faculty are invited to attend a Service Learning workshop this Saturday, Feb. 21. Jon Schmidt, Service Learning Program Manager at Loyola University will be leading the workshop.

Faculty, staff and guests are invited to a pre-show social, hosted by CARE, prior to the Friday night performance of Dogfight on Feb. 27. 

The Center for Learning Strategies will be offering an ACT Workshop beginning March 16 and lasting through April 8. Details can be found under My Announcements on the Portal.
 
TIAA-CREF will be back on campus March 25 and 26 holding individual counseling sessions. See My Announcements for further details on how to make an appointment.

JACCE is looking for students interested in volunteering to help with a current political campaign. All majors are accepted and no experience is necessary.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentRSR

 

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

February 16 through February 22:

  

February 16:

Lincoln Middle School - Reading Program

 

February 17:

Royall Meeting

 

February 19:

Staff Meeting

 

February 20:

Board of Trustees Committee Meetings

 

February 21:

Board of Trustees Meeting

Rockford University Gala

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Dean's and Distinguished Scholars announced for fall 2014 semester. Merit.

Professor Shawn Klein discusses Jackie Robinson West Little League Eligibility Violations. The Sports Ethicist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

February 16- February 22

 

February 17:

Women's Basketball vs. Benedictine @Rockford

7:00 p.m.

Senior Day

 

February 18:

Men's Basketball vs. Benedictine @Rockford

7:00 p.m.

Senior Day

 

February 21:

Men's Indoor Track and Field @Margaret Bradley Invite, University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)

TBA

 

Women's Indoor Track and Field @Margaret Bradley Invite,University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)

TBA

 


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

 

February 9, 2015 - "Celebrating Charter Day 2015"

 


 

February 9, 2015

 

Celebrating Charter Day 2015

 

On March 4, we will celebrate the 168th anniversary of the founding of Rockford University during our Charter Day Convocation. Professor Emeritus Lou Ferroli will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Ferroli retired in 2013 after 23 years with Rockford University as a Professor of English. He is a passionate advocate for the power of reading and continues to be a respected educator, leader and mentor in his field. In 1997, Lou won the Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award and was nominated for the same in 1992, 1993 and 2001. 

Professor Emeritus Ferroli

 

Lou is an active member of the Illinois Reading Council, serving the organization for more than 30 years in a wide variety of leadership roles including Chair of the IRC's Obama Literacy Fund Committee, former president of the West Suburban Reading Council and former president of the College Instructors of Reading Professionals. He currently serves as Vice-President of the 5300-member organization and was Conference Chair and in charge of their 47th conference, held last fall. It was a 2 1/2 day event with 2600 people in attendance. Having done an excellent job with the conference, Lou's "reward" was to be selected as President-Elect and he gets to travel the state visiting local councils.

 

You might recall that in 2011, Professor Ferroli was presented with the Illinois Reading Council's prestigious Hall of Fame award. Lou continues to give of himself to the organization and its beneficiaries by writing a column, Cool Studies, for the Council's newsletter providing insight and perspective on a variety of topics. It is through this column that most people in his field have come to know him. Lou also has plans to author two books. The first will be a compilation of articles from Cool Studies.  The second will be on how to conduct reading diagnosis, which he believes to almost be a lost art. The bottom line is determining what children are doing right or wrong. The working title is "How I do Miscue Analysis," capturing Professor Ferroli's unique methodology.

 

In addition to his work with IRC, Lou tutors three boys in reading each week: 7th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd grade. He also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, Jaden and Jack, and playing golf. This summer, he will serve as a coach with Professor Perry for a Little League baseball team.

 

It will be a pleasure to have Lou back on campus and adorned with his colorful and very conspicuous robe.

 

Have a great week!

 

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

Next Forum EventsMeeting

 

The next two forum events of the spring semester will take place this week. The first event, "Ain't I a Woman" by Core Ensemble Theatre is a chamber music theatre work that celebrates the lives and times of four significant African American women: Soujourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter and Fannie Lou Hamer. This forum will be Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre.

The next event is "Snows of the Nile" with Nathan Dappen, Ph.D. Dr. Dappen is a photographer and filmmaker whose images have been featured in publications like National Geographic, Vogue, The Washington Post, Scientific American and more. This forum will be Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Fisher Chapel.  

 

 

 

Chinese Lunar New Year will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Regents Hall from 5-7. Join the Office of Global Affairs for a great evening of culture and authentic Chinese food. Rockford University Chinese students will be serving dumplings, pot stickers, mongolian beef, kung pao chicken and much more. Entertainment will also be provided. This event is free to RU students.

 

 

Faculty and Staff TrainingHandbook

 

Human Resources will be holding mandatory Harassment Training in February for all faculty and staff. There will be sessions for employees and also separate training for supervisors. The first of these sessions will be held Thursday, Feb. 12. RSVP for a training session by clicking here.   

 

 

Read Aloud the poetry of Langston HughesEvolution 

 

The Rockford University English Department is hosting the 6th Annual "Read Aloud of Black American Voices" in celebration of Black History Month. The Poetry of Langston Hughes will be featured with ten free copies of the Selected Poetry of Langston Hughes given away during the reading. The Read Aloud will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Howard Colman Library. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to read. If you'd like to participate please contact Professor Michael Perry at MPerry@rockford.edu.

 

 

Scholarship OpportunitiesImprov

 

There are several scholarship opportunities available the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Ink Addict is awarding one $1,000 first place prize and one $500 runner up prize for graduate or undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree for Graphic Design or Art.
  • The Jane Ashcraft Alexander Scholarship is a gift to Rockford University from Jane's family.This scholarship is open to all students at the university. The deadline for application is 4:00 p.m., March 24.
  • Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with their scholarship program for the 8th year. They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year. The scholarship application deadline is June 15, 2015.  

 

 

Financial Aid processes for next yearDegree

 

Rockford University's 2015-16 priority financial aid deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2015. It is important to fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. The FAFSA form is available now and needs to be completed by March 1, 2015. 

 

 

Service Learning Workshop for education majors and educatorsPrinting

 

The Community-Based Learning Program is teaming up with Illinois Campus Compact to offer two workshops for all educators this semester. The first will be held on February 21 and will feature presentations by Jon Schmidt, Service Learning Program Manager at Loyola University.The second workshop is scheduled for April 21 and will be led by Delafruz Williams of Portland State University. Contact Professor Weaks-Baxter (mweaks-baxter@rockford.edu) for more details or see My Announcements on the Portal.

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, and RemindersFaculty

 

The last day to apply to be a Resident Assistant for the 2015-2016 school year is Feb. 13. There will be three information sessions this week to learn more about the position.

There will be several Learning Management System Demonstrations open to all faculty and staff. The first demonstration will be held tomorrow, Feb. 10. See My Announcements for a full schedule and details. 

TIAA-CREF will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10-11 a.m. for a retirement workshop in Fisher Chapel. No reservation is required. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Tickets are now available to be purchased for Student Activities skiing, snowboarding and tubing trip to Cascade Mountain on Feb. 21. 

The week of February 16 is Study Abroad Week. There will be food from many countries served in the cafeteria and a Study Abroad Fair will be hosted Thursday, Feb.19 from 12-1 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room.

TIAA-CREF will be back on campus March 25 and 26 holding individual counseling sessions. See My Announcements for further details on how to make an appointment.

Tickets can now be purchased for the 50/50 raffle to be held during the Mad About Science Gala on Feb. 21. Ticket cost is $25/ticket or 5 for $100. Purchasers need not be present to win.

The UIC College of Pharmacy will be on campus February 23 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. outside the cafeteria. Information will be available about their Pharmacy School.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentRSR

 

 

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

Feb. 9 - Feb. 15

 

Feb. 9:

Transform Rockford Steering Committee Meeting

Meeting with Trustee, Tom Gendron

University Open Meeting - Implementing Student Opportunity Fund

 

Feb. 10:

Monthly Meeting with Mayor Morrissey

Pizza Party with Men's and Women's Soccer Team

 

Feb. 12:

Title IX Harassment Training

 

Feb. 13:

Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM) Scholars Banquet

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Director of Career Services, Maurice West leads charge to blanket Rockford's homeless. Freeport Journal Standard.

Superbowl ad features RU grad Aaron Veach.

Rockford Register Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

February 9- February 15

 

February 11:

Women's Basketball vs. Alverno @Alverno

7:00 p.m.

 

February 12:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Loras College @Rockford

TBA

 

February 14:

Men's Indoor Track and Field @Fighting Scot Invite, Monmouth University (Monmouth, Ill.)

TBA

 

Women's Indoor Track and Field @Fighting Scot Invite, Monmouth University (Monmouth, Ill.)

TBA

 

Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @Wisconsin Lutheran

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @Wisconsin Lutheran

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

January 26, 2015

 


 

January 26, 2015

 


Employee of the Month:

Congratulations to Beth Drog, Technical Director and Production Manager for Performing Arts Department on being named the January 2015 Employee of the Month! Do you know a member of faculty, staff or a graduate assistant who always goes the extra mile, does their job with a smile, deserves a pat for a "job well done" and makes the day a little more fun? Nominate them today for Employee of the Month honors.


 

Rock Solid Regent

Congratulations to Kaela Gardner on being named the first Rock Solid Regent of the spring semester! Are you aware of a student or friend who is a great example of what it means to be Rock Solid? Do they have academic success, help other students, participate in community service, promote RU in a positive way, or have overcome obstacles? Nominate them to be a Rock Solid Regent today. 

 

 

Last Day to Add/Drop Classes Today, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.Meeting

 

The deadline for the last day to add classes or drop classes without academic or financial penalty, with the exception of non-refundable fees, is today Monday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. Classes may be added or dropped via Self Service or by using an Add/Drop form. Students will be able to add or drop classes in person until 5.30 p.m. in the SAS office and 5 p.m. in the Graduate Office today. After that time students will only be able to drop classes on-line via Self Service or by emailing the registrar at ajattkowski-hudson@rockford.edu until 11.59 p.m. From Tuesday, January 27 students will only be permitted to withdraw from classes. See My Announcements on the portal for more information.

 

 

 

The next two forum events of the spring semester will be this Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29. Wednesday's event will held at 7 p.m. in Fisher Chapel. Performing & Educating Our World Stage will feature violinist Edwin Huizinga and pianist Ian Scarfe.

Thursday's event will feature PBK guest lecturer Gerald Graff, Ph.D. Dr. Graff's talk, Trickle Down Obfuscation, will be held at 7 p.m. in Peterson Auditorium, Starr 207.

For more information about each event, and to see a full schedule of spring forum events, visit the Forum Series link , located under quick links, on the portal.

 

 

Veterans and Military Supporters ClubHandbook

 

The  Rockford University Student Veterans and Military Supporters Club will host their first informational meeting today, January 26 at 4 p.m. in Scarborough Hall Room 20. This is a new club for the spring 2015 semester. The goal of the club will be to connect Veteran students with faculty and staff who have also served in the military. Any faculty and staff who are Veterans and are interested in being involved in fellowship with Veteran students are encouraged to contact Professor Colleen Kennedy at ckennedy@rockford.edu.  

 

 

RA position open for studentsEvolution 

 

Residence Life is looking to hire a new Resident Assistant for the spring semester. The application deadline is this Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9 a.m. Applications can be downloaded from the portal or picked up from the Kent Center. Contact Beth Tinsley at 815-226-4026 or ETinsley@Rockford.edu with any questions.

 

 

Volunteer opportunity for studentsImprov

 

Illinois JusticeCorps is an innovative program that enhances access to justice for the growing number of unrepresented people in the courts by empowering and training student volunteers to help people without lawyers navigate the court system by providing legal information and procedural guidance. They are now seeking volunteers to work during the academic year. Details on the program and how to apply can be found under My Announcements on the portal.

 

 

Financial Aid processes for next yearDegree

 

Rockford University's 2015-16 priority financial aid deadline for all students (new and continuing) is March 1, 2015. It is important to fill out the FAFSA form as soon as possible. The FAFSA form is available now and needs to be completed by March 1, 2015. 

 

 

New Printing Program on campusPrinting

 

The University has implemented PaperCut, a new printing program to reduce paper waste and control printing costs campus wide. Student limits were initiated on January 20, 2015 and every student was provided with a free print credit of $30 for the semester to meet basic student printing needs. The $30 credit is considered a trial amount will be monitored to assess usage throughout the semester. Further details about the new program can be found under My Announcements on the portal.

 

Instructions on how to obtain a print refund should a document not print correctly, are available on the IT resources page of the portal, as well as in each of the computer labs. 

 

 

Heart Art 2015Art

 

Join the RU community for Heart Art in the Rockford University Art Gallery on Friday, February 20 from 6-9 p.m. Heart Art is a biennial fundraiser and silent art auction that benefits the gallery's exhibitions and events. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. $15/ticket $5/student ticket. Call the Box Office for ticket sales and more information 815-226-4100.

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, and RemindersFaculty

 

A reminder for all faculty that if there are students enrolled that have not attended class contact Dr. Karen Walkerkwalker@rockford.edu) and Kelley Rippentrop (krippentrop@rockford.edu) by January 26.

Living with Joy and Gratitude, a new group, will have their first meeting January 29 at 1 p.m., in the Safe Place, Lang Center.

Listen to a presentation by a Computer Science teaching candidate on Wednesday, January 28 at 12 p.m. in Starr 221.

The first Open Mic Night of the semester will be Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the Lion's Den. 

There will be a free shuttle service available on Thursday, January 29 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for all students. 

Buy a cup of coffee for a friend at the library! Gift cards are now available for purchase at the library for the usual low price of $1 a cup.

Librarian Carl Lehnen will be holding daily 'ask a librarian' office hours for anyone that needs help in the library. See My Announcements for the schedule. 

The CARE committee is hosting a night at the Rockford Icehogs for all faculty and staff on February 15. Tickets are available through February 2. Cost is $10 for a single ticket or $8 a ticket when purchasing two or more.

The Office of Global Affairs is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration on Wednesday, February 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Regents Hall.

Save the date for the TIAA-CREF retirement workshop on Thursday, February 19 from 10-11 a.m. in Fisher Chapel.

Congratulations to all celebrating an anniversary in February!

Happy Birthday to all celebrating a birthday in February!

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Walker on being named the new Director of Success and Retention!

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

Jan. 26- Feb. 1

 

Jan. 26:

Roosevelt High School - Mentoring Program

 

Jan. 27

Student Roundtable

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Assistant Director of Admission, Rebecca Miziniak, appeared on WREX this morning to promote the upcoming February 7 Visit Day.

Professor Shawn Klein has been busy discussing 'InflateGate' with various news outlets, as well as on his own blog The Sports Ethicist:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

January 26 - February 1

 

January 27:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Aurora University @Rockford 

TBA

 

Men's Basketball vs. Aurora University @Rockford

7:00 p.m.

 

January 28:

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Chicago @Concordia Chicago

7:00 p.m.

 

January 29:

Men's Basketball vs. Lakeland

@Rockford

7:00 p.m.

 

January 31:

Men's Indoor Track and Field @Pioneer Open, UW-Plateville (Plateville, Wis.)

TBA

 

Women's Indoor Track and Field @Pioneer Open, UW-Plateville (Plateville, Wis.)

TBA

 

Women's Basketball vs. MSOE

@MSOE

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. MSOE

@MSOE

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

January 20, 2015 - "Welcome to the spring 2015 semester!"

 


 

January 20, 2015

 

Welcome back!
 

The spring 2015 semester is officially started. There's a lot happening on campus this week. The spring 2015 Forum Series starts Friday, January 23 at 5 p.m. with Civil War historian George C. Rable. You can see the full forum schedule, as well as FAQs about the series, by visiting the Forum Series page of the portal located under quick links. Student Activities is starting off the semester by hosting their first event, Mission IMPROVable this Friday in Maddox Theatre at 8 p.m. For a full schedule of everything happening this week, and throughout the semester, make sure you check out the Campus Events Calendar on the portal. Here's to a successful semester.

 

 

First Faculty and Staff Meetings of the Spring SemesterMeeting

 

The first faculty meeting of the spring semester will be held this Wednesday, January 21 at 4 p.m. in Severson Auditorium. Materials for the meeting can be found under My Announcements on the portal.

The first staff meeting of the spring semester will be held this Thursday, January 22 at 1 p.m. in Fisher Chapel. Materials for the meeting can be found under My Announcements on the portal. 

 

 

 

Rockford University students who had tuition charges or financial aid grants and scholarships posted to their student account during the 2014 calendar year will be receiving an email from inform@getmydocument.com with the subject line: 1098T Rockford University. The email will provide you website and login information to view and download the 1098T form. This form includes tuition charges and grants/scholarships posted to your student account during the 2014 calendar year. Contact the SAS department with any questions.

 

 

Improv Comedy This FridayImprov

 

Mission IMPROVable comedy group will be on campus this Friday. They won the 2013 Entertainers of the Year award from Campus Activities Magazine and have performed alongside members of Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They will be performing at 8 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. This event is sponsored by CAB and is FREE to attend.

 

 

3-on-3 Charity Basketball TournamentEvolution 

 

The Rockford University Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Sunday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Seaver Gym. All proceeds of the event will be given to Rockford MELD, a local charity that supports single parents and victims of domestic violence. Cost to play is $30 per team. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to play. Additional details can be found under My Announcements on The Portal.

 

 

Veterans and Military Supporters ClubHandbook

 

The Rockford University Student Veterans and Military Supporters Club will host their first informational meeting on Monday, January 26 at 4 p.m. in Scarborough Hall Room 20. This is a new club for the spring 2015 semester. The goal of the club will be to connect Veteran students with faculty and staff who have also served in the military. Any faculty and staff who are Veterans and are interested in being involved in fellowship with Veteran students are encouraged to contact Professor Colleen Kennedy at ckennedy@rockford.edu.  

 

 

Employee of the Month Program ChangesDegree

 

Beginning in January 2015 there will be several changes made to the Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year recognition program. 

Also beginning in 2015, the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner will be held in May instead of February. To align the Employee of the Month program and Employee of the Year award process with a May Appreciation Dinner, for this year only, the Employee of the Month "year" will be through March, 2015.  This means the time span for the 2014-15 Employee of the Month/Year recognition process will be January, 2014 through March, 2015.

Full details of the changes can be found under My Announcements on the portal. An Employee of the Month nomination form can also be found on the portal.

 

 

 

Last spring, the University reviewed its printing and copying policies to better understand the increased costs and usage of paper and printing supplies over the last few years. We also mentioned that a new printing software would be implemented this year (PaperCut), which would address those rising costs. Stayed tuned this week for an email and portal announcement on the launch of PaperCut, and the policy changes and new printing restrictions related to it.

 

 

Community Offerings and Events Page on the Portalroundtable

 

The Community Offerings and Events page (located in Think Links) of the portal features a variety of items that may be of interest to the campus community. While it is difficult to accommodate every solicitation received by the University, efforts are made to share information in this location whenever possible. Be sure to check out the page to see what's available. Most recent items include an offer to RU from FitMe Wellness.

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, and RemindersFaculty

 

Be on the lookout for a new search tool from the library that will allow students to search for research materials through EBSCO simultaneously.

Still looking for a class for Spring 2015? PHIL 122-2: Ethics is still open and meets MWF at 2 p.m. EBA 276: Special Topics in Business, Economics, and Accounting is also open and meets Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-3:40 p.m.

A reminder for all students that Self-Service does not carry the links to the individual books required for courses. To view required books you must go to shoprockfordu.com.

 

The Winter issue of Catalyst is out and being distributed to campus mailboxes for all employees and students, you can also view Catalyst online through the Alumni website. 

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

January 19 - 25

 

January 21:

Rockford University Executive Committee Meeting

 

January 22:

Rockford Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

RU Spring 2015 Forum Series. Rockford.edu.

Keep up to date on the latest Regents athletics news by visiting GoRegents.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

January 20 - 25


January 20:

Women's Basketball vs. Dominican @Rockford

7:00 p.m.

 

January 21:

Men's Basketball vs. Concordia Chicago @Concordia Chicago

7:00 p.m.

 

January 124

Women's Basketball vs. Lakeland @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Lakeland @Rockford

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

January 12, 2015 - "Looking forward to 2015 with optimism"

 


 

January 12, 2015

 

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 2014, there were many achievements by students, staff, faculty and alumni that enhanced the reputation of Rockford University. Overall, it was a good year for the University. Our work to create an increasingly capable learning institution will never be complete as we will always seek the next level of excellence. That is why I look forward to 2015 with optimism. Thanks to all of you for the good work in helping move our institution forward.

 

The most asked question of me during the past week was my reaction to the announcement by President Obama that he was initiating a plan to make a community college education free for all Americans. The objective of the plan is to develop a workforce that is more competitive in the global economy.

 

The vision should be applauded as the United States continues to lag several nations in degree attainment. Overall, among adults between 25 and 64 years of age, 38 percent of Americans have an associate's degree or higher. In Illinois, that number is 41 percent and in Winnebago and Boone counties, the numbers are 31 percent and 30 percent respectively. Identifying the gap for baccalaureate degrees and higher, the national level is 28 percent, Illinois is 30 percent and the two counties referenced earlier are at 21 percent. As you see, our community attainment rates for all degree levels are far below the norm.

 

Unfortunately, any complete evaluation of the proposed program is hampered by the lack of details. The White House concludes that the program will cost the federal government $60 billion over ten years. There is also an expectation that 25 percent of the costs will be covered by states participating. With fiscal concerns at all levels of government, how can this be digested? The proposal is modeled after a program underway in Tennessee.

 

A second unknown is what academic programs will be included in the free tuition model. The White House announcement stated that covered programs include those academic programs that are transferable to four year institutions and "occupational training programs that are in demand."

 

The bottom line is that any funding that assists our citizens in educational attainment is in the best interest of our nation. However, the absolute lack of details and concerns with financial viability make me wonder about the ability for this program to gain traction.

 

Have a great week!

 

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President 

 

 

2015 Spring Orientation ScheduleForum

 

Spring 2015 Orientation starts this Thursday, January 15. The schedule has been finalized and is now available for viewing under My Announcements on The Portal. Questions about Orientation or the schedule should be directed to Donnette Tinsley at DTinsley@Rockford.edu.

 

 

 

Help the University celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, Monday, January 19. The AmeriCorps VISTAs of Rockford have several opportunities available to help serve the community. 

1. Assisting at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
2. Crafting with the Youth from Rockford Housing Authority
3. Support for generating resumes, interview skills, etc., at Zion Development

Choose one service opportunity and then join other volunteers for lunch at Katie's Cup. Times have not been finalized, but will most probably be from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., including time for lunch. If you are interested please contact Ashley Strusz at astrusz@rockford.edu.

 

 

3-on-3 Charity Basketball TournamentEvolution 

 

The Rockford University Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament Sunday, January 25 at 11:30 a.m. in Seaver Gym. All proceeds of the event will be given to Rockford MELD, a local charity that supports single parents and victims of domestic violence. Cost to play is $30 per team. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to play. Additional details can be found under My Announcements on The Portal.

 

 

Spring 2015 Final Exam ScheduleHandbook

 

The spring 2015 final exam schedule is now available to view under My Announcements on the Portal. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact Anna Jattkowski-Hudson at AJattkowski-Hudson@Rockford.edu or x3392.

 

 

Golden Apple Volunteers WantedDegree

 

The Golden Apple Foundation is seeking new volunteer classroom observers to take part in the selection of the 2015 Golden Apple Teachers. Each year Golden Apple Foundation recognizes five excellent teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom with the coveted Golden Apple Award. Volunteers are part of the Award Selection process by observing in classrooms and evaluating select 6-12 grade teachers this year. The observation period is between January 20 and February 20. If interested in joining the Golden Apple observers this year contact Kristina Reuber at (815) 226-4180 or at kdr@goldenappleofrockford.com or register at goldenappleofrockford.com

 

 

 

The Center for Learning Strategies is offering the 2015 Winter GMAT Workshop beginning Monday, February 2. Classes will be held each Monday through March 16 from 5-7 p.m. Space is limited to 15. Cost of the class is FREE to RU students. For additional details, see My Announcements on the Portal or contact Elizabeth Bergstrom at EBergstrom@Rockford.edu or 815-226-4087.

 

 

Veterans and Military Supporters Clubroundtable

 

The Rockford University Student Veterans and Military Supporters Club will host their first informational meeting on Monday, January 26 at 4 p.m. in Scarborough Hall Room 20. This is a new club for the spring 2015 semester. The goal of the club will be to connect Veteran students with faculty and staff who have also served in the military. Any faculty and staff who are Veterans and are interested in being involved in fellowship with Veteran students are encouraged to contact Professor Colleen Kennedy at ckennedy@rockford.edu.  

 

 

Facilities Survey WinnersFaculty

 

The facilities department would like to thank everyone that participated in the Facility Survey this fall. The feedback received was highly valuable. The winners of this year's survey participation prizes are:

  • Ryan Mehren - Grand Prize $150 Visa e-giftcard 
  • Jennifer Sutherland, Dan Johnson, Patricia Schmeider - Three $50 Visa e-gift cards: 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

January 12 - 18

 

January 12:

Transform Rockford Steering Committee Meeting

 

January 13:

Monthly Meeting with Mayor Morrissey

 

January 15:

Spring Orientation

 

January 17:

Martin Luther King Breakfast

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Make sure to check out the Campus News section of Rockford.edu to stay up to date on all things Rockford University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

January 12 - 19


January 13:

Men's Basketball vs. Benedictine @Benedictine

7:00 p.m.

 

January 14:

Women's Basketball vs. Edgewood @Edgewood

7:00 p.m.

 

January 15:

JV Men's Basketball @ Judson University JV Men's Basketball Tournament  

TBA

 

January 17:

Women's Indoor Track and Field @ UW-Plateville Pioneer Open (Plateville, Wis.)

TBA

 

Men's Indoor Track and Field @UW-Plateville Pioneer Open 

(Plateville, Wis.)

TBA

 

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Concordia Wisconsin @Rockford

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

January 5, 2015 - "It's all about relationships"

 


 

January 5, 2015

 

It's All About Relationships

 

As we gear up for the start of spring semester, we are busy recruiting students for the spring and fall terms. I'm often asked what it takes to recruit students to Rockford. There are a lot of reasons that students choose to attend - location, availability of their major, strength of our programs, affordability, opportunity to play a sport, etc. What ultimately allows Rockford University to attract students, however, are the relationships that we build with them throughout the recruitment process. Some students connect with an admissions staff member or a coach while others connect with a faculty member in their discipline area. Regardless of who it is, if students don't make a personal connection with someone, it is unlikely that they'll come to Rockford University. In short, building relationships is the key to our success.



A former supervisor, long-time mentor, and friend, Dr. Don Schweingruber, was the first person I heard talk about the importance of relationships. Don regularly discusses and has always lived out the importance of relationship building. One specific lesson I learned from Don is the importance of building positive relationships with new colleagues. He used this as a part of the resident advisor (RA) training. When training new RAs, Don stressed the importance of RAs getting to know their students on the floor early, so that the first interaction was positive. Then, if there was a rule infraction to discuss later on, there was an existing relationship from which to begin the conversation. Another lesson I learned was from the Leadership Development Program that Don and a colleague created for student leaders. Rather than a traditional "nuts and bolts" training generally associated with such programs, this training focused on building relationships with other student leaders. The philosophy was that if you have good relationships with other student leaders, when issues or opportunities to collaborate arise, you can more effectively work together. It works for students, and it works for faculty and staff as well.

 

In our work at Rockford University, relationship building is vital. Relationships with our colleagues, our students, and prospective students are the keys to our success. As we start off a new year, let's commit to building and maintaining strong relationships as we work to strengthen our institution. Happy New Year!

 

- Eric Fulcomer, Ph.D.

Vice President for Enrollment Management

 

 

Turner Street entrance closing tonightForum

 

Please be aware that in anticipation of snowfall tonight, the Turner Street entrance to campus will be closing at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until such time as the main thoroughfares, lots and walks campus-wide have been cleared. Make sure to keep checking My Announcements on the Portal for notification of re-opening. 

 

 

 

In mid-December the Marketing department announced the launch of the redesign of www.rockford.edu. There are many new features on the site, so please share the news of of the new design with colleagues, friends, family members, and students. For more information, please see the new Marketing Update.

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceEvolution 

 

Help the University celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, Monday, January 19. The AmeriCorps VISTAs of Rockford have several opportunities available to help serve the community.

1. Assisting at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
2. Crafting with the Youth from Rockford Housing Authority
3. Support for generating resumes, interview skills, etc., at Zion Development

Choose one service opportunity and then join other volunteers for lunch at Katie's Cup. Times have not been finalized, but will most probably be from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., including time for lunch. If you are interested please contact Ashley Strusz at astrusz@rockford.edu.


 

 

Spring 2015 Final Exam ScheduleHandbook

 

The spring 2015 final exam schedule is now available to view under My Announcements on the Portal. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact Anna Jattkowski-Hudson at AJattkowski-Hudson@Rockford.edu or x3392.

 

 

First Year Advising TeamDegree

 

There is an opportunity available for all faculty and staff to join the First-Year Advising team. The program runs from January to December 2015. Each member of the team should expect to have approximately 15 new First-Year advisees. Details of responsibilites can be found under My Announcements on the Portal. Contact Gary Lubbert at glubbert@rockford.edu or 815-218-1498 by this Friday, January 09, 2015 (sooner would be better) if you are interested in being a First-Year Advisor. 

 

 

 

The department of Anthropology and Sociology would like to thank everyone who donated items and letters to the First Annual Collection Drive for Care Packages for Deployed Troops. Together, RU collected 122 lbs of items (approx. 105 gal. volume) and many letters. These packages should reach our troops in January or February. 

 

 

Holiday Party Picturesroundtable

 

Pictures taken with Santa during the Holiday party are now available for download on the G drive. See My Announcements on the Portal too see the location of the pictures.

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

January 5-January 11

 

January 5-January 8: 

Council of Independent Colleges-President's Institute

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Senior Allison Jackson named 2014 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate. Rockford Register Star.

RU named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for sixth year. Rockford Register Star.

Professor Bob Evans discusses what's next for Rockford in 2015. Rockford Register Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

Athletic EventsSports

January 5 - 11


January 5:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Kishwaukee College @Kishwaukee College

TBA



January 6:

Women's vs. Lakeland @Lakeland

7:00 p.m.

 

January 7:

Men's Basketball vs. Lakeland @Lakeland

7:00 p.m.

 

January 8:

JV Men's Basketball vs. McHenry County College @McHenry County College

TBA

 

January 10:

Women's Basketball vs. Marian @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Marian @Rockford

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

December 15, 2014 - "Holiday Party and Holiday Break"

 


 

December 15, 2014

 

Dear students, faculty and staff:


 

In 2011 and 2012, the National Panel on Institutional Quality and Integrity suggested Congress consider modifications to the Higher Education Act. The Panel's initial proposals were for very limited changes. Last week, the Panel considered more substantive modifications. According to its chair, Susan D. Phillips, "So much of the higher-education landscape has shifted since 2012," that major changes are in order.

 

One significant suggestion is to make all of the regional accreditation groups national in scope. How the current accrediting bodies would be differentiated is still unclear. The panel also is exploring new kinds of accrediting organizations and a risk-adjusted accreditation. In essence, high risk institutions and those with lower student success rates would be subjected to more accrediting requirements. It is anticipated that the Panel's finished set of recommendations to Congress would be delivered by June. 

 

Many thanks to the CARE Committee for organizing last Thursday's Holiday Party. 135 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. I was informed that the outcome of giving to area non-profits generated from the silent auction was $1,344!

 

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 2014 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 2015, 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

 

 

 

The Marketing department is proud to announce that the redesign of www.rockford.edu is almost complete! The finishing touches are being finalized and the launch of the site is planned for tomorrow (Tuesday, December 16). Stay tuned for more details then, there will be more information posted on the Portal at that time. Thank you for your patience as we work towards an exciting new chapter for rockford.edu! 

 

 

First Year Advising TeamDegree

 

There is an opportunity available for all faculty and staff to join the First-Year Advising team. The program runs from January to December 2015. Each member of the team should expect to have approximately 15 new First-Year advisees. Details of responsibilites can be found under My Announcements on the Portal. Contact Gary Lubbert at glubbert@rockford.edu or 815-218-1498 by Friday January 09, 2015 (sooner would be better) if you are interested in being a First-Year Advisor. 

 

 

Lose, Gain, Stay the Same ResultsForum

 

The results are in on the first Lose, Gain, Stay the Same Fitness Competition. During the 42 day challenge, 63 people participated in the event. 26 completed the challenge in that they weighed in before and after to compare results. During this time, over 29 pounds of body fat were lost and 23 pounds of muscle were built. Congrats to Monica Parsons and Chris Senn for being the contest Winners. Monica dropped almost 6% of body fat and Chris gained almost 7 pounds of muscle.

 

 

Mail Desk, Print Services and Bookstore Holiday HoursHandbook

 

The mail desk will be closed December 24 - January 4. 

The  copy center will have limited capability beginning Friday, December 12 through December 23. Hours of operation will be from 9:30 a.m. - noon. The copy center will be closed during the holiday break December 24 through January 2. 

The bookstore will be closed during the holiday break December 24 through January 1 and will reopen January 2.

 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceEvolution 

 

Help the University celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, Monday, January 19. The AmeriCorps VISTAs of the Rockford have several opportunities available to help serve the community.

1. Assisting at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
2. Crafting with the Youth from Rockford Housing Authority
3. Support for generating resumes, interview skills, etc., at Zion Development

Choose one service opportunity and then join other volunteers for lunch at Katie's Cup. Times have not been finalized, but will most probably be from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., including time for lunch. If you are interested please send an email to Ashley Strusz at astrusz@rockford.edu.

 

 

NFL Pick 'Em weeks 15,16,17roundtable

 

The NFL Pick 'Em contest will go through week 17. The person with the highest scores at the end of week 17 will win a grand prize. Options for week's 15, 16, and 17 can be found on the portal now, as many people will be off campus during those weeks. The same expectations remain in that picks must be received before kick off (time stamp of an email must be before kick-off for that game to count). Picks may be submitted all at once, or every week. Contact Jil Gates (JilGates@rockford.edu) with any questions.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentAdditional

 

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

December 15 - December 21

 

December 18:

Higher Education in Regional Transformation Luncheon

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

NICNE Celebrates 10 years of nonprofit service. Rockford Register Star.

Regents' Swinehart picked for bowl game. WTVO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

December 15 - December 21


December 16:

Women's Basketball vs. Augustana @Augustana

7:00 p.m.

 

December 17:

Men's Basketball vs. Illinois Tech @Illinois Tech

7:00 p.m.

 

December 18:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Illinois Valley Community College @Illinois Valley Community College

TBA

 

December 20:

Women's Basketball vs. Concordia Chicago @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

 


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

 

December 8, 2014 - "December Recognition and Dr. Perry's Speech"

 


 

December 8, 2014

 

Dear students, faculty and staff:


 

As he began to deliver his address at Saturday's December Recognition Ceremony, Professor Michael Perry confessed that he did not remember who delivered the keynote addresses at his three graduations. Dr. Perry and I share the same lack of memory in that regard. I won't attempt to calculate the number of graduation speeches that I have heard in my lifetime, but there have been many. It seems that every speaker has the intention of connecting with the audience in a particular way. Some want to share their personal accomplishments and perspectives of the world. Others want to inspire listeners. The best resonate with graduates in a meaningful way. None have done a better job of connecting than Dr. Perry did during his remarks Saturday.

 

Professor Perry shared a message entitled, "Be Curious and Play."  He concluded by challenging students to be increasingly curious. As they were now ready to depart Rockford University, Dr. Perry stated, "This is both beginning and end and neither. Will you see the color purple for the third time, and rather than notice it because, hey, it's there and it's what you are used to doing...will you continue to be curious and play? Will you find something new in Faulkner?  Understand history is never settled or simple.  Realize that every day at work is a chance to learn.  And that, as you go out into life, realize that there is no playbook. There is no formula. That one and one do not equal two, because that would be fair and equal and tidy. Outside, beyond those doors, it is messy. Complicated. Beautiful and ugly all at once. And if we have done our job, and you have done your job, then you ought to be better prepared to face it, and to be okay with admitting that you don't have the answers. But also to understand that it should not be the answers that we are looking for but the story behind the question."

 

During the past six and a half years, we have accomplished some good work through the execution of two strategic plans. Rockford University is a stronger institution today due to the work of faculty, staff, and trustees to deliver on the commitments embedded in those plans. Nevertheless, we are fully engaged on making even more progress. Last Saturday, the Board of Trustees approved the next phase of our strategic planning. The four strategic statements from which we will operate over the next five years are:

  • Strategy One - To be the "University of Choice"In five years, Rockford University will be the regional "University of Choice" for students seeking a liberal arts education at a small, private institution that prepares them to excel in their careers and community. This direction will be met through enhanced programs leading to increased new student enrollment, improved retention, and a vibrant campus community.
  • Strategy Two - To be the "Employer of Choice"In five years, Rockford University will be the "Employer of Choice" as the workplace environment is enhanced in order to recruit, retain and strengthen the Rockford University workplace.
  • Strategy Three - To strengthen and grow the University programming, capital and operational resources.The University will develop a formal process through which programming, capital and operational needs of the University will continually and intentionally be identified, prioritized and assessed.
  • Strategy Four - To strengthen the University's reputation and relationships among all stakeholders

Capitalizing on our recent momentum and striving to be consistently recognized as a top-quartile Tier One institution (U.S. News) is an overarching goal. It would recognize the prominence of Rockford University in our academic reputation, student impact, support of faculty and staff, and financial capability. While this goal may not be reached in the life of the recently approved plan, it will set the foundation for the same.

 

The above strategies have beneath them the necessary objectives, goals and actions to focus our work. More details will be forthcoming.

 

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

 

 

The late night breakfast tradition continues tonight, December 8 from 10-11 p.m. in the Burpee dining hall. Take a break from studying and enjoy a free breakfast served by faculty and staff. Make sure to bring your student ID as this event is only open to RU students. 

 

 

History senior seminar presentationsDegree

 

Join the History department for the Fall 2014 History Senior Seminar presentations in the Colman Library Rare Book Room December 9 and 11. Three students will present each day. Presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 9 will be from 10:30 a.m. - noon and on Thursday, Dec. 11 will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Each presentation will last 20 minutes, with a 10 minute Q&A session following.

 

 

Book rentals due this weekForum

 

A reminder to all students that book rentals are due back by this Friday, December 12. Don't forget to return your rentals to the bookstore on time so you don't get charged for the purchase of them. Contact the bookstore with any questions.

 

 

Mail Desk and Print Services Holiday HoursHandbook

 

The mail desk will be closed Dec. 24, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015. Please pick up all packages prior to leaving for the holiday break.

The copy center will have limited capability beginning Friday, December 12 through December 23, and will be closed during the holiday break December 24 through January 2. If you need printing done, especially jobs that require cutting, you must get them to Pam Ward by Monday, December 8. 

 

 

Employee of the MonthEvolution 

 

 

 

Farewell to Becky Factorroundtable

 

Becky Factor has resigned her position as Director of Student Success and Retention, effective December 18. She will be joining her husband Terry in Doha, Qatar for new adventures. Please join the campus community on Wednesday, December 17, between 4 and 5 p.m. in the lower level of Nelson Hall to thank Becky for her excellent service to Rockford University.

 

 

 

The U.S. Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria is currently accepting applications for Teaching Assistants for the 2015 to 2016 academic year. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2015. For further details and requirements see My Announcements on the Portal or contact Sam Bandy (Sbandy@rockford.edu).

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

Dec. 8 - Dec. 14

 

Dec. 8:

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference - Presidents Council Meeting

Golden Apple Foundation Board Meeting

 

Dec. 9:

Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities - Board Meeting

Associated Colleges of Illinois -  Board Meeting

 

Dec. 10:

Reading to Students - King Elementary School

 

Dec. 11:

NICNE 10th Anniversary Event

Rockford University Holiday Party

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

New Rockford University football coach knows about building program. Rockford Register Star.

Director of Career Services, Maurice West, helps community come together to help the homeless. WIFR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

December 8 - December 14


December 9:

Women's Basketball vs. Aurora @Aurora 

7:00 p.m.

 

December 13:

Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran @Rockford

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

December 1, 2014 - "Does Competency Based Education Have a Place in the Liberal Arts?"

 


 

December 1, 2014

 

Does Competency Based Education Have a Place in the Liberal Arts?

 

In a recent article from the American Council on Education, L. Robert Lowery, III (President at Lipscomb University) states, "Competency-based education is a natural extension of a liberal arts institution's holistic approach to education."  He points out, like many of us who believe that quality education starts with the liberal arts, that the oral, interpersonal, and written communication, analytical and critical thinking, numeracy and literacy are the skills developed through a liberal arts education.  More importantly, these are skills that employers want in their workforce.  The focus of competency-based education is two fold: student learning and its application in and out of the classroom.  The liberal arts do support this, but they go beyond just a set of skills. 

 

Two liberal arts institutions use competency based education to add value to their curriculum.  Sarah Lawrence College uses the Oxford University tutorial pedagogy in delivering their curriculum.   They also embrace competency-based education through a set of core competencies aligned with their assessment program.  Their core competencies have a foundation in the liberal arts.  They include thinking analytically, communicating effectively in writing, orally exchanging ideas effectively, bringing innovation to your work, thinking independently, and taking and acting on criticism. 

 

Lipscomb University is another liberal arts institution that provides students and their future employers with measurable and marketable skills.  Their CORE, Customized, Outcome-Based, Relevant, Education, program is based on a day long assessment of 15 baseline competencies that is equivalent to a maximum of 30 credits.  Unlike Sarah Lawrence College, Lipscomb University is using their CORE program to enhance their adult programs.

 

Giving credit for competencies related to assessment is only as good as the assessment.  If the assessment of learning is holistic, one that answers a basic yes or no question or is on a linear scale, then it has difficulties in ascertaining the depth and breadth of student learning.  On the other hand, diagnostic qualitative or quantitative assessments of learning are useful in determining the strengths and weaknesses of student learning and can be used by reflective faculty to improve their teaching.  This level of assessment can put student learning into context and may be of use in competency-based education.  Some individuals may have the ability to integrate their life experiences and do well on these assessments.  However, I believe that most traditional age college students have yet to develop and mature into the depth of experiences and intellectual framework to accomplish that task.  The classroom, lab, seminar, and guided community-based learning can provide the knowledge, intellectual framework and experience (some borrowed from the faculty member and guest lecturers) to reach and exceed an acceptable performance.  This sentiment is expressed in an Association of American Colleges and Universities 2013 article on liberal education by Johann N. Neem entitled, "Experience Matters: Why Competency-Based Education Will Not Replace Seat Time." 

 

The question still remains, does competency-based education have a role in the liberal arts.  I think many individuals look at this question as an either this or that issue, a black and white dichotomy.  Very few things in education are just black or white.  Competency-based education may have a role to play, but it is unclear where it can have the greatest impact (possibly adult programs) and how much of a curriculum (Lipscomb's limit of 30 credits or ~25% of a bachelors degree) can be supported through this system.  The Center for American Progress believes that competency based education can add value to the liberal arts, what do you think?

 

Have a great week,

Steven F. Siconolfi, Ph.D., FACSM

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

 

 

 

The last forum of the fall semester, the Sports Management Symposium, will be held this Thursday, December 4 from 6-8 p.m. in Regents Hall. The evening will feature a discussion with leaders in the educational and sport management industry. Topics discussed will include the importance of leadership, responsibility and hard work, and will answer questions raised during the discussion.  

 

 

Important reminders for seniorsDegree

 

All undergraduate and graduate degree candidates from Summer or Fall 2014 are invited to participate in the December Recognition Ceremony this Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. If you will be attending, please RSVP by Tuesday, December 2 to Teddy Phillips, Special Assistant to the President at graduation@rockford.edu  with your full name and number of guests attending the ceremony. 

 

All fall 2014 graduates that borrowed federal loans are required to complete federal student loan exit counseling. This requirement must be completed by Friday, December 5. If you have any questions contact Stacy Simms at (815)226-4052 or at ssimms@rockford.edu.

 

 

Open enrollment for benefitsForum

 

Every full time employee will need to fill out benefit forms between now and December 12. Forms have been mailed to campus mailboxes for all employees that didn't pick up their forms from HR. All forms need to be returned by December 12. 

 

 

Annual Wassail PartyHandbook

 

The annual Wassail Party will be held this Thursday, December 4 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Clark Arts Center Lobby. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to enjoy a cup of wassail, watch while the RU holiday tree is lit and sing carols led by Vocal Collective.

 

 

Rock Solid RegentEvolution 

 

 

 

Faculty and Staff Holiday Partyroundtable

 

The annual faculty and staff holiday party will be Thursday, December 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Regents Hall. There will be holiday music featuring a performance by Vocal Collective, door prizes, holiday treat bags for children, and a gift basket silent auction. Santa will be visiting from 6-7 p.m. If you plan to attend, RSVP to CARE (CARE@rockford.edu) by December 5 with the number of adults and children that will be attending.

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, 

and RemindersAdditional

 

Join Sodexo for the RU Holiday Meal tomorrow, December 2 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the main dining hall.

 

The agenda packet for the faculty meeting this Wednesday, December 3 can now be found on the portal.

 

The Anthropology/Sociology Club will be having their last meeting of the semester on Wednesday, December 3 at 12 p.m. in Scarborough 08. 

 

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating a December birthday!

 

Congratulations to everyone celebrating an anniversary in December!

 

Holiday Ugly Sweater Day will be held this Thursday, December 4.

 

December's First Friday @Four event will be held this Friday, December 5 from 4-5 p.m. in Nelson Hall.

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

Dec. 1 - Dec. 7

 

Dec. 2:

Alignment Rockford Governing Board Meeting

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Meeting

 

Dec. 4:

Rockford University Wassail Party

Senior Seminar Class Sport Symposium

 

Dec. 6:

Rockford University Board of Trustees Meeting

December Recognition

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

7 Regents football players voted All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Rockford Register Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

December 1 - December 7


December 2:

Men's Basketball vs. Dominican @Rockford 

7:00 p.m.

 

December 3:

Women's Basketball vs. Dominican @Dominican

7:00 p.m.

 

December 4:

Men's Basketball vs. Aurora @ Aurora

7:00 p.m.

 

Decemeber 5:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Rock Valley College @Rock Valley College

TBA

 

December 6:

Women's Basketball vs. Marian @Marian

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. Marian @Marian

4:15 p.m.

 


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

 

November 24, 2014 - "RU's commitement to a liberal arts education will never wane"

 


 

November 24, 2014

 

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

In the past two weeks, I have had the honor of meeting with alumni in Boston and Milwaukee. The meetings were excellent opportunities to hear the experiences of graduates, both during and after their collegiate years.

 

A common theme in most alumni interactions is the significance of values embedded in a small school environment and a liberal arts education. As I say frequently, regardless as to whether the name of the institution is Rockford Female Seminary, Rockford College or Rockford University, the commitment to an education grounded in the liberal arts will never wane.

 

Many outside of the academy criticize a liberal arts education and attack the value of associated degrees in leading to employment. However, those with full insight know that a liberal arts education is actually a better preparation for a lifetime of employment than a more narrow education.

 

Research published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment) shows that during the peak earnings years, liberal-arts graduates have higher earnings on average than people who pursued professional or pre-professional fields.

 

The reason liberal arts graduates fare well over a lifetime of employment is they possess the skills employers want in college graduates. Generally, the skills in highest demand are the ability to communicate clearly and to solve complex problems. A liberal arts education is great preparation for employment as it embraces the mastery of speaking, writing and analysis. However, it is not designed for that purpose. Preparing graduates to live as free and productive citizens is the important objective. It is a bonus that the broad base of learning required to create effective citizens also is a strong foundation for being an outstanding employee.

 

On a different topic, we will celebrate Thanksgiving in just three days. The holiday break is a welcome pause and a time to reflect in the midst of what can be the busiest time of the year with the semester winding down and holiday planning in full gear. 

 

As we prepare to spend time with family and friends, it's important to remember that we are all part of the Rockford University community. Often, faculty and staff spend more time at the university with one another than with families. As a community, we depend on each other to accomplish our shared purpose. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do on behalf of our students. Please take care over the holiday and enjoy the Thanksgiving break with family and friends.

 

Have a great week!

Robert L. Head, Ph.D.

President

 

 

 

All undergraduate and graduate degree candidates from summer or fall 2014 are invited to participate in the December Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. If you will be attending this event, please RSVP as soon as possible to Teddy Phillips at graduation@rockford.edu with your full name and number of guests attending the ceremony.

 

Any fall 2014 graduate that borrowed any federal loans is required to complete federal student loan exit counseling by December 5. Exit counseling will take about 30 minutes to complete. Contact Stacy Simms at (815)226-4052 or at ssimms@rockford.edu with any questions.

 

 

RU Holiday DinnerDegree

 

Sodexo is pleased to announce it will serve a holiday dinner for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, December 2 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the main dining hall. For anyone not on a meal plan, cost is $7.25. Details on what the menu will include can be found under My Announcements on the Portal. 

 

 

Last Forum of the fall semesterForum

 

The last forum of the fall semester, the Sports Management Symposium, will be held Thursday, December 1 from 6-8 p.m. in Regents Hall. The evening will feature a discussion with leaders in the educational and sport management industry. The focus will primarily be on the latest trends in education and the path a student may want to consider when planning a career. The experts will be discussing the importance of leadership, responsibility and hard work, and will answer questions raised during the discussion. 

 

 

Open Enrollment for BenefitsHandbook

 

Every full time employee will need to fill out benefit forms between now and December 12. All employees can stop by HR this week to pick up their forms. Forms will also be mailed to campus mailboxes next week. All forms need to be returned by December 12. 

 

 

Donation Drives on CampusEvolution 

 

The faculty in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology is sponsoring a collection drive for items to create Care Packages for our Deployed Troops. There are only a few days left to donate. Collection bins are located around campus and a list of requested items can be found under My Announcements on the Portal.


There are under 100 names left on the Rockford University Giving Tree. The children who receive these gifts spend time at St. Elizabeth's Center before/after school program or preschool. Tags are available in the lobby of the Starr Science Building and on the tree in the PURI Business School. See My Announcements for additional details.

Professor Beckmann in the Chemical and Biological Sciences Department is participating in No Shave November to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. Help Alpha Helix raise $1000 by December 1 and Dr. Beckmann will shave his face and head during the last week of classes. See My Announcements for additional details.

 

 

Faculty and Staff Holiday Partyroundtable

 

The annual faculty and staff holiday party will be Thursday, December 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Regents Hall. There will be holiday music featuring a performance by Vocal Collective, door prizes, holiday treat bags for children, and a gift basket silent auction. Santa will be visiting from 6-7 p.m. If you plan to attend, RSVP to CARE (CARE@rockford.edu) by December 5 with the number of adults and children that will be attending.

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch PresentationBrown

 

There will be a brown bag lunch presentation on Tuesday, November 25 in Seaver room 106 from 12-12:30 p.m. The topic will be "Marketing Implications of Playing Regular Season Games in International Markets: Losing 'Home' Domestic Advantage or Gaining 'Away' International Advantage?" 

 

 

Additional Deadlines, Dates, 

and RemindersAdditional

 

Join the senior nursing students today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Starr 202 as they share their senior seminar projects.

 

Residence Life is conducting an end of semester survey that is mandatory for all undergraduate student.


Several RU psychology and human development students recently presented at the 24th Annual TriState Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

"PULLED: Art & Design of the Screen Printed Image" is now open at the RU Art Gallery. The exhibit will close December 12.

A reminder to all faculty that the deadline to submit final grades is Sunday, December 14 at 11:59 p.m. All final grades are to be entered using Self-Service or Moodle.

 

 

Where's Robert?Robert

 

Nov. 24 - Nov. 30

 

Nov. 25:

Monthly meeting with Mayor Morrissey

 

 

RU in the newsNews

 

Winnebago Buy Local to host a holiday market at RU. Rockford Register Star.

Seth Swinehart caps successful football career at Rockford University. Rockford Register Star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Athletic EventsSports

November 24 - November 


November 25:

Women's Basketball vs. Knox College @Knox College

5:30 p.m.

 

November 26:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Kankakee Community College @Rockford

TBA

 

November 29:

Women's Basketball vs. MSOE @Rockford

2:00 p.m.

 

Men's Basketball vs. MSOE @Rockford

4:15 p.m.

 

November 30:

JV Men's Basketball vs. Aurora University @Aurora

TBA

 


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