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Visiting campus an important step making the right college choice.

People always ask what the most important part of the college search process is. This is not an easy question to answer as there is not one simple answer. Everything from applying early and researching scholarships to Financial Aid and how to pay for school are of the utmost importance. What usually gets overlooked is the campus visit. Sure the internet and brochures give you information, but they don’t give you the full picture.  There are a couple different ways to visit a college campus. All of them offer you an opportunity to learn more...

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Thinking critically and creatively about workforce development

I recently served as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance. The mission of the Alliance is to create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce for Boone and Winnebago Counties, responsive to the needs of business. I was asked to discuss the role of higher education in workforce development. As a representative of a university with a mission of education grounded in the liberal arts, I was truly pleased to be asked to speak. There are two extremely different conversations that have taken...

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Celebrating Week and Month of Peace

Rockford University is pleased to be an active participant in Rockford’s Peace Month activities. We invite the community to join in the wide variety of celebrations planned. Director of the University’s Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagment Donnette Tinsley, shared more about the University’s long-standing connection to peace efforts, as well as more about the events taking place on campus in her My View column, published in Saturday’s Rockford Register Star online. Come Wedesday, Sept. 17, to learn more about...

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Can a community profit without a healthy nonprofit sector?

If someone asked you what makes Rockford great, what would you say?  Perhaps you’d mention the presence of three excellent hospitals and a city-wide network of clinics, or the abundance of social support services, from Family Counseling Services to Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center  to Rosecrance to domestic violence support centers such as Remedies. Maybe the incredible wealth of cultural opportunities, from Coronado Performing Arts Center to Rockford Art Museum, from Midway Village to Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra, would top...

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No shortage of ethical issues in sport

Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo, more Lance Armstrong and Livestrong fallout, Bonds, Clemens and the MLB Hall of Fame…the list will inevitably continue to grow. Providing some perspective to the many bylines of these stories  for sports enthusiasts, fans, and even the casual observer is of particular interest to Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College, Shawn Klein, Ph.D., who teaches courses about ethics in sports and authors The Sports Ethicist blog. Dr. Klein was contacted by CNN.com to provide comment for their...

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Fear of failing? Take a leap of faith with your education

When I meet with prospective adult students, many of them express concern or fear about going back to school because they simply do not want to fail.  That is easy enough to understand.  If you haven’t been in school for 10 or 20 years, heading back to the classroom can be daunting!  Trial and error can be one of the best means of solving life’s problems.  Yet, some individuals are afraid to undertake the trial because they are too afraid of experiencing the error.  I admire those individuals that take the leap and go back and finish their...

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Liberal arts for many purposes

During the College’s President’s Opening Convocation on Friday, August 24, I had the pleasure of sharing a few thoughts and challenging us all to continue to color outside of the lines. We do so by creating a path for students to earn a college degree, when most in our society do not achieve this distinction. We do so by maintaining a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning. I also commented on the countless attacks on liberal arts education and the push by legislators and power brokers to equate quality education purely with job...

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