RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
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At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
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The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
by Brian Wagner, RVC Philosophy Instructor
September 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
Attempting to unify the theories of morality, this lecture ponders the problem of morality not as relativity or lack of moral truth, but a failure to distinguish between what is right and what is good.
by Dr. Megan Pease, RVC Instructor of Life Sciences
October 1, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
The distribution system is one of America's strengths and uses crude oil to function. How would you like to use crude oil? Would you rather use it to make diesel fuel to move goods and raw materials or would you rather use it to make specialized plastics like heart valves and medical supplies? Researching which alternative fuel could replace diesel fuel for trucks, I developed a model that compared alternative fuels from the environmental, social and economic perspectives and suggest an alternative fuel to temporarily replace diesel fuel. In the process of discovering a temporary solution, Dr. Pease uncovered what each individual can do to help solve the dilemma of preserving the crude oil resource.
by Kanwal Prashar, RVC Professor Emeritus of Sociology
November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
Performance in English of a Hindi poem authored by Professor Kanwal Prashar, originally performed at Rock Valley College in 1986 for the India Association, telling the story of the history of Indian civilization.
by Dr. Anita Bravo, RVC Instructor of History
December 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
Consider some of the classic ingredients for the holidays: sugar, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate and others. Have you ever wondered where these things come from? Centuries ago, during the early modern era (1450-1800), goods like these began to cross continents at an accelerated pace, entering trade networks and diets of people all over the world. Spices and other comestibles assumed an incredible importance not only as important commodities in trade, but as goods that changed labor systems and tastes around the globe. This lecture will deconstruct the history of the "holiday cookie" in order to bring to light the secret histories of some of these global commodities.
by Dr. Beth Ingle, RVC Professor of History
January 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
The partition of India into two countries, India and Pakistan, caused one of the most massive human convulsions in history. Within 2 months in 1947, 12 million were displaced. Most think it safe to estimate that upwards of 1 million lost their lives. This lecture will discuss the policies, procedures and decisions made by the British as they accepted and swiftly executed the partition during their final months of power in 1947.
by Dr. Robert D'Alonzo, RVC Instructor of Humanities
February 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
For nine years, the view outside my apartment window seared itself into my memory. In the foreground, a modern supermarket next to a dusty parking lot where a large traditional market was held every Friday. In the background, a walled medieval city, built by Venetians, filled with narrow streets and a Gothic cathedral, now a stately mosque. I lived in Famagusta, Cyprus, a boundless cell of culture and human experience so over determined that no words ever seem to suffice, an all-too-human island in the sea of the goddess Aphrodite: the Mediterranean. Cyprus is undeniably powerful, so how have the people and the place remained in my subjectivity? What sort of proto-Cypriot island of the mind have I created here, not among the gentle Mediterranean waves, but the waves of grain on the prairie? To ask an absurd, but always essential question: what have I learned, and what can we all learn from Cyprus? The warm sun that rose behind the Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque and set behind the Kyrenia Mountains also shines here in Rockford. And as Eugenio Montale, the great poet of the Mediterranean understood it: memory is often solar in nature, just as grass "in shaded courtyards between houses never quite forgets the sunlight."
by Chris Kramer, RVC Assistant Professor of Philosophy
March 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
An account of one form of oppression concentrating on the concealed mechanism in stereotypes. Damaging stereotypes perpetuate a specific kind of "civilized oppression" that is difficult to recognize due to the ubiquity and normalizing tendencies of these hidden devices embedded in our language and everyday practices. A non-violent "weapon" in the fight against them is humor. Professor Kramer will argue that humor can be used in revealing hidden errors in our heuristic thinking or stereotypes. Developing a humorous attitude in ourselves fosters epistemic openness, in addition to standing as a form of protest that is quickly transmitted and potentially far-reaching.
by Dr. Martin Quirk, RVC Professor of History
April 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
This lecture will analyze the effectiveness of various fighting forces throughout history using a developed paradigm. Each force will be analyzed and then the criteria for its inclusion will be discussed. The lecture will be accompanied by an interactive slide presentation highlighting strategy and equipment.
by Crystal Dinwiddie, RVC Assistant Professor of Sociology
May 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium
An exploration of research focusing on K-12 about the impact of teacher expectations on student intellectual development and academic outcomes. How might the Pygmalion Effect impact student experiences in college? How might college instructor expectations further widen the existing academic achievement and attainment gaps, or better yet, aid in closing these gaps?
Where is the Student Center Atrium?
The Atrium is located in the Student Center building on RVC's main campus, located at 3301 North Mulford Road in Rockford. Enter RVC from Mulford Road and park in lots 1 or 2 for the easiest access to the Student Center (see campus map).
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