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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.
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.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
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 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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