Posts made in November, 2014


What are the Hergert Numbers?

What are the Hergert Numbers?


Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Famous mathematicians have famous concepts named after them.  The Pythagorean Theorem, The Fibonnaci Sequence, Boolean Algebra and the Hergert Numbers to name just four.

Wait.  You probably know who Pythagoras was.  Fans of The Big Bang Theory have probably heard of Leonardo Fibonnaci is, and George Boole is well known.

But who is the mad genius behind the Hergert Numbers?

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See “Double” at RVC

See “Double” at RVC


Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Rock Valley College Professor Chuck Konkol is pleased to announce that RVC will be the first community college to host “Double”, a robot powered by an iPad. “Double” was created by Double Robotics and uses a new technology called telepresence.

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Each of the past two years, Rock Valley College students and staff have traveled to Tucumcari, New Mexico for an “alternative” spring break.  Giving their week off for spring break to help out on a service project, instead of heading to the beach, is the concept behind alternative spring break.  Last year, the RVC delegation spent several days assisting on a project led by Mesalands Community College to work on a petroglyph site at Conchas Lake State Park.  A petroglyph is created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, carving or abrading the rock to create the art.

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Surveying the field

Surveying the field


Posted on Nov 19, 2014

Placing the basesOn one of the last warm days of the fall, a group of students from Rockford East High School’s EMITT (Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial Technology and Trades) Academy visited Rock Valley College to get a look at a unique construction project, and to get a little hand’s on experience.

RVC is in the midst of renovations to one of its original classroom buildings (CL-I), and the college’s Assistant Professor of Building Construction Technology Dan Bawinkel gave them a behind the scenes tour.

“The tour of that building was a pretty rare opportunity to see something built as uniquely as that classroom building.  It was built in the 1960s and it’s a cast-in place building,” Bawinkel said.

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Community conversation feedback

Community conversation feedback


Posted on Nov 19, 2014

The Rock Valley College Board of Trustees is engaging in Community Conversations to create dialogue about how the College is serving our district and where we can improve. Rock Valley College president Mike Mastroianni is reporting on these events through local media and feedback is also provided below in the form of emerging themes from the small group discussions.   The Rock Valley College Trustees and administrators are very grateful for the insight and look forward to further discussions.

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