50th Fridays – 1969

Posted on Jan 30, 2015

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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1969.


Jacobs Era Begins

Dr. Karl J. Jacobs officially began as second president of Rock Valley College on January 20, 1969. His inauguration ceremony was held on October 12, 1969 with then Governor Richard B. Oglivie delivering the address. Dr. Jacobs served as RVC’s president from 1969 to 1997. During his tenure, multiple academic programs and building projects were formed to serve the region. Highly respected by local leaders, Dr. Jacobs sought to meet community needs through academic and career programs at Rock Valley College. To ensure his name would remain a part of RVC for years to come, the Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math was named in his honor in 2009 with the building officially opening for classes in August 2011.

A copy of Dr. Jacobs’ profile and the agenda from the October 12, 1969 inauguration ceremony can be viewed here.

Dr. Jacobs - first day

Dr. Karl Jacobs, right above, stood in a receiving line as the campus saluted his new appointment as the College’s second President.


A Milestone Reached

On January 23, 1969, Stephanie Erbe was recognized as the 10,000thstudent to attend RVC. Tens of thousands of students have followed since Stephanie. In fall semester of 2014,  7,737 credit students were enrolled.

10000th student

Dr. Karl Jacobs, left, and Robert E. Sechler, board chairman, welcomed the 10,000th student to attend RVC, Stephanie Erbe in 1969.


Making the Grade

In February 1969, the fall semester Dean’s List was announced with 212 students making the list. Seven students obtained a perfect 4.0 (today known as the President’s List).  RVC recently announced its 2014 Fall Dean’s and President’s Lists with 710 students earning recognition on the Dean’s List and 217 students making the President’s List.


Hall of Fame Performance

Jim Yeager tossed the first no-hitter in RVC Baseball history in the spring of 1969. He struck out 17 batters in a 10-0 win over Elgin Community College. Yeager was just recently inducted into the RVC Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 inductee class.

Yeager no hitter


Did Someone Call a Nurse?

RVC’s first nursing class of students, who began their journey when the program started in 1967, graduated in the spring of 1969. Eighteen students received their Associate in Science degree at the 1969 commencement ceremony. The Nursing program remains a strong and vital program at RVC with hundreds of students graduating from the program throughout its history.

First nursing grads

From left to right, front row, were 1969 nursing program graduates: Thomas Branney, Karen Euno, Sheryl Key, Colleen Magee, Mrs. Kathleen Bredeson, Lois Hull, Rose Scarpitta, and Elizabeth Willey. Second row, Mrs. Norma Duclon, Donna Jacobson, Karen Kingsbury, Kathleen Lindberg, Mrs. Patricia Palmer, Mrs. Carol Shortt, and Phyills Stralow. Absent when the picture was taken were Nancy Beaudry, Mrs. Luann McGary, and Helen Nevens.

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