50th Fridays – 1972

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

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Every Friday through December 18, we will be sharing RVC facts and photos from over the years in the Daily News and on social media. Be sure to check here every Friday and follow us on all of our social media platforms as we will be posting unique content across all media throughout the year!

We encourage you to use #RVC50 to share your memories and photos with us on social media all year long.

Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1972.


What’s Up, Doc?

World famous jazz trumpeter Doc Severinsen performed to an audience of 2,500 in the PEC Fieldhouse at Rock Valley College in 1972. Severinsen is best known for being the band leader for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from 1967-1992.

Doc Severinsen


Rose Ball

Ann Schaefer and Dan Gerth were crowned Rose Ball Queen and King at the annual ball held in the Student Center in May 1972. About 150 couples besides Schaefer and Gerth were in attendance.

Rose Ball


Brown and Yellow, Brown and Yellow

In June 1972, Rock Valley College’s school colors were changed from maroon and gold to “RVC Brown and Yellow” at an RVC Board of Trustees Meeting.  The intent of the change was to keep the college colors consistent with its rural setting.

RVC Trojans


Students Discuss Issues of the Day

On October 11, 1972, Ed Cox, son-in-law of President Richard Nixon, visited RVC to discuss the Vietnam War and other topics with students in the Student Center Lounge.

Ed Cox

RVC President Karl Jacobs greets Ed Cox before a student discussion session in 1972.


‘Man in Black’ Performs at RVC

On October 21, 1972, Johnny Cash performed at Rock Valley College, selling more than 7,000 tickets. According to Dean of Community Services Reuben Johnson, the show was a sellout.  The show was originally scheduled to include only one performance, but ended up featuring multiple acts including Cash, June Carter, the Carter Family, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers, and the Tennessee Three with Larry Butler.

Hello...I'm Johnny Cash


It’s Our College!

Area voters said YES to Rock Valley College’s request for a tax rate increase – approving a referendum for the College’s educational fund and building maintenance fund on December 9, 1972. RVC became the second Illinois community college in state history to pass a tax increase referendum. McHenry College was the first in February 1972.

The slogan “It’s Our College!” was seen on bumper stickers, buttons, and pins throughout town.

Its our college


Don’t forget to check our social media platforms for some unique content from 1972 not seen here!

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50th Fridays – 1971

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