50th Fridays – 1974

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

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Every Friday through December 18, we will be sharing RVC facts and photos from over the years in the here and on social media. Be sure to check the Daily News 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!

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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1974.


Take Her Advice

Nationally known advice columnist Ann Landers spoke at RVC in January 1974. Landers, whose real name was Esther Lederer, was well received by those in attendance. Her wildly popular column first appeared in print in 1955 in the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1993, she was the world’s most widely syndicated columnist, appearing in more than 1,200 newspapers worldwide with 90 million readers daily. “Landers” passed away in 2002.

 Ann Landers

Apprenticeship Program Hits New Heights

Rapid growth took place in 1974 for the Tool and Die Apprenticeship program. Sixty students were enrolled in the program which involved classroom training at RVC and 40 hours per week of on-the-job training with local manufacturers. The Tool & Die Apprenticeship program still exists at RVC today and the College continues to strive to meet the needs of employers in our region by providing high quality training for in-demand jobs in local manufacturing.


I Call Him… Number Two

The steel sculpture known as “Niban” (Japanese for “number two”) was purchased for RVC by the College Faculty Women’s organization and dedicated in a special ceremony on May 17, 1974. Niban was created by well-known Rockford artist Gene Horvath, who also designed the “logogram” known today as the “RVC Circles” logo. Niban is 17 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds. The sculpture is a welded mass and Horvath learned to weld through a Continuing Education class at RVC! Niban is still located on campus today on the path between the ERC and CLII.

nibhan 1974

The dedication of “Niban” in 1974 and…

…Niban today.

 niban 2015

Bienvenidos Amigos

On August 16, 1974, RVC received a grant of $14,494 from the Illinois Community College Board for the production and presentation of the television program, “Bienvenidos Amigos.” The program was designed to teach basic English to Spanish-speaking people who did not have knowledge of the English language. The program was taught by RVC foreign language instructor Kathleen Hennessey, and covered situations such as talking on the phone, applying for a job, renting a house, going to the doctor’s office, and getting on public transportation. The production was made possible by the support and cooperation of WREX-TV, Channel 13.

 television grant

Rock Valley College Wants You!

The summer ad campaign for RVC in 1974 was modeled after the classic “Uncle Sam Wants You” posters of yesteryear.

 Uncle RVC?

Watergate Discussed by Attorney General at RVC

On October 1, 1974, U.S. Attorney General Elliott Richardson visited Rock Valley College’s Performing Arts Auditorium to speak to more than 200 students about the Watergate scandal. Richardson offered his observations on the morality of the Nixon team in a brief speech, which was then followed by a midday political rally and luncheon at the Rockford Armory.

Elliott Richardson

Don’t forget to check our social media platforms for some unique content from 1974 not seen here!

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