50th Fridays – 1979

Posted on Apr 10, 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!

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Today’s 50th Friday covers the year 1979.


There’s No Place Like Home

The summer of 1979 was a hit for the Children’s Music Theater of Rock Valley College. In its seventh year with almost 100 performers, The Wizard of Oz was casted and ready to go! The production was presented in the Performing Arts Room (PAR) on campus.

Wizard of Oz


Donations, Donations, Donations

The Rock Valley College Foundation received its first donation back in November of 1979 – totaling $12,500. Attorney Tom Luchetti, RVC Foundation board member at the time, announced that the foundation had also just received its 501-C3 exemption status number from the IRS, which meant that all contributions to the Foundation from that point on were tax deductible.



What kind of 50th Friday would it be without a musical group making an apperance at RVC? The Oak Ridge Boys appeared at Rock Valley College on April 20, 1979 for two shows sponsored by the Harlem Music Boosters.

Oak Ridge Boys



“The Conspiracy That Murdered John F. Kennedy” was a lecture that was held in the Student Center back in November 1979 with Sociologist/Criminologist Ross F. Ralston who was on the National Committee to Investigate Assassinations.


Daily Quack

RVC has always been home to wildlife, and that seems to be the case back in 1979 as well! Office Ronald Grubb always made sure to stop by to visit the ducks on campus by the original farmhouse (now Building E) while making his rounds at the college.



Project Ahead

Rock Valley College was the first community college in the country to offer “Project Ahead” back in April 1979. The program was aimed at students entering their senior year of high school and was designed to help theme examine career areas, get a look at college life, and obtain financial aid information.


Guess Who?

Who recognizes this RVC tennis player from 1979? To this day he still practices what he teaches!



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50th Fridays – 1978

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