50th Fridays – 1981

Posted on Apr 24, 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 1981.


Midnight Madness

Rock Valley College’s Division of Technology offered a midnight class during the fall semester of 1981 to meet the needs of individuals whose work schedules presented them from attending classes during the traditional time frames. The three-credit course, “Materials of Industry” was taught by Al Andrews from midnight until 2:40am on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Power Up!

RVC held its first annual Power Lifting Competition for area high school and college students on December 19, 1981. Events scheduled were squat, bench press, and dead lifts.

Guy lifting weights

Hot Pursuit

A fast-moving grass fire burned off a field on the north edge of RVC’s main campus in March of 1981. The fire originated near 5800 Pepper Drive on the west side of Mulford then jumped the roadway into the field. Several local fire departments arrived on scene, and thankfully no campus buildings were threatened.

Wild fire

Sweet Victory

May of 1981 was an exciting year for RVC Softball pitcher, Karen Sweet. She was announced to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Second Team. Karen was the first RVC woman player named to an All-American team.

Bell School Location

Bell School, one of 11 Rockford schools closed for economic reasons in June 1981, was sold to Rock Valley College for $75,000. The price tag included the school, and 2.9 acres of land, portable buildings, and a shed on the site.

Bell School

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50th Fridays – 1980

Every Friday through December 18, we will be sharing RVC facts and photos from over the years in the Daily...