Out of the Box Events – May 2015

Posted on May 1, 2015


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May  =  Learning  +  Innovation  +  Creativity

Out of The Box advances Rockford as a great place to live and visit by showcasing our amazing people and promoting fantastic events in the month of May.  What will YOU experience?

Rock Valley College is a proud supporter of Out of the Box.  For a complete listing of all of the Out of the Box events visit the Rockford Lutheran Schools Out of the Box page.

A number of interesting events are being held at Rock Valley College this month, including:

Hispanic Leadership Conference May 1 8:30 am Student Center
Old Towne Band May 1 7:30 pm Performing Arts Room
14th Annual RVC History Awards May 1 4:00 pm Student Center Atrium
Old Towne Band May 2 7:30 pm Performing Arts Room
RVC Master Chorale May 3 7:00 pm Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
First Tuesday Lecture Series – Miracles, Freedom and the Problem of Evil, Chris Kramer, Associate Professor of Philosophy May 5 6:00 pm Student Center Atrium
Ice Cream Social May 7 3-6 pm Student Center Gazebo
Sankofa (honoring African-American graduates and goal completers) May 8 5:30 pm Student Center Atrium
Music Scholarship Auditions May 13 9 am – 2 pm Performing Arts Room
RVC Health Careers Graduation May 14 2:00 pm Stenstrom Center for Career Education
RVC GED Graduation and Appreciation Dinner May 14 6:00 pm Student Center Atrium
RVC 49th Annual Commencement May 15 6:00 pm Physical Education Center
Aviation Career Fair May 21 9 am Stenstrom Center for Career Education
Meet and Greet with Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears LB May 21 4 – 6 pm Student Center Atrium
Jazzin’ After Work May 21 6:00 pm Jacobs Center for Science and Math Patio
Movie Morning May 30 10 am Woodward Technology Center

History
In 2012 the fourth grade at Rockford Lutheran Academy (RLA) performed a locally written musical look at the history of Rockford.  The performance was produced by a group of individuals and organizations with an eye toward creating a broad based coalition who is committed to the future of our hometown. Three performances were given over a two-day time period. Two of the shows were for third grade students from District 205. A third added other area groups to the evening’s gala performance. As the event was debriefed, those with firsthand knowledge of the process, which supported the performance, were gratified by the widespread support for a coalition that had never before been envisioned.

As 2013 approached a consensus of opinion determined that a performance of such a scope and focus could not be as successful in a second consecutive year. Still, the effort to collaborate was seen as a valuable community resource. The RLA fourth graders were intent on performing another original musical production, this one on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. A natural tie to the Laurent House was seen. An approach was made to highlight the projected opening of the local museum. Outside forces made such collaboration impossible.  The organizers of the original Hometown History group explored other possibilities and a decision was made to highlight the need for a new generation of creative “architects” who will design our future.

This is a community with a history and an infrastructure that honors creativity.  Our active arts scene, a dynamic aerospace industry, a top flight museum network and schools that are on the move all provide encouragement for people looking into the future. This Out of the Box movement allows us all to reflect on the excitement that is generated as ideas rise up from the most unexpected corners of our hometown.

We invite all of the citizens of the Stateline to take a minute and think about how they can add their voices to the chorus of those who see Rockford as a top 25 community. Check out the Facebook page Rockford Lutheran has created and speak out in support of the movement!

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