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A group of local arts organizations and individuals will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this weekend in Rockford with a program called “Shakespearience.”

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is presenting the program Saturday night at Rockford’s Court Street United Methodist Church.  The Center’s Rulee Stallman led the effort to celebrate the Bard of Avon.  She says she realized the anniversary was also a perfect opportunity to celebrate the range of local artists.

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Rockford University performing-arts students will travel to Scotland in August to show off their talent at an international festival.

The Register Star reports the school is one of only four in the U.S. invited to attend the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The festival will be staged Aug. 5 to 29 at hundreds of locations around the capital city of Scotland.

Last year, artists from 49 countries presented 3,300 performances of cabaret, comedy, dance, circus, musicals, opera and more.

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Rockford University trustees unanimously appointed Eric Fulcomer as the school's next leader. He is the school's current Vice President of Enrollment Management. He is also the former mayor of Bluffton, Ohio.

Retiring Rockford University President Robert Head says that experience will help Fulcomer in his new role.

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The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois on Thursday announced matching endowments to Rockford University and Highland Community College.  The money will be used to create scholarship endowments totaling $5 million for students at the two schools. 

Highland Community College is receiving $1 million from the Foundation, toward a total scholarship endowment of $2 million.  Rockford University is receiving $1.5 million, toward a fund totaling $3 million.

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“In so many ways, what is old is now new again. That really reflects the case of this unique space.”

That’s how Rockford University President Robert Head addressed the group gathered Friday in the restored snack bar area of the remodeled Blanche Walker Burpee Center on the Rockford Campus.

Built in 1963 as then-Rockford College moved from its location just south of downtown, the building was intended to be a center of student activity.

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Rockford University reached its highest enrollment in twenty years. The number of full-time undergraduate students is up nearly nine percent over the last year.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Eric Fulcomer says the school's Rock Solid marketing campaign is resonating with diverse audiences.  

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Many U.S. colleges and universities are adopting "test-optional" policies when it comes to admitting students. That means SAT and ACT scores are becoming less of a factor in the process. At least one area school is joining the movement.

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Art is a tough way to make a living. Ask any musician, writer, sculptor, or actor. Following your passion often means spending more time than you’d like doing something else to pay the bills. Today, we wrap up our series on arts adapting in Rockford with a look at some of the people creating their art just outside the mainstream. 

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Expect the state to be nine billion dollars behind in paying its bills by the end of the year. That was the grim message State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had for a gathering of not-for-profit agencies Monday at Rockford University. She’s enlisting their help to find ways to ease the financial pressure on groups that depend on state money to serve their clients. 

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Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.


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