Co-hosts David Costello and Professor Amanda Kieper discuss all things Rock Valley College in this guest-driven podcast that will explore and uncover the passions and successes of RVC faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners. It promises to be both educational and fun as we explore the professionals and personalities that make RVC a special place.
Old Relic (Dr. Karl Jacobs)
Relic: an object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest.
Dr. Karl Jacobs, RVC’s second president (1969-1997), describes himself as an “old relic” of RVC. Based on the above definition, we agree. There is very much a historical and sentimental interest surrounding Dr. Jacobs. In this rare conversation with him, we learn about the formative years of RVC, the challenges Dr. Jacobs and the college faced to earn the public’s trust and respect, and how important it was for him to surround himself with good people. Dr. Jacobs candidly shares his greatest triumphs and his regrets from nearly 30 years as RVC’s president. It’s an RVC history lesson you will not want to miss.
So Hum (Lisa Alexander, Adjunct Composition Instructor)
A terrifying experience speaking in front of her first class was the start of Lisa Alexander’s RVC journey as an Adjunct Composition Instructor. What it became is a lifetime of fond memories, friendships, and family connections. We learn about the most memorable student paper she’s ever read, her favorite forms of writing, and authors she most admires.
Goose Poop (Joe Woolford)
Joe Woolford, Coordinator of New Student Enrollment, tells us about a new podcast he and his colleagues have started to help prospective students learn about how to get started at RVC. We also learn about his true passions and how he has found ways to incorporate those passions into his work. And we put him on the spot to choose his favorite Star Wars movie. His answer may surprise you.
Outside the 8 to 5 (Chris Lewis)
VP of Workforce Development Chris Lewis joins us to talk about the work he is doing for some major RVC initiatives, including the Advanced Technology Center and the Tech Bus, and how they are going to bring hope and opportunity to those who need it in our region. He also tells us how some of the most important work we can do can happen outside of normal work hours. Finally, we end with a love story you won’t want to miss.
Ooey Gooey (Associate Professor Jacki Moss)
Associate Professor of Respiratory Care Jacki Moss shares some emotional and passionate stories about her program and profession, offers advice on how we all can be healthier, and explains how she always tries to discover the best parts at the center of all of us. We also hear about a kayaking trip gone south, and Amanda is back in the co-host chair!
A Voice for the Voiceless (Dr. Kym Blanchard)
In this timely conversation, Dr. Kym Blanchard, RVC's Executive Director of Online Development, Technology & Innovation, talks all things online learning, including how faculty and students can get the most out of the online experience and what her goals are for this new position at RVC. We also make her explain synchronous versus asynchronous, learn more about what keeps her busy when she's off-line, and uncover her passion for speaking for those who can't speak for themselves.