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.
Cornfield Joe (Joe Haverly, Professor of Environmental Biology)
In this episode, 2021 Faculty of the Year, Professor Molly Sides, joins Amanda as co-host. The conversation with Joe Haverly, Professor of Environmental Biology could have lasted for days. Topic highlights include teaching style, snakes and baby chicks, love, gratitude, Mexico, music, ethics, attitudes, and so much more.
Here to Entertain (Assistant Professor of Speech Tracy Hazen)
In this episode, David and Tracy take a trip down memory lane when they discover they're both Red Bird graduates from Illinois State University. Tracy talks about how her love of entertainment, marketing, public relations, and political science led to a degree in Communications. We learn about her passion for Safe Zones and how she plays a key role in training others in the RVC community with her involvement on the Promoting an Inclusive Community (PAIC) committee. Keep listening for so much more about Tracy's teaching style and parenting hacks!
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (Professor of English Dr. Sarah Etlinger)
In this fascinating interview, we learn about Dr. Etlinger's passion for literature and poetry. We get lost talking about epic break-up songs and learn more about how she captivates her students through discussing timely and relevant topics that help them find their truths. Bonus features include a poem recital, Milwaukee, WI food and drink recommendations, and much more.
Find Your Light (RVC Alumna Amanda White)
Amanda White, RVC alumna and founder of Sage Solutions, takes us through her journey from corporate HR executive to founder of a consulting practice with services that include executive coaching, leader development and organizational strategy. We delve into the professional and personal challenges that we all face and speak candidly about the trials and rewards of making big transitions and changes. Check out her beautiful website at sageleadershipcoaching.com and learn more about her intuitive style that honors mindfulness and discovering your light.
Ride the Wave (Lonnie Iske)
Lonnie rode the wave from cruising the country with her parents' band in the "Orange Crate" to learning the ropes of video editing in RVC Mass Com to opening her own production company. She talks about her time in Mass Com as a student and how it has helped her in her role as an Instructional Tech for the program, mentoring students and helping them find their true passion. We learn about her creatively talented family and how they influenced what she does now, and she shares some of her favorite, and unusual, jobs she has had as the head of Vixen Productions.
THIS Is It (Assistant Professor Suzanne Miller)
Suzanne Miller, Assistant Professor of Sociology, joins us with student co-host, Morgan Pease. Suzanne takes us through her RVC journey that started in the 80's with "Jeffery the Giraffe" and continued on as a student and then transitioned into employee status being influenced by greats like Bob Betts, TJ Herman, Mike Merriman, Diane Kuehl, Cindy Luxton and Amy Diaz along with countless others. Her story is full of career twists and turns and teaches us that our professional identity is fluid and dynamic and if we can stay open to mentorship and our inner voice, we will find our calling.
Great show and great hosts!
RVC has been a part of my life since before I graduated high school, and I love people sharing their RVC stories. Amanda and David are great and terrific interviewers and hosts. Looking forward to many, many more seasons!
Love Amanda and Dave’s back-and-forth! They should get to do this full time! Really brings the stories of great local people to the forefront.