The RVC Hour of Code has held coding workshops to over 3,000 community members since 2015! Professor Chuck Konkol has been consistent in offering multiple outreaches to the community on a monthly basis in the area of STEM. Below is a breakdown of how many people we have reached since December 2015.
Total Reached in 2020 (so far) 260
Total students reached: 3756
Explore training for computer careers
Meet your host, Computer Information Systems (CIS) division chair and instructor, Stepanie Wascher.
Join Stephanie for a discussion about Computer Careers support and training at Rock Valley College. In this Webinar you will learn about the the classes that RVC is offering that will lead into employment opportunities for the following careers:
Pre-registration is required. Choose your desired session date & time from below. After registering, you will receive instructions on how to join the webinar and how to submit your questions before the seminar begins!
#PROFESSORGEEKBEAT! Google knows Best, Get Alexa to say a word, name that tune! Thanks to ALL who joined!
By Chuck Konkol, Professor of CIS at Rock Valley College
I am having a blast hosting ProfessorGeekBeat!
The purpose of ProfessorGeekBeat is to connect, share, and have fun amongst friends or soon to be friends. For 30 minutes we discuss how things are going, share causes and projects we are passionate about, play some fun games and have some laughs!
The guests for ProfessorGeekBeat are those that are engaged community members, students, staff and faculty of Rock Valley College!
Future ProfessorGeekBeat events will be promoted using Facebook events on Professor Chuck Konkol's Facebook page
My guests for ProfessorGeekBeat are friends that are engaged community members, students, staff and faculty of Rock Valley College! For 30 minutes we discuss how things are going, share causes and projects, play some fun games and have some laughs!
My guests today for May 14, 2020:
Thanks for joining!
Visit the below share worthy items my guests talked about today!
Guest: Erin Fisher
Share Worthy Item: TopBox Foods
TopBox Foods engage and empower neighborhood leaders, partners, and volunteers to join together to make healthy affordable food accessible to all. Take advantage of this great opportunity to make a difference in your community, your family, and your city, one forkful at a time.
Visit the below website on how to get involved
Share Worthy Item: Miss Carlys
We serve those who have fallen between the cracks and burned all of their bridges.
We provide hot meals and unconditional love with a side of sass.
Donate and/or volunteer by visiting below website
Guest: Ron Clewer
Share Worthy Item: Casa (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Winnebago County
While social distancing may have postponed our annual Dinner Auction, but it is not stopping us! We will be moving forward with a Virtual Dinner Auction on Thursday, May 21st. We encourage you to support our mission by taking part in our annual tradition, but in a new way.
Visit the below website on how to get involved with the Virtual Dinner Auction
Guest: Sam Morgan
Share Worthy Item: RVC Getting Started Webinars
Meet the Rock Valley College Recruitment team and find out what it takes to become a Golden Eagle! Join us for an interactive webinar where you will get the opportunity to learn about the programs and services at RVC. Each session will be followed by a Q&A session to address any questions you may have.
Pre-registration is required. Choose your session from the dropdown menu below. After registering, you will receive instructions on how to join the webinar.
Visit below website to find out how to register for upcoming Webinars
Guests: Scott Fustin & Trevor Gonzales
Share Worthy Item: Support local restaurants
Support local restaurants by using carryout,delivery and curbside pickup
Visit below website for an updated list of restaurants:
Guest: Sonnie Glusman
Share Worthy Item: Rockford MakerSpace
Rockford MakerSpace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community workshop and laboratory. The space provides an environment for tinkerers, artists, engineers, designers, machinists, hobbyists, programmers, makers, and thinkers to collaborate and have access to tools and learning opportunities to pursue their interests.
Visit the below website on how to get involved
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new online RVC Hour of Code - Learn at Home Edition
Apple and Google join forces on tech for app that could warn you of coronavirus exposure.
By mid-May, Apple and Google will offer a mobile software tool that will let iPhones and Android devices talk to each other and allow digital contact tracing, which tracks those with infections and alerts others who have been in close contact.
Apple and Google will release an API, or application programming interface, that helps a smartphone anonymously detect when it's been near the smartphone of someone who has reported they have the virus.
That API will let software developers build apps — distributed by public health authorities — that could alert users to potential exposures to COVID-19.
Digital contact tracing doesn't diagnose infections; it only tells users if they've encountered someone who is infected.
Professor Konkol is currently working on iOS and Android prototype apps. More news on these apps will be released in upcoming months.
Professor Chuck Konkol, Associate Professor at Rock Valley College, has seen how the abrupt transition to working from home has affected his students. He has helped many students overcome fears of learning in an online delivery environment by hosting weekly watch parties, connection times and one on one video chats with his students.
Students share from the heart
While students have struggled, he has also heard student stories of the positive effects of being at home during the COVID19 crisis. This gave him an idea. Professor Konkol asked his students to submit a vlog completing the below statement, “One positive outcome of staying at home has been...”.
After watching student vlogs and being inspired by their stories Professor Konkol decided to share with the world these inspiring short videos. Enjoy & Share!
Watch Podcasts from CIS faculty as we get real and let our hair down (some of us more than others). We talk about what we are going through staying at home, RVC biz, Computer Science and topics of the day!
In light of the evolving Covid-19 public health crisis, the College has determined it to be in the best interests of the College community and the greater community college district to extend spring break an additional week for students only.
This additional week off will not impact your ability to complete course requirements.
All employees including faculty are expected to report to work as planned the week of March 16, 2020.
During this week, RVC faculty and staff will work to develop alternate modes of course delivery as appropriate so the College can be prepared to replace face-to-face instruction should the situation escalate in the coming days and weeks. Faculty will work within their departments to prepare their instruction to include alternate modes of delivery to support our students to complete their course requirements. While there will be no classes next week, faculty and staff will use their time to prepare and transition current courses to an online delivery as needed.
The College’s decisions are based on information from the Center for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Winnebago County Health Department. The College understands that this notice is not ideal with respect to timing, but the nature of this rapidly evolving crisis necessitates immediate action.
Thank you for your continued support for our students and the college community.
The college has been sending daily updates about the Corona virus concerns in Illinois and more importantly working with the local health department on best practices,
There have been no reported incidents at Rock Valley College but due to these concerns I am cancelling the "Hack Nights" event tonight (3/11/2020). Please keep an eye out for posts on future Hack Nights at MyRVC.org
- Prof Konkol
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