Winnebago County News Briefs

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WREX-TV nominated for five regional Emmy Awards

WREX-TV received five Emmy nominations from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy for Television Arts & Sciences.

The nominations were announced last Tuesday night at an event in Chicago. WREX received five nominations in four different categories.

The first nomination was for coverage of the April 9th tornadoes that ripped through Rochelle and Fairdale. Our comprehensive coverage of the storms that night on 13 News at 10 was one of four evening newscasts nominated.

The next day, 13 News Today continued wall-to-wall coverage of the storm and its aftermath providing live updates from some of the hardest hit areas. That newscast was one of two morning newscasts nominated.

It was also a big night for 13 News Anchors Sean Muserallo and Kristin Crowley as both were nominated in the On-Camera Talent – News Anchor category. Sean and Kristin were two of only four anchors from across the three-state Emmy region to be nominated. Sean and Kristin also received nominations as part of the evening newscast submission.

The final nomination came from Marketing Director Kyle Yonkers, whose series on BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center was one eight stories nominated in the News Specialty – Human Interest category. Kyle’s story was picked from a pool of 34 entries—the most of any category.

“It is a huge honor for our staff to be nominated for five Emmy awards,” said Josh Morgan, News Director at WREX. “The team of journalists here at WREX are so proud to serve the people of Rockford and northern Illinois. These nominations show the commitment and dedication they have for both our station and our community.”

Rockford University launches Rock Solid & Ready

Rockford University has launched Rock Solid & Ready, a $17.3 million campaign to further enhance the campus environment and the student experience.

The public announcement was held in the Seaver Physical Education Center, the location adjacent to the planned new $6 million Athletic and Event Center that is included in the campaign goals. To date, the University has raised $10.7 million toward the $17.3 million goal.

Rock Solid & Ready is comprised of three primary categories:

*  Shaping Modern Facilities, $7.2 million: Athletic and Event Center $6 million and Science Center Modernizations $1.2 million.

*  Enhancing the Student Experience,  $6.1 million: Student Opportunity Fund (endowed) $1 million, Student Opportunity Fund (expendable) $1 million, and Academic Program Enhancements $4.1 million.

*  Providing for Ongoing Needs, $4 million: Charter Fund – the University’s annual fund.

“Working quietly for the past two years we have created the structure of a comprehensive fundraising campaign that will sustain and support our ongoing transformation process and set the stage for more and better things in the not too distant future,” said President Robert L. Head. “We are proud to introduce Rock Solid & Ready and excited for all that this endeavor will accomplish on behalf our students.”

To learn more about the campaign, view the Rock Solid & Ready video located on the University’s YouTube channel.

Rockford Park District hockey camps Nov. 11

Youth hockey players ages six and older can take their game to the next level by developing and improving their skills in a fun environment at upcoming Rockford Park District hockey camps scheduled for Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

HockeyCamp instruction is provided by experienced Jr. IceHogs staff, and includes an hour and 20 minutes on the ice to focus on shooting, passing, and skating, plus one hour of off-ice conditioning.

Camps meet from 9 a.m. until noon at Riverview Ice House, 324 N. Madison Ave., Rockford; campers should be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. The fee per camp is $25 ($30 non-resident); full equipment is required. Space is limited – early registration is encouraged. Register at least one week before each camp’s start date.

CAPA holds open house Oct. 27

The Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) program will hold an open house at Auburn High School on Oct. 27 and two in December.

The program, also offered at West Middle School in January, provides each student a unique real-life experience in one or more of the fine arts disciplines: dance, instrumental music, theatre-tech and media arts, vocal music, and visual arts. ​Acceptance into the program is by audition.​​​

Auburn’s Open house: runs from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Auditions are from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 7.

–Winnebago County News Briefs–​