By Marie LazzaraRUNWSAC Membership Chair
We, at the Roosevelt University Northwest Alumni Chapter, are proud to promote our partnership with the Institute for Continued Learning and support its special events.
We encourage RU alumni and students to check out a piano showcase recital sponsored by ICLRU and the Chicago College of Performing Arts. This event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16
at the Albert A. Robin Campus in Schaumburg in the Alumni Hall. Download a flyer for this event now!
Visitors will hear dynamic piano performances by students of The CCPA Music Conservatory. The piano that will be used in this event is from Pickle Piano Company in Bloomingdale.
If you have time between classes or just want to hear music, please attend.Events like this, is one of the ways that ICLRU reaches out to adults 55 and over. ICLRU's mission is to
offer to its members educational and learning opportunities in a stimulating environment in which participants can share their talents, experiences and skills; explore new interests; discover and develop latent abilities; engage in intellectual and cultural pursuits; and socialize with others of similar interests.For more information
about ICLRU, please call 224-523-6497.We would like to engage and attract all alumni of any age to join
RUNWSAC. The chapter meets on the third Tuesday of the month with the exceptions of November and December. Members gather to share updates on their committees and present RU-based and outside speakers. For information, please visit www.rooseveltnwsac.com
Roosevelt University Implements Safety Features for its Downtown CampusBy Marie LazzaraRUNWSAC Membership Chair
Safety is always an issue for universities and colleges and Roosevelt University is no exception.
In the near future, the downtown campus will have safety features such as security turnstiles in the Michigan Avenue lobby of the Auditorium. These are similar to those located in the Wabash Building lobby. Once installation is completed on the Michigan Avenue side, the turnstiles will be active in both lobbies.
“Now that the Wabash Building is in use, Roosevelt students are living in a building which also houses classroom space. Thus, new security procedures are necessary,” says Jan Parkin, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Campaigns for Roosevelt University.
Once those are activated, faculty, staff and students must use their Roosevelt photo ID card to pass through those turnstiles in the Auditorium and Wabash Buildings. If any current students don't yet have a Roosevelt ID, they can obtain one during normal business hours in the Registrar’s Office located on the mezzanine level of the Wabash Building or at the Schaumburg Campus.
Also in the future safety planning, Parkin says “all visitors, including alumni, will need to get a visitor's pass from security when entering RU buildings. Government-issued photo ID will be required, and the pass will allow visitors to come and go all day during regular building hours.”
Parkin adds that “a standard RU alumni membership card will still allow alumni access to library services on all campuses, however it is not enough to get into the building - you must bring a government-issued photo ID.”
Many students are familiar with seeing turnstiles in many city buildings such as Harold Washington College and John Marshall Law School. Roosevelt University believes that the new security system will help to make its buildings safer and more secure.
“It’s important for our alumni to know that RU isn’t trying to keep people out
, but for our students’ safety, and our own, we need to know who is in
the building,” says Parkin. As we let you know what's going on with Roosevelt University happenings, we would also like to invite and encourage our Northwest Alumni members to join our chapters for monthly meetings every third Tuesday of the month from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Schaumburg Campus. We are always looking for alumni to volunteer their time, treasure and talent to join committee which work on various projects during the year. For information, visit www.rooseveltnwsac.com.
By Marie Lazzara
RUNWSAC Membership Chair
Recently, Dr. Chuck Middleton, President of Roosevelt University, said that the Board of Trustees approved of a new Institutional Strategic Plan (ISP): Legacy Redefined: Advancing Access and Success to strengthen itself for the challenges and opportunities that it will face in the next three to five years as well as reaching attainable goals for the future.
Rev. Larry Bullock, RUAA President and President of the RUNWSAC, welcomed the news.
“RU is positioned to adjust and adapt to the currents of change within American Higher Education due to both funding decreases and open hospitality by national and state public policy makers,” he says. “RUAA must become engaged now and sustain itself via student recruitment, retention and financial support of the university.”
Also, in order to achieve the plan’s objectives, Middleton says that Brig Timpson has been promoted to Vice President for Change Management. He will have those responsibilities while continuing his position as Chief of Staff to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
“Brig has done an outstanding job leading many high-level projects in the Office of the President and this appointment is a much deserved recognition of his talents and leadership skills,” Middleton says. “I know you will join me in congratulating Brig and thanking him for taking on these additional responsibilities.”
In addition, Douglas Knerr , Executive Vice President and University Provost of Roosevelt University, is currently leading the development of a new Strategic Enrollment Plan (SEP) that will align with a five-year financial plan. The SEP will be completed this September and will provide a detailed guide for the University’s enrollment strategies, setting measurable goals and specific tactical plans for undergraduate and graduate recruitment over the next five years.
“The Institutional Strategic Plan and Strategic Enrollment Plan are milestone documents for Roosevelt University as never before have we had such comprehensive blueprints for University-wide growth and advancement,” Middleton says. “I am confident that by working together to successfully implement the plans, the entire University will soon achieve a new level of prosperity.”
Public speaking comes so naturally for Catherine Johns, a Chicago-based radio personality.
Using her experience as a news anchor and reporter and talk show host for WLS AM and WJMK FM, Johns created a successful coaching business teaching entrepreneurs and professionals effective communications skills to help those network and make sales presentations.
She will share her expertise in the area of building "elevator" speeches or introductory speeches for those in job search mode at the Roosevelt University’s Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at RU’s Schaumburg Campus. The meeting will be held in Room 135.
The chapter offers the chance for its members to hear and engage with speakers at monthly meetings.
Johns’ radio experience made her into an experience storyteller working with other radio legends such as Larry Lujack, Fred Winston, and John Landecker. Her fans can also read about her as well in her upcoming book: Show Up & Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence & Charisma. It will be published in July.
Please join us for a lively talk with Johns and network with your alumni! Visit our website at www.rooseveltnwsac.com for upcoming chapter news, events and blogs.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL
Those who built a strong foundation for Roosevelt University can attest to that.
Since its beginnings in 1945 Chicago, the university famously became known for offering a solid educational experience for people of all racial and religious backgrounds and an institution championing social justice.
In between the studying, many a Roosevelt student found time to connect with fellow students and teachers. These students also learned who they wanted to become as Roosevelt graduates making their mark in the real world.
So when Roosevelt University President Dr. Chuck Middleton gave a clarion call for local alumni to bring in their memories and “artifacts” for a special April gathering hosted by the Roosevelt University Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter at the Schaumburg Campus, many responded.
Chapter President Rev. Larry Bullock warmly welcomed Dr. Middleton and Lynn Weiner, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to explain to our alumni members an exciting history project. Weiner will retire from her post this summer to become the university’s historian. Her next project will be to start writing a comprehensive history of Roosevelt’s first 50 years.
According to the latest edition of the Roosevelt Review,
Weiner chose for the book’s working title “Pioneering Social Justice: A History of Roosevelt University, Looking at the first 50 years: 1945-1995.” She hopes to have the book published for the university’s 70th anniversary in 2015.
In a quick post-interview, Weiner said that “President Middleton has long thought that we need to begin telling the full story of the university. When I decided to retire from the deanship, he asked me and I happily accepted the challenge. This is a story that is much bigger than a single university – it’s about metropolitan Chicago, higher education in the U.S., and civil rights as well.”
With a captive audience of alumni, the special meeting was a great starting place for Weiner to cull some information and items such as Torch newspaper clippings, old photos and even a “dreaded” blue examination book.
Reminiscing was easy for Chapter Vice President Bill Hetrick because his experience grew into a love story. He and his future wife Melissa, the chapter’s Marketing Chair, entered the Master’s of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2005 and attended classes together. They married in 2008 and completed their degrees in 2009.
K.B. Carney, the chapter’s Events and Program Chair, mentioned how her favorite experience was studying in the Chicago Auditorium Building library.
“It made me feel like I was in a castle and I loved the view,” she said. “I also loved walking through the halls of the Auditorium Building because it really exemplified the age of the building in a beautiful way.”
Zanell Roberts, the chapter’s development chair, emotionally told alumni how the university gave her a scholarship to finish her studies. Alumna Terre Taylor recalled how the university’s Early Childhood Education Center at the Schaumburg Campus helped her as she attended to her studies.
Rev. Bullock was overwhelmed by the response of our meeting attendees.
“The wholehearted participation by our NWSAC attendees was so awesome. Each of the alum who shared their reflections, artifacts, memorabilia and testimonies was encouraging and illustrative,” he said. “I personally cannot wait to see the finished product gathered from all 15 RUAA chapters globally.”
Don’t be shy about sharing your RU stories. If any alumni want to tell their personal RU experiences, please contact Alumni Relations Director Jan Parkin at email@example.com
or University Historian Lynn Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking employment in this depressed economy? Trying to find ways to network with others possibly in your fields? Why not spend a Saturday morning listening to speakers who can you give tips and tools to help you in your job search as well as catching up with Roosevelt Alumni.
The Roosevelt Alumni Northwest Suburban Chapter is inviting alumni to come to its 2013 Career Fair. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Alumni Annex Zurich Hall at the University’s Schaumburg Campus, 1400 N. Roosevelt Boulevard.
Continental breakfast will be served. The event is exclusively for Roosevelt Alumni; registration is required and there is no fee to attend.
The fair is hosted by the Rev. Larry Bullock, President of the RU Alumni Association and the Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter. The keynote speaker will be Meg Schmitz, a franchise expert and career coach.
We also have three workshops given by experts in their field. Fred McMurray is CTO of Mediavine Marketing, an organization that simplifies social media for successful businesses and professionals through training, consulting and management. He will speak about “Using Social Media in Your Job Search.”
Fred Ettinger is an accomplished professional in Human Resources with a focus on career coaching, program management, sales and University Relations. His talk will be “Current Employment Trends and Dynamics.”
Chris Campbell is the Executive Director of CareerPlace, a 19-year-old 501(C)3 non-profit serving individuals in transition. Its programming is focused on a structured curriculum, one-on-one coaching and networking connections. Campbell will present “Job Search Essentials.”
Guests may choose to attend two of three sessions. We, as a chapter, are excited about giving some assistance to those alumni who want to add some tools to their job search kit.
Please RSVP by going to our website: http://runwsaccareerfair.eventbrite.com.
By Marie Lazzara, Membership Chair of RUNWSAC
A cold December night brought out the spirit of the season as area RU alumni members attended RUNWSAC’s holiday party at Emmett’s in Palatine.
As guests mingled and noshed on appetizers, our Executive Board members greeted new and familiar faces and learned about their Roosevelt University roots.
With 2012 coming to a close, Rev. Larry Bullock, NWSAC Chapter President and President of the Roosevelt University Alumni Association, kept our members abreast of developments in the university and chapter levels.
One development that our chapter has been excited about is the combining of the NWSAC with West Suburban Chapters to strengthen and enlarge membership involvement.
Another project has to do with raising $60,000 for the 30th floor of the RU vertical campus in Chicago. In 2010, our chapter made that very promise and it has one year left to accomplish this challenging but doable goal. Bill Hetrick, the chapter’s Vice President, added that alumni from our chapter’s area who make donations will have those monies counted toward the $60,000 goal.
The new year also holds much for the whole global RU community. Seeing what other colleges and universities do to strengthen their alumni chapters, RU’s Board of Trustees are working on providing more mentoring internships for RU alums as part of the University’s strategic outreach efforts.
“I think it’s critical that we have mentorship programs,” Bullock said. “That’s another way of giving back. Sure, you could give me $5, $20, $50, $60, $100 a month or whatever you want to give to the university but what about some time and sharing of talent? We need that as well.”
Bullock said that RU President Chuck Middleton has recently announced the “decoupling” of the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.
“Decoupling means that the University will allow the Schaumburg Campus to grow at its own pace with its own separate identity only separated from Roosevelt,” he said. “Our chapter is fortunate that we have the Schaumburg Campus building that we can use that campus for whatever we need to use it four. We can, for example, have recitals in the Alumni Hall and special guests and activities at that campus. It gives us a chance to reach those students at well.”
New RUNWSAC members such as Maureen Medema of Arlington Heights want to give back to their alma mater because of what an RU education has given them.
Medema, a 2008 RU graduate with a degree in Masters of Public Administration, recalled the time that she attended a leadership forum with President Middleton at the Chicago campus. Someone asked the president about his strategic plan for RU.
“One of the things that I distinctly remember Dr. Middleton sharing with us was that one of his many goals was to make our degree from Roosevelt as time went on,” she said. “That certainly meant a lot to me. As an alumna, I’m very happy to give back, not because it’s the right thing to do to give, but I think it’s an investment.”
By Marie Lazzara
As we enter our second year as a chapter, RUNWSAC President Larry Bullock recently made a few Executive Board appointments to solidify the power of our Executive Board.
Bill Hetrick, formerly Marketing Chair, accepted his new role as the chapter’s Vice President, a position that had been vacant for some time. Being Marketing Co-Chair, his wife Melissa became Marketing Chair. Our Executive Board is very excited for the Hetricks who have been active and influential members since the chapter’s founding in November 2010.
Bill and Melissa graduated from Roosevelt in 2009 with a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing degree and have worked in advertising and marketing for the past 10 years.
Bill will work diligently to strengthen the relationship between the chapter’s alumni members and the University.
“That is why our chapter was chartered and that will remain my focus,” he said.
Melissa will continue to oversee and maintain the chapter’s web site, emailing the chapter’s newsletter’s goals and growing our list of active alumni.”
One important goal that is on their minds is to develop a way for the University and our chapter to gather, collect and share alumni information.
“One of our most important challenges for the chapter in 2013 is to improve the types of data and reporting the University shares with us and the frequency that it is made available,” Bill said. “When we can gain a clear picture of alumni activity we can better craft our chapter programs to be more relevant.”
Besides their chapter duties and jobs, the couple recently welcomed new addition to their family: William John Hetrick III. The youngest Hetrick has made some guest appearances at meetings which should provide him some good training to follow in his parents’ footsteps as a future RUNWSAC member.
President Bullock also named Kim J. Kidd, a new chapter member, as our liaison to Roosevelt Lakers Booster Club. The Roosevelt Lakers sports teams include men’s and women’s basketball, cross county, soccer and tennis. As our chapter’s liaison, Kidd will attend Booster Club meetings and file reports to our chapter.
Though there will be no chapter meeting for November due to Thanksgiving, we will have a festive event in December to celebrate our hard work as well as the holidays. Please consider joining us for an alumni social event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Emmett’s Ale House, 110 N. Brockway Street in Palatine. There will be an Executive Board meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Appetizers will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase.
Please RSVP at www.runwsac-eorgf.eventbrite.com
for this event. Also, visit www.rooseveltnwsac.com
for calendar events and monthly blogs. See you at Emmett’s.
After hearing how our alumni members from the Roosevelt Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter have furiously pounded the pavement conducting their own job searches sometimes without success, our chapter reached out to a local non-profit whose specialty is to help professionals land work opportunities.
That gesture has turned into an exciting partnership between our chapter and CareerPlace located in Barrington. For a nominal fee, people can become members and have access to a variety of services such as attending seminars and workshops and meeting with job coaches. Such information gives job seekers knowledge and tips as they enter the doors for job interviews and, hopefully, land new positions.
The path to partnership began when Bill Hetrick, the chapter’s Marketing Committee Chair, contacted CareerPlace to see how it could help our alumni.
“It became clear that our mission of strengthening the relationship of Roosevelt University with its alumni could be met in part by focusing our northwest chapter more clearly on employment effort,” he says. “In addition to spreading the news to Roosevelt alumni through the University, our chapter will be reaching out to non-profit organizations in our community like CareerPlace with the chapter goal of illuminating a path for our alumni to reach personal employment goals. The partnership with CareerPlace is our first block and will guide us as we build towards our alumni mission.”
Bill and his wife Melissa, the chapter’s Marketing Committee Co-Chair, are former CareerPlace clients. They readily recommend the nonprofit because of the positive support they received when they experienced a period of unemployment.
“My wife and I attended interviewing workshops and resume reviews that helped us better prepare for the competitiveness of today’s job market,” Bill Hetrick says.
Sherry Leginski, CareerPlace’s Operations Director, saw a perfect fit with RUNSWAC because of the target audience.
“Since many folks decide to re-acquaint themselves with their alumni association in times of job transition, it makes sense for us to partnership and not duplicate efforts,” she says.
Both groups will benefit from referrals and added exposure. The latter was something that Leginski liked very much.
“Even though we’ve been around for almost 20 years, many people do not know we exist,” she says. “And, our clientele is almost exclusively college educated with 34 percent having Master’s Degrees, so the Roosevelt group is a natural match.”
By joining forces, our chapter and CareerPlace will give the support and hope that many unemployed and underemployed alumni are seeking.
“The practical purpose of the relationship between the Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter and CareerPlace is to strengthen both organizations non-profit northwest suburban community goals by creating promotional opportunities, strengthening brand identity, sharing resources and expanding awareness to valuable employment workshop material,” Hetrick says. By Marie Lazzara, Membership Chair of Roosevelt Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter
For more information about our chapter, visit www.rooseveltnwsac.com
. For more information about CareerPlace, visit its web site at www.mycareerplace.org
Lesley D. Slavitt knows how to make Roosevelt University’s name stand out from other educational institutions. That is because Lesley is the Vice President of Government Relations and University Outreach. Her position oversees community affairs, communications and the publication of the Roosevelt Review, the university’s alumni magazine. She also serves on the Executive Council which governs University policy and operations as well as the President’s Enrollment Management Oversight Group.
Because of her work, the university’s name is well-known throughout Illinois and the world thanks to gaining much media coverage, receiving government support and getting awards and recognition for advertising and the Roosevelt Review. Lesley also has a personal tie to the university; her mother Beth Slavitt was a 1962 graduate with a degree in psychology.
Whenever someone asks her to define an RU student, she has a ready definition. “Roosevelt students, in my experience, are unique in that they’re connected to real world issues, practical applications, have diverse, integrated and comprehensive points of views,” she says. “They tend to be thoughtful and engaged about the world.” Lesley says they are interested in a wide range of issues such as lower and middle-income students attaining access to higher education by using the Monetary Award Program on the state level and the Pell Grant through the “Pell Yes” program on the federal level.
“They’ve activated letter writing campaigns and made their voices heard in Springfield with both legislators in the district and in the state capital,” she says. Roosevelt students are also concerned about several social issues. One, she says, is about promoting tolerance no matter what someone’s racial or gender identity is.
“We, at the university, are already broad and diverse and have a welcoming nature,” Lesley explains. “We feel that through that acceptance, it makes us stronger and that we can learn more and be more effective.” Gaining national interest is the issue of helping those who were not born in America and are undocumented to attain a college education with financial and state tuition aid. “Roosevelt, for instance, does not ask for social security numbers,” she says. “All those who are academically able, prepared to succeed and have an interest in acquiring a degree should have the ability to go to college. Access and opportunity continue to be issues that Roosevelt really champions.”
The Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter was fortunate to have Lesley speak as a guest during our monthly meeting on the Schaumburg Campus on August 21. She discussed how her team works with the different University departments to support marketing strategies like developing the new Roosevelt University logo.
Lesley talked with excitement about the redesign of the Roosevelt University logo and of the major update to the Roosevelt.edu web site. The success with both projects shared a strikingly similar goal; develop replacements so elegant and effective that everyone just assumes they were always there. Behind the scenes, the University improved the organization of its web site with the addition of a content management system. The redesign of the University logo was a process of narrowing down many great designs to just one that would represent the essence of Roosevelt University.
We would love to hear your thought on how successful the redesign of the Roosevelt University logo was, by telling us what you can remember about its predecessor.