Are you a recent graduate (graduated in May 2011 or Dec 2011)? Sign up for the Office of Career Development’s Boot Camp to help you prepare for a future job and career! This is an intensive workshop that will be held on Monday Feb 6th Downtown and Tuesday, Feb 7th in Schaumburg from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Boot Camp sessions will include job search and networking information, resume and interviewing tips, how to utilize LinkedIn, a networking lunch and opportunities to interact with employers. Cost is $5, non-refundable and due by Friday, February 3rd.
Confirmed employers for Schaumburg include Farmers Insurance, Legoland, Clearbrook and Rabine Group
Confirmed employers for Chicago include Harris Bank, Hilton Worldwide, Apple, City Year, and NCSA Athletic Recruiting
For more information and to register login to eRecruiting and view “Upcoming Events.” Questions, contact us at email@example.com with “Boot Camp” in the subject line.
Roosevelt alumna Jan Parkin (BM, ’79) is joining Roosevelt University as the new Director of Alumni Relations. She will be taking over for Jenna Plakut. Parkin graduated from Roosevelt with a degree in music and has returned to Chicago after twenty years of living in San Francisco and Iowa City. Living Roosevelt University’s mission of social justice in her professional life, she has worked in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as the executive director of Episcopal Charities in San Francisco. Passionate and committed about helping alumni reconnect and to foster a community among Roosevelt graduates, Parkin is exciting to help strengthen Roosevelt’s place as a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and communities.
The Office of Alumni Relations is also happy to have Yvette Garcia as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Garcia has been with Roosevelt for years serving the Office of Institutional Advancement as its Director of Research. Garcia is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our wonderful alumni in fostering and creating a supportive community of Roosevelt graduates. Like Parkin, she is very familiar with Roosevelt’s mission of social justice, and is looking forward to supporting the alumni.
South Shore United Methodist Church in Chicago has appointed the Rev. Dr. Maurice Collins (MM, ’67) to serve as the Minister of Music for the church. Along with his Master’s degree from Roosevelt, Rev. Collins also earned his doctorate from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Chicago State University and finished his Associates of Arts degree from the City Colleges of Chicago.
The Reverend has a long and illustrious musical career that includes serving as minister of music for churches throughout the country, including in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. He served as conductor at Greater Bethesda Baptist Church in Chicago, and music director for Saint Timothy Community Church in Gary as well as for Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as minister of music in various posts, he has also directed the Gary Civic Choral for ten years; he is also the founder of the Chicago Alpha-Omega Chorale.
Along with his musical career, Rev. Collins has been a member of several civic and professional organizations, including serving as vice president of the Chicago Music Association. Among his many accolades, he was lauded as “Most Outstanding Director” from the Chicago Music Association. He currently teaches music as an adjunct with Wilber Wright College in Chicago.
South Shore United Methodist Church announced the appointment on January 23, 2012.
Virginia Lee Hines (BA, ’52) has recently had a book of her poetry, Taboos: Poems published by Hidden Valley Farm Publishing.
A retired teacher and longtime resident of Rochester, NY, Hines mentors the talents of other women poets in her community, leading a small poetry workshop WOMAN POET for sixteen years.
Hines grew up in Chicago. After graduating from Roosevelt, she attended graduate school at DePaul University. She highlights Professor Lorenzo Turner as her favorite teacher at Roosevelt.
She and her late husband, Harold Heftel, volunteered at Settlement Houses and met there. The two married, had two children and three adult Children. Mr. Heftel died in 1997.
At age 84, this Hines’ first book.
For more information about Virginia Lee Hines and Taboos: Poems, please visit her Website at www.VirginiaLeeHines.com.
Roosevelt CCPA alumnus Khary Laurent (BM, ’03, MM, ’07) was intereviewed and performed on The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s Chicago-based talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s channel, OWN.
During the interview, O’Donnell mentioned that she was chatting with Laurent in a cab when he mentioned that he was a singer. Initially sceptical, she asked him to sing and was so impressed she recorded him on her iPhone and then asked him to be on his show. Laurent performed a song that was an original mix of opera, hip-hop and funk. He wowed the crowd and O’Donnell with his versatile talent and incredible stage presence, and brought the audience to its feet with his music.
Below is the video of the interview:
Click here to see Laurent performing on The Rosie Show.
To see more of Laurent’s videos, please click here for his YouTube page.
Click here to visit Khary Laurent’s Website.
Roosevelt alum are encouraged and invited to attend The African National Congress at 100: Reflections on its Democratic Vision in South Africa and Beyond, an event in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC). This event will feature a panel discussion with:
- Esteemed Roosevelt alumnus Dr. Charles V. Hamilton (BA, ’51), retired Columbia University professor of political science.
- Dr. Harold Rogers, Chairman of the African American Studies Department at Olive-Harvey College
- Dr. Heather Dalmage, Roosevelt professor of Sociology and Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.
These three scholars will discuss the history of the ANC, its long struggle against racism and oppression under the system of apartheid, and contemporary issues within the new democracy.
Light refreshments will be served. The details of the event are as follows:
Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:00 – 7:30pm
Murray-Green Library, 10th FL
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
Space is limited, so alum are encouraged to RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by 10:00am by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Associated Press announced its recent hire of Roosevelt alumna Shannon McFarland (BA, ’11), who will help cover Illinois state government and the 2012 legislative session. McFarland was a former managing editor of the student newspaper at Roosevelt. Along with her BA from Roosevelt, she is working on completing her master’s in public affairs reporting at University of Illinois at Springfield. Additionally, McFarland is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Women Journalists of Chicago.
The next meeting of the RU South Side Alumni Chapter will be held on Thursday, January 12th at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 South Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. Please join us as we plan for an exciting 2012!