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CCPA alumna Sara Litchfield honored by North Shore Choral Society

Chicago College of Performing Arts graduate Sara Litchfield (MM, ’09) was honored with the 2012 Donald Chen Young Artist Award by North Shore Choral Society. Litchfield, a mezzo soprano, won 3rd place and received $100.

For more information on the North Shore Choral Society, please visit its Website.

For more information on the award and to see pictures, please click here.

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College of Education graduate Carl E. Kramer to retire from teaching after 34 years.

Carl E. Kramer, Phd (MA, ’70) will retire from teaching after 34 years. A noted author, historian and teacher, Kramer taught history at Indiana University Southeast. An author of several books, he’s most noted for This Place We Call Home: A History of Clark County, Indiana (Quarry Books, 2007).

Along with his MA from Roosevelt University’s College of Education, Kramer earned his BA in history and political science from Anderson College.

Please click here for a detailed article from the Courier-Journal about Kramer, his life, his work and his accomplishments.

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Roosevelt alumna Cornelia Hall set to run for Georgia school board seat

Roosevelt alumna Cornelia Hall (MA, ’75) announced that she will be running for the Savannah-Chatham public school board District 3 seat. A retired teacher and principal, Hall’s priorities will include increading funding for programs in language and literary for young children who are entering the first grade and to introduce more career pgorams in middle schoosl to lower the dropout rates.


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Roosevelt alumna Jacqueline Granat traveled to India for polio summit

The Wilmette Beacon reported that Roosevelt’s own Jacqueline “Jackie” Granat (BA, ’61), a member of the Wilmette Rotary Club, joined Rotary International’s mass polio vaccination program and conference in India.

Click here to read the full article on Granat’s work as well as the Rotary International.

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Roosevelt alumnus Israel Vargas will be featured on PBS’s “Chicago Tonight” on March 1, 2012

Roosevelt University alumnus Israel Vargas will be featured on PBS’s Chicago Tonight. For more information, please visit Chicago Tonight‘s Website by click here.

Vargas is the executive director of San Jose Obrero Mission, a Pilsen-area nonprofit in Chicago that works to help men, women and children in crisis, helping in securing housing, vocational training as well as job placement assistance.

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Roosevelt alumnus Sarah Elias has second book published

Sarah D. Elias (BA, ’57) has written her second book, Provident Hospital: A Chronology of the Baltimore Hospital 1894-1986. Elias describes it as the story of “the efforts of the remarkable health professionals and community support. Its history is part of the national health picture for African-Americans, their institutions and group cohesion. Their efforts allowed them a modicum of dignity under the circumstances. They were motivated by desire to help themselves with limited resources.”

Elais’ first book was Recalling Longview: An Account of the Longview Texas Riot, July 11, 1919. A retired teacher and former instructor at Coppin State University, she was also a lecturer and academic advisor at Morgan State University. Along with her BA from Roosevelt, she also has a Masters degree from Morgan State University in history and a Masters in education from Johns Hopkins University.

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Prof. Paul Green event a success

The Southside chapter of the Roosevelt University Alumni Association hosted The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a Second Term presented by distinguished faculty member, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies, Paul Green. Prof. Green, an analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for the Daily Herald and author of several books spoke in front of a group of alumni, students, faculty and staff, and friends. He discussed the current presidential elections and shared his thoughts on both parties and their chances of prevailing in November.

After an introduction by Southside Alumni Chapter President Julius Rhodes, Green took the lectern and spoke about President Obama’s campaign and what obstacles it will have to face in the general election. Green also discussed the slate of Republican candidates – including highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the two frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. He presented scenarios for each candidate, pinpointing what possible factors would lead to victory for each. Green’s talk also included historical information about presidential primaries and political conventions, which provided context for the facts he shared with the audience. After his prepared remarks, Green took questions from the audience, offering his opinions on various issues that will possibly influence the 2012 presidential election, including social conservatism, race and religion, and foreign policy. The event was a great success, and Prof. Green’s talk was received with enthusiasm and warmth by the assembled guests.

Click here to see more pictures from the event.

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“The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a 2nd Term” by Professor Paul Green, presented by the Southside Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University

The Southside Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University presents

The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a 2nd Term


Professor Paul Green, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor Policy Studies

Monday, February 20, 2012
6:00 – 7:30pm

Roosevelt University
The Murray-Greene Library, 10th FL
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Political analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for the Daily Herald, and authoer of several boks and articles on Illinois and Chicago Politics, who better than Professor Paul Green to discuss the heated political arena surrounding the upcoming 2012 presidential election and what to expect as November looms. Talk followed by Q&A – Bring your questions

RSVP by Thursday, February 16 to or 312-341-4359.

Above: Prof. Green

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Distinguished alumnus, Dr. Charles V. Hamilton joins South African Consul General, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa and Mansfield Institute Director Dr. Heather Dalmage to discuss 100th anniversary of the African National Congress

Dr. Charles V. Hamilton (BA, ’51) esteemed Roosevelt alumnus and retired Columbia University professor of political science joined the South African Consul General, Ambassador Nomvume Magaqa and Dr. Heather Dalmage, Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation to discuss the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC). Introduced by Roosevelt’s own Denise Bransford, the panel talk was given at the Murray-Green Library, in the Auditorium Building in the Chicago campus.  

The discussion centered on a number of issues facing South Africa – particularly the philosophy of ubuntu, which concerns itself with the relationships between people, themselves and their communities – a matter of emphasizing the interconnectedness between individuals and the communities around them. After being introduced, Dr. Dalmage shared some of her experiences and work in relation to South Africa and discussed the lack of the feeling of ubuntu among young white South Africans.

Dr. Hamilton discussed the current state of the ANC, and maintained that the perceived dissension in its ranks can actually be a healthy dialogue among its leaders. He pointed to other movements and democracies, including the Civil Rights Movement and highlighted the fact that the leaders and supporters of the Civil Rights Movement were also in conflict at times about tactics. It was important to note that these movements for social betterment and change are not monolithic, but diverse and complex.

During the question and answer portion of the evening the Ambassador pointed to the issue of gender equity in the ANC as well as South Africa. She remarked that she was optimistic about the issue of women’s rights in South Africa, and offered the audience a dose of perspective when pointing out that the female presence in government and business in South Africa is proportionally comparable to that of the United States.

Dr. Hamilton also fielded questions and talked about the African-American presence in South Africa – particularly in investment and the business sector. Both he and the Ambassador agreed that real progress was being made with measurable results, but that because South Africa’s democracy is very young, it takes time and will not be achieved in monumental sweeps. The Q&A also moved into a discussion about social movements in general and how they are practiced.

The event was well-attended and the panelists were warmly welcomed. Because Dr. Hamilton is an alumnus, this was a family reunion of sorts, and many of his admirers and supporters were in attendance. In addition, Ambassador Magaqa repeatedly invited members of the audience to visit the South African Consulate for more information.

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Recent graduates are invited to the Office of Career Development Boot Camp

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 with “Boot Camp” in the subject line.

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