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Board Approves New Institutional Strategic Plan

Board Approves New Institutional Strategic Plan


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.
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Roosevelt University announces the new president of the South Side Alumni Chapter

Roosevelt University announces the new president of the South Side Alumni Chapter

 Roosevelt University is pleased to announce the appointment of Leticia Ransom, MBA, PHR, as the new President of the South Side Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University (RU-SSAC).  Having served as Vice President for the past two years under outgoing president Julius Rhodes, Ransom brings energy and fresh ideas to the position.  Her appointment was unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the RU-SSAC Leadership at their May 2013 meeting and she has hit the ground running.


Ransom received a BA in Business Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA., and her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.  Her professional background includes extensive experience in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing and Finance.  Ransom has been a life-time member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) since 2004, completing her second term as Treasurer of the Chicago Chapter in December 2011.  She is credited for implementing financial internal controls, operating budgets and obtaining the reinstatement of the chapter’s non-profit status that was lost three years prior to her taking over as Treasurer.  She co-founded Better Investors Through Education (BITE) 15 years ago and served as Treasurer from 1997 – 2005.  An active community member, Ransom is also the author of two novels LinkAge (2000), and its sequel AgeLess Pain (2006) by L.B. Ransom.

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Theater company featuring RU alumna Sarah Taylor announces performances

As reported by, Shakespeare & Young Company will be presenting its newest productions, Hamlet and Another Part of the Forest, a “mash up” of As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The organization hosts 8-week training periods to prepare people for professional careers in the theater. Among its company is RU alumni Sarah Taylor (MF, ’09), a College of Performing Arts graduate. An accomplished actress, Taylor has been in many productions including various works of Shakespeare. Along with her MFA from Roosevelt, Taylor also has a BFA in acting from the University of Central Florida.

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Sertoma Centre names RU alumna Elizabeth Baun its special events & grant manager

Roosevelt alumna Elizabeth Baun (MB, ’10), a graduate of the Walter E. Heller College of Business has been tapped to be Sertoma Centre’s new special events & grant manager. Along with her degree from Roosevelt, Baun also has a Bachelors in PR from Butler University, Indianapolis.

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Sign our petition – help make Wentworth Gardens an historical site!

The South Side Alumni Chapter believes that Wentworth Gardens, a public housing development in Chicago, is a community with major historical significance and should be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Planned during World War II and first opened in 1947, Wentworth Gardens housed returning war veterans and later thousands of low-income African American families in a tight-knit community.  The site had originally been home to South Side Park, a baseball stadium for the Chicago White Sox (1900-1910) and then the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Baseball League (1910-1940).  In 1944, the Chicago Housing Authority purchased the site to build a 422-unit apartment complex of low-rise buildings and row houses.  After three decades of success, Wentworth Gardens became threatened in the 1980s due to managerial neglect, and its future became uncertain.  But in a remarkable community-led effort, residents successfully organized to save their community.  Their tireless, two-decades long effort culminated in the saving of Wentworth Gardens, with a complete renovation finished in 2009.  Today, the buildings stand largely intact as a successful example of public housing rehabilitation.

The remarkable resilience and persistence of Wentworth Gardens residents is well documented by the oral histories of residents and by scholars Roberta M. Feldman and Susan Stall in their book entitled The Dignity of Resistance: Women Residents’ Activism in Chicago Public Housing published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.  We believe Wentworth Gardens meets the major criteria for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, including age (66 years old), integrity (renovation preserved the look and feel of the development), and historic significance due to the remarkable efforts of residents to preserve the development.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at

For more information about this important issue, you can read about the Chicago Housing Authority and learn about CHA through oral histories in When Public Housing Was Paradise: Building Community in Chicago (Univ of Illinois Press, 2004) by J.S. Fuerst and D. Bradford Hunt.

To sign our petition, click here.

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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Elberta installs RU alumnus Wayne Miller as its vicar

Wayne Miller (BSHTM, ’09), a graduate of the hospitality program at the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies has been installed as vicar of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Elberta, Alabama. Miller is in a four-year pastoral program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

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North Chicago public school district hires food service company whose COO is an RU grad

OrganicLife LLC has recently signed a contract with District 187, a north Chicago public school district, for a reported $1.26 million. OrganicLife’s COO, Justin Rolls (BSHTM, ’02, EXCT, ’05, BS, 02), is a graduate of Roosevelt’s hospitality program, which is part of  Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies. As reported by the Lake County News-Sun, this move signals a “growing national interest in school lunch reform.” Rolls’ is pithily quotes as saying, “We’re just a bunch of restaurant guys who didn’t know a whole lot about school food service except we didn’t like the food we ate in school…We look at kids as our customers.”

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Remember to buy your tickets for Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls at Ravinia!

Join the North Shore

Alumni Chapter

for an evening of folk music with

Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls

at Ravinia!

You’re invited to see folk legends Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls for a performance at Ravinia on June 9, 2013. Join us for a pre-concert reception with cocktails and dinner, after which, we will convene at the Ravinia Pavilion to hear Baez and the Indigo Girls.

We are happy to offer our alumni a discounted price of $50 – which includes dinner and the concert, to the first 50 buyers
(standard ticket price is $75). Be one of the first 50 to order tickets and take advantage of this great deal! Remember, tickets go quickly, so buy them as soon as you can.

To buy your tickets, click on the following link:

You will be able to pick up your tickets at will-call on the day of the performance.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
6:00pm – dinner
catered event in our own tent

- Getting There -

By train: The “Ravinia Park” stop along the Union Pacific North Line (between Chicago and Kenosha) leaves passengers at the
park’s Tyler Gate.
Please visit or call 312-836-7000 for schedules and information.

By car: The parking lot is located at 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL. The fee is $20

We hope you to see you there!

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The Hidden History of Roosevelt University: The First 50 Years

The Hidden History of Roosevelt University: The First 50 Years

Help us tell the story!

Join President Chuck Middleton and Professor Lynn Weiner, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Roosevelt University Historian in a series of history events for all our chapters, as we talk about a new history project at Roosevelt. Bring your best memories and an object from your Roosevelt college days, which you can share during “show and tell!” Items can be anything, from your class yearbook to a bluebook exam, or the poster that you stole from the hallway.

The dates scheduled are:

*The North Shore Alumni Chapter: Monday, February 25th, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Church of the Holy Comforter, 222 Kenilworth, IL.
To make a reservation click on the following link:

*The South Side Alumni Chapter: Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Apostolic Church of God, 6320 Dorchester Ave.
To make a reservation click on the following link:

*The Loop/Lake Shore Chapter: Monday, March 11th, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Rm. 418, Chicago, IL.
Keep an eye on your email for more information and an invitation for this event.

*The Northwest Suburban Alumni Chapter: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Roosevelt University, 1400 N Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL. Keep an eye on your email for more information and an invitation for this event.

 We’ll have more of these events scheduled for our other chapters, so check in regularly with us.

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