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Roosevelt alumna Barbara Fox shares her fond memories of Roosevelt University

Roosevelt graduate Barbara Fox, who graduated from Roosevelt in 1958, writes about her experiences with RU in her article “Memories of Roosevelt.”

Fox, a published author and playwrite, shares her memories of Roosevelt and her husband, Shelly Fox, who also graduated from Roosevelt. This is one of many relationships that blossomed under Roosevelt’s roof.

Fox writes “I think I’ll join the Roosevelt Alumni Association: I’m sure they’ll remember me, it’s only been fifty (or more) years.”

Well, we love to read stories, memories and anecdotes from our alum – and we have definitely not forgotten Barbara Fox.

Click here to read Fox’s “Memories of Roosevelt.”

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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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Roosevelt alumnus Rev. Dr. Maurice Collins is appointed Minister of Music for South Shore United Methodist Church

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.

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Roosevelt alumna Virginia Lee Hines publishes first collection of poetry

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.

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Roosevelt Alumnus, Earl Prince, profiled by L.A. Times for his metal-working prowess

Roosevelt alumnus and L.A. resident, Earl Prince, Sr. (BC, ’50), has recently been profiled in Los Angeles Time reporter, Ann M. Simmons in an October 23, 2011 piece, “This good neighbor makes good fences.” Prince’s talent in crafting wrought-iron bars, gates and fences is highlighted by an article in the “local” section.

For the full article, click here.

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Roosevelt alumnus, Shuwen Ye, joins the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Shuwen Ye (BM, ’07) (MM, ’09), a College of the Performing Arts graduate has recently been called to join the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Ye has also played with the Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra and worked with Blaise Magniere at Northern Illinois University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts, for a performer’s certificate in violin.

For more information about the Shangahi Philharmonic Orchestra, visit its Website.

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Distinguished alumnus, Ambassador Jacques Paul Klein, is awarded honorary degree

Ambassador Jacques Paul Klein (BA, ’63) ( MA, ’71), recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Roosevelt in 2005, who served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia for “his outstanding contribution to the peaceful reintegration of the Croatian Danube Region into the constitutional and legal order of the Republic of Croatia.” At the subsequent ceremony at the Evangelical Theology Faculty in Osijek, Croatia, he was presented with a diploma for “being a transformational leader who demonstrated  clarity of vision, moral conviction and the political will while championing human rights and the development of democracy in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Liberia.”

Klein has a distinguished career in diplomacy working extensively with the Foreign Service, the Department of State and the United Nations. He is also a renown and celebrated professor and academic.

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