By Marie Lazzara
RUNWSAC Membership Chair
By Marie Lazzara
RUNWSAC Membership Chair
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.
As reported by BroadwayWorld.com, 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.”