Monthly Archives: October 2011

Roosevelt Alumnus Eric Malmquist’s composition is performed during Open House Chicago.

Eric Malmquist (MM, ’09), composer member of Access Contemporary Music (ACM), had a composition performed during Open House Chicago. ACM collaborated with the Chicago Architecture Foundation for Open Chicago. The site of the performance, the Power House Building, is one of two spaces featured in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago project, the other being the original Sears Tower. The Power House Building is now home to a high school.

For more information on Access Contemporary Music, please visit its Website.


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Governor Quinn appoints Roosevelt Alumnus Rocco Donahue as newest member of Illinois State University Board of Trustees

Roosevelt alumnus, Rocco Donahue (MP, ’97) was appointed newest member of the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University. Donahue, an Orland Park resident, is the executive director for external relations at Pace Suburban Bus. Along with his Masters in public administration from Roosevelt, Donahue earned his Bachelors in finance from Illinois State.

For more information on the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, please visit the Illinois State University Website.

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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, Edwin Vega announces his English National Opera debut

Roosevelt alumnus, Edwin Vega (MM, ’04) (PD, ’06) makes his debut with the English National Opera’s production of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer under the direction of Tony-winning Tom Morris. He will also be performing in 2012 with the Nevada Opera in Madame Butterfly.  An accomplished vocalist, Vega has performed at the Metropolitan Opera as well as the famed Carnegie Hall and has appeared in a diverse array of works including I Due Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro, Salome and Jerry Springer the Opera, among others. Along with his work with Roosevelt University, Vega studied with Ithaca College and Yale School of Music.

For more information on the English National Opera, please visit its Website.

For more information on Edwin Vega, please visit his Website.

See some of Edwin Vega’s performances below: for others, please visit his YouTube page.

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Roosevelt alumnus, Dr. Dieter Kober is honored by the Illinois Council of Orchestras

Dr. Dieter Kober (MM, ’48) (ND, ’50), a distinguised Roosevelt alumnus was recently honored by the Illinois Council of the Orchestra. On October 2nd, 2011, Maestro Kober was presented with the 2011 Cultural Leadership Award, at the Chicago Cultural Center, during a Chicago Chamber Orchestra performance.

The German-born Kober founded the Chicago Chamber Orchestra in 1952. Along with his studies with Roosevelt University, he studied at the University of Nebraska and the University of Chicago. He’s a highly-awarded individual who, along with his Cultural Leadership Award is a recipient of the Medal of Merit, First Class, from the Federal Republic of Germany “in recognition of his contribution to international understanding through music.”

Dr. Kober is flanked by ICO board member, Andy Jacobsen and ICO director, Kendria  Perry-Madden.

For more information on the Illinois Council of the Orchestra, please visit its Website.

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Roosevelt alumna and faculty member, Jonita Lattimore, to perform with South Shore Opera Company

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago
3rd Annual Gala Benefit

Italy Comes to South Shore:
An Evening of Italian Opera Arias and Ensembles

Featuring some of Chicago’s brightest stars on the opera scene today,
accompanied by members of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project,
Renee’ Baker, Artistic Director.
Emanuele Andrizzi, Conductor
Cornelius Johnson, Artistic/Music Director South Shore Opera Company of Chicago
Jonita Lattimore, Soprano      Kimberly Jones, Soprano
Cornelius Johnson, Tenor      Kirk Walker, Baritone

Saturday, October 29, 2011 – 5:30 p.m.

South Shore Cultural Center, Robeson Theatre
7059 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60649

Concert 5:30 p.m. in the Robeson Theatre. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Dinner 7:00pm

Concert-only $25, Concert and Dinner $75

(Reservation and ticketing information coming soon.

Parking is available at the center for $1.00 per hour

Click here to download flyer.

For more information on the event or the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, please visit its Website.


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Roosevelt Alumna Xiomara J. Castillo is honored for her part in a Florida town’s success

Xiomara J. Castillo (MB, ’80) was recently honored by the Town of Miami Lakes, FL during its 10th anniversary celebration for her contribution toward the town’s succes. The ceremony included a plaque unveiling honoring community leaders of Miami Lakes.

Known for her extensive service to the elderly, Castillo was recognized by the Florida Governor’s Office, Department of Elder affairs for her work with the elderly. She has also served on the board of the Elderly Affairs Committe of Miami Lakes since its inception. An active and committed member of the community, Castillo worked with various philanthropic and business organizations including the South Wast Florida Venezuelan Lions Club, the Venezuelan American Brotherhood, Toastmasters International; she also served as director of the Venezuelan American Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the Town of Miami Lakes, please visit its Website.

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