Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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Roosevelt welcomes new Director of Alumni Relations and new Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

Roosevelt alumna Jan Parkin (BM, ’79) is joining Roosevelt University as the new Director of Alumni Relations. She will be taking over for Jenna Plakut. Parkin graduated from Roosevelt with a degree in music and has returned to Chicago after twenty years of living in San Francisco and Iowa City. Living Roosevelt University’s mission of social justice in her professional life, she has worked in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as the executive director of Episcopal Charities in San Francisco. Passionate and committed about helping alumni reconnect and to foster a community among Roosevelt graduates, Parkin is exciting to help strengthen Roosevelt’s place as a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and communities. 

The Office of Alumni Relations is also happy to have Yvette Garcia as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Garcia has been with Roosevelt for years serving the Office of Institutional Advancement as its Director of Research. Garcia is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our wonderful alumni in fostering and creating a supportive community of Roosevelt graduates. Like Parkin, she is very familiar with Roosevelt’s mission of social justice, and is looking forward to supporting the alumni.

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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

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Roosevelt alumnus Khary Laurent performs on Rosie O’Donnell’s chat show

Roosevelt CCPA alumnus Khary Laurent (BM, ’03, MM, ’07) was intereviewed and performed on The Rosie Show, Rosie O’Donnell’s Chicago-based talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s channel, OWN.

During the interview, O’Donnell mentioned that she was chatting with Laurent in a cab when he mentioned that he was a singer. Initially sceptical, she asked him to sing and was so impressed she recorded him on her iPhone and then asked him to be on his show. Laurent performed a song that was an original mix of opera, hip-hop and funk. He wowed the crowd and O’Donnell with his versatile talent and incredible stage presence, and brought the audience to its feet with his music.

Below is the video of the interview:

Click here to see Laurent performing on The Rosie Show.

To see more of Laurent’s videos, please click here for his YouTube page.

Click here to visit Khary Laurent’s Website.

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The African National Congress at 100: Reflections on its Democratic Vision in South Africa and Beyond

Roosevelt alum are encouraged and invited to attend The African National Congress at 100: Reflections on its Democratic Vision in South Africa and Beyond, an event in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC). This event will feature a panel discussion with:

  • Esteemed Roosevelt alumnus Dr. Charles V. Hamilton (BA, ’51), retired Columbia University professor of political science.
  • Dr. Harold Rogers, Chairman of the African American Studies Department at Olive-Harvey College
  • Dr. Heather Dalmage, Roosevelt professor of Sociology and Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation.

These three scholars will discuss the history of the ANC, its long struggle against racism and oppression under the system of apartheid, and contemporary issues within the new democracy.

Light refreshments will be served. The details of the event are as follows:

Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:00 – 7:30pm

Roosevelt University
Murray-Green Library, 10th FL
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610

Space is limited, so alum are encouraged to RSVP by Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by 10:00am by email at

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