Monthly Archives: February 2012

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Begin Postseason Play Tonight at Saint Xavier

Roosevelt University Athletic Director Mike Cassidy announces,

“The Roosevelt men’s and women’s basketball teams will make their postseason debuts tonight as quarterfinal play begins in the 2012 CCAC Division I Tournament at the Shannon Center on the campus of Saint Xavier University.

 The women’s team will kick things off with a showdown versus city-rival Robert Morris at 5 p.m. The men’s team then squares off with Saint Xavier at 7 p.m. A win tonight for either Lakers side would propel them to the semifinal round on Thursday evening at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Ill. The CCAC Tournament title game is set for Saturday afternoon at the home venue of the highest remaining seed in the tournament. For more information on these historic games, visit”


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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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Film Screening and Discusstion: Steve James’ documentary “The Interrupters”

Film screening and discussion: The Interrupters

Friday, February 24, 5:30pm.
Schaumburg Campus, Alumni Hall

Panelists: Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire; Eduardo Bocanegra and Ameen Matthews, Violence Interrupters; Carlos Rodriguez, OMNI Youth Services

The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation is sponsoring a Pipeline Film Series focusing on the connection between race, the prison pipeline, and lifelong outcomes. The Interrupters documentary by Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams and Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here, tells the story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who now protect their communities from the violence that they once employed.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to Nikita Stange, Visit for more information.

This event is sponsored by: MISJT, College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Schaumburg Campus Provost, the Center for Campus Life and the Office of Community Engagement.

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Roosevelt history quiz…

Greetings Roosevelt University alums,

It’s time to dust off the annuals and see if you can win free tickets to theater and Roosevelt events.

It’s time for the weekly Roosevelt University history quiz – each week we’ll be asking our blog readers questions about RU and its history. At the end of four months, we’ll tally the answers and the person with the most correct answers wins free tickets to a local event (more information on the prize will follow). Remember, try to get as many answers right as you can – you need at least six right to be eligible for the prize. And remember – there’s no cheating, so Google or Wikipedia searches are not allowed!

This week’s question is:

What future British prime minister delivered the 1976 Walter E. Heller Lecture in International Business?

If you know the answer, please email us at

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Prof. Paul Green event a success

The Southside chapter of the Roosevelt University Alumni Association hosted The Odds on President Barack Obama Winning a Second Term presented by distinguished faculty member, Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies, Paul Green. Prof. Green, an analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for the Daily Herald and author of several books spoke in front of a group of alumni, students, faculty and staff, and friends. He discussed the current presidential elections and shared his thoughts on both parties and their chances of prevailing in November.

After an introduction by Southside Alumni Chapter President Julius Rhodes, Green took the lectern and spoke about President Obama’s campaign and what obstacles it will have to face in the general election. Green also discussed the slate of Republican candidates – including highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the two frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. He presented scenarios for each candidate, pinpointing what possible factors would lead to victory for each. Green’s talk also included historical information about presidential primaries and political conventions, which provided context for the facts he shared with the audience. After his prepared remarks, Green took questions from the audience, offering his opinions on various issues that will possibly influence the 2012 presidential election, including social conservatism, race and religion, and foreign policy. The event was a great success, and Prof. Green’s talk was received with enthusiasm and warmth by the assembled guests.

Click here to see more pictures from the event.

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Laker Ladies look to gain home field advantage tomorrow night…

Women’s basketball opens final week of the regular season by hosting Robert Morris for Senior Night on February 22.

The Roosevelt women’s basketball team enters the final week of the regular season in a three-way tie for fourth place in the CCAC with dates against two of the top three teams in the league still left on the slate. The Lakers (14-14, 2-6) take ton third-place Robert Morris (16-9, 4-4) on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00pm in their final regular season home game. Roosevelt hen puts a cap on the regular season on Saturday at 1:00pm with a trip to 310 Olivet Nazarene (25-3,8-0).

The Lakers will honor senior Alexia Tann, who will be playing in her final regular season home game, on February 22 prior to the start of its tilt with city-rival Robert Morris.

Tann transferred from Highland Community College in Freeport, IL to join the Lakers for their inaugural 2010-2011 campaign. She made her presence felt right away, earning the starting nod at point guard and averaging 11.5 ponts and 3.5 assits through her first 12 games before her season was cut short with an ACL injury. Tann bounced backed to start every game thus far as a senior, averaging 8.0 points and a team-best 4.5 assist per game. in 51 career games, Tann is averaging 9.1 points and 4.2 assists per outing. She owns the Roosevelt single-game assist record, dishing out nine helpers on two occasions during her career. Tann also boasts the third highest single-game scoring out-put with a 30-point performance at Grace College on December 11, 2010.

The Lakers are in a tie for fourth place in the conference with St. France (IL) and IUSB. Ending the year in fourth pace would give Roosevelt a home game in the opening round of next week’s CCAC tournament.

Alumni, we hope to see you at the game rooting for the Lakers!

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Roosevelt alumna Nancy Cooperman Leventhal: a catalyst for positive change

The Roosevelt University Alumni Blog is thrilled to unveil a new feature: our interview series. Periodically, we’ll shine our spotlight on alums who have made a difference in their community our around the world. If you have a story that you want to share and would like to be part of our alumni blog, please feel free to email us at – who knows, maybe you’ll be our next subject!

For our first interview, we’re talking with Roosevelt alumna, Nancy Cooperman Leventhal (BA, ’56), a College of Education graduate who truly exemplifies Roosevelt University’s mission of social justice. She’s used her professional and personal life for social betterment: whether it’s civil rights, labor rights or gay rights, Nancy Levental makes sure she’s always joining in or leading the call for social justice. A proud straight ally for the gay community, she’s very proud of her membership in the Ladera GLBT Club.

In an emailed interview, Leventhal tells us what Roosevelt meant to her and why social activism is so important to her.

Roosevelt University: You mentioned allegiance to different civic and social justice organizations. What was your inspiration to join these groups? What inspired your efforts?
Nancy Leventhal: I realized early on that there was a power behind an organization and working with others of like mind. I do, however, choose my “battles” carefully, balancing strong emotion with the reality of being effective. I have strong opinions on most subjects relating to civic matters and social justice – before, during, and since Roosevelt. I am currently involved with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

RU: You talked about a case you won with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, regarding the Brown Act [an act of the California State  Legislature that guarantees the public right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies] and open school board meetings. Why did you feel it important to champion the cause?
NL: After working hard and successfully recalling a religious right school board, the newly elected members used the gavel to silence me when I criticized the new superintendent. According to the Ralph M. Brown Act, it was not clear whether I could speak about him [the superintendent] in public, but the school board had to do it in closed session. We prevailed “overwhelmingly” in Federal Court, the judge also stating that ‘The Brown Act can’t trump the Constitution’.”

RU: You said that Roosevelt University was your first true exposure to racial diversity. What was your initial response to the racial diversity of Roosevelt? How important was the racial diversity in your life after Roosevelt?
NL: Having been a Jewish child during WWII, I experienced a great deal of prejudice. My only experience with people of color was limited to family employees. Even at previous schools I did not have that exposure. I feel that while I was at Roosevelt, I moved into a comfort zone which has been an important part of my life and social activism since then.

RU: Tell us more about what you meant when you said Roosevelt University gave you a sense of freedom.
NL: I think I was referring to a sense of freedom in my teaching style. A project in class in the teaching of social studies gave me a whole new outlook. We each had to show how we would teach all subjects through one of the activities of daily life – eating, sleeping, walking, etc. I used that approach in second grade through sixth grade classes. I have since taught adult school classes in art, classes for senior citizens in crafts and through Pepperdine, extension-taught weekend workshops for teachers to qualify for certificate renewal – everything from indoor gardening and the use of ethnic arts in the classroom.

RU: You talk about your happy experience with Tapestry, the Unitarian Congregation that you are working with; how did you find Tapestry and what drew you to the organization?
NL: I found Tapestry when the minister at the time was criticized on my community bulletin board for riding the bus for equality in marriage. Three ministers later, we have officially become a “welcoming congregation” – open to people of all sexual orientations, beliefs and colors. We have a very active social action group. Simply stated, those of us who are straight are “straight, but not narrow.” We focus on “earthly deeds, not heavenly aspirations.”

RU: You wrote about your academic experience – you were a very successful student – what was the reason you worked so hard?
NL: Honestly, I wanted to get out on my own and move to the West Coast as quickly as possible! Because of my good grades, I was allowed to carry a heavy academic load and graduate from a summer session and began teaching about a week later in California – before I turned 21!

RU: Do you see the same inspiration and committment to social justice in your children and grandchildren?
NL: My daughter has a desire to “give back.” In her 40’s she became a cosmetologist. She is currently organizing volunteers and funding to reopen a beauty salon – Evolution – on the grounds of Serenity House, a unique recovery facility for women which allows them to bring their children with them. She is an animal activist and has a business selling cruelty-free feathers, giving part of her earnings to various charities. My granddaughter as a young child wanted to comfort sick children – I responded to my son’s plea for help and reminded him that as a quilter we could make comforters and accomplish that goal. We made and tied many of them for children in our community going through chemotherapy.
My whole family stood on street corners with signs promoting equality in marriage, protesting Proposition 8 (a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment to the California Constitution that bans same-sex marriage), which passed, but has just been ruled unconstitutional.

RU: Your involvement in social activism is extensive and committed. How much of that was inspired by Roosevelt University? How has Roosevelt nurtured your enthusiasm for social betterment?
NL: I really can’t pin down any specifics and I was only at Roosevelt a relatively short time. I would love to know if any of the students in my class are still alive – I will be seventy-seven this year.
I hope to be remembered as always attempting to be a “catalyst for positive change.”

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