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CCPA alumna Sara Litchfield honored by North Shore Choral Society

Chicago College of Performing Arts graduate Sara Litchfield (MM, ’09) was honored with the 2012 Donald Chen Young Artist Award by North Shore Choral Society. Litchfield, a mezzo soprano, won 3rd place and received $100.

For more information on the North Shore Choral Society, please visit its Website.

For more information on the award and to see pictures, please click here.


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College of Education graduate Carl E. Kramer to retire from teaching after 34 years.

Carl E. Kramer, Phd (MA, ’70) will retire from teaching after 34 years. A noted author, historian and teacher, Kramer taught history at Indiana University Southeast. An author of several books, he’s most noted for This Place We Call Home: A History of Clark County, Indiana (Quarry Books, 2007).

Along with his MA from Roosevelt University’s College of Education, Kramer earned his BA in history and political science from Anderson College.

Please click here for a detailed article from the Courier-Journal about Kramer, his life, his work and his accomplishments.

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Roosevelt alumna Cornelia Hall set to run for Georgia school board seat

Roosevelt alumna Cornelia Hall (MA, ’75) announced that she will be running for the Savannah-Chatham public school board District 3 seat. A retired teacher and principal, Hall’s priorities will include increading funding for programs in language and literary for young children who are entering the first grade and to introduce more career pgorams in middle schoosl to lower the dropout rates.


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Roosevelt alumna Jacqueline Granat traveled to India for polio summit

The Wilmette Beacon reported that Roosevelt’s own Jacqueline “Jackie” Granat (BA, ’61), a member of the Wilmette Rotary Club, joined Rotary International’s mass polio vaccination program and conference in India.

Click here to read the full article on Granat’s work as well as the Rotary International.

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Roosevelt alumnus Israel Vargas will be featured on PBS’s “Chicago Tonight” on March 1, 2012

Roosevelt University alumnus Israel Vargas will be featured on PBS’s Chicago Tonight. For more information, please visit Chicago Tonight‘s Website by click here.

Vargas is the executive director of San Jose Obrero Mission, a Pilsen-area nonprofit in Chicago that works to help men, women and children in crisis, helping in securing housing, vocational training as well as job placement assistance.

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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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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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