RU Professor Conducts First Surveys with Rwandan Colleague; Captures ‘Living Fossil’

Professor Julian Kerbis-Peterhans returned from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire) last August with approximately 1000 specimens of small birds and mammals, which he and colleagues collected in order to document aspects of Africa’s threatened biodiversity. Kerbis Peterhans initially spent one month in Rwanda with an all-Rwandan field team, conducting the first systematic surveys in Nyungwe National Park.

During the expedition the team captured the rare otter shrew, Micropotamogale ruwenzorii, a true ‘living fossil’ whose kin were around when dinosaurs walked the planet.

The rare otter shrew, a species which lived with the dinosaurs.

This rare species had been only known by a few specimens from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As a follow-up to this survey, Kerbis Peterhans, with the help of The Field Museum’s ‘Africa’ Council, brought a Rwandan colleague, Nicolas Ntare, to Chicago for a three-month internship where he will learn to prepare, catalogue, and identify the specimens collected. Ntare arrived in Chicago on February 12. Kerbis Peterhans and Ntare will continue to work together and eventually co-author a publication on the small mammal biodiversity of the park.

Ntare (far left), Kerbis Peterhans (back left), and the rest of the Rwandan field team take a break and enjoy the local cuisine.

The Balancing Act: Balancing Life, Work, and Education

It’s challenging as an adult to balance life, family, and work – but throw education into the mix and it could be downright stressful.  It seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to juggle everything, but think about this: something happened that was important enough for you to commit to finishing your degree.  Whether it is a career change, a requirement for work, or personal satisfaction, you made a commitment to getting your degree. And good for you!

Here are some tips to make juggling just a little bit easier:

1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew!! Sure, you’re enthusiastic about college, but don’t take on more than you can handle.  If taking one course a semester is all you can do so that you can balance your life/work/family, then only take one class.

2. Make sure you carve out time each day for family/spouse/children and most importantly yourself.

3. Create a “study/class work” schedule and stick with it.  Figure out the best time of day (or night) that you can devote to your course work.

4. Get enough sleep.  Enough said.

5. Have your spouse and/or children help with housework and cooking.  Explain that this is temporary, just until you finish school.  Once you get your degree you will land that dream job and be able to afford a housekeeper! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but really – get them to help out.

6.  Take advantage of our tutoring center!  You don’t have to be having trouble in class to take advantage of this service.  Our tutors can help you be successful with your coursework.

7. If you are taking online courses, take the Blackboard Training course.  They’re free and are offered online or on campus!

I know that you’re thinking this is easier said than done, but planning is key.  Hang in there.  It’s really worth it.

New Green Sustainability Studies Major

The Department of Professional and Liberal Studies is unveiling a new green major in Sustainability Studies. This exciting program is interdisciplinary in nature and environmentally focused–and it’s the first of its kind in the Chicago area. Utilizing a combination of online accessibility and onsite field trips, including walking tours, canoeing Chicago’s Bubbly Creek, and visits to recycling centers or the wetlands, the courses focus on the earth’s resources and the way in which urban sprawl has affected them. To initially determine whether this topic was viable at Roosevelt, Associate Professor Mike Bryson and Assistant Professor Carl Zimring team-taught a unique six-credit course entitled “The Sustainable City” last spring. The venture was successful, and the two professors then co-developed the entire major which will officially kick off in fall 2010. Zimring is teaching the pilot introductory course “The Sustainable Future” online this spring semester and will do so again next fall. The major will be available in both a 120-semester-hour Bachelor of Arts degree (for students of all ages) or a fast-track Bachelor of Professional Studies degree (for students 24 and older). Interested in greening your studies? Contact one of our advisors soon.

Humanities Author Highlighted at Film Center

Those of you who were in Professor Amanda Putnam’s senior humanities course recently may remember reading a novel by author Zora Neale Hurston entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God–and there’s a new event in town highlighting its author. That’s Livin’ — The Zora Neale Hurston Story will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, on Saturday, Feb 27, 2010, from 12noon – 3pm. Hurston’s niece, Lucy Ann Hurston, will also be present to sign her 2004 book, Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston.

Professor Carl Zimring featured on WTTW’s “Check, Please!”

Last week the College of Professional Studies‘ very own Professor Carl Zimring was featured on WTTW’s Check, Please! He reviewed a great little restaurant in Chicago  called the Depot Diner. Professor Zimring covered everything from atmosphere to prices (incredibly reasonable!) to the quality of the food. Click here to see  Professor Zimring’s review and to learn more about the restaurant.

Need a tutor?

Well, classes are underway and we hope that everyone is off to a good start this semester.   I want to let those of you who are new to CPS know, and remind those of you who aren’t new, that Roosevelt University’s Academic Success Center offers tutoring at both campuses to all currently enrolled students – free of charge!  Knowledgeable tutors are available to help with a variety of subjects ranging from accounting to english/writing to statistics.  You don’t have to struggle with a subject to take advantage of tutoring, either.  Tutors can help you with different techniques for learning and processing information, too.  Writing a term paper and need to bounce ideas off of someone?  Take advantage of a tutor! For more information visit their website!

What can I do with a Criminal Justice Degree?

Roosevelt University’s College of Professional Studies offers a criminal justice degree.  What types of careers come to mind when you think of criminal justice?  Mostly police work, right?  Well, here are just a few careers available to someone with a criminal justice degree:

  • Criminal Investigator
  • Corrections Management
  • Security Consulting
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation 
  • Fraud Investigator

For more information on our criminal justice degree and the careers available visit our website.  We offer a traditional 4 year BA in Criminal Justice as well as an accredited accelerated degree option!