Professorial News Updates

Panelists from Locus Awards Weekend, June 26. L-R: RU Professor Gary Wolfe, writers Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis.

This past June, Professor Gary Wolfe of the Department of Professional and Liberal Studies led two panel discussions at the Locus Awards and Science Fiction Hall of Fame ceremonies in Seattle. The convention inducted well known science fiction authors and contributors, Octavia E. Butler, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Trumbull, and Richard Matheson.

Additionally, Wolfe enjoyed a joint book launching at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts on  July 10.  It was for Wolfe’s reviews collection Bearings and Amelia Beamer‘s first novel, The Loving Dead (a zombie romantic comedy, or ZomRomCom, as it is known in the field).

Meanwhile, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management, Chuck Hamburg, was recently interviewed (Sept 4, 2010) by Chicagobusiness.com for his input regarding the recent revival of barbecue culture.

Amelia Beamer, Gary Wolfe, at their book launch party in Burlington, Mass, July 10.

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Criminal Justice Offers Exciting New Opportunities

The Criminal Justice program is in an exciting phase of new growth. Enrollments continue to grow in the major, which is allowing many new opportunities. Tana McCoy, Assistant Professor and Director of the program, recently submitted an application to the Center for Student Involvement to form a Criminal Justice Society. This proposed student organization will primarily focus on enhancing professional opportunities for CJ students and providing service to the community. McCoy is hoping to launch an initial service project in December with a toy drive for the children of incarcerated parents. Additionally, new faculty have joined the CJ ranks. Dr. Susan Blankenship is a Visiting Professor of Criminal Justice and is teaching both online and at the Schaumburg campus. Two new adjuct faculty members have also joined the CJ program. Andy Fox, a Chicago attorney, is teaching “Ethics in Criminal Justice,” while Brian Howerton is teaching “Crime in America.” Howerton is the Chief of Police in Schaumburg and will bring extensive criminal justice experience to the classroom. McCoy is also working with various organizations to develop an internship program. Chief Howerton plans to offer placement for at least one Roosevelt CJ Student with the Schaumburg Police Department. The Office of Campus Safety will also provide one CJ internship. McCoy says, “I am really excited about the potential of these internships to provide students with practical work experience while establishing important relationships between the CJ program and CJ agencies in the community.”