RU Students and Grit

By now students have settled into their classes, whether it is their first semester of classes or last. Nevertheless, a recent Chicago Sun-Times article titled, “College Kids Start Off Behind, Need ‘social-media-and-college-studentsGrit’ to Succeed” resonated with me about what it truly takes to succeed in college. The answer may surprise you!

Many may think that anyone who is successful in college are smart, financially stable and well-prepared for the rigorous learning that takes place in the classroom and beyond. These attribute are definitely key to success, but let’s be honest, not everyone that has mastered the art of higher education had the monetary means and were well-prepared, including myself.

I will always remember my first semester in college. Coming from an inner-city high school to a small, yet prestigious liberal arts college where many were able to pay full tuition was intimidating. I felt lost, alone, and not well-prepared. As the author of this article states, I spent my four years in undergrad catching up to everyone else. But, I made it! I have always thought about what helped me succeed, besides my faith, my family. It was grit. I wanted it. I wanted it more than anything else. I knew that I did not come equipped with the knowledge and experience that those around me had but I made up for it with determination.

So, what does this mean for you? Perhaps you came to Roosevelt University not as prepared as the student next to you. Or maybe professors talk about complex issues that everyone else seems to understand and you feel lost. Just remember as the article states, “feeling or falling behind doesn’t mean failing.”  Don’t’ give up! Ask professors for help. Do what you can to succeed.  Utilize the “grit” that got you here in the first place.


RU Hosts Open Houses in Chicago and Schaumburg

Roosevelt University will be hosting two Open Houses in Chicago and Schaumburg for prospective undergraduate and graduate students.

The Chicago Open House will be Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Register for the Chicago event!

The Schaumburg Open House will be Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Register for the Schaumburg event!

Can’t make these dates? Contact Admissions to set up a time that’s convenient.

Paralegal Studies Alumni Happy Hour!


Please join the Roosevelt University Paralegal Studies Alumni Group for our next happy-hour networking event

Berghoff’s Restaurant
17 West Adams Street
Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Please invite your fellow Roosevelt alumni to come!

To sign up, please click on the following link by Sept. 22nd:

For questions, contact

We have reserved a bar area for our group and would appreciate it if all reservations or cancellations are made 48 hours in advance of the event.

We hope to see you there!



Desire Miller, excels as change-agent, earns prestigious Travis Scholarship

Desire Miller, College of Professional Studies student

Desire Miller, College of Professional Studies student

Psychology major Desire Miller is a true success story in the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies.

Miller, 33, recently received the prestigious Mittie, Moselynne and Dempsey J. Travis scholarship based on an impressive record of academic excellence, a fervent commitment to social justice and volunteer service as a Roosevelt University student.

Miller, who came to Chicago from her native Belize at 11 years of age, believes in standing up for the less fortunate. She currently is a permanent resident and will become a U.S. citizen in the very near future.

“When I get my degree I hope to help in the fight against drug addiction, crime and disparity and I believe that I can be an advocate who is not afraid to reach down and pull my community up one person at a time,” said Miller, a resident of Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood.

Miller, who hopes to graduate in 2016, has been a volunteer with the CARA, a job readiness program for disadvantaged adults in Chicago. She also collects clothing and medical supplies for the needy in Belize.  She hopes to work in the non-profit sector for organizations helping women, children and immigrants after graduation.

“Desire is one of the most justice-oriented students I have taught at Roosevelt,” added Laura Evans, professor of organizational leadership. “She is an intelligent, inquisitive and learning-motivated student who already is a change agent and community activist.”

Hunt Named to Dean of College of Professional Studies

D. Bradford Hunt was appointed Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and Vice Provost for Adult and Experiential Education in May 2013. Provost Doug Knerr announced that Dean Hunt will “lead our University-wide efforts for the creation of an entity focused exclusively on adult education.”

Associate Professor D. Bradford Hunt

New Dean of CPS, D. Bradford Hunt

Hunt is an accomplished scholar and specialist in the field of U.S. urban history. His most recent book, Planning Chicago, (co-authored with Jon DeVries) is a groundbreaking study published by the American Planning Association that examines the planners, politicians and everyday people who shaped contemporary Chicago.  His previous book, Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press), won the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History for the best book on North American Planning History.  Hunt serves on the board of the National Public Housing Museum as an editor of the Chicago Architecture and Urbanism series at the University of Chicago Press, and as membership secretary of the Urban History Association.

Hunt earned his BA from Williams College and his PhD in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Before entering academia, he worked for four years on Capitol Hill as a federal budget analyst and legislative assistant.

Hunt began his career at Roosevelt as an adjunct faculty member in 2000 and joined the full-time faculty in 2001.  He has served as chair of the Department of Professional and Liberal Studies and as associate dean of the College of Professional Studies.  Hunt has been an entrepreneurial leader and student-focused in all of his endeavors.  He co-founded the Sustainability Studies program and has actively engaged students in the life of the Chicago metropolitan region.

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Hunt said.  “I look forward to collaborating with a remarkable group of talented faculty and staff.  We need to sustain the vitality of existing programs and move forward in entrepreneurial ways, especially in adult markets.”

Online and Late-start classes start this week

Welcome students to Fall 2013 classes at Roosevelt University! Online and late-start classes start this week. If you still need to add classes, call or email your advisor ASAP so you don’t miss anything.