Professor Wolfe Claims Fifth Nomination for Hugo Award

 

Gary-Wolfe_webpage-picProfessor Gary Wolfe has been nominated a  third time (2012, 2013, 2014) for a Hugo Award for Best Fancast–for the Coode Street Podcast which he records with Jonathan Strahan. He was also nominated for his book, Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, in 2011 and Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996, in 2006.

The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious award in science fiction. They have been presented annually since 1955.

The winners will be announced at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, London, United Kingdom, August 17, 2014.

(An earlier post of this blog forgot to include Wolfe’s impressive book nominations.)

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Paralegal Alumni Group Graduate Panel

The Roosevelt University Paralegal Alumni Group
invites you to start your new year off with an opportunity to energize your career!

Please join us for a Panel Discussion with
Paralegal Program Graduates

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt University Gage Building Campus
18 S. Michigan Avenue
Third Floor Commons

We will hear from graduates who hold a variety of positions in the legal field and have varying years of experience. They will be sharing their own career success stories and offering advice for anyone looking for a job in the legal field.

This will be the first in a series of career related presentations offering advice for paralegal program graduates and current students. The following topics will be covered throughout the year:

• Resume and Cover Letters
• Interviewing
• Using Social Media in your Job Search and Professional Life
• Dress for Success/Professionalism in the Workplace

Please invite your fellow Roosevelt alumni to come!
Please sign up by clicking on the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-roosevelt-university-paralegal-alumni-group-february-meeting-tickets-10209459769
For questions, contact alum@roosevelt.edu

Roosevelt University Hosts University Partners Day

Roosevelt University will host University Partners Day for high school and community college counselors on Friday, Dec. 6 in Chicago. From 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can learn more about Roosevelt, talk with faculty and students, take a tour, and enjoy lunch on us.

This is an excellent time for our partners in the community to learn more about our programs as department and program chairs will be available to discuss ways we can help your students succeed.

Learn more about University Partners Day and register to attend.

 

Professor Shares Research from Fulbright Experience

Professor Julian Kerbis Peterhans spent last year in Uganda after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, where he trained African students in biodiversity survey techniques. During that time, four new mammal species were discovered, with three of them from a single unexplored ‘montane island forest’ in central Africa.

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A collaborative international effort by Dr. Julian Kerbis Peterhans of the College of Professional Studies at Roosevelt University (Chicago), the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York), the Centre de Recherché des Sciences Naturelles (Lwiro, Dr Congo), and the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago) has documented multiple unique species in a remote forest overlooking the western shore of Lake Tanganyika in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The forest, known as the Misotshi-Kabogo Highlands, is located within an African biodiversity hotspot known as the Albertine Rift.

Paralegal Studies Instructor Advocates for Students with Special Needs and offers new course in Special Education Law

The Paralegal Studies Program faculty members are a diverse group of legal professionals. A great example is Sande Shamash, Director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Legal Advocacy Program (run through Jewish Child and Family Services) which has provided affordable Special Education legal services to thousands of families for more than 20 years. Shamash has devoted his career to working with children and families.  He started in 1993 as an Assistant Cook County Public Guardian and Attorney, successfully representing over 800 children alleged to have been abused or neglected.  Since then he has worked for Illinois Department of Public Aid in various capacities, including Chief Judge. He has also served as the first ever Executive Director of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Illinois, Inc.  Shamash joined the Paralegal Studies Program in 1996 and taught Commercial Law for several years. He also serves as a member of the program’s advisory board. Shamash is bringing his expertise in special education law to the program with a new course to be offered in Spring 2014, LAWA L34/PARA 334 Introduction to Special Education Law.

In his current position with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Shamash along with staff attorney, Marissa LaVette, advocate for students with special needs in local schools.  Most of their special education cases involve getting school districts to provide adequate education for students with special needs. The specialized field of Special Education law can be expensive.  “Thanks to JUF and JCFS, we’re one of the very few programs I know of that can work with low-income families,” said Shamash.  “Our services aren’t free, but we use a sliding scale and might charge a client anywhere from five dollars an hour to $350 per hour. “ According to Shamash, at a full rate, fees for a family could approach $50,000-$100,000 if a case has to go to a hearing. “It’s nice to be able to do my job for the client and know that fees won’t preclude us from helping,” said Shamash.

Shamash’s new Introduction to Special Education Law course is geared towards giving paralegal students an overview of special education law and practice, and the unique role paralegals can play in this exciting field. Shamash finds that special education is a growing and underserved area of law. It is derived from a mix of federal and state law, the United States Constitution, statutes, regulations, administrative procedures, and state and federal judicial decisions.  In the new course, students will learn the core concept of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, that requires a “Free and Appropriate Public Education” in the “Least Restrictive Environment.” They will learn how to develop an individualized education program (IEP). In addition, students will study how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law, can be used to protect all students and their family against discrimination in education. Students will become familiar with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it establishes educational rights. Finally, students will learn about the importance of paralegals in special education law and their ability to both participate in and impact cases. “Special education law is one of my passions. I am excited to be teaching the new Introduction to Special Education Law course because I can share that passion and knowledge about this unique and important area of law with students and soon to be paralegals, ” said Shamash.

Leading the Legal Advocacy Center's efforts to represent students with special needs are attorneys Sande Shamash (l) and Marissa LaVette.

Leading the Legal Advocacy Center’s efforts to represent students with special needs are attorneys Sande Shamash (l) and Marissa LaVette.

SUST Symposium on Student Research / Internship Experiences on Oct 17

Please join the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University next week for a special afternoon symposium on Thursday, Oct. 17th, from 4-5:30pm in RU’s LEED Gold-certified Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago (room 1016). Three College of Professional Studies students in Roosevelt’s SUST program will share their recent internship and research fellowship experiences in a forum that is open to all RU students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public.

Come join us to learn about and celebrate these students’ work! This event is free — but kindly RSVP to SUST Program Director Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) your plans to attend. Hope to see you there!

For more details (and photos!), check out this post on the SUST at RU blog.

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:
https://rupsagsept25networking.eventbrite.com/

For questions, contact alum@roosevelt.edu

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!