Paralegal Studies Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Roosevelt University Paralegal Studies Program
is hosting a 40th Anniversary Reception and Award Ceremony

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 6 – 7 p.m.

Roosevelt University
425 S. Wabash Avenue, Room 1315


In recognition of our program’s 40th anniversary, the Hon. Abishi C. Cunningham Jr. (Ret.), Public Defender will receive the Roosevelt University Social Justice in the Legal Profession Award.

Please join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation
as we celebrate. Meet, greet and mingle with old friends and our current faculty and staff.

For more information, please contact Yvette Garcia,


CJ Society Gives Christmas to Children of Incarcerated Moms

RU’s Criminal Justice Society, an organization for students interested in the field, shared the principles of hope, social justice, and happiness with fifteen children, whose mothers are currently in prison, by helping make their Christmas morning just a bit more special. With help from Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers and two CJ assistant professors, the student group shopped, wrapped, and delivered presents for the children. As the Chicago Tribune reported in their coverage of the event, children of incarcerated mothers are often forgotten, and even basic needs can go unmet. When this was brought to the attention of the CJ Society via a speaker, a former inmate who is also a mother, they went into action. Criminal Justice professors Tana McCoy and LaDonna Long both coordinated the plan, while the students joined forces to get everything ready before the holiday break began. From dress-up clothes to cold weather essentials, the presents were located and spiritedly wrapped, then delivered to the children’s homes. By sharing their time and energy (and finding donations to cover the costs), these RU students and faculty shared the true spirit of social justice to children at one of the most important times of the year.

RU Criminal Justice Society Hosted Speaker

LaDonna M. Long gave her lecture in the Gage Gallery.

The RU Criminal Justice Society sponsored a lecture last Thursday by LaDonna M. Long, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Capitol University in Columbus, OH. The lecture, entitled “A Critical Look at Intimate Partner Violence,” discussed difficulties facing African American women within intimate partner violence. Professor Long shared that extra barriers, including a general distrust of police and distrust of the ways in which the criminal justice system treats African American men, lead to under-reporting crimes, and then subsequently, to a higher prevalence of repeated physical abuse. Professor Long is a candidate for the position of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at RU.

Criminal Justice Lectures: Feb 10 and Feb 11

The Roosevelt community is invited to presentations by two candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

Professor LaDonna M. Long will present “A Critical Look at Intimate Partner Violence” on Thursday, February 10, at 4 p.m. in the Gage Gallery, Gage Building, first floor. The next day, Professor Adam Messinger will present a lecture entitled “Rape or Sex?” on Friday, February 11, at 11 a.m, in the Gage Building, third floor commons.

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.”

Fast-Track Info Session: June 24th, 6pm

Want to learn more about the Fast-Track adult degree program at RU?  Come to the info session in the Gage Building (18 S. Michigan) this Thursday evening from 6-7pm. You can meet with our admissions and financial aid counselors.

Our Fast-Track Programs for Adults offer undergraduate degrees in less time with greater flexibility than traditional programs. The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) are fully-accredited degrees organized around an interdisciplinary core of general education courses. Our programs include the following degrees:

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Commerce and Enterprise is a fully online undergraduate major designed for individuals looking for a career in the exciting world of business.

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice are designed for both criminal justice professionals seeking advancement and those who wish to become criminal justice professionals.

There’s no better place to study Hospitality and Tourism Management than Roosevelt, as the Chicago metropolitan area offers students open access to world-class hotels and restaurants; a rich blend of ethnic cultures and cuisines; and celebrated venutes for arts, entertainment, sports and recreation — everything students need to master the the industry.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership provides a multi-disciplinary approach to leadership issues, combining management science, humanities, social sciences, research science, communication arts, technology, and ethics.

Paralegal Studies is one of the Midwest’s premier paralegal education programs. Conveniently located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg, Ill., the program has been offering dynamic and challenging courses to prepare students career in the legal profession for more than three decades.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Sales is a fully online undergraduate major for individuals who want to pursue a career in sales.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies (SUST)is an exciting new undergraduate major that is interdisciplinary and environmentally-focused. The SUST program is the first such sustainability-themed bachelor’s degree program in the Chicago area.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies have acted as the foundation for Roosevelt’s adult curriculum. Both programs are fully-accredited and feature a customized curriculum for adults (24 or over). Degrees feature an adult-focused general education component and are available in a variety of majors. Requirements vary depending on individual academic plans.

And the winners are . . .

Last Thursday, the College of Professional Studies held their annual Student Awards Ceremony in Schaumburg. Dean John Cicero welcomed a wonderful turn-out of students, their families and friends, and the faculty and administration. Then a current student of the college, Martin Savino, shared inspirational thoughts about returning to school–and prospering–after losing his job in the banking industry in 2008. Then every department participated in honoring their outstanding students.

Hospitality and Tourism Management awarded two undergraduates for Outstanding Achievement: Michelle Davies and Daniel Lutz. Lauren LaViola was honored in the same department for Outstanding Achievement at the graduate level.

Associate Professor Kathy Iverson of Training and Development awarded two Outstanding Master’s Projects. Douglas G. Sellers was honored for his project entitled, “Release the Brakes: Maximizing Employee Potential thru Organizational Effectiveness,” while Patricia L. Ransom was honored for her project entitled ‘Sentence of Focus.”

Assistant Professor Debra Orr presented the Outstanding Organizational Leadership award to Barbara Farrenkopf.

Carrie Lausen, Director of the Paralegal Studies Program, inducted several students into the Lambda Epsilon Chi, the national honor society for paralegals, including Karin Crook, Alexsander Gordin, Cheri Helmick, Neil Katims, Laura Messer, Erica Nowak, and Susan Sawyer.

Susanne McLaughlin, Director of the English Language Program, awarded several awards. Margartia Kuznetsova earned the Advanced Level Writing Award, Chao Tai-Kuang earned the Bridge Level Writing Award, and Yang Ling, earned the ELP Leadership Award.

New to the awards ceremony was the Criminal Justice Program, which offered two awards. Assistant Professor Tana McCoy honored Demetrios C. Axarlis for his Academic Excellence, and Carlos R. Tyler for Social Justice.

The Department of Professional and Liberal Studies also honored two students. Associate Professor Amanda Putnam presented Julia A. Long the Outstanding Senior Thesis award for her essay, “Breed-Specific Legislation Fails to Improve Public Safety at the Expense of Individual Dogs and Responsible Dog Owners.” Associate Professor Mike Bryson awarded Jane Whitford the Creative Writing award for her narrative essay, “Porches.”

Finally, Associate Dean Brad Hunt inducted several students into the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which is the national honor society for adult learners. Those honored include Bette Ashley, Yolanda Cameron, Gloria V. Collazo, Kevin Eric, Guillermina B Garcia, Dolores Glowen, Dawn M. Hahn, Kathleen M. Kane, Amy Kawiecki, Cathleen Kerin, Beverly Lounsbury, Kevin Peter McCabe, Daisy Montalvo-Weber, Cheryl Musolf, Melissa Ann Porter, Martin Savino, Karen Schaffner, Christoph Schneider, Tanya C. Schweig, Daniel Shellstrom, Christian Wilsey Sokoll, Shannon Marie Thomas, Israel Weber, and Corey A. Wojtkiewicz.

Congratulations to all!