Paralegal Studies Program Alumni Group invites you to a presentation of – RU LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an online social network that is designed for business professionals. It is widely used by legal employers to find job candidates. Please join us for a presentation on how to create your profile and how to use LinkedIn to maximize your job search efforts. Professional networking through LinkedIn and recommendations for using other social media in your job search will also be discussed.

Our presenter will be Cheryl Kettler. Ms. Kettler has been a member of the Paralegal Studies Program faculty since 2003 where she teaches Commercial Law and Legal Writing. She is also a National Partner Specialist, for AbstoneLalley, Inc.

The presentation is being held twice. Attend on the day and time that is most convenient for you:

Monday, April 13, 2015
Roosevelt University Gage Building
18 South Michigan , Room 700
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Roosevelt University Wabash Building
425 S. Wabash, Room 1111
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Register by calling (312) 281-3186 or send an email to
Kay Levoy at


New Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership Shares Her Story

Assistant Professor Donnette Noble during one of her many travels.

Donnette Noble, a new assistant professor of Organizational Leadership, answered questions so that those of us at Roosevelt could get to know her better. Here are her responses.

You are teaching the two introductory Org Lead courses this semester.  What’s your background in Organizational Leadership and/or Organizational Communication and how will that be apparent in your classes?

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication and public administration, a Master of Arts degree in management with a leadership emphasis (both from Doane College), and a doctorate in human science with a specialization in leadership studies (from the University of Nebraska). My academic accomplishments enhance a wealth of practical leadership experience earned through years of executive and front line responsibility in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas. These experiences have equipped me to address organizational leadership and organizational communication from a variety of perspectives.

By blending my professional experience with the range of academic materials I use for the classes, I hope to address all of the issues that arise during each course in a way that is credible, useful, and stimulating for my students. I’m also convinced that newly acquired knowledge is most beneficial when there is a practical application and thus, I work to develop assignments that incorporate textbooks, course materials, and “real” life situations.

As a working mother, I earned two advanced degrees and now, as a member of the Roosevelt University faculty, I am particularly sensitive to the day-to-day challenges being confronted by adult learners. It’s hard work and I know that so, for me, teaching is a unique responsibility of great consequence in the lives of others.  I am committed to my students and make myself available to them to the greatest extent possible and attempt to maintain near constant interaction. Their success is of paramount importance to me.

What are your current research interests and/or projects? Does any of your research make it into your courses?

My research interests focus on issues of diversity and leadership. One of my favorite books is Alex DeTocqueville’s _Democracy in America_. Every time I pick it up, I am reminded that the more our society changes with advances in technology, etc., the more it stays the same. We are battling the same issues today (racism, poverty, religious freedom, government interaction . . .) that divided the country nearly 200 years ago when DeTocqueville first arrived in the United States and set about studying the social fabric of our country.

Sadly, although we have made great strides in terms of civil rights and equity, there is still division and our nation’s evolution in terms of its human relations continues to be problematic in many ways. This reality is one we must not dilute or ignore for to do so would be to dismiss the lives, the hearts, and the dreams of all who have worked to promote the just cause of civil rights and to embrace our collective humanity.

Two years ago I conducted a study that assessed the impact on Black leadership of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy and subsequent election. The results of my work pointed to a rebirth of hope within the Black community. The election of the nation’s first Black president may have foretold a leveling of the social playing field, but the Southern Poverty Law Center has subsequently reported a dramatic increase in the number of race-related hate groups operating in America. This is an area of concern and, so, I am currently designing a follow-up to my original study.

What courses will you be teaching next semester? And/or what new course(s) do you hope to develop over time?

In addition to teaching OLED 320 and OLED 325 again in Spring 2011, I will be teaching OLED 365 (Diversity in the Workplace). Diversity and Leadership was always one of my favorite courses to teach at the University of Nebraska. I taught the course, which is similar to Diversity in the Workplace, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Given my passion for diversity related issues, this course is a perfect fit!

As a newcomer to Roosevelt University, I am still familiarizing myself with the various courses that are offered in the Organizational Leadership program, but I would be interested in pursuing the development of a course specific to “women and leadership.” Women, like people of color, have made significant inroads in terms of equality, however, while women comprise slightly more than 50 % of our national population they are underrepresented in terms of leadership positions in both public and private organizations.

Finally, tell us something personal about yourself–what’s your favorite ________?

Aside from spending time with my husband and children, one of my favorite things to do is travel. I’ve taken planes, trains, ships, and automobiles across the country and around the world and feel truly fortunate to have visited so many incredible places. Among my many adventures, I’ve strolled the narrow streets of the Isle of Capri off the Amalfi coast in Italy; watched Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia; eaten paella on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain; marveled at seeing the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Greece; and felt truly humbled standing at the base of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Each and every place was special – and the good news is, we no sooner return from one adventure and we’re planning the next.

My favorite sport is baseball! My husband is a Cubs fan and, dare I say it, I’m a Yankee fan but, above all, we love the game; the strategy, the talent, the environment, the umps, the history and lore. Simply said, we’re serious baseball fans. Several years ago, we decided that we should set about experiencing every major league baseball park and, so, our baseball tour began – and what a tour it was! Thirty parks, thirty hot dogs, thirty beers (one spilled into my husband’s lap, but that’s another story), thirty bags of peanuts, thirty bags of crackerjacks, thirty team pennants, thirty programs, one baseball that a Washington Nationals pitcher threw to us, and a lifetime of memories!

Brown and Orr Co-Author Journal Article about Women in Organization Development

Carol B. Brown, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management, and Debra Orr, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, recently co-authored  an article entitled “Influential DNA: A Study of Prominent Women and their Impact on the Field of Organization Development,” which was published in the Fall 2010 issue of Organization Development Journal. ODJ is produced by the Organization Development Institute. Brown and Orr’s article discusses how women have affected the field of organization development and shares seven themes about the historical progress and influence of female scholars and practitioners in that field. Dr. Donald W. Cole, a charter member of the Organization Development Network, shares that “A recent study found that The Organization Development Journal is now the most frequently cited O.D. publication in the world.”

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!

Upcoming ETSCPS Award Ceremony

Save the date!

Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies is hosting its annual student award ceremony on Thursday April 29th, at the Schaumburg campus, at 5pm. Awards will be given in many categories and disciplines. Hospitality and Management will present their Special Achievement and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Training and Development will present an award to the student with an Outstanding Master’s Project. As well, students will be recognized in Organizational Leadership,  Criminal Justice, and in the English Language Program for their leadership roles. The Department of Professional and Liberal Studies will present an award for Outstanding Senior Thesis and another celebrating Creative Writing. New students will also be inducted into honor societies. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Please join the faculty in congratulating so many fine students.

Professor Publishes Research on Positive Working Relationships in Hospitals

Assistant Professor Deb Orr, pictured here with her niece, Ava

Just like mom always said, be nice to others.

Assistant Professor Deb Orr recently published her research on the working relationships between nurses and their support service employees, such as those employed in hospital housekeeping, food services, patient transportation, security, and linen services, among others. Using information gathered from 298 support service employees within ten hospitals around the United States, Orr found that various issues related to power structures, education, culture, and language could affect their ability to work together well. Additionally, Orr suggests that the nurses’ mindsets and communication styles affected the relationships between them and the other employee groups. Collaboration between these groups worked best when internalized attitudes and communication were positive. Orr found that “Repeatedly, support service workers expressed that they were willing to go the extra mile, work above and beyond their required scope for those nurses who treated them respectfully.” Orr’s article, entitled “Characteristics of Positive Working Relationships Between Nursing and Support Service Employees”  appeared in the March 2010 issue of The Journal of Nursing Administration.

So be nice–and those who work with you will hopefully do the same.