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


Training & Development Present Career Opportunity

The Graduate Program in Training and Development presents “Careers in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and Organization Development (OD)” on April 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gage Building, 2nd floor commons.Judith Hale, president of the International Society for Performance Improvement (IPSI), and other industry experts will host round table discussions. Topics include:
• Mapping a Career Path: From degree to career
• Get Hired: What employers are looking for when hiring OD professionals
• How Do I Use this in the Real World? Taking OD, ID, and HPI out of the classroom and into the workplace
• Performance Improvement Consulting: Two sides of the coinPlease RSVP by emailing Tara Hawkins at

Upcoming CPS Award Ceremony

Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies is hosting its annual student award ceremony on Thursday April 28th, in the Gage Gallery 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,  Paralegal Studies, 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.

Vukotich Helps Lead Bystander Intervention Training

Assistant Professor George Vukotich

This past summer, George Vukotich, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Training and Development, was selected by the United States Air Force Air National Guard to help in the distribution of Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention Training. Vukotich had over 700 people in his sessions, which focused on training, prevention, and assistance. Eventually, the Airforce-wide training will reach more than 300,000 individuals. Carl Buchanon, one of the program managers, stated that the training goals were to “recognize situations that may lead to sexual assault, offer an array of available intervention strategies and an opportunity to practice them, and offer bystander intervention techniques.” Vukotich added that sexual assaults in the military are highest in units under high stress levels and that often alcohol plays a role in increasing the likelihood of sexual assaults in a unit. Additionally, Vukotich shared that “the highest increase in sexual assaults is male-on-male assaults, and often one perpetrator will have a number of victims.” However, the hope is that through this type of training, all sexual assaults in the military will decrease. Vukotich plans to write about his experiences in a future article.

New Online Teaching Certificate Offered

The Graduate Program in Training and Development is offering a new Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching. The first class is being offered this fall fully online: Online Teaching Theory and Application (TRDV 501), taught by Associate Professor Vince Cyboran. Contact Tara Hawkins, Coordinator for Training and Development, for more information or to learn which courses will be offered in the spring and summer.

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!

T & D Presents Enron Case Study: Power, Politics, and Ethics

RU’s Graduate Program in Training & Development, in conjunction with the Business College, are pleased to offer the opportunity to attend a unique session with Sherron Watkins, the key whistleblower in the Enron scandal.

On Thursday April 22, 2010, from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.,  the highly acclaimed “The Smartest Guys in the Room” documentary (nominated for an Academy Award in 2005) will be shown in Gage 315, followed by a quick case review. Attendees will then have the opportunity to hear directly from Watkins on her experiences at Enron, once the number four company on the Fortune 500 list, and to also hear how the events there led to the downfall of Arthur Andersen, which at the time, was the largest accounting firm in the world.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jackie Talerico or 847.619.8730. Space is limited.