Save the Date! SUST Student Symposium Planned for April 23rd, 2014

Save the date! On Wednesday, April 23rd, from 4-5:45pm, celebrate Earth Week by joining the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University for a special afternoon symposium of student research in RU’s LEED Gold-certified Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago (room 1016). Students and recent graduates of Roosevelt’s SUST program will share their recent internship and research experiences in a forum that is open to all RU students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public.

Featured Student Speakers

Radeck MaryBethMaryBeth Radeck is a Sustainability Studies major at Roosevelt University, where she also worked as an environmental sustainability associate at RU’s Schaumburg Campus in 2013 and managed the university’s 2-year-old community garden. A longtime marketing and communications professional, she also has a Master Gardener’s certificate from the Chicago Botanic Garden. MaryBeth will present her work on furthering (and documenting) the sustainable redevelopment of the Schaumburg Campus and managing the expansion of the RU Community Garden in 2013. For her SUST 395 Internship this spring 2014 semester, she is developing a framework for a Roosevelt University comprehensive sustainability plan.

IMG00148Colleen Dennis is a Sustainability Studies major at Roosevelt University and an intern in the Botany Department of the Field Museum of Natural History. She’s writing for the SUST blog about her scientific internship experience during the spring 2014 semester. Colleen began working for economic botany collections manager Christine Niezgoda in the fall of 2013 as a student in Prof. Julian Kerbis Peterhans‘ SUST 330 Biodiversity course at the Field Museum.

PlanktonRounding out our presenters at this spring’s Symposium will be a team of Sustainability Studies majors and recent graduates who are working as interns with SUST Adjunct Professor Michele Hoffman Trotter on her exciting ocean biodiversity film project, Microcosm. The project’s interns will describe their efforts on promoting the film through social media, researching and seeking funding support for filming, and planning special fundraising and promotional events, such as the one at Columbia College last October.

Come join us to learn about and celebrate these students’ work! Light refreshments will be served. This event is free — but kindly RSVP to SUST Program Director Mike Bryson ( your plans to attend. Hope to see you there!

  • Date/Time:  Thursday, April 24th, 2014
  • Agenda:  Refreshments served and pleasant hobnobbing begins at 4pm; presentations start promptly at 4:30pm; event concludes at 5:45pm
  • Place:  RU’s Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL, room 1016
  • RSVP:  SUST Director Mike Bryson (
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