Join us Earth Day 4/22 at the 2015 SUST Student Symposium at RU’s Chicago Campus

In celebration of Earth Week, please join the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University for a special afternoon symposium of student research on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 3-5:30pm in RU’s LEED Gold-certified Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago (room 616). Students in 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

Blume, MelanieMelanie Blume is a senior SUST major at Roosevelt University, where she has taken most of her classes online. For her SUST 395 Internship this spring 2015 semester, she is working with conservation and education staff at the Spring Valley Nature Center and the Volkening Heritage Farm near Roosevelt’s campus in Schaumburg IL. These excellent facilities are part of the 135-acre Spring Valley Conservation Area, the largest and most ecologically significant green space with the Village of Schaumburg limits, and are managed by the Schaumburg Park District. During the Spring 2015 semester, Melanie has reflected on her experiences as a guest blogger. She’s done everything from seeding native plants to making wine (1880s-style) to helping with a prescribed burn of the SV prairie.

Rebecca Quesnell working for environmental justice in Appalachia during her internship with SAMS in southwest Virginia (July 2014)

Rebecca Quesnell is a senior SUST major at Roosevelt University with a double-minor in Environmental Science and Pyschology. She has worked as an environmental sustainability associate in RU’s Physical Resources Department since last spring, but also found time to pursue an environmental justice internship in Appalachia, VA, with the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards in the summer of 2014, which she reported on for the SUST blog. We don’t know if she’ll have that sandwich board as part of her presentation, but you never know!

Mary Rasic and Kevin Markowski work in the RU community garden, summer 2014

SUST senior Mary Rasic also has worked as an environmental sustainability associate in the RU Physical Resources Department since the summer of 2014, where she is based at the Schaumburg Campus and has, among her many projects and duties, managed the RU Community Garden during its 3rd growing season last year and has been deeply involved in the landscape redevelopment and restoration projects at the SCH Campus. That’s Mary on the left, working in the garden last summer with her fellow intern, Kevin Markowski. Nice shades!

RU student and SUST major Emily Rhea works in the chemistry lab at Columbia College on a Microcosm ocean acidification experiment, Nov. 2014 (photo: M. Hoffman)

Emily Rhea, a junior SUST major, has been working as a science research intern on Prof. Michele Hoffman’s Microcosm film project this year. During the Spring 2015 semester, Emily reported to the SUST blog on her experiences conducting experiments designed to simulate the acidification of the ocean, one of the profoundly worrisome impacts of global climate change on sea chemistry and, therefore, marine biodiversity. Her work is part of that done by several SUST majors the last couple of years on Prof. Hoffman’s exciting interdisciplinary film project. Emily not only has good titration technique (see photo at left), but is an engaging and enthusiastic presenter, as well!

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

  • Date/Time:  Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 / 3-5:30pm
  • Agenda:  Refreshments served and pleasant hobnobbing begins at 3pm; presentations start promptly at 3:30pm; event concludes at 5:30pm (with more chit-chat and eating)
  • Place:  RU’s Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL, room 616
  • RSVP:  SUST Director Mike Bryson (
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