Today at 4pm: Fall 2015 SUST Student Symposium at RU’s Chicago Campus

Please join the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University today, Thursday Nov. 19th, for our biannual symposium of student research from 4:00-5:45pm in RU’s LEED Gold-certified Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago (room WB 1015). Students in Roosevelt’s SUST program will share their recent internship, study abroad, and urban sustainability experiences in a forum that is open to all RU students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public.

Featured Student Speakers

Laura Miller Hill M15Laura Miller Hill is a returning adult undergraduate student at Roosevelt University, where she is a senior Sustainability Studies major. She spent her 2015 summer working as a Keller Science Action Center intern at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago under the supervision of Sustainability Manager Carter O’Brien. As she describes here in a series of essays for this blog, Miller Hill’s primary job was to take facts, stories and general information regarding sustainability initiatives throughout the museum and consolidate them into webpages that are both educational and easily understood by people who visit the Museum’s A Greener Field website.

SUST major Shannon Conway in Copenhagen, Denmark, Summer 2015

Shannon Conway is a senior SUST major who tranferred to Roosevelt in Fall 2014. During the summer of 2015, she took a class on glaciology and climate change through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Denmark that included a week-long field study session in Iceland. Shannon is also working during the Fall 2015 semester as an Environmental Sustainability Associate in RU’s Department of Physical Resources. Among her duties is managing the Chicago Campus Rooftop Garden and assisting in the development of the new Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab.

Karen CraigSUST senior Karen Craig enrolled in the inaugural section of Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 390 special topics course, Writing Urban Nature, which took place over a two-week period last May and consisted of five full days’ worth of exploring different natural areas within the city and suburbs of Chicago, discussing a wide variety of readings on the natural and human elements of the urban landscape, and developing an image-rich original work of urban nature writing. Inspired by online projects in the environmental humanities such as the City Creatures and The Nature of Cities blogs, Karen and her fellow students crafted their own perspectives on the interaction of people and nature in the Chicago region. These writings are now part of the newly-created Writing Urban Nature Project, co-edited by fellow SUST senior Tiffany Mucci.

Come join us to learn about and celebrate these students’ work! This event is free and healthy refreshments will be served, courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources Department. Hope to see you there!

Essential Info

  • Date/Time:  Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015 / 4-5:45pm
  • Agenda:  Refreshments served and pleasant hobnobbing begins at 4pm; presentations start promptly at 4:15pm; event concludes at 5:45pm (with more chit-chat and eating)
  • Place:  RU’s Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL, room 1015
  • RSVP:  SUST Director Mike Bryson (

This event is sponsored by RU’s Sustainability Studies Program, the Department of Physical Resources, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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