Good Food Festival & Conference at UIC, March 19-21

The Good Food Festival & Conference at the UIC Forum in Chicago on March 19-21 is excited to offer a student discount! The conference houses the biggest trade show in the country for local, sustainable food businesses and is the perfect place to network with potential employers, learn about different aspects of the food system, and find your place in the growing Good Food movement!

Those considering starting a food business someday should attend Thursday’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. This day features high-profile figures such as Rick Bayless of the Frontera foods empire; Michael Bashaw, president of Whole Foods Market’s Midwest region; and Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship and innovation. The welcoming panel will discuss funding and investing in the Good Food economy and nine competitively selected entrepreneurial food and farm businesses will pitch investors live in another session.

Those interested in policy, farming and meeting with producers should join Friday as the conference continues with Trade Day. The Good Food Trade track features food industry experts and information for buyers, sellers, and others in the local and sustainable food marketplace. The Food Policy Conference includes sessions and networking aimed at raising the profile of the Good Food movement and gaining new allies at the government policy-making level. The School Food Conference’s panels focus on how to expand farm-to-school programs so more children have healthier and tastier food served to them. The Producer track has discussions of issues aimed at farmers seeking opportunity and growth in the Good Food sector. The centerpiece of the day’s event is the Trade Show with more than 100 exhibitors, where students can make valuable contacts with producers, buyers, and innovators as they launch their careers.

Saturday’s Good Food Festival is also full of exciting programming and micro-workshops to pique the interest of all good food lovers. From composting to preserving to chef demos, there will be plenty of food for thought. No other event brings together such a wide range of farmers, food entrepreneurs, food policy stakeholders, sustainable agriculture visionaries, and community members all in one place.

The student discount for Thursday and Friday’s programming is $45 total. Tickets to the Saturday festival are $10 online for students and non-students. Buy tickets online and save:

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Roosevelt’s Great Library Book Giveaway: March 16-20

The Roosevelt University Library invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to the 2nd Annual Great Library Book Giveaway in the Murray-Green Library, March 16th to 20th, 2015. Books included in the giveaway are old editions withdrawn from the library collection or donations given to the library but not needed for our collection. We hope these books find good second homes where they will be used and cherished.

Freeda Brook, Head of User Services, Library
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Composting Workshop in the South Loop on March 28

An announcement from the Alliance for a Greener South Loop:

Finished compost at Growing Power's Milwaukee urban farm (M. Bryson, 2012)

Finished compost at Growing Power’s Milwaukee urban farm (M. Bryson, 2012)

Do you want to live a more sustainable lifestyle?  Are you concerned about the environment? How much food scraps and old leftovers are you throwing in the garbage? Learn how to turn kitchen scraps into gold…garden gold. In a mer three hours, you will learn why composting is effective and how you can compost in any residential setting.

Learn all this and more at from South Loop Composting Ambassadors: community composting leaders invited to speak include Collective Resource, The Plant, Waste Management, Columbia College and others! Walk away with a Composting Toolkit and materials to succeed at your next composting project, large or small.

Daystar Center 1550 S. State Street, Chicago IL, 60605

Lest you think this is all work, there will be free food and prizes! Registration is free, but space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot nowHave questions about the event? Contact: — Visit the Alliance for a Greener South Loop website for more information about composting and this event.

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Summer and Fall 2015 Registration at RU Is Underway!

SUST majors in Prof. Michele Hoffman's 220 Water class, pictured here with volunteer guides from Friends of the Chicago River, paddled the North Branch of the Chicago River, Fall 2014 (M. Hoffman)

SUST majors in Prof. Michele Hoffman’s 220 Water class, pictured here with volunteer guides from Friends of the Chicago River, paddled the North Branch of the Chicago River, Fall 2014 (M. Hoffman)

Advising and registration are now ongoing (since March 1st) for the Summer and Fall 2015 semesters at Roosevelt. If you’re an RU student, (1) look over the Summer and Fall 2015 schedules using this coursefinder, (2) check your remaining course requirements on your curriculum checksheet, and (3) email or call your assigned academic advisor with your planned schedule and any questions you have about your upcoming classes. Your advisor will provide you with an RU Access registration code so you can register. Click on the links below for course previews!

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Summer 2015:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online, May 18 – Aug 2, Jones)
SUST 390 Writing Urban Nature (Chicago, May 18-22, Bryson)

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Fall 2015:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (Chicago, M 1-3:30pm)
SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online)
SUST 220 Water (Chicago, W 9:30am-12pm)
SUST 230 Food (online)
SUST 240 Waste (Chicago, W 3-5:30pm)
SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (online)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (Chicago @ Field Museum, Th 9am-1pm, Kerbis)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (Chicago, T 12-3pm, Bryson)

March is a super busy time of the academic year, but don’t neglect getting in touch with your advisor! It’s the best time to get signed up for classes. And for additional useful info, see this Advising Resources page on Prof. Mike Bryson’s faculty website.

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center's pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago's South Side, Fall 2014

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center’s pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago’s South Side, Fall 2014

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Fall 2015 Course Preview for SUST 330 Biodiversity at the Field Museum

This coming Fall 2015 semester the Sustainability Studies program will offer a special section of SUST 330 Biodiversity that will meet at the Field Museum of Natural History on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

Overview of SUST 330 at the Field Museum

Taught by Dr. Julian Kerbis Peterhans, professor of natural science at RU and adjunct curator of mammals at the FMNH, this course is an exceptional opportunity to learn about biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability at one of the world’s foremost natural history research museums.

The Field Museum is actually a “Library of Biodiversity” as it has been documenting plant, animal and fossil species of the world for 125 years. As Dr. Kerbis Peterhans notes, “Come join the team at the museum where you will work on these specimens: either sorting, cataloguing, photographing, drawing, databasing, or counting. Let us know if there are a particular group of plants or animals that you are interested in and we will see if we can find you a position.”

SUST major Amanda Zeigler working in the Mammals Department at the Field Museum, spring 2011

SUST alum (BPS ’12) Amanda Zeigler working in the Mammals Department at the Field Museum in the spring of 2011; Amanda is now a Public Programs Assistant in the Learning Center at the FMNH

SUST 330 includes weekly seminar-style class meetings where students discuss readings and hear from scientists working on biodiversity research in a variety of fields. They then work individually with a scientist in one of the many laboratories/collection departments of the museum, based on their individual interests. Several RU students have secured short-term paid positions following their successful experiences in this course, and two are currently employed on a year-round basis.

For additional information about SUST 330 at the Field Museum, please contact Dr. Kerbis Peterhans (

Course Registration Information

  • Title/number: SUST 330 Biodiversity (section 01)
  • Semester offered: Fall 2015
  • Location: Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (map here)
  • Day/time: Thursday 9am-1pm
  • Start date: 25 Aug 2015
  • Pre-req: UWR

SUST majors and minors may take this class to fulfill an upper-level SUST requirement, but 330 also is open to students at large who need a general education course or desire elective credit. It also counts toward the Environmental Science minor for BIOL and CHEM majors.

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V3 Accepting Applications for Summer Environmental Field Technicians

v3-logoV3 Companies is a growth-oriented organization based in Woodridge IL providing professional environmental engineering, construction, and science-related services. V3’s Construction & Ecological Restoration Division is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple Field Technician positions. For those students interested in the biological sciences (i.e., biology, botany, ecology, zoology, aquatic ecology, etc.), these positions offer valuable ecological field experience working within the Chicago region.

Quick Facts

  • Starting Date: March – May 2015
  • Completion: July to November 2015 (project-dependent / flexible)
  • Hours per Week: 25 – 45 hours (project & weather-dependent)
  • Pay: $10 – $14/hr (based on experience)
  • Overtime Pay: 1.5 x base wage for every hour worked over 40 in the same week
  • Applications accepted until positions are filled

Responsibilities and Opportunities

Field Technicians will assist V3 staff ecologists with a variety of fi eld management activities for projects around the greater Chicagoland area. The primary responsibility of Field Technicians will be to conduct invasive species control (mechanical and chemical methods). Technicians will obtain a herbicide operators license issued by the State of Illinois. Technicians will spend 100% of their time in the field at various project locations as assigned. Technicians will work in vegetative communities such as prairies, wetlands, sedge meadows, woodlands, and naturalized basins. Technicians may also conduct wetland plant installation.

Technicians will learn plant identification, plant ecology and invasive species control methods. Technicians will be exposed to various ecological management practices commonly used in the Great Lakes Region as well as various restoration and enhancement, wetland mitigation/creation, and naturalization projects. Other responsibilities may include irrigation, tree and shrub installation, select tree removal, and erosion control blanket installation.

For more information and application instructions, see this pdf.

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Ann Keating Presents “Rising Up! Women at the Birth of Chicago” for Friends of the Chicago Portgage on March 7th

Please join the Friends of the Chicago Portage on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, for the 3rd in their “Women of Early Chicago series for 2015, “Rising Up! Women at the Birth of Chicago!!” Ann Durkin Keating, professor of history at North Central College in  Naperville IL and one of the co-editors of the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Chicago, will talk about several of the women she wrote about in her recent book, Rising up from Indian Country: The Battle of Fort Dearborn and the Birth of Chicago (2012).

Keating - Rising Up from Indian CountryMeet Archange Ouilmette, who grew up in a Potawatomi village in the Calumet area and who helped anchor the trading outpost at Chicago with her husband Antoine Ouilmette from the 1790’s to the 1830’s. Seen thru her eyes, early Chicago was an island in the midst of Indian country! Professor Keating will introduce you to Archange’s neighbors including Catherine, wife of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Elanor, wife of John Kinzie and the wives of US soldiers at Chicago, including Rebekah Wells Heald, Margaret Helm, and Martha Leigh.

The presentation will be held at the Village of Lyons Community Center 4200 South Lawndale in southwest suburban Lyons Illinois.60534. Free and open to the public, the program begins at 1:00 P.M and will conclude before 3:00 PM. Groups should RSVP by calling 773-590-0710. Free parking will be available in the north lot.

This is a must see event for history lovers, educators, tour guides, and anyone else who communicates the stories of Chicago to others. For a complete listing of the 2015 lecture series please check

Friends of the Chicago Portage promotes the historic interpretation, ecological restoration and appropriate development of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site through volunteer advocacy, public events and other projects that raise public awareness of the site’s history and significance.

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