Summer Research Positions for Students in RU’s Policy Research Collaborative

The RU Policy Research Collaborative is seeking motivated Chicago-area undergraduate and graduate students to join a 10-member team in Summer 2018 that will research housing data for a study to determine the financial impact that predatory house-purchase contract sales had on black homeowners in Chicago’s racially transitioning communities.

If you are interested in joining us for this research project, please send the following materials via e-mail to prc@roosevelt.edu, with the subject line, “Housing Equity Research Assistant – [Your Name]”:

  1. A cover letter articulating your specific interest in this project; and,
  2. A current resume or CV.

Positions are expected to start mid-May for up to 40 hours per week at $15/hour, for an eight-week period. Apply now!

For more information on this research project and student employment opportunity, check out the Policy Research Collaborative blog.

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SUST Symposium 2018 on April 23 @RooseveltU

Celebrate #EarthMonth2018 @RooseveltU by attending next week’s Spring 2018 SUST Symposium, which will be held on Monday, April 23rd, from 2-6:15pm in Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building in Chicago (425 S. Wabash Ave.) and videoconferenced live via Zoom.

Symposium 5.1 (Spring 2018) will feature ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production.

Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. Yessenia Balcazar will discuss her work as the first RU intern at the Southeast Environmental Task Force, a grassroots conservation and environmental justice organization on the far South Side of the city. Melissa Ruby will recount her stint as an intern at Plant Chicago, which engages in “sustainable food production, energy conservation and material reuse” on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Finally, Claire Wilson will reflect on her independent study research at the intersection of sociology and sustainability focusing on the environmental hazards within several Chicago communities and their impact on the health of residents.

Light refreshments will be provided, and the RU community as well as the general public are welcome. Click here for info on previous symposia, and check out these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Zoom Info for Part II of the Symposium (5-6pm)

 

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/207565426
  • iPhone one-tap: US: +16699006833,,207565426# or +14086380968,,207565426#
  • Telephone: +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

More Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

 

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Careers in Sustainability: Alumni Panel on April 25th @RooseveltU

The Sustainability Studies Program @RooseveltU will host a Careers in Sustainability event on Wednesday, April 25th, from 4:30-6pm in WB 1315 and via Zoom. This interaction session features a panel of SUST alumni talking about their current jobs, career pathways since graduation, and the impact of their education on their job search and work experience. This special Earth Month event is open to all Roosevelt students, and SUST majors and alumni are particularly encouraged to attend.

We’ll start at 4:30pm with light refreshments and informal socializing and networking. Then, at 5pm, our panelists will each speak briefly about their career tracks and current jobs, after which the audience can ask questions and engage panelists in discussion. Off-campus attendees can listen in and submit questions for the panel via Zoom videoconference (see login info below), which will be moderated by SUST adjunct professor Dr. Carla Jones.

SUST Alumni Panelists

RSVP and questions may be sent to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu). And please check out our other #RUEarthMonth2018 event coming up!

Zoom Info for Careers in Sustainability Alumni Panel

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/791845932
  • iPhone one-tap :US: +14086380968,,791845932# or +16468769923,,791845932#
  • Telephone: +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

More Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/11.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

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Earth Month Film Screening this Wednesday: “Sustainable — A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America”

The Sustainability Studies Program @RooseveltU is hosting a film screening, followed by a panel discussion, in honor of #RUEarth Month2018 this Wednesday, April 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Chicago Campus, Wabash Building, Room 317. All members of the Roosevelt community and the public are invited to see and discuss the film Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America. The event Features a faculty panel discussion with professors Jeannine Love (POS) and Vicki Gerberich (SUST), with Graham Pickren (SUST) moderating.

This film won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. It reveals a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system from the agricultural issues we face – soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticides, and more – to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.

For more information, contact Professor Graham Pickren at gpickren@roosevelt.edu. And check out these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

 

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Talkin’ Trash (and Makin’ Compost) at RU: Earth Month 2018

It’s official — the 8th, 4th, and 2nd floors of the Auditorium Building (or “AUD ” for short) are now the coolest scenes on Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus. Why, you may ask? Well, students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University have re-launched our hallway composting project piloted last spring. As one of our many green efforts underway during Earth Month, green compost bins are now available in these convenient locations:

  • 4th and 8th floors: Southeast Elevator Bank on Michigan and Central Stairwell on Congress
  • 2nd floor: Fainman Lounge and “The Bridge” between AUD and WB

Signs are located above the compost bins to educate people on what they can and cannot compost. Compostable waste is accepted throughout the day up until 4pm. At the end of the day, volunteers pick up collected organic waste, weigh it in RU’s Urban Sustainability Lab so we can track how much food waste we’re diverting from the landfill, and take it to the Wabash Dining Center. Here food waste is composted through a SOMAT waste disposal system, located behind the scenes in the Wabash Dining Center. Once collected and taken offsite, it is converted into compost, with some eventually making it to the Schaumburg Campus to be used in the community garden.

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Instructional Signage created by: Thomas Smith

Why is composting important you ask? Organic matter makes up about two-thirds of all refuse in the waste stream. By composting, we can keep organic matter out of landfills that could be used to provide nutrients and helpful micro-organisms to lawns, gardens, and potted plants. Think of compost as a protein shake for your garden. Even more importantly, we reduce the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from landfilling.

The ultimate goal of this small-scale composting project is to research and develop a system for composting campus-wide.  We appreciate your participation in this pilot program and welcome any feedback or suggestions that you may have!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Professor Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu), Sustainability Studies Program, AUD 829.

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RU Garden Gnomes Hosting Rooftop Garden Workdays Today and Next Tuesday

Moses Viveros sowing seeds in the rooftop garden, August 2017 (D. Ramirez)

Hello RU Lakers! The Rooftop Garden Gnomes from ACP/SUST 250 Sustainable University are here to update you on the status of your garden on the WB’s 5th story.

We are currently in one of the most crucial periods of gardening. We have begun germinating over 52 seeds that include 12 different types of herbs, vegetables, and native plants — including but not limited to Strawberries, Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley, and Sage. We have even included beautiful mixed flower and coreopsis plant seeds to add much needed color to our rooftop!

With so many seeds, where do they go right? That’s where you come in! We are tilling over 75 plots to prepare the soil to receive the seeds we’ve so worked hard to sprout. Since it is such a big job, we are asking our fellow RU students, faculty, and staff to volunteer some time to help us out. There are two upcoming days set aside specifically to get the plots cleared.

Rooftop Gnomes will be meeting today and next Tuesday, weather permitting:

April 10th, 2018: 10 A.M until 1-1:30 P.M

April 17th, 2018: 10 A.M until 1-1:30 P.M

Please R.S.V.P. via email to mgiles02@mail.roosevelt.edu; or via text message: (312) 659-9518.

We will provide equipment but if you have a rake, shovel, or gloves at home – please feel free to bring them along. We do ask that you are mindful of the temperature on the day you choose to volunteer, and wear closed-toed shoes for your safety and comfort.

So what do you say, RU ready to plant a garden!?!

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Fri 4/13 — Honors Research Day (9am-4pm, WB 418), featuring presentations by twelve graduating Honors students on their thesis projects. All are welcome!

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Tue 4/17 — WB Rooftop Garden Workday (10am-1:30pm, Fitness Center, WB 5th floor): Getting some fresh air and exercise with the ACP/SUST 250 Garden Gnomes team by helping out with our rooftop garden! RSVP via email to mgiles02@mail.roosevelt.edu; or via text message: (312) 659-9518.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

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RU Residence Hall Greencycle Event: Next Monday 4/16 at 4pm

As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things at the upcoming RU Greencycle Event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University and the WCC.

Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. No work or fees are required! Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter.

Contact RA Claire Wilson (residencelife2018@yahoo.com) for more info and if you’d like to participate by staffing a donation table.

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Fri 4/13 — Honors Research Day (9am-4pm, WB 418), featuring presentations by twelve graduating Honors students on their thesis projects. All are welcome!

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

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