Prescribed Burn at RU’s Schaumburg Campus Scheduled for this Week

As part of Roosevelt University’s commitment to restoring a healthy prairie ecosystem at our Schaumburg Campus, we will be conducting a prescribed burn of the Campus native prairie this week. The date will be determined by the weather.

The first prescribed burn of the Schaumburg Campus detention pond, 13 April 2011 (photo: K. Franklin)

The first prescribed burn of the Schaumburg Campus detention pond, 13 April 2011 (photo: K. Franklin)

Fire has been used throughout history as a way to regulate our ecosystem by removing non-native species, improving habitats for native plants and animals and returning nutrients to the soil.

For more information, contact Thomas Shelton, Environmental Sustainability and Transportation Coordinator (tshelton@roosevelt.edu). See the RU Green Campus website for more information on our sustainability practices and activities.

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EPA-Funded Fellowship Program for Undergraduates Offers Tuition Support & Research Internship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 19, 2015, at 11:59:59pm EST.  Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 34 new fellowships.  Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship. The earliest anticipated start date for these awards is September 1, 2015.

Eligibility Information:

  1. Students must attend a fully accredited four-year U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their last two years of undergraduate studies during the fellowship period.
  2. Students must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must have their green card at the time of application.  Do not provide the green card number with your application; however, you may be asked to provide it at a later time to verify eligibility with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.
  3. The GRO Undergraduate Fellowship is intended for students entering their last two years of full-time study before obtaining their first bachelor’s degree.  Students who have already earned one bachelor’s degree and are pursuing additional degrees are not eligible.  The fellowship tenure is for two full academic years (9 months each) with a required paid internship during the summer after the first year. Thus, only students who will be entering their last two years of college will be considered eligible.
  4. Students must have at least a “B” average overall at the time of application submittal and during the tenure of the fellowship.
  5. In order to receive the fellowship, students must attend a fully accredited four-year U.S. institution of higher education. These schools must be listed as not highly funded for research and development capacity.  For the purposes of this solicitation, students attending those institutions receiving more than $35 million in annual federal research and development funding are ineligible to apply under this solicitation. Institutions who exceed this threshold can be identified in the National Science Foundation’s publication “Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2012,” Page 37, Table 12, column 2. These data can be found at  Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions: FY 2012 (PDF) (260 pp, 4.78 MB, about PDF)
  6. At the time of application submittal, students attending two-year institutions or community colleges, as well as students not in attendance at an institution of higher education, may be eligible to apply. However, in order to receive the fellowship, students attending two-year institutions or community colleges or students not in attendance at the time of application will need to show evidence of having received their Associate’s degree, as well as demonstrating that they only have two years left of undergraduate studies for completion of the Bachelor’s degree, and that they have been accepted to attend an accredited eligible four-year institution. This requirement is considered satisfied if the student is transferring to an accredited eligible four-year institution which has an Articulation Agreement with the two-year institution, thus meaning that all credits will transfer towards requirements for the Bachelor’s degree.  See Section III.A. Eligible Applicants for further information.

The following application materials must be submitted:

Item 1. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424
Item 2. EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)
Item 3. Front Page
Item 4. Personal Statement
Item 5. Background Information:
Education & Relevant Experiences
Presentations
Course Work
Item 6. EPA Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS)
Item 7. Letters of Recommendation (submitted by reference letter writers)

 

For more detailed information and links to the application, please review this page on the EPA website.

 

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Big Plans to Go Green for Earth Week 2015 at Roosevelt University, April 20-24

Earth Week / Bike2Campus Week is coming up at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg! All week from April 20 through 24, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in many sustainability-related events.

Get On Your Bikes!

Bike and ManStudents, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to Bike2Campus all week! In order to prove that you are doing so, get onto www.bike2campus.com and fill out a sheet to show you have biked, and then, by proving it, you can earn some cool prizes. Let’s make a great showing for RU among all the colleges and universities participating in Chicago!

Track Your Sustainability!

All week long RU is sponsoring a Sustainable Action Competition (hashtag #RUEARTHWEEK2015) in which students, faculty, and staff and keep track of their sustainability efforts (i.e. recycling, reusing, reducing, service work, etc) by taking pictures and posting to the RU Green Campus Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram pages. Top winners will receive give-a-ways (those included for the Bike2Campus prizes, free large organic pizza from WB dining services, a DIVVY membership, or Kramer’s Gift Card, as well as some small give-a-ways (if there are any left at the end of the week).

electronics-recycling2Recycle Your E-Waste!

On the 14th floor of Wabash, all week long, there will be a box for EWaste (for any electronics, batteries, etc. that you would like to get rid of).

By putting any EWaste in here, versus throwing it out as trash, students help to bring down pollution and divert that waste from landfills.

Earth Week Event Schedule at Roosevelt

Monday, April 20: Screening and faculty-led discussion of the environmental documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Join RU students, staff, and faculty members Bethany Barratt (Political Science), Kim Ruffin (English / Grad Studies), and Mike Bryson (Sustainability Studies) for conversation about this independent film (5pm in WB 1017, refreshments courtesy of the student organization RU Reforesting).

Tuesday, April 21: Food/juice tasting at Kramer’s Health Food Store and Café, 230 S. Wabash. Learn about the benefits of juicing as well as cutting (at least some) meat out of one’s diet, and stay for a demo on bike safety and basic maintenance. 3pm; meet in WB Lobby at 2:45pm, or just come over). Also, the School of the Art Institute will host a bike repair and safety workshop from 4-6pm on their campus (location TBA).

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (photo: M. Bryson)

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (M. Bryson)

Wednesday, April 22: Learn about the research and internships experiences of students in RU’s Sustainability Studies Program at the 3rd SUST Student Symposium at the Chicago Campus, 3-5:30pm. Enjoy stimulating conversation, pleasant hobnobbing, and free refreshments courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources department. Enjoy lively presentations by SUST majors Melanie Blume, Rebecca Quesnell, Mary Rasic, and Emily Rhea, and check our our past symposia here. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson at mbryson@roosevelt.edu (WB 616).

Thursday, April 23: WB Rooftop Garden workday at the Chicago Campus, 10am-5pm. Contribute a little time this day to prepping the growing plots for our rooftop garden! Volunteers can get their hands dirty for 1/2-hour time slots throughout the day by contacting Rebecca Quesnell (rquesnell@roosevelt.edu). Everyone at RU is invited to a reception from 5-7pm (room TBA), with RU Reforesting providing food, games, and give-a-ways.

Friday, April 24: In the works for Arbor Day — RUrbanPioneers Community Garden workday (contact Mary Rasic at mrasic@roosevelt.edu for more info) at the Schaumburg Campus; student sustainable living (friendly) competition, both campuses. More info on this coming soon!

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Celebrate Earth Week 2015 at Roosevelt University, April 20-24

Earth Week / Bike2Campus Week is coming up at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg! All week from April 20 through 24, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in many sustainability-related events.

Get On Your Bikes!

Bike and ManStudents, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to Bike2Campus all week! In order to prove that you are doing so, get onto www.bike2campus.com and fill out a sheet to show you have biked, and then, by proving it, you can earn some cool prizes. Let’s make a great showing for RU among all the colleges and universities participating in Chicago!

Recycle Your E-Waste!

On the 14th floor of Wabash, all week long, there will be a box for EWaste (for any electronics, batteries, etc. that you would like to get rid of). By putting any EWaste in here, versus throwing it out as trash, students help to bring down pollution and divert that waste from landfills.

Earth Week Events at Roosevelt

Monday, April 20: Screening and faculty-led discussion of the environmental documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Join RU students, staff, and faculty members Bethany Barratt (Political Science), Kim Ruffin (English / Grad Studies), and Mike Bryson (Sustainability Studies) for conversation about this independent film (5pm in WB 1017, refreshments served),

Tuesday, April 21: Food/juice tasting at Kramer’s Health Food Store and Café, 230 S. Wabash. Learn about the benefits of juicing as well as cutting (at least some) meat out of one’s diet, and stay for a demo on bike safety and basic maintenance. 3pm; meet in WB Lobby at 2:45pm, or just come over). Also, the School of the Art Institute will host a bike repair and safety workshop, time/place TBA.

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (photo: M. Bryson)

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (M. Bryson)

Wednesday, April 22: Learn about the research and internships experiences of students in RU’s Sustainability Studies Program at the 3rd SUST Student Symposium at the Chicago Campus, 3-5:30pm. Enjoy stimulating conversation, pleasant hobnobbing, and free refreshments courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources department. Enjoy lively presentations by SUST majors Melanie Blume, Rebecca Quesnell, Mary Rasic, and Emily Rhea, and check our our past symposia here. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson at mbryson@roosevelt.edu. (WB 6th floor, room TBA soon)

Thursday, April 23: WB Rooftop Garden workday at the Chicago Campus, 10am-5pm. Contribute a little time this day to prepping the growing plots for our rooftop garden! Volunteers can get their hands dirty for 1/2-hour time slots throughout the day by contacting Rebecca Quesnell (rquesnell@roosevelt.edu). More details coming soon!

Friday, April 24: In the works for Arbor Day — RUrbanPioneers Community Garden workday (contact Mary Rasic at mrasic@roosevelt.edu for more info) at the Schaumburg Campus; student sustainable living (friendly) competition, both campuses. More info on this coming soon!

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Bison to Return to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

From the Associated Press via the NY Times:

Midewin signCHICAGO — A small herd of around two dozen bison could be grazing on restored grassland south of Chicago as soon as this fall now that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has final approval for an experimental project that’s been years in the making.

Officials announced Friday they plan to introduce a mix of young and mature animals at the prairie 45 miles southwest of Chicago, where the U.S. Forest Service and other groups have been trying to restore grassland at a site that was for decades a U.S. Army ammunition plant. The 1,200-acre project area could eventually support a little over 100 bison.

The animals are a keystone of prairie ecosystems and their introduction will help with restoration of the site’s native grass species, the Forest Service says. That, in turn, will improve habitat for native grassland birds.

The first animals should arrive in the fall, said Greg Peters, a spokesman for the National Forest Foundation, which has helped lead the project.

“We saw an opportunity to return an iconic species back to the native tallgrass prairie where they had existed before,” Peters said.

Over the summer, workers will construct pasture fencing, corrals, hiking trails, overlooks and other facilities for an expected increased number of visitors.

Midewin is the first national tallgrass prairie in the U.S and one of the largest prairie restoration efforts east of the Mississippi River. It was established in 1996 on the site of what was once a sprawling military ammunition and explosives plant dating back to World War II. To restore the complex of wetlands that makes up the prairie, workers are dismantling hundreds of old grass-covered military bunkers, ripping up roadways and railroad lines and trying to strip out invasive weeds.

The bison are crucial to the restoration. Bison graze differently than cattle and are better suited for maintaining native plant species on restored prairie.

Organizers want to be sure they get genetically pure animals, rather than bison that have been crossbred with cattle. The largest natural, free-ranging herd is in Yellowstone, but some private ranchers also have genetically pure bison that could be sourced for the project, Peters said.

“We want to make sure that their behaviors and habits are as pure and historical as we can make them,” he said.

A small number of bison were also recently introduced to the smaller Nachusa Grasslands, near Dixon in northern Illinois.

Midewin hopes the animals will attract more visitors and volunteers.

“We thought that bringing bison in would really provide a hook for the community to come out and get to know Midewin a little bit,” Peters said.

Posted in biodiversity, conservation, ecology, Illinois, news, parks and public land, wildlife

RU Environmental Sustainability Internship Open for Applications

RU's restored prairie and part of its urban forest at the Schaumburg Campus (photo: M. Radeck)

RU’s restored prairie and part of its urban forest at the Schaumburg Campus (photo: M. Radeck)

The RU Physical Resources Department is offering a paid student internship position to begin in Spring 2015 and run through Summer 2015. This job is an outstanding professional development opportunity and involves working directly with the RU Physical Resources Team under the direction of Paul Matthews, Associate VP for Campus Planning/Operations, and Tom Shelton, RU’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. The internship is based primarily at the Schaumburg Campus, though occasionally duties may involve going to the Chicago Campus. Applications are being accepted ASAP (see details below) until the position is filled.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Schaumburg Campus RUrbanPioneers Community Garden
  • Assist in implementing the newly adopted Sustainability Strategic Plan, approved in February 2015
  • Maintenance and updating of the RU Green Campus website, Green Campus Blog, and associated Facebook page, including articulating a mission statement, information on topics such as green construction and recycling programs, provide links to outside environmental organizations, post sustainability-related news, and provide other information which may benefit and educate the RU community about environmental sustainability.
  • Assist in maintaining contact with associations and government sponsored agencies that support the Physical Resources Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, including: Association for the Advancement for Sustainability within Higher Education (AASHE), United States Green Building Council, Second Nature, World Wildlife Federation, EPA Green Power Partnership Program, and the Illinois Governor’s Campus Sustainability Compact
  • Participate in DCEO Recycling Grant Reporting; Recycling Project for AUD, Field House, and Wabash (with 50% diversion goal); and university Compost Agreement, which provides materials for Schaumburg Garden Plots
  • Help prepare PowerPoint presentations on select ES topics to present to the RU Community when necessary.
  • Attend RU-based meetings that deal with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership thru Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Program for the Wabash Vertical Campus, Field House, and other major construction projects. Assist in tracking the LEED credits for certification and green building construction, and in achieving USGBC LEED Silver level for Field House.
  • Work on Physical Resource plans or initiatives that center around green technologies, landscapes, hardscapes, alternate methods of transportation, and renewable energy sources.

To Apply:

Contact Tom Shelton, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Department of Physical Resources, Roosevelt University, at 312-341-3763 (office), 630-768-8762 (cell), or tshelton@roosevelt.edu (email).

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SUST Program at RU Featured in New Book about College Majors

Morkes - They Teach That in College? 3rd edThe Sustainability Studies undergraduate program at Roosevelt is prominently featured in a new book by Andrew Morkes entitled They Teach That in College!? A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors (3rd edition, College & Career Press). Included in this wide-ranging list of majors are four sustainability-related degrees:

  • Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Sustainability Studies (that’s us, along with 12 other universities in the US, many of which are highly prestigious)
  • Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming
  • Sustainable Business

The chapter on Sustainability Studies features a three-page Q/A interview with RU professor Mike Bryson, Director and Co-founder of the SUST Program, which began in 2010 and is now in its 5th year, with 38 graduates since Fall 2011 and 49 current majors. In it, Bryson defines the field, provides an overview of Roosevelt’s SUST program, describes the students and their varying career aspirations, and discusses the employment outlook for sustainability-related majors. Besides being excellent PR for Roosevelt, the book’s substantial profiling of the above sustainability-related degrees further illustrates the emergence of sustainability as a multifaceted academic discipline (or perhaps, interdiscipline) in higher education today.

What Reviewers Are Saying:

Library Bookwatch, February 2015
“They Teach That in College!? showcases more than 100 intriguing, unorthodox, and lesser-known college majors, such as Culinology, Expeditionary Studies, Music Therapy, Renewable Energy, and Zoo Science. Each major is spotlighted with an overview, contact information of colleges and universities that offer these majors, lists of typical classes and employers, and more. Over 60 interviews with college professors round out this exceptional and inspirational guide for surveying the possibilities of one’s future.

Voice of Youth Advocates
They Teach That in College?! was selected as A Perfect Ten by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA). The book, along with 10 other winners, was chosen from a total of 1,223 books reviewed by VOYA as earning the highest ratings for literary quality and teen appeal.

Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch
“They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors is just what the title says–an introspective on interesting, strange, and fully legitimate college majors that could lead readers into brand-new and interesting careers. The second edition of this title adds 40 new majors, including course listings, potential employer information, interviews, and so much more. They Teach That in College!? is highly recommended for community library collections on careers, and for anyone who is looking for a new job and wants something outside the usual.”

Independent Publisher Online
They Teach That in College!? was selected as a Highlighted Title, for “exhibiting a superior level of creativity, originality, and a high standard of design and production quality.”

The Futurist
They Teach That in College!? was listed as a New and Noteworthy Title in the magazine’s Bookshelf section. It was also referenced as source material in an article in the magazine titled, “Majoring in the Unusual: Out of the Box College Programs for Generation X.”

Career Opportunities News
“A fascinating book which describes colleges with interesting majors, most attuned to a career field. …Reviewing the list of college programs and their career implications could suggest some interesting options for students who are not sure of their goals in life.”

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