Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University

Infobox University
name = Roosevelt University

motto = "Dedicated to the enlightenment of the human spirit"
established = 1945
type = Private
president = Charles R. Middleton
city = Chicago
state = Illinois
country = USA
campus = Downtown Chicago and
Schaumburg, Illinois
undergrad = 4,500
postgrad = 3,000
colors = Green, White, and Gold
endowment = $76 million
website = []

Roosevelt University is a private institution of higher education with full service campuses in Chicago's Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg. It also offers classes in communities, schools, and corporations, and has the mission of being a metropolitan university and an asset to the surrounding communities.

Roosevelt University currently offers 126 Doctor's, Master's, Bachelor's degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences, business, and education.

The university includes the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, a continuing education school; Chicago College of Performing Arts, a music and theatre program; Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration, a business school; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Education.

The lobby stairwell of the main building (430 S. Michigan Ave.) was featured in the Robert DeNiro movie "The Untouchables." [] In the summer of 2005, the 10th floor Reading Room was used as a set for the film The Lake House, where the room doubled as an architect's office.


The school was founded in 1945 when Edward J. Sparling, then president of the YMCA College in Chicago, refused to provide his board with the demographic data in his student body, fearing that it would provide the basis for a quota system to limit the number of blacks, Jews, immigrants, and women at the school. Sparling was fired and a number of faculty and students left with him, voting to start a new college with a vote of 62 to 1 for faculty and 488 to 2 with the student body. [] The school had no library, campus, or endowment.

The new college was chartered as Thomas Jefferson College on March 28, 1945 and had financial backing from Marshall Field III, the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and other organizations and individuals. Two weeks later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, and with his widow Eleanor's permission the college was renamed Roosevelt College in his memory. In 1947, the Auditorium Building was sold to the university for one dollar and became the permanent home of Roosevelt University. The college was rededicated to both Franklin and Eleanor in 1959. Early advisory board members included Marian Anderson, Pearl Buck, Ralph Bunche, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Gunnar Myrdal, Draper Daniels and Albert Schweitzer. In August 1996 the Albert A. Robin campus was opened in Schaumburg, started in large part by a donation from entrepreneur and immigrant, Albert A. Robin.

In July 2002, Charles R. Middleton became the fifth President of Roosevelt University.

Academics and majors

There are more than 60 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 40 master’s degree programs, and selected doctoral programs.


Departments and programs are organized in 5 colleges.
* [ College of Arts and Sciences]
* [ College of Business ]
* [ College of Education]
*Chicago College of Performing Arts
* [ Evelyn T. Stone University College]

Programs and departments

* [ Adult Students]
* [ Asian Programs]
* [ Bachelor of General Studies/Bachelor of Professional Studies]
* [ Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences]
* [ Career Services]
* [ Communication]
* [ Computer Science and Telecommunications]
* [ Economics]
* [ English Composition Program]
* [ English Language Program (offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes)]
* [ English Program]
* [ External Studies Program]
* [ History, Art History, and Philosophy]
* [ Hospitality and Tourism Management]
* [ Literature and Languages]
* [ Mathematics and Actuarial Science]
* [ Paralegal Studies Program]
* [ MBA Program]
* [ Political Science and Public Administration]
* [ Psychology]
* [ Scholars Program (Honors)]
* [ Sociology and Anthropology]
* [ Training and Development]
* [ Women's and Gender Studies]

Institutes and centers

A strong supplement to the university's colleges is its centers and institutes that extend the learn and research opportunities available to students and faculty.
* [ Career Services]
* [ Center for New Deal Studies]
* [ Center for Tourism Studies]
* [ Education Alliance]
* [ Institute for Continued Learning]
* [ Institute for Metropolitan Affairs]
* [ Institute of Real Estate]
* [ Mansfield Institute for Social Justice]
* [ Metropolitan Institute for Teaching and Learning]
* [ St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies]
* [ The Stress Institute]


Downtown Chicago Campus

The majority of all Chicago classes are held within Roosevelt's historic Auditorium Building at 430 S. Michigan Avenue just blocks from the Magnificent Mile. A second downtown campus building is the Gage Building, located at 18 S. Michigan Avenue. It is also the home of the Paralegal Studies Program and the School of Communication.

Neighbors include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and Soldier Field. The 430 S. Michigan Avenue campus overlooks Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Michigan Ave., Columbus Drive, Lake Shore Drive, and Lake Michigan and the Center for Professional Advancement overlooks Millennium Park on Chicago's lakefront.

Albert A. Robin Campus, Schaumburg

Roosevelt University's campus in Schaumburg is the largest four-year university in Chicago's Northwest suburbs, serving roughly 2,500 students. The campus is located in the former regional office building of the Unocal Corporation. Roosevelt converted the building into a full-service campus in 1996.

Student life

Student housing and residence life

Roosevelt University has two dormitories located less than two blocks from one another, housing over 500 Roosevelt students. The Herman Crown Center is located at 425 S. Wabash and houses nearly 200 residents. It is connected to the Auditorium Building ( [ a panorama of the Auditorium Building Lobby] ) and provides direct access to classrooms, the university's Murray-Green Library, music practice rooms, the university's gym and fitness center: the Marvin Moss Student Center (MMSC), and other facilities including the Office of Student Activities, the Student Government Association, Student Organization office spaces, and the Academic Counseling Center.

The [ University Center of Chicago] is the newest dormitory in the area and was officially opened in the fall of 2004. Located at 525 S. State Street the UC houses students from Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and Columbia College Chicago, totaling 1700 residents from these three schools combined.

Traveling between campuses

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and Elevated "L" trains. (the principal urban heavy rail and metro serving in Chicago) serve to both downtown Roosevelt locations.

In Schaumburg, [ PACE] (the suburban bus division of RTA: the Regional Transportation Authority) also operates the bus lines to the Albert A. Robin campus.

Intercampus vans are also regularly scheduled to commute between the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.

Groups and activities

There are many active student organizations at both of the Roosevelt University campuses.
* [ Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity] : Roosevelt's largest on campus Greek organization
* WRBC-AM: Roosevelt's student radio station
* [ The Torch] : Roosevelt's student newspaper (7,500/weekly)
* [ Oyez Review] : Roosevelt's national and award winning literary journal.
* [ Student Government Association]
* [ Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity] : Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity and a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. The Fraternity has begun the colonization process at Roosevelt and hopes to install it's 182nd chapter there later this year. For more information about the colonization, please visit:
* [ Gamma Theta Chi Sorority] : Gamma Theta Chi is a multicultural sorority founded November 1, 2004. Its founding members are from Roosevelt University, DePaul University and Columbia College. The sorority is guided by its principals of community, diversity, friendship, and teamwork.
* Intramural Sports Club: Dedicated to returning a comprehensive athletics program to Roosevelt through student recognition and involvement.
* [ Feminists United (FU)] : Roosevelt's campus feminist organization committed to achieving equality for women and men

Distinguished alumni

* Tony Alcantar: an American actor
* Edsel Albert Ammons (B.A., 1948): a Bishop of the United Methodist Church
* David Applebaum: Israeli physician
* Peri E. Arnold: Chairman, Department of Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame
* Andrew Barrett: Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
* Melissa Bean: Politician (U.S. Congressman, Illinois 8th 2005)
* Ronald A. Williams: Chairman and CEO, Aetna, Inc.
* Krzysztof A. Kula: A Polish/American Legend
* Ira Berkow: Sportswriter, New York Times
* Anthony Braxton: Jazz composer and performer
* Jesse Brown: U.S. Secretary of Veteran's Affairs 1993-97
* Clark Burrus: Former Senior Vice President, First National Bank of Chicago
* Merle Dandridge: Broadway and Television Actress.
* Sylvia Flanagan: Senior Editor, Jet Magazine
* Brenda Gaines: President & CEO, Diners Club North America
* Karen Gibbs: Co-anchor, Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE
* Charles V. Hamilton: Political science professor and co-author of the book "Black Power"
* Wallce S. Sayre: Professor of Government, Columbia University
* Mark Handler: Former President, Macy's Department Stores
* Patricia Harris: Assistant Vice President of Diversity for McDonald's Corporation
* Donald Jacobs: Retired Former Dean, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
* Howard Johnson: Former chairman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
*Ambassador Jacques Paul Klein ( '63, '71): Special representative of the Secretary-General and Coordinator of United Nations Operations in Liberia with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
* Mort Kondracke: American political commentator and journalist on the Fox News Network; he is also co-host of The Beltway Boys, also the author of the "Saving Milly: Love, Politics, and Parkinson's Disease (2001, nonfiction)" book
* Basil Kromelow: President, Gold Coast Group of Hotels
* Ramsey Lewis: Jazz musician, Host, Legends of Jazz and The Ramsey Lewis Morning Show, WNUA-FM Radio
* John Licht: President, CEO and Chairman of Duraco Products the largest manufacturer and marketer of decorative plastic planters, birder feeders and garden accessories.
* Blanche Manning: Judge, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois
* LeRoy Martin: Chief of Police for the State of Illinois, Central Management Services
* Robert Mednick: Retired Managing Partner, Professional and Regulatory Matters at Andersen Worldwide
* Eugene Morris: Chairman and CEO, E. Morris Communications
* Steven B. Nasatir: President, Jewish Federation / Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago / JFMC Facilities Corp
* Terry Peterson: CEO, Chicago Housing Authority
* Bobby Rush: Politician and Congressman, Illinois 1st since 1993
* William Sheldon: Chicago broadcaster
* Jim Skinner: CEO, McDonald's Corporation
* Harold Washington: Late mayor of Chicago and the first African American to hold the office. Elected class president his senior year.
* Reginald Weaver: President, National Education Association
* Berel Wein: Orthodox rabbi, scholar, lecturer, and writer.
* David Woolridge: Retired Corporate Vice President, Motorola
* Robin Alexis Childress: Broadway actress

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ OnLine programs website]
* Biography of University President Charles Middleton []
* Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University []
* College and University Profiles []
* Encyclopedia of Chicago []
* Thomson & Peterson's College Close-Up []
* America's Best Colleges 2006: Roosevelt University. At a Glance []
* NNDB: tracking the entire world (Roosevelt University) []

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