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Operation 1000 "Happy Birthday Harold" Challenge - Complete the funding for the Harold Washington Memorial Lounge in April

The Southside Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University is proud to report that we are more than halfway towards reaching our goal of $10,000 to fund the Harold Washington Memorial Student Lounge.  We are appealing to all of our members, alumni and friends to help complete this pledge this April, the month of his birth.

What a way to honor his achievements and celebrate his birthday by making a pledge or contribution to keep his name and legacy alive.  No gift is too small but we encourage a minimum of $10, and for those of you who can, an even greater gift will help us finalize this pledge.  If just 1000 members gave $10 each, we would fulfill our pledge.

There are three ways to donate 1) online, 2) mailing in a pledge card specifying the Harold Washington Memorial Lounge and 3) thru the Phonathon — specify that your gift or pledge should go to towards the Harold Washington Memorial Lounge. The URL for online donations is: https://secure.touchnet.com/C21300_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=145&SINGLESTORE=true

Thank you for helping us keep the memory and legacy of Harold Washington alive at Roosevelt University.

Yours in the movement,
Leticia Ransom
President, SSRUAA



From the Desk of the President ….

It is indeed a privilege and pleasure to serve as your President of the South Side Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University (RU-SSAC).  It is my goal and desire to take the platform that the outgoing president, Julius Rhodes, has started and continue to elevate the South Side Alumni Chapter. 

While I am serving as your President my goals are simple but impactful.  I will be working on 3 goals and objectives.  Every initiative I embark on will support my 3-point plan.

  • Build Membership
  • Build Giving
  • Operation 1000 - Naming the Harold Washington Student Lounge in the new Wabash building

My goal is to get more alumni networking, communicating and supporting Roosevelt University.  This will be done through membership mixers, the first of which was held in July.   There were close to 40 attendees and we collected almost $300 towards Operation 1000.  The week after our mixer I ran into two alumni who were at the mixer, one on a CTA bus and one at a local establishment, which proved to me just how small our community is and that we should know each other and support one another.

My second goal is to Build Giving.  About 8% of RU alumni are currently supporting our Alma Mater.  When the University bids for external funds, funders want to know what percentage of our alumni are donors to the University. Supporting Operation 1000, with a large number of our 7000 South Side alumni members, each giving just $10.00, will increase that percentage greatly and give the University the competitive advantage it needs to obtain additional funding.

Lastly, Operation 1000 will get us to our goal of naming the Harold Washington Student Lounge.  As I said, above, we need just 1000 alumni to give a minimum of $10.00 each to reach our goal.  Please consider joining us in supporting this initiative, by going on line to Harold Washington Memorial Lounge.

The Leadership Team has been working hard on planning a quality calendar for the next year.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Our intention is to create programing for all Alumni, events that span from a Night on the Town for recent graduates to Planning for Retirement and Planned Giving workshops, an outing designed for “Over 55”, and Theater Outings.  Our next events are a Membership Mixer in Beverly and reserved seating for the SSAC at the November 2nd Lakers basketball game at the new Goodman Center. Details coming soon.

Go Green - Go White!

Leticia Ransom


 

Roosevelt's South Side Alumni Chapter Launches Operation 1000

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the historic election of the late Mayor Harold Washington, and in recognition of his legacy of inclusiveness and diversity, the South Side Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University proudly announces, Operation 1000, the Campaign to name the Harold Washington Memorial Student Lounge.

It is important that the legacy of Mayor Washington be remembered, especially in the halls of Roosevelt where new generations of students will be inspired to take up the challenge to advocate for those who are weaker or less powerful. The members of the South Side Alumni Chapter have made a commitment of $10,000 to name a student lounge, located on the third floor of the new Wabash Building, in memory of the late mayor and in recognition of his status as a Roosevelt alumnus, a community activist, and Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Please join us in our quest! If just 1,000 Roosevelt alumni and friends send in $10 each, we will meet our goal. Of course, a larger gift is appreciated but like Mayor Washington, we don't want to leave anyone out and we appreciate all gifts.

To make a donation, click on the following link - and keep his legacy alive.

If you don't want to pay with a credit card, please send a check marked "H.W. Student Lounge" to the following address:

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave., AUD 818
Chicago, IL 60605

For questions, contact Denise Bransford at dbransford@roosevelt.edu.


Sign our petition – help make Wentworth Gardens an historical site!

We believe that Wentworth Gardens, a public housing development in Chicago, is a community with major historical significance and should be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Planned during World War II and first opened in 1947, Wentworth Gardens housed returning war veterans and later thousands of low-income African American families in a tight-knit community.  The site had originally been home to South Side Park, a baseball stadium for the Chicago White Sox (1900-1910) and then the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Baseball League (1910-1940).  In 1944, the Chicago Housing Authority purchased the site to build a 422-unit apartment complex of low-rise buildings and row houses.  After three decades of success, Wentworth Gardens became threatened in the 1980s due to managerial neglect, and its future became uncertain.  But in a remarkable community-led effort, residents successfully organized to save their community.  Their tireless, two-decades long effort culminated in the saving of Wentworth Gardens, with a complete renovation finished in 2009.  Today, the buildings stand largely intact as a successful example of public housing rehabilitation.
 
The remarkable resilience and persistence of Wentworth Gardens residents is well documented by the oral histories of residents and by scholars Roberta M. Feldman and Susan Stall in their book entitled The Dignity of Resistance: Women Residents’ Activism in Chicago Public Housing published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.  We believe Wentworth Gardens meets the major criteria for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, including age (66 years old), integrity (renovation preserved the look and feel of the development), and historic significance due to the remarkable efforts of residents to preserve the development.
 
If you have any other questions, please contact us at vaf3842@yahoo.com.
 
For more information about this important issue, you can read about the Chicago Housing Authority and learn about CHA through oral histories in When Public Housing Was Paradise: Building Community in Chicago (Univ of Illinois Press, 2004) by J.S. Fuerst and D. Bradford Hunt.
 
To sign our petition, click here.


 Roosevelt University announces the new president of the South Side Alumni Chapter

Leticia Ransom

Roosevelt University is pleased to announce the appointment of Leticia Ransom, MBA, PHR, as the new President of the South Side Alumni Chapter of Roosevelt University (RU-SSAC).  Having served as Vice President for the past two years under outgoing president Julius Rhodes, Ransom brings energy and fresh ideas to the position.  Her appointment was unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the RU-SSAC Leadership at their May 2013 meeting and she has hit the ground running.  

Ransom received a BA in Business Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA., and her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.  Her professional background includes extensive experience in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing and Finance.  Ransom has been a life-time member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) since 2004, completing her second term as Treasurer of the Chicago Chapter in December 2011.  She is credited for implementing financial internal controls, operating budgets and obtaining the reinstatement of the chapter’s non-profit status that was lost three years prior to her taking over as Treasurer.  She co-founded Better Investors Through Education (BITE) 15 years ago and served as Treasurer from 1997 – 2005.  An active community member, Ransom is also the author of two novels LinkAge (2000), and its sequel AgeLess Pain (2006) by L.B. Ransom.


Please note, we  meet on the second Tuesday  of every other month. The meetings are still held at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

Below are events for the chapter:

2013 Meeting Calendar

Nov 12, 2013

December - holiday gathering

Below is the list of the Roosevelt Southside Alumni Chapter leadership:

President -  Leticia Ransom, lbransom@yahoo.com
Vice President - Reginald Lomax, lomax.reginald@gmail.com
Secretary - Mashanda Scott, mashandahumphrey@gmail.com
Lakers Booster Club Liaison - Reginald Lomax, lomax.reginald@gmail.com
RU-SSAC Liaison - Denise Bransford, dbransford@roosevelt.edu
RU-SSAC Liaison - Tyesha Belton, tbelton@roosevelt.edu

Committees:

Events and Programs
-Co-Chair - Tara Driver, tddriver2@yahoo.com
-Co-Chair - Shundra Johnson, shundrajohnson@gmail.com

Communications and Marketing
-Co-Chair - Elizabeth Bourne, elizabethbourne1@yahoo.com
-Co-Chair - NaCherrie Cooper, nacherrie@gmail.com

Development and Membership
-Co-Chair - Chanel Rogers, crogers01@mail.roosevelt.edu
-Co-Chair - Regina Williams, rnwilliams1908@gmail.com

***Also, South Side Alumni - please click on the following link to donate to the South Side Alumni Chapter - Harold Washington Memorial:
https://secure.touchnet.com/C21300_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=1&SINGLESTORE=true

The pictures below were taken at the South Side Alumni Chapter's The Hidden History of Roosevelt University: The First 50 Years

Alumni Sitting Together


Crowd watching Screen

Lynn Weiner addresses crowd
T Black and J Rhodes
T & Z Black w/J Rhodes