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South Side Alumni Chapter

Happy Holidays!

The South Side Alumni Chapter
is inviting you to our 2015 holiday party

December 17th, 2015

Athena Greek Restaurant
212 South Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

Cost: $27.37 per person (dinner and service fees included)

RSVP by Dec 14th

Sign-up by clicking the link below:

All proceeds from the Holiday Raffle will go to complete the Harold Washington Lounge. 

~Free Valet Parking~

We hope you can join us!

Tickets are nonrefundable.

Do you remember Professor Harry Cohen?

In honor of Professor Cohen’s 100th birthday, in 2016, we are raising $1M to endow the Science Summer Bridge program in his name. Roosevelt’s innovative Science Summer Bridge program allows new freshman science majors to bond with science faculty and fellow students and to form a science community. 

So please help us honor this great and inspiring professor by giving what you can to get us to our $1 million goal by the time Professor Cohen celebrates his 100th birthday. 

You can donate online by clicking here. We know that many of you have funny, touching, and inspiring stories about Professor Cohen. Please share them with us by sending them to Jan Parkin at

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

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.

Southside Alumni Chapter Leadership

President -  Leticia Ransom,
Vice President - Reginald Lomax,
Secretary - Mashanda Scott,
Lakers Booster Club Liaison - Reginald Lomax,
RU-SSAC Liaison - Tyesha Belton,


Events and Programs

Communications and Marketing

Development and Membership

***Also, South Side Alumni - Donate online to the South Side Alumni Chapter - Harold Washington Memorial


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