Greetings from Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business! I am excited to share with you the great progress we have made in a number of areas and initiatives this past year, such as program development, experiential education, alumni networking, mentorship programs and business partnerships.
I would also like to congratulate the newest HCB alumni members, as well as their family and friends, who graduated in Roosevelt University’s 2018 spring Commencement ceremony on May 11. Photos from this wonderful event can be accessed via this link.
The successes achieved by the HCB and our students this past year serve as a testament of our faculty and staff’s dedicated teaching, mentoring, and advising, as well as of the continued commitment and support of our alumni, friends, and corporate partners. I applaud them all for their countless contributions and valuable impacts on our 113 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and 133 Master of Science and Master of Business Administration, students, who I am confident will join the illustrious ranks of our alumni and advance the cause and mission of Roosevelt University in their future endeavors.
The developments and initiatives that the HCB has undertaken this past year are highlighted below.
- One of our accounting alumni, Mr. Kenneth Grenier, recently contributed $900,000 to create an endowed scholarship for accounting students in honor of his uncle, Mr. Donald Roy Blank, who himself was an accountant for Zenith Corporation.
- A number of our students developed and submitted proposals on addressing crucial social, economic, and environment challenges facing our society to the 2018 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference; eight of them were accepted to present their proposals this fall.
- We developed a partnership with the non-profit organization Ladder Up for a number of our students to participate in the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
- Our inaugural Executive-in-Residence program launched this year, with our own advisory board member, HCB alumnus, and President of UniCarriers Americas Corporation. Jim Radous III serving in this capacity.
- As part of a service learning project, our students offered a number of financial literacy workshops to various groups of pre-released inmates from the Mental Health Transition Center Program and the Thrive Program at the Cook County Jail.
- One of my early actions this year was to create a task force, consisting of faculty and representatives from our students, alumni, and business advisory board, to work with our faculty, staff, and advisory board and develop a vision statement working draft for the HCB that will serve as the foundation of our strategic direction and priorities. The task force shared the draft of the Vision Statement and the revised draft of the Mission Statement with the faculty and HCB advisory boards, and received valuable feedback that were incorporated in the final documents
- A new Faculty Mentorship Program for our freshman and sophomore students was hosted on October 17, 2017, and will continue to serve as a critical component of future, key HCB initiatives.
- The HCB sincerely believes that experiential education is critical to our students’ professional career success. Accordingly, we created a new Center for Experiential Education (CEE) in December 2017. The CEE builds and enhances relationships with the business community in and around the Chicagoland area to secure and integrates internships, service learning, field projects, and other experiential learning opportunities for HCB students into our business curriculum.
- A new Alumni Advisory Board for the HCB was created on January 22, 2018 to facilitate alumni outreach, mentorship, and networking opportunities for our students and their professional preparation.
- We held our inaugural Alumni Week from March 19- 23, and welcomed alumni to both our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses to serve as guest lecturers and share their professional experiences and achievements with our students.
Once again, I would like to thank all of the friends of HCB for their contributions and support in making this past year a productive and exciting one! I know that I speak for all of our faculty and staff when I say that we are excited about the future opportunities for partnering with our alumni and corporate and business partners to further strengthen the HCB and improve the learning experience for our students.
Dean and Professor