Service Day: Team Challenge

A program called the American Dream Service Team Challenge will be offered during the 2016-17 year for all Roosevelt students who want to do community service with competitive team spirit.

Beginning this fall, the new program offered by Roosevelt’s Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is an opportunity for students to join with their peers in forming teams whose service throughout the year will earn points, with winning teams in various categories to be formally announced and recognized in late April or early May of 2017.

“We’re tying the idea of service and civic engagement into the mission of Roosevelt University and we’re encouraging all of our students to take the Team Challenge and give back like never before to our Chicagoland community,” said Chris Littrell, assistant director of CSI.

Expected to engage multiple teams from Roosevelt’s student organizations, student housing floors and athletic teams, to name just a few, the American Dream Service Team Challenge officially begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Roosevelt’s Goodman Center in Chicago and Alumni Hall in Schaumburg with a kick-off breakfast that is open to all Roosevelt community members, including students.

 The event is part of the American Dream Service Day, which will cap off the University’s Sept. 12-15 American Dream Reconsidered Conference.

“We want to have as many Roosevelt students as are able to join us as volunteers during American Dream Service Day,” said Laura Janota, one of the coordinators of the Sept. 15 service event. “The Team Challenge will give students an exciting way to participate.”

The Team Challenge will award one-time bonus points to all students participating on American Dream Service Day, and then regular points to students who volunteer thereafter during 2016-17 for service activities, including CSI’s regular First Friday of the Month service events.

The new contest was created by American Dream Service Day Committee members Chris Littrell, interim Roosevelt Athletics Director John Jaramillo and the late Catalina Hooser, a graduate coordinator in the Wabash Building’s Residence Life office who died unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 22. One of the awards in the Team Challenge is expected to be named for Hooser.

“Catalina was all about access to education and social justice, particularly for students of color and, in a lot of ways, she was the heart and soul of our Residence Life office,” said Karl Turnlund, Wabash Residence Hall coordinator.

“We believe participation in the Team Challenge will be a good way for our students, competing on teams by floor at our residence halls, to recognize, remember and honor Catalina, and we encourage everyone to participate,” he said.

Jaramillo said Roosevelt athletes and their teams also will be strongly encouraged to participate in the Team Challenge.

 "Our student-athletes frequently donate their time and energy to worthy causes and underserved communities both as Roosevelt students and as athletes competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which emphasizes leading in the name of service,” said Jaramillo.

“I am looking forward to the contributions of our student-athletes and our entire community as part of this year-round campaign ignited by the inaugural American Dream Service Day,” Jaramillo said.

To learn more about and to register for American Dream Service Day events, visit*. Access to service events also is available by visiting the American Dream Reconsidered Conference at*.
To learn more about CSI service events and/or how to form a team, call the CSI office at 312-341-2015 or email A registration form for recording service activities and hours also is available at

* This link is no longer active since the conference date has passed.
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