Modic stepped onstage at the Marriott Theater outside of Chicago in October 2016 to perform in the musical Singin’ in the Rain, and she was ready.
Howard Rosenberg stood patiently in line at Navy Pier in Chicago on a cold February day in 1947. A month removed from the U.S. Army, he awaited registration for the new (now defunct) branch of the University of Illinois at Navy Pier, ready to begin his education.
When Pablo Suaste Cherizola left Mexico to study piano at Roosevelt University in 2014, he never envisioned becoming one of the university’s leading instrumentalists, or recording his first CD by age 23.
For three years, Samawi (Sam) Al Helli interpreted Arabic for the United States Marines in his native country of Iraq. Today, he is earning his second master’s degree in computer science, with plans to graduate in May 2017.
As a pioneering higher education institution in diversity, inclusion and social justice, Roosevelt University has a celebrated history of renowned African American students, faculty and alumni. As we acknowledge Black History Month, we take pride in the impact that our African American alumni have made in their professional fields, as well as their local and global communities. Representing each day of this inspiring month of black history, the following alumni are only 28 of the many respected and accomplished African American Roosevelt alumni.
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