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                                                                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                         3       LETTER FROM THE P RESIDENT
Radius
summeR, 2006
                                         4       THAN k YOU, D R. G IACOMELLI
editoR
Nancy Santacaterina Donohoe
                                         5-7     THE E AGLE H AS L ANDED
aRt diRection
CI Design
                                         8-9     TODAY ’S P LAN FOR THE
contRibutoRs
                                                 FUTURE OF RMC
Brenda Brumfield
Don Haynes
Nick Rotunno
                                         10-13   AROUND RMC
PhotogRaPhy
Jason Lazarus
Don Haynes
                                                                                                        Dear Members of the Robert Morris College Community
                                         14      CAREER S ERVICES P ROVIDES
Nancy Santacaterina Donohoe                      RESOURCES AND S UPPORT
                                                                                                    Reaching for the stars has become common                reputation in intercollegiate athletics and expand
Robert morris college
                                                                                                    practice at Robert Morris. We have built the            opportunities for students to participate in all
Michael P. Viollt – President
                                         15      INSPIRATION FROM                                   university on the premise that first-generation         aspects of collegiate life that happen outside the
Robert Morris College is a private,              ACROSS THE P OND                                   students deserve the same access to high-quality        classroom. The quality of our immersion education
not-for-profit baccalaureate and                                                                    faculty, facilities, educational programming, and       will be enhanced by completing experiential and
graduate degree granting institution.                                                               activities that, for generations, have only been        simulation labs in all curriculum areas and by
It is accredited by the Higher           16      PHIL CARRIER –                                     available to the fortunate few.                         giving new meaning to “real world” internships.
Learning Commission of the north                 RMC B USINESS L EADER 2006                                                                                 Within this framework for career-focused
                                                                                                    Over the past six years, we have built an
Central Association of Colleges and                                                                                                                         professions, education is a commitment to insure
Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite                                                                infrastructure that allows us today to compete
                                                                                                                                                            that Robert Morris graduates show the foundation
2400, Chicago IL 60602, 312-263-0456.                                                               with the top career-focused universities in the
                                         17-19   TEN YEARS L ATER –                                 state. Our goal to become the “College of First
                                                                                                                                                            skill set that is part of the nation’s expectations for
Radius is published by Robert Morris             THE C LASS OF 1996                                                                                         every graduate of a quality university.
                                                                                                    Choice” in our sector of higher education is the
College, 401 S. State Street, Chicago,                                                              pivot point of our new long-range plan. While           By providing all of this, our students will be able
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                                                                                                    the plan is the result of big dreams with new           to grasp the stars that only seem beyond their
                                         20      CLASS N OTES
                                                                                                    directions for Robert Morris, it is a realistic and     reach. We can only imagine their possibilities.
For more information, visit the rmC
website at www.robertmorris.edu                                                                     deliverable plan.We will build upon our national

                                         21-22   SPORTS W RAP - UP


                                         24      RMC LOO kS BACk                                                                                            MICHAEL P. VIOLLT
                                                                                                                                                            PRESIDENT, ROBERT MORRIS COLLEGE

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                                                                                                                                                                               The Eagle Has Landed
                                                                                                                                                                                            on the seventh Floor




                                            .
                               ��ank �ou, �r Giacome� �i…

    If you’re driving around Springfield any day soon, and happen to see a white Mini Cooper zipping around the area with an elegant-looking,
    silver haired woman behind the wheel, don’t be surprised if she takes to the road with a bit more “ joie de vivre” than a typical driver. It could
    be the newly-honored Dr. Marie Giacomelli, who is about to begin a new chapter in her life in central Illinois.



    At the June 3, 2006 Robert Morris College               Mrs. Giacomelli has served in numerous academic        After her remarks, michael Viollt, president of
    graduation ceremony held at the Arie Crown              affairs, student services and institutional support    Robert Morris College, and nicole skaluba,
    Theatre in Chicago’s McCormick Place, maRie             roles during her career at the College. She was        vice president for human resources, helped Mrs.
    giacomelli, vice president for external affairs         appointed Vice President for the Springfield           Giacomelli into her official robes. Mr. Viollt then
    and an employee of the College for 33 years, was        Campus during its planning and building stages         placed the doctoral hood around her neck. Clad
    presented with an honorary doctorate degree.            from 1986 to its opening in July,1988. Throughout      in her new regalia, Marie Giacomelli offered her
                                                            her professional life, she has been active in her      appreciation to the students, staff and faculty of
    For most RMC alumni and employees, Marie
                                                            home community of Springfield and in higher            Robert Morris College, her “second family” over
    Giacomelli has been a constant in their connections
                                                            education organizations. At RMC, her efforts           the past thirty-three years. She also acknowledged
    with the College. As an instructor and an
                                                            have been pivotal in obtaining accreditation and       her husband and her late parents. “I am a first
    administrator, her work in higher education has
                                                            approval for the College’s ongoing expansion of        generation high school graduate,” she said. “My
    always been hallmarked by her efforts to provide the
                                                            degrees, academic programs and the addition of new     parents did not have the opportunity to complete
    best preparation possible for RMC students.
                                                            campuses.                                              high school, but were supportive of my own work             President Michael Viollt, center, officially opens the new RMC Student Center at the
    Now it’s time for Marie, and recently retired                                                                  in education, support they still give from their
    husband Mike, to dedicate some time to themselves.
                                                            At the Chicago graduation ceremony when Mrs.
                                                            Giacomelli addressed the Class of 2006, many of
                                                                                                                   heavenly home.”                                             Chicago campus with the assistance of Nick Jarmuz, director of the student center
    While she’s looking forward to kicking back a little,
                                                            whom are first generation college graduates, she       Dr. Marie Giacomelli has devoted her career to an
    she will continue her employment with RMC, and
                                                            encouraged them to focus on ability, motivation        institution that is better for her direction, her efforts
                                                                                                                                                                               (to his left) and RMC students from every program at the Chicago campus.
    chances are good that continued involvement in
                                                            and attitude in their future endeavors. “Attitude is   and her ongoing determination to achieve that
    civic and higher education will still garner more
                                                            the most important marker,” she said, and quoting      which is “the greater” for what is most important at
    than a bit of her time.
                                                            Olympian Scott Hamilton, “the only disability in       any college or university: the success of its students.
                                                            life is a bad attitude.”                               For a career so dedicated, Robert Morris College is
                                                                                                                   truly thankful.
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                     obert Morris College students
                     and staff at the Chicago campus
                     watched as workmen got off the
                     elevator on the seventh floor,
                     and disappeared behind tarps
                     and plastic sheeting. From the
                     eighth floor, especially in the
    Culinary kitchens, the sounds of construction
    could occasionally be heard amid the sounds
    of slicing, dicing and sautéing, but the big
    question of “what is happening on seven?” still
    remained. Last year, Chicago students lost one
    of their lounges on the second floor when it
    was converted to the operating room suite for
    the Surgical Technology Program. The third
    floor lounge took the overflow and students
    also sought out the second floor of the library
    for meeting and snacking.

    Early in March, faculty and staff were
                                                        going at the pool tables. Hot dogs, pizza, sub-
    notified that they were welcome to the new
                                                        sandwiches, nachos, coffee and cookies started
    Student Center on the seventh floor before
                                                        selling in the cafe.
    the official grand opening so that the center’s
    staff could try out the food service items and      One by one, students started filling in at the
    the system. They were also invited to try out       dozens of computer stations on the south side
    the different amenities and offer suggestions       of the Center, logging on to the Internet
    for improvement. Needless to say, there were        and completing assignments. A printing
    many willing guinea pigs to check out the new       station in the center of the area also serves
    digs and sample the cuisine.                        as an information desk and provides pool
                                                        cue rentals. The large expanses of windows
    Then, on April 3, students gathered for the
                                                        on the north and west sides of the building
    grand opening of the RMC Student Center
                                                        afford a view up State Street and of the Harold
    and Eagles’ Landing Cafe. And the wait was                                                            floors. Today, RMC has expanded to occupy
                                                        Washington Library.
    well worth it.                                                                                        all of the lower level, the first, second, third
                                                        Students are using the Center for independent
    “This is just fantastic,” said one student as she                                                     and eighth floors and most of the fourth and
                                                        study, for meetings to discuss team projects
    checked out the lounging area near the huge                                                           seventh floors. The new Student Center is a
                                                        for classes, for study groups and especially
    windows overlooking State Street. In the mini                                                         complete renovation of previously used office
                                                        for socializing. Every effort was made to
    theater, a bunch of medical assisting students                                                        space. The area was gutted and redesigned to
                                                        accommodate student needs in this large,
    were watching a movie in between classes. A                                                           include student services offices, a newsroom
                                                        student-centered space.
    guys vs. gals 8-ball competition quickly got                                                          for the student newspaper, the computer
                                                        Each day during the first week Student            center, the theater, two television viewing
                                                        Services held a different activity for            areas, conversation pits, the Cafe and a
                                                        the students to get to know their new             large eating area. The entire project covers
                                                        surroundings, including open mic day, bingo       approximately one-third of the north end of
                                                        day and RMC trivia day.                           the seventh floor.

                                                        When RMC moved into the Second Leiter             Designed by Phelan and Associates Architects
                                                        Building (the original and landmark name for      of Roselle and furnished by S. Stein & Co. of
                                                        the structure) in 1998 from its former location   Chicago, the new Student Center provides a
                                                        on LaSalle Street, the College occupied the       mix of ultra modern decor in a 100+ year old
                                                        first, second, third and part of the fourth       building.



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                                                Participation,
                                            Immersion, Foundations:
                                                                     Today’s Plan for the Future of RMC




                                         O
                                                      n a Friday morning in May,                the questions, ‘what drives us? what do we do         college environment. For example, goals such as
                                                      michael Viollt, president of Robert       best? and how do we do it most economically?’         expanding competitive opportunities for student
                                                      Morris College, walked into room          For example, the structured education we offer        athletes, enhancing the overall student collegiate
                                                      304 at the Chicago campus to begin        works best when students are hoping to complete       experience and creating the infrastructure of a
                                                      one of many presentations he would        the program quickly. It enables us to do it at a      “first choice college,” all fall into this area.
                                                      be making throughout the month at         low rate of tuition and in the process, we use our
                                                                                                                                                      Immersion promotes the long-held belief by
                                                      different campuses and at different       resources more efficiently.”
                                                                                                                                                      RMC that students learn more when they are
                                         times. The room was nearly filled with RMC
                                                                                                RMC faces competition with at least eighteen          involved in experiences that are connected to
                                         employees - faculty members, administrators,
                                                                                                other institutions of higher education in the         their career choices. Creating an onsite operating
                                         maintenance staff, techs - the session was open
                                                                                                greater Chicago area. Some of those colleges          room for the Surgical Technology program
                                         to everyone. Once the lights dimmed, he began
                                                                                                focus on career oriented education and others         prepares students for their actual hospital
                                         the Powerpoint presentation on the College’s
                                                                                                on the collegiate setting. “It is our goal to put     rotations. Also, increasing offerings in critical
                                         Long Range Plan. In any other organization
                                                                                                the two together,” President Viollt said, “in our     need health care, increasing experiential learning



    loNg-raNge	plaN                                                          “We know we have a great business program.
    1.	   	mprove	student	
          i                                                                 We want others to see us as a leader in that field.”
          educational	outcomes
        e
    2.	 	 xpand	professional	            or company, such a discussion might be met
                                                                                                ongoing effort to be the college of first choice.”    opportunities and increasing programs that will
        graduate	education               with yawns or schemes for getting out of the
                                                                                                                                                      move the College to a leadership role in the
                                         meeting. But at Robert Morris College, not             Throughout the history of the College, the
        a
    3.	 	 dd	offerings	in	critical	      only do employees take part in opportunities to        projections, needs and changes in the workforce
                                                                                                                                                      hospitality field, support this effort.

        need	health	care	fields          learn from their president, but they actually look     have had a direct impact on the ongoing               Foundations, the third building block, helps to
                                         forward to hearing from him.                           evolution of the different curricula. Labor           round out the collegiate experience for RMC
        b
    4.	 	 ecome	a	state	leader		                                                                projections over the next five years indicate that    students. This includes efforts to improve student
                                         President Viollt started with a question similar
        in	the	hospitality	field                                                                urban employment, technology, and smaller sized       educational outcomes, expand the graduate
                                         to one that might be posed in a job interview:
                                                                                                companies will be major influences on what jobs       program, assist students in creating a foundation
    5.	 	ncrease	experiential	
        i                                “Where would you like to see Robert Morris
                                                                                                will be available. Fifty of every hundred jobs will   that they can build upon with continued higher
                                         College in five years?” It gave everyone pause
        learning	opportunities                                                                  be filled by first generation college graduates and   education and bringing programs to new
                                         as each person considered the future of the
                                                                                                thirty of every hundred will be filled by Hispanic    communities in Illinois.
    6.	 	 xpand	competitive	
        e                                institution with a sense of ownership and mutual
                                                                                                individuals. RMC incorporates these projections
                                         participation. The answers all expressed desires                                                             The Long Range Plan includes expanding and
        opportunities	for	athletes       for growth, recognition and prominence in
                                                                                                with its emphasis on health care programs,
                                                                                                                                                      refocusing the student target markets to include
                                                                                                business, technology and hospitality - the major
                                         higher education - as well as a team approach to                                                             prospective surgical technology and nursing
        e
    7.	 	 nhance	the	overall	student	                                                           areas of demand in the near future.
                                         accomplishing those goals.                                                                                   students, out-of-state graduate and Hispanic
        collegiate	experience                                                                   In turn, these considerations impact how the          students, and building on the successes of the art,
                                         “We know we have a great business program.
                                                                                                College plans for its future and how it works to      accounting, and culinary programs.
        a
    8.	 	 ssist	students	in	building		   We want others to see us as a leader in that field.”
                                                                                                maintain and improve the achievements of its
        a	foundation	for	life                                                                                                                         Growth and expansion are integral outcomes
                                         “More opportunities for student involvement in         graduates. A Long Range Plan, covering a five
                                                                                                                                                      of the Long Range Plan, but retaining the
                                         extracurricular activities.”                           year projection, sets in place a road map for each
        C
    9.	 	 reate	the	infrastructure		                                                                                                                  “constants” of the Robert Morris College
                                                                                                school of study, department and employee as
        of	a	“first	Choice	College”      “More graduate programs.”                                                                                    mission is equally important. “Students will get
                                                                                                RMC continues to serve its students.
                                                                                                                                                      service above and beyond what they have gotten
                                         President Viollt felt all responses were definitely
         b
    10.	 	 ring	offerings	to	new	        in line with the College’s plans for the future.
                                                                                                There are three building blocks to the                anywhere else,” emphasized President Viollt. “It’s
                                                                                                Long Range Plan. Participation stresses the           the key to survival.”
         communities.                    He said that in establishing priorities, “we asked
                                                                                                expanding involvement of students in the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rmc hoStS 2006 annual colleGiate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     artiStS comPetition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Chicago campus of robert morris College was selected as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     site for the Annual Collegiate Artists Competition sponsored by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Illinois Board of Higher education and the Office of the Governor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fifty-six finalists were selected for the exhibit among 282 student-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     artists who submitted 699 entries in the third annual competition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The exhibit opened on may 6 with the Awards Ceremony and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     continued to June 16. The ceremony included the final judging and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     naming of winners of various artistic categories and winners of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     four $1,000 purchase awards. In addition to IBHe and the Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the Governor, the major sponsors were the Illinois Community
                                                                                                                                                            Robert Morris College was recognized by the Friends of Downtown for contributing         College Board, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and
                                                                                                                                                            to the improvement of the Chicago Loop through its State Street Art Gallery. On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     universities and robert morris College.
     Graduate School ProGram available to                                      Offering this opportunity to community college employees in Illinois         Michigan Avenue, (left to right) Kerry Malm, assistant to the President; Janice
                                                                                                                                                            Kaushal, dean of the RMC Institute of Art and Design; Mablene Krueger, senior vice
     community colleGe emPloyeeS                                               is the result of the College’s reaching out to form a more cohesive
                                                                                                                                                            president for acadmics, and Ron Arnold, vice president for business affairs, walk back   rmC junior Salvatore Jimenez was a winner of the Best in
                                                                               network with other educational institutions. By collaborating with           to campus after the presentation at The Tavern Club.                                     Category for his drawing entitled, “I.”
     The robert morris College School of Graduate Studies completed its
                                                                               the presidents and human resource representatives, robert morris
     first quarter this spring and already has a solid starting enrollment
                                                                               College is looking to provide more postgraduate study to more
     of nearly 200 students. However, the College expects to increase                                                                                       rmc SiFe team winS FirSt runner-uP SPot
                                                                               individuals who work in education throughout Illinois.                                                                                                                alum board beGinS PlanninG
     in enrollment upon extending a special invitation. A limited number
     of full-time employees from any community college in the state can                                                                                     Seven robert morris College students recently participated in                            In may, robert morris College welcomed new members of the Alumni
     take part in the rmC master of Business Administration or master of       dual admiSSion aGreement                                                     regional Competition as members of the Students in Free enterprise                       Board under the direction of Sandy Grice, recently appointed
     Information Services program at the same reduced rate as robert           made with morton colleGe                                                     (SIFe) team. The competitions are being held across the united                           director of alumni affairs. The group is looking to organize events
     morris College employees.                                                 In February, robert morris College and morton College entered into           States during march and April.                                                           for rmC alumni over the next year, hoping to increase attendance
     Classes at the robert morris College School of Graduate Studies           an agreement to ensure the transfer of student academic credits                                                                                                       and participation. rmC alumni in Illinois are located all over the
                                                                                                                                                            The rmC SIFe team presented a 2005-06 Annual report to a judging
     began in February, at the Chicago, Orland Park and DuPage campuses.       from morton College to robert morris College. The agreement                                                                                                           state and in nearly every state in the union. Any alums interested in
                                                                                                                                                            panel of corporate representatives including managers and CeOs. The
     rmC employees were able to begin classes one quarter earlier, and at      improves the sequencing of student learning experiences by enabling
                                                                                                                                                            team successfully fielded questions from the judges and placed as                        participating in planning or in the events themselves should check
     the reduced cost of $500 per course. The College’s Board of Trustees      them to enroll simultaneously in both institutions.
                                                                                                                                                            first runner-up in the competition.                                                      the College’s website for information, or call the Alumni relations
     has committed significant resources to extend this graduate school        ana mendez, rmC’s dean of admissions, and courtney Kohn,                                                                                                              Office 630-787-7807.
     opportunity to community college employees.                               director of admissions, worked on the agreement with morton. To be           SIFe is an international non-profit organization active on over 1000
     “robert morris College has a history of forming partnerships with         eligible for dual admission, students must apply separately to each          university campuses in more than 40 countries. SIFe teams create
     Illinois community colleges, particularly enabling undergraduate          institution, expressing that the application is for the Dual Admission       economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach
     students to complete their bachelor’s degrees at rmC with a very          Program. A designated advisor will assist the student as he or she           projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal
     smooth transition and transfer of credits,” explained michael P.          progresses toward a bachelor’s degree. During the sophomore year             financial success skills and business ethics. Their projects are judged
     viollt, president of rmC. “This new initiative expands the program        at morton, students may enroll in one class per quarter at rmC
                                                                                                                                                            at competitions on creativity, innovation and effectiveness.
     to community college employees and provides an opportunity for            without charge of tuition or fees for that class.
     graduate study. Increasing the number of employees with advanced          “We expect this agreement will help to streamline the process for
     degrees is beneficial to both the administration of these colleges as     students transferring from morton College to rmC,” explained
     well as to the students they teach.”                                      Courtney Kohn. “The number of transfer students from morton has
     most community college instructors already have master’s degrees in       grown over the past years and it helps the students get on track toward
     the fields in which they teach. However, there are many who do not.       their bachelor’s degrees from the start of their college education.”
     Some instructors may also be interested in pursuing an additional
     advanced degree in a different area, and the opportunities are also
     wide open for college staff members.                                                                                  Mark Escamilla from Morton
                                                                                                                           College signs a dual admission
     “An mBA, in addition to a master’s in another subject, can
                                                                                                                           agreement with Ana Mendez
     dramatically improve an individual’s employability. For example, an                                                                                                                                                                             Alumni participating in planning events include (left to right) Adrian Mendietta,
                                                                                                                           from Robert Morris College.
     instructor with a master’s in nursing will find increased opportunities                                               Standing are Fernando                                                                                                     ‘97; Laura Valle, ‘99; Renee Rodak, alumni relations director; Sandy Grice, ‘03;
     in the medical field when combining that expertise with an mBA,”                                                      Figueroa, Roslyn Castro and                                                                                               and Monica Sullivan, ‘05.
     Viollt continued. “The mIS program also expands an executive’s                                                        Veroncia Duron from Morton
     understanding of the technological potential of his or her workplace.                                                 and Courtney Kohn from RMC.      Back row, left to right: George Tzinares, co-president; Eric Bennett, faculty advisor;
                                                                                                                                                            Larry Nieman, faculty advisor; Sarita Ivery, vice-president; Michael Schwartz,
     This area is only going to expand as ‘newer, faster, smaller and                                                                                       co-president; Lisa Wirth, faculty advisor, Whitney Thomas and Aislinn Harris,
     better’ become the key words for designing the technology hubs of                                                                                      faculty advisor. Front row, left to right, Rafael Mendoza, Daniel Sanchez, Emmy
     any school or business.”                                                                                                                               Trujillo, secretary; Judy King, Jacqueline Callery, faculty advicor; Shamontelle
                                                                                                                                                            Lewis, David Jackson, vice-president.
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                                                                                                                                                         June Graduation ceremony heraldS claSS oF 2006                                       Going to be in downtown Chicago? Include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a visit to The State Street Gallery at robert
                                                                                                                                                         Nearly 500 students gathered with family and friends in the Arie Crown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              morris College. The following exhibitions have
                                                                                                                                                         Theater at mcCormick Place along sparkling Lake michigan on June 3 for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              been scheduled for the upcoming year:
                                                                                                                                                         Chicago area 2006 Baccalaureate Graduation Ceremony. The Springfield and
                                                                                                                                                         Peoria campuses held their ceremonies during may. Stella mach, director of
                                                                                                                                                         student information, had several busy weeks leading up to the event, insuring        PermANeNT COLLeCTION AND
                                                                                                                                                         that all candidates completed and passed their courses, paid their final bills       STuDeNT/FACuLTy exHIBITIONS
                                                                                                                                                         and picked up their caps and gowns.                                                  August 28 - October 6, 2006:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Institutional Art exhibition
                                                                                                                                                         The ceremonies are special events, not only for the students, but for the
                                                                                                                                                         parents and family members of each graduate. At robert morris College, a             Opening reception September 7, 2006
                                                                                                                                                         significant number of students are the first in their families to attend college.
                                                                                                                                                         “The pride and happiness parents feel as they witness the celebration of their       October 9-November 24, 2006:
     mca FeatureS JaSon lazaruS in exhibition                                                                                                                                                                                                 Artist in residence: Salvador Jimenez
                                                                                                                                                         children’s accomplishments is very evident on graduation day,” explained
     In April, the museum of Contemporary Art hosted an exhibit that included the work of rmC photography instructor JaSon lazaruS. Titled               Stella. even though she has participated in many ceremonies over the years,          Opening reception October 19, 2006
     “12 x 12: New Artists/New Work,” the exhibition included Lazarus’s photographs that are part of his series called “Self-Portrait as an Artist.”     each one is unique.
     In a release announcing the exhibit, the mCA described his work as playful and irreverent. “Gold lockets, skinny-dipping and writing with                                                                                                November 27, 2006 to February 2, 2007:
                                                                                                                                                         In the last year, over 900 students completed their bachelor’s degrees at            Vintage Poster Collection
     sparklers are the subjects of Jason Lazarus’s unique self-portraits…which use considerable wit in looking at the often ambiguous identity of a
                                                                                                                                                         robert morris College.                                                               Opening reception December 7, 2006
     contemporary artist and his role in society. Lazarus came to the contemporary art world after an education and career in business, intending
     for his “conceptual portraits” to simultaneously confirm and disrupt our expectations of artists. He also examines other aspects of his life,
     including the fact that he has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare condition of the musculoskeletal system.” The exhibition ran in                                                                                                January 8, - February 2, 2007:
     conjunction with the mCA programming for the city-wide Bodies of Work: The Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture.                                                                                                              Gallery exhibition Posters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Opening reception January 11, 2007


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              February 26 - march 30, 2007:
     rmc culinary StartS ProGram oF                                            In July, the Institute started the series on American Cuisine. This                                                                                            Institutional Senior exhibit
     excitinG dininG exPerienceS                                               includes menus from different parts of the united States, such                                                                                                 Opening reception march 1, 2007
                                                                               as Southwestern Tex-mex, the seafood of the Pacific Northwest,
     The robert morris College Institute of Culinary Arts at the Orland
                                                                               Southern Comfort and Heart Healthy California. Subsequent series                                                                                               April 2 - June 8, 2007: Banner Collection
     Park campus has been growing and thriving since it opened in
                                                                               are: The Traditional/Classical Series with Italian, French and Bavarian                                                                                        Opening reception April 12, 2007
     September. The newly constructed addition to the College’s
                                                                               style German cuisine, and the exotic Series, featuring menus from
     Technology Center provides the perfect setting for special events and
                                                                               morocco, India, ethiopia and Viet Nam.
     unique dining opportunities.                                                                                                                        On Thursday evening prior to the ceremony on June 3, students achieving cum          VISITING ArTIST exHIBITIONS
                                                                               In June, the Culinary Program                                             laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors were invited to an Honors
     recently, the Culinary Program started a series of dinners, open to                                                                                                                                                                      July - August 11, 2006:
                                                                               in Chicago helped the essex                                               Reception in the State Street Art Gallery at the main campus. Picking up their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ricardo Gonzalez and Israel reza
     the public, that feature the tastes and flavors of faraway places in a                                                                              honor cords from President Michael Viollt was a contingent from the Lake County
                                                                               Inn on michigan Avenue kick
     five-course gourmet event. In march, student chefs hosted a Brazilian                                                                               campus who had most of their classes together. From left to right, Jamie Barenbaum
                                                                               off the opening of the King Tut                                           of Round Lake Beach, Kenneth Seymour of Waukegan, Michael Viollt, RMC                November 6, 2006 - January 5, 2007:
     fete, complete with gaucho-style beef, lamb and Portuguese pork
                                                                               exhibition at the Field museum.                                           President; Erica Jimenez of Waukegan, Bryan McGinn of Gurnee and Michael             margaret Burroghs retrospective
     sausage dishes, spicy black bean soup, empanadas and orange flan.
                                                                               Chef bryan FlowerS and Chef                                               Castiglia of Round Lake Beach.                                                       Opening reception November 17, 2006
     In may, it was a Caribbean Fiesta, including touches of the islands.
                                                                               laura KaltnecKer worked
     The menu included pumpkin salad, pepper pot soup, calypso chicken
                                                                               with culinary students to create
     with island salsa and rice pudding in a butter crunch cup.                                                                                                                                                                               February 5 - 23, 2007: SWSC High School exhibit
                                                                               an egyptian tasting feast in
     “We’re very excited about providing these dinners to the Orland           the lobby of the hotel. Guests                                                                                                                                 Opening reception February 16, 2006
     Park community,” said nancy rotunno, executive director                   were treated to such delights
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Brabson, dean of
     of the Culinary Program. “We’re hoping to be able to have this            as spiced goat cheese and                                                                                                                                      February 26, - April 13, 2007: Nathalie Gribinski
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the RMC School of Business
     component of the program grow each quarter. It gives the students         stuffed okra, hummus with olive                                                                                          Administration, proudly presented     Opening reception march 9, 2007
     an opportunity to learn all aspects of the dining experience from         tapenade, apricot glazed chicken                                                                                         her son Brian with his bachelor’s
     early prep to the intricacies of unique cooking to proper service. By     smoked with apple tobacco on         An RMC culinary student prepares                                                    degree at the June 3 ceremony.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              April 16-June 1, 2007: Group exhibition:
     including menus from different countries, they also get a sample of       mini hibachis, egyptian bread        the graham cracker “sand” along                                                                                           Paul erschen, Carl Kauffman and Joseph
     food preparation that goes well beyond American fare.” Cost is $35                                             the River Nile at the Essex Inn                                                                                           Vanderstappen
                                                                               pudding, chai flan and coconut
                                                                                                                    Kickoff Celebration.
     per person and includes two glasses of wine with dinner. each event       macaroon pyramids.                                                                                                                                             Opening reception April 27, 2007
     is limited to 35 diners and interested individuals can make their
     reservations by calling 708-226-5333.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             s t a f f             P r o f i l e

                                                                                   Empowering
                                                                                   students, alumni:
                                                                                   Career services Provides
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Inspiration from

                                                                                                                                                                          across the Pond
                                                                                   Resources and support
                                                                                   You’re a junior at the RMC Springfield campus, working towards a bachelor’s
                                                                                   in graphic arts and thinking about an internship.
                                                                                   You graduated from RMC in 1999 and the company you work for has just




                                                                                                                                                                          W
                                                                                   been bought out. Everyone in your department has been laid off.
                                                                                   It’s your last quarter at RMC. You’ll have your bachelor’s degree in a matter of                      hen art instructor maRy                                                                Swansea, and plans to use it as a teaching tool.
                                                                                   weeks. Your class load, internship and family responsibilities seem to be more                        Russell attended a word and                                                            She also hopes to enlist RMC students in the
                                                                                   than you can handle. It’s a time management emergency!                                                image seminar at Louisiana                                                             editing and titling of the piece. “Once I started
                                                                                   You’re a RMC alum from the class of 1982 and you are looking to brush up                              State University last year,                                                            shooting, I just couldn’t stop. Eventually,
                                                                                   your resume and practice your interviewing skills now that your children are                          she didn’t anticipate how                                                              Greenaway became so used to me with the
                                                                                   in middle school.                                                                                     far networking with other                                                              camera he was practically unaware of me being
                                                                                                                                                                                         attendees would take her - all                                                         in the classroom.”
                                                                                   Who ya gonna call? Career Services!                                                    the way to the Swansea Institute in Wales.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Swansea and Robert Morris are similar in
                                                                                                                                                                          During the LSU program, she met dR. ann                                                               many ways,” she explained. “The schools are
                                                                                                                                                                          owen PRice and the two women immediately                                                              very career-oriented in their curricula and also
                                                                                                                                                                          clicked when talking about their experiences                                                          have growing art programs. I think they would
     When Jill mcginty, RMC’s director of Career            load, an outside job and family responsibilities,”      In Springfield, RMC classes have worked for           as art educators. The more Dr. Price learned                                                          be perfect for sharing students, faculty and
     Services, started as a pre-med undergrad at            says Jill. “Still, internships require a lot of extra   Catholic Charities, Ronald McDonald House             about Mary’s classes at RMC and her work as                                                           visiting artists. Opportunities in international
     Indiana University, little did she know that           work and in turn, they open doors for a lot of          and medical accounting firms. Classes at
                                                                                                                                                                          an artist and videographer, the more she knew                                                         scholarship are based on what you can bring to
     her classes in physiology, her internships in          new graduates. Even if it doesn’t result in a job       other campuses have been involved with such
     the hospital’s cardiac rehab center, or her            offer, students have experienced an average of          companies as Pampered Chef, TCF Bank, the             Mary should visit her college, the Swansea                                                            the students and faculty from each institution.
     stints of late night/early morning shifts as a         ten weeks of professional job development.” A           CHA, and H&R Block. These class internships           Institute, to participate in another seminar                                                          The students at Swansea told me, ‘we want to
     sorority pledge would contribute to her position       number of RMC programs require an internship            are beneficial to the College in many ways. “The      with famed filmmaker PeteR gReenaway.                                                                 talk to you about what we are doing and also
     of managing one of the College’s largest               or externship to complete the degree.                   faculty member usually has the professional ties                                                                                                            learn about what your students are doing.’
     departments.                                                                                                   that help us get the connection,” Jill explained.     “As much as I’ve attended lots of conferences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are so eager to share. It would be great to
                                                                                                                    “They act as project managers and oversee the         on art education and media, I never thought
     “Everything helps,” she says, “whether the job                                                                                                                                                                                                                             do an exchange.”
                                                                                                                    work of the students so there is a considerable       I’d find myself traveling halfway across the
     teaches you time management, or the class                                                                      amount of close guidance and attention to the         globe, by myself, to pursue something that        theatrical performances, videos, and art pieces     Another possibility would be an instructor
     simply drives home the fact that this is not what                                                              finished results. The company representative
     you want to do for the rest of your life, it’s all a                                                                                                                 fit so well with my own art,” she said. “Ann      using all forms of media.                           exchange. “They could come to the United
                                                                                                                    also comes in and meets with the students, not
     learning experience.”                                                                                                                                                was very convincing and insisted I stay with                                                          States as a visiting artist as I did in Wales,
                                                                                                                    only establishing a contact, but giving students                                                        Mary spent time with Greenaway, discussing
                                                                                                                    the experience of making a presentation and           her.” Mary ended up making the sojourn                                                                and perhaps end the quarter with an exhibit
     And this is the advice she gives to students                                                                                                                                                                           his past and future projects. “It was a source of
     and alumni alike. “Sometimes it takes a while                                                                  fielding questions by a potential employer.”          as a visiting artist and over the course of                                                           that illustrates the focus both instructors and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            richness for me, to talk with him, to work with
     to find the right fit,” she continued, “but over                                                                                                                     the ten days, became totally saturated with                                                           students took during their time together. I feel
                                                                                                                    Helping students land full-time positions as they                                                       him. It was like taking an intensive course in
     time we can see that each individual has to                                                                                                                          Greenaway’s approach to art and film.                                                                 it’s very important for the students to see their
                                                                                                                    prepare to graduate also takes another level of                                                         his craft.” They also discussed her own work,
     develop certain competencies to land the job.                                                                  fulltime persistence on their behalf. “We have a                                                                                                            instructors immersed in their work.”
     They have to be confident, they have to be good                                                                                                                      Greenaway, perhaps best known for his             as well as projects with RMC students. Over
                                                                                                                    lot of companies who have hired dozens of our
     communicators, and they have to be intuitive                                                                                                                         film The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her        the years, she has created many video pieces        The whole experience left Mary with a deep
                                                                                                                    graduates over the years,” said Jill, “and they are
     about what the position demands.”                                                                              familiar with the RMC training these students         Lover, conducted lectures, seminars and           that incorporate her images with the poetry         appreciation for the opportunity on a personal
                                                                                                                    have received. There are law firms, banks,            workshops that focused on his performance         of geRRy wozek, RMC instructor of English.          as well as professional level. “I didn’t think I
     Jill sees the focus of her department’s efforts
     as falling into two areas: empowerment and                                                                     computer networking companies, nonprofits,            piece entitled “The Fall: success and failure.”   Together, Mary and Gerry have participated          would do something like this on my own and
     service. Her department offers currently enrolled                                                              hotels, and now restaurants that turn to us           The multimedia work is the creation of a          in presentations of their work at conferences,      it really has affected me - and my work - in
     students and alumni one-on-one assistance,                                                                     regularly for new employees.”                         world consisting of individuals entrenched in     seminars, exhibits and showings throughout          a positive way. Both Gerry and I are shy in
     tools, and workshops to successfully manage                                                                    While there are some fields such as medical           different ways in the metaphor of flight. He      the country. Their most recent project, “Dance      certain ways and this has helped me to be more
     their professional development. Currently                                                                      assisting and accounting that actively recruit        creates their identities based on interviews                                                          expressive and outgoing about my art.” She has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the Electric Moccasins,” received the first
     enrolled students are encouraged to take                                                                       RMC students long before they graduate, Career        with real people and he gives them names          place award for Video Poetry at the 2005            already incorporated her experiences into her
     advantage of the department’s services early and       An alternative to an individual internship is the       Services must consistently turn over every
     often.                                                                                                                                                               based upon listings beginning with the letters    Potenza Film Festival in Italy.                     teaching and into the joint projects of English
                                                            classroom internship in which an entire class           rock looking for opportunities to create the
                                                            works on a project for an employer as if they                                                                 FALL in the phone book. The stories he                                                                and Art that she and Gerry regularly bring
     One way that students can do this is through                                                                   perfect fit between new grad and a new career.                                                          While in Wales, Mary also presented her own
                                                            were an outside vendor such as an advertising           “Information Technology has gotten better over        attributes to the characters are a combination                                                        into the classroom. “It’s so good for students to
     internships. Students are encouraged to seek out                                                                                                                                                                       work to faculty and students and conducted
     internships through Career Services and, just as       agency, marketing or accounting firm. Students          the past year, paralegals are snapped up right        of fact and fiction. Greenaway presented his                                                          learn how to work collaboratively and bring the
                                                            in the RMC Art and Design program have                                                                                                                          round-table discussions to get feedback
     for a full-time position, they need to approach                                                                away, Interior Design students who work at            work to students and faculty, and the students                                                        two disciplines together. It can truly inspire
                                                            done creative projects for companies such               forming contacts and learning the ins and outs                                                          and impressions. Throughout her stay, she
     the prospect of getting that internship in a                                                                                                                         were then assigned to create artwork in any                                                           them.”
     professional manner.                                   as direct mail campaigns, marketing classes             of the retail side of the business have a better                                                        videographed much of the experience plus
                                                                                                                                                                          medium that responded to “The Fall...” This
                                                            have prepared long range marketing plans                chance, and students from the Business School                                                           comments and works in progress of students.
     “For some students, it requires a major balancing      and management classes have created business                                                                  assignment culminated in one big event with
                                                                                                                    are finding that they have the most adaptable                                                           She is presently working on creating a
     act to include an internship in their schedule         contracts and accounting classes have worked on         degrees and can fit into a wide variety of                                                              documentary on her time as a visiting artist at
     when it is already packed with a full course           tax preparation.                                        positions,” she said.

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                                                                                                      Phil Carrier:
                                                                                                      Robert Morris
                                                                                                      College Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ten years have passed sinCe
                                                                                                      Leader 2006                                                                                                                                                  the Class of 1996 reCeived their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   baChelor’s degrees froM robert
                                                                                                      Taking the route more                                                                                                                                        Morris College. We asked MeMbers
                                                                                                      slowly, doesn’t always                                                                                                                                       of that anniversary Class to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   send updates on their Careers,
                                                                                                      mean you know where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their faMilies and their lives so
                                                                                                      you’ll end up...                                                                                                                                             that other aluMni and friends of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   robert Morris College Can read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   about hoW far they have gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and What they have aCCoMplished
                            Phil Carrier, center, is congratulated by Sharon Brabson, left, dean of the School of Business Administration,                                                                                                                         in the past deCade.
                               and Larry Nieman, right, business school faculty member and director of the RMC Business Institute.




     IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   It was inspiring to see so many others          Robert Morris College also opened so
                        the early 1960s, River Grove,     Technology. He’s come a long way since those          In addition to his business endeavors, he has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   just like me in the program; working            many other doors for me. The satisfaction
                        Illinois, was probably a          days of (not so) innocence. He has found his          been active in education as an adjunct professor
                        lot more like the town of         professional niche as well as his motivation          at North Central College in Naperville where                                                       adults with a passion for learning and the      of being able to continue my education
                        Mayberry than a typical           for giving back by encouraging and helping            he taught business management and computer                                                         determination to earn a bachelor’s degree,      to a master’s degree and the pride of
                        suburb of Chicago - despite       students who are following the same path in           science courses. Since he became involved                                                          which would ultimately lead to a higher         progression in my positions at the college,
                        being a couple miles from the     his indusry.                                          with Robert Morris College, he has provided                                                        quality of life for us all.                     have been the most fulfilling experiences
                        city border. The intersection                                                           invaluable counsel in the continually evolving                                                                                                     of my life.
     of Grand and Thatcher had a currency
                                                          “We had some fun times growing up,” he
                                                                                                                curriculum of the Business School and has                                                          After graduating, I was hired at Robert
                                                          reminisced at the luncheon held recently                                                                                                                 Morris College, by deb dahlen, senior
     exchange and doctor’s offices in an old                                                                    become further involved by providing seven
                                                          in his honor. In addition to attending St.                                                                                                               vice-president of academics, at that time.
     Victorian-style building, a Polk Bros., where                                                              internships to undergraduates, completed three                                                                                                     elaine azpeitia StevenS
                                                          Cyprian’s, he is a graduate of Holy Cross High                                                                                                           My title was Administrative Coordinator
     you could buy a new oven in one department                                                                 group internships with marketing classes and
                                                          School, the University of Illinois/Chicago
     and the latest ‘45 by the Four Seasons in                                                                  has hired three RMC graduates as full time                                                         of Academics.                                   Wow, I can’t believe that it has been that
                                                          Circle (as it was then called), and he holds an
     another, Johnson’s Pharmacy with a counter                                                                 employees.                                                                                                                                         long since I graduated from RMC with
                                                          MBA from the Kellogg School of Business                                                                                                                  Deb was a mentor and role model to
     that sold hot fudge sundaes for 39 cents and                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my BBA. I currently work for Geminus,
                                                          of Northwestern University. He also spent             Mr. Carrier has passed the enthusiasm for                                                          me. I learned so much from her passion,
     Calcagno’s Supermarket where most villagers                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Corp. in the Prevention Department under
                                                          three years in the Army and served in Viet            business education on to others at CDPI by                                                         leadership style and institutional successes.
     did their weekly grocery shopping.
                                                          Nam. While he will admit he didn’t start              encouraging staff members to speak at honors                                                                                                       the “Afternoons R.O.C.K.” government
     St. Cyprian’s Grammar School on Clinton had          out that way, Phil Carrier came to take his           management classes on human resource topics                                                        Approximately two years after I began           grant. I am a grant monitor for all of the
     over 700 students in the old and new school          approach to education seriously. He knew an           and participating in RMC Career Fairs.                                                             working at Robert Morris College, I             three Defined Service Areas (DSA’a) in the
     buildings. Most of the teachers were nuns and        advanced degree was essential if he wanted to                                                                                                            decided to further my education and             Northwest Indiana Region for the State. I
                                                                                                                laRRy nieman, faculty member and director
     until 1963, the two eighth grade classes were        be successful in starting his own company, and                                                                                                           enrolled at DePaul for a master’s degree.       basically make sure that the subcontractors
                                                                                                                of the RMC Business Institute, presented the
     separated - boys in one and girls in the other.      that gave him the determination to complete
                                                                                                                award to Mr. Carrier, indicating that, “The                                                        Not long after enrolling in the program,        that are running our programs from the
     One student in the graduating class of 1963          his MBA at Northwestern. Today, CDPI
                                                                                                                Business Leader of the Year is recognized as        diane l. allen                                 I was promoted to Program Director.             Grant are running them according to
     has made some significant strides since the          provides management consulting, planning
                                                                                                                someone who supports the mission of the             direCtor of eduCation, robert Morris           Three years later, I became Director of         guidelines and that they get paid in the
     days of getting in trouble with the nuns during      and development, staffing services and
                                                                                                                Business School of Robert Morris College,           College bensenville CaMpus                     Education at the Bensenville Campus, my         end. I also monitor how the programs in
     the school day or jumping off the diving             application development to many companies,
                                                                                                                which is to provide a profession through                                                           present role.                                   each of the cities are doing and how the
     board with soap tablets in the pockets of his        such as Sears, Bank One, Northwestern                                                                     As a graduate of the Robert Morris
                                                                                                                a career-focused education in a collegiate
     swimming trunks at the summer evening swim           Memorial Hospital, Abbott Laboratories and                                                                College Bachelor of Business                                                                   children like them. If changes need to be
     sessions at Elmwood Park High School. Phil           Amoco.
                                                                                                                setting. That individual offers outstanding,                                                       Each day my job brings me satisfaction. I
                                                                                                                direct experiences and opportunities for            Administration Program, I can certainly                                                        made, I send surveys and other info down
     caRRieR, now a resident of Hinsdale, probably                                                                                                                                                                 enjoy managing and leading my team of
                                                          Aside from his role as head of CDPI, Phil has         RMC students and exemplifies effective              attest to the doors it has opened for me.                                                      to the Indiana Resource Center and they
     got into more trouble than Opie Taylor, but                                                                                                                                                                   professionals. I enjoy sharing the successes
                                                          been an involved and active member of the             communication and relationship building in          As a single parent with two young teen-                                                        take this to state level to get approval.
     thoroughly enjoyed growing up on Indian                                                                                                                                                                       of the students and join in on their
                                                          information technology community for over             his or her career, as well as with the people of    age children it was not an easy journey for                                                    Let me give you a little background on
     Boundary Lane near the DesPlaines River.                                                                                                                                                                      learning experiences whenever possible.
                                                          30 years. Before establishing CDPI in 1991, he        the university. Phil Carrier, in his professional   me to go back to school for my bachelor’s                                                      R.O.C.K:
     Recently, Robert Morris College recognized           was a senior IT consultant for DASD/IBM, the          and personal efforts, has provided all these                                                       Earning a bachelor’s degree from Robert
                                                                                                                                                                    degree but it certainly was a necessary one.                                                   It is an after school prevention program in
     Phil Carrier as the 2006 Business Leader of the      Director of Information Systems for Bunker            opportunities for our students. We are                                                             Morris College provided me with the
                                                                                                                                                                    I knew in my heart that the only way to                                                        Indiana, which targets youth 10-14 years
     Year. He is president and a founding partner of      Ramo and the CIO/Vice President for United            extremely grateful and fortunate to have him                                                       applied education I needed to become
     Cleveland Dovington Partners, Inc. (CDPI),           States Can Co. Throughout his career, he has          affiliated with Robert Morris College.”             achieve the success and happiness I wanted                                                     of age. When I say prevention, this means
                                                                                                                                                                    for my family and myself was to earn a         successful in a business environment.
     a Chicago based firm that specializes in             managed the data processing, finance and
     professional services in Information                 accounting aspects of many businesses.                                                                    bachelor’s degree.
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     showing them how to work on resistance        After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she       ligia CoSman                                     allowed me the opportunity to implement        Technology. The adventure has been very        that job, through what was called the
     skills of ATODs (alcohol, tobacco, and        became a recruiter in the RMC High                                                                my ideas. They believed in my leadership       very wonderful and hard work does pay          CO-OP program. I just started a new
                                                                                                    I graduated in 1996 from Robert Morris
     other drugs). We help children become         School Relations Department. It was a                                                             style enough to increase my level of           off. I am very happy where I am now            career at JP Morgan in early May.
                                                                                                    College with my Bachelor’s Degree.
     leaders and not followers. I also work with   natural fit for someone who could relate to                                                       responsibility. My sense of fulfillment        and I still continue to receive job offers
                                                                                                    I worked for Chase Bank - formerly
     four other State grants in aiding against     students on so many levels, someone who                                                           comes at the end of each day when I feel       from various colleagues of past employers
                                                                                                    known as Bank One - for eleven years                                                                                                           tanya Wagner
     drugs and tobacco and alcohol for our         had seized opportunities when she found                                                           good about what I said, accomplished and       including Executives and CEO’s.
                                                                                                    until December 2004. My position as
     communities. We work hand in hand with        them, and someone who obviously spoke                                                             the people I came in contact with. I feel
                                                                                                    Compensation Analyst was eliminated                                                             As far as personal info: I am still single     Tanya writes: I’m employed at Clear
     the “Indiana Prevention Resource Center”      with pride about her alma mater.                                                                  a sense of fulfillment when I can deliver a
                                                                                                    because of the merger. Then, in April                                                           with no kids. I am currently sponsored         Channel Communications. Clear Channel
     and the “Division of Mental Heather and                                                                                                         class presentation and the students want to
                                                   In 1998 Sandra decided to look beyond            2005 I began working for the Department                                                         by Nissan Headquarters for car racing. I       is the parent company of numerous Radio
     Addition Center.” I work with fourteen                                                                                                          know how I did it.
                                                   RMC to expand her horizons in                    of Labor as an Analyst II Contractor.                                                           compete at HPDE (High Performance              and TV Stations and also owns several
     DSAs and local Prevention Services
                                                   education. No stranger to the Chicago            Five years ago, I was married and have           RMC continues to be my family and              Drivers Education) and SE-R Cup. I own         entertainment venues.
     Coalitions across the state of Indiana as
                                                   Public Schools and the programs designed         been living in Skokie with my husband            continues to serve the community that          a 91 Nissan Sentra SE-R that is race prep.
     well as with our local sheriff and mayors.                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are seven Clear Channel stations in
                                                   to encourage learning beyond high school,        Giovanni.                                        I come from - female Hispanic, first           I also compete in chess tournaments and
     I really have RMC to thank for showing                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicago, WLIT-FM, WNUA-FM, KISS-
                                                   she accepted a position with CPS and has                                                          generation. The College has laid out           Texas Hold ‘Em (who doesn’t this days!). I
     me how to open up to the community, in                                                                                                                                                                                                        FM, WRLL-AM, WGCI-FM, WVAZ-FM
                                                   held a number of managerial positions                                                             specific goals and objectives that ensure      also take about two weeks in the summer
     speaking in front of large groups as well
                                                   ever since. As a Program Manager for the         Connie eSparza
     as working with large communities. RMC
                                                   Department of Education to Careers, she          viCe president for Marketing at
     helped me overcome my shyness and now
                                                   has coordinated the College Excel Program
     I am able to help the children and adults
                                                   where she managed a $3.1 million budget.
                                                                                                    robert Morris College
                                                                                                                                                                 “After graduating from RMC I have had several wonderful opportunities
     in my community. I really enjoy what I do                                                                                  The RMC tag
     everyday with helping our children, it has
                                                   She works with Chicago colleges to ensure
                                                   that the opportunities that helped her                                       line when I                                   working for various fortune 500 companies.”
     become very rewarding for me.                                                                                              began working
                                                   as a student, continue and grow for the
     I am married with two daughters,              students of today and tomorrow.                                              here in 1995
                                                                                                                                was Where                                                                                                          (V-103) and WGRB-AM (Gospel 1390).
     Autumn (4) and Haley (6). My husband                                                                                                            that each demographic and market is            and bike the Utah Mountains as well as
                                                   Today, she manages the citywide Student                                      Dreams Find                                                                                                        I’m currently the Executive Assistant
     Robert, works for United Services, as a                                                                                                         represented. In my eleven years here, I        backpack. In the winter time I take about
                                                   Enterprise Program which provides                                            Direction. As                                                                                                      with WGCI-FM and V-103-FM). Since
     lead carpenter and does fire and disaster                                                                                                       have seen RMC grow and I’m proud to            two weeks and head for the west coast
                                                   students and opportunity to create and run                                   a full-time                                                                                                        graduating from Robert Morris College, I
     restoration or homes and buildings. We                                                                                                          have grown with it. Together, we have a        mountains for skiing and snowboarding. I
                                                   businesses and provide professional services                                 evening student                                                                                                    have purchased a home and car.
     live in the Hammond/Hessville area and                                                                                                          long and promising road ahead; there are       will be taking classes this fall on business
                                                   to all of CPS facilities and coordinates                                     and full-time
     love it.                                                                                                                                        still many things to be done and goals         management.
                                                   the State approved Work Experience and                                       employee             to accomplish. I know that RMC will                                                           irronda m. haney
     I don’t know what more to say, but that I     Career Exploration Program (WECEP)                                           at Robert            continue to play a role in my life and I
     do miss RMC. I owe a great deal of thanks     at 14 high schools. WECEP provides               Morris College, my dreams certainly                                                                                                            My education at RMC has opened
                                                                                                                                                     know that while I’m here I will continue       andre marShall
     to the professors and alumni who aided in     students, 14 and 15 years of age with skills     found direction. Not only was I striving                                                                                                       doors for me in the professional sense in
                                                                                                                                                     to reach out to past, present and future
     my education. Thanks.                         necessary to enter a gainful occupation and      to further my education, I was striving                                                         I’m still looking for my ideal job. Here is
                                                                                                                                                     students directly (in the classrooms,                                                         the fields of banking and education. I
                                                   opportunities to explore career possibilities.   towards working in my field, one that                                                           a update on my accomplishments since I
                                                                                                                                                     hallways, elevators) or indirectly (TV,                                                       served as a credit analyst for about four
                                                   Sandra also coordinates all of the vendor        serves a purpose. What better field could                                                       left RMC.
                                                                                                                                                     mail, e-mail). I couldn’t feel prouder about                                                  years. Since I didn’t like the banking
     Sandra C. CaStillo                            board reports for the department along           there be than higher education? Eleven           my employer and everything it does,            I received my Master of Arts - Curriculum      industry, I’m currently very happy
                                                   with any other new initiatives.                  years later, with a BBA in business                                                                                                            as an administrator at Moraine Valley
                                 When Sandra                                                                                                         represents, and the plans for the future.      & Instructions in August, 2001. I’m the
                                 first became      Robert Morris College is proud to have           administration and an MBA in marketing,                                                         owner of a successful Financial & Tax          Community College.
                                 a college         Sandra Castillo as an alumna on its              I’m happy to report that not only did my                                                        Business, Marshall’s Financial & Tax
                                                                                                    dreams find direction, but I’ve seen dreams                                                                                                    I am nine credit hours away from receiving
                                 student in        High School Relations Advisory Board,                                                             Stephen lotho                                  Services in Forest Park, IL.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a master’s degree in communication studies
                                 1990, she         and shares her voluntary efforts with            come true that I never anticipated. Never
                                                                                                    did I envision that one day I would fill the     Not really sure how to start this off so I     You can go to my web site, www.                from Governor’s State University. As soon
                                 found that        Northwestern Business College, DeVry
                                                                                                    shoes of my mentor.                              will just make a summary. After graduating     matfinancial.com, for a profile on me.         as I have completed my master’s degree I
                                 RMC could         University, the Chicago International
                                                                                                                                                     from RMC I have had several wonderful          My career includes many jobs: I’m an           will teach as an adjunct professor in speech
                                 provide her       Charter School-West Belden Campus                Over the years my title has changed              opportunities working for various fortune      accountant, loan officer, tax professional,    communciations. I have plans to pursue
                                 with more         where she is a Parent Advisory Council           but my capacity within the Admissions            500 companies. However, the path               and provisional teacher in District 209.       a doctorate degree in communications
                                 than her          Member - and a number of self-starter            Department has always been constant:             that my career took me is not what I           As you can see, I’ve been pretty busy since    within the next few years.
                                 freshman          programs for young people in her                 recruitment of students with the                 was trained for at RMC. I received my          leaving Robert Morris.
     classes - she became an employee as well.     community. On the home front, Sandra             appropriate messages and media directly          bachelor’s degree in accounting from RMC
                                                   has added adopted daughter Claudia to            linked to the goals of the College. The
     Perhaps those early days as a work study                                                                                                        but that stopped after about three years.
                                                   her family and has welcomed her mother           realization of my goals is a direct reflection                                                  henry ollie
     student in the Telecom Department, or                                                                                                           I didn’t find the field to be very exciting
                                                   Linda into her home as well.                     of the opportunities afforded to RMC
     the time she spent as a receptionist in                                                                                                         and I made the transition to technology
                                                                                                    students and employees alike. To this date,                                                     After graduating from RMC, I completed
     Admissions gave her a taste of a career in    Sandra plans to stay involved in                                                                  when I was working for the Ritz Carlton
                                                                                                    I credit faculty members who saw in me                                                          my MBA in Business Management at
     education. Whatever the inspiration, she      community outreach, education, and                                                                Hotel. From there I started building
                                                                                                    the possibility to do more and pushed me                                                        Roosevelt University in 2002. I am
     found her niche. Sandra soon undertook        counseling in every way possible. Her new                                                         my technology experiences with Arthur
                                                                                                    to do it. They made sure I understood                                                           married and my wife Tamika and I have
     the ultimate balancing act: completing a      hobby is running as she has completed the                                                         Anderson, Coopers and Lybrant, Price
                                                                                                    what I was doing beyond a doubt. I credit                                                       two kids. I just ended twelve years at
     degree, working for the College, and being    Ravenswood Run, Soldier Field 10 miler,                                                           Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte and Touche,
                                                                                                    my past and current supervisors who heard                                                       Harris Bank where I was an Operations
     mom to Nikolas and Aliana.                    Shamrock Shuffle and plans to run the                                                             and now Lyons Elementary School
                                                                                                    my opinions and suggestions and                                                                 Officers in the Commercial Loans
                                                   LaSalle Bank half marathon in the future.                                                         District 103 where I am the Director of        Department. RMC actually help me get
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                                 of Chicago. Af                                                       ors and recently
              her associate de                   ter receiving                food baskets fo                                  furnished             toby Grahov                                              five-year string of Chicagoland Collegiate         WI, the Eagles received an invitation to the        Although denied the CCAC regular-season
                                 gree at RMC, Ly                                                   r over 120 fam                                                       ec, The US To
              to complete he                         nda went on              area. The clinic’s                          ilies in the               Championship                           uring Car         Athletic Conference championships, Head            USCBA Sectional Championship tournament.            championship by a pair of one-point losses to
                                r bachelor’s at Ill                                                   newest program                                                     web site reports
              University. “Rob                      inois State              mammogram sc                                      offers free          RMC alumnus                               that an         Coach kuRt melcheR and his Chicago-NAIA            Four bowlers also earned Academic All-American      Olivet Nazarene University (IL), the Eagles came
                                  ert Morris Colleg                                                 reenings to resid                                                   has hung up hi
             the tools and ta                          e gave me                                                             ents.                  skates and now                          s hockey          Women’s Soccer team compiled a 17-7-1 season       honors: meagan sykes (freshman; Zion, IL),          back to take the Tournament Championship
                                ught me how to                               Brian continue                                                                             wears a crash he
             for a career in th                     use them                                      d his education                                   Grahovec and Er                          lmet. “Toby      record. The Lady Eagles then recovered to claim    Rachel keRneR (freshman; Antioch, IL), Rachel       with a convincing victory over upset-minded
                                 e hospitality bu                            College (Cente                               at Spertus                                     ic Mass have an
                                                   siness.”                                      r for Nonprofit                                   their intentions                           nounced         the NAIA Region VII championship with a            deboeR (sophomore; Antioch, IL), and Jocylen        University of St. Francis. The Eagles placed
                                                                            and graduated                                Management)                                    to compete in
                                                                                                 with a Master of                                  Touring Car C                           the US             3-2 overtime win against Trinity Christian         bRadley (freshman; Sauk Village, IL).               seven on the All-Conference team, led by first-
                                                                            degree in Hum                                  Science                                    hampionship in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              College (IL). RMC last tasted defeat in regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 After another disappointing volleyball season—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     teamers Reggie geoRge (Junior, Chicago, IL),
                                                                                                                           nces have              car owner, resp                                             tournament play in 2001. In the NAIA                                                                   FReeman tayloR (Junior, Gulfport, MS), and
            Sharon durb                                                    provided him th                                                                           ectively, first co                                                                          only a single win in CCAC play—RMC turned
                               in, In April, Sh                                                   e tools to succee                               their efforts in                       mbined               National Championship Tournament, the Lady                                                             melVin council (Junior, Rochester, NY). On
            named the new                         aron was                 current endeav                                  d in his                                  late 2005, resu                                                                             to a familiar face in hopes of turning around the
                                executive direct                                               ors.                                              Sports Car Clu                         lting in a            Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 before being                                                           the second team, seniors aaRon wellington
            of Lincoln Goo                         or of Land                                                                                                        b of America N                                                                              program. Former Eagle caRRie Pogose (2004)
                               dwill Industries                           “In our commun                                                         Championship                            ational              eliminated by #4-ranked Houghton College                                                               (Chicago, IL) and James PaRkeR (Chicago, IL)
           native and Cha                         . A Hillsboro                                   ity, everyone is                                                  . Grahovec and                                                                               has taken the helm and launched new recruiting
                              tham resident,                              together, just lik                             in it                   decided to com                          Maas have            (NY). Outstanding midfielder elizabeth baidu                                                           were joined by juniors steVe stRong (Chicago,
           the agency that                      she now heads                                   e my classes at                                                      bine their efforts                                                                          efforts. New players will join outstanding
                               serves 100 disa                            Morris.” he po                                Robert                  the program Te                             and name           (senior; Accra, Ghana) earned Third Team All-                                                          IL) and JeRome haRPeR (Columbia, SC). RMC
          and operates se                        bled adults                                  ints out. “The                                                       am Mobility.                                                                                  freshman megan yeRkes (Chicago, IL) and
                             ven thrift store                            building exercis                           team-                                                                                     American, 1st Team All Regional, and 1st Team                                                          followed that performance by advancing to the
          Illinois. She co                     s in central                                    es and collectiv                                 Grahovec has a                                                                                                   returning seniors tayloR Johnson (Racine, WI),
                            mpleted her ba                               translated into                              e spirit really                               long and succes                           All-Conference honors, while maVis danso                                                               Fab Four of the NAIA National Tournament
         Greenville Colleg                     chelor’s at                                    my new respon                                    in sports car ra                         sful history                                                             nicole mason (Chicago, IL), and beth labee
                                e and is workin                          Working togeth                              sibilities.                                  cing. The Chica                             (sophomore; Accra, Ghana) earned a spot on the                                                         for the second consecutive year and for the third
         master’s degree                           g on her                                   er helps solve th                                is a two-time wi                        go native                                                                 (Romeoville, IL) in the 2006 season.
                             at Benedictine                             problems a com                                 e tough                                     nner of the Fred                           Second Regional Team and an All-Conference                                                             time in five seasons. A thrilling 94-91 overtime
         Prior to the po                       University.                                    munity can face                                  Award for bein                             Wacker
                           sition at Goodw                                                                            .”                                         g the top racin                              Honorable Mention. anne meshes (freshman;                                                              win against Azusa Pacific University (CA)—the
        employed by Ill                        ill, she was             In his professio                                                      Chicago region                        g driver in the                                                              First-year Head Coach Rommel guzman
                            inois Power com                                                  nal life, Brian is                                                  ...(he) won his                              Rockford, IL) and Fati mohammed (sophomore;        led the Lake County-based Men’s Soccer              team that had eliminated RMC in last season’s
        customer service                        pany as a              Community Re                                  the                      National Cham                          first SCCA
                              employee and m                                                 source Coordin                                                      pionship in 20                               Accra, Ghana) were also honorably mentioned        team to another successful campaign. The            Fab Four—put the Eagles into the national
       The utility also                           anager.              Chicago’s Mah                                ator at                   BMW Z4. The                           05 driving a
                           developed and                                                   alia Jackson Elem                                                     26 year old plan                             for All-Conference selection.                                                                          semifinals. Once again they were denied a trip to
       Up,” a not for                         ran “A Hand              School through                                entary                  his SCAA natio                            s to defend                                                               Eagles followed their 2004 USCAA National
                          profit agency su                                                   a partnership wi                                                   nal Championsh                                                                                                                                       the championship game as they fell to Oklahoma
       part by state gr                      pported in               Addams Hull H                                  th Jane                 and compete in                           ip in 2006                                                                 Championship with a third-place finish at
                         ants. She is dista                                                 ouse Associatio                                                      the Short Track                              Pat PhilliPs’s Springfield-USCAA Women’s
      by marriage to                          ntly related            as a positive m                              n. “Serving               Challenge Serie                          Trucks                                                                     the 2005 National Tournament. After losing          City University 94-92 on a last-second basket.
                         US Senator Dick                                                  ale role model                                                       s along with hi                                Soccer team ended their season with a 10-4-2
      Illinois.                                 Durbin of            really builds th                           to these kids               USTCC. Graho                           s duties in the                                                               a heartbreaker 7-6 to the eventual champion         Reggie George and Freeman Taylor were named
                                                                                         eir confidence                                                        vec was a three-                               record and a second-place finish in the United
                                                                     them know that                             and lets                    All American in                         time                                                                         Bluefield College (VA), the Eagle Kickers came      All-American and George was placed on the All-
                                                                                            someone cares                                                       ice hockey and                                States Collegiate Athletic Association National
                                                                    future,” he expl                              about their               his number retir                         recently had                                                                back to defeat New Hampshire Technical              Tournament team.
                                                                                          ains. “Sometim                                                       ed by Robert                                   Invitational. Four Lady Eagles earned All-
     2002                                                           realize how impo
                                                                   coordinates prog
                                                                                            rtant that is.” H
                                                                                                                 es we don’t
                                                                                                                    e routinely
                                                                                                                                           Morris College.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              American honors, with a pair of freshman—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Institute 6-2 and Southern Maine 1-0 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 finish the season with a 9-4-2 record. Earning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     First-year Head Coach Renee bostic looks
                                                                                           rams and service                                                                                                   malloRy hamlin (Springfield, IL) and Rachel                                                            to have the Lady Eagles on the right track as
                                                                   the students an                                 s for                                                                                                                                         All-Tourney Honors were luPe gonzalez
                                    brian wilSon,                                       d their families                                                                                                      simmons (Springfield, IL)—named to the first                                                           the Chicago-NAIA team reached the CCAC
                                                                  opportunities fo                             , providing                                                                                                                                       (Waukegan, IL) and silVio meJia (Waukegan,
                                    Since graduatin                                      r them to see a                                                                                                      team. Sophomore bRittany kink (Riverton,                                                               semifinals for the first time in many a season.
                                                       g          they can achiev                                world where                                                                                                                                     IL). Other 2005 RMC Honors include USCAA
                                   from Robert M                                       e great things.                                                                                                        IL) earned national honorable mention honors.                                                          Taking over a squad that had won but two games
                                                       orris                                                                                                                                                                                                     Soccer All-American Status for both scottie
                                   College with a                 Brian also remain                                                                                                                           michelle oldani (Junior, Rochester, IL) was                                                            in the previous season, Coach Bostic finished
                                                                                          s active with hi                                                                                                                                                       malagon (Park City, IL) and aaRon Reyes
                                   Bachelor of Scien             He is a proud m                                 s fraternity.                                                                                named an Academic All-American, while junior                                                           with a 14-18 record. Junior sheenita mcPhatteR
                                                         ce                             ember of the O                                                                                                                                                           (Posen, IL).
                                  degree in Busin                Phi Fraternity,                                mega Psi                                                                                      amy PuRVes (Springfield, IL) earned double                                                             (Great Neck, NY) was named to the All-
                                                     ess                              Inc. serving as
                                  Administration                 of Community                              the Chairman                                                                                       honors as an honorable mention All-American        It was another great season on the hardwood for     Conference first team.
                                                      in                               & Civic Affairs
                                 2002, Brian W                  involvement all                              . This                                                                                           and an Academic All-American.                      all the RMC teams. Heading the pack was the
                                                    ilson                            ows him to coor                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Playing a tough schedule that featured many
                                 is using the skill             the resources of                              dinate                                                                                                                                             Chicago-NAIA men’s team, coached by ten-time
  learned in the cla                                 s he                             community lea                                                                                                           The brand-new Women’s Bowling team put                                                                 NCAA Division II and Division III opponents,
                       ssroom to help                          organizations to                             ders and
 the real world.                           others in                                   help make a di                                                                                                                                                            Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach
                                                               the lives of low-                            fference in                Toby Grahovec
                                                                                                                                                      and Tom Wendla
                                                                                                                                                                                                              together an outstanding inaugural season under                                                         the Springfield-USCAA men’s basketball
                                                                                     income families                                                                    ndt, RMC                                                                                 of the Year al bRuehl. Coach Bruehl was also
 In early 2005,                                                                                             .                          Hockey Coach                                                           the tutelage of Coach dale lehman. Finishing                                                           team ended the season with 16-14 record. The
                   he was elected                             Reflecting on hi                                                                                                                                                                                   inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2005
Alderman in so                         4th Ward                                     s busy schedule,                                                                                                          with a Top 30 national ranking and falling just                                                        Springfield Eagles—coached by keVin goRdon—
                    uth suburban C                            admits enjoying                                 Brian                                                                                                                                              and posted his 375th career win as his
In addition to                          alumet City.                                 his work as Alde                                                                                                         short of a tournament win when they placed
                  serving on the                                                                              rman
                                      city council,
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     entered the USCAA national tournament as the        Though often overshadowed by their higher-          Woods to extra innings before dispatching them
     #1 seed, but fell to eventual national champions    profile Gold counterparts, the Maroon Hockey        as well, 5-3. As it turned out, SMWC was not
     Philander Smith (AK) and ended the season #4        Team made some waves of their own this season,      finished, and Robert Morris faced them yet again      No matter how solid the foundation of                                                                                department rolled-out the system a
     nationally. coRley lee (Sophomore; Decatur,         compiling an overall record of 24-15-1, good        in the later rounds, beating them once 8-7 in         knowledge in their areas of study or how                                                                             year ago and has a steadily growing
     IL) garner double honors as a member of both        enough to make the Eagles the Great Lakes           extra innings and then finally putting SMWC           high their GPA, new grads have to learn to                                                                           database of nearly 3,000 employers.
     the 2006 All-Tournament Team and as an All-         Intercollegiate Hockey Association regular          down for the count in the championship game           communicate what they want and what they
                                                                                                                                                                   have to offer. “Students have to know how to sell                                                                    The added value of CareerConnect
     American. He was joined on the All-America          season champions. Riding high on a wave             with a resounding 7-1 victory. RMC took home                                                                                                                               when compared with
                                                                                                                                                                   themselves,” said Jill. “They are competing with
     team by repeat selection tyleR moRetto              of powerful momentum as they entered the            the tournament title, and pitcher loRa FisheR                                                                                                                              CareerBuilder, Monster or other
                                                                                                                                                                   a lot of others for the best positions and they
     (Sophomore; Pekin, IL). Senior captain matt         GLIHA playoffs, RMC surged through the              (junior; Casey, IL) earned tournament MVP                                                                                                                                  job search sites is “We know
                                                                                                                                                                   have to stand out as the best candidates.”
     wiseman (Senior; Athens, IL) also repeated as an    opening rounds, reaching the championship           honors.                                                                                                                                                                    the employers that make up our
     Academic All-American.                              game against Central Michigan. Unfortunately,                                                             In working with alumni, the assistance Career                                                                        database. We have a personal
                                                                                                             The Men’s Cross Country team finished third           Services provides helps improve and redefine                                                                         relationship with them and they
                                                         Central Michigan was able to prevail, 5-3,
     Springfield’s USCAA Lady Eagles also entered                                                            in both the CCAC and NAIA Region VII this             skills. The longer alums are out of college, the                                                                     know what kind of students RMC
                                                         after a terrific game, with both teams playing
     the national tournament as the #1 seed before                                                           fall, establishing itself as a force to be reckoned   more they need professional workshops and                                                                            has,” says Jill. “The jobs fit our
                                                         their hardest. Although Maroon’s season was
     bowing to Southern Virginia College in the                                                              with out on the course. Senior Paul zaVala            personal marketing and development training                                                                          students.” This is yet another tool
                                                         a great success, they were unable to qualify for
     championship game. They backed that #2                                                                  (Summit, IL) led the Eagles throughout their          such as resume and interview assistance. The                                                                         that students and alumni have at
                                                         the National Championships. Freshman mike
     national finish with a 19-11 won-loss record.                                                           grueling season, and became the only RMC              actual number of RMC alumni grows with each                                                                          their disposal.
                                                         benson (Batavia, IL) was named to the GLIHA
     Coach bRad hansen placed beth whitt (junior;                                                            runner to earn a berth in the NAIA National           graduation and Career Services has a calendar
                                                         All-Region Second Team.                                                                                                                                                                                                           “We work to help our students
     Catlin, IL) on both the All-Tournament team                                                             Championship Meet, finishing 201st on the             of seminars and workshops geared just for RMC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and alumni find careers, not just
     and the All-American team. Senior nicole            The Chicago Softball Team performed admirably       NAIA’s biggest stage. He also garnered All-           graduates who find themselves back in the job        degree removes the cap to earning potential
                                                                                                                                                                   market.                                                                                                  jobs,” Jill concluded. “But the onus is always
     deaRing (senior; Valparaiso, IN) was an             this spring, compiling an overall record of 21-26   Conference and All-Region honors this season, as                                                           that someone with an associate’s degree may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            back upon the individual to think critically
     Academic All-American.                              against some very tough opponents. The Lady         well as setting a personal record on October 15                                                            facing, and acquiring additional skills such as
                                                                                                                                                                   Alumni assistance takes on a slightly different                                                          about what they have to offer the employer and
                                                         Eagles entered the CCAC tournament as a #6          at Rockford College, where Zavala ran a wicked                                                             another language can improve an individual’s
     Coach John buRke’s Women’s Hockey team                                                                                                                        approach for Career Services advisors because                                                            improve the package. The best way is to use
                                                         seed, and squeaked out an extra inning nail-biter   fast 26:55 en route to a new course record. The                                                            marketability. Additionally, someone who is bi-
     spent the entire season as the nation’s #1 team                                                                                                               the market and alumni expectations evolve over                                                           those communication techniques, and get in
                                                         5-2 over Cardinal Stritch in the opening round.     team appears to be headed in the right direction,                                                          lingual will be a definite asset in the culinary,
     before losing to Lindenwood University (MO) 3-                                                                                                                time. Robert Morris College provides the service                                                         there and demonstrate what kind of performance
                                                         Unfortunately their postseason success could last   with young, talented runners also performing                                                               banking, medical or legal fields. Spanish is the
     2 in the national championship game. Although                                                                                                                 free of charge to both alumni and employers                                                              they’ll get from you if they make an offer.”
                                                         no longer, as RMC succumbed to both Olivet          well this year; in particular freshman daVid                                                               number one language employers are looking for
     they were unable to defend their 2005 national                                                                                                                looking to fill positions. “We get calls from
                                                         Nazarene and St. Francis in quick succession,       bRooks (South Holland, IL) who was also All-                                                               but Polish is a close second.                                                   The RMC
                                                                                                                                                                   alumni as far back as 1977 on any given day,”
     title, the Lady Icers compiled a 27-8-2 season                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Career Services
                                                         ending the tournament run. Departing seniors        Conference and All-Region in just his first year      explained Jill. “A big percentage of our graduates   The newest tool that Career Services offers is
     record, putting together an 18-game winning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        department assists
                                                         include Jenny digRegoRio (Lemont, IL), megan        of collegiate competition.                            will always come back to RMC when they find          RMC CareerConnect, an online job search
     streak after beginning the season 2-7. They                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        students and
                                                         lloRens (Winfield, IL), nichele RatliFF                                                                   they need help in finding a new job.”                and resource management database. Students
     utterly destroyed a field of international teams                                                        For the Women’s Cross Country Team, it was a                                                                                                                                               alumni at each
                                                         (Beeker, IL), and shauna RobeRtson (Chicago,                                                                                                                   and alumni can both access the site to, among
     at the Estonia Tournament, outscoring their                                                             rebuilding year. Despite finishing last in both       Many need to brush up on their skills and will                                                                                       of the College’s
                                                         IL). Their leadership will surely be missed.                                                                                                                   other things, search the jobs database for open
     opponents 42 goals to zero. Eagles dominated                                                            the CCAC and Region VII, the team definitely          also sign up for refresher courses or professional                                                                                   seven campuses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        positions with area employers, RSVP for job
     All-American First Team as they earned four         Finishing sixth in the hotly contested CCAC, the    showed promise, with times consistently               development workshops, which they can also                                                                                           For additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fairs and other career events, view samples of
     of the five spots: ashley boye (Cape Coral,         Chicago baseball team wrapped up a successful       improving throughout the year. These young            take through RMC. Alumni quickly find they                                                                                           information, call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        personal marketing materials such as resumes,
     FL), saVannah VaRneR (Centerville, PA),             season with a record of 22-18-1. Hoping to          women endured countless miles of arduous              have to improve the package with continued                                                                                           800-RMC-5960.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cover letters, and thank you letters. The
     JenniFeR noRRis (Roselle, IL), and cRystal          journey deep into the postseason, the Eagles        cross country terrain; the fact that they were        education or expanded experience. A bachelor’s
     zace (LaGrange Park, IL). RMC also placed           entered the NAIA Region VII Qualifying              able to not only survive but also improve serves
     seven on the ACHA All-National Tournament           Tournament with lofty aspirations that proved       as testament to their universal athleticism
     Team, the four all-Americans plus lisa gens         to be anything but far-fetched. Despite a tough     and character. Looking ahead, several young
     (Baudette, MN), dana Paha (Homer Glen, IL),         schedule (four games in three days) and a           runners promise to keep the Eagles competitive
     and allison toFt (Alexandria, MN).                  pitching staff that was stretched dangerously       for many seasons to come, while the leadership
     The Gold Hockey Team had a very successful
                                                         thin, RMC was able to prevail in the first three
                                                         rounds of the tournament, culminating in an
                                                                                                             of this year’s senior class will be hard, but not
                                                                                                             impossible, to replace. The graduating seniors
                                                                                                                                                                   rmC Job fairS                                                                    previous years. Career services staff members used the fair
     2005-06 season, finishing with an overall record                                                                                                                                                                                               as an opportunity to reaffirm relationships with a number of
     of 23-17-3. After finishing tied for fifth in the
                                                         epic final game against Purdue University-North     are: latasha mccRay (Chicago, IL), Vanessa            WelCome employerS                                                                corporations. it enabled them to learn more about company
                                                         Central that would determine the tournament         soleR (Cicero, IL), michelle hidalgo (Chicago,
     ultra-competitive Central States Collegiate                                                                                                                                                                                                    workforce needs, something that is essential in considering
                                                         champion. Unfortunately, the team came up           IL), and gloRia aRdoR (Chicago, IL).
     Hockey League, the postseason-bound Eagles                                                                                                                    the rMC Career services department has long enjoyed a
                                                         just short, with PNC scoring the game-winning                                                                                                                                              opportunities for new graduates.
     turned a few heads en route to a 3rd place                                                              The inaugural season for Women’s Track and            positive relationship with hundreds of corporations throughout
                                                         run with two down in the bottom of the ninth.
     finish in the CSCHL playoffs, playing some                                                              Field went quite well, considering the team had
                                                         It was a heartbreaking end to a great season,                                                             illinois. Many of them are interested in providing internships
     of their best hockey of the year. Qualifying                                                            to deal with the uncertainties that are oftentimes                                                                                     More than 300 students were able to use the job fair as a
                                                         with seniors JeRemy buRke (Alsip, IL), adam                                                               for junior or senior students, a number of them offer input to
     for the ACHA National Championships as                                                                  prevalent when beginning a brand new program.                                                                                          “pre-interview”experience. they were instructed to prepare
                                                         chRzanowski (Alsip, IL), chRis gReineR (Darien,
     a 13 seed, RMC faced a powerful University
                                                         IL), matt JoineR (Channahon, IL), tony
                                                                                                             Nevertheless, the Lady Eagles performed               the College’s curricula through representation on advisory                       their resumes, dress for success and use their communication
     of Illinois squad in the tournament’s opening                                                           admirably, competing well alongside established       boards, and even more turn to robert Morris College for
                                                         loRenzo (Orland Park, IL), and diRk milleR                                                                                                                                                 skills in meeting and greeting potential employers.
     round. Unfortunately the talented Illini were                                                           and elite programs. Times and distances
                                                         (Midlothian, IL) playing their last game in the                                                           permanent employees who have completed
     a bit too much for the Eagles to handle, and                                                            improved steadily throughout the season, which
                                                         maroon and gold.                                                                                          their degrees.
     after a hard-fought defeat Robert Morris was                                                            is a good sign for the future, proving that the                                                                                        encouraged by the success in Chicago, Career services held
     unable to recover any of its former momentum,       Head Coach maRk bRayField’s Springfield             potential for success is certainly present. After
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    equally successful events at the bensenville and orland park
     bowing to Delaware in the consolation round,        Softball team certainly has a lot to be proud       techniques are honed, miles are logged, and           in april, Career services held its largest job fair ever,
     8-3; the loss secured a 14th place tournament       of after the 2006 season; after all, not every      overall team chemistry is cultivated, Robert                                                                                           campuses in May and June.
                                                                                                                                                                   welcoming over 60 businesses to the Winter garden on the
     finish. Although stymied on the national stage,     team wins a national invitational! Hosting          Morris College will soon be a competitive force
     RMC certainly had a terrific season, with several   the USCAA National Invitational Softball            in women’s track and field.                           top floor of the harold Washington library. located directly                     “We were very pleased by the turnouts,” said Jill Mcginty,
     players earning accolades from the conference:      Championship in nearby Mattoon, Illinois, the                                                             accross the street from rMC’s Chicago campus, the event was                      director of career services. “i think the companies were happy
     aaRon meRkle (Junior; Flint, MI), steVe             stalwart Lady Eagles came into the tournament                                                             hugely successful from a number of different perspectives.
     laFRenieR (Sophomore; Addison, IL), and nick        as an underdog #3 seed, after a strong regular                                                                                                                                             to take part in the events and were encouraged by the caliber
                                                                                                                                                                   the large turnout of companies was a positive indication of                      of students. additionally, some of our own alumni are now
     o’meaRa (Senior) were all named to the CSCHL        season. Utilizing their home field advantage and
     All-Star Team, and Ryan tomassini (Sophomore;       exuding confidence every step of the way, RMC                                                             the job market. While many rMC graduates have jobs lined                         representing companies and are recruiting our graduates. it’s
     Carol Stream, IL) was elected to the All-           handily defeated Southern Virginia University                                                             up even before they complete their programs, the prospect                        great to see things come full circle.”
     Defensive Team.                                     (10-0), and then took #1 seed St. Mary of the                                                             of finding a job was not as “automatic” as it had been in
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