Vote Early & Cybersecurity Tip of the Week

FEATURED NEWS

Plan to Vote

The countdown is on — we are 13 days out from Election Day! Now is the time to make your voting plan.

Want to vote early? Visit the Cook County Clerk’s Office website to find locations in Cook County. Mailing your ballot? Make sure you get it postmarked by November 3. Planning to vote in person? Make sure you know your assigned polling place and have a plan in the event of long lines.

Still need to register? You can still register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on Election Day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority. Get information on polling places and see what’s on your ballot using recently posted tools at allintovote.org.

Be on the lookout for our social media contests. Employees and students, show us you’ve registered or voted by posting a photo or video using the hashtag #RUAllIn and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to the RU bookstore. (The gift card can be used for online bookstore purchases too.) One more special challenge for students will be announced soon.

Finally, save the date for November 2 when we will come together as a community to build excitement for Election Day and discuss important social justice topics. More details will be shared soon. Make your voice heard on November 3.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Tip of the Week

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This week’s featured topic is all about passwords. Most security breaches worldwide are a result of stolen or weak passwords. Here are some simple tips to help greatly reduce the odds of your accounts getting compromised due to weak passwords.

  • Length is a critical component of strong passwords. Longer passwords are statistically less likely to be cracked. We recommend a minimum password length of 12 characters. You can use the site https://howsecureismypassword.net to check how long it will take a computer to crack your password.
  • Do not reuse passwords. Your University password should be different from all others. Yes, everyone today has a lot of online accounts, so managing different credentials for so many accounts can be challenging. To make this easy, we recommend using a password manager, which securely stores all of your passwords.
  • Never share your password with anyone. No legitimate organization will ask you for your password or other sensitive information via email. Disregard any such messages, no matter how legitimate they look.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The U.S. Election in a Global Context: Trump, COVID-19, The Democrats and Our History
Friday, October 23 I 11 a.m.
Viewing Options:
YouTube: youtu.be/wygFKW_ki7A
Facebook: facebook.com/RooseveltUniversity/live/
LinkedIn: Join event for reminders to view on LinkedIn

Presenters: Ian Dunt, London-based journalist; David Faris, Roosevelt associate professor of political science; Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum; Toby Buckle, Host of the Political Philosophy Podcast

During this live virtual discussion, political experts from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany will offer a global perspective on the 2020 election. Panelists will explore what we can learn from other countries about opposition parties, stolen elections and responses to the pandemic.

Register

From the Lion’s Mouth: Five Steps Immigrant Professionals Can Take to Move UP Their Career
Wednesday, October 28 I 1 p.m.
Zoom: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/91598207526

Presenter: Joana Ardelean (BS, Business ’10 & MS, Human Resource Management ’19), Senior Human Resource Manager, MSHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP, and CC

The critical ingredients that turn ambitious first-generation American professionals into incredible leaders during a pandemic economy — straight from the lion’s (Human Resources’) mouth. Five proven strategies to position yourself as an invaluable leader in the market — from the mindset to the steps it takes to catapult your career to new heights, whether it be leading teams, functions or organizations.

Register

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Upcoming Town Hall & Voter Registration Deadline

FEATURED NEWS

University Town Hall

You’re invited to join President Ali Malekzadeh for the University Town Hall tomorrow, October 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Zoom: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/95200640679

Voter Registration Deadline

Election Day is fast approaching. Join the Roosevelt community to get out the vote. For Illinois, the last day to register to vote online is Sunday, October 18! Get registered today by going to allintovote.org.

Show us you’ve registered by posting a photo or video using the hashtag #RUAllIn and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to the RU bookstore. (The gift card can be used for online bookstore purchases too.)

Save the date for November 2 when we will come together as a community to build excitement for Election Day and discuss important social justice topics. Make your voice heard on November 3.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Tip of the Week

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This week’s featured topic is email security.

A vast majority of spam is blocked by our security software, but some spam messages do make it through to mailboxes. Most emails that do make it past the security software are “zero-day attacks,” which are new methods of phishing making it hard for our security software to detect them as malicious. If you happen to get such an email, you can click on the “Report Phish” button in Outlook, or simply forward the email to spam@roosevelt.edu. Once the security software verifies the message as spam, similar messages from other mailboxes can be removed.

“Spear phishing” or targeted phishing attacks may use a Roosevelt lookalike email. For example, instead of an email from jdoe@roosevelt.eduthe sender’s email may look like jdoe.roosevelt.edu@gmail.com. Such emails will begin with a notification that it was “sent from an external user” (non-Roosevelt.edu account).

The targeted phishing attacks become more difficult to identify if an email address is “spoofed.” In this case, the email will appear to come from a Roosevelt employee or student, but there often are several aspects of the message that should raise suspicion:

  • The subject makes it seem like immediate action or attention is required.
  • Vague information: no references to real employee names or locations, and just enough information to induce recipients to click on the link.
  • Grammatical and formatting errors.
  • Links that go to a non-Roosevelt website.

Always verify the message by visiting a referenced website (for example, the Roosevelt Help Desk or Amazon.com) directly, not by clicking on the link provided in the email. Remember, if the offer in the email is too good to be true, it likely is.

If you question the legitimacy of any message, you can forward it to spam@roosevelt.edu or submit a ticket with the Help Desk. Your attention to these details is an important part of keeping all of our information safe!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Irresistible Leadership: Mastering the Art of Leadership
Tuesday, October 20 I 4 p.m.
Zoom: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/99250138943

Presenter: Janet Reeves-Wilson (BA, Biology ’81), coach, behavioral strategist, certified DISC and Motivators Practitioner, and adjunct professor at Roosevelt.

The art of leadership, or how to build rapport with anyone you meet, is a very valuable skill, particularly now. Leadership is about making and building positive relationships and leaving a positive first impression. Meetings, interviews and business transactions are being conducted online, and knowing your and other’s behavioral style will help you build instant rapport and communicate more effectively.

Register

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Announcing the New College of Science, Health and Pharmacy

Dear Roosevelt Community,

I am pleased to announce that Roosevelt University will launch a new College of Science, Health and Pharmacy. The college will bring together Roosevelt’s established programs in science and pre-health to create a central hub of research opportunities and student support services.

Through undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, the new college will equip our students with the diverse perspectives that are essential to high-quality health care. The college unites programs from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Robert Morris Experiential College.

Please visit roosevelt.edu/colleges/science-health-pharmacy for a full list of programs and more information about the new college.

For our current students, the transition won’t affect course registrations, graduation requirements or time to degree. In the future, our undergraduates and graduate students can expect to see more opportunities for research and cross-departmental collaborations as they prepare to pursue careers in science, research and health care.

Dr. Melissa Hogan and Dr. Kelly Wentz-Hunter will serve as co-deans of the new college. Dr. Hogan joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2012 with 17 years of experience in pharmacy education and has served as the dean of the College of Pharmacy since 2016. She has also been instrumental in planning Roosevelt’s safe return to campus. Dr. Kelly Wentz-Hunter joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2006 and has served as professor of biology and chair of the Biological, Physical and Health Sciences department.

Demand for health care professionals is surging in the United States. With Roosevelt’s emphasis on social justice, our graduates are prepared to provide culturally competent, compassionate care to an increasingly diverse American population. I look forward to all the opportunities that the new college presents.

If you have questions about the new college, please read the FAQs on the Building a Stronger University website or contact the deans at mhogan03@roosevelt.edu and kwentzhunter@roosevelt.edu for more information.

Sincerely,

Lois Becker, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Get Out the Vote & Cybersecurity Awareness Month

FEATURED NEWS

Get Out the Vote 

Roosevelt University is participating in a city and statewide campus voter turnout competition #ChicagoVotingChallenge #ILVotingChallenge. Take a moment to visit ALL IN To Vote to register as a new voter or to confirm your registration details.

If you have questions or need more details, contact Meagan Jarmuz at mjarmuz@roosevelt.edu or Pamela Thompson-Hill at pthompsonhill@roosevelt.edu.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is cybersecurity awareness month! This week’s featured topic is employment opportunity scams. Because cyber villains know that college students are looking for work, they target students with phishing employment opportunities that include quick payment and low commitment.

However, these offers will contain red flags such as:

  • Requiring you to pay a fee to be employed or pay for the equipment to do the job.
  • Jobs that promise high paychecks, don’t look for any relevant experience, reach out to you directly, or are at-home jobs to do at “your leisure.”
  • Requests to verify your banking information. Do not give out your credit card information to anyone over the phone.
  • Overpaid paychecks. If you get any checks with more money than you were supposed to get paid, do not deposit the check. Pro tip: banks take a while to figure out if a check is fraudulent; just because the money is available in your bank account does not mean the check is legitimate.
  • Claiming you have been hired when you never applied. As a rule of thumb, if anyone contacts you for any offer, it’s a scam. Employers only contact people that specifically apply for the job.
  • Claiming that it is a federal job that was previously “undisclosed.” Federal jobs are always public information found on the usajobs.gov website.
  • Job placement services offering placement guarantee. Always check for fees. Often, they will just give you job opportunity information that you can find on your own with a quick Google search.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall
Wednesday, October 14 I 1:30 p.m.
Zoom: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/95200640679

Please join President Ali Malekzadeh for the University Town Hall.

Irresistible Leadership: Mastering the Art of Leadership
Tuesday, October 20 I 4 p.m.
Zoom: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/99250138943

Presenter: Janet Reeves-Wilson (BA, Biology ’81), coach, behavioral strategist, certified DISC and Motivators Practitioner, and adjunct professor at Roosevelt.

The art of leadership, or how to build rapport with anyone you meet, is a very valuable skill, particularly now. Leadership is about making and building positive relationships and leaving a positive first impression. Meetings, interviews and business transactions are being conducted online, and knowing your and other’s behavioral style will help you build instant rapport and communicate more effectively.

Register

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Online Tutoring and Blackboard Resources

FEATURED NEWS

Processing the Breonna Taylor Verdict and Implications

Last Friday, Professor Natasha Robinson, Esq. discussed the Breonna Taylor verdict and what implications this may have for the future.

View the conversation

Technology Resources for Students

Smarthinking tutoring: Smarthinking offers online tutoring in more than 150 subject areas. In most subjects, you can get one-on-one homework help in minutes. Prefer to make an appointment, so you can plan questions and prepare for an assignment? Want to leave a question and come back later for your online tutor’s answer? No problem: Smarthinking provides flexible support options. Students can access Smarthinking through the home page of Blackboard.

Looking for help with Blackboard? Check out the self-paced Blackboard student guide. Note: you must be logged into Blackboard to register and start this course. Have a specific question about Blackboard? Search the knowledge base or submit a ticket at the Technology Support Center. Specific how-to articles on Blackboard use are available on the University website.

Check out more resources on the COVID-19 website for student learning and view a short video on how to succeed taking a class on Zoom.

Find My NetID Tool

Having trouble remembering your NetID? We’ve launched a new tool to help you find it.

Student Technology Guide

We’ve also added a Student Technology Guide as part of the #RULakerLife blog. If you need quick answers about anything tech-related, from WiFi and resetting your password to hardware, software and printing, you can find it there.

Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship

The Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship awards up to $2,000 per academic year, up to $1,000 per semester. Applications for eligible students are now available. For more information, contact: MulticulturalSvcs@roosevelt.edu

DocuSign Application Link: Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship Application

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship Now Available

FEATURED NEWS

Thank you faculty & staff for your generous donations to the Black Student Equity Fund. We are happy to announce that funds are available to students. Please see scholarship details below.

Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship

The Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship awards up to $2,000 per academic year, up to $1,000 per semester. Awards will be applied to tuition only and cannot be used for past due balances from a previous semester. Scholarship application submission and interview process is required and will take place during the fall semester.

Student Eligibility
To apply for the scholarship, students must:

  • Have an unmet financial need verified by the RU Financial Aid office.
  • Identify as an African-American/Black.
  • Be an enrolled undergraduate/graduate student during the academic year at least part-time (6 credit hrs.) for undergraduate, and at least (3 credit hrs.) for graduate students.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and above. Student will be ineligible for the scholarship if GPA falls below 2.50.
  • Have completed at least one semester at Roosevelt University.
  • Enroll and participate with Multicultural Student Support Services.

Process for Applicants

  • Submit application for financial aid verification and review.
  • Eligible students will interview with MSSS and enroll in the program for support services.
  • Once approved, funds will be disbursed with 50 percent allotted during the fall/spring semesters.

Applications for eligible students are now available. For more information, contact: MulticulturalSvcs@roosevelt.edu

DocuSign Application Link: Black Student Equity Fund Scholarship Application

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

National Voters Registration Day & Technology Updates

FEATURED NEWS

National Voter Registration Day

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day, and we encourage you to take a moment to visit ALL IN To Vote to register as a new voter or to confirm your registration details.

To make this important event even more exciting, Roosevelt University is participating in a city and statewide campus voter turnout competition, the Chicago Campus Voting Challenge. By joining the Challenge, Roosevelt joins campuses across the city and state in cultivating the next generation of informed and engaged citizens who are essential to a healthy democracy.

All elections are important, so register, get educated and complete the challenge by actually voting. If you have questions or need more details, contact Meagan Jarmuz at mjarmuz@roosevelt.edu or Pamela Thompson-Hill at pthompsonhill@roosevelt.edu.

The American Dream Reconsidered Conference Recap

Over 1,100 participants engaged in critical discussions around the challenges facing our country. It is the aim of the conference and Roosevelt University as a whole to educate and inspire the next generation of civic leaders to carry forward the ideals of our democracy. If you haven’t had a chance to view, check out the recordings on the American Dream Conference website.

View Panel Recordings

TECHNOLOGY UPDATES

Primary Email Usage

Roosevelt email addresses should be used for all University and academic communications moving forward. All RMUI email addresses and Google Drive will be disabled Wednesday, September 30.

Upcoming Changes to WiFi on Campus: 9/25

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve your data security, changes are coming to our WiFi networks. Beginning Friday, September 25, the “RUWIFI”network will no longer be available in academic spaces (floors 13 or below in the Wabash Building, and anywhere in the Auditorium Building or at Schaumburg). The “ruwireless” network will take its place in those areas and will be the only way to connect in the future. We encourage you to switch to using the “ruwireless” network now so that you do not experience any interruptions in your WiFi service.

To connect your laptop or desktop computer to “ruwireless,” please take the following steps:

  • Connect to the “ruwireless” wireless network.
  • Open your web browser and go to https://wifi.roosevelt.edu, which will take you to the enrollment portal.
  • Follow the steps on the portal to enroll your device.

Please note, if you are using a mobile device such as an iPhone, you should connect directly to the network called “RU_STUDENT_SECURE” or “RU_FACULTY-STAFF_SECURE.”

No action is required in the residential areas of the Wabash Building or if you are not on campus. If you have any questions, please open a help ticket.

Find My NetID Tool

Having trouble remembering your NetID? We’ve launched a new tool to help you find it.

Student Technology Guide

We’ve also added a Student Technology Guide as part of the #RULakerLife blog. If you need quick answers about anything tech-related, from WiFi and resetting your password to hardware, software and printing, you can find it there.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Student Involvement Fair
Wednesday, September 23 | 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
In-person – Ida B. Wells Lounge
Virtual Option: Register

The Student Involvement Fair is for student-organized clubs and organizations to meet and recruit students for their groups.

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Robertmorris.edu Emails will be Disabled September 30th

FEATURED NEWS

RMUI Email Addresses

It is strongly recommended that all robertmorris.edu emails forward to your roosevelt.edu address (see instructions). Roosevelt email addresses should be used for all University and academic communications moving forward. All RMUI email addresses and Google Drive will be disabled Wednesday, September 30.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The American Dream Reconsidered Conference, Sept. 14–17

On Thursday, September 17, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will give the keynote address at the American Dream Reconsidered Conference. Mayor Lightfoot will discuss governing during a period of interlocking crises: COVID-19, economic inequality and racial injustice.

The American Dream Reconsidered is a free virtual conference that invites scholars, activists and leaders to explore the modern American dream. Other session topics include:

  • New Deal Political Leadership
  • Black Women and the Right to Vote
  • The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights
  • The Fight for Racial Justice

Conference Schedule and Links to Sessions

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Title IX & Technology Update

FEATURED NEWS

Title IX Training

In May, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled “The Final Rule,” which changes how colleges and universities that receive federal funds must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment under Title IX (TIX). The Final Rule makes all former TIX guidance obsolete and lays out a number of new provisions that schools must adhere to in the resolution of alleged violations of TIX policy. The Final Rule took effect on Aug. 14, 2020. Since May, the Roosevelt University TIX Team and the Office of Legal Counsel have been working to ensure full compliance with these new regulations. This includes revising Roosevelt University’s policies to conform to the new regulations before the effective date and the start of the fall 2020 semester.

Each member of the campus community is responsible for reading the updated policy and becoming familiar with the new regulations. To support you in understanding the new policy, we are providing Zoom training sessions during the month of September.

  • Thursday, September 17th, 3-4 PM
  • Tuesday, September 22nd, 12-1 PM
  • Monday, September 28th, 10-11 AM

To sign up for a TIX training session, please click TIX Training Sign Up.

For more information about Title IX and a full comparison of the changes between our previous policy and new policy, please visit www.roosevelt.edu/title-ix. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at titleix@roosevelt.edu.

Remotely Access the Software in Computer Labs and Classrooms

Roosevelt students and faculty can access software on computers in both classrooms and open computer labs remotely.

Get detailed instructions

Changes Coming to Roosevelt WiFi: Friday, September 25

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve your data security, changes are coming to our WiFi networks. Beginning Friday, September 25, the “RUWIFI”network will no longer be available in academic spaces (floors 13 or below in the Wabash building, and anywhere in the Auditorium Building or at Schaumburg). The “ruwireless” network will take its place in those areas, and will be the only way to connect in the future. We encourage you to switch to using the “ruwireless” network now so that you do not experience any interruptions in your WiFi service.

To connect to “ruwireless,” please take the following steps:

  • Connect to the “ruwireless” wireless network.
  • Open your web browser and go to http://wifi.roosevelt.edu which will take you to the enrollment portal.
  • Follow the steps on the portal to enroll your device.

No action is required in the residential areas of the Wabash Building or if you are not on campus. If you have any questions, please open a help ticket.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The American Dream Reconsidered Conference, Sept. 14–17

On Thursday, September 17, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will give the keynote address at the American Dream Reconsidered Conference. Mayor Lightfoot will discuss governing during a period of interlocking crises: COVID-19, economic inequality and racial injustice.

The American Dream Reconsidered is a free virtual conference that invites scholars, activists and leaders to explore the modern American dream. Other session topics include:

  • New Deal Political Leadership
  • Black Women and the Right to Vote
  • The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights
  • The Fight for Racial Justice

Conference Schedule and Registration

Sincerely,

Building a Stronger University Communications Team

stronger@roosevelt.edu
Building a Stronger University Website

Urban Prep Academies of Chicago Agreement

Dear Roosevelt Community,

I am pleased to announce a new agreement between Roosevelt University and Urban Prep Academies of Chicago to share classroom space in our Auditorium Building.

Urban Prep is a nonprofit organization in Chicago that operates a network of all-boys public schools, including the country’s first charter high school for boys. Their mission is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college. The schools are a direct response to the urgent need to reverse abysmal graduation and college completion rates among boys in urban centers. While most Urban Prep students come to the schools from economically disadvantaged households and behind in many subject areas, Urban Prep remains committed to preparing all of its students for college and life.

Urban Prep Academies currently operates three open enrollment public charter high schools in high-need communities in the city of Chicago. At capacity, these three schools will enroll approximately 2,000 students. Over 85% of students qualify for free/reduced lunch, and many come to Urban Prep several grade levels behind in the core subject areas.

Roosevelt is very excited to support Urban Prep and its mission. There will be a maximum of 200 students and faculty present on campus, though only 60–75 on campus at any given time due to remote learning. All those who plan to be on campus will be following the strict guidelines and protocols outlined in the Return to Campus plan on the COVID-19 website, as well as corresponding state and local mandates.

This new reality we are all in, as a result of COVID-19, has forced us to adapt, shift and rethink our industry and how we do business. This means being open to change and leveraging assets to better serve the community and the University. This announcement is doing just this and reflects the larger Building a Stronger University strategic plan, a three-pronged approach to improve enrollments, grow revenues and cut expenses while investing in academic programs.

I am personally pleased we are able to provide Urban Prep the space needed in order to continue the much needed and very important work they do for Chicago in filling the education gap, helping prepare secondary education students for college.

Please contact president@roosevelt.edu if you have any questions.

Please join me in welcoming the Urban Prep Academies community to Roosevelt.

With Kind Regards,

Ali R. Malekzadeh, Ph.D.
President