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Construction Kick-Off Celebration

Rothstein Warden Centennial Learning Center

On Nov. 8, the University celebrated the kick-off for the       Click image to view event photos.
newest addition to campus, the Rothstein Warden
Centennial Learning Center, a 73,000-square-foot,
two-story building that will include offices, lecture halls, physical therapy laboratories, a cafeteria and student common areas. Also included in the new space is the
suite of offices for DePaul's Master's Entry to Nursing Practice, for which DePaul is seeking the necessary approvals. The building is named in recognition of Board
of Trustees chair Ruth Rothstein and vice chair Gail
Warden for their steadfast support of the University. Approximately 75 percent of the building will be dedicated to learning spaces, featuring state-of-the-art and innovative designs that foster collaboration and enhance interactions between faculty and students. This expansion provides
much-needed space for our students and also serves the needs of future classes as the demand for health care
professionals continues to grow.

  Campus News


  • Rosalind Franklin University was named one of Chicago's Top Work Places in a special section that was published in the Chicago Tribune.  The University was recognized along with 126 other Chicago area organizations.
  • On Oct. 23, Drs. Wendy Rheault, Judith Stoecker and Susan Tappert traveled to Orlando, FL to present and facilitate a one-day retreat on interprofessional education to more than 40 program directors of the Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS).  The retreat included an overview of interprofessional education at Rosalind Franklin, as well as group exercises in understanding the challenges, strategies and assessment of interprofessional education.  The program stimulated thinking on opportunities for expanding interprofessional education both for the MSHS and our University.
  • Bala Chandran, PhD, Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is collaborating with colleagues from Cornell and Nebraska to organize the 16th International Workshop on Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) and Related Agents. 
  • Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc, Associate Dean of Research and Director of CLEAR, and Melissa Skratsky, DPM, Assistant Professor in the Department of Podiatric Medicine and Radiology, co-authored "Debridement and the Current State of Play" for Podiatry Today.
  • Neil Horsley, DPM, Department Chair for Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics, was quoted in an article for O&P Edge.
  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia programs have both been granted 10 years of accreditation with no citations, a significant accomplishment that speaks to the caliber of the programs. The faculty and staff in the programs worked very hard to prepare for the accreditation visits, with excellent leadership from their chairs, Dr. Sandra Larson and Dr. Roberta Henderson and expert guidance from Drs. Judith Stoecker and Susan Tappert and Joyce Lenz.
  • On Oct. 25, the Neurodegeneration and Repair Consortium hosted Zaven Khachaturian, PhD, who presented a talk entitled, "Re-evaluation of Conceptual Models of Neurodegenerative Disorders." Dr. Khachaturian is the founder and president of the Campaign to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease by 2020, and was Director of the Office of Alzheimer's Disease Research at the National Institute on Aging during its formative years.
  • On Oct. 25, the University, in collaboration with the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce presented "Maintain the Brain: The Latest from Doctors and Scientists About Alzheimer's." Focusing on the latest information on research and treatment, the event attracted more than 100 people from Lake Forest, Lake Buff and surrounding communities to the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.  Attendees participated in the discussion and a question-and-answer session presented by Beth Stutzmann, PhD, Bob Marr, PhD, and Nils Anderson, MD, MHA. Food for the event was provided by The Fresh Market and Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut. The event was coordinated by Institutional Advancement.
  • On Oct. 26, Pediatrics Interest Group with the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women's Association, Family Medicine Interest Group, and Oncology Interest Group hosted a Halloween party and haunted house at the Dewey Mansion to benefit the Lacey Horwitch Rehabilitation Fund.  More than 300 people participated in the haunted house, and over 40 student volunteers dedicated their time to transforming the mansion into a haunted Halloween spectacular.  After touring the haunted basement, guests enjoyed Halloween treats and crafts. More than $1,300 was raised at the event, and all donations will be given directly to the Lacey Horwitch Rehabilitation Fund.  Lacey Horwitch is a 9 year old Northbrook resident who has been battling a rare blood disorder, HLH, and is currently rehabilitating from effects of her treatments which has left her unable to walk or hear.   Thank you to all who participated and supported this event. 
  • On Nov. 17, the RFUMS community gathered to see the South Asian Medical Association's annual Diwali Culture Show. Audience members learned about South Asian culture through skits, musical performances, dancing, and traditional Indian food. This year's theme, "Ek Saath,"  or "Strength through Unity," was embodied by the show's participants, which included students, faculty and various members of the RFUMS community.
  • On Nov. 29, the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics at Scholl College is having a grand opening of its Learning Resource Centers.  The main center is located at the RFUHS clinic on the lower level. The center is a state-of-the-art learning environment available to Scholl College students.
  • Kevin Rynn, PharmD, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, received a four-year grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores entitled "Community Pharmacy Residency" in the amount of $50,000.
  • Dana Frederick has been selected by the Staff Recognition Awards Program (SRAP) as the November 2012 Staff Member of the Month. We also recognize the other staff members who were nominees.

  Gallery -- Campus Events and Community Outreach


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     Pharmacy Immunization          Taste of Diversity               Maintain the Brain                    Fall Festival

                     Oct. 22                                    Oct. 24                                Oct. 25                                    Oct. 26


             Haunted House       CLEAR-ANKLE Symposium           Veterans Day                      Diwali Show

                      Oct. 26                                   Nov. 2                                     Nov. 9                                  Nov. 17

  Alumni News


  • H.F. "Bunny" Brown III, DPM '74, was reappointed to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine.
  • Joseph Carbone, DPM '82, was honored by the Golisano Foundation in New York for his work with the Special Olympics.
  • Kenneth Nelson, MD '83, was named Family Physician of the Year by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Beth Jarrett, DPM '85, and Matthew Werd, DPM '93, participated in a round table discussion on "Footwear and Podiatry" for Podiatry Management.
  • Brad Wenstrup, DPM '85, became the first podiatric physician elected to the U.S. Congress.
  • James Rust, DPM '86, was named one of the physician leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry by Becker's Spine Review.
  • Tracy Daly, MS '03, was named Department Chair and Professor for Nutrition and Exercise for Wexford University.
  • Matt Primack, DPT '04, was named Vice President of Clinical Institutes at Advocate Condell Medical Center.
  • Melissa Skratsky, DPM '04, coauthored the article "The Efficacy of Bioengineered Alternative Tissues for DFUs" for Podiatry Today.
  • Andrea Brownridge, MD '10, JD, was profiled for Psychiatric News as a participant of the APA's 2012-2013 Minority Fellowship Program.

  Advancement News


  • The Division of Institutional Advancement is pleased to share that $2.82 million in contributions and commitments have been secured for the Centennial Scholarship Campaign. The campaign, which was launched in January of 2012, has a five-year goal of $5 million.
  • As we enter the year end giving season, we would like to mention a few reasons why your participation in the University Annual Fund is so important.

 - Rosalind Franklin University is a non-profit institution that relies on funding beyond student tuition.  We need the generous support of alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, faculty and staff to allow the university to continue to fulfill its commitment to provide quality health professions education.

- Annual fund gifts enable the funding of areas of critical need and take advantage of unexpected opportunities that will benefit the University, such as increased student scholarship support and facility enhancements for student learning.

    Your gift sets an example for others. Your donations not only have an impact on the lives of

    Rosalind Franklin students but they also play an important role in the overall growth and

    development of the University. Your support helps make Rosalind Franklin University a premier

    environment for the interprofessional education of tomorrow's healthcare professionals.


    You can Make-A-Gift online by clicking here. Gifts can also be made by Payroll deduction,

    one of the easiest and most convenient ways to give. Click here to print and fill out the

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    These are just a few reasons why your participation in the University Annual Fund is so

    important. Thank you for your support.

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