Lawrence Starkman – Roosevelt University

Lawrence Starkman received his Bachelor’s Degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is proud of all the knowledge he gained during his time there. Founded in 1945, Roosevelt University if dedicated to the enlightenment of the human spirit.

Named after both President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, the university’s curriculum is centered on principles of social justice. The school’s founder Edward J. Sparling wanted to create a school that didn’t allow for students to be discriminated against because of race, religion, or gender. Two weeks after the school was charted as the Thomas Jefferson College, President Roosevelt died and the college obtained permission to rename it in his memory. At this time, the school had no library, campus or endowment.

They purchased the Auditorium Building in 1947 for 1 dollar and this became the school’s permanent home. In the beginning they received financial backing from groups like the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and Marshal Field III.

Today, Roosevelt University enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is home to six colleges; the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, the College of Pharmacy, and the Walter E. Heller College of Business.

The Wabash, the school’s most recent academic building addition, which is located in the Loop of Downtown Chicago, is the tallest educational building in the city and the second tallest in the United States. It is the sixth-largest academic complex in the entire world.

Lawrence Starkman is just one of many proud alumni of Roosevelt University. He later went on enter the MAI program at the Appraisal Institute.

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