VERA WELLS TO BE FEATURED IN TALK AT YALE
Jason Buhle | February 18, 2017
Vera Wells '94 to be featured in a talk series hosted by Yale's president.
FELLOW TO RECEIVE UNION MEDAL
Percy Preston, Jr. | May 24, 2016
Union Theological Seminary to award medal to Roothbert Fellow
FELLOW HONORED BY THE QUEEN
Percy Preston, Jr. | April 06, 2016
Dinuki Nushelle De Silva is 2016 Queen's Young Leader for Sri Lanka
FUND RECEIVES AWARD
Percy Preston, Jr. | December 23, 2015
The Roothbert Fund receives community service award at the Interchurch Center
FRANCES A. WHELAN, 1933-2015
February 20, 2015
With regret, the Board of Directors of the Roothbert Fund, Inc. announces the death of Frances A. Whelan, O. P. on 15 February 2015. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Fran earned a B. S. degree in nursing from Mt. St. Vincent College in Riverdale, NY in
JACOB VAN ROSSUM, 1953-2015
January 29, 2015
With deep regret, the Board of Directors of the Roothbert Fund, Inc. announces the death of its long-time Administrative Secretary, Jacob van Rossum, on 2 January 2015.
A native of the Netherlands, Jacob came to the United States in 1973 as part of a group of followers of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. While in the U. S., he earned a high school equivalency diploma. After a few years, he became disenchanted with what he saw as the intolerance of Moon and many of his followers and left the organization. In 1977, Jacob was admitted to the School of General Studies, Columbia University. He earned a B. A. degree in 1980, and an M. A. from Columbia’s School of International Relations in 1981. In 1979 and again in 1980, Jacob was awarded grants from the Roothbert Fund in support of his studies at Columbia. Following his graduation, Jacob worked part-time for a Wall Street executive search firm and as a freelance research assistant. In 1984, he became the U. S. correspondent for EO Broadcasting, the Netherlands. He was also a member of the editorial board of Religion in Communist Dominated Areas. A fluid writer and poet, Jacob contributed articles to that publication and to This World, Freedom at Issue and Worldview. In 1987, Jacob became the part-time Administrative Secretary of the Fund. In that capacity, he provided important support to the then President, Carl Solberg. From overseeing the application process, arranging and participating in interviews with candidates, maintaining contact with Fellows to attending biannual Pendle Hill weekends, he became the face of the Fund to many. His innate kindness and concern for the students whose education programs the Fund was supporting earned him the friendship of countless Fellows. In 1981, he married Constance Rivoire, who survives him.
As his multiple sclerosis took its inexorable course, he faced the future with great courage and steely determination to remain a part of the life of the Fund. After coming to the office on a regular basis became impossible, he stayed in contact by telephone. Each year, he looked forward to reading the collection of essays written by the newest batch of Fellows.
A memorial service for Jacob will be held at St. Michael’s Church, Amsterdam Avenue between 99th and 100th Streets, New York, on Sunday, 15 February 2015, at 1 p.m.
“May the soul of the faithful departed rest in peace, and light perpetual shine upon him.”
MINORITY GRADUATION AND RETENTION GROUP FOUNDED BY PHYLLIS UTLEY '08 WINS GRANT
December 14, 2014
The Minority Student Leadership Academy co-facilitated by Phyllis Utley, '08, was recently awarded a second grant from Sisters of Mercy. The group works at a local community college in the mountains of Western NC to increase the graduation
STARTUP COMPANY FOUNDED BY JASON BUHLE '07 WINS GRANT
December 10, 2014
The educational technology company Books That Grow, founded by Roothbert Fellow and Board member Jason Buhle, '07, has won a Verizon Powerful Answers Award. The award comes with a grant of at least $250,000. The exact amount of the grant will be announced
"THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE," REPORT FROM THE SPRING RETREAT
July 07, 2014
It was the usual eclectic, exhilarating group of diversity. It was wonderful to see people connecting and sharing and having a good time together.
CHANGES ON THE BOARD
April 21, 2014
The Roothbert Fund Board of Directors met on Friday, April 18th. This was a momentous meeting as it marked the end of the tenure of Blake Newton, who has been president of the Fund for many, many years. It was a bittersweet meeting in which we enjoye
CLAIRE GERUSON '09 WINS BOSTON COLLEGE GRADUATION HONOR
June 15, 2013
At the May graduation ceremony for Boston College, Claire Geruson, '09, was given the Welles Remy Crowther Award. The award is given for "selfless sacrifice and determination in serving the needs of others." You can read more and see a short video of
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