In Lamenting with her brother,Robby, Roxane relinquished and sent the following photos in celebrating her 2004 graduation
and diploma bearing her master's degree from
Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
She was also selected as National First Place Winner of the
"Mark of Excellence Award"
of the Society of Professional Journalists for one of her
television news packages entitled "Illegal Carlos."
Roxane has been acknowledged for her achievemants as shown below:
Truman News > Full Story
January 12th 2005
ESL teacher wins national journalism award
Mark of Excellence is a new accomplishment in a varied career
Roxane Assaf, who teaches English as a Second Language for Truman's Adult Education Department, is a 2004 winner of a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The award is given annually to student journalists working in print, visual and online media. Ms. Assaf won in the Television General News Reporting category for Illegal Carlos, a story on illegal immigrants she produced for WYCC -TV while studying for her master's degree at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
She and other winners were chosen from among 3,200 entries. SPJ judges called her entry "a balanced story incorporating good use of visuals and natural sound."
In addition to her work at Truman, Ms. Assaf has been an adjunct faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also been a television producer, event planner, researcher, freelance writer, disc jockey, documentary filmmaker, essayist and performance artist, as well as a professional model, singer and actor.
She was a 2002 winner of the National Arab Journalists Association's Excellence in Journalism Award for 2002 for her work as a freelance journalist in Bethlehem and Jerusalem two years earlier. That tour included writing for the Washington-based magazine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and teaching English to members of a Palestinian youth dance troupe based out of a Bethlehem refugee camp. Ms. Assaf lived in Bethlehem and Jerusalem and took several study tours of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as a Hebrew University tour of destroyed Palestinian villages in Israel.
As a result of her work and experience, she was invited to write an Op-Ed piece for the Chicago Tribune when the paper did a two-day spread on the Middle East. She has also been asked to speak on media issues and the Middle East at the University of Chicago, Loyola Chicago, Loyola New Orleans, DePaul University, and Rutgers Law School.
The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect the field of journalism. Founded in 1909 as the Sigma Delta Chi fraternity, it is based in Indianapolis and boasts more than 9,000 members nationwide.
If you perform a GOOGLE Search you will be amazed to find oodles and oodles of comendations about Roxane Assaf -- such as:
"journalist and cabaret performer Roxane Assaf presents experiences
as a woman, artist, intellectual, and as an Arab American.
as she starred in "Precious Stones"
Her professional singing, as both a soloist and ensemble member, has taken her from the church to the nightclub and from classical to jazz and back, with a brief stint in Western swing.
She also produced a cable television talk show entitled
"Illinois Law: Legal News You Can Use."
Roxane Assaf earned her BA degree in Journalism and Broadcasting from Loyola University in New Orleans, and has studied writing at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
She lived in both Jerusalem and Bethlehem in 1999, where she began writing for
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Alexander Assaf graduates -- 2006 and 2010
Proud Parents below -- Acme Oysters -- 2010
WE Are Proud of You! -- D.E.