Vol. 49 No. 11
Rachel Marciano
December 16, 2015

For 11 months out of the year, the DePaul Center’s freight elevator is like any other of its kind - a steel box used to carry heavy loads of cargo from floor to floor. But when December rolls around, Larry Washington, the facility operations worker who has run the elevator for the last 13 years, transforms it into a holiday wonderland.

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Articles

Wendy Smit
December 16, 2015

DePaul University recognized two education crusaders, Sister Loretta Brennan, C.S.B., and Josephine Kulea, with honorary doctorates for their distinguished careers and service to their communities on Dec. 5 at Tangaza College's commencement ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. The ceremony also symbolized the culmination of a 10-year partnership between DePaul's School for New Learning and Tangaza College.

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Avery Cunningham
December 16, 2015

Nestled between the Richardson Library and the Schmitt Academic Center, St. Vincent's Circle is one of DePaul's most popular locations. This year, it turns 20. Learn more about the story behind the statue and a near mishap during installation.

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Rachel Marciano
December 16, 2015

In July 2014, Erin Minné joined DePaul as senior vice president for Advancement. Now nearly a year and a half into her time at DePaul, Minné reflects on her first impressions of the university and what the Office of Advancement hopes to accomplish in the coming years.

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Rachel Marciano
December 16, 2015

Transferring to DePaul just became more feasible for some City Colleges of Chicago students thanks to the Chicago Star Partnership. As part of the City Colleges’ Reinvention effort, DePaul joined 11 other institutions in the Chicagoland area to provide scholarships for Chicago Star Scholar students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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Avery Cunningham
December 16, 2015

In 2013, DePaul and the Chicago History Museum launched a pilot project to make reading and writing about the city an important way to increase literacy skills and learn about the city. Two years later, more than 3,000 teachers and more than 200 principals attended the initiative's workshops, and 114 different Chicago Public Schools used the resources to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the city.

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Jasminne Hernandez
December 16, 2015

Morag Kersel, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is the co-director of Follow the Pots, a research project in Jordan that investigates how and why people excavate, loot, sell and collect pots from the Early Bronze Age, which spans from 3600-2000 B.C.E. Read on to learn more about what Kersel and her team have learned from pots, and why she travels the world to find them.

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Jane Connelly
December 16, 2015

On Dec. 24, 1907, the faculty, staff, and students of St. Vincent's College had much to celebrate. That Christmas Eve, Illinois Secretary of State James A. Rose authorized the college's charter for a new name: DePaul University. This month, the University Archives celebrates a major milestone in DePaul University's history.

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Rachel Marciano
December 16, 2015

After 32 years of service, Bob Kozoman, executive vice president, will retire from DePaul at the end of December. He received a Via Sapientiae award, the university's highest honor, for his years of dedication to the DePaul community.

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Rachel Marciano
December 16, 2015

This month, the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication named DePaul’s Bruce Evensen as a recipient of the Harold L. Nelson Award for outstanding contributions to mass communication research.

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Multimedia

In June 2015 Pope Francis released Laudato Si', a papal response to the global environmental crisis that outlines a vision for our common home. DePaul University offers an urban education that prepares students to address the ecological challenges we face in the 21st century.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

#DePaul In The NEWS

December 11, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Chris Jones, the Chicago Tribune theatre critic who teaches dramatic criticism at DePaul's Theatre School, is a co-recipient of the 2015 George Jean Nathan Award. The New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood says of Jones, "I've always been impressed by his industry insights, depth of knowledge and his honesty."

December 08, 2015
Crain's

Crain's Chicago Business reports on findings after scouring the nation for innovative ways Chicago can fix its public schools. In analyzing how schools allocate funds and who makes the spending decisions, Crain's found that principals should have more control. "The discretionary dollars, those are the ones that will make the discretional difference," notes Barbara Radner, director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul.

December 04, 2015
WBEZ

"Ancient Greeks had an equally vibrant tradition of political satire," says Coya Paz Brownrigg, a performance studies assistant professor in The Theatre School at DePaul. In an interview with WBEZ's "Morning Shift," she discusses Spike Lee's film "Chi-Raq" -- an adaption of Aristophanes' Greek comedy "Lysistrata" from 411 B.C. -- and how the original play has morphed into a feminist and anti-war story. Paz Brownrigg says it is a comedy that lets you talk about difficult subjects. "This is taking something that is all too real to Chicago residents, the fact that we have this epic problem of violence and trying to take this old story ... and use it to speak to a current event. I don't think we've ever seen that before," she says.

December 04, 2015
Huffington Post

"The rising use of social media (most commonly Twitter) at conferences, allows information to be rapidly and widely shared with audiences beyond conference attendees," writes Mona Shattel, professor of nursing at DePaul, for the Huffington Post. "By creating and implementing a social media conference plan, you demonstrate that your profession or organization is cutting edge. It's a proven way for us to get the word out, in our profession, on our important contribution to the healthcare profession," she notes.

December 03, 2015
Redeye

Chicago is hurt by its Midwestern development pattern, which leaves parts of the city in transit deserts, transportation expert Joe Schwieterman tells RedEye. According to an algorithm calculated by RedFin, Chicago's public transportation system ranks sixth, as compared to other big cities. "When we get beyond 3 to 4 miles out of downtown in some neighborhoods, we only have a few public transit options, like a bus running every 10-15 minutes, which really isn't very good," adds Schwieterman.

Events

Sunday, February 7, 2016

This is DePaul University's annual celebration of the Chinese traditional spring festival (Chinese New Year). Enjoy a new year dinner and cultural performances by DePaul students and professional performers. All DePaul students, faculty and staff, as well as friends outside the DePaul community are welcome to attend. Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

An internationally established poet, singer, performer, and educator, Monet's craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet's Café Grand Slam title, she is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage. Her books of poetry are Inner-City Chants & Cyborg Cyphers, (2015) and The Black Unicorn Sings (Penmanship books). In addition, she collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams on the book Chorus: a literary mixtape (MTV books/Simon & Schuster).