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From the latest national rankings to new connections with today’s global
community, your university continues to serve and excel.
DePaul Features pp. 12-23
The university addresses the need to turn our students into global citizens—
with creative programs that reach from our home campuses to strategically
chosen sites around the globe.
DePaul Alumni Connections pp. 24-36
You can find DePaul alumni around the world, in 49 countries and four territories.
Read about some of them and catch up with all the latest alumni news.
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Inside VISION twenty12
Guided by the university’s
strategic plan, VISION twenty12,
faculty and staff across the
campus are expanding existing
areas of excellence and creating
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Internationalization, Episode 6.”
“DePaul graduates’ global
citizenship skills will
prepare them for a new
world, some of whose
dimensions cannot be
anticipated at this time.”
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Since We Were Last Together
our university keeps moving onward and upward.
There’s always a lot going on around campus and in the lives
of DePaul alumni that attracts widespread attention.
Here are just a few such items since our last issue.
Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago, returned to the Lincoln Park Campus Feb. 15 to
celebrate the eighth annual Cardinal’s Mass for College Students, as 300 Chicago-area college students gathered
to affirm and rejoice in their faith. Bishop J. Peter Sartain of the Diocese of Joliet concelebrated.
A distinguished group of 40 consuls general representing countries from six
continents attended the second annual Consular Corps of Chicago Luncheon hosted
by the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president, on Feb. 8 at DePaul. Keynote
speaker was former U.S. Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III, D-Ill.
Graduating senior Rania El-Sorrogy won the top prize of $5,000 in the first Illinois-Missouri region Idea
to Product collegiate entrepreneur competition with a business plan for producing books with modular bindings
that allow chapters to easily be added or removed from the text. Also, she and her team captured first prize
in the DePaul New Venture Challenge with a plan for an online and cable dance-related network.
The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced that DePaul’s master
of science in human resources degree program has been designated as the first program in
the nation to fully align its curriculum with new academic guidelines established in 2006 by
SHRM. The designation recognizes DePaul’s program for its quality and comprehensiveness.
In an effort to help support and mentor first-year students and foster opportunities for women and other
traditionally underrepresented groups in information technology, the School of Computer Science,
Telecommunications and Information Systems created an intiative that recently received a $500,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation.
The creation of a new College of Communication from the existing department of
communication, a longstanding unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was
approved unanimously by the board of trustees on March 3. (See p. 9.)
Her Royal Highness Rahma bint El Hassan of Jordan joined other guests this May in a gathering to honor College of
Law Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni’s contributions to DePaul University and its International Human Rights Law Institute.
“While we have faculty and administrators
working and researching in virtually every corner of the world, our primary
goal in this outreach is a deep transformation of the way we teach, the way
we live and the way we work in an increasingly interdependent world.”
R ev. D e n n i s H . H o l t s c h n e i d e r, C . M .
International New programs, new sites 6
Leadership News deans appointed in CTI, Communication 9
Hot off the Press Faculty books for summer reading 10
Recognitions DePaul shines in spring rankings 11
Expand to Include
New MBA Program Site
providing DePaul programs to students in other countries and
educating international students on our campuses in Chicago—create
the perspectives educators and students need to be prepared for life
in today’s global village. “International programs will help us think
outside the box when it comes to international education. My hope
is that we will begin to perceive international education in terms of
more than just travel. These kinds of interactions with people and
institutions abroad also must change the way we think about ourselves
and the way we live our daily lives,” he says.
These programs are expanding rapidly. “We are aggressively
working to build the visibility of DePaul in other parts of the
world, and we are already seeing steady increases in new interna-
tional student applications—60 percent more than last year. Our
outbound student numbers are also on a steady rise, following trends
we’ve set since September 2001,” says Kinsella.
DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
A n innovative new program will send 24 stu- “ Giving technology students (KGSB), which has long-standing, successful
dents from the School of Computer Science, MBA programs in the Czech Republic and Bahrain,
the opportunity to gain interna-
Telecommunications and Information Systems added a program in Taipei, Taiwan, this fall,
(CTI) to Europe over the next four years—giving tional experience, intercultural according to Michael Jedel, associate dean for
students the opportunity to earn a degree from teamwork skills and European international programs and distance learning and
CTI and a degree in international business from professor of management. Kellstadt partners with the
business contacts will set them
a higher education institution in Europe. The pro- Pan Asia Human Resources and Consulting Corp. to
gram includes a semester at Ecole de Commerce
apart from their competition offer the MBA degree to part-time students. Most of
Européenne in Lyon, France, a semester in as they enter the job market.” the courses are taught by a DePaul professor on site,
Linköping, Sweden, and a final year at CTI. The fed- the remainder by approved local professors. “We try
erally funded program also incorporates students to balance pedagogy and academic quality; we also
from Western Illinois University in the partnership. have to balance our international programs and
According to program coordinator Daniel Mittleman, associate the allocation of faculty resources here,” Jedel says.
professor at CTI, the program is designed to provide information The university’s other existing overseas programs include a master
technology students in the United States with the skills to function of arts degree in applied professional studies offered by the School for
in the international business economy. “Giving technology students New Learning in Bangkok, Thailand; a master of science degree in
the opportunity to gain international experience, intercultural team- business information technology offered by CTI and KGSB in Bahrain;
work skills and European business contacts will set them apart KSGB’s master of science in human resources in Bahrain; four master
from their competition as they enter the job market,” he says. of science degrees—in telecommunications, computer information and
Joseph Kinsella, associate vice president, international programs, network security, information systems and software engineering—
says that initiatives to engage the university in the international offered in Amman, Jordan, via distance learning from DePaul professors
community—efforts which involve sending students abroad, in Chicago; and more than 30 study abroad programs. (See list p. 21.)
Institute for Business and Professional Ethics Launches Program
to Advocate Reducing Poverty through Commerce
T he College of Commerce recently launched an ambitious three- During the 2007-08 academic year, the IBPE will sponsor
year program to promote the creation of business initiatives to programs that examine how business could expand health care for
reduce poverty and health care inequities in Chicago as well as in the poor and reduce the number of uninsured. In the third year
developing nations. of the project, IBPE’s goal is to develop new, appealing models for
Sponsored by the college’s Institute for Business and Professional the business sector to address urban poverty and health care
Ethics (IBPE) and supported by a $45,000 grant from Abbott access locally and globally.
Laboratories, the initiative features a lecture series, which kicked “While this focus on the for-profit sector is only one of
off March 5 with a talk by William Easterly. He is the author of several viable models, it is one that challenges both traditional,
the bestselling book, “The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s classical economic models and the view that only charity or
Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good.” government is capable of addressing poverty,” said Patricia Werhane,
Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and director of the IBPE.
“As we will learn from our speakers, models for long-term change
can come from for-profit programs that promote dignity, responsi-
bility and self-reliance among recipients and the companies that
create these programs.”
Stuart Hart, author of the newly published book, “Capitalism
at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in
Solving the World’s Most Difficult Problems,” is scheduled to
continue the lecture series on Oct. 8.
The IBPE also is actively involved in the United Nations
Global Compact Networks. Created by the United Nations in 2000,
Global Compact challenges business leaders and a coalition of
U.N. agencies, labor unions, academic institutions and civil society
organizations to advance universal principles for human rights,
fair labor practices, environmentalism and anti-corruption.
DePaul is taking a leadership role among the 120 academic insti-
Patricia Werhane, Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics and
director of the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, and tutions that have joined Global Compact to develop educational
William Easterly, professor of economics and Africana studies at materials that will be used for teaching principles for responsible
New York University, shown with Easterly’s bestselling book. business worldwide.
For information about the public lectures,
A professor of economics and Africana studies at New York contact the IBPE at 312.362.8786.
University, Easterly is a nationally known expert on long-term
economic growth and the effectiveness of foreign aid. He worked
for 16 years as a research economist at the World Bank and is a
fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C.
Bassiouni Receives Hague Prize for International Law
Longtime international human rights jurist, scholar and “Tangible results”
activist M. Cherif Bassiouni, distinguished research professor are what keep him
in the College of Law, was honored with The Hague Prize for going, he says.
International Law in a ceremony in the Peace Palace at The Hague, “When I first went to
Netherlands, on June 28. The universally recognized prize Afghanistan at the end
acknowledges his outstanding contribution to “the study and of 2004 [representing
promotion of international criminal law in general and to the the United Nations],
creation of the International Criminal Court in general,” according I discovered 852
to The Hague Foundation. Bassiouni was chosen as its first recipient. people who had been
Bassiouni has many ties to The Hague, the world’s center of interna- unlawfully imprisoned
tional justice. In the early 1990s, Bassiouni chaired the United Nations’ for over 30 months.
Commission of Experts, which produced evidence of war crimes in And the prison condi-
the former Yugoslavia and led to the establishment of the International tions were horrible.
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia by the Security Council. I worked day and night
That work continues to be useful to this day. When the International for three months and
Court of Justice at The Hague recently rendered a decision about I finally got them out.”
genocide in that region, they cited the report of the Commission of Bassiouni says
Experts 34 times, according to Bassiouni. that an accomplish-
This commission’s work was linked to DePaul. “The database for ment of this nature
the commission was in the College of Law’s International Human Rights is not personal satis-
Law Institute [IHRLI], and we had more than 140 law students and faction, but something
young lawyers, mostly from DePaul, who worked in it,” says Bassiouni, larger. “It’s a different
who was co-founder and president of IHRLI. kind of joy. It’s as if
Hague Prize Recipient Bassiouni
Bassiouni also chaired the committee that drafted the statute God used me as his
for the International Criminal Court, which was established at instrument to get this
The Hague in 2002 to try individuals responsible for genocide and thing done,” he says.
other serious violations of international humanitarian law. He also sees The Hague Prize in larger terms. “The advantage
In heading the IHRLI (he is now president emeritus) and the of the award is that you can use it to make other people aware
International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, of what needs to be done in defense of human rights,” he says.
Italy, Bassiouni has worked all over the world, helping Iraq craft its One of the components of the prize is the opportunity to give
new constitution and train judges and lawyers; investigating human the keynote address to the Hague Colloquium on Fundamental
rights abuses in Afghanistan and Iraq; teaching state security police Principles of Law that takes place in the year after the award. Bassiouni
about human rights in Cairo; and many other missions. says his topic will be “what it always is—the need for international
“The nature of the work itself is very painful,” says Bassiouni. criminal justice, the need for early intervention to prevent genocide,
“When I first investigated the policy of systematic rape in the former crimes against humanity and war crimes. The need for human justice
Yugoslavia, I interviewed 223 rape victims—probably the most remains irrespective of who the victims are.”
heart-wrenching experience I’ve ever had.” For Bassiouni, this work is “a fundamental part of Vincentian
values. That’s what our students must learn.”
New Academic Leaders Appointed This Spring
JACQUELINE TAYLOR, Dean of the College of Communication
Jacqueline Taylor will lead the new College of Communication, which will officially come into being July 1.
Taylor, professor of communication, was named associate vice president for Academic Affairs in 2006. Prior to that,
she served for seven years as founding director of the DePaul Humanities Center.
From 1995 to 1999, Taylor served as associate dean of graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. She chaired the communication department from 1990 to 1995.
In consultation with the department of communication faculty, Provost Helmut Epp selected Taylor this spring.
“Jackie’s infectious enthusiasm, boundless energy and superb administrative skills, along with a great faculty, promise
success for the new College of Communication,” says Epp.
A performance studies specialist, Taylor is the author of “Grace Paley: Illuminating the Dark Lives” and a recently
published memoir, “Waiting for the Call.” She earned a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Texas at Austin.
Tay l o r
DAVID MILLER, Dean of the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems
The School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI) has named David Miller,
associate professor, its new dean. Miller, who joined DePaul in 1981, had been serving as CTI’s interim dean
In 1994, Miller became the associate chair of what was then the department of computer science. When CTI
was established the following year, he was named the school’s first associate dean.
In addition to the recommendation of the university search committee and the support of CTI faculty and staff,
there were several reasons for Miller’s selection over three other finalists from a national search.
“David has a keen understanding of the emerging needs of the information technology sector and a succinct
vision of CTI as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship,” says Epp. “His work with both internal and external
constituents has been essential to CTI’s ability to meet the challenges of maintaining cutting-edge programs
and retaining its reputation for excellence.” Miller
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University and both a master’s degree
and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Scholars and Policy
Experts Examine Images
and Realities of Islam
Panelists pictured with McCloud are (from left to
A former U.S. assistant secretary of defense right): Abdel Bari Atwan, editor in chief of Al-Quds
Al-Arabi, a London-based Arabic-language daily
and an international panel of Islamic newspaper; Sherman Jackson, associate professor
of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of
scholars explored the United States’ evolving Michigan; and Richard Perle, an American Enterprise
Institute for Public Policy Research fellow and former
relationship with the Islamic world during U.S. assistant secretary of defense. (Not shown:
Panelist Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman
a town-hall-style program hosted by Aminah
Professor of Government and director of the Institute
Beverly McCloud, director of DePaul’s Islamic of African Studies at Columbia University.)
world studies program, in late February.
More than 400 people attended the event at
DePaul University’s Merle Reskin Theatre.
Hot Off the Press Chinese Studies Program
DePaul has launched a comprehensive
Chinese studies major that includes Mandarin
language training, history, political science,
I If the prospect of making a business presentation sends you into a cold sweat, consult religious studies, and arts and culture. At an
“The Professional Communications Toolkit,” Sage Books (2006), by D. Joel Whalen,
event celebrating the launch are (left to right)
professor of marketing. This how-to book covers skills for succeeding in a range of
communications venues, from one-on-one business conversations to small staff presenta- the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.,
tions and keynote addresses before large audiences. New technology also is covered.
president; J.D. Bindenagel, vice president
I “Instant Identity: Adolescent Girls and the World of Instant Messaging,”
Peter Lang Publishing Group (2007), is heralded as the first book of its kind to explore
the millennial generation’s prevalent use of instant messaging and its implications for the
future. Author Shayla Thiel Stern is an assistant professor of communication.
I Hailed by critics as a cross between James Baldwin’s soulful song and the nightmare
poetry of Louis-Ferdinand Celine, “Free Burning,” Three Rivers/Crown (2006), by
Bayo Ojikutu, instructor of English, is a novel about a man who makes a series of bad
choices after losing his white-collar insurance job.
I Thomas R. Mockaitis, professor of history, has distinguished himself as a television
news analyst and expert on terrorism. His “The ‘New’ Terrorism: Myths and Reality,”
Praeger Security International (2006), argues that what is being labeled as a new brand
of terrorism bears a striking resemblance to past extremist movements and represents
a “culmination of trends evolving over decades.”
I “Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of for community, government and international
Sexuality in America,” Beacon Press (2006), by Thomas A. Foster, assistant professor
affairs; and Professor Xiaoxiang "Frank" Li,
of history, is a provocative investigation of male sexuality from the end of the Puritan
age through the American Revolution. It debunks many historical beliefs about sex dean of foreign languages at Southeast
and identity during this period in American history.
University (Nanjing). (See p.16.)
I A guide to understanding Islamic immigrants to the United States from the Middle
East, South and Southeast Asia and Africa, “Transnational Muslims in American
Society,” University Press of Florida (2006), by Aminah Beverly McCloud, director of
the Islamic world studies program, challenges the predominant perception that Islam
is monolithic and exclusively Arab.
I In “Winning Elections with Political Marketing,” Haworth Press (2006), by
Bruce I. Newman, professor of marketing, and his co-editor, Philip John Davies,
director, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, set out to answer the
question, “What does it take for candidates on both sides of the Atlantic to get elected?”
Part-time MBA Program, College of Law
Earn High Rankings by U.S.News & World Report
DePaul University again takes its place in the upper reaches of says Glen Weissenberger, dean of the College of Law. “The latest U.S.
U.S.News & World Report’s graduate program annual rankings, News rankings illustrate that the College of Law’s exceptional faculty
which are closely watched by students and its focus on creating strong specialty
and higher education institutions across programs, like health law, have helped it earn
the country. The part-time MBA program recognition among the best in the country.”
and the College of Law and two of its DePaul’s health law program landed
programs were recognized this spring. in ninth place among all such programs in
DePaul’s career-focused MBA program the nation, moving up one place from last year
for working professionals has earned a top-10 when it tied for 10th place with the University
rating a dozen times. The majority of MBA of Minnesota. The intellectual property pro-
students nationally study in part-time pro- gram at DePaul was ranked 13th in the survey.
grams, which allow students to work full Established in 1984 as part of DePaul’s
time while attending classes in the evenings, Health Law Institute, the health law program
on weekends, on multiple campuses and is one of the first American Bar Association-
using Internet technology. accredited programs of its kind in the country.
“DePaul’s repeated top-10 showing Students can earn a master of law (LL.M.)
acknowledges our success in offering a high-quality, flexible MBA pro- degree as well as a certificate in health law.
gram that provides students with the practical knowledge they need to “We are honored that our peers have distinguished DePaul’s
advance in their careers,” says Ray Whittington, dean of DePaul’s program as one of the most outstanding in the United States,” says
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (KGSB). Michele Goodwin, who directs the institute. “We offer a theory-based
Founded more than 50 years ago, DePaul’s MBA program offers challenging program as well as embrace the practical, hands-on skills
students 26 concentrations of study. The college’s faculty represents approach to health law. Our students confront and respond to the
a diverse blend of leading scholars and distinguished business most critical health-law issues of the day.”
professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom. DePaul’s IP program, which was initiated in 1997, boasts
Graduates benefit from DePaul’s extensive and active alumni network. more than 30 courses and certifications in IP such as patent law,
The DePaul University College of Law has been ranked among information technology, and art and museum law.
the top 100 law schools in the country for the second consecutive year, “Our IP program has been ranked above schools like New
and its health law and intellectual property (IP) programs are among York University and Harvard University in this survey,” says Barbara
the best, according to the latest survey of America’s professional schools Bressler, who directs the program. “We have consistently been
conducted by U.S.News & World Report. The survey also recognized ranked among the top 15 programs in the country, which is a major
the law school’s student population as being among the most diverse. accomplishment given the quality of the programs that exist.”
“The College of Law at DePaul is dedicated to providing students
with a rigorous course of academic study and top-quality programs in
an environment that reflects the university’s commitment to diversity,”
“We have 75 percent of the world’s economy
represented [by the consuls general of Chicago] in this room. We look
forward to working with this extraordinary university.”
M ex i c a n C o n s u l G e n e r a l C a r l o s M a n u e l S a d a S o l a n o ,
o u t g o i n g d e a n o f t h e C h i c a g o C o n s u l a r C o r p s , a t D e Pa u l o n F e b . 8 , 2 0 0 7
Cultural Studies at DePaul Creating world citizens 14
World-class Chicago A multi-faceted view 18
International Students At home in the world 20
Deciphering the Tree of Life A bioinformatics project 22
C u l t u r a l S t u d i e s a t D e Pa u l
Nobuko Chikamatsu encounters a dilemma at the It falls to DePaul faculty to equip students with these skills
start of every quarter: how best to teach advanced as they mature out of the classroom and into the work force and the
Japanese, which is among the most complex tongues world. The imperative is to prepare students to “compete in a
to master. global world by employing the cultural insights and critical thinking
Schooling students in how to skills they developed in the
string together words or characters classroom and the community
is the easy part. The real trick We live in a global community where transactions across during their years at DePaul,”
lies in going beyond the verbs and cultures occur many times a day, not just over vast distances says the Rev. Dennis H.
but often face-to-face. Being able to see through the eyes
pronouns to enmesh the students of someone from a different culture, to be a world citizen,
Holtschneider, C.M., president.
in a culture—to teach them to has become a life competency—and a job skill. Happily for the university,
see through different eyes. DePaul faculty and students
“I was getting ready, preparing enjoy a multicultural campus
for a quarter,” says Chikamatsu, in the middle of an interna-
an associate professor of Japanese, tional city; both environments
“and there was, in a Japanese reflect the richness of the
history textbook from Japan, a global community. “Here,
picture that showed just the shell at DePaul, we’re trying to
of a bombed building.” produce [well-]rounded
The picture said wreckage. students. Diversity is big,”
“If you were to look through an says Katie Ferrari, a 19-year-
American text of that same event, old art history major who
the A-bomb on Hiroshima, you’d hopes to become an architect.
see a picture of the bomb, or Chikamatsu The character of DePaul’s
the mushroom cloud we have all multicultural environment
seen. That says power,” she says. is a big reason that DePaul has
And so, in one of the hun- had a long-standing commit-
dreds of classrooms on campus, ment to educate its students
in front of dozens of the school’s for a larger world. The
23,000 students, Chikamatsu university has acted on many
begins a new quarter with a single fronts—from encouraging
striking example of the different diversity of every sort on its
ways in which two cultures campus to building a curricu-
experience and interpret the same lum that satisfies the need to
event—a step toward the univer- prepare students for a global
sity’s commitment to preparing Johnston society. “The guiding philoso-
true world citizens. phy is to provide liberal
We live in a global community where transactions across cul- education programs that address the most significant emerging
tures occur many times a day, not just over vast distances but often social and global needs,” says Charles Suchar, dean of the College
face-to-face. Being able to see through the eyes of someone from of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “The world has changed and the
a different culture, to be a world citizen, has become a life compe- curriculum needs to reflect these changes.”
tency—and a job skill. The challenge for students is threefold: And the need for such changes is only accelerating. “The pace is
to become aware that there are interpretations beyond one’s own astonishing,” says Mark Johnston, Spanish professor and chair of the
cultural experience; to learn about the other culture’s perspectives; modern language department. He says he has seen student demand
and to be able to successfully negotiate differences between cultures. for modern language courses grow by 53 percent since 2003. > > >
by E r i c F e r k e n h o f f a n d C a ro l S a d t l e r
t The Chinese studies major in the modern languages department
launched in fall 2006 is a prime example of how the university is
developing resources to meet those needs. A recognition not only of
the fast-growing power and influence
of China, but also of its rich culture,
the new program builds on the existing
Chinese language minor and Chinese
teaching programs, integrated with
relevant courses in other disciplines
such as history, the arts, religious
studies and political science.
“Chicago is the third largest Latino market in the United States,
behind only Los Angeles and New York. Above Miami, even.
That’s astonishing,” says Johnston. “And the people—whether they’re
Mexican, Honduran, Cuban and on
and on—the frequency with which
they go home and how freely we
move across the border now demands
that we know each other.”
The pursuit of profit is often the
driving force behind this flattening
of the globe, but commercial success
“We’ve combined talents and shouldn’t come at the expense of
disciplines to create the strongest everything else, Camilla Fojas, associ-
curriculum of any Chinese program in ate professor and director of Latin
the Midwest. The program emulates American and Latino studies, points
our highly successful interdisciplinary out. “We are living in a globalized
Japanese studies major, which enrolls world. This is especially so in a global
nearly 300 students each year and city like Chicago that is the recipient
is the largest program of its kind in of people, goods and services
the Midwest,” says Johnston. from all over the world,” she says.
Like the Japanese studies “That said, it is cynical and
program, which has been in existence perhaps mercenary to think that
for more than a decade, one of the new literacy in other cultures and
program’s goals is to generate K-12 languages is useful only as a means
teachers capable of preparing incoming to success in a globalized market.
students for advanced international The critical appreciation of the
studies. Already, several Chicago-area experiences, history, politics and
schools offer Chinese, and the Chinese cultural work of racial and ethnic
language program in Chicago Public minorities is crucial to becoming a
Schools is one of the largest in the thoughtful, intellectually curious,
nation. “We are the only university empathic and culturally literate mem-
in Illinois that offers certification for ber of a global society,” Fojas says.
Chinese language teachers,” notes Course offerings such as those
Johnston. “This will feed back into which cover such issues as the
our Chinese studies program.” nature of the immigrant experience,
DePaul also has created three social diversity in Latin America,
separate majors in Spanish or and the Hispanic experience in
Latino studies to recognize a population that is too often lumped music, literature and art are just a few examples of the ways in which
into one culture, and which today is so intertwined—commercially and the curriculum addresses this need for Latino studies students.
otherwise—with the United States and with Chicago.
It is that mix of the business and the culture that drew Morgan “Citizens feel disenfranchised, so scared, especially when they can
Gallup, a senior, into a double major in business administration no longer understand what is being said around them or misunderstand
and Chinese studies. Having visited Beijing, China, for two months gestures or cannot read signs on the front of stores,” says McCloud.
in 2005, she became acutely aware “And that’s where some of the fear comes
that just knowing the language was from with our becoming so diverse. That
not enough. “You have to understand our home is being taken away, our place.”
a culture in today’s world. It’s such a This fear can be great enough to
global economy that draws on so many cause conflict. “It’s dangerous. It’s begin-
areas. You can’t just drop in a country ning to tear at this society,”she says.
and expect to know the people or McCloud’s class found examples
do business.” of these culture clashes as they examined
Religious differences widen the ways in which Arabs and Muslims
misunderstandings between groups are depicted in the media. They also went
perhaps more than any other cultural to the Internet to find jihadist Web sites.
element. The Islamic world studies She says the class elected “to respond
program headed by religious studies [online] to the jihadist Web sites as stu-
Professor Aminah Beverly McCloud dents in the West, challenging the jihadists’
addresses these differences. perceptions.” Students also responded
“Muslims come from over 80 online to people who had distorted ideas
countries to America, and some are about Arabs and Muslims.
already American,” says McCloud. She “How can we be most effective?”
points out that the mélange of cultural she asks. “Sitting in this classroom,
identities in nearly any group provides learning is one way, but you have to be
not just one viewpoint, but many. proactive as well.”
“Look at my class,” she says of her The Islamic world studies program
Islamic culture course. “I have currently requires one year of Arabic
Mexicans, Bosnians, South Asians language study. Johnston says that one of
and Arabs, white and black adults the next goals of the modern languages
along with young people of every faith. Student Morgan Gallup and Chinese studies department is to offer an Arabic studies
Visiting Professor Tian-long Chang
We learn from each other.” So it is with major, which will complement the Islamic
the Islamic culture, which has many world studies program with an intensive
“You have to understand a culture in today’s world.
faces. “Islam is a world civilization,” It’s such a global economy that draws on so many areas. Arabic language component.
McCloud points out. You can’t just drop in a country and expect to That will be yet another step in
know the people or do business.”
Today’s global migration of all ensuring that DePaul students are support-
manner of people, ideas and cultures, ed by a curriculum that reflects the cultur-
at an unprecedented speed and volume, al diversity in which they find themselves
has created new fears—and conflicts. today, and, ever more so, in the future.
Lots of new immigration makes a country’s citizens, who were there
Eric Ferkenhoff previously wrote for the Chicago Tribune
first, uneasy about their place in the society. and now contributes to The New York Times and TIME magazine.
As contemporary metropolises
strive to establish their credentials
DEPAUL, as global or “world-class” cities—
by offering financial incentives to induce corporate relocations,
by hosting mega-events such as the Olympic Games,
or simply by inserting the words “international” or “world”
somewhere in the name of their local airport—we sometimes
forget that many of America’s urban centers have long been
international. Consider, for instance, Chicago’s demographic
profile in 1910, when nearly 80 percent of its population had been
born outside the United States, or had at least one parent who had
immigrated to the U.S. Or glance at historian Arnold Lewis’ wonder-
ful book “An Early Encounter with Tomorrow” (University of Illinois
Press, 2001), which documents the reactions of late-19th-century
European visitors to marvels such as the Columbian Exposition,
the Union Stockyards and the skyscraper-sprouting Loop.
We also often forget that depending on your perspective—
a corporate office suite overlooking the booming west Loop, or
along Devon Avenue in West Rogers Park, international Chicago
has distinctly different meanings. In the first instance, Chicago
is an important global metropolis due to its preeminence in
commodities and futures trading, as an advanced business services
node, and still—after so many decades—as a transportation hub.
Devon Avenue, in turn, is a beachhead for aspiring Indian and
Pakistani entrepreneurs, a “community center” for an occupationally
diverse and regionally dispersed South Asian immigrant population
and exotic “night out” for countless Chicagoans who have never
glimpsed the Atlantic or the Pacific, much less the Indian Ocean.
Yet, if all politics is local, perhaps the same can be said of
globalization. And at its local level, metropolitan Chicago and its
many communities have been on a 50-year globalization tear. In
the last half-century Chicago has, in effect, shifted from an interna-
tional to a truly global city, especially at the socio-cultural level.
Whether riding the CTA, shopping at IKEA, picking up coffee
at Dunkin’ Donuts or exploring the flavors of a recently arrived
ethnic cuisine, encountering the human dimension of Chicago’s
globalization is unavoidable. Our city was an immigrant capital at
the turn of the last century, and at the dawn of a new millennium
it remains an immigrant capital. But contemporary Chicago is a
global immigrant capital. We are no longer simply talking about
European immigrants, as diverse in language and culture as they
may have been. Now you can name the country—any of the
193 in the world—and some or many of its sons and daughters
live in Chicago. The human face of immigrant Chicago is now
Argentine, Thai, Lebanese and Eritrean.
by L a r r y B e n n e t t a n d J o h n Kova l
We also can no longer assume that immigrants are poorly educated slightly older law students, and returning adults in the College of
or lacking in occupational skills. Consider contemporary Chicago’s Commerce or the School for New Learning for jobs located very close
diverse mix of immigrant economic niches: Filipino doctors, nurses to home, in globalized Chicago. Others will leave our city, some drawn
and medical technicians; Indian and Chinese information technology to towns, cities and rural areas many flight hours and nation-states
specialists; Mexican laborers and service workers; Korean and Indian beyond the borders of the United States. It is obviously one of our
start-up entrepreneurs, to mention but a few. Nor are our immigrants university’s principal responsibilities to equip these various students—
limited to Catholic, Protestant and Jew, but now include growing thou- lifelong Chicagoans, immigrant students who return to their countries
sands of Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. It is also time to dispense with of birth, and American students who will relocate abroad—with the
the stereotypical image of the central city, immigrant enclave. Today’s academic, professional and technical skills necessary to perform their
Chicago immigrants can be found in middle-class and even exclusive varying economic roles. But it will be equally important for our univer-
suburban neighborhoods. Most crucially, we can no longer assume that sity to train them in skills of global citizenship, which will incline them
immigration is a one-way exodus from country of birth and at the cost to observe and to appreciate variations in language, national identity
of severed family ties and lost friendships. Contemporary immigration and local business cultures. As global citizens our graduates will
is frequently a two-way highway in which the back and forth are recognize that globalization is not simply a code word for “universal
fueled by low-cost telephone plans, satellite TV and the Internet. Americanization.” DePaul graduates’ global citizenship skills will
Authors Larry Bennett
and John Koval (in hat)
explore Chicago’s Devon
The reality of globalization within contemporary Chicago is not prepare them for a new world, some of whose dimensions cannot be
merely increased foreign imports and exports, or industry-specific profit anticipated at this time. If we educate our students properly, they will
and job losses due to cross-national competition. It is not merely the not simply be surfers riding the current wave of globalization. Rather,
greatly increased accessibility of formerly exotic vacation destinations. they will be shapers of an emergent globalization that must produce a
It also means, as the title of our recently co-edited book proclaims, that more environmentally sustainable world, and coincidentally, a world
we have before us “a new Chicago.” And this Chicago is new not just that needs to be more socially and economically balanced than the one
in the sense of the freshly rebuilt city that rose from the ashes of the in which we live at present. And of course, all of this holds irrespective
Great Fire of 1871. Ours is a socially and culturally transformed of where our graduates “land,” in a corporate suite high above the west
new Chicago. Nor will our home metropolis’ evolution end with the Loop, serving an ethnically diverse citizenry in a far North Side ward
assimilation of the region’s current cohort of 1.6 million immigrants. office, or running a nonprofit economic development program in Kenya.
This generation of immigrants will drive contemporary change, and in
so doing contribute to ongoing changes in our region. Larry Bennett (professor of political science) and John Koval
(associate professor in sociology) are co-editors of “The New Chicago:
What does all of this mean for DePaul and its programs? Training
A Social and Cultural Analysis,” published by Temple University Press
our students for the emergent globalized world means that we will in 2006. Other DePaul faculty co-editors on this volume are Michael
prepare many of our young liberal arts or computer science majors, Bennett, Fassil Demissie, Roberta Garner and Kiljoong Kim.
AT HOME in the WORLD:
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on CAMPUS
S Some 900 students from nearly
100 countries around the globe are
part of the current DePaul family,
according to Rosanne Roraback, director of the International Student
Office (ISO). Most of them are graduate students, most enrolled in
the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business or the School of Computer
Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI); another
sizable group is enrolled in the English Language Academy.
They’ve come—these bold, well-educated, highly motivated
students—to enjoy the advantages of a superior university education. As
to what happens after that, the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, winner of
the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, raises a question in a recent essay that
every international student at DePaul considers over and over: “…the
question of how much we belong to the country of our first passport and
how much we belong to the ‘other countries’ that it allows us to enter.”*
In talking with these students, it’s fascinating to see how they
process this essential question as they make themselves at home at DePaul
and in Chicago and move through their schooling and their lives.
Shahzad Sabir (COM ’01), who returned to Pakistan after graduation
and recently stopped by the ISO to say hello during a business trip,
says the quality education empowered him to make a difference in his
community and helped him in his family business.
“You learn in the USA to be adaptive, and when you return to
your home country you use the same skills to adjust back in the culture
and try to make a difference through your education in your own
environment,” he says.
Sabir loved his experience at DePaul—the lifelong friends he made,
the fast pace of Chicago and the valuable business skills he gained. It
was difficult for him to return. “I felt like a different person there,” he says.
But, using the networking skills he had learned at DePaul, he found
like-minded people in Karachi when he became involved in Rotaract,
a service club for people 18 to 30 sponsored by Rotary International.
Today, Sabir says he has an ideal balance of “here” and “there;”
his education has enabled him to boost his family’s wood-products busi-
ness to an international level in a newly thriving Pakistani economy,
and he can live there with his family while traveling around the globe.
*Pamuk, Orhan, “My First Passport,” The New Yorker, April 16, 2007, p. 57. Liu and Michal Mordarski, CTI international student from Poland
by C a ro l S a d t l e r
Mariana Dalto, a graduate student in finance from Buenos Aires, Liu enjoys Chicago and has always felt very welcome at DePaul.
may well stay here after fulfilling her longtime goal to earn an MBA in the “The most difficult thing is being afraid of not fitting in, because we
United States. She is set on a career in corporate finance and says that, [the people in his department] are so different…At DePaul, maybe
because “in Argentina the economy is not good,” her growth opportunities because of the culture or because of the Vincentian ideology, I feel most
are here. “Here, when you go in a company they train you; you have the of the people are good at talking to people. It’s the reason I stayed.”
opportunity to learn while you’re working. Here you can be 25 years old and He is attracted to the opportunities emerging in his rapidly develop-
be a manager. In Argentina, you can’t be a manager until you’re 40,” she says. ing homeland, but would miss many of the things he enjoys about the
After studying five years in Argentina for her undergraduate degree, culture here. “In China, you can’t talk about politics,” he says.
working as an au pair in Wisconsin and Boston to improve her English Wherever he chooses to make his home, Liu is aware he has a most
language skills, then training in an internship program with Marriott valuable tool—a dual perspective. “Because I have been in both countries,
Hotels in Chicago, Dalto is happily installed in the MBA program, I can put myself in both environments. The biggest thing that surprised me
working as a research assistant in the finance department at DePaul is the misunderstanding between people just because of where they are.
during the day and attending classes at night. She chose DePaul’s program It definitely enhances your ability to think; you add one more perspective.”
for its flexibility and because people at DePaul reached out to her. No matter where they go from DePaul, Chicago and the United
“When I was looking for schools, I went to other open houses. States, all international students share this valuable insight. They—along
I didn’t feel welcome. My advisor at the [Kellstadt] open house was with those students born here who venture forth to other countries—
helping international students understand the system. When I e-mailed become citizens of the world.
her, she e-mailed me back with all the information I needed. She was
always nice and helpful and made me feel welcome,” Dalto says.
Like other international students, Dalto has found the ISO a
great support resource. “When I had to change my visa, I didn’t need
to hire a lawyer. Jane [Kalista, advisor, ISO] gave me all the support
and information I needed, even though she’s so busy,” she says.
Bojana Murisic, an undergraduate math major and a student bold, well-educated,
athlete on DePaul’s tennis team, who came to study from Subotica,
Serbia, also feels that her opportunities are here. “In Serbia, the condi-
tions are very poor, so of course I would like to go back and be with students—to enjoy the
my parents, but it’s much better for me [here].”
Murisic would like to become an actuary for an insurance com- advantages of a superior
pany or consulting business, and wants to get her MBA after she finds
a job. “I felt comfortable as soon as I got here,” she says. “I like the
environment around DePaul very much, and especially because six
[out of nine] of my teammates are European. Actually, my best friend
from Serbia is also playing tennis here.”
Like other international students, she finds her professors very And going the other direction…
helpful and is surprised at the degree to which they make themselves Outbound students from DePaul study in the following locations this year:
available, compared with instructors in her home country. “When I
first got here I saw the syllabus of one professor. His name was written
and office hours, phone number and e-mail address. I thought, Croatia Osaka, Japan Hawai’i
‘Why would he give me his phone number?’” she says. Hungary Paris, France Kenya
Jordan Liu (CTI ’00), who came here in 1998 as a master’s degree Mexico City, Mexico Rome, Italy London, England
student and as part of a group of 20 students that CTI had recruited in Istanbul, Turkey Sheffield, England Morocco
Shanghai, feels torn between his new home and his adopted one. Now Vienna, Austria Amsterdam, Nagoya, Japan
nearly finished with his Ph.D. and working as a part-time instructor at The Netherlands
Dublin, Ireland Merida, Mexico
DePaul, he lives in Chicago with his wife, Maggie Tan (CTI ’03), who Argentina
Krakow, Poland Athens, Greece
also came here from China and completed a master’s degree. “After you Chile
Leuven, Belgium Beijing, China
graduate, you’re caught between two continents to decide whether to El Salvador
Madrid, Spain Hong Kong
pursue a higher degree,” Liu says. “Not only do you have to consider Ghana
Melbourne, Australia Bonn, Germany
your own personal pursuit, also you have to consider family far away.”
D e c i p h e r i n g t h e Tr e e o f L i fe :
Biologists and CTI Students
Collaborate at The Field Museum
Deep in the basement of one of the nation’s top natural
history museums, researchers toil away.
They seek to unlock the secrets of different species,
current and extinct. They seek to discover evolutionary
patterns over time, and changes in an organism’s DNA
as it evolves. They seek to connect related species on the
grand phylogenetic map, more commonly known as the
“Tree of Life.”
Many museum researchers lack customized, high-
powered computational software tools to help further their
work, unlike their counterparts in the private sector. Since
most museum research is open source, in the public domain
and often involves species long extinct, there is little market
demand to create such tools.
However, together with researchers at Chicago’s Field
Museum, a group of bioinformatics students from DePaul
University’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications
and Information Systems (CTI), has helped create programs
to move the researchers’ work forward. “Most biologists are fairly non-intuitive when it comes to computers,”
“We are interested in making the process of scientific discovery in Westneat says. “I can imagine a computational tool that I could use,
biology and evolution easier by applying computational tools to some of but I’d have no idea how to create and implement it.”
the big questions in biology,” says Mark Westneat, curator of zoology That step is where the students of DePaul CTI instructor David
at The Field Museum. Angulo come in. Since last summer, several students each quarter work in
Developing tools to fit the unique and specific analytic and graphics collaboration with Field Museum researchers to create programs that
needs of the researchers is key, he adds. simulate evolution in a species, mimic different environmental conditions,
by S h aw n M a l ay t e r
sequence DNA and analyze other biological data, and many other to understand biology, biochemistry and pharmacology,” he says.
programs specifically tailored to the researchers’ projects. “This sort of project is exactly the type of experience that employers in
“Computer scientists have their own unique vocabulary, so it’s really the industry want to see.”
important to have students immersed in an environment with biologists, The project has shown “excellent” progress so far, according to all
who think and work in an entirely different way,” says Angulo. parties involved. One of the most recent prototype applications, Westneat
“Bioinformatics is about merging the two says, will help analyze the evolutionary tree for
outlooks, training computer-savvy students to many different species of coral-reef fish. Angulo
be able to fill biologists’ needs.” noted that future projects may include princi-
“Sometimes at first, we’d talk past each “ Most biologists ples of artificial intelligence, although currently
other,” Westneat says. “But as the weeks most of the software being written “would
pass, lingo is picked up on both ends, and classify as graph-generating programs.”
we find solutions to problems. There’s a lot are fairly non- Eventually, Westneat believes that the
of very useful programs for researchers that type of work that the DePaul students are doing
simply haven’t been written yet.” intuitive when it can help biologists research more topics in
Angulo also has addressed the occasional quicker fashion.
communication issue with his students. “There’s a huge need for new software
“We’re encouraging them to make Flash
comes to computers. tools that operate on a large scale to analyze
movies to show how their software is work- different populations of data,” he says.
ing,” he says. “We’ve found that works much I can imagine a “Anything we develop is open-access, so flexible
better than technical jargon.” computational tools that operate in a common
But according to Richard Ree, a botanist scientific language and provide access to
at The Field Museum who also is working
computational tool information are really valuable to us.”
with the students, the benefit of the program According to Ree, the proliferation of
can’t be one-sided. that I could use, databases in genomics and proteomics research
“We try to come up with projects that in recent years has further defined the necessity
captivate the students, as well,” Ree says. for such tools.
“We don’t want them doing simply data-entry
but I’d have no “There’s so much more information out
work, we want them to be able to contribute there in our field, so there’s a need for more
and write programs that reach consensus idea how to create computational power to deal with it all.”
and provide confidence in the results.” However, given the vast, nearly unlimited
Westneat concurs, noting that in many
cases, the research couldn’t get done without
and implement it.” combinations of biological life on the planet,
how do researchers and students keep projects
the programs written by the DePaul students. Mark Westneat manageable?
“The projects we choose are all new, thus Zoology Curator, The Field Museum “It can be difficult,” Westneat acknowl-
making a novel contribution to the biological edges. “But there are almost always little pieces
sciences,” he says. “Even though some of the of the grand puzzle of the tree of life that can
computational approaches we are using are be developed as a short-term project. Imagine it
well known, we are still combining things in as someone programming a huge project like
new ways.” Google Earth. That’s a massive undertaking, but you have one program-
Angulo explains that the project is a perfect fit for the nascent mer focusing on the roads and images for Illinois, which is far more
sequence of bioinformatics course offerings at CTI, which combine a manageable… but the thing to remember is that asking scientific
technology skill set with scientific know-how. questions about the biodiversity of life is so important right now.”
“Bioinformatics is a large and rapidly growing field, and our students
primarily come from computer science backgrounds, but they also want
P E R S O N A L LY P U T
“DePaul broadened my view globally and
inspired me to connect academia with the real world. The MBA program
gave me a holistic view of marketing—it’s not just about the bottom line,
but about connecting with people.”
N a n c y Pa e z ( C O M ’ 0 1 )
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His impressive résumé also includes serving as managing director
for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, by personal invitation from
A L U M N I Greece’s prime minister. Currently, Bakouris is chairman of Transparency
International Greece, the national chapter of an international non-
governmental organization with chapters in more than 90 countries
dedicated to fighting corruption and promoting government transparency
Despite having “no time to breathe,” Bakouris always finds time
for his alma mater. As DePaul’s unofficial ambassador in Greece, he
coordinates alumni activities in that country and with his wife, Viky,
hosts study abroad students at their home in Athens. He is a former
member of the College of Commerce advisory board and is an active
supporter of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center. In fact, one of
Bakouris’ fondest college memories is of playing pinochle with friends,
including classmate Harold Welsch, who now teaches management
at DePaul and founded the university’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center.
A B R O A D Bakouris is a devout believer in the value of international study.
“With globalization in full swing, studying abroad is a must,” he says.
“Knowing different cultures helps improve your capacity to understand
the world and to communicate more effectively.”
He also thinks overseas study fosters flexibility in a rapidly changing mar-
ketplace—sound advice he gave his son Stefanos, a 1999 graduate of DePaul.
“Studying abroad enhances your ability to cope with change and to adapt
Constantine Bakouris: When Studying Abroad
more quickly and with less resistance, making you more competitive,” he says.
Means Coming to Chicago
Constantine “Costas” Bakouris’ drive to
succeed was evident as soon as he arrived Aaron Morris: Student of the World
at DePaul in 1962 from his native Greece. Aaron Morris (LAS ’03) (back row, far
In addition to being a full-time student, right) says he first fell in love with all
Bakouris (COM ’66, MBA ’68) worked more things Japanese watching “Shogun,”
than 35 hours a week at the National Baking a TV mini-series based on the novel
Company, which supplied area restaurants with by James Clavell, when he was
bread and other baked goods. With characteris- 8 years old. Today, almost 30 years later,
tic energy, he quickly worked his way from he is a high school English teacher in
bread-slicer to logistics manager to purchasing Fukuchiyama City, Japan, having been
director. “I was hungry for success,” he says. well-prepared for life and work abroad by
Several decades later, Bakouris credits DePaul’s international studies program.
his years at DePaul with giving him the academic foundation necessary As a DePaul student, Morris spent
to fulfill his business ambitions, while teaching him some important life two semesters in Osaka, where he went
lessons. “I gained a practical approach to getting things done,” he says. to school and lived with an exchange family—an experience he says is defi-
“I learned that if you apply yourself, you will be rewarded, and I learned nitely “the way to go” for students serious about learning Japanese. And he
to look at things not as problems but as opportunities.” says that mastery of the language is a must for living in this unique country.
Bakouris’ own rewarding business career has taken him around the “Despite globalization, Japan is still very insular and monocultural,”
world. He held key positions with Union Carbide, including managing he says. The foreign population is a mere 1 percent of the whole, and
director of the chemical giant’s operations in Greece as well as vice Morris is the only foreigner—student or staff member—at his school.
president/general manager of its European consumer products division A devoted traveler and self-proclaimed “student of the world,” Morris
in Switzerland. He also served as chairman of Ralston Energy Systems and appreciates DePaul’s multifaceted approach to international studies. “My
is now an executive with Viohalco, a Greek metals trading and manufac- studies included economics, politics, sociology, anthropology…a lot of
turing conglomerate. different ways to look at the world,” he says. “I am endlessly fascinated by
different cultures and the ways different nations interact with one another.”
by B a r b a r a S t o r m s G r a n n e r
Before embarking on his most recent adventure, Morris worked Jennifer Sanchez: Taking Aim Against AIDS
as a Japanese- and English-fluent international relations specialist for from Chicago to Africa
the Kiyosato Experimental Educational Project (KEEP), an American- Jennifer Sanchez (LAS ’06) knows exactly
based nongovernmental organization (NGO) that helped modernize what she wants to do with her life: work
dairy farming in Japan after World War II. Today, KEEP is run entirely for an international nonprofit organization
by Japanese citizens and is working on development projects in the on HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.
Philippines and Eastern Europe. That clarity of vision, unusual in a recent
After his current contract expires, Morris hopes to put his fluency college graduate, began to take form in a
in Japanese to work for another NGO or as a translator. “I consider myself Discover Chicago class Sanchez took her
an international citizen,” he says. “My dream is to help further communi- freshman year called “The Diverse Faces
cations between cultures.” of AIDS.” It was sharpened by several
opportunities DePaul presented to her.
Nancy Paez: Conquering China’s Media Frontier
During her junior year, Sanchez spent
As a media industry professional in
the spring quarter in Paris on one of DePaul’s
China, Nancy Paez (COM ’01) says she
many study abroad programs. She lived with
feels like a pioneer in the “Wild West
a French family, attended classes through the international language
Paez is national training director for school Alliance Française, and honed her skills in French—the national
MindShare China, the country’s largest media language of several African countries. “My experience in France taught
agency, which develops communications me a lot about dealing with life in a new country and meeting new
planning strategies and buys media time people. Through this I gained confidence in myself,” she says.
and placement for such clients as Motorola, Sanchez was chosen to participate in DePaul’s highly selective
Ford, Nike and Pepsi, as well as several local McNair Scholars program, a federally funded program that supports the
Chinese companies. educational aspirations of first-generation, minority and low-income
She explains that the need for marketing, students in higher education. The program prepares promising students
communications and media-planning services like Sanchez for graduate school and post-graduate work by providing
has exploded since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, test preparation, guidance throughout the application process, access
which brought a market of more than 1 billion people into the global to research possibilities and other support.
trading system and opened up a whole new world of media opportuni- Through the McNair Scholars staff, Sanchez learned of—and was
ties—from traditional print outlets to innovative interactive media, awarded—a research grant to study HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. Using a
from billboard space to cyberspace. statistical software program she had mastered in her research methods class,
Paez is responsible for training more than 750 employees in nine she studied the relationship between social support and the rates at
MindShare offices across China. She lives in Shanghai but spends a substan- which women get tested and disclose their HIV status to their partners.
tial amount of time traveling throughout China and the Asia-Pacific region. “I definitely want to go back to Africa,” she says. “My summer in
She says her College of Commerce experience helped prepare Tanzania was the best experience I’ve ever had. It taught me not to take
her for this role. “DePaul broadened my view globally and inspired me things for granted, things like hot water and around-the-clock electricity.”
to connect academia with the real world,” she says. “The MBA program Sanchez is currently on the staff of the McNair Scholars program
gave me a holistic understanding of marketing—it’s not just about the at DePaul. She will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to
bottom line, but about connecting with people.” pursue her master’s degree in public health—the next step in pursuit
Her DePaul connections are kept current through her participation of her goal.
as a local representative in the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program,
a volunteer network of alumni who offer to talk to DePaul students and
alumni about their chosen careers and, in her case, her adopted country. “Knowing different cultures helps improve your capacity to
She also attends alumni events in China, most recently a dinner with understand the world and to communicate more effectively.”
a group of alumni and DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider,
C.M., when he visited Beijing last year.
She enjoys acting as an ambassador and welcomes inquiries about
her field, her career path and her life in China. “I believe I will always Barbara Storms Granner is a freelance writer and principal
maintain my DePaul connection,” she says. of Brainstorms Writing and Communications Consulting in Evanston, Ill.
To contact the ASK office, call 312.362.8282
or e-mail program director Vicki Klopsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Abroad Is
DePaul Alumnus’ Business
W hen Brian Boubek (COM ’95), CEO and founder of Tempe,
Ariz.-based CEA Global Education, was ready to study abroad,
he had already completed his classes at DePaul University. He had to
make his own arrangements for a year’s study in France after gradu-
ation, but those efforts eventually led him to a million-dollar idea.
“It took me three or four months just to prepare all the details,”
notes Boubek of the difficult pre-travel and admissions arrangements that
he had to negotiate to enroll in a yearlong French language and
culture program at the University of Burgundy in 1995. “It was very Boubek
time-consuming and a lot of work.”
That was before cell phones and e-mail, when communicating with university officials in France could be a painfully slow process.
“All they had was a fax machine and the phones were quite difficult,” Boubek explains. “They didn’t have voicemail or anything like that.”
Boubek’s less-than-ideal experience prompted him to write a guidebook for U.S. students looking to study in Europe. His “Student’s
Guide to Studying in France” included information about getting student visas, changing dollars into francs and wiring tuition money
abroad. But he felt he could offer something better than a do-it-yourself manual.
“After I finished the book, I decided that I would provide a service where I could help other students more directly,” he says. “I would
charge a fee to do all the work and make it all very easy for them.”
That decision evolved into a business plan for CEA. Boubek’s vision took shape while working in his brother’s 100-square-foot bedroom in
the months following his return from France in early 1996. He sent his first study abroad participant, a Cornell University student, to the University
of Burgundy later that fall.
Joseph Kinsella (LAS ’89, ’96), associate vice president of DePaul’s International Programs Office, says that Boubek’s experience in France
is one of the best outcomes a study abroad program can hope for. “Brian came back with knowledge about working in another society and
negotiating another set of cultural practices that led to his success with CEA.
“Something that Brian has gotten very good at is the ability to open businesses very quickly in different parts of the world. I know this grew
out of his immersion experience in France,” Kinsella observes.
But CEA was not an instant success story. Boubek says that he posted a $41,000 loss in 1996. In the next couple years, he maxed out
seven personal credit cards to finance business expansion—moving operations from his parents’ house in Chicago to new and larger premises in
Phoenix. That investment eventually paid off. This year, the company will report $30 million in revenue.
According to Boubek, CEA has grown at a dizzying annual rate of 30 percent since 2000. Currently, it has partnerships with more than
150 U.S. universities, including DePaul, and 44 academic institutions in 15 other countries.
Here are the top 10 countries or territories where DePaul alumni live.
Those marked with an asterisk also are sites for DePaul degree programs.
Country or Territory Total Alumni
Hong Kong 51
Puerto Rico 38
Where Do Our International Alumni Live?
Czech Republic* 33
Overseas Military 19
(Europe, Africa, Middle East)
Regional Alumni Chapters Expand the DePaul Network
Buoyed by a string of successful activities in its first year, with who maybe I would never have had contact with again if
DePaul’s New York City alumni chapter—which includes Long I weren’t involved,” Hanson notes.
Island and Westchester, N.Y., and parts of Connecticut and New “Being able to reconnect with fellow alums who share the
Jersey—now aspires to more ambitious goals. Vincentian values is what makes DePaul unique,” Harvey explains.
“The next level for us is reaching out and getting increased “Through the alumni chapter, we can now recapture that spirit and
involvement from the more than 1,500 alumni in the tri-state area,” renew the values that link all of us in the DePaul family.”
says chapter co-leader Sean Harvey According to Cynthia
(LAS ’95). “That will involve crea- Lund (EDU ’97), director of
ting more informal events and the university’s alumni outreach
activities that really speak to our efforts, the DePaul family
community’s diverse needs and extends much farther than
interests, as well as creating an infra- Chicago. “Our alumni live
structure to support those events.” in every state and in more than
Since its first meeting in May 50 countries,” she says. “Staying
2006, a core group of nine committee plugged into the alumni network
members has organized several alumni through local chapters offers
events, including a November recep- great benefits, such as career
tion with the Rev. Dennis H. networking opportunities when
Holtschneider, C.M., president of New York City alumni chapter members Anne Drennan (COM ’81) moving to a new city.”
and Wanda Edwards (EDU ’91) at a recent reception with the Rev.
DePaul. For most of the 115 Expanding the number
Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president. The Nov. 14 event
attendees, it was the first time to attracted 115 DePaul alumni and friends from a three-state region. of regional alumni chapters
meet the new president and hear is one of the main goals of
about the university’s many accomplishments since they graduated, the DePaul Alumni Association, says Lund. Chapters are now active
according to chapter co-leader Lena Hanson (COM ’05). in Arizona, Southern California, Denver and Washington, D.C.
Other alumni activities have included coordinating Blue Demon A new chapter currently is being formed in Detroit.
basketball events, New York City’s first Vincentian Service Day, a theater
outing and a student send-off. Hanson and Harvey explained that such For more information on how you can become involved
events have created opportunities to meet old friends and reconnect with DePaul alumni in your area, please drop an e-mail to
with the university. “I have friends out here that I went to DePaul email@example.com or call toll-free 800.437.1898.
T i d b i t s
Alumni Board Celebrates a Great Year
2006-07 Alumni Board members (l to r):
Anne Drennan, David Cagigal, David
Harpest, Jack Cummins, Rick Ton,
The DePaul University Alumni Board, which represents the Alumni Association,
Jason Jacobsohn, Owen McGovern,
supports and advises the Office of Alumni Relations in its mission to provide current Roni Buckley, Mike Ulinski, Martha
Trueheart and Bill Carsley. Not pictured:
and future alumni a lifelong connection to the DePaul community, building relationships
Valerie Black-Mallon, P.J. Byrne, Katie
that foster affinity, loyalty and support of the university and its Vincentian mission. Hamilton, Athir Mahmud and Arbin Smith.
— Alumni Board Mission Statement
Message from Outgoing President Anne Drennan
It has been a great pleasure to lead such a dedicated, talented set of board members through
this inaugural year. As I look back at our efforts to re-establish a university-wide Alumni Board,
I must say the experience was fantastic. The support, ideas and enthusiasm of board members
and alumni at large are reaching all levels of the university—as evidenced by the participation
of several student leaders and deans in the Alumni Board’s most recent meeting. As I prepare
to move into the role of past president, I want to share just a few thoughts with you. 2007-08 Alumni Board
The Alumni Board is energized by several positive developments at DePaul, including: President
Jack Cummins (LAS ’88, JD ’92)
I As articulated in VISION twenty12, the university’s strategic plan, DePaul continues to recognize
and appreciate its alumni as integral members of the university community. Vice President
Arbin Smith (LAS MA ’00)
I A degree from DePaul is valuable and is becoming even more so with the success of the
university and the accolades it continues to receive. This is great news for alumni.
Owen McGovern (COM ’77)
There are many ways for you to be involved and connect with DePaul University: Past President
Anne Drennan (COM ’81)
I The event-filled Reunion Weekend is Oct. 12-14. See alumni.depaul.edu/reunions for a listing of
activities. Come and meet members of your Alumni Board at the Reunion Brunch on Sunday morning.
Valerie Black-Mallon (THE ’01)
I The Office of Alumni Relations continues to organize opportunities to network with other alumni Roni Buckley (SNL ’01)
and strengthen their professional connections in Chicago and around the country. Be sure to P.J. Byrne (MFA ’99)
update your contact information, particularly your e-mail address, so you can receive university
David Cagigal (COM ’76, MBA ’78)
updates and event notices.
Bill Carsley (LAS ’61, ’67, JD ’69)
I Give back to DePaul students. The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program seeks enthusiastic Rita De La Pena (SNL ’86)
alumni willing to mentor students, provide practice interviews and even invite a student to their Katie Hamilton (LAS ’03)
workplace for a full- or half-day of job shadowing. For those who are able, I also encourage you to
David Harpest (MUS ’00)
provide internship opportunities or scholarship support.
Jason Jacobsohn (MBA ’02)
The Alumni Board would love to hear from you—let us know what types of events interest you, what Jackie Luvert (LAS ’80, MBA ’99)
you thought of the alumni events you have attended and whether you would like to volunteer. Reach out
Athir Mahmud (LAS ’98, CTI MS ’02)
to us at an alumni event, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the alumni office at 800.437.1898.
Rick Ton (CTI ’03)
Please know the board will continue to do its best work with your encouragement, feedback and participa- Martha Trueheart (EDU ’00)
tion. It is in our individual and collective best interest to be an active part of the DePaul alumni community. Mike Ulinski (CTI MS ’06)
In DePaul, Rhonda Watson (LAS MS ’99)
Anne Drennan, Outgoing President, DePaul University Alumni Board
The following alumni recently have given
their generous support to DePaul University.
I Gerald Beeson (COM ’94), Gerald A. Beeson Success
Through Scholarship Endowment in Accountancy
I Bertram L. Scott (SNL ’80) and Elizabeth A. Fender, Licensed to Support the Blue Demons
Bertram L. Scott & Elizabeth A. Fender Distinguished Lecture
Show your Blue Demon spirit by purchasing an official
DePaul University license plate from the State of Illinois. In
I Ernest R. Wish (COM ’57) and Mimi Wish, Ernest R. &
addition to trumpeting your alma mater, the plates generate
Mimi D. Wish Endowed Scholarship; Wish Endowed Scholarship
revenue for the university’s student financial aid program.
in Music to Honor Lawrence & Geraldine Sullivan
DePaul license plates can be displayed on SUVs,
I Dr. James J. Koziarz (LAS ’71) and Debra A. Koziarz,
passenger vehicles and trucks and vans weighing less than
The Campaign for Excellence in Science Capital Fund
8,000 pounds. You may apply for the plates in person at
most Illinois Secretary of State facilities.
Alumni Gifts—$25,000 to $99,999
To apply by telephone, call the Secretary of State’s
(January-March 2007) office toll-free at 800.252.8980 (then select 4) or the special
I James A. Barnash (LAS ’77) and Kathy Johnson, plates office directly at 217.785.5215.
The Campaign for Excellence in Science Capital Fund You also may download the application form from the
I John J. Vitanovec (COM ’79) and Kathleen E. Vitanovec, Secretary of State’s Web site at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/
Kathleen & John Vitanovec Success Through Scholarship publications/pdf_publications/vsd55310.pdf.
Endowment in Accountancy DePaul license plates cost $40 in addition to any
I Robert C. Thommes (MS ’52), Robert C. Thommes Gift other vehicle licensing fees.
Annuity to The Campaign for Excellence in Science
Theatre School Gala Supports
Nearly 500 guests attended The Theatre School’s 19th Annual Awards for Excellence
in the Arts, which honored notable contributors to the arts and raised a record $275,000
for The Theatre School’s scholarship fund for deserving theatre students.
Honorees included actors Alec Baldwin, Pam Grier and Michael Rooker (THE '82).
Norm R. Bobins, president and CEO of LaSalle Bank, accepted the 2007 Corporate Award
for Excellence in the Arts on behalf of the bank. Shirley R. Madigan, chairman of the
Illinois Arts Council, received the inaugural Leadership Award for Excellence in the Arts.
The evening’s host and master of ceremonies was Theatre School alumnus Scott Alec Baldwin, Pam Grier, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.,
Ellis (THE ’78), associate artistic director of New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company DePaul president, and Michael Rooker (THE '82)
and a four-time Tony Award nominee.
C l a s s N o t e s
Log in to alumni.depaul.edu to read additional
class notes and to discover the many ways to
connect with other alumni and DePaul University.
Warren B. Barshes (LAS ’65, ’69) Kenneth N. Paoli (MUS ’73) was
retired from the Wrigley Company an invited lecturer at the International
after more than 30 years and now lives Workshop on Computer Music and
in Beijing, China. He provides human Audio Technology at National Chiao
resources management consulting Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan,
to local and multinational companies, in March 2007. His electronic
as well as to government departments. composition, “...a single drop,” which
features granular synthesis and audio
James Grant (THE ’65) is in the processing of digital samples of
Betsy Palmer (LAS ’49) was the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin water, premiered at the workshop.
Kathleen W. Cizewski (MM ’80)
guest of honor at the New York State Button,” co-starring Brad Pitt and Tilda
is celebrating 15 years of instruction
Museum’s Second Annual Classic Swinton. It is scheduled to be released Linda C. Degutis, Ph.D. (LAS ’75) is
at her school, Kathi’s Musicians’ Center
Horror Movie Festival in fall 2006. She in May 2008. president-elect of the American Public
School of Music in Grayslake, Ill.
was a regular panelist on the television Health Association, the oldest, largest
She is also a music instructor at
show “I’ve Got a Secret” in the 1950s. Bruce J. Finne (JD ’67) is currently and most diverse organization of
College of Lake County.
Her career blossomed when she an examiner with the Minnesota Quality public health professionals in the world.
appeared as Jason’s bloodthirsty Council. He recently retired from his She will take office in November 2007.
Kevin P. Durkin (JD ’80), a partner
mother in “Friday the 13th” and “Friday position as executive director of the
at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago and
the 13th II.” She also was a series Illinois Service Commission, a position Arlene J. Bak
current president of the Chicago Bar
regular on “Knots Landing.” he held for 30 years. Bruce and his wife, (LAS ’76) and
Association, was given the Outstanding
Karen, have two children and husband John retired
Contribution to the Legal Profession
three grandchildren. to Surprise, Ariz.,
Award by the International Phi Alpha
in June 2003. They
Delta Law Fraternity.
Donald F. Duclow (LAS ’68, ’69) became proud first-
is professor of philosophy at Gwynedd- time grandparents
Elisabette “Lisa” M. Waichunas
Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, when Elise Rose
(COM ’80) recently founded Theatre
Penn. His recently published book, Bak was born
on the Green Performing Arts Studio
“Masters of Learned Ignorance: on Oct. 20, 2006.
for the Young Actor in Woodstock, Ill.
Eriugena, Eckhart, Cusanus,” includes
The theatre is dedicated to enriching
20 essays on three medieval thinkers. Robert G. McBride (EDU ’76) was
young people’s lives through the
elected to a six-year term on the
James J. Divita, Ph.D. (LAS ’59) performing arts.
Community College District 509 Board
retired after teaching European history
of Trustees of Elgin Community
for 42 years at Marian College in Thomas P. Amandes (THE ’81) is
College in Illinois. He is a consultant
Indianapolis. His most recent book, Dr. Harold Abbott on WB's “Everwood.”
with the Kane County Regional Office
“Indianapolis Italians,” was published He was also in the film “Bonneville”
by Arcadia Publishing. The Marion with co-stars Jessica Lange, Christine
County-Indianapolis Historical Society Baranski, Joan Allen and Kathy Bates.
Fred A. Spitzzeri (LAS ’76, ’78),
recognized his outstanding efforts in a Naperville, Ill., attorney, was
local history by granting him its David J. Pezza
elected president of the 2,000-member
2006 Fadely Award. (COM ’81, JD ’85)
DuPage County Bar Association.
Bruce Boxleitner (THE ’71) is Captain joined Pircher,
Duval in PAX-TV’s “Young Blades” Nichols & Meeks,
Michael S. Jankiewicz (LAS ’77,
and Captain Sheridan in “Babylon 5,” a national real
EDU ’81) has served as the principal
which is currently in syndication. estate law firm, as
of Cloverdale Elementary School
Bruce is also on the National Board of a partner in the
in Carol Stream, Ill., since the school
Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. firm’s real estate
opened in 2000. He and his family
group. He will be
live in Carol Stream.
Sister Rita Corkery, RSM (MED ’71) based in the firm’s
retired in 2006 after 54 years of Chicago office.
Phillip A. Kosanovich Jr. (MBA ’78)
ministry. For the previous 12 years,
joined Promisor Relocation Services,
Sister Rita served as a chaplain at Michael Rothschild (CTI MS ’82)
Denis Jana, Ph.D. (EDU ’64) portrayed the corporate division of Moving Station
St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Ill., joined Zencos Consulting's Business
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in the 2006 LLC, as senior vice president. Phillip
and Little Company of Mary Hospital Intelligence consultant team. He
Memorial Day Program and Centennial is a frequent moderator, panelist
in Evergreen Park, Ill. is a certified systems auditor and
Celebration in Long Beach, Calif. and speaker at workforce mobility
SOLARIS administrator Level I.
Denis, who started teaching at a industry meetings.
Robert A. Clifford (COM ’73, JD ’76),
Catholic grammar school in 1963,
partner at Clifford Law Offices in Bernard H. Henry (MBA ’83) has
has been a teacher for 44 years. Anthony D. Kolton (JD ’79) was a
Chicago, received the Justice William been appointed vice president of
contestant on the NBC-TV game show
Brennan Award at the 26th Annual human resources at Alverno Clinical
“Deal or No Deal” in February 2007.
National Trial Advocacy College of Laboratories LLC in Hammond, Ind.
Tony, who is president of Logical
the University of Virginia Law School.
Information Machines Inc. in Chicago,
appeared with sports legends Dick
Butkus, formerly of the Chicago Bears,
and Scottie Pippen, formerly of the
Marc R. Lieberman (JD ’83) published Leonard D. Davenport (MBA ’88) Jeff Kulenovic (MBA ’90) joined Douglas M. Rue (CTI MS ’94) joined
his first novel, “The Translator,” and joined Capitol Wealth as strategic Delaware Place Bank as senior vice Vanguard Managed Solutions (formerly
optioned the motion picture rights to acquisitions director. He brings more president and chief credit officer. Motorola) as a senior systems engineer.
Nelson-Madison Films. than 20 years of financial service Previously, he was executive vice He has served as an adjunct instructor
experience to this role. president and chief credit officer at at DeVry University in both Los Angeles
Richard W. Pehlke (MBA ’83) was GreatBanc Inc., now Charter One. and Atlanta.
appointed executive vice president Nick Marsico (COM ’88, JD ’91)
and chief financial officer of Grubb & joined the law firm of Huck Bouma, Latasha R. Thomas (JD ’90) was Catherine A. Bier (MBA ’95),
Ellis Company, a leading provider of P.C., in Wheaton, Ill. re-elected in February to a second full a realtor-associate with Smothers Realty
integrated real estate services. term on the Chicago City Council, Group in La Grange, Ill., was named
W. Earl Brown (MFA ’89) is Dan Dority receiving more than 66 percent of the top selling agent for 2006.
Scot J. Schaeffer (COM ’83) became in the HBO series “Deadwood,” which vote and defeating three challengers.
vice president of enrollment management completed its third and final season. Earl Latasha represents the 17th Ward. Daniel Lemieux (THE MFA ’95)
at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. was nominated for a 2007 Writers Guild recently completed stunt-doubling
of America Award for Dramatic Series Lucille D. Coleman (MS ’91) was work for Will Ferrell in the feature film
Pamela M. Tope (MBA ’84) has been as one of the writers on Deadwood. recently honored by People’s Voice, “Blades of Glory.”
named president of Verizon Wireless’ a Lake County, Ill. newspaper, as one of
Florida region. David C. Fuechtman (COM ’89) was the Most Influential African Americans Kit O'Toole (LAS MA ’96) received
named co-head of the Wealth Planning in Lake County. She is a professor of her doctor of education degree in
Linda M. Van Dyke (MUS ’85, MM ’94) Practice Group at Reed Smith Sachnoff nursing at the College of Lake County instructional technology from Northern
performs in the orchestra for the musical Weaver. He is a partner in the firm’s in Grayslake, Ill. Illinois University in December 2006.
“The Color Purple” at the Cadillac Palace Chicago office. Her dissertation is entitled “Toward
Theatre in Chicago from April Anna Wermuth (LAS ’91) has been a Tri-Level Model and Comprehensive
to October 2007. Seth S. Jacobs (THE MFA ’89), an promoted from associate to partner Theory for Online Writing Laboratory
associate professor in Boston College’s in the employment and labor practice (OWL) Research and Design.”
Joseph Kerke (LAS MS ’87) recently history department, received tenure at Chicago-based law firm Meckler
retired from a 31-year high school in 2006. Jacobs’ first book, “America’s Bulger & Tilson LLP. Brian E. Smith (MBA ’96) was hired
chemistry teaching career. During his Miracle Man in Vietnam,” won the as chief financial officer of American
career, he was awarded a DePaul- Bernath Prize for best work in the field Michael A. Hawley (MBA ’93) was Hometown Publishing, a newspaper pub-
Amoco Teacher Fellowship, a Woodrow of diplomatic history. His second book, promoted to senior vice president of lishing network based in Franklin, Tenn.
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation “Cold War Mandarin,” was published in commercial lending at First Community
grant to attend a high school chemistry late 2006. He and wife Devora (Miller) Bank of Elgin, Ill. Joel Butler (THE ’97) is the stage
summer institute at Princeton University, Jacobs (THE ’89) have two daughters. manager for Blue Man Group at
and an Andrew Mellon Foundation Heidi S. Hurst (LAS ’93) is the Chicago's Briar Street Theatre. J.P.
grant to attend the Advanced Placement Michele M. Jochner (JD ’90, LLM ’92) statewide project coordinator for the Amidei (THE ’97) is the ticket services
Chemistry summer institute at Hope was recently elected recording secretary Nevada Immunization Coalition, which manager and Jason (Pierce) McLin
College, Mich. of the Women’s Bar Association of works to promote health and decrease (THE ’99) is a member of the cast.
Illinois. In addition, she was named the incidence of vaccine-preventable
Jeffrey J. Kroll (COM ’87, JD ’90), a secretary of the Board of Directors of the diseases. Brian E. Donovan (CTI MS ’97)
partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's was appointed executive director of
elected a trustee of DePaul University. Network. David Kovac (THE ’93) is the house management information systems
magician for Odyssey Cruise every and services at Prairie State College
Jacqueline A. Kuehl (COM ’87, Sunday night at Navy Pier in Chicago. in Chicago Heights, Ill.
MBA ’95) created the Kuehl Marketing David was one of five magicians
Group in July 2006 to help businesses featured in a Chicago Tribune article Marco G. Ferrari (LAS ’97) is a
achieve their marketing objectives. on Dec. 1, 2006. Chicago-based video artist. He organ-
ized the first U.S. solo performances
Anna Marie Marassa (EDU ’87) was Marty M. Raap (JD ’93) was promoted for Italian jazz pianist Giuseppe Grifeo
inducted into the DePaul Athletic Hall to chief deputy prosecutor of the in March 2007.
of Fame in 2007 both as a volleyball Kootenai County, Idaho, prosecutor’s
student-athlete and Blue Demon coach. office. He and wife Yvonne have two Josephine S. Lee (MUS ’97) is the
Anna is the girls’ head volleyball coach Kathleen A. children. DePaul University School of Music
and assistant athletic director for De Kotwica (LAS ’90, 2007 Distinguished Alumna. The artistic
La Salle Institute in Chicago. MA ’93, Ph.D ’95) Daniel B. Shanes (JD ’93) was director of the Chicago Children's
is a partner and appointed associate judge for the Lake Choir, she was named one of the 2006
Rachel M. Teresi (EDU ’87) has vice president County, Ill., Circuit Court. Chicagoans of the Year by the Chicago
accepted a new position as the featured of research and Tribune for her work in children's
instructor at Oak Meadows Golf Club in product develop- Joseph P. Lupo (COM ’94) is music education.
Addison, Ill. She played her first round ment for The co-founder of Visual Therapy, a luxury
of golf at Oak Meadows, formerly the Security Executive lifestyle consulting firm in New York. Eric R. Martuza (LLM ’97) has joined
Elmhurst Country Club, as a DePaul Council, an interna- He has been seen on “The Oprah the Chicago-based law firm of Meckler
student-athlete during a university event. tional professional Winfrey Show,” VH1 and The Fine Bulger and Tilson LLP as a partner
membership organization for leading Living Network, and has been quoted in in its insurance practice.
senior security executives. major fashion and lifestyle publications.
C l a s s N o t e s
Christine A. Milostan (SNL ’97) Daniel Weber (LAS ’99) recently Susan L. Gartner (LAS ’02) Claudia Morales Haro (EDU ’03)
is the artist in residence for the art completed a three-year periodontal contributed several profiles of female and Pedro welcomed Isaiah Salvador
healing program at the Sullivan High residency at the University of Michigan farmers to the book “Women of Ortiz to their family on Dec. 29, 2006.
School Health Center in Chicago. and subsequently joined a private the Harvest: Inspiring Stories of Isaiah joins big brother Miguel Angel.
periodontal practice in Chicago. Contemporary Farmers.” A writer, video Claudia writes, “We would like to share
Pierre C. Kattar (LAS ’98), who is a In November 2006, he became a editor and women's studies instructor, our blessing with you. Having Isaiah
photographer and editor for washington- diplomate of the American Board of Susan lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio. is a reminder that life is precious and
post.com, has been named 2007 Video Periodontology, which signifies truly a miracle.”
Editor of the Year by the White House board certification in periodontics. Joseph P. Giamanco (JD ’02) and
News Photographers Association. Juan Ooink (JD '03) opened the law Andrew Schmidt (MBA ’03) was pro-
firm Giamanco & Ooink in Bolingbrook, moted to vice president at Delaware
Rudresh K. Mahanthappa (MM ’98) Ill. Place Bank in Chicago. He will head
received a 2007 Guggenheim bank operations and serve as the
Fellowship in music composition. He Megy C. Karydes (MBA ’02) recently bank’s compliance officer, security
plans to spend the next year studying launched Karydes Consulting, a officer and information security officer.
with musicians in Chennai and boutique marketing and communica-
Bangalore, India, attending the famous tions agency in Chicago. Dawn J. Fisher (LAS MS ’04) and
Carnatic Music Festival in Chennai and her husband opened a restaurant
then completing a music composition Matt R. Lowe (THE ’02) was in the near DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus in
that integrates Carnatic music and jazz. cast of “The Grey Zone,” which August 2006 called Uncle Sammy’s
Christopher S. Grode (MED ’00)
Simultaneously, he plans to work on was nominated for the 28th Annual Sandwich Classics. A week later, they
will become superintendent of the
an electronic percussion piece that inte- LA Weekly Theatre Awards for Best had their first child, Annie.
Murphysboro, Ill., school district in July
grates Western and Indian instruments Ensemble and Best Original Music.
2007. Christopher and his wife, Lisa,
along with Indian classical vocals. The show is the inaugural production Dana G. Green (MUS ’04) is the
have three sons.
of the Because It's There Theatre orchestra director for Naperville North
Peter J. Schmidt (JD ’98) was recently Collaboration founded by classmates High School in Illinois. As a result of the
elected to membership in Dykema, one Scott Jay (THE ’02) and Danielle orchestra's superior performance, it was
(SNL ’00) recently
of the country’s largest legal services Taddei (THE ’01). Costume designer invited to the 2008 National Invitational
and public policy consulting firms. Sara Walbridge (THE ’02) was Band and Orchestra Festival in Boston.
awards: the Julia
assisted by Jen Hawbaker (THE ’05).
T. Sandberg Durst, Esq. (JD ’99) Corinne R. Jung (LAS ’04) is currently
recently became a partner at the law Kamilah A. Parker (JD ’02) is currently enrolled in the Graduate School for
service to the
firm Flaster/Greenberg where his an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Political Management at George
Illinois Institute of
practice will be devoted to family law. Edelman & Dicker LLP. She serves Washington University and is working
He is based in the firm’s Trenton, as the corresponding secretary for the on Capitol Hill.
N.J., office. board of the Black Women Lawyers’
Sage Award for
Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. Suzanne Lang Fodor (THE MFA ’04)
Leadership and Excellence in Advancing
Karen E. Gahl-Mills (MUS ’99) can be seen in the upcoming feature
the Status of Women through Mentoring
was named executive director of the Kaila A. Story (LAS ’02) is an African film “Elsewhere” and in “An Open Door”
and Diversity in Education from the
Syracuse (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra. Studies doctoral candidate at Temple at the California Independent Film
Chicago Commission on Human
A vocalist and former cellist, Karen University in Philadelphia. In January Festival. In fall 2007, Suzanne returns
Relations Advisory Council on Women;
currently resides in Syracuse with her 2007, she returned to DePaul University to Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Ill., for
and the Staff of the Year Award from
husband, Laurence. as part of a Center for Black Diaspora's the world premiere of Evan Smith’s
the National Society of Black Engineers.
speaker series to discuss the black “The Savannah Disputation.”
Lisa is the director of women’s
Stephanie L. Glazer (THE ’99) female body and American pop culture.
services and diversity education at IIT.
is artistic director for the Los Angeles- Leilani M. Pao (EDU ’04) is the
based non-profit theatre company City Peter T. TerSteeg (MBA ’02) is Illinois State Master Pre-K Teacher at
Gerard Wozek (LAS MA ’00) recently
at Peace. The company is dedicated technical director of Quest Software's Christopher House Lakeshore, located
published a book of short fiction and
to creating cross-cultural understand- Archiving Business Unit. Peter lives in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.
travel memoir titled “Postcards from
ing and conflict resolution using the in New York with his English bulldog,
Heartthrob Town: A Gay Man’s Travel
performing arts as a vehicle for Chester. Janelle Wade (COM ’04) wrote
Tales.” He teaches writing and the
change and advocacy. “Looking Out My Window,” a story of
humanities at Robert Morris College
Susannah Hoelter de Lago (LAS ’03) love, lust and pain told through poetry.
Peter J. Lynch (LAS MS ’99) was married Cristian Lago on Jan. 13,
appointed executive administrator of 2007. The couple currently resides in David D. Hubbell (MED ’05) moved to
Terrence “Terry” F. Canela (JD ’01)
Lions Clubs International, the world’s Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phoenix and is teaching fourth grade in
recently accepted a position as asso-
largest service club organization. Peter the Tolleson Elementary School District.
ciate general counsel at The American
resides in Downers Grove, Ill., with his Jennifer L. Klinkhammer (MUS ’03)
Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.
wife Carri, a daughter and two sons. is the special events coordinator Christopher M. Kopacz (JD ’05)
for Pacific Northwest Ballet. She and co-authored the 2007 supplement of
Alana S. Arenas (THE ’02) was
husband Aaron Vesperman live in the 4th edition of “Illinois Criminal Law:
named an official ensemble member of
the Seattle area. A Survey of Crimes and Defenses”
Steppenwolf Theatre in January 2007.
with DePaul College of Law Professor
She starred as Pecola Breedlove in the
John F. Decker. Christopher is an assis-
acclaimed Steppenwolf production of
tant defender at the Office of the State
“The Bluest Eye,” initially staged in
Appellate Defender in Chicago. He
Chicago and remounted last year at
married Anne Divita in May 2006.
the New Victory Theatre in New York.
Christine A. Maar (SNL ’05) and In Memoriam David Ballou (MA ’52)
her business partner, Jennifer Norris, Robert W. Bute (LAS ’52)
Lord, we commend to you
founded Element International Inc., James G. Donegan (LAS ’52, JD ’56)
an online retailer of organic, eco-friendly the souls of our dearly departed.
Joseph J. Gabel (COM ’52)
and socially conscious products, in In your mercy and love, Howard A. Reeser (COM ’52)
late 2006. grant them eternal peace. Harvey M. Silets (COM ’52)
Mary G. Bergschneider (LAS ’54)
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Madeleine M. Miller (SNL ’05) has
been promoted to manager of communi-
Averill E. Butterfield (JD ’26)
Robert J. Clarke (LAS ’54) the DePaul community.
Anthony S. Burek (LAS ’55, JD ’58)
cations at the Council of Supply Chain Walter J. Boland (LLB ’27)
Management Professionals (CSCMP), Leonard J. Calvano (LAS ’55)
John P. Cassidy (LLB ’27) Gerald Rowe (THE ’55)
headquartered in Lombard, Ill.
Anthony Champagne (LLB ’27) Robert V. Bradley (LAS ’56) We want to hear about your promotion,
Anthony Moore (MBA ’05) authored Cornelia Bujak (LLB ’28) John Panici (LLB ’56)
S. Yale Fischman (LLB ’28)
career move, wedding, birth announce-
the book “Scholarship Rich: Get Paid William G. Ceas (COM ’57)
Sydney E. Foster (LLB ’28) ment and other accomplishments
(Not Played) to Go to College!” after Lawrence S. Lannon (JD ’57)
being awarded more than $118,000 Michael Obartuch (LLB ’28) Norman C. Lindahl (JD ’57) and milestones.
in scholarship support for his under- Don Whalen (LAS ’28) Frank J. Sorrentino (LAS ’57)
graduate and graduate studies. He Armand B. Fish (LLB ’29) James E. Woods (MS ’57) Please include your name (and maiden
also founded the scholarship consultant Inez A. Hanrahan (LAS ’29) Martin J. Witting (EDU ’58) name if applicable), along with your
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James R. Caulfield (LAW ’30) Michael Laporta (LAS ’60)
Syed I. Ali (CTI MS ’06) joined IBM year(s) of graduation.
Joseph M. Murphy (EDU ’30, LLB ’35) Joan M. Ross (LAS ’61)
Corporation in January 2006 as a James M. Whiteside (JD ’30) Marion M. Slavin (LAS ’62)
technical solution architect. Margaret F. O'Connell (LAS ’31) James W. Crowe (MA ’64)
Mail to: DePaul University
Margaret G. Shanafield (LAS ’31) Barry G. Kling (JD ’64) Office of Alumni Relations
Emily B. Heugatter-Mathias
(THE MFA ’06) accepted a full-time
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tenure track assistant professor position Casimir S. Frasz (LLB ’32) Betty Boudreaux (MM ’67) 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. J. Arthur Gross (JD ’32) Kathleen R. Lynch (EDU ’70) Chicago, IL 60604
John G. McQuillan (LLB ’32) Michael J. Pastuer (MUS ’70)
Kelli M. Langdon (LAS ’06) is the Charles J. Meier (COM ’32) Melody C. Lord (MUS ’71)
Walter L. Zalud (COM ’33)
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communication specialist at The Charles H. Braun (JD ’72)
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Psychology. Previously, she worked Clement F. Meier (LAS ’36) Marvin P. Cohen (MBA ’72) Fax to: 312.362.5112
in the school's student services Helen Jacob (LAS ’39) Jonathan B. Lach (COM ’72)
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Darwin A. Noguera (MUS ’06) Harold Wexler (LLB ’40) Christine I. Diks (LAS ’80)
co-founded the Chicago Afro-Latin Albert J. Meyers (COM ’41)
Jazz Ensemble in 2006 to highlight the John F. Kelly (LAS ’81, MA ’96) Class notes will be posted on the
Florence F. Yarnell (COM ’41) William P. Caputo (JD ’82)
musical diversity of Afro-Latin American
Albert E. Durkin (LAS ’42) alumni Web site and will be considered
music and jazz. Martha Garcia (LAS ’82)
John W. Buente (LAW ’44) Grant R. Lee (MS ’82)
for inclusion in DePaul Magazine.
Brenda J. Payne (SNL ’06) is the Mary F. Bugyie (COM ’44) Joseph R. Schwinger (LAS ’84)
founder of Ultra Clean Janitorial Mary M. Kern (LAS ’44) Gerald W. Dwyer (LAS ’92) DePaul reserves the right to edit class notes.
Cleaning Service. She writes, “I am Florence W. Dunbar (JD ’45) Heidi W. Jacobson (MST ’93)
doing quite well, and I enjoy the free- Therese C. Naddy (COM ’45) David K. Kaplan (JD ’95)
dom of having my own business. Two Norine Benn (LAS ’46) Kellie T. Maher (LAS ’95)
years ago after being downsized, you Robert J. Ley (JD ’46) Kristin L. Beyer (MA ’99)
could not have convinced me that this Josephine Radmer (COM ’46) Correction:
Jose Vazquez (LAS ’01)
was possible. All I can say to SNL Earle H. Croft (LAS ’47) In the winter 2007 issue of DePaul Magazine,
Craig A. Rife (MBA ’04)
students is ‘Try it! You will like it!’” Frank G. Whalen (LLB ’47) Leonard Kortekaas (LAS ’66) was listed
Karen M. Jillson (SNL ’06)
Philip V. Carter (JD ’48) in the “In Memoriam” section of class notes.
Mary C. Suchsland (LAS ’06) was Kenneth E. Olsen (COM ’48) Friends He wrote us to report he is alive and well.
accepted into the Teaching and
Arlie O. Boswell (JD ’49) Dr. Thomas A. Brown We apologize for the error.
Learning Program in DePaul’s School
Herbert S. Grant (COM ’49) Dr. William J. Feeney
of Education and is currently pursuing
a master of arts degree. She works at Frances B. Holliday (LAS ’49, MA ’62)
Seton Montessori School in Clarendon Thomas A. Johnson (THE ’49)
Hills, Ill. James J. Trebbin (MA ’49)
Richard H. Whalen (COM ’49)
Joseph R. Malin (EDU ’50)
Vera Sherbula (LAS ’50)
Robert J. Joyce (COM ’51)
Edward A. O'Hara (LAS ’51)
A l u m n i R e l a t i o n s
Event Calendar Recent Alumni Events
Call 800.437.1898 or visit alumni.depaul.edu for further information and to register.
A Night at the DePaul Opera Theatre:
July September “The Merry Widow”
July 14 Sept. 8 On March 16, over 150 DePaul alumni, friends
Annual Chicago Cubs Rooftop Outing An Evening Under The Stars and MBA students attended the School of Music’s
vs. Houston Astros wth Hall and Oates production of Franz Lehar's “The Merry Widow.”
Wrigleyville Rooftops, Chicago Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
Before the show, the group gathered to network
July 25 Sept. 20 and listen to a presentation by Harry Silverstein,
Summer Send-off Picnic in Chicago’s 14th Annual College of Law director of the DePaul Opera Theatre. The
Western Suburbs Alumni Awards Office of Alumni Relations, School of Music
Casual gathering to welcome first-year Palmer House Hilton, Chicago and MBA Association co-sponsored the event.
students and mingle with alumni
Cerny Park, Warrenville, Ill. October Alumni Reception at the Embassy of France
Oct. 12-14 On March 20, DePaul alumni and friends enjoyed
July 26 cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and delicious French
Reunion Weekend at DePaul University
Detroit Area Alumni Gathering
pastries at the Embassy of France in Washington,
Detroit, Mich. Oct. 18
D.C. The main gallery of the embassy provided
Executive Forum with Nicholas D.
a spectacular backdrop for remarks by the Rev.
August Chabraja, CEO of General Dynamics
Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of
Aug. 2 Royal Palms Resort, Phoenix, Ariz.
DePaul University. Washington, D.C., Alumni
Summer Send-off in New York City
Oct. 20 Chapter Leader Rhonda Watson (LAS MS ’99)
Casual gathering to welcome incoming
Cooking Class at L’Academie de Cuisine introduced the president.
students and mingle with alumni
August 4 Vincentian Service Day
A Day At The Races: Fees and registration deadlines More than 1,000 DePaul students, faculty, staff
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club apply to certain events. and alumni volunteered in their communities
Del Mar, Calif. on May 5. Alumni in Chicago, New York and
Washington, D.C., focused on fighting hunger by
sorting and packing food at local food banks. In
Summer Send-off Picnic in
Chicago’s Northern Suburbs Chicago, Alumni Board members and others vol-
Casual gathering to welcome incoming unteered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
students and mingle with alumni New York alumni gathered at the Yorkville
Flick Park, Glenview, Ill. Common Pantry, and Washington alumni
volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank.
Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies Speed Networking
Coors Field, Denver This spring, alumni gathered in Chicago, Oak
Brook, Ill., and New York to speed network.
Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox Taking a cue from the speed dating phenomenon,
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago speed networking brings together professionals
for a night of short, one-on-one meetings
to discover complementary business interests.
B.B. King Concert
In total, more than 100 alumni and friends
Ravinia, Highland Park, Ill.
attended the three events.
LOOK BACK. COME BACK.
R eunion is a time to reconnect and meet with fellow alumni and reminisce about DePaul. We invite all alumni back
to campus for reunion weekend and will be celebrating classes from 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002.
ENJOY university-wide reunion festivities, including a reunion luncheon, all-alumni dinner celebration,
reunion Mass and brunch, campus and city tours, and performances by The Theatre School and the School of Music.
GIVE a gift to DePaul in honor of your reunion year.
VOLUNTEER to make it all happen. Help spread the word, find lost alumni or serve on a reunion committee.
For more Reunion Weekend information, including special hotel rates, visit alumni.depaul.edu/reunions,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 800.437.1898.
1 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
“ U pon graduation, our students
are prepared to compete in a global
world by employing the cultural insights
and critical thinking skills they developed
in the classroom and the community
during their years at DePaul.”
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president