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                 Careers in Bloom:

               SUCCESS STORIES
                from 14 ALUMNI
                   UNDER 40

Casey Cooper
  (THE ’91)
DePaul Headlines                               pp. 2-9

A positive impact on the community is integral to the university’s mission

and its alumni. See news stories about affordable housing, a public interest law

gift and an archaeological dig.

DePaul Features                             pp. 10-19

The spotlight is on alumni for the second annual “14 under 40” issue.

Read about movers and shakers in a great variety of professions and callings.

And don’t miss the special feature on college basketball.

DePaul Alumni Connections                                                     pp. 20-24

Check last-minute details on reunion and family weekend and other

alumni activities, find out what your classmates are up to and get ready to

become involved this year.
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                                                                                                                          Our Amazing Alumni
                                                                                                                          DePaul’s commitment to a
 “ ... However, if we reject                                                                                              quality education where teaching
                                                                                                                          and learning is a priority, along
risk because we fear failure,
                                                                                                                          with a dedication to service
then we miss much of the                                                                                                  that is part of our Vincentian
                                                                                                                          tradition, produce alumni who
 exhilaration of life itself.”                                                                                            succeed in many ways and in
                                                                                                                          many areas. Those we highlight
       — Samuel K. Skinner
                                                                                                                          in this issue are just a few of
                                                                                                                          the thousands of alumni who
                                                                                                                          make the world a better place.

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                                 Carol Sadtler, Editor
                                 Paul M. Baker, Contributing Writer
                                 Anne Divita Kopacz, Contributing Writer
                                 Kris Gallagher, Contributing Writer
                                 Ed Lawler, Contributing Writer
                                 Maria Hench, Copy Editor and Contributing Writer
                                 d e p a u l m a g @ d e p a u l . e d u
Cortelyou Commons Club Room
                                            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.

Kicking off The Campaign for Excellence in Science, DePaul broke ground June 6 for a $40 million,
environmentally friendly science building. The building will be named for Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan,
brother of William G. McGowan, the namesake for DePaul’s newest science building, completed in 1998.

                    DePaul received a College Partner Award from the Chicago Public Schools Office
                    of High Schools and Postsecondary Education & Student Development in recognition
                    for outstanding support to Chicago Public Schools professional school counselors.

CIO Magazine, one of the nation’s top journals for the information technology industry, named DePaul to its list
of the nation’s 100 most innovative organizations in information technology. DePaul was lauded for its creation
and implementation of a series of online tools that help students better navigate their academic careers.

                    The inaugural class of DePaul distance-learning students in Jordan received master of
                    science degrees from the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information
                    Systems on June 25 in Amman. The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s
                    president, and other university officials were on hand to congratulate the 29 graduates.

The university welcomed three new members to its board of trustees: Douglas Crocker II, former CEO
of Equity Residential Properties and nationally respected real estate executive and philanthropist;
Connie R. Curran (LAS MS ’72), health care advocate and president and CEO of Curran Associates;
and Jeffrey J. Kroll (COM ’87, JD ’90), partner at the Clifford Law Offices.

                    The Golden Apple Foundation honored two School of Education alumnae, both Chicago teach-
                    ers, with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2007. They are Danna Dotson
                    (EDU ’89, LAS MA ’03), a math teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, and Melinda
                    Wilson (M.Ed. ’04), a dance teacher at Curie Metropolitan High School. Zakieh Mohammed
                    (EDU ’96, LAS MA ’03) also was recognized by the foundation. (See her story p.16.)

DePaul’s doctoral programs in community psychology and clinical-community psychology have won the
inaugural Award in Excellence in Education Programs from the Society for Community Research and Action,
a division of the American Psychological Association.
  University News

Real Estate Center Joins
Urban Land Institute, MacArthur
Foundation to Save Chicago-Area

Affordable Housing

With a $3.5 million grant, the Real Estate Center at DePaul
University joined a coalition of Chicago-area real estate, finance,
philanthropic, nonprofit and government organizations to
launch a multifaceted program to save affordable rental housing
for low- and middle-income families in the Chicago region.
     The Preservation Compact, a project created by the Urban Land
Institute (ULI) with support from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation, seeks to halt the dramatic decrease of affordable
rental housing in Cook County by preserving 75,000 existing housing
units that might otherwise be lost by 2020. The comprehensive project
                                                                                    Julia Stasch, co-chair of The Preservation Compact and
is on the leading edge of a movement in cities across the nation
                                                                                    vice-president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
to stop affordable housing declines that weaken urban workforces
                                                                                    Foundation; the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul
and economies.
                                                                                    president; and Susanne Cannon, director of the Real Estate
    The Preservation Compact encompasses six key initiatives
                                                                                    Center at DePaul, gather at a luncheon to celebrate the
that address factors impacting the loss of affordable rental housing
                                                                                    launch of The Preservation Compact.
in Cook County and draws on a series of partnerships among
local organizations to achieve its goals. The Real Estate Center
is involved in two of the initiatives.
      One initiative is the creation of a rental housing data clearing-      I Three sweeping changes in the county’s rental market have
house to track the status of affordable rental housing in the region using      accelerated a decline in the affordable rental housing stock since
data from city, county and state agencies and other sources. The second         2000: Large numbers of renters sought home ownership because
initiative is the management of an interagency council that will work           of historic low mortgage interest rates; owners of multifamily
to improve strategy coordination and information flow among govern-             structures converted their rentals to condos to meet this demand;
mental agencies dedicated to preserving at-risk affordable rental housing.      and rents on the remaining affordable rental units rose as supply
Both initiatives will be housed at DePaul’s College of Commerce on              fell. Cook County rental buildings also are much older than
the university’s Loop Campus.                                                   rentals in the rest of the country, increasing the risk for demolition
      Details of The Preservation Compact initiative were unveiled             or conversion.
at a May 31 luncheon hosted by ULI and the MacArthur Foundation              I If current trends persist, the county will lose two units of afford-
in Chicago. Underscoring the need for action, the announcement                 able rental housing for every one built by 2020, resulting in a net
featured the release of a first-ever comprehensive study of current local      loss of 78,000 units. The result will be that more than 185,000
affordable housing trends and forecasts by the Real Estate Center.             households will seek—but will be unable to find—affordable rental
                                                                               housing in Illinois.
According to the DePaul study:
                                                                                 “The Real Estate Center’s research clearly shows that the
I Of the 2 million housing units in Cook County, 835,000 are rental          loss of affordable rental housing is a major economic and societal
  units, but only 353,000 are considered “affordable” (renting for less      problem facing our community,” says Susanne Cannon, the Douglas
  than $750 per month). The county’s rental housing is concentrated          and Cynthia Crocker Endowed Director of the Real Estate Center.
  in Chicago, with clusters outside the city’s borders. Within the           “We are proud to become part of the solution to this problem through
  city, it is most densely located in the lakefront neighborhoods.           our Preservation Compact partnership with ULI and the generosity
                                                                             of the MacArthur Foundation.”
Family of Lawrence X. Pusateri
Funds Public Interest Law Scholarships

T his summer, College of Law student Dima Khalidi headed to the Center for Constitutional

Rights in New York where she learned through experience how public interest lawyers

practice their craft. As the recipient of the inaugural Honorable Lawrence X. Pusateri Endowed

Fellowship in Public Interest Law, Khalidi, an aspiring public interest attorney, was the first to take

advantage of a charitable gift designed to honor the memory and legacy of Lawrence X. Pusateri,

a former Illinois Appellate Court judge and 1953 graduate of the DePaul College of Law. Pusateri

succumbed to cancer in 2005.

   “I was truly honored to learn that the Pusateri family chose me to receive the first Pusateri

fellowship,” says Khalidi, a second-year law student. “It is uplifting to know that there are
families such as the Pusateris who recognize the importance of public interest work and

who are willing to encourage students to follow that path.”

   “The Pusateris opted to fund a student who was going to work on cutting-edge legal issues,”

says Len Cavise, who directs DePaul’s Center for Public Interest Law. “It is a compliment

to the Pusateris that they could recognize how important this placement [at The Center for
Constitutional Rights] would be for DePaul.”

   Because of the generous gift, the amount of which the Pusateri family has asked to remain
                                                                                                            “One of the strongest
confidential, each summer a College of Law student will receive a $5,000 scholarship to work in

the area of public interest law. The gift also will name the law school’s welcome center. Funding           things that my father
the scholarship, however, is the family’s personal tribute to a husband and father who always             constantly instilled in our
encouraged his family to be ambassadors of service to the public welfare.
                                                                                                           family was supporting
   “One of the strongest things that my father constantly instilled in our family was supporting

people who were trying to do the right thing,” says Paul Pusateri, one of Lawrence Pusateri’s five
                                                                                                           people who were trying
children. “Public interest law provides those people with the opportunity to fine-tune their skills         to do the right thing.”
and to assist those who can most benefit from their expertise.”
                                                                                                                — Paul Pusateri
   Lawrence Pusateri was the first to graduate summa cum laude from the College of Law and

served as editor of the DePaul Law Review. He charted an illustrious legal career that was highlighted

by his commitment to public service, serving as a special assistant to the attorney general of Illinois
and as an assistant state’s attorney, a position from which he rose to become chief of the state’s
Narcotics Bureau.

   Pusateri’s volunteer work also exemplified his commitment to public service. Aside from

appointments to numerous boards and committees, he served as chairman of the Defense of

Prisoners Committee of the Chicago Bar Association during the time that rioters took to the

street in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He worked for 48 hours

straight to obtain bond for those who were arrested.

University News

   Multicultural                     As part of an unusual initiative, students in the new multicultural marketing program unveiled research
                                     findings that they uncovered regarding Hormel Foods Corp.’s untapped growth opportunities in the Hispanic
                                     market. The project marks the first partnership between the university’s multicultural marketing program
   Partnership                       and a corporation. It was facilitated by Hormel Foods’ Hispanic advertising agency of record, The San Jose
   a Win-Win                         Group (SJG), which has been handling several of Hormel’s brands since 2000.

   for Students                           “We are proud to be the first corporation to work with DePaul’s multicultural marketing program in this

   and Hormel                        capacity,” says Mark Mayer of Hormel Foods. “Together with SJG, we easily could have assigned this project to

   Foods                             an established research company, but we wanted to see what these promising students could discover

                                     with their own talents.”

                                          The initiative invited 12 students from one of the courses in DePaul’s recently launched Multicultural

                                     Marketing-Hispanic Marketplace curriculum to participate in this project, which exposed them to the rigors

of the advertising industry. The students analyzed 12 Hormel brands that are not currently active in the Hispanic market to determine growth

opportunities in this important segment. During a daylong event June 4, each student presented his or her findings to SJG account directors

and members of the DePaul marketing department.

    “Having the opportunity for our students to work on Hormel’s brands has been invaluable,” says Ana Loida Rosario, director of

partner relations for the multicultural marketing program at DePaul. “It is important for us to continue partnering with corporations to

provide real-world experiences like this to ensure our students are better prepared for careers in advertising and marketing.”

    In addition to its participation in the project, SJG plans to offer internships to two of the students who best fulfilled the assignment.

    “This was a win-win experience for our client and the marketing students involved,” says George L. San Jose, president of The San Jose

Group. “It allowed a real-world experience in marketing collaboration between corporate America and the future leaders of Hispanic advertising.”

                                                                                                                     DePaul professors and account
                                                                                                                     directors from The San Jose
                                                                                                                     Group met with students in
                                                                                                                     DePaul’s multicultural marketing
                                                                                                                     program to discuss the results
                                                                                                                     of a research assignment the
                                                                                                                     students completed for Hormel
                                                                                                                     Foods Corp.

                                                                                                                     (from left, top row): J. Steven
                                                                                                                     Kelly, associate professor
                                                                                                                     of marketing, co-director of the
                                                                                                                     Kellstadt Marketing Center;
                                                                                                                     Ana Loida Rosario, director of
                                                                                                                     partner relations for the multi-
                                                                                                                     cultural marketing program
                                                                                                                     at DePaul; and Jim Legg,
                                                                                                                     account service director at SJG.
National Figures Offer Stirring Words at Commencement 2007

More than 3,500 graduates from across eight schools and colleges heard from an array of accomplished,
nationally known figures in commencement ceremonies this May and June. Here are some highlights
from their speeches:

Samuel K. Skinner (LAW ’66), counsel at the law firm Greenberg Traurig and former U.S. secretary of trans-
portation and CEO of USFreightways Corp., emphasized the importance of graduates using their intellect and energy
to help others, especially the less fortunate. “Making a difference is not risk-free simply because the world is not
risk-free. ... However, if we reject risk because we fear failure, then we miss much of the exhilaration of life itself.”

Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, the largest national division of the Nobel Peace
Prize-winning activist organization, urged graduates to continue fighting for the principles upon which America
was built. “To do that, we all need more than just a diploma. To do that, we need faith.”

Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture at the School of Education at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, whose scholarly work has focused on curriculum reform, teacher education, and the
education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations, spoke to
graduates about what keeps teachers teaching. “Teaching is … a profession of joy and fulfillment because teachers
know that they have the ability to forever change the lives of their students.”

Alex Kotlowitz, acclaimed writer and journalist, urged students to stay true to their hearts and emphasized
                                                                                                                            “You are coming of age
the importance of telling and listening to stories. “You are coming of age in unsettling times. … It is not an easy
time to be a social critic, to be outspoken. But this may be the most important time to be heard.”                          in unsettling times. …
COLLEGE OF COMMERCE                                                                                                         It is not an easy time
Terrence A. Duffy, chairman of the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and its parent company,
                                                                                                                             to be a social critic,
CME Holdings Inc., the largest futures exchange in the United States, spoke to graduates about the importance of fam-
ily and faith. “The failures of business leaders that we read about and hear about cannot be explained simply as poor          to be outspoken.
controls or inadequate oversight. The foundation of leadership must be based on personal ethics and solid values.”             But this may be
                                                                                                                             the most important
Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur whose array of inventions and new technologies, including the
two-wheeled Segway® Transporter, has greatly enhanced the lives of many, encouraged graduates to use                          time to be heard.”
their ideas and knowledge responsibly to help solve the world’s many problems. “In this race that we’re having                  — Alex Kotlowitz
between education and knowledge and solving problems—and it is a race between education and catastrophe
—we need to have education win.”

Ed Ward (MUS ’62), president emeritus of the Chicago Federation of Musicians and a gifted musician who has
spent more than 20 years advancing music by bettering the lives of other musicians, addressed graduates at the
School of Music and The Theatre School commencement. He shared his experiences and life lessons. “Sometime
in your early childhood an event, or series of events, took place that lit a tiny pilot light of inspiration in your
souls. ... Maybe you went to a play, a musical, heard a performer. ... Since that moment, nothing has been able
to snuff out that flame inside of you.”

 University News

Layers to the Past:
Hands-on Chicago Archaeology

Even the dirt tells a tale.
     “See how dark this dirt is here, next to the yellow subsoil?” asks Morgan Lemmer,
an art history major with minors in archaeology and French. “Someone has dug down
here and then backfilled.”
     Lemmer is standing at the site of an archaeological dig in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighbor-
hood—the focus of a five-week “Archaeological Methods” course she took with 17 other
students last summer. The layers of dirt are clues to the past, as are the artifacts the students
uncovered—ceramic glass, bottle tops, marbles, bullets and even an 1887 nickel.
     The goal of the project is two-fold: to provide students with archaeological field skills
and research experience and to illuminate the lives of African-Americans during the Great
Migration from World War I to the 1950s, according to Anna Agbe-Davies, assistant professor
of anthropology and an expert in African-American archaeology. She also hopes the project
will contribute to the community’s preservation efforts.
     Agbe-Davies was approached by a preservation activist and the owner of what is thought
to be the last standing Phyllis Wheatley Home for Girls, a number of which were established
during the time of the Great Migration to provide a safe place for young single women to
live and learn job skills. After follow-up research, she secured permission for her classes to do
fieldwork on the grounds. For the second year running, students wielding trowels, brushes
and sieves are adding to the store of knowledge about the period.
     “Archaeology is very democratic. Everybody makes trash and throws it away,” says
Agbe-Davies. “We’re learning what stores people shopped at, what they valued enough to spend
money on.” Combined with news stories, personal letters and oral histories, the artifacts weave
a picture of life in Bronzeville during the first half of the 20th century.
     It’s hard but exciting work for all involved. “Any time you find anything, you feel the
thrill of anticipation,” says Stuart Warner, a political science major from Orlando, Fla.
     “Unlike prehistoric digs, recent digs are exciting because there are so many ways to put
a time frame on what you find,” adds Rebecca Graft, adjunct professor of anthropology,
                                                                                                         Students make detailed maps of soil changes
another member of the Wheatley site team.                                                                and the artifacts they find at a former
                                                                                                         Wheatley Home for Girls in Bronzeville.
Real-life learning
Although many universities offer fieldwork opportunities, DePaul is one of the few
that requires it for anthropology majors, says Agbe-Davies: “It’s part of DePaul’s emphasis
on hands-on learning, of gaining understanding by doing.”
     Blanca Virto, an anthropology major from Chicago, expects to directly apply the excavation techniques she is honing. “My focus is more
socio-cultural, with an emphasis on Latin America. These are skills I can apply in indigenous communities, where I want to connect traditional
practices with those that are used today,” she says.
     The class transforms the students no matter what their career goals are. “When they start class, all dirt is the same,” says Agbe-Davies.
“By the end, they pay attention to so many aspects of the experience—soil texture, the relationship among the features. It’s applicable beyond
archaeology. Their eyes are wide open to the world around them, and they can draw insights from what they see.”
Alumni Giving Strong This Spring
The following alumni gave their generous support to DePaul University
between April and June 2007.

Alumni Gifts—$500,000+

I Estate of Laurette A. Kirstein (LAS MA ’45), Alexander Kirstein
  Foreign Student Endowed Fund
I Estate of Elizabeth A. Lavaty (LAS ’51), Elizabeth Ann Lavaty
  Endowed Scholarship

Alumni Gifts—$100,000-$499,999
                                                                        Charge It DePaul Style
I Brian P Campbell (COM ’63, MS ’73) and Mary L. Campbell,              Being a DePaul graduate just became even
  Brian Campbell Endowed Scholarship in Finance
                                                                        more rewarding, thanks to a new partnership
I Estate of Marjorie K. Cohan (JD ’67), Ida and Edward Cohan
  Endowment Fund
                                                                        between the university and Bank of America.
I Joanne M. Phillips (LAS ’82), Ray Meyer Endowed Scholarship
                                                                        By signing up for the WorldPoints DePaul

Alumni Gifts—$50,000-$99,000
                                                                        affinity credit card program, alumni and friends

I Frederick J. Conforti and Leona M. Conforti (LAS ’63),                can support their alma mater and get a little
  Fred and Leona Conforti Endowed Scholarship
                                                                        something in return. Every time you use your
I Gary K. Kohler and Anne S. Drennan (COM ’81), Joyce Kohler
  and Barbara Hanks Endowed Basketball Scholarship
                                                                        WorldPoints DePaul affinity card, Bank of
I Bertram L. Scott (SNL ’80) and Elizabeth A. Fender,
  The Campaign for Excellence in Science                                America will make a contribution to DePaul’s

Alumni Gifts—$25,000-$49,999                                            general fund. Cardholders also profit by

                                                                        earning WorldPoints redeemable for cash,
I Christine Cwiertniak Booker (LAS ’62),
  The Campaign for Excellence in Science                                merchandise and travel.
I Jeffrey N. Brown (THE ’97), Art Museum                                    The WorldPoints DePaul affinity card
I Raymond S. Cahnman (LAS ’68) and Susan Berman, Men’s Tennis           is available as a Visa® or MasterCard® credit
I Lorraine L. Holland (COM ’84) and Robert A. Holland,
                                                                        card. You may select the Blue Demons
  The Finance Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship
                                                                        or Tree of Wisdom logo design.
I John W. Martin, Jr. (LAS ’58, JD ’61) and Joanne C. Martin, Rev.
  John P Minogue, C.M., Minority Endowed Scholarship in the College
                                                                        To apply or for more information,
  of Law and The Campaign for Excellence in Science
                                                                        call Bank of America at 800.438.6262 and
I Stephen B. Rudolph (JD ’97) and Alice C. Rudolph, Alice C. and
  Stephen B. Rudolph Endowed Award                                      mention priority code FABIJ4.

I John B. Simon (JD ’67) and Millie Rosenblum, The Campaign for
  Excellence in Science, The Theatre School Awards Benefit, M. Cherif
  Bassiouni Endowed Scholarship Program, International Human
  Rights Law Institute, School of Music Special Events Fund and
  General Endowed Scholarship in Music

                               Alumni Achievers:

         from        14 ALUMNI UNDER 40

     U         ndoubtedly, the best measure of a DePaul education is how its graduates fare in
the world after they’ve left the classroom and the campus. So, for the second year running, we asked
 alumni, faculty and staff across the university to nominate alumni under 40 years of age who are
making a difference in the world through their achievements in the workplace and the community.

   Then we selected 14 of them, with the goal of representing all the colleges and schools across
      DePaul. The result is a diverse and fascinating array of talents, professions and people.

     Of course, we know there are many more of you out there who are achieving great things.
      We hope you’ll be prompted to write and tell us about yourself or another Blue Demon
           so that we can continue to feature our accomplished alumni in our magazine.

        In the meantime, meet this year’s crop of outstanding 14 DePaul alumni under 40 .
Laurence Holmes (LAS ’97)                                                                Christopher Feigum (MUS ’95)
Sportscaster                                                                             Opera singer

Laurence Holmes has the best beat in town. “I get to cover the Bears. Everyone wants                                                 When Christopher
to know about them,” says Holmes, who’s in his fifth season reporting on the Monsters                                                Feigum was in high
of the Midway for WSCR-AM, The Score.                                                                                                school in South
     Last season, Holmes followed the Bears all the way to the Super Bowl. They lost,                                                Dakota, a family friend
but Holmes considers his week-long stint in Miami reporting on the world’s biggest                                                   who had toured for
sporting event the highlight of his broadcasting career.                                                                             years with the Woody
                                                                                                                                     Herman Orchestra
                                                                                                                                     told him if he wanted
                                                                                                                                     to study music serious-
                                                                                                                                     ly, Chicago was the
                                                                                                                                     place to be because
                                                                                                                                     its world-class music
                                                                                                                                     scene is wonderful for
                                                                                                                                     young musicians.
                                                                                                                                           Feigum is glad
                                                                                                                                     he took that advice and
                                                                                                                                     had the good fortune
                                                                                                                                     to attend DePaul.
                                                                                                                                     For six years, he
                                                                                                                                     studied voice under
                                                                                         Feigum (left) as Mercutio in                the tutelage of Norman
                                                                                         “Romeo and Juliet”                          Guldbrandsen (now
                                                                                         Credit: Robert Kusel/Lyric Opera of Chicago
                                                                                                                                     retired), whom Feigum
                                                                                         describes as “a great teacher and a great friend.” He also
                                                                                         worked extensively with Harry Silverstein, director of the
                                                                                         opera program.
                                                                                                  These mentors, he says, understood that an important part
                                                                                         of a musical education is the opportunity to network and audi-
                                                                                         tion—and that the best place to learn is on stage. “They shared
                                                                                         a practical knowledge of the real working world,” he says.
       “I am passionate about Blue Demons basketball,                                             During his freshman year, Feigum was accepted into the
     so it was a little weird being in the analyst’s chair. ”                            Chicago Symphony Chorus; at that time, he was the youngest
                                                                                         paid professional ever to sing with the group. While at DePaul,
                                                                                         he also sang with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s supplemental
     When he’s not covering the Bears, Holmes co-hosts a sports talk show every          chorus—not to mention innumerable appearances on the stage
Saturday morning and holds court on his own show during baseball season that airs        of DePaul’s Concert Hall and the Merle Reskin Theatre.
on evenings when the White Sox don’t have a game. During basketball season,                       Today, Feigum is sought after to perform leading roles
Holmes hosts “The Jerry Wainwright Radio Show.” “Coach Wainwright is great.              with opera companies around the country and has performed
He’s a DePaul original,” Holmes says of DePaul’s colorful men’s basketball coach.        under the batons of some of the world’s greatest maestros—
     Holmes also served as the color analyst for 10 men’s basketball games last season   he even learned to waltz with superstar soprano Renée
while regular analyst and former DePaul great Dave Corzine (LAS ’78) was recovering      Fleming. His reputation as a dynamic performer with a
from surgery. “I am passionate about Blue Demons basketball, so it was a little weird    “mellifluous” baritone voice (critic John von Rhein, writing
being in the analyst’s chair,” says Holmes, who resisted committing the cardinal sin     in Opera Now magazine) has landed him roles with the
of cheering in the press box.                                                            San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Opera, New York
     Holmes, who was a history major and a sportswriter/columnist for The DePaulia,      Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony, as well as the Lyric
credits DePaul with helping him land internships at WGN-TV and the former WMAQ-          Opera of Chicago, which he considers his “home” company.
AM. He considered following his parents’ footsteps into teaching or possibly enroll-     He is especially well-known for his performance as Figaro—
ing in law school until he contracted the broadcasting bug during his internships.       his favorite role—in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,”
     Like any great job, it’s a lot of hard work, Holmes says. But he rallies to the     which he has performed with the San Francisco Opera,
task thanks to the tireless work ethic instilled in him by his parents, Warren and       Houston Grand Opera, Opera Colorado and Tulsa Opera.
Rosemary Holmes, both retired after long careers in the Chicago Public Schools.                   Feigum is grateful to the School of Music for “opening
     TV could be the next stop for Holmes, a regular Bears analyst on WMAQ-TV’s          doors and widening horizons” and to the city of Chicago
Sunday morning program during football season. He also appears on WFLD-TV’s              for its “open-armed” attitude toward young musicians.
“The Final Word” sports program and on WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight.”
     “I love being a talk show host,” Holmes says. “Imagine getting paid to talk         >>>
about sports for four hours a day.”

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Casey Cooper (THE ’91)                                                                                     David Swayze (THE ’97)
Founder and Owner                                                                                          Motion Picture Art Director
Botanicals Inc.
                                                                                                           To the showbiz elite, David Swayze’s claim
As a business owner, mother of                                                                             that The Theatre School at DePaul has the best
two and budding author whose first                                                                         undergraduate program in the country and
book is slated to be published this                                                                        that Chicago’s theater scene is equally as stellar
month, Casey Cooper barely has time                                                                        might seem blasphemous. But that’s the way
to stop and smell the roses. Ironically,                                                                   the New York-based art director who has crafted
it’s roses—and lilies and hyacinths                                                                        the look of a slew of recent Hollywood block-
and the occasional orange mokara                                                                           busters sees it.
orchid—that are at the root of                                                                                   “Through The Theatre School, I was
her success.                                                                                               exposed to a lot more than classroom learning,”
       Cooper is founder and owner                                                                         he says. “The faculty, theater professionals
of Botanicals Inc., a 12-year-old floral                                                                   themselves, made sure that our experience
and event design firm that is known                                                                        extended beyond the classroom and into
throughout Chicago and the country                                                                                                         Chicago’s theater
as one of the most creative—and quali-                                                                                                     community. That
ty-driven—concerns in the business.                                                                                                        just doesn’t happen
       Housed in a 6,500-square-foot,                                                                                                      at many other
state-of-the-art studio on Chicago’s                                                                                                       schools. The
Elston Avenue, Botanicals employs a                                                                                                        opportunity to
full-time staff of 14 and a fluctuating                                                                                                    work in world-
army of as many as 80 freelance                                                                                                            class theaters like
designers and installers. Her company’s                                                                                                    the Goodman
work has been featured in such leading                                                                                                     and Steppenwolf
style magazines as Elle Décor, Glamour                                                                                                     was incredible.
and InStyle and on television both                                                                                                         I worked so much
locally and nationally, including a collaboration with international                                                                       inside and outside
style arbiter Colin Cowie for the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s
2004 “Million Dollar Wedding Giveaway.”                                        “ Every                                                     of school, I believe
                                                                                                                                           it made my
       Cooper’s portfolio ranges from stylish North Shore weddings
to fund-raising galas at the Field Museum. Botanicals even designed
                                                                               meeting                                                     career possible.”
                                                                                                                 Swayze has worked on a number of
and produced Oprah’s 50th birthday party.
       Cooper’s jump from theater to Botanicals was not as abrupt
                                                                                with a                     pictures, including this summer’s smash hits
                                                                                                           “Spider-Man 3” and “The Bourne Ultimatum”
as one might think. As a Lexington, Ky., teenager, she had appren-
ticed with several local florists, and in Chicago she continued to
                                                                               client is                   and on Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” He is
                                                                                                           currently art directing a new film by the Coen
hone the craft while attending DePaul. After a postgraduation stint
as founding member and artistic director with Chicago’s Eclipse
                                                                               like an                     brothers, starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
                                                                                                                 As art director, Swayze is responsible for
Theatre Company, Cooper, who had continued to work as a freelance
floral designer, made a tough career decision. “I had become very
                                                                              audition.”                   realizing the artistic vision for the film. He
                                                                                                           oversees the set designers, construction staff,
passionate about what I was doing with flowers and didn’t have room                                        graphic designers and scenic painters to ensure
in my life for both the theater and the business.” She leapt into                                          that the aesthetic ideas are properly developed
entrepreneurship with both feet, taking on the odd acting and voice-over gigs when she could               and executed. He also “opens” the set before
squeeze them in.                                                                                           the shooting crew arrives to make sure every-
       “A lot of the skills I put to use every day I learned at The Theatre School,” Cooper says. “In      thing is prepared to the director’s and producer’s
many ways, designing an event is like producing a show. We work with lighting, set design, fabric—         satisfaction. In addition to these artistic consid-
it’s all very theatrical and very dramatic. Every meeting with a client is like an audition.”              erations, he is responsible for the budget—
       Cooper’s connection with DePaul continues to be as strong as ever. For several years she has been   and sticking to it. “It’s more than just making
active with the university’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, where in 2006 she delivered the keynote      sure that things look right,” he says. “There
address during a weeklong series examining “Entrepreneurship and the Arts.”                                is an incredible amount of logistics and
       Cooper lives in Evanston, Ill., with her husband, John Nicholson, and their two children,           communication involved.”
Madeleine, 7, and Thatcher, 5. She’s currently gearing up for a publicity tour for her first book,               Although his work is often “staggeringly
“What’s Your Bridal Style?” co-authored with veteran wedding authority Sharon Naylor. The book,            stressful”—he routinely works 70-hour weeks—
Cooper says, is designed to help couples discover their style, not only for the nuptial event itself,      he says he loves it and advises others to take
but for almost every other aspect of their lives together.                                                 seriously the edict to do what you love and
For more information about Cooper and Botanicals Inc.,                                                     love what you do. “If you find joy in your work,
go to                                                                               I truly believe that success will follow.”
                                                                             Gerald A. Beeson (COM ’94)
                                                                             Senior Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer
                                                                             Citadel Investment Group L.L.C.

                                                                                                         Make the most of your opportunities, advises
                                                                                                         Gerald Beeson.
                                                                                                              That belief—and the inspiration of a father
                                                                                                         who wanted his son to join the ranks of the
                                                                                                         college-educated professionals he observed
                                                                                                         during his 35-year career as a police officer in
                                                                                                         downtown Chicago—led Beeson to a senior
                                                                                                         position in a dynamic and successful company.
                                                                                                              At DePaul, Beeson earned a full tuition
                                                                                                         scholarship sponsored by Ledger and Quill and
                                                                                                         pursued a double major in accounting and finance.
                                                                                                         No stranger to hard work, and eager to gain
Laura Scott Wade (SNL ’05)                                                                               real-life experience, Beeson worked over 30 hours
Director of Global Alliances                                                                             a week at jobs in the financial industry while
North American Spine Society                                                                             taking a full load of classes.
                                                                                  Following an internship at Arthur Andersen, he knew he needed to gain
“Until you have seen extreme poverty endured with a smile by an entire       experience in the field of finance. He sought out an internship at Citadel
culture, you may never have the capacity to be truly thankful,” says         Investment Group L.L.C., then a small but sophisticated private investment
Laura Scott Wade, director of global alliances for the North American        management company but today a leading global alternative investment firm.
Spine Society and managing director of its global spin-off, the 4,000-            “In every job I had, I enjoyed the opportunity to learn different skills,”
member World Spine Society, whose mission is to provide continuing           Beeson says. “Given the demands of school, work and other activities,
medical education and research for spine surgeons worldwide.                 I learned quickly to multitask and set priorities.”
     Of her myriad responsibilities, Wade says the most gratifying is a           Beeson originally planned to become a certified public accountant
program she herself helped launch, Spine Care Relief United Beyond           and work for one of the Big Six accounting firms after graduation, but the
Borders—or SCRUBBs. Through SCRUBBs, she organizes medical-                  experience at Citadel ignited a passion that proved powerful. With offers
mission trips to underdeveloped countries, most recently to Malawi in        in hand from public accounting firms and Citadel, Beeson opted for Citadel
Africa, where volunteer spine surgeons and nurses performed free sur-        and never looked back.
gery to correct crippling and life-threatening spinal deformities, mostly         Citadel grew, along with Beeson’s responsibilities. “In just 14 years,
in children. Since its inception in 2004, some 50 volunteer surgeons         the firm has grown from 18 people and $100 million under management
have helped more than 30 patients worldwide. SCRUBBs volunteers also         to over 1,100 people, a global footprint and $16 billion under management
offer hands-on instruction to local doctors, helping them to become          across a diversified set of businesses,” says Beeson.
more self-sufficient. In addition to organizing these trips, Wade assists         Today, as chief financial officer, Beeson oversees 200 professionals
in the operating room, sterilizes equipment and comforts the patients.       focused on a broad range of activities across the firm. He leads the treasury,
     Wade also is an accomplished actress. “For years, I maintained a        financial control and marketing functions and the recent expansion of
full-time ‘day job’ at the association while acting on stage or rehearsing   the firm into hedge fund administration and hedge fund investing. His job
six nights a week,” says Wade. “On the seventh night, the ‘dark’             is “continuously evolving and challenging me intellectually and professional-
night for most theaters, I took classes to finish my degree at DePaul’s      ly to evolve and expand my skills,” he says. “One of the things that I love
School for New Learning. I didn’t have a single day or night completely      to do most is to solve problems. I am fortunate to be surrounded by some
off for five years, but it was worth it.” Although she’s now retired from    of the brightest and hardest working people in the world. That combination
the stage, she still appears in television roles, most recently as Sid,      makes Citadel tremendously successful and a professionally rewarding
a tattoo artist, in the Fox drama “Prison Break.”                            place to work.”
     As a student in the School for New Learning, Wade was awarded                Beeson loves the dynamic environment, which suits his desire for new
the Arthur M. Weinberg Prize for her externship as project director          growth opportunities. “By necessity, you either grow or your skill set
of the Lysistrata Project, a series of anti-war theatrical events. “This     becomes stale,” he says.
experience made me realize that I have strong organizational skills and           He also is proud of the fact that Citadel has generated more than 1,000
gave me confidence to take on large-scale projects at work,” she says.       high-tech and financial sector careers for Chicago’s economy.
    When she’s not traveling, she spends time with her husband,                   Beeson has not forgotten that DePaul enabled him to get a great
 Joseph Wade (SNL ’06), and their 1-year-old son. She’s also pursuing        education. He is a co-sponsor of the Success Through Scholarship initiative,
a master’s degree in English at DePaul.                                      which provides a permanent endowment to support future accounting
                                                                             students. “The Ledger and Quill scholarship was the reason I was able to
                                                                             attend DePaul. I am proud to be part of this important initiative which will
“Until you have seen extreme poverty endured                                 provide similar opportunities to deserving students in the future,” he says.

 with a smile by an entire culture, you may                                  >>>
never have the capacity to be truly thankful.”
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     Beth Hasenmiller-Sauser (COM ’91)
     Assistant Executive Director
     Illinois High School Association

     At 5 feet 10 inches, Beth Hasenmiller-Sauser was
     considered short for college basketball, but she
     didn’t let that stop her. As team captain from 1988
     to 1991, she helped lead the DePaul women’s basket-
     ball team to two conference titles and the first two
     NCAA Tournament appearances in the program’s
     history. More than 15 years after graduating from
     DePaul with a marketing degree, Hasenmiller-Sauser
     still ranks second in university history for career
     games played and percentage of field goals made.
           The challenges
     Hasenmiller-Sauser han-
     dles today as an assistant
     executive director for
     the Illinois High School
     Association (IHSA) are
     more daunting than the
     towering foes she faced                                    Karina Ayala-Bermejo (LAW ’98)
     on the old Alumni Hall                                     Executive Director, Chicago Sun-Times Lend-A-Hand Program
     basketball court. One of                                   Vice President, Hispanic National Bar Association
     only 10 female adminis-
     trators in the IHSA’s                                                                      How do you create a leader? Good mentors, says Karina Ayala-
     107-year history, she
     runs the Illinois high
                                                                   “...the mesh                 Bermejo. She’s the prime mover behind the Sun-Times Lend-
                                                                                                A-Hand Program, a joint program through the Chicago Bar
     school championship
     tournaments for five
                                                                   between the                  Association and Chicago Bar Foundation that supports one-to-
                                                                                                one mentoring between attorneys and underserved youth.
     sports, including girl’s basketball and boy’s and girl’s
     soccer, and helps foster emerging high school sports.
                                                                     law and                         A lawyer who holds and has held many leadership positions,
                                                                                                Ayala-Bermejo is the first to say she did not come to those roles
           “I wanted to help give other student-athletes
     the opportunity to participate in sports,” says
                                                                     being an                   all by herself.
                                                                                                     Her first mentors, her parents, were models of positive
     Hasenmiller-Sauser, who joined the IHSA in 1999.               advocate.”                  thinking and organized discipline. Immigrants from Mexico who
     “The lifelong lessons I learned as a student-athlete                                       came to Chicago with virtually nothing, they earned and budgeted
     —teamwork, leadership, communication, as well                                              their way to sending all six of their children to Catholic schools.
     as balancing academics and athletics—helped me                  “My dad made it very clear early on that we were here to gain a better education and we
     succeed at DePaul as well as professionally.”              were all going to attain what he called titulos, or degrees,” Ayala-Bermejo says.
           Hasenmiller-Sauser also oversees the IHSA’s               Ayala-Bermejo thrived in the small-classroom environment of Elizabeth Seton High School,
     statewide “Do What’s Right!” Sportsmanship                 where she found many opportunities for leadership, community service and extra-curricular
     Program, which was created in response to reports          activities. “That was the basis for everything I did moving forward,” she says.
     of poor sportsmanship at high school athletic events.           In college, Ayala-Bermejo first wanted to be a doctor and then became interested in
     During the next several years, Hasenmiller-Sauser          psychology, which led to a job after graduation as a counselor in an organization that served
     will be engaging the 762 IHSA-member schools               family violence survivors. It was through that work that she first “saw the mesh between
     and their communities through sportsmanship                the law and being an advocate,” she says, and she decided to go to law school.
     educational conferences and award programs.                     Ayala-Bermejo says that her education in DePaul’s College of Law was a great fit for her.
           “At DePaul, the coaches and administrators           “Those issues of fair treatment and access to justice for all are implemented and brought
     expected us to play hard, play fair and conduct            in early on to the courses. One has more of a public interest overview when you leave DePaul.”
     ourselves with a sense of professionalism on and                She values her legal clinic experience at DePaul for teaching her “how to act like an
     off the court,” she says. “We are taking these             attorney as well as think like an attorney.”
     fundamentals of good sportsmanship and commu-                   Ayala-Bermejo’s many leadership roles, which have included director of community
     nicating them throughout the state. It is very             services for the Chicago Bar Association, vice president of committees for the Hispanic National
     important to support our students’ involvement             Bar Association, and president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, have taught her
     in school and community through sports.”                   that encouraging young scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds to become lawyers is crucial
                                                                to creating equality and justice.
                                                                     “My greatest hope is that the involvement of an attorney in a young person’s life will enable her
                                                                or him to go to college and law school and increase the diversity in the legal profession,” she says.

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Steven Murawski (COM ’94)                                                                          Maj. Kathryn Spletstoser (CMN ’92)
Partner, Baker & McKenzie                                                                          Ordnance Officer, U.S. Army
                                                                                                   2007-08 White House Fellow
Not many people learn the words they live by from a homeless man, but Steven Murawski did.
     As a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he and a buddy found themselves out of cash and                                         While she was growing
stranded in West Berlin after the banks closed. A bystander in the train station noticed their                                    up in Eau Claire, Wis.,
consternation and offered to show them a safe place to sleep. All three spent the night in a                                      Kathryn Spletstoser may
homeless shelter. After the banks opened in the morning, Murawski offered the elderly man                                         not have pictured her-
cash or food as thanks.                                                                                                           self in the White House,
                                                                                                                                  but she always wanted
                                                                                                                                  to serve in the military.
     “ Now I am reaching out to the former me.”                                                                                   Now both of those
                                                                                                                                  experiences will be
                                                                                                                                  part of her life.
                                                                                                                                        At DePaul,
                                                                                                                                  Spletstoser had the
                                                                                                                                  opportunity to join
                                                                                                   the Reserve Officers Training Corps and accept a
                                                                                                   commission in the U.S. Army. After graduating with
                                                                                                   a degree in communication, she says she chose the
                                                                                                   Army because “the communication field was very
                                                                                                   competitive, and I thought that serving a few years
                                                                                                   in the Army also would give me some practical expe-
                                                                                                   rience. I ended up liking the Army and staying in.”
                                                                                                         She appreciates the solid liberal arts background
                                                                                                   she received at DePaul and says her degree gave
                                                                                                   her “the fundamentals of public speaking and some
                                                                                                   confidence to stand up in front of my peers and
                                                                                                   subordinates to teach and lead.” Her graduate educa-
                                                                                                   tion includes a master of science in administration
                                                                                                   from Central Michigan University and a master
                                                                                                   of military studies from Marine Corps University.
                                                                                                         Spletstoser has served numerous deployments
                                                                                                   to Afghanistan and Iraq as an operations officer,
     He refused, saying, “Next time you see someone who needs your help, give them a hand.”        liaison officer and executive officer in support of
     Those words resonated with Murawski, who was the first in his family to attempt               both joint and tactical operations. She assisted in the
college. To get through college and, ultimately, law school, he received a lot of guidance and     development and training of both Afghan and Iraqi
support from the lawyers for whom his mother, a legal assistant, worked. While at DePaul, he       security forces and worked with many government
was especially influenced by Laura Hartman, professor of management, and former Assistant          agencies and U.S. embassies in both countries.
Professor Steve Whitson.                                                                                 At the time of this writing, Spletstoser is
     Once accepted to Chicago-Kent College of Law, Murawski started paving the way for             serving in Tikrit, Iraq. She says the best part of her
others. He mentored many students at DePaul—including his now-wife, Imelda (SNL ’01)—              experience is “leading our great American soldiers.”
and in law school. After sweating out the personal statement required for law school admission,    She also is involved with the Iraqi people in
he helped implement a panel discussion about personal statements for prospective students          conducting military-related training and building
and wrote a companion booklet that is still used by Kent.                                          relationships with key local leaders. “We drink a
     When Murawski became an assistant regional counsel with the U.S. Environmental                lot of chai (tea),” she says.
Protection Agency, he created a training program for the agency’s summer externs. After joining          Spletstoser returns from Iraq to begin the presti-
a law firm, Murawski, whose mother is Mexican, leapt at the chance to grow the Hispanic            gious White House Fellows Program this fall. She and
Lawyers Association of Illinois’ fledgling mentor program, Juntos Destacando, which now serves     14 other hand-picked participants will spend a year
more than 150 current and prospective law students. Among his related innovations is a “law        working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior
school crawl” that introduces prospective law students to local institutions, including DePaul.    White House staff, the vice president, cabinet secre-
He also is on the planning committee for the annual Day of the Dead Masquerade Ball, an event      taries and other top-ranking government officials.
that raises money for Hispanic students with financial needs.                                            “This is another chance to serve our nation
     In addition to his mentor-related activities, Murawski spends a notable amount of             and bring some of my experience to other areas
time doing pro bono work for various Chicago-area organizations, including the Community           of our government,” Spletstoser says. “I also hope
Animal Rescue Effort of Evanston, Ill., and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.                      to learn more about how our government works
     “I feel like I have really been lucky with getting advice when I needed it,” says Murawski,   and learn from my peers as well.”
a partner with Baker & McKenzie, where he focuses on environmental law. “Now I am reaching
out to the former me.”                                                                             >>>
Zakieh Mohammed (EDU ’96, LAS ’03)                                                                                             Pierre Kattar (LAS ’98)
English Teacher                                                                                                                Video Journalist
Clemente Community Academy                                                                                           
Golden Apple Foundation Teacher of Distinction
                                                                                                                                 Of all his accomplisments—
Zakieh Mohammed challenges her high school students to always perform their best. No excuses.                                    including two Emmy
      “My students do not disappoint me,” she says. “They truly rise to the expectations set for                                 nominations and the 2007
them. I’m very proud of the people they are and of the people they will be.”                                                     Video Editor of the Year
      Mohammed is an English teacher at Clemente Community Academy, which participates                                           award from the White
in the Chicago Public Schools’ Small Schools Initiative. She serves as co-chair of Clemente’s six                                House News Photographers
small schools and as lead educator of the Math, Science and Technology Academy. The Golden                                       Association—Pierre Kattar
Apple Foundation in March 2007 lauded her superior teaching work when it named her one                                           is most proud of always
of its first 10 Teachers of Distinction.                                                                                         having done what he loves:
      Teaching runs in Mohammed’s family. Two of her sisters are teachers, and their mother                                      telling people’s stories.
just retired from teaching grammar school. Other role models include her father and her teachers              Kattar is a video producer for Washington
at Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago.                                                         Post/Newsweek Interactive—better known as
      Mohammed, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and principal’s license from   , the paper’s online publica-
DePaul, says she feels insulted by the old saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”         tion. Kattar got the position by parlaying the
“Teaching is not just an 8-to-3 job with summers off. It’s about making education relevant              Web development skills he learned at DePaul and
and developing minds. It’s about gaining students’ trust and getting them to take the risk of raising   honed during a postgraduation stint working in
their hands in class. There are some difficult days, but the feedback is energizing.”                   Saudi Arabia with his father, into a part-time
                                                                                                        Web development job with the paper. From there,
                                                                                                        he built upon his longtime passion for photography
                                                                                                        to learn the tricks of the video journalist’s trade.
                                                                                 “ I am                       Since 2000 he has reported on local, national
                                                                                                        and international issues, producing documentary-
                                                                               very proud               style multimedia features that include video, audio
                                                                                                        and 360-degree panoramas. Kattar writes, shoots,
                                                                                  of the                edits and narrates his own pieces. “I have complete

                                                                                 people                 artistic control,” he says.
                                                                                                              Having earned a degree in international
                                                                                they are,               studies at DePaul, he feels that what he learned in
                                                                                                        his classes and studies has had a real influence on
                                                                                 and of                 the work he does today. “Although my work is less
                                                                                                        academic, the things I came to understand about
                                                                               the people               race, gender, power and identity definitely inspire

                                                                                   they                 it,” he says. “I became aware of what I call the
                                                                                                        ‘underbelly’ of society and learned to really think
                                                                                will be.”               about why people—including myself—feel the way
                                                                                                        we do about ourselves and others. This exploration
                                                                                                        underscores and shapes the work I do today.”
                                                                                                              The pieces that have meant the most to him
     Her creativity as a teacher enlivens her students and pushes them to new accomplishments.          are those that expose the lives and experiences
Students loved her “Around the World in 30 Days” assignment, which required them to visit an            that people don’t often see, including stories about
ethnic neighborhood in Chicago, read literature from another country, prepare a dish from a third       immigrants from his native Lebanon and Arab-
country and create a scrapbook of their “travels.” Mohammed was impressed by the energy and             American attitudes toward the war in Iraq. He
creativity they put into the project, which also helped prepare them for college. “It was about their   recently was nominated for an Emmy for his
personal growth,” she says. “They learned not to be afraid to explore, how to get along with other      online documentary about a woman in Tennessee,
people and to cook for themselves—all things you have to do while you’re in college.”                   Sheila Holt-Orsted, who claims that she, her family
     She requires her students to apply for college, and many go on to earn their degrees. She          and neighbors—many suffering from cancer and
passes on the advice her father gave her—“Finances may come and go, but no one can take away            other illnesses—are victims of environmental
your education”—and urges students to take advantage of the educational opportunities available         racism after the drinking water in her predomi-
to them, such as taking college-level courses through the CPS College Bridge Program.                   nantly African-American community was found to
     Mohammed, a firm believer in public education, has many goals; among them is to publish            be contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE,
academic papers so she can share her strategies with other teachers. She also hopes to make             which leached from a nearby landfill. Kattar’s
public education less complicated for teachers and students. “So many good teachers are lost in         online documentary, “Being a Gay Black Man,” also
the bureaucracy and then lose their enthusiasm for teaching. I want to help make education truly        was nominated this year for an Emmy. Both docu-
for all. It doesn’t matter if you send your kids to public or private school, or if you teach in a      mentaries can be seen on
public or private school—everyone should be able to participate in a quality learning community.”
David Marco (CTI ’89, MBA’93)

Quite simply, David Marco loves metadata management consulting—creating “data about data” to
enable large businesses and government entities to organize mountains of data into useful information.
     One of the world’s foremost authorities on metadata management, Marco has created a
company around metadata management, data warehousing and enterprise information management
     He and his company, EWSolutions, do not shirk gargantuan tasks—they embrace them.
For instance, when the FBI urgently needed to reform its data management systems after the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, EWSolutions was chosen for the task, which is ongoing and                Jorge A. Toro (CTI M.S. ’01, Ph.D. ’05)
has met each milestone “on time and on budget,” says Marco.                                                   Creator, CardZort
     “Our company succeeds every time,” Marco says. “We have 100 percent project success.” Its                Simulation Software Engineer
extensive client list includes other multiyear clients such as Mayo Clinic; BP; Healthcare Services           MÄK Technologies
                                                                                  Corp. (BlueCross
                                                                                  BlueShield); and The        A coastal city is flooding. Panicked residents jam
                                                                                  Defense Logistics Agency,   the major bridges leading away from town. Traffic
                                                                                  a central support agency    lights short out. Fires erupt. Meanwhile, a handful
                                                                                  for all branches of the     of cars escape on a little-used road.
                                                                                  U.S. military.                   Luckily, this is a simulation, one of many that
                                                                                       Marco, a self-         Jorge Toro helps to create. Government and emer-
                                                                                  described “lifetime         gency officials use the software to test disaster plans
                                                                                  consultant,” began con-     and evacuation routes, looking for weak spots and
                                                                                  sulting when he was still   flaws. While the graphics are similar to a computer
                                                                                  a junior at DePaul work-    game, the purpose is very different, says Toro:
                                                                                  ing on his computer         “The goal is not to win or lose. Your goal is to learn.”
                                                                                  science degree. Later,           That’s particularly important in battlefield simu-
                                                                                  out in the workplace, he    lations, he says, enabling officers to test strategies
                                                                                  ran into a data manage-     and make mistakes without endangering their troops.
                                                                                  ment project that no one         The simulation software Toro helps develop
                                                                                  knew how to do and          is used by clients such as the U.S. Department of
“There are not a lot of hard and fast rules in running                            developed a solution.       Defense, Boeing Co. and foreign governments.
                                                                                 “People knew that meta-      But those names don’t faze him—after all, he got
    a company. What you really want to do is build                               data existed and they        an e-mail from the National Aeronautics and Space
   culture, creativity and decision-making processes.”                           knew it had power and        Administration as a graduate student at DePaul,
                                                                                 they knew it had value,      asking for a license to use a program he wrote.
                                                                                 but they didn’t know how          It started as a personal project. Students
to harness it. It isn’t mystical, it isn’t a black box, it’s standard systems development,” he says.          would investigate Web site organization by having
     Standard or not, Marco has a way of looking at metadata management that is creative and                  volunteers manually sort index cards and then
original. Soon after creating his first solution, he wrote some articles on metadata for an industry          analyze the results, a time-consuming process. Toro
magazine; the pieces generated such large responses that the magazine offered him a monthly column.           had an idea for automating the process and devel-
Since then, he has written two well-known books and hundreds of articles and speaks frequently                oped it, with encouragement from Professor Rosalee
at conferences around the world, including his company’s annual educational series.                           Wolfe. The resulting program, CardZort, is now
     Early on in his career, Marco added to his skills by returning to DePaul to earn an MBA.                 an industry standard for information architects.
“I always knew I wanted to own my own company. I also knew that I didn’t have any understanding                    Toro says such support characterized his entire
of how to do that, so I wanted to get a graduate degree in marketing instead of computer science,”            stay at DePaul. A new immigrant from Columbia
he explains.                                                                                                  who felt unwanted at the first university in the
     Marco values the kind of instruction he gained from his MBA program, especially the                      United States he attended, Toro felt welcome
opportunity to create his own solutions to actual business challenges in the case studies his profes-         at DePaul. He was steered toward jobs and then
sors provided. “There are not a lot of hard and fast rules in running a company. What you really              encouraged to put his past teaching experience
want to do is build culture, creativity and decision-making processes,” he says.                              to use as an adjunct faculty member in the School
     He always has been able to see the big picture. “In the ’90s, lots of people told me we should           of Computer Science, Telecommunications and
change focus to e-business. We didn’t. It does not replace data warehousing or metadata manage-               Information Systems.
ment. It’s just another distribution channel,” he says.                                                            “I was treated as an individual, not a number,”
     “We sell the fundamentals that make every major corporation work. It’s not glamorous,                    Toro recalls. “DePaul paid for my education
but it’s the difference between success and failure. No matter what happens in the market, you                and gave me the opportunity to teach. Otherwise,
never get away from understanding your data and managing it correctly,” says Marco.                           I would never have created all the things I did.”

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                                                                  of College Basketball

Sports fans                     have it so easy these days. With
                                                                                            Fortunately, one sport still forces us to show up. College basketball
                                                                                      can’t be appreciated on the grainy pixels of a computer screen. Even HDTV
high-definition TV, TiVo, webcams and real-time statistics, the best
                                                                                      doesn’t do it justice. The game is set apart by the intimacy it creates among
seats for watching games are no longer located in stadiums or
                                                                                      players, coaches and fans, a connection best experienced live. Such intimacy
arenas, but in living rooms, bars and office cubicles. It’s hard to
                                                                                      comes from cozy arenas, effervescent coaches, madcap student sections
justify spending beaucoup bucks to sit two ZIP codes away from the
                                                                                      and celebrated rivalries. It materializes after game-winning baskets or
action when technology not only matches the live experience, but often
                                                                                      unimaginable upsets, when students rush the court to join players in
enhances it. Why watch Tom Brady pass from Section 578 when we can
                                                                                      celebration. It persists through the entire month of March, when fans fall in
see the play evolve on Skycam, the trippy device dangling behind the
                                                                                      love with unknown, far-flung teams hoping to bust the NCAA tournament
quarterback during broadcasts? Why watch Roger Clemens pitch from
                                                                                      bracket. Other sports allow us to drift away and become cyber-spectators,
the bleachers when provides live video, instantaneous stats
                                                                                      but college basketball keeps us coming back for more.
and pitch-by-pitch tracking?

                                                                 by A d a m R i t t e n b e rg
     The game’s magnetic charm starts in the places where it’s                            Selection Sunday is a lot like speed dating. Minutes after the
played. While college football adopts a size-matters approach—the                    last conference tournament ends, fans are introduced to 65 NCAA
country’s nine largest stadiums are used primarily for college football—             tournament teams, some of which they don’t recognize at all. Fans
many of the best basketball arenas are snug. Most college arenas are                 furiously spend the next three days surveying the field. They examine
set up to involve fans in the game; student sections are skillfully placed,          statistics, records and the all-telling RPI, hoping to find the Cinderella
usually within earshot of the visitors’ bench, and groups like Duke’s                squad before brackets must be turned in. Little-known schools like
Cameron Crazies, Michigan State’s Izzone                                                                            Bucknell and Winthrop suddenly enter the
and Wisconsin’s Grateful Red gain national                                                                          sports consciousness. A quick courtship
attention. Many schools, such as DePaul,                                                                            ensues, and we fall in love with teams like
seat their students directly behind                                                                                 Butler, Southern Illinois and George Mason,
the opponents’ basket for the second half,                                                                          which did the unthinkable in 2006 and
making pressure-packed free throws as                                                                               reached the Final Four.
stressful as possible.                                                                                                    The Super Bowl, despite unparalleled
     The coaches also add to college                                                                                hype, occupies only one day, and the NBA
basketball’s unique intimacy. Players                                                                               playoffs drag on far too long, but the NCAA
come and go, and most of the special                                                                                tournament holds our attention. It begins
ones, like former DePaul forward Wilson                                                                             with the frenzied first round, considered
Chandler, stay only a year or two before                                                                            by many fans to be the greatest two days on
bolting to the NBA. Consequently,                                                                                   the sporting calendar. One of my favorite
the coaches are the game’s signature                                                                                first-round memories—though not at the
figures. Unlike their on-edge colleagues in                                                                         time, given newspaper deadline pressure—
the NBA and the NFL, college basketball                                                                             came in 2004, when DePaul faced Dayton
coaches typically enjoy longer tenures and,                                                                         in Buffalo, N.Y. The game was hardly a
rightly or wrongly, become the faces of                                                                             basketball masterpiece, but it featured 11
their universities. And while pro and                                                                               lead changes and went into double overtime
college football coaches are generally tight-                                                                       before DePaul’s Drake Diener took control.
lipped CEO types, most college basketball                                                                                 The second round and regional action
coaches are dynamic and approachable,                 Blue Demons Cliff Clinkscales (back to camera)                follows, and the event reaches its apex with
                                                      and Karron Clarke (facing camera) celebrate after
allowing them to connect with students                                                                              the Final Four. With mind-blowing upsets,
                                                      a 64-57 victory over 5th-ranked Kansas on Dec. 2,
and fans. Tennessee men’s hoops coach                                                                               dramatic finishes and unmatched emotion,
                                                      2006, at the Allstate Arena.
Bruce Pearl took this to the extreme last                                                                           the NCAA tournament encapsulates the
year, when he stood in the student section,                                                                         spirit of college basketball.
shirtless and painted with the letter “V,” for a Lady Volunteers hoops                    From electric arenas to fascinating coaches to the sport’s signature
game. (Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt returned the favor                        event every March, college basketball forms a unique connection with
by attending a men’s game in a cheerleader uniform.) DePaul coach                    its enthusiasts. It’s a game best enjoyed live, where the crowd’s
Jerry Wainwright deliberately lives within a quarter-mile of campus to               energy, the players’ grace and the coaches’ genius can be truly
maintain proximity with his players and the university community.                    appreciated. College basketball might lack football’s pageantry
Wainwright followed this custom in previous coaching stops at                        and popularity or baseball’s history and idealism, but the intimate
UNC-Wilmington and Richmond. These days, he can be spotted walk-                     experience it provides is second to none.
ing near DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.
                                                                                     Adam Rittenberg is a college basketball writer for the Daily Herald
     Not surprisingly, many of my favorite interviews have been                      newspaper in Arlington Heights, Ill.
with college basketball coaches. I’ve discussed physiology
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                                             Linda L. Bolton (EDU ’66) is president      Kenneth C. Munson (LAS ’73) created          Owen J. McGovern (COM ’77) was

                                             of Bolton Associates Inc., an authorized    the pictorial essay book “Wyandotte”         elected secretary of DePaul University’s
                                             representative for Wilson Learning          documenting two centuries of the             Alumni Association Board. He is the
                                             Worldwide, a global management              Michigan city’s history. He serves as a      managing partner of Plan for Excellence
                                             development and consulting firm.            member of the Wyandotte Cultural and         Inc., a consulting firm based in Rolling
                                             Linda teaches at the Harvard Law            Historical Commission and as a board         Meadows, Ill.
                                             School Program on Negotiation.              member of Friends of the Wyandotte
                                                                                         Museum.                                      Virginia I. Yang (JD ’77), deputy
                                                                                                                                      counsel for the Illinois Department of
                                                                                         Linda S. Pieczynski (LAS ’73, JD ’77)        Natural Resources, Chicago and

 Edwin Cohen (COM ’50) received
 the Illinois CPA Society’s Lifetime                                                     is the village prosecutor for 13 Chicago-    Springfield offices, was appointed in
 Achievement Award. He has taught                                                        area communities, including Burr             2004 by the Office of the Governor
 accounting at DePaul University since                                                   Ridge, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Darien     for the State of Illinois.
 1956.                                                                                   and Willowbrook. Previously, Linda
                                                                                         served as the first female deputy chief      Margaret O. Amsler (LAS ’79) and
 Andrew J. McKenna (JD ’54) opened                                                       prosecutor in the DuPage County              her husband, Chuck Amsler, traveled to
 the Converting Machinery/Materials                                                      State’s Attorney’s Office.                   Antarctica for a four-month expedition
 (CMM) International Conference and                                                                                                   to study the ecology of the shallow
 Exposition in Rosemont, Ill. He is the      Roza Gossage (JD ’71) received the          Sister Kathryn Stimac, O.S.F.,               Antarctic waters. She is a marine
 non-executive chairman of the board         Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)       (MED ’73) was recognized on her              biologist with the University of Alabama
 of McDonald’s Corp. and chairman            Board of Governors Award at the             50th jubilee by the Sisters of St. Francis   at Birmingham.
 of Schwarz Paper Co.                        association’s annual meeting. The           of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, Ill.
                                             award recognizes her exemplary                                                           Ernest J. Sampias (COM ’79) joined
                                             service to ISBA and the profession.         Thomas J. Trefilek (COM ’73)                 the software company Quark Inc. as
                                                                                         was recently elected to the Glenbard         chief financial officer. He is responsible

                                             Ronald H. Riback (JD ’71) and his           Township High School District 87             for overseeing Quark’s financial
                                             wife, Cheryl, received the Rabbi Jacob      Board of Education. Trefilek, who owns       operations and helping to drive the
                                             Segal Award at the Hillel Day School’s      Ortho-Med Services Inc., and his wife,       company’s strategic growth initiatives.
                                             Annual “Dream Maker” Dinner in May,         Cherie, have four children.
                                             in honor of their longtime support of
                                             the Farmington Hills, Mich., school.        Hon. Stuart H. Shiffman (JD ’74)

                                             Ronald is a principal in the Troy, Mich.,   joined the National Arbitration Forum’s
                                             office of law firm Miller Canfield.         panel of independent and neutral
 Edward O’Boyle (LAS ’60), an associ-                                                    arbitrators and mediators. He specializes
 ate professor of economics at Louisiana     Raymond G. Smerge (JD ’71) heads            in the business, commercial, creditor-
 Tech University’s College of Business,      Savrola Development Co. LLC, a real         debtor law, employment-labor law and
 retired at the conclusion of the 2006-07    estate development and homebuilding         health-care industries. Stuart served
 winter quarter. He joined the faculty in    firm that he founded in Dallas.             as an Illinois judge from 1983 to 2006.
 1977 and taught more than 8,000 students.
                                             Carla R. Michelotti (LAS ’72, JD ’75),      Hon. Anne M. Burke (SNL ’76, DHL             Ira N. Helfgot (JD ’81) is the recipient
 Martin D. Coghlan (LLB ’64) has             who is general counsel for advertising      ’05), an Illinois Supreme Court Justice,     of the Chicago Legal Clinic’s 2007
 been appointed to a Cook County             agency Leo Burnett Worldwide in             was awarded an Aurora University             Pro Bono Award. He was instrumental
 Circuit Court judgeship by the Illinois     Chicago, was profiled in the April 2007     honorary doctorate of humane letters         in establishing the clinic’s Chancery
 Supreme Court and will begin his tenure     issue of InsideCounsel magazine. She        degree at the university’s 114th annual      Division Advice Desk, which assists
 in Traffic Court. In 1988, Martin founded   has worked at Leo Burnett since 1979.       commencement exercises. She was              people facing the loss of their homes
 the South Suburban Bar Association’s                                                    also awarded an honorary doctorate           through foreclosure.
 Pro Bono Program.                           Janine A. Piechowski (LAS ’72)              of humane letters degree from DePaul
                                             was re-elected to a two-year term as        in 2005.                                     Muriel A. Anderson (MUS ’82),
 Lawrence P. Rafferty (LAS MA ’65)           a Mississippi regent at the national                                                     an acoustic guitarist, has released six
 retired from the DeRoo Funeral Home         convention of Kappa Gamma Pi, the                                 David Cagigal          CDs in the United States, three of which
 on March 1, 2007. He joined the funeral     national Catholic college graduate                                (COM ’76,              also were released in Japan. She is
 home in 1970 as a licensed funeral          honor society.                                                    MBA ’78), chief        the host of “Muriel Anderson’s All Star
 director and embalmer.                                                                                        information            Guitar Night,” a traveling guitar concert
                                             Joseph G. Bisceglia (JD ’73), a partner                           technology officer     series to benefit the Music for Life
 Jerrold “Jerry” Gorrell (THE ’65)           in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office,                               for Alliant Energy     Alliance’s work to support music
 received the International Health and       serves as president of the Illinois State                         in Madison, Wis.,      education for disadvantaged children.
 Safety Award from the United States         Bar Association. He was a recipient                               recently was
 Institute for Theatre Technology at its     of the Illinois State Bar Association’s                           quoted in the          Orbert C. Davis (MUS ’82) was
 annual conference in Phoenix, Ariz.         Board of Governors Award for excep-                               Wisconsin              one of four featured artists in the recent
 He was honored for a lifetime dedicated     tional contributions to the profession.                           Technology             PBS documentary “Beauty Rises:
 to improving health and safety.             In addition, he was named an Illinois       Network article “The Business Case           Four Lives in the Arts.”
                                             Super Lawyer in Construction Litigation     for Software Applications.”
                                             for 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Scott B. Gibson (JD ’82) was elected           John J. Cummins (LAS ’88, JD ’92)                                  Stephen J.                                Heather Orlowicz
second vice president of the Lake              was elected president of DePaul                                    Prosapio (LAS                             Neveu (LAS ’95)
County, Ill., Bar Association. He will         University’s Alumni Association Board.                             ’93), an executive                        and her husband,
become the association’s first vice            He is the managing shareholder of the                              recruiter, was one                        Tim, are delighted
president in 2008 and president in             Chicago law firm Cummins & Associates.                             of five finalists in                      to announce the
2009. Scott’s legal practice represents                                                                           the First Chapters                        birth of their first
plaintiffs in personal injury, medical         Kevin J. Golden (LAS ’88, JD ’92)                                  Writing Competition,                      child, Sophia Marie,
negligence, professional negligence,           joined Dudley & Lake as a partner in                               a national online                         on March 10,
product liability and workers’                 the firm’s Chicago office.                                         competition, for his                      2007. The family
compensation cases.                                                                                               novel, “Dream War.”                       continues to reside
                                               Moria A. Bernstein (COM ’89, MBA                                                                             in San Diego,
Lawrence N. Schumacher (MBA ’83)               ’91) was recently selected by the Law        Jeremiah F. Bransfield (CTI MS ’94)          where Heather practices law.
was appointed chief executive officer of       Bulletin as one of the “2007 40 Illinois     received the Frank Hasner Member
Utilities Inc., a wastewater utility service   Attorneys Under 40 to Watch.”                Momentum Award from the Lincoln Park         Nicholas H. Bowling (THE MFA ’96)
company. He joined Utilities in 1992                                                        Chamber of Commerce. His computer            won a 2007 Jeff Citation for his work
as director of corporate accounting and        Danna S. Dotson (EDU ’89, MA ’03),           consulting business serves nearly            directing “Fiorello!” The musical about
became company president in 1994.              a math teacher at Lindblom Math and          100 clients, including U.S. Cellular         New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia,
                                               Science Academy in Chicago, was              and HGTV.                                    produced by TimeLine Theatre, also
Daniel C. Stevens (COM MS ’83)                 named a 2007 Golden Apple Award                                                           won Best Production.
joined the Bank of Hawaii Corp. as             Winner.                                      Mark E. Cratsenburg (COM MST ’94)
vice chairman and chief financial officer.                                                  joined Aeris, a machine-to-machine           Ramzi Hermiz (MBA ’96) was promoted
He most recently served as chief                                                            (M2M) wireless network operator, as          to senior vice president of worldwide

financial officer at Taylor Capital Group,                                                  senior vice president of sales. He comes     aftermarket products and services for
the parent company of Cole Taylor                                                           to the company with more than 18             Federal-Mogul Corp.
Bank in Chicago.                                                                            years of experience leading sales and
                                                                                            market development efforts within the        Chris Croner (LAS ’97) co-authored
Julie A. Weston (MUS ’84, MM ’87)                                                           wireless market.                             “Never Hire a Bad Salesperson Again”
is an assistant professor of music and                                                                                                   with Richard Abraham. Croner is a
director of vocal studies at Cornerstone                                                    Danica Ivancevic (THE ’94) won               principal with SalesDrive LLC, a sales
University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She will                                                  a 2007 Jeff Citation, which honors           management consulting firm based
complete her doctorate of musical arts                                                      excellence in Chicago theater, for Best      in Oak Brook, Ill.
in vocal performance in fall 2007.             Karen S. Thomas Yehle (LAS MS ’90)           Supporting Actress for her work in
                                               received the Purdue University Charles       “Faith Healer.” The play was produced        Kimberly D. Hale (LAS ’97) writes,
Sister Brenda S. Fritz, D.C.,                  B. Murphy Award for Outstanding              by Uma Productions.                          “I am a professor now!” She has been
(MUS ’85) was recently appointed               Undergraduate Teaching. She is a clinical                                                 teaching biological sciences at Quincy
the executive director of St. Vincent          associate professor in the School of         Tracy Shepherd (COM ’94) has been            University in Quincy, Ill., for a year.
Day Care Center in Evansville, Ind.            Nursing.                                     appointed director of finance and            Previously, she served as an adjunct
She previously was area director for                                                        administration and chief financial officer   instructor at Russell Sage College in
Catholic Charities’ Effingham, Ill., office.   Amy K. Pietz (THE ’91) was Queen             of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.             Troy, N.Y., and a guest lecturer at the
                                               Azalea 2007 for North Carolina’s annual      He previously spent 15 years with the        State University of New York (SUNY).
Jeffrey P. Mattsey (MUS ’85) made              Azalea Festival.                             Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy
his Metropolitan Opera broadcast                                                            Notebaert Nature Museum.                     Jason C. Willis (COM ’97) joined
debut in April 2007 as Marco in “Gianni                           John P. Bennecke                                                       GRM Information Management Services
Schicchi.”                                                        (COM ’92) was             Robert M. Hall (JD ’95) was named            as an account executive. He handles
                                                                  promoted to               vice president of real estate services       record storage, shredding and information
Wanda M. McDonald (COM ’86) has                                   managing director         for National Covenant Properties, the        technology data vault services for the
been promoted to chief financial officer                          of True Partners          lending arm of the Evangelical Covenant      financial industry as well as government
of Cramer-Krasselt, making her one of                             Consulting LLC            Church denomination. He also will serve      agencies.
the country’s first Hispanic female CFOs                          in its Chicago            as president of Covenant Development
of a 500-plus person advertising agency.                          headquarters. John        Corp., which assists member churches         Jerry W. Curran (THE ’99) is in the
                                                                  is active in firm-        of the Evangelical Covenant Church           third year of his doctorate program in
Lawrence P. Salus Jr. (COM ’86)                                   wide training and         in real estate development matters.          molecular biophysics and physiology
was promoted to managing director                                 recruiting initiatives,                                                at Rush University Medical Center in
of True Partners Consulting LLC in its         and leads the company’s tax reporting        Amanda Jedlicka (LAS ’95) was                Chicago. Jerry recently had portions
Chicago headquarters. He has been a            and compliance service line.                 featured in the Midlands Business            of his research investigating cellular
federal and international tax consultant                                                    Journal as one of the “2006 40 Under         changes in heart failure published
for 16 years.                                                                               40” professionals in Omaha, Neb. She         in Circulation Research, a journal of
                                                                                            is the president and executive director      The American Heart Association.
                                                                                            of Habitat for Humanity in Omaha.
                                                                                                                                         Daniel L. Schwiesow (MBA ’99)
                                                                                            James R. Martincic (MUS ’95) is              was named second vice president
                                                                                            currently a freelance performer, educator    and senior commercial loan officer at
                                                                                            and recording artist as well as owner        Citizens Financial Bank. He will work
                                                                                            of Lion’s Den Studio. He earned a            out of the firm’s Willowbrook, Ill.,
                                                                                            doctorate in musical arts in performance     banking center.
                                                                                            in 2003 from the University of Missouri-
                                                                                            Kansas City.
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                                             Rashon Burno (LAS ’03) recently             Janai E. Brugger (MUS ’05),
                                                                                                                                             In Memoriam

                                             became the head basketball coach            a soprano, won the 2007 Union League
                                             at Marmion Academy in Aurora, Ill.          Competition for Chicago opera singers.
                                             A former DePaul basketball player,          She is also the 2007 winner of the Rose
                                                                                                                                   Lord, we commend to you
                                             he worked at Morgan Stanley and             McGilvray Grundman Scholarship from
                                             Wachovia before returning to basketball.    the American Opera Society of Chicago.    the souls of our dearly departed.
                                                                                                                                   In your mercy and love,
                                             William P. Byrne (LAS ’03) recently         James L. Conley (THE ’05) recently        grant them eternal peace.
                                             started a new position as the public        moved back to Chicago after spending
 Kristina J. Glass (MUS ’00) recently        relations and corporate communications      a year performing in Nashville at         Alumni:
 debuted her first album, “Picture a         manager at Classic Residence by             CoachLight Musical Theatre. He has        Morris I. Conner (LLB ’26)
 Christmas,” featuring a selection of        Hyatt in Chicago. Previously, he worked     been seen in and around Chicago for       Raymond J. Healy (COM ’26)
 holiday songs.                              for Burson-Marsteller.                      the past two years performing at Durty    Edward L. Donahoe (COM ’29)
                                                                                         Nellies, Double Door, Mickey Finn’s,      Frederick L. Salmon Jr. (COM ’30)
 Amy R. Grasman (JD ’00) is an               Patrick E. Halliday (JD ’03) joined the     Austin’s and other venues.                Gustave Dubois (COM ’35)
 attorney with the Department of             law firm Dudley & Lake as an associate                                                Charles A. Gronski (COM ’35)
 Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’        in the Libertyville, Ill., office. Before   Karen M. Freeman (LAS MS ’05)             James F. Hynan (JD ’35)
 Appeals, in Washington, D.C.                joining the firm, he spent three years      became board certified as a health care   Sidney L. Port (LLB ’35)
                                             litigating personal injury and medical      professional and is now a fellow of       Zane D. Pozulp (LAS ’36)
 Arbin A. Smith (LAS MA ’00) was             malpractice defense cases.                  the American College of Healthcare        Charles Hlavacek (COM ’37)
 elected vice president of DePaul                                                        Executives in Chicago, an international   John A. Svienty (COM ’37)
 University’s Alumni Association Board.      Peter B. Lucas (MBA ’03) recently           professional society of more than         Thomas Healy (COM ’38)
 He works for Deloitte & Touche USA          joined Morgan Stanley’s team of financial   30,000 health care executives.            Hulda A. Ranquist (EDU MA ’38)
 LLP in Chicago.                             advisors focusing on corporate solutions                                              Lee J. Reynolds (COM ’38)
                                             for small- to mid-sized companies, as       Courtney C. Jolin (JD ’05) recently       Joseph E. Valenti (COM ’38)
 Stephanie L. Walkenshaw (LAS ’00)           well as individual and family financial     started working for the Wisconsin         Walter Hehn (COM ’39)
 is a co-editor of “Greatcoat,” a new        planning.                                   State Public Defender as an assistant     Michael H. Lyons (JD ’39)
 journal of poetry and creative nonfiction                                               state public defender. She works in       Stanley V. Rakas (COM ’39)
 that publishes emerging and established     Daniel P. Joyce (MBA ’04) has               the Rhinelander office.                   Bernard G. Colby (JD ’40)
 American and international writers.         been appointed property manager for                                                   Marjorie W. Reed (EDU MA ’40)
                                             HSA Commercial Real Estate. He will         Dennis Marshall (SNL ’05) graduated       Roy A. Nelson (COM ’41)
 Steven R. Burger (MED ’01) was              be responsible for 13 properties totaling   with a master’s degree in finance         Carol B. Kerr (LAS ’42)
 named principal of Liberty Elementary       2.5 million square feet located in          and public finance from the University    Bernard B. Weksler (COM ’42)
 School in Bartlett, Ill.                    Chicago, St. Louis and Jacksonville,        of Chicago in June 2007.                  Robert A. Wilbrandt (JD ’42)
                                             Fla.                                                                                  Evelyn I. Boyd (LAS ’43)
 Jessie R. Allen (LAS MA ’02) joined                                                     Antonette “Nanette” L. Bucaro (SNL        Ruth Fielder (LAS ’44)
 the English department faculty at North     Alana M. Vegter (MUS ’04) has               ’06) was promoted from sales manager      Milton Berzock (JD ’47)
 Platte Community College in North           been selected for a fellowship in The       to branch manager of ACM Elevator         William J. Harvey (COM ’47)
 Platte, Neb.                                Academy-A Program of Carnegie Hall,         and will be based in Lombard, Ill.        William B. Wood (JD ’47)
                                             The Juilliard School and The Weill          In her new role, Bucaro will provide      Paul L. Ahern (JD ’49)
 Michael J. Bates (LAS MS ’02) is the        Music Institute. Established in January     leadership for all operational and        John M. Flaherty (LLB ’49)
 director of The Campaign for Evanston       2007, this two-year fellowship program      commercial activities for the ACM         Harold R. Mielke (COM ’49)
 Northwestern Healthcare and an adjunct      helps postgraduate musicians bridge         branch.                                   Stanley Vinkler (LAS ’49)
 faculty member at DePaul University in      the gap between their academic                                                        John A. Webber (COM ’49)
 the Public Services Graduate Program.       and professional lives.                     Rebecca S. Nawrot (MED ’07)               Lucille F. Coyne (LAS ’50)
                                                                                         appeared on the television game show      Frank M. Poturica (COM ’50)
 Shannon M. Gross (JD ’02) was               Melinda A. Wilson (MED ’04), a dance        “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” in        Arthur J. Thelen (COM ’50)
 named director of Allure Talent &           teacher at Curie Metropolitan High          February 2007 during “Million Dollar      John H. Ulrich (THE ’50)
 Literary Agency (formerly Da Capo           School in Chicago, was named a 2007         Movie Week.”                              Francis A. Hough (COM ’51)
 Talent & Literary Agency) in Los            Golden Apple Award Winner.                                                            John T. Durkin (JD ’52)
 Angeles.                                                                                                                          William H. Finch (EDU MA ’53)
                                             Lourdes Blacksmith (SNL ’05)                                                          Jerome E. Kenny (LAS ’53)
 Adrian H. McDonald (LAS ’02)                was appointed district press secretary                                                James J. Mooney (COM ’53)
 graduated from South Texas College of       for U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert. She                                                     Lucille Lane (JD ’54)
 Law. The University of Pennsylvania’s       has worked for Hastert for five years                                                 John M. Shannon (JD ’54)
 Journal of Labor and Employment Law         as a field representative and liaison                                                 Gerard M. Hahn (LAS ’55)
 has accepted for publication his article    to the Hispanic community.                                                            Earl S. Ebers (JD ’56)
 about Hollywood economics and out-
 sourcing in the motion picture industry.
Jack M. Lange (LAS ’56)
Delphine Wedmore (LAS ’56)
Theodore Gialloreto (COM ’57)                                                                                    Share your news with
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Mary R. Ernst (MM ’66)                                                                                           career move, wedding, birth announce-
Louis H. Fortenberry (LAS MA ’66)                                                                                ment and other accomplishments
Robert D. Dufon (LAS MA ’67)                                                                                     and milestones.
Dragica Mandic (LAS ’67)
John A. Swanson (LAS ’68)
                                                                                                                 Please include your name (and maiden
Michael G. Cheronis (COM ’69)
Nancy C. Feret (EDU ’69)                                                                                         name if applicable), along with your
George S. Funk (COM ’69)                                                                                         e-mail, mailing address, degree(s) and
August A. Melito (LAS MA ’69)                                                                                    year(s) of graduation.
John A. Onik (LAS ’69)
Michael M. Resney (JD ’71)
Dennis R. Hargreaves (EDU ’72)
                                                                                                                 Mail to: DePaul University
Eugene L. Mahoney (COM MST ’72)                                                                                           Office of Alumni Relations
Joan E. Gewartowski (LAS ’74)                                                                                             ATTN: Class Notes
Peter E. Bowyer (JD ’75)                                                                                                  1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Adolphus Hall (JD ’75)                                                                                                    Chicago, IL 60604
Edward H. Berry (SNL ’76)
Sister Joyce M. Rankin (LAS MA ’76)   A Blue Demon Family
Joseph V. Prieto (JD ’78)                                                                                        E-mail to:
John H. Curran (JD ’80)               Roderick Bergin (center), a triple Blue Demon, graduated from DePaul
Mark T. McLoughlin (LAS ’80)                                                                                     Fax to: 312.362.5112
Aun M. Saboowala (COM ’80)            Academy in 1963. In 1968 he received a B.A. in absentia from DePaul's
Stephen J. Blezien (COM ’82)          College of Arts and Sciences while serving in the U.S. Army as a basic
Marjorie A. Boyink (LAS MS ’82)                                                                                  For online submissions visit:
Theresa M. Crist (LAS MS ’83)         training officer at Fort Polk, La. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam,
David C. Newton (JD ’84)
Angela T. Perez Miller (MED ’84)      he enrolled in DePaul's College of Law and earned a J.D. in 1973. His      Class notes will be posted on the
Nancy K. Laureto (JD ’85)
Linda M. Bare (COM ’86)               son Rod (left), also a lawyer, received a B.A. magna cum laude from the    alumni Web site and will be considered
Theodore J. Benno (LAS MS ’86)                                                                                   for inclusion in DePaul publications.
                                      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1992. His daughter Eileen Mayer
Mary E. O’Hearn (SNL ’86)
Lynelle M. Kelly (CTI MS ’88)         received a B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1990      DePaul reserves the right to edit class notes.
Robert J. Doherty (JD ’89)
Robert J. Hoffmann (MBA ’90)          and an M.Ed. in 2000. Roderick's son Ryan (right), holding granddaughter
Kitisha A. Collins (COM ’91)
Marian E. Williams (SNL ’94)          and future alumna Leona, received an MBA from DePaul's Kellstadt
Avry J. Boswell (SNL ’95)
Timothy E. Rogus (JD ’96)             Graduate School of Business in June 2007.
Kira V. Simonian (LAS ’98)
Sheree L. Swetin (SNL ’99)
Howard J. Owens (MED ’00)
Binil Samuel (COM ’07)

Hope A. Abelson
Anthony DeSantis
Richard M. Konecki
Robert C. Morris
Thomas Munson

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     A l u m n i      R e l a t i o n s

           Event Calendar                                                            Recent Alumni Events
           Visit or call 800.437.1898 for further information
           and to register.

           September                               Oct. 12-14
           Sept. 20                                Reunion Weekend
           College of Law Alumni Awards
                                                   Oct. 16
           17 E. Monroe St.
                                                   ASK Networking Breakfast
                                                   DePaul Center
           Sept. 20                                1 E. Jackson Blvd.
           Alumni Gathering                        Chicago
           Milwaukee, Wis.                                                           Los Angeles Presidential Event
                                                   Oct. 18
           Sept. 22                                Executive Forum with              Tina Turner (LAS ’80)(above left), Kerry Sloan (EDU ’86)
           Vincentian Service Day with               Nicholas D. Chabraja,           (center) and Turner’s mother, Andrea Purchase, joined
             St. John’s University                   CEO of General Dynamics         more than 50 other alumni and guests who gathered at
           New York City                           Royal Palms Resort and Spa        the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to socialize
                                                   Phoenix, Ariz.                    and talk with DePaul President the Rev. Dennis H.
           Sept. 27                                                                  Holtschneider, C.M., about the university’s VISION
           Alumni Reception with                   Oct. 20                           twenty12 strategic plan on May 23. Pianist Stephen Cook
             President Holtschneider               Cooking Class at                  (MUS ’04) entertained guests throughout the evening.
           Seattle, Wash.                           L’Academie de Cuisine
                                                   Washington, D.C.                  Chicago Summer Events
           Sept. 28                                                                  Around 400 members of the DePaul family took
           Alumni Reception with                   Oct. 30                           advantage of a number of Alumni Relations-sponsored
             President Holtschneider               Alumni Gathering                  Chicago events, including baseball outings to Cubs,
           San Francisco, Calif.                   Austin, Texas                     White Sox and Kane County Cougars games. Alumni and
                                                                                     their families and friends also gathered at the Arlington
           Sept. 30
                                                   November                          Park Race Track and at the B.B. King concert at Ravinia.
           Alumni Reception with
                                                   Nov. 1
             President Holtschneider                                                 Many Blue Demons connected at the second annual
                                                   Alumni Gathering
           Palo Alto, Calif.                                                         Summer Send-offs in Glenview and Warrenville
                                                   Houston, Texas
                                                                                     to welcome incoming first-year students and transfer
           October                                 Nov. 3                            students and their families.
           Oct. 2                                  Renaissance Circle
           Speed Networking in NYC                 Tour of Ethnic Chicago            New Denver Chapter
           Latitude                                Chicago                           College of Law Dean Glen Weissenberger officially
           783 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor,                                             welcomed members of the Denver chapter at its
                                                   Nov. 8
           New York City                                                             inaugural event on May 30. Members gathered for a
                                                   Alumni Reception with
                                                                                     dose of friendly rivalry as the Chicago Cubs took on
           Oct. 3                                    President Holtschneider
                                                                                     the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in August.
           Renaissance Circle Lecture              New York City
           DePaul Center                                                             New Detroit Chapter
                                                   Nov. 14
           1 E. Jackson Blvd.                                                        In Detroit, Jerry and Pat Timlin, parents of DePaul
                                                   Pre-Show Reception and DePaul
           Chicago                                                                   Soccer Blue Demon and alumnus Michael Timlin
                                                     Theatre School Production
                                                                                     (LAS ’06), hosted a casual BBQ event to kick-off
                                                                                     the chapter on July 26. Detroit alumni and friends
                                                                                     welcomed DePaul University President the Rev. Dennis
                                                   Fees and registration deadlines   H. Holtschneider, C.M., in September for a reception
                                                   apply to certain events.          at the Skyline Club just north of the city.

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      Join Us                                 for DePaul’s biggest weekend—designed so you

can enjoy old friends and make some new ones, too. Whether you’re a graduate or a family member

    of a current student, you’ll find activities geared just for you and your family. Enjoy special

   gatherings for meals, music, theater, athletic events and more. Don’t miss out—register now.

       For Reunions visit or call 800.437.1898 for details and reservations.
   For Family Weekend, visit or call 773.325.7360 for details and reservations.
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 “   I            f you find joy in your work,
I truly believe that success will follow.”
     David Swayze (THE ’97), motion picture art director—see pg. 12

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