DCM Focus WINTER 2011 ISSUE DePaul University School for New Learning Second DCM Cohort Started in Fall 2010 Inside this Welcome to the inaugural While we have created the issue: issue of DCM Focus, our majors to be collaborative and quarterly newsletter. We plan accelerated, we also want to Director Note 1 to use Focus as a means to make sure you are supported keep you updated on DCM in your academic work. To DePaul Resources 1 developments as well as to that end, we will also feature introduce you to the faculty, various student services in this Faculty Profile 2 staff and students involved and future issues. with the degree completion We currently have DCM co- DCM Support 2 majors. horts at the Loop and Naper- Each quarter we will feature a ville campuses. Help us Writing Resources 3 Ann Stanford, PhD student (or two) and invite spread the word about the Director, DCM you to volunteer to be fea- DCM: talk to your friends, Procrastination 3 tured in the newsletter. I am family and coworkers about contacted me to say what a pleased that Denise Nowak the degree completion majors Naperville Campus 3 pleasure it is teaching the agreed to be our initial student at SNL and the College of DCM students. You make us and offer my thanks to her for Communication. Student Profile 4 proud at SNL! that. I have been impressed with Be well and stay warm, I’m also pleased that Dr. Ed the level of commitment and Paulson is the editor of this energy of the DCM students Ann issue of Focus. If you have and am so excited to have firstname.lastname@example.org news or ideas for features or each one of you in the pro- announcements, please con- gram. You should know that tact Ed or me. many of your instructors have DePaul Resources You Should Know About and Use As a student in the Degree Completion Major you are a fully enrolled and accepted member of the DePaul University Student Community. As such, you are fully able to use a wide variety of resources provided by the university and included as part of your tuition. Here are just a few. SNL DCM Program Information: DePaul Central (links to many resources): http://snl.depaul.edu/programs http://depaulcentral.depaul.edu DePaul Libraries: Many General DePaul Student Links: http://www.lib.depaul.edu http://depaul.edu/students DePaul Writing Center: DePaul Office of Mission and Values: http://depaul.edu/writing http://mission.depaul.edu PAGE 2 DCM FOCUS Faculty Profile: Corinne Benedetto, PhD I am an Associate Professor at the School for New Learning (SNL) with a specialty in sociology and occupational analysis. As part of my work at the School, I act as Associate Dean for Student Systems and Retention, trying to ensure the best possible programmatic and academic experience for our students. I designed the DCM 307 “Analyzing Human Behavior” social science field research course which is scheduled for this December term. The intensity of this learning experience makes it perfect for the self-managed and moti- vated DCM student. I also created the Adult Learning Seminar (DCM 317) “Ethics in the Professions.” This course, in particular, offers a learning ex- perience that seems perfectly-suited to the DCM Program: It blends theo- retical knowledge with practical application for workplace learning. I look greatly forward to studying with this group of academically-gifted and truly focused undergradu- ates! Meet the People Supporting You and the DCM John Hemmerling Paris Wadhwa John is the advisor for all Parikshit (Paris) Wadhwa is the DCM Applied Behavioral Sci- DCM program Coordinator. He ences and the Leadership is an SNL graduate and cur- Studies degree students. Ex- rently enrolled in the DePaul isting students should contact School of Public Service gradu- him with DCM-specific issues ate program. Paris is located at or questions. He is located at the Naperville the Loop campus and can be reached by email and Oak Forest campuses. John be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (312) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by 659-6373 to answer questions about DePaul, phone at (312) 476-4358. SNL or the DCM. Ed Paulson, PhD Ginny Rowe Ed is the Associate Director of Ginny is the Director of Un- the DCM and an SNL resident dergraduate Academic Advis- faculty member where he ing for the College of Commu- teaches business, communica- nication and is the Academic tion and research courses. He Advisor for all students in the is fully available to DCM stu- DCM Professional Communication Studies dents. Ed is located at the Naperville Campus program. She holds a Master of Arts from and can be reached at email@example.com Ohio State University. She can be reached at or by phone at (312) 476-4313. firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 362-7615. DCM FOCUS PAGE 3 Student Resources: Writing Support Did you know that SNL has its The Center has instituted eve- puses. There you can meet own writing website? Take a ning hours and even conducts regularly with others who will look at http://snl.depaul.edu/ online appointments, along with support you as you improve writing and you’ll see sections onsite appointments in the your writing skills. on “how to write a paper,” Loop and Lincoln Park. Their “writing help,” “SNL Assign- website, http:// The Purdue University Online ments” and other great things condor.depaul.edu/writing/, is Writing Lab (OWL) Web site like student papers in the Writ- chock full of resources: (http://owl.english.purdue.edu) ing Showcase. “Citation and Style guides,” is another useful resource that “Grammar and Mechanics,” offers information about a wide The SNL Writing website also “Revising Your Writing,” variety of writing topics. links to DePaul’s University “Research and Writing,” and Center for Writing Based more. There is no reason (other than Learning, a great resource for procrastination*) for you not to students to use for honing their There are also writing groups have all the writing help you writing skills in general as well that meet on the weekends at need to write papers that show- as refining their assignments.. the Naperville and Loop cam- case your good thinking. *Still Procrastinating? A Book by DCM Professor Joe Ferrari On the subject of procrastination, see DePaul psychology department and DCM faculty member, Joe Ferrari’s, latest book: Still Procrastinating? The No-Regrets Guide to Getting it Done (Wiley, 2010) “There are all sorts of reasons that people procrastinate. Contrary to popu- lar wisdom, chronic procrastination is not about poor time management, but about self-sabotaging tendencies that can keep you from reaching your full potential. This book draws on the author’s more than twenty years of scientific research on procrastination in order in order to help you learn what stops you from getting things done.” From the book’s back cover . It is available from Amazon.com for around $11.00 plus shipping, etc. Campus Focus: DePaul Naperville Campus The Naperville Campus is the largest of the four suburban campuses, 62,000 sq. ft., housing its own library, computer labs and an array of student services plus free parking. There are 27 highly technical classrooms, which includes an auditorium and conference rooms. Location: 150 West Warrenville Road, Na- perville, IL 60563 (312) 476-4500 or (630) 548-9378 . Hours: Mon-Thurs 8AM-10PM, Fri-Sat. 8AM-5PM. Sunday: Closed. DCM Tuesday Evening. WINTER 2011 ISSUE PAGE 4 Student Profile: Denise Nowak When did you start with the DCM and what is your track? I was part of the first group to begin the Leadership Studies DCM program in March of 2011 How are you employed? I am a twenty year sales veteran. My title is Advanced Technology Account Executive. In my role I work with my customers’ information technology and procurement organizations as well as their executive sponsors to provide technology solutions that support business initia- tives. These include Unified Communications, Virtualization, Data Center, Infrastructure and Security solutions. Why did you choose the DCM program? What are you looking to get out of the program? The course content was the main reason I chose the DCM Leadership Studies Program. I felt that the information I would be learning would have an immediate impact for me because the content focuses on the human side of leader- ship. In my current position I must be successful at understanding the motivations of my internal customers (the peo- ple who I need to help get things done) and my external clients. I went into the program looking to gain valuable insight into how I could continue to be effective and relevant to my clients and my employer by growing my knowl- edge base and skills as a leader. How have you found the program so far? The program is fast paced and the workload is a bit challenging at times, but I attribute some of that to my perfection- ist tendencies. The program has been a thought provoking experience. The courses are relevant with real life business issues. I have been able to offer helpful input at work that I would not have been able to provide 9 months ago. The program has helped me gain exposure in my organization. I have been approached for ideas for better communicating change within our organization and several clients have asked for the titles of books we have read as class material. Any tips for those just starting with the DCM? Be prepared to be transformed. The program teaches you a lot about yourself, your values, beliefs and how these things manifest in good and bad ways to form who you are. Armed with this new information you are free to be who you want. A big part of being an exceptional leader is being good with who you are. Any tips for those considering joining the DCM and comparing to other programs? The program is very well thought out. By the 4th class we were spouting off concepts we learned in prior classes. The program is progressive and moves quickly. I am completing my 9 th class and can hardly believe how quickly it has gone. My friends, family and coworkers have witnessed my confidence grow as I absorb the course contents and in- corporate this new knowledge into my life experiences. The skills we are learning are worth every penny. As early as the first class the light bulb will go on and stay on for the rest of your life. To coin a phrase “this education is price- less”. General comments about DePaul, the DCM, faculty, etc. you would like to include. We are the first group to go through the program which means we are all learning how the pieces fit together. The faculty members have been responsive, accommodating, encouraging, understanding and knowledgeable (I could go on). The DCM program is writing intensive but have no fear if you need help in this area, as I did. The writing center will assist you in improving your writing skills. DePaul University’s values come through in the caliber of the profes- sors, the content of the classes, the resources available to students and their relentless dedication to ethics and integ- rity.