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About the DePaul Emeritus Society

DePaul University values its ongoing connections with its faculty and staff retirees, as it values their past contributions to the university’s mission. The DePaul University Emeritus Society was founded in 2008 with the merger of the Staff Emeritus Society and the Emeritus Professors Association. The Society is sponsored by the University’s Office of Mission and Values.

The purpose of the DePaul Emeritus Society is to provide a means for ongoing connection, communication, and socialization between the university and its emeritus faculty and staff, and between individual retirees whose professional lives were for so many years dedicated to university service.

Photos, events, and information of interest to members of the DePaul Emeritus Society will be posted to this blog. Please take a look, add your comment, offer to be an "author" or just enjoy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Lucy Rinehart, Interim LA&SS Dean (L); Judy Bundra, Interim Music Dean


Elizabeth Clements NOVEMBER 13, 2014

David Miller, interim provost, announced today two interim dean appointments. Judy Bundra will serve as interim dean for the School of Music, and Lucy Rinehart will serve as interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

"The faculty in both Music and LAS recommended and enthusiastically supported these appointments," Miller says. "Judy and Lucy each possess exceptional leadership and administrative skills. Their respective colleges will be in good hands during this time of transition."

Bundra and Rinehart will serve as interim deans as Don Casey, dean of the School of Music, and Chuck Suchar, dean of LAS, prepare to retire on Dec. 31. Casey joined DePaul 20 years ago to serve as dean of the School of Music. Suchar has been a member of the faculty for 43 years and has served as dean of LAS since 2006.

"It has been a privilege working with Don and Chuck these many years," Miller says. "They have both had an incredible impact on our students and the entire university. We are extremely grateful for everything they have done for DePaul."

These deans will now pass the batons to Bundra and Rinehart, who will assume their new posts on Jan. 1 for a period of 18 months.

As associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Music since 1999, Bundra oversees the undergraduate and graduate music programs. A music consultant to organizations and school districts across the country, she regularly gives workshops on such topics as curriculum and assessment, multicultural music, comprehensive arts education, early childhood music education and creativity in the arts.

"At DePaul, I have been fortunate to serve under two extraordinary deans, Fred Miller and Don Casey," she says. "I am honored to serve the School of Music as interim dean and look forward to working with our outstanding faculty, staff and students in the coming months."

Bundra became a member of the School of Music faculty in 1987 and served as chair of the music education department from 1990 to 1999. In addition to representing the School of Music on multiple university committees and councils, Bundra also earned the 2012 Spirit of DePaul award. She is currently vice-chair of the Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Arts Higher Education Panel for the Chicago Public Schools.

"With the forthcoming music facilities, we are entering a phase of excitement and growth," she says. "I am committed to furthering the quality and reputation of the School of Music."

A scholar of early American literature, Rinehart is currently chair of the English department in LAS. She teaches courses in pre-Civil War American literature and the history of literary reading. Prior to her current appointment, she served as associate dean of undergraduate studies in LAS from 2007 to 2011 and as director of undergraduate studies in English from 1997 to 2007. She joined the DePaul faculty in 1992 and has served on numerous committees, including the LAS personnel and curriculum committees and as chair of the LAS Committee on Advising and the Reading Task Force.

"I'm honored by this appointment and well aware that I'm stepping into some big shoes," Rinehart says. "In his many years of leadership, Chuck Suchar has tirelessly supported the college's engagement with the increasingly global city of Chicago through the development of a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and co-curricular programs."

Dedicated to training the next generation of educators, as associate dean, Rinehart helped develop TEACH. The dual-degree program gives undergraduate students in LAS and the College of Science and Health the opportunity to complete their majors and a master's degree, with teaching certification, in the College of Education in five years. She served as co-director of this program from 2010 to 2012.

"The next 18 months, as we search for our permanent dean, provide an excellent opportunity to take stock of, and build on, the strengths of our programs," Rinehart says. "I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated leadership in supporting our diverse and accomplished faculty and fostering cross-curricular pathways for our students to prepare them for the dynamic worlds of work they will enter."

Source: Newsline on-line November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October 31 DES Luncheon

Over 90 retirees and guests attended the Fall DES gathering last Friday. The day started with a beautiful All Souls' Mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Croak in remembrance of our deceased colleagues. Halloween accoutrements were donned by attendees as we enjoyed catching up with friends, cocktails and an autumn inspired meal. After lunch, DES Steering Committee members provided program and activity updates and DePaul film students from the School of Cinema and Interactive Media delighted us with their ambitious film production. It was a grand event. 

Enjoy photos from the day.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

In Memoriam - James J. Seri

James J. Seri, age 91, WWII Navy Veteran; beloved husband of the late Norma, nee Degen; loving father of Laura Dunne; devoted grandfather of Therese, Maggie and Joe Dunne; also survived by many nieces and nephews and his soul mate of 25 years, Florence "Flip" Bresnahan; also Jon Pineda was his devoted care-giver for 3 1/2 years. Memorial visitation Saturday, November 8, from 12 noon until Mass at 1:00 PM, at St. Alphonsus Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights, IL.

Memorials may be sent to the DePaul University James Seri Tennis Scholarship Fund, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL, 60614. Matz Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 847-394-2336. See more at:

May he rest in peace.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald, November 3, 2014


Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of James Seri, at the age of 91.  Jim served the university from 1955 until his retirement from the College of Education in 1987.  A WWII Navy veteran, he is survived by his partner of 25 years, Florence Bresnihan, daughter, three grandchildren, and many family and friends.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 8, from 12 - 1 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 411 N. Wheeling Road, Prospect Heights.  Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. also at St. Alphonsus.

Memorial donations may be made to the DePaul University James Seri Tennis Scholarship Fund, 2323 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614.  Online condolences may be submitted at

Our condolences go to the family, friends, and university colleagues who mourn the loss of Jim.  May he rest in peace.

Thank you.

Office of Mission and Values email, November 4, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Club Meeting October 1, 2014

Our discussion of “The Great War and Modern Memory” centered on an enthusiastic response as to how much we all learned about World War I. The senseless war and the horrors experienced by those in the trenches, the censorship of letters home and the unwillingness of those on the front to discuss their experiences, and the destruction of the heroic view of battle evidenced in 19th century poetry and language were a few of the ideas we discussed. We all agreed that we might have better enjoyed a book that dealt either with history or literature, not both. Despite that, Fussell's scope and knowledge impressed us all. The conversation led to our noting the role of the European colonial empires and the subsequent reshaping of nations of the modern world after WWI. We realized through our discussions that the subsequent wars of the twentieth and twenty first centuries have only increased the irony implicit in this conflict being named “The War to End All Wars”.

Our next book is a mystery “Behold a Pale Horse” by Peter Tremayne. This is the most recent book in the Sister Fidelma mystery series, which is set in medieval Ireland. Peter Tremayne is the pseudonym for Peter Ellis, noted scholar of Celtic history and culture. Thanks to Jane Gerard for the suggestion. The December meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1 at 1:30 in Richardson Library, Room 115. Join us for a brown bag lunch at 1 if you would like. Please contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough if you have any questions.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Invitation in the Mail

Watch for your invitation in the mail to the DES Fall Luncheon

The DES Fall Luncheon will be held October 31, 2014 in the LPC Student Center, Room 314. Prior to the luncheon an All Souls Mass, remembering our retired colleagues, will be held at 10:30 in the Louise de Marillac Chapel on the first floor of the Student Center.

We are very excited to have John Corba, Assistant Director of DePaul Cinespace Studios, join us at the luncheon to share with us some of the exciting film work created by DePaul students in the cinema program.

RSVP to Alice Farrell by October 28 at or 312-362-8822.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DePaul Receives 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

Dear Colleagues,
Last week, DePaul received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from “INSIGHT into Diversity” magazine. This national honor recognizes U.S. universities and colleges that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is the first time DePaul has received this honor, and we should be very proud of this accomplishment that has joined a long list of national recognitions for diversity.
As we approach a time of year when religions around the world will observe holy days, this award reminds us that DePaul is and always has been a university that opens its doors to people of all faiths and ethnicities. Our welcoming environment is a vital part of the respectful culture we value so much at DePaul.
I kindly ask you to remember DePaul’s diverse heritage and encourage your students to do the same. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic or celebrate another faith, please help facilitate a culture of respect and understanding, not only for these upcoming holidays but for others throughout the year.
You may have students who request extensions for assignments or need to reschedule an exam due to a religious holiday at some point during the year. Employees may request a vacation day for certain holidays or an hour of vacation time at the end of the day in order to be home before sundown. Please allow some flexibility to accommodate these requests.
University Ministry has provided information about upcoming religious holidays and highlighted opportunities below for the university community to participate. If you have any questions, please contact the University Ministry staff.
Thank you for your respect and cooperation.
Patricia O’Donoghue
Interim President

DePaul Jewish Life invites you to welcome the Jewish New Year at the annual DePaul High Holiday services.  Rosh Hashanah services will be held Sept. 24 and 25, and Yom Kippur services on Oct. 3 and 4, in Room 120 of the Lincoln Park Student Center.  As members of the DePaul community, we would be delighted if you and your families would join us on these special days of the Jewish calendar.
Please note, while there is no service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the holiday extends through sundown Friday, Sept. 26.  Observant students often take this day off as well.  As is customary, services are provided free of charge to DePaul students, faculty and staff.  However, due to capacity restrictions, participants should register for a ticket online in advance. Please call (773) 325-8650 for more information.
A list of other holidays that Jewish students may observe is available at University Ministry.
May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a happy and healthy year.
L'Shana Tova/ Happy New Year
Matthew Charnay
DePaul Jewish Life Coordinator

The Muslim community finished our holy month of fasting, Ramadan, in July this year. The end of the month was marked with the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.
The other major holiday on the Muslim calendar, Eid ul Adha, is expected to fall on Oct. 5, 2014 this year. (As Muslim holidays are determined by the sighting of the moon, the actual holiday may vary a day from this date.) Eid ul Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) commemorates the sacrifices made by the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) for the sake of God. It comes at the end of the Hajj season, when millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca for the pilgrimage journey of their lifetimes. We are planning to have an Eid Celebration Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the DePaul Center on the Loop Campus and Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons on the Lincoln Park Campus.
Students, faculty and staff are always welcome to pray in the Muslim Life Center and prayer room in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 329, or on the Loop Campus in the Muslim prayer room in the CDM building, Room 436. Weekly Friday (Jumu'ah) prayer services are held at 1:15 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Muslim Life Center during the school year.
For inquiries about Muslim Life events at DePaul, questions about accommodations Muslim students may request due to these holidays or anything else, please contact Abdul-Malik Ryan, the assistant director of the Office of Religious Diversity who serves as chaplain for Muslim Life, You also may contact Abdul-Malik if you wish to learn about the weekly programs, classes and activities available for Muslim students or others interested in Islam or Muslims at DePaul.
Abdul-Malik Ryan
Assistant Director
Office of Religious Diversity Chaplain for Muslim Life University Ministry

University Ministry hosts an annual university-wide memorial service to remember the family members and loved ones of those in the DePaul community who passed away during the past year. This year’s Gathering of Remembrance will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons. For more information, contact University Ministry.