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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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Appreciation Celebration - Check out your closets for wearing apparel!

Celebrate with food, drinks and a chance to win raffle prizes, including cameras, spa certificates, restaurant certificates and more. Raffle drawing is at 4:45 p.m. and you must bring a DePaul ID and be present to win.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to dress in "1950s style attire." Prizes awarded for the best costumes.
Most university business offices will close at 3 p.m. to allow travel time to the Lincoln Park Campus. Public transportation is strongly encouraged. Limited parking in the Sheffield and Clifton garages will be discounted to event attendees.
Evening classes will be held as scheduled. Offices that support evening students or vital campus services should make plans for staffing during the event. Vice presidents, deans and directors will determine which departments must remain open and coordinate hours and staffing as necessary.

RSVP here by June 11

For more information call (312) 362-8253.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Luncheon, May 15, 2015

Nearly 100 DES members attended the Spring Luncheon in the LPC Student Union. We were treated to a fine meal and an exceptional music program. Two student vocalists from the Music School shared their talents with the retirees. You can enjoy a few seconds of their performance in the video below.

Additionally, Dick Meister and Dave Sims were thanked for their years of service on the DES Steering Committee. The 2015 DES Steering Committee election concluded with Susan Kosinski being re-elected for another term and two new members, Jeanne LaDuke and Jean Bryan joining the continuing members: Woods Bowman, Kathryn DeGraff, Jerry Goldman, Helen Marlborough and Nancy Rospenda. Congrats to all.


Dear Colleagues, I am writing to inform you that Bob Kozoman, our executive vice president, will retire on Jan. 1, 2016. While we will have time to thank him for his genial and always insightful leadership when the time gets closer, you may wish to congratulate and thank him as the opportunity presents itself in the months ahead. In the meantime, we will turn our attention to hiring a new executive vice president. Because this is a board appointment, the search committee will be led by a trustee who will work with our broad delegation of university representatives. I will be in touch with faculty and staff councils and student government shortly for their recommendations. Thank you for all that you do for DePaul! Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. President

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon - May 21

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. requests the pleasure of your company at the

Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois

12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Program

The Chicago Cultural Center is a short walk
from DePaul's Loop Campus.

Complimentary trolley service will be provided from
Lincoln Park Campus, leaving from the Student Center,
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue at the following times:
11:10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 11:20 a.m.

Please RSVP your attendance to Tanya Lewis

at 312/362-8253 by Friday, May 15, 2015

RSVP here to attend the 27th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon

All DES members are invited to the Distinguised Servie Awards Luncheon. Look for the invitation in your email box or your snail mail box.

Book Club Meeting April 1, 2015

"We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler provided the basis for a lively and far reaching discussion. The story of human Rosemary and her chimpanzee “sister” led to consideration of animal rights, dysfunctional families and the reason for narrator began in the middle, with no mention of Fern being a chimp.  That the author began in the middle of the story did sometimes make the story a bit disjointed, but that became a path to discussion of how the separate memories of the narrator informed the development of the novel.  There were many thought provoking comments from all who participated in the meeting.
Our next read will be: “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer. It is available in paperback, electronically, and through libraries. You might enjoy reading this review in the New York Times:   We look forward to our discussion Wednesday, June 3 at 1:30 pm.  Meetings are held the Richardson Library, Room 115; bring a brown bag lunch if you would like to join us at 1 pm.  Contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough

Titles suggested for further consideration:
“Archangel” by Andrea Barrett
“Some Luck” by Jane Smiley
“Stoner” by John Williams

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DES Spring Luncheon, May 15

The DES Annual Spring Luncheon invitation is in the mail. We hope you will join us on Friday, May 15, 2015. In addition to catching up with colleagues, we will be treated to a musical performance by students from the Schol of Music. They will perform selections from the DePaul Opera Theatre's recent production of The Magic Flute.

And, we always have a most wonderful meal! Hope to see you on the 15th.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rosata Perea Named Law School Dean

From: David Miller, Interim Provost

It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Jennifer Rosato Perea as dean for the College of Law, effective July 1.
Throughout her 25 years in higher education, which includes 11 years as a law school administrator, Jennifer has been an active voice in the national dialogue about legal education. She currently serves as the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law, a post she has held since 2009, and served as the acting dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its first year of operation in 2006.
DePaul is gaining a dynamic and innovative law school administrator who is highly respected by her peers. An accomplished scholar in family law, bioethics and civil procedure, she brings extensive administrative experience and a deep understanding of the current challenges faced by law schools and the legal profession.
Jennifer's legal career began with a passion for working with abused children. She felt she could make the biggest difference by becoming a lawyer. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia. Today, Jennifer is a sought-after public speaker and has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families. She regularly receives invitations to present before multiple national organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
In addition to her legal scholarship and practice, Jennifer was associate dean of students at two universities. She spent 14 years on the faculty at Brooklyn Law School, and in her later years was a co-director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy and associate dean of students. She also served as associate dean of students at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law from 2007 to 2009. She has held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Villanova University.
As one of a small number of Latina law school deans in the country and the first in her family to attend college, Jennifer strives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She presents extensively on implicit bias and its effects on diversity and inclusion. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Secretary of State, the Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the National Latino Law Students Association Leadership Award in Education and Advocacy.
Under her leadership at Northern Illinois University, the law school earned national recognition for diversity, value and public service. Jennifer doubled opportunities for experiential learning, including launching a clinic in health advocacy and dramatically expanding student externship opportunities, especially in Chicago. She led the development of a mentoring program for first-year students, pairing almost the entire class with alumni and other lawyers, and initiated a first-year professionalism program required for graduation. She also collaborated with areas across the university to create accelerated degree programs, allowing students to earn a bachelor's and law degree in six years or less.
Jennifer earned her bachelor's from Cornell University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She is a member of the Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt. She formerly served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools New Law Teachers Conference.
In speaking with Jennifer, she expressed how DePaul's long history with public interest law and commitment to social justice drew her to the university. She looks forward to working with DePaul's distinguished faculty, dedicated staff and exemplary students to contribute to the impressive work that is taking place at the college and university.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Trustee Jack Greenberg and the search committee for the time and efforts they dedicated to finding a new dean. I also would like to thank Bruce Ottley for serving as the interim dean for the College of Law since June 2014. He will return to his regular position as a professor in the college, and I am grateful for his exceptional hard work and dedication to DePaul. Finally, I would like to thank the many faculty and staff who took time to send their insightful comments on the various candidates. We found them extremely helpful.
We look forward to welcoming Jennifer to DePaul.
Source: Newsline Online, March 25, 2015