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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Robert Griesbach. Bob taught at DePaul from 1955 until his retirement in 1989 from the Department of Biological Sciences and also served as its chair. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Via Sapientiae Award by the university. Bob passed away on September 23 at the age of 95. He is survived by 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Bob combined his work in cytology and genetics with botany research, resulting in major scientific advances that earned him recognition as a pioneer in plant physiology genetics and plant breeding.
Services will take place on Tuesday, October 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second Street, Menasha, WI 54952. Visitation at 9:30 a.m. for friends and family, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Online condolences may be submitted at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/cape-coral-fl/robert-griesbach-8866154
Our condolences go to the family, friends, colleagues, and former students who mourn the loss of Bob. May he rest in peace.
Source: Mission and Ministry email October 1, 2019
Robert A. Griesbach
Robert Anthony (Bob) Griesbach, age 95, passed away on September 23, 2019. Bob was born on April 11, 1924 in Menasha, WI, the son of William and Susan (Hauser) Griesbach. Bob graduated from St. Mary high school in 1942. Following graduation, Bob worked at the Institute of paper chemistry in Appleton WI for a year prior to being drafted into military service. Having played the clarinet from fourth grade on through high school, Bob was happy to be assigned to the 332nd transportation Corps Army band. Following service in the army during World War II, Bob moved to Chicago in 1947 where he began studies at DePaul University. Starting out in both biology and music he soon realized he had to chose between the two. Bob chose biology as his career option. After earning a bachelor of science degree in biology and a masters degree in botany, Bob went on to the University of Chicago to earn his PhD. After completing his graduate work in botany at Chicago, Bob returned to teach at DePaul in its biological-sciences department, eventually chairing the department. It was during his studies at the University of Chicago that Bob met Mary Lou Stoegbauer (also from WI) on a train ride into the city. They married in 1954. In 1958, Bob and Mary Lou moved to Park Ridge, IL. It was at their home in Park Ridge that Bob was able to blend his scientific work in cytology and genetics with his interest in breeding daylilies. This quickly became a lifetime interest. Eventually, Bob would go on to make contributions to the development of such plants as gladiolus, daylilies, and true lilies. Bob was one of the first botanists to develop a method for doubling the chromosomes in Daylilies; offering more color possibilities, increased vigor and substance, and larger flowers. Bob’s research resulted in major scientific advances and is recognized as a pioneer in plant physiology genetics and plant breeding.
In 1989, Bob retired from his work at DePaul. He was honored at the 1989 commencement as a recipient of the Via Sapientiae award, the highest award that the university can bestow upon a member of its community. Retirement allowed Bob to concentrate entirely on his work with daylilies. In 1991, he and Mary Lou made the decision to move to their home in Wisconsin. The relocation took two years because he had to transfer two crops of flowers-daylilies and lilies from his home in Park Ridge, Illinois to his daylily farm outside Delavan, Wisconsin. In 2007, Mary Lou passed away and Bob’s daughter Barbara, husband Frankie and daughter Gracie stepped in to care for Bob as he was legally blind from macular degeneration and unable to fully care for himself. In 2015, Bob developed heart and kidney disease and it was becoming increasingly more difficult for him to be out in his daylily fields without ending up in the hospital. In 2016, a job opportunity for Barbara gave the family an opportunity to relocate to Cape Coral FL. So, after 60 years, Bob hung up his hybridizing hat to be with his family in FL. It was now time for others to continue his work with the daylilies. In October of 2016, a group of trusted lily aficionados and friends gathered in what later was referred to as “The Big Dig” to salvage over 4,000 lily bulbs from Bob’s fields.
Bob is survived by 5 children: Robert (Pam) Griesbach Ellicott City, MD, James (Ann) Griesbach Orland Park, IL, Debra (Glenn) Andrews Georgetown, SC, Donald (Martin Morales) Los Angeles, CA and Barbara (Frankie) Kropacek Cape Coral, FL, eight grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters: Virginia Swichtenberg, Menasha; Donna Mahoney Menasha,WI.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Mary Lou, his four brothers: Norman (Katie) Griesbach; Marc (Mary) Griesbach; William (Joan) Griesbach and Donald (Sally) Griesbach and one sister: Sister Donna (Evangeline) SSND
It would be remiss of me if I did not share the vital role my mom played in my dad’s professional advancements as well as being the families matriarch. My mom was, as a dear friend described, a generous, delightful, and inimitable human being that took delight in making my dad and our family happy....even if it meant stepping aside and taking second fiddle. Our family will miss them both.
Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second Street, Menasha. Friends and family may visit at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Source: Coral Ridge Funeral Home online: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/cape-coral-fl/robert-griesbach-8866154
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Our next book will be Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. You can read a review here here. We meet Wednesday, June 5 in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. We gather at 11, with discussion from 11:30 to 12:30, so please bring your brown bag lunch! For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
I am pleased to announce DePaul’s Board of Trustees voted to appoint Salma Ghanem interim provost effective July 1.Salma, a professor and dean of the College of Communication, has been serving as acting provost since October 2018. Over the last eight months, she has served admirably during a challenging time for Academic Affairs. I am grateful for her willingness to continue in this role
In addition to her academic background, she served as a press and information officer for the Press Office of the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations in New York and as a communication specialist with Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Texas.
Born and raised in Egypt, she is fluent in Arabic and French and has considerable skill in Spanish. Her passion for cultural awareness and interdisciplinary research stems from the fact she herself is an immigrant and was raised by parents who are Egyptian and Dutch. She taught for 15 years at the University of Texas-Pan American, a Hispanic Serving Institution. She also taught in several study-abroad programs in Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Austria and Germany. Salma received multiple awards for research and teaching, and has published and presented nationally and internationally. She earned a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996.
It is indeed our good fortune to have talented leaders who can step up and take on expanded responsibilities. I am pleased to also announce Alexandra Murphy will continue to serve as acting dean of the College of Communication. On behalf of the university community, I thank them for continuing in these important leadership roles.
The university intends to conduct a nationwide search for a new provost in the summer or fall of 2021 with the goal of naming a permanent provost by July 1, 2022. Please join me in congratulating Salma on her appointment as interim provost.
A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
A LOOK BACK, A LOOK FORWARD: SNL TRANSITIONS TO SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
By Abigail Pickus / June 13, 2019 / Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY Facebook
SNL celebration 2019
On May 31, DePaul hosted a gala celebrating the School for New Learning and its transition to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
(Diane M. Smutny/DMS Photography)
The School for New Learning was founded nearly half a century ago. As the newly branded School of Continuing and Professional Studies, it continues to offer adult learners innovative programs that meet their needs.
When SNL opened its doors in 1972, the nation was in the midst of what came to be known as the nontraditional student movement.
“This meant the student came before the institution. That sounds basic now, but up to that time, the questions were always ‘what did the institution think’ not ‘what did the student think,’” recalls SNL founding Dean Howard Sulkin in a 1998 documentary DePaul produced in honor of the school’s 25th anniversary.
With professionally oriented degree programs, recognition of life experiences, emphasis on applied liberal studies and commitment to community, SNL offers working adults a pathway to higher education in a way that meets their needs.
“SNL was built upon educational principles that value students’ prior learning from experience, their workplace-based knowledge and skills, and their perspectives as older students that traditional students wouldn’t learn about in textbooks. This is what makes adult learning such a fascinating and exciting project,” says Interim Dean Don Opitz. Don Opitz
Interim Dean Don Opitz shared remarks during the spring gala. (Diane M. Smutny/DMS Photography)
For Associate Professor Susan McGury, producer of the anniversary documentary, SNL is like no other place for adult learners. From its inception, SNL has placed students from the working world in command of their learning pathways.
“This method of education puts the student in the driver’s seat while surrounding them with lots of supports and resources. Add to this the lifelong-learning element, which is about building skills, and the result is the confidence to know that you can teach yourself anything,” she says.
Having graduated its 10,000th student this past summer, SNL continues its commitment to serving a unique learning population, even as it pivots to respond to changes in its market.
According to recent studies, SNL students are older, average age 36, work more hours than other DePaul students, 68 percent work 30 or more hours per week, and attend part time, 87 percent. They also express greater satisfaction with their advising and academic experiences. Also, the proportion of SNL’s African-American students is significantly higher than the same demographic for adult learners across DePaul.
SNL continues to reinforce its commitment to the larger community.
“Students who come to our programs are already very much engaged with their communities. This is something that DePaul values and SNL especially emphasizes,” Opitz says.
This summer, SNL will officially become the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Building upon its strengths in online and flexible degree program options, the school will become even more competitive in an already competitive marketplace by offering more specialized degrees. This includes new undergraduate degree programs in business administration, computing and health care administration in partnership with the College of Science and Health.
“These developments will enable us to reach a wider net of students and be more successful. I’m excited about us being more innovative as we explore new degree programs and engage in the business of certificates and stackable credentials,” Opitz says.
Looking ahead to a future under the SCPS banner means both change and consistency.
“One thing is sure: The school is proudly advancing its unique mission of engaging adults in learning that connects their academic studies with endeavors at work and in the community,” Opitz says.
Source: DePaul Newsline, June 13, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Our next book will be Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by DePaul faculty, Kathleen Rooney. Check out this review from The New York Times. We will meet Wednesday, June 5 in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. We gather at 11, with discussion from 11:30 to 12:30, so please bring your brown bag lunch! For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.
We will continue to review the titles on our list for consideration for upcoming discussions. Please let Kathryn, Helen, or anyone else in the group, know if you have a favorite book you would like to share with your DES colleagues. As you can tell from the posts, we are interested in a wide range of fiction and non fiction. We enjoy our sessions thoroughly and always have room for more people and more insights.