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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall Luncheon 2015 Photos

The October 22 DES Luncheon was as wonderful as previous ones. In addition to visiting with nearly 70 colleagues, we were treated to a delicious lunch and an excellent presentation from four lighting design students in The Theatre School. The project they described used sixty LED lighting fixtures to illuminate St. Vincent's church with color and projections. During the Q&A, the students referred to a webinar that provided additional information on their project. Click here to read the short article and hear the program. 
The lunch was wonderful, seeing colleagues grand and listening to our students share their successes - priceless! 
Enjoy photos from the day ----

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Book Club Meeting, October 7, 2015

“The Bookman's Tale” combined book collecting and conservation, forgotten/lost Shakespeare manuscript, history of book and manuscript collecting, together in a romantic mystery. The protagonist, an academic librarian, finally solved the mystery of the forgery and location of the original manuscript in a rousing biblio-mystery. The author had an incredible grasp of the facts in the field, and wove together many strands to provide a tale that some found informative and engrossing while others found a bit like throwing too many ingredients into the soup. But as always, we had a rewarding, edifying conversation, and learned much both from the book itself and each other.

Our next book will be “Bel Canto”, by Ann Patchett. Thanks to Jeanne LaDuke for the recommendation. We deleted short story collections and some other items from our future consideration list.

The next meeting is Wednesday, December 2 in Room 115 of the Richardson Library.  Discussion begins at 1:30, but the room is available at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch beforehand. For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

Suggested titles for future consideration:
“God in Ruins” Kate Atkinson
“Frances Perkins:  The Woman Behind the New Deal”  Kirsten Downey
“Barney” by Barney Frank
“Being Mortal” Atul Gawande
“That Cape Magic” Richard Russo

Monday, October 26, 2015


DePaul University was one of three schools receiving a distinguished building award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects. DePaul University's Theatre School received this award, the highest form of recognition. This award was decided by panels of architects from around the nation. The Chicago AIA honors are presented annually. This year 36 winners in differing categories were chosen from 285 entries. We are DePaul!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Christmas at DePaul - Ticket Lottery Open

Christmas at DePaul

It is my pleasure to inform you that Christmas at DePaul returns to St. Vincent de Paul Church for its ninth year of performances. Selections of familiar and classic music are performed by the 150-member DePaul Community Chorus and a 50-member orchestra of students from the School of Music, providing a joyful score to this passionate retelling of our Lord's birth. Each year a student is selected from The Theatre School to narrate the sacred story.

Unlike most Christmas productions in the city, there is no admission charge, but we request that a donation be made to one of the St. Vincent de Paul parish-sponsored charities. The intention behind this event is that we celebrate this joyous season together while ministering to those in need in the spirit of Vincent.

Performances this year will be:

Thursday, December 10, 2015; 7:00pm
Friday, December 11, 2015; 7:00pm
Friday, December 11, 2015; 9:00pm

Following the Friday 7:00 p.m. performance, there will be a Christmas party in the Student Center for the DePaul faculty, staff, students, trustees, and families. Santa Claus will share treats with the children and pose for photos with family and friends.

Due to high demand in the past few years, tickets for this year's performances will again be distributed via a lottery. You can register for the lottery at the Christmas at DePaul website from October 22 through November 2. Those that have been selected through the lottery will be notified if they have received tickets on November 5 and 6. Once again, tickets will be required for each and every performance of Christmas at DePaul.

Additional details about the performances and a list of suggested donation items that will most benefit St. Vincent de Paul charities can be found here.

During the busy Christmas season, I hope that you will be able to take time to join us for what I am certain will be a magical and inspiring evening.


Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
October 22, 2015

Photo: Christmas at DePaul website

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Memorial Planned for H. Woods Bowman



A memorial service for former Illinois State Representative H. Woods Bowman, who died in an automobile accident in Michigan on July 10, 2015, is scheduled for Friday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster (at Sheffield), on the Lincoln Park Campus of DePaul University in Chicago.  A reception will follow.  

Parking is available for both events in the Sheffield Parking Garage on the east side of Sheffield between Belden and Fullerton.  

From 1976 to 1990 Mr. Bowman represented the district centered in Evanston, Illinois.  Following that, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Cook County from 1990 to 1994.  In 1995 he joined the faculty of the School of Public Service of DePaul University.  After his retirement in 2012 he maintained an active academic career in research and at the time of his death was professor emeritus at DePaul.  

For those who would like to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests the following:  The School of Public Service, DePaul University; Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago; Housing Options for the Mentally Ill, Evanston, Illinois; Northlight Theatre, Skokie, Illinois.    


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

In Memoriam - Joan C. Junkus

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sorrow that we have learned of the death of Dr. Joan Junkus, Professor of Finance. Joan passed away on September 28, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 63, and had served at DePaul for 30 years.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, October 6, 3 - 8 Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant Street, Hinsdale, IL, 60521. Funeral service on Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Online condolences may be submitted at

Our sympathy goes to the family, friends, university colleagues, and students who mourn the loss of Professor Junkus. She will be greatly missed.

Thank you.

Office of Mission and Values
Email to University Community, September 29, 2015


Dr. Joan C. Junkus, Ph.D.; age 63; Professor of Finance DePaul University; loving wife of Dr. Kevin C. Spencer, Ph.D.; beloved sister of Justin J. and Marilyn J. Junkus; fond aunt of Kristin, Suzanne, Kimberly, and Alyssa; dear sister in-law of Crissan, Kim, Holly, Peter, Lisa, and Michael. Visitation Tuesday, October 6th 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sullivan Funeral Home, 60 South Grant St. Hinsdale. Funeral Wednesday, October 7th, 10:00 AM at Christ Church of Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Rd. (31st & York Rd.) Oak Brook. Interment Private. 630-323-0275 or

To leave a words of comfort or sympathy click here.

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

DES Fall Luncheon, Thursday, October 22

Join us for the DES Fall Luncheon
 Thursday, October 22 in the LPC Student Center. 

Prior to the luncheon, we will celebrate an All Souls Mass in the St. Louise de Marillac Chapel in the Student Center. The Mass is in remembrance of our retired colleagues who have passed away during the previous 12 months.

In addition to catching up with our colleagues and enjoying a terrific lunch we also will have the pleasure of hearing from students in The Theatre School as they share with us how they use lighting techniques as a storytelling medium.

Watch for your invitation in the U.S. mail. And, please RSVP to Alice Farrell by October 19.

Hope to see you all in October.

Note this year's DES Fall Luncheon is on a Thursday,