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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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Passing of Carol Dameron

Although Carol was not a member of the DES, I'm sure many of you remember her from both HR and Info Services.  I'm posting this in the event you would like to attend her funeral or send your condolences to the family.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Carol L. Damron.  Carol passed away on Sunday, September 7, after a long battle with Leukemia. She worked for DePaul for 19 years, starting in Human Resources and then moving into Information Services after the original PeopleSoft implementation. She is survived by her daughter, Sara Brennan, formerly of DePaul Student Records, as well as her beloved pets Doodles, Jake, and Charlie.

Services will be held on October 4 at noon at Wenban Funeral Home at 320 Vine Ave in Lake Forest, IL.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:

Our deepest sympathies go to Sara.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

10th Annual Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science and Technology Lecture

Dear Friends:

Please join the 10th Annual Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Lecture.

"The Value of Communicating Scientific Research with the Public"

Presented by Emily Graslie

Chief Curiosity Correspondent, The Field Museum

The term "scientist" often inspires the stale image of lab goggles and a white coat, but who's responsible for transforming this stereotype - the media or the scientists themselves? Is a harmless stereotype all that bad? The public's interpretation of scientists and their work influences levels of personal investment and involvement when it comes to making decisions that are informed by scientific research. It's beneficial for researchers of all types to consider incorporating science communication as an integral part of their work in order to ensure our society may reach a higher degree of literacy in those fields, and inspire new generations of creative critical thinkers. Join Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum, as she discusses a variety of ways in which science communicators may work as liaisons between researchers and non-specialists in order to achieve these goals.

Monday, September 29, 6:00 p.m., McGowan South, room 108

Reception immediately following in the McGowan South Atrium

About Our Speaker:Emily Graslie graduated from The University of Montana with a BFA in painting in 2011. Her relationship with science began as an internship with The University of Montana Zoological Museum during her senior year. What started off as a means to practice scientific illustration gradually developed into a love of skeletal preparation and an interest in the inner workings of natural history museums. In January of 2013, with the help of YouTube educator Hank Green and producer Michael Aranda, Emily and co. launched a YouTube channel about science museums and research collections.  Brain Scoop' aims to share the wonderful inner and outer workings of natural history museums by discussing all aspects of science, biology, and the joys of discovery. In July of 2013 she moved to The Field Museum and became their first-ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent, where she uses a variety of new media to share the Field's stories with passionate learners from all over the world.

To RSVP, please contact Victoria Simek, 773-325-4790 or
Thank you.

Source: Mission and Values email, September 9, 2014

(Note: To honor the contributions of Dr. Jeanne LaDuke (Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematical Sciences) and to foster community and scholarship among faculty, staff and students at DePaul University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences established the Jeanne LaDuke Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Annual Lecture Series in 2005.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

VP for Advancement, Erin Minné, Announced

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Erin Minné as senior vice president for Advancement. She will begin working at DePaul on Sept. 15.

I am especially happy to welcome Erin because she is already an extended member of our DePaul family. Her daughter is a student in the School of Music, and I could not be more thrilled to add a DePaul parent to our senior leadership team.

A seasoned professional with fundraising certification, Erin brings decades of advancement experience in higher education to DePaul. She currently serves as vice president for university advancement at Illinois State University and executive director of the ISU Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that manages the private gifts given to the university each year. During her time at ISU, she significantly increased donor retention and the number of alumni donors. She also raised faculty, staff and retiree giving to more than $1 million for the first time in the university’s history.

Prior to her time at ISU, she was the vice president for development at The University of Iowa Foundation. Over the course of nine years, she led multiple campaigns and doubled her team’s productivity within a very short timeframe. Primarily focused on health sciences, Erin managed a $500 million campaign for the university’s medical center and supervised eight-figure capital campaigns for the College of Public Health and Dentistry. Erin also created and managed the first stewardship and donor relations unit at Michigan Technological University. She has directed fundraising strategies for Boysville of Michigan and the American Cancer Society.

Born and raised in the Detroit area, Erin is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In addition to her daughter, she has two grown stepsons. In the coming months, she and her husband will relocate to the Chicago area.

I am very appreciative of the time and expertise the search committee, chaired by our board member, Dan Ustian, devoted to this task. I am especially grateful for their efficiency, recognizing the importance of having a new senior vice president in place as soon as possible in order to keep our momentum rolling.

I also would like to thank our very own Erin Moran for serving as the interim vice president for Advancement during this time of transition. Throughout her 17 years at DePaul, Erin has consistently provided leadership across the Office of Advancement and contributed significantly to the success of the Many Dreams, One Mission campaign. She will return to her regular position as associate vice president and chief of staff for Advancement on Sept. 15. I am thankful for her exceptional hard work and dedication to DePaul. I also am grateful to the entire Office of Advancement, which has stepped up in so many ways in these intervening months. Our new senior vice president is inheriting a highly accomplished team, and I look forward to celebrating even more fundraising achievements.


Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.

Source: Email, President's Office, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Club Meeting August 6

There was a great turn out and discussion August 6 on "The Man He Became".  We agreed that the medical information and description of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's struggle with polio was comprehensive and highly informative.  That led to observations as to how that struggle and his resulting infirmity reflected the mood of the nation at the time.  The narrative crafted by FDR and those around him, of a man knocked down who rose up, gave Americans a way to reinterpret the era in a positive manner.  The insight that the American public was able to disguise the evidence of their eyes, so that the national and personal narratives could mesh, also emerged from this conversation.  FDR's task to establish Warm Springs for fellow polio sufferers was noted, as was the social stigma than attached to anyone defined as crippled.  We commented on his incredible ability to manage his interpersonal relations without ever discussing with anyone how he felt about his polio; and to keep his immediate family at a distance from his own emotional state.  Our conversation on this aspect of the life of FDR proved rewarding for all, even those who had not been able to read the book.

Our discussion of history led to talk of World War I, and we then agreed that our next book would be Paul Fussell's “The Great War and Modern Memory” a highly acclaimed synthesis of literature and history. Here is just one of the recent reviews of this book, very timely in the observance of the centennial of the start of World War I.  It is available in paperback, electronically, and through libraries. We look forward to our discussion on October 1 at 1:30 pm.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

St. Vincent's Health Faire - Save the Date

Here are the times and locations of the 2014 St. Vincent's Health Benefit Faire.  Mark your calendars so you can take advantage of the wonderful offerings including: Vendor Fair, Health Fair, Wellness Evaluations and Flu Shots.  As we get closer to the Faire, more information will be available.

Stay well.

7:00am – 11:30am
Lincoln Park Student Center Rooms 314 A&B
7:00am – 11:30am
Lincoln Park Student Center Rooms 314 A&B
7:00am – 11:30am
Loop DePaul Center Concourse Level
7:00am – 11:30am
Loop DePaul Center Concourse Level

Source: Sara A. Nelson, DPU HR, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Recent Letter from Fr. Holtschneider

A recent letter from Father Holtschneider to the DePaul Community:
Dear Colleagues,
As I begin my five-month sabbatical at Harvard University later this week, I wanted to take a moment to wish you a terrific fall quarter. I am looking forward to shifting more of my time toward writing and teaching, and I will miss our community and all of you who make DePaul an extraordinary place.
DePaul is in good hands as Dr. Patricia O’Donoghue assumes the interim presidency. I know she will benefit from DePaul’s highly capable senior team and that she will be able to count on all of you.
Thank you for your continued dedication and hard work, which never fails to move my heart. Each summer, as we prepare the annual report on the university’s activities, I marvel at the many extraordinary initiatives which are growing and bettering this university in wonderful ways.  Even today, alumni tell me how much the university has changed “since their time,”and they’re right. All of this is your work.
I look forward to returning to DePaul in January reinvigorated and ready to continue working alongside you. Please enjoy the rest of your summer and have a wonderful beginning to the 2014-15 academic year.
God bless you,
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.

Source: University email, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

DES History

DePaul Emeritus Society History

Like people, most organizations do not materialize “full grown.” They start out small, often have “parents” and develop over time.  The DePaul Emeritus Society is no different. Upon the infusion of so many new members to the family, it only seems fitting that a little information about DES’ ancestors is in order.

The Professor Emeritus Society (PES), founded in 1992, was conceived by four faculty (William Gorman, Adolph Mark, John Masterson and Edwin Schillinger) with the support of Fr. Thomas Munster (Chancellor’s Office) and Ted Tolcher and Beth Bracco (Development). It was formed “to provide a vehicle to keep retired faculty involved with the university, to have an open line of communication with the university, and, to provide an opportunity for social and professional interaction amongst these retirees.” The first luncheon gathering of the PES was held on November 11, 1992. Bill Gorman was its first and only chair.

In 2000, a group of university administrators including Steve Loevy, Fr. Tom Munster, Fr. Ed Udovic, Elaine (Watson) Beaudoin and Carolyn Wright raised the possibility of creating multiple lines of communication with all faculty and staff retirees, individuals on disability, and spouses of deceased retirees. It was hoped this would improve communication among these groups and the university. Two years later, the idea of a Staff Emeritus Society (SES) was raised, and officially founded in 2003.  The first SES planning committee was composed of 5 retired staff members (Nancy Gall, Marjorie Piechowski, Nancy Rospenda, Karen Stark, and Elaine (Watson) Beaudoin); Tom Paetsch (active employee); Camille Licklider and Joel Schaffer (Development); Fr. Tom Munster and Gerry Timm (Chancellor’s Office), Carolyn Wright (Human Resources) and Fr. Ed Udovic (Mission and Values). The purpose of the SES was similar to that described by the Professor Emeritus Society.  Its first luncheon was held on October 29, 2003 and Elaine (Watson) Beaudoin was its first and only chair.

Both organizations worked to improve communications and identify general university benefits for their respective retiree groups including continued access to University libraries, identification cards, and DPU email addresses; invitations to university events including Service Awards Luncheons, Annual Health Faire, and Vincentian Service Day; receipt of paper and electronic university publications and announcements; and, discounts to events and facilities, course tuition and parking.  

When Bill Gorman died in 2006, the university took the occasion to review the two separate organizations and to contemplate the combining of the societies.  A questionnaire was sent to all faculty and staff retirees asking if they thought a merger was a good idea.  The overwhelming majority saw the combining of the two organizations as a positive step. The DePaul Emeritus Society was born in 2008.  “The DES is open to all faculty and staff of DePaul University who have retired from the university with 20 years of full-time service and are 55 years or older, or have retired from the university with 10 years of full-time service and are 62 years or older.” The initial DES charter called for the election of six officers, three faculty and three staff. The first officers were Elaine Beaudoin, Fr. Tom Croak, Jerry Goldman, Dick Meister, Nancy Rospenda, and Denny Shea. An inaugural luncheon, attended by over 60 individuals, was held on May 12, 2008 in the Cortelyou Commons.

Today’s DES mission 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. Since the DES’ inception, a number of programs and communication vehicles have been established including the semi-annual Newsletter and luncheon, Oral History Program, Memorabilia Project, Annual Road Trip Outing, Book Club, DES Website, DES News Updates blog, and the DES Facebook page. In addition, through the philanthropic support of our members, more than thirty small scholarships have been granted to upper-level, undergraduate students while creating a DES Scholarship Fund now in excess of $100,000 assuring an income stream that will support scholarships in perpetuity. Our sponsor (or we might say our “God Parent”) during DES’ six year of life has been the Office of Mission and Values for which we are very grateful.
Elaine Beaudoin
June 30, 2014