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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, January 22, 2016

In Memoriam - Harold Priestly

It is with sadness that we have learned of the recent death of Harold Priestly, retired employee of Loop Facility Operations.  Harold served as a Freight Elevator Operator for DePaul from 1981 until his retirement in 2012.

Private services were held earlier this month.  Information regarding a memorial service to be held at the Loop Campus will be forthcoming.

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

Source: Mission and Values email, January 22, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Club Meeting December 2, 2015

We had a  lively and engaging conversation centered on our reading of“Bel Canto”. Because it has been premiered as an opera , we considered the transformational role of music as a universal language, particularly in light of the language barriers among the captives. That led to comparisons between the  Roxanne, the opera singer, and Gen, the translator; both singing and translationserved to unify the captives and captors.  As a tale of hostage taking, we talked about real world events and how they were interpreted here; as well as considering the isolation and connection that develops in such circumstances.

Our next book will be “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East”, by Scott Anderson. Mary Lu Linane made the recommendation.  For those who might be interested in the British analysis of this title, here is the Guardian review. We considered  “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage” by Barney Frank; but decided to wait until a future time when it is available in paperback. We are coming up with guidelines for selection as we go along!

The next meeting is Wednesday, February 3 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
“Frank” by Barney Frank
“Being Mortal” Atul Gawande
“That Cape Magic” Richard Russo

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kozoman retires


Rachel Marciano
DECEMBER 16, 2015
As chief operating officer, Kozoman encouraged the university to adopt a best-practices approach to its finances, and wrote the university's first formal financial planning goals. While associate vice president for the Integrated System Administration Group, he managed the university's implementation of PeopleSoft, integrating DePaul's student administration, human resources and finance systems.
By implementing a collaborative style as executive vice president, Kozoman brought cohesion to the management of DePaul's finances and operations, ultimately creating a more unified university community.
Bob, welcome to the DePaul Emeritus Society!
Source: Newsline Online

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