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Introduction

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.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

In Memoriam - Alex Devience




Alex Devience, Jr., 81 of Park Ridge, was born November 18, 1938 in Chicago to the late Alexander and Charlotte (nee Patelski) Devience and passed away June 13, 2020. Alex was the beloved husband of Arlene D. (nee Nelson) for 59 years; loving father of the late Pepper; guardian of Mark Hageli; fond uncle to Linda, Terri, Diane, Patti, Jane, Charlie, Joseph, Alex, Rachel, Steven, and Karen. Alex served in the United States Navy at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After the Navy, he earned his J.D. degree from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law. Alex not only loved the law but teaching as well which led him to begin teaching business law at DePaul University in 1974. He continued teaching up until four weeks ago. In 1976, a few years after he began teaching, he opened Alex Devience, LTD located in downtown Chicago, IL. His practice would go on to litigate a wide variety of cases including, Alex arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court. To say he has influenced a great number of people is an understatement. Alex loved his family, from his marriage of 59 years to Arlene to his involvement with numerous nephews and nieces, his laugh and playful teasing will be missed. He led by example for all to see. Interment will be at Town Of Maine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Alex's name.

Source: Online: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/des-plaines-il/alex-devience-9219447

Book Club June 3

We enjoyed our Zoom discussion of The Library Book, which we had to postpone from our scheduled April meeting. Susan Orlean begins with the fire that devastated the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986 and her curiosity about that event, the accused arsonist, and the role of the library and librarians. She uses the event and her skillful writing to weave a multilayered saga. Her story includes the history and development of that library and the role of the librarians who built the collections and the place of the library in the civic life of Los Angeles. She includes her memories of libraries, analysis of the work librarians do, a true crime tale, and anecdotes of books and their users. The session helped restore our sense of connection to our fellow DePaul retirees through this time of social isolation. 



Our next book will be 
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.  We will meet Wednesday, August 5, through a zoom link to be emailed to all, at our usual time, 11 am.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough,


We 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.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

In Memoriam - Jack Reisman


Dr. John M. Reisman, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at DePaul, died May 19, three days before his 90th birthday. He received his B.S. at Rutgers and his doctorate at Michigan State. During the Korean War, he served as an officer on the USS Wisconsin. He was predeceased by Margo, his beloved wife of 62 years, and will be sorely missed by his loving children, Hope (Jeffrey) Sheffield, David (Caroline), Carl (Robin), and Andrew (Polina), and by his 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dr. Reisman published eight psychology books, numerous articles, and two mystery novels. He loved old movies, traveling, good food, and a well-organized routine. His family will miss his wit, prodigious memory, intelligence, and devotion.

Published in Chicago Tribune on May 22, 2020.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

New Dean, College of Science and Health - Stephanie Dance-Barnes

DePaul University names cancer researcher, higher education leader as dean of the College of Science and Health

Stephanie Dance-Barnes joins DePaul July 1

​​​​​CHICAGO — An expert in cancer biology and leader in higher education will serve as the next dean for ​DePaul University’s College of Science and Health. Interim Provost Salma Ghanem announced April 29 that Stephanie Dance-Barnes will join the DePaul community July 1.

Dance-Barnes currently serves as interim associate provost and dean of the University College of Lifelong Learning at Winston Salem State University in North Carolina, where she also is an associate professor of cell and molecular biology.

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Stephanie Dance-Barnes
Stephanie Dance-Barnes has been named the new dean of DePaul University's College of Science and Health. She'll begin her role on July 1. (Garrett Garms/Winston Salem State University)​ DOWNLOAD
With a background in cancer biology and toxicology, she has received multiple research grants and fellowships for her work to develop improved and targeted cancer therapies. She is the recipient of multiple professional and teaching awards, most recently the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Dr. Dance-Barnes is a champion for the liberal education approach to learning,” Ghanem said. “She recognizes the importance for students to not only be engaged in dynamic learning experiences, but also the need to be equipped with critical thinking skills that go beyond the classroom. Her extensive administrative and teaching experience combined with her passion for innovative scientific research will be a tremendous benefit for our diverse students at DePaul.”

Originally from the small town of Weeksville, North Carolina, Dance-Barnes first pursued a scientific path at Elizabeth City State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-medicine. She completed a master’s degree in biology at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She is the first African American female to receive her doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the area of cancer biology and toxicology.

In her current role as interim associate provost and dean, she oversees an academic unit that provides WSSU students with tools they need to succeed, including advising, TRiO student support services, STEM Learning Center, Testing and Assessment Center, as well as the first-year writing program. As a member of the provost’s senior team, she provides administrative leadership, direction and evaluation for all academic activities and faculty affairs at the university. She also has served as an active member of WSSU’s strategic planning leadership team.

Prior to becoming interim associate provost and dean in 2018, Dance-Barnes was co-chair of WSSU’s Department of Biological Sciences. During her tenure, she spearheaded the redesign of the department’s curriculum, introducing new concentrations that include cell biology, microbiology, pre-health professional, biotechnology and neuroscience. She has led a basic cancer research lab at WSSU since 2010, where she has mentored more than 30 student researchers.

“I am devoted to promoting student success,” Dance-Barnes said. “I feel very blessed to work with so many diverse students who go on to graduate and excel in professional and graduate programs.”

Dance-Barnes joined the faculty at WSSU in 2010, after completing her postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on characterizing the biodiversity of tumors using genomics, molecular genetics and cell biology. She has worked collaboratively with researchers at Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center to secure funding from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health to support underrepresented undergraduate students in cancer research. She also secured a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a program for underserved students in third through fifth grade to promote STEM careers.

“As leaders in higher education, it is imperative that we employ efforts to create positive STEM learning environments that empower students with the skills to be competitive in a global arena,” Dance-Barnes said. “One existing barrier is the number of K-12 schools experiencing a shortage of teachers, particularly in science. Developing partnerships between universities and K-12 schools is a major initiative for me.”

Dedicated to student success and inclusive excellence, Dance-Barnes created the Women in Science Program at WSSU in 2011. The program, which provides mentoring and research opportunities for women in STEM, received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM award from Insight into Diversity magazine. Dance-Barnes also received the Inspiring Leaders in STEM award from Insight into Diversity magazine in 2017.

“My core values align with DePaul’s mission,” Dance-Barnes said. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff in the College of Science and Health to continue to promote DePaul’s growth, development, innovative transformation and successes.”

DePaul’s College of Science and Health is currently led by professor Dorothy Kozlowski, an expert in traumatic brain injury, who has served as interim dean since 2018.

“I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Kozlowski for the dedication she has consistently demonstrated to the university’s mission and CSH students throughout her tenure as interim dean,” Ghanem said. “Her leadership leaves CSH poised for continued success and ready to advance science for the good of public health.”

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Media contact:
Russell Dorn
312-956-2176 mobile

New Dean School of Continuing and Professional Studies, July 1, 2020

DePaul University names Tatum Thomas dean of School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Leader in nontraditional learning to join DePaul July 1

​CHICAGO —​ For more than 15 years, Tatum Thomas has committed herself to preparing adult and nontraditional learners for the next stage in their careers. Effective July 1, she will serve as dean for DePaul University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Tatum Thomas
Tatum Thomas will serve as dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. DOWNLOAD
Thomas currently serves as senior associate dean of student affairs at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies in New York City. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of academic services at New York University's School of Professional Studies.
“Leading and designing emerging schools of professional studies is an area of expertise for Dr. Thomas," said Interim Provost Salma Ghanem. “Her deep understanding of nontraditional, urban education will strengthen DePaul's longstanding commitment to serve diverse learners. As a collaborative and innovative leader, Dr. Thomas will continue to advance SCPS, further supporting the success of our adult and nontraditional students."
In her current role at Columbia University, Thomas oversees strategic initiatives to increase quality, retention and student outcomes in the School of Professional Studies. A leader in diversity and inclusion, she managed a first-of-its kind Columbia University HBCU Fellowship program. This successful program invites high-achieving undergraduate seniors to pursue master's degrees, enhancing student readiness with a robust mix of support services and career development opportunities.
“Nontraditional education has been a natural part of my being," said Thomas. “I was an inner-city, first-generation student and the product of multiple institutions that cater to non-traditional learners. I completed my bachelor's degree at night, while holding full-time and part-time positions and raising a small child. I know first-hand that affordability, flexibility, practicality and immediate returns on the investment are essential to adult learners."
DePaul officially launched SCPS in 2019. The school builds upon the work of its predecessors, the School for New Learning and the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. Aligned with the university's strategic plan, SCPS offers nontraditional students a range of lifelong learning opportunities, including credit-hour based, market-responsive professional studies degrees and credentials.
“DePaul's SCPS fulfills the mission of higher education," Thomas says. “We create a place of opportunity and deliver an excellent education without disrupting lives. I appreciate the caliber of DePaul's faculty and their highly visible commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship. I'm privileged to serve in this community."
During her tenure at Columbia University, Thomas launched multiple student service units. She opened the School of Professional Studies' first lifelong learning career center to provide resources for degree and non-degree students, in addition to alumni. The success of the pilot launch led to the opening of a second center in San Francisco. Relationships she has fostered with civic and corporate partners include Morgan Stanley, Turner Construction, the Mellon Foundation, Firelight Media and the Harlem YMCA of Greater New York.
“Dr. Thomas embodies the mission, values and professional impact represented by innovative schools of continuing education,” says Dr. Jason Wingard, dean and professor of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. “She has served as an invaluable partner to me at Columbia - contributing to the preparation of global students for the future of work.”
At NYU's School of Professional Studies, she led key initiatives and programs. Her teams administered graduate degree programs, undergraduate degree programs, and continuing education programs and interacted with accrediting bodies for curriculum administration. As part of this work, she collaborated with department chairs and faculty to manage academic portfolios and launch new programs. Thomas also established a one-stop holistic counseling unit, as well as a judiciary committee to oversee academic integrity at the Division of Programs in Business.
Thomas holds a bachelor's in psychology from Marymount Manhattan College and a master's in higher education administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also earned a certificate of management excellence from the Harvard Business School. She plans to relocate to Chicago in June.
Don Opitz, an alumnus and adult education scholar, has served as interim dean for DePaul's SCPS since July 2018. “Don has led SCPS through a critical time of transition," Ghanem says. “Professional education is a strategic priority for DePaul, and thanks to his expertise, the school will continue on its positive trajectory. I am very grateful for all Don has done for the faculty, staff and students of SCPS."
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Media contact:
Kristin Claes Mathews
kristin.mathews@depaul.edu​
 312-241-9856 (mobile)

Thursday, April 9, 2020

In Memoriam - Susan Thornton


March 12, 1935 - June 11, 2019
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

In Memoriam - Jerry Mulderig

Jeremy P. ("Jerry") Mulderig of Chicago died peacefully on March 7, 2020, at Amita/Presence St. Joseph Hospital, from complications related to cancer. He was 69.

Mulderig was born in Kingston, PA in 1950, the first child of Gerald A. and Mary F. Mulderig. He graduated second in his class of 1968 from Central Catholic High School in Kingston. At the University of Scranton, he was Editor of The Aquinas, the University student newspaper. In 1972, shortly after his graduation with high honors from the University, he moved to Germany, as a Fulbright Fellow, for advanced study at the University of Cologne. In 1973, he entered the English doctoral program at The Ohio State University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1978. What followed was a distinguished 40-year career of scholarship and teaching in the areas of rhetoric and writing, 19th century literature and biography, and LGBTQ studies.

Mulderig's college-level teaching career began at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, in 1978. He taught at Oakland University in 1981-1982, then moved to the Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1982. In 1988, he accepted a position as Associate Professor in the English Department of DePaul University. From 1990 to 1997, he was Chair of DePaul's English Department. In 2004, in recognition of his excellence in teaching he was awarded membership in the prestigious Society of Vincent de Paul Professors, and upon his retirement in 2014, he received the Via Sapientiae, the University's highest honor.

A truly gifted writer, Mulderig was the author of many published academic research papers, and of multiple editions of The Heath Handbook. In the last five years of his life, he published two books with The University of Chicago Press, in each of which he edited and annotated the writings of Samuel Steward. The first of these, Philip Sparrow Tells All, was widely reviewed, including in the New York Times. The second, The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward, was launched in April 2018 to high acclaim from both popular and academic reviewers, including a review in the London Review of Books published weeks before his death.

In 2004, Mulderig purchased an apartment in Berlin, and subsequently enjoyed splitting his time nearly equally between his Chicago and Berlin homes.

Family and friends are planning a memorial service to be held in Chicago at some point in the future.

Mulderig is survived by a loving family: his brother Bob Mulderig and sister-in-law Karen Garman, and nephew and niece Patrick Mulderig and Emily Mulderig, all of Washington, DC; and sister Maureen Mulderig and brother-in-law Michael Johnson of State College, PA, and step-niece and -nephew Jennifer Johnson and Bryan Johnson. Equally important, he is survived by a community of hundreds of devoted former students, academic colleagues, and friends throughout the nation and around the world, many of whom have offered testimony to the significant role Jeremy Mulderig played in their lives. His impact on this world was profound, and he is, and will be, dearly missed.

Source: Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2020

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Jeremy P. (“Jerry”) Mulderig of Chicago died peacefully on March 7, 2020, at Amita/Presence St. Joseph Hospital, from complications related to cancer. He was 69.

Mulderig was born in Kingston, PA, in 1950, the first child of Gerald A. and Mary F. Mulderig. He graduated second in his class of 1968 from Central Catholic High School in Kingston and entered the University of Scranton that fall, ultimately declaring a double major in English and German. He was Editor of The Aquinas, the University student newspaper, and was also a resident assistant in his third and fourth years, perhaps his first role in positively influencing the lives of students.

In 1972, Mulderig was named a Fellow in the Fulbright Program; shortly after his graduation summa cum laude from the University, he moved to Germany for a one-year program of postgraduate study at the University of Cologne. He traveled extensively during the 1972-1973 year, beginning his lifelong appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity. In 1973, he entered the English doctoral program at The Ohio State University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1978. What followed was a distinguished 40-year career of scholarship and teaching in the areas of rhetoric and writing, 19th-century literature and biography, and LGBTQ literature.

Mulderig’s college-level teaching career began at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, in 1978. He quickly earned a reputation as a dedicated teacher and colleague, and thus began to grow what would become a community of devoted students from around the country. He taught at Oakland University in 1981-1982, then moved to the Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1982. He continued his career as a celebrated teacher over the next six years at Newcomb/Tulane, earning accolades from students and academic colleagues alike, while specializing in academic courses in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric, a Program which he was instrumental in designing and implementing in the Department of English. He served as Associate Dean of Newcomb College from 1984 to 1986, overseeing the office that monitored student progress and provided academic advising and assistance to Newcomb students.

In 1988, Mulderig accepted a position as Associate Professor in the English Department of DePaul University, where he would spend a quarter century as a scholar, administrator, and teacher. He served as Director of First-Year Writing (1997-2000; 2004-2005) and Director of the Master of Arts in Writing Program in its first year (1989-90); he was a three-time recipient of NEH Summer Seminar grants. From 1990 to 1997, Mulderig was Chair of DePaul’s English Department.

In the summer of 2000, Mulderig participated in the DePaul Faculty-Staff development tour of Greece and Turkey, which allowed him the opportunity to visit sites associated with his academic focus on classical rhetoric. With his colleague Warren Schultz, he subsequently developed a short-term study-abroad program in Istanbul; he studied Turkish in the summer of 2002 and co-led the study-abroad program in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2012.

Among many honors, Mulderig received an Excellence in Teaching award in 2000 and served as the keynote speaker at that year’s Honors Convocation. In 2004, in recognition of his scholarship and teaching, he was named to the prestigious Society of Vincent de Paul Professors, in the first cohort to earn that distinction; and upon his retirement in 2014, he was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Via Sapientiae, recognizing his many contributions in teaching, program development, and University service.

A truly gifted writer, Mulderig was the author of many published academic research papers and of multiple editions of The Heath Handbook. In the last five years of his life, he published two books with The University of Chicago Press, editing and annotating the writings of Samuel Steward. The first of these, Philip Sparrow Tells All, was widely reviewed, including in the New York Times. The second, The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward, was launched in April 2018 to high acclaim from both popular and academic reviewers, including a review in the London Review of Books published weeks before his death.

In 2003, Mulderig returned to Germany for the first time since his 1972-73 academic residency, and he was awed by the dramatic changes in the nation—and especially in its restored capital, Berlin—over the previous thirty years. He established a second home in Berlin in 2004 and subsequently enjoyed splitting his time nearly equally between Chicago and Berlin, and between his communities of friends in Germany and the United States. Even after his cancer diagnosis in late 2017, he traveled extensively, visiting friends and family while exploring new places and enjoying the comfort of favorite familiar ones, including three trips to his Berlin residence.

A lover of history and an architecture enthusiast, Mulderig served for twenty-five years as a docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and he offered lectures on elements of the city’s architectural history on many occasions throughout those years.

Mulderig is survived by a loving family: his brother Bob Mulderig and sister-in-law Karen Garman, and nephew and niece Patrick and Emily Mulderig, all of Washington, DC; and sister Maureen Mulderig and brother-in-law Michael Johnson of State College, PA, and step-niece and -nephew Jennifer and Bryan Johnson. Equally important, he is survived by a community of hundreds of devoted former students, academic colleagues, and friends throughout the nation and around the world, many of whom have offered testimony to the significant role Jeremy Mulderig played in their lives. His impact on this world was profound; and he is, and will be, dearly missed.

Family and friends are planning a memorial service to be held in Chicago later this year. Gifts in Mulderig’s memory may be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or DePaul University.

Text and photo source: Jerry Mulderig's siblings; information forwarded by Helen Marlborough in email March 16, 2020