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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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rosata Perea Named Law School Dean


From: David Miller, Interim Provost

It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Jennifer Rosato Perea as dean for the College of Law, effective July 1.
Throughout her 25 years in higher education, which includes 11 years as a law school administrator, Jennifer has been an active voice in the national dialogue about legal education. She currently serves as the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Law, a post she has held since 2009, and served as the acting dean of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its first year of operation in 2006.
DePaul is gaining a dynamic and innovative law school administrator who is highly respected by her peers. An accomplished scholar in family law, bioethics and civil procedure, she brings extensive administrative experience and a deep understanding of the current challenges faced by law schools and the legal profession.
Jennifer's legal career began with a passion for working with abused children. She felt she could make the biggest difference by becoming a lawyer. She clerked for the Honorable Thomas N. O'Neill Jr. of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia. Today, Jennifer is a sought-after public speaker and has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families. She regularly receives invitations to present before multiple national organizations, including the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
In addition to her legal scholarship and practice, Jennifer was associate dean of students at two universities. She spent 14 years on the faculty at Brooklyn Law School, and in her later years was a co-director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy and associate dean of students. She also served as associate dean of students at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law from 2007 to 2009. She has held teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Villanova University.
As one of a small number of Latina law school deans in the country and the first in her family to attend college, Jennifer strives to enhance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She presents extensively on implicit bias and its effects on diversity and inclusion. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Secretary of State, the Vanguard Award from the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the National Latino Law Students Association Leadership Award in Education and Advocacy.
Under her leadership at Northern Illinois University, the law school earned national recognition for diversity, value and public service. Jennifer doubled opportunities for experiential learning, including launching a clinic in health advocacy and dramatically expanding student externship opportunities, especially in Chicago. She led the development of a mentoring program for first-year students, pairing almost the entire class with alumni and other lawyers, and initiated a first-year professionalism program required for graduation. She also collaborated with areas across the university to create accelerated degree programs, allowing students to earn a bachelor's and law degree in six years or less.
Jennifer earned her bachelor's from Cornell University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She is a member of the Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt. She formerly served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools New Law Teachers Conference.
In speaking with Jennifer, she expressed how DePaul's long history with public interest law and commitment to social justice drew her to the university. She looks forward to working with DePaul's distinguished faculty, dedicated staff and exemplary students to contribute to the impressive work that is taking place at the college and university.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Trustee Jack Greenberg and the search committee for the time and efforts they dedicated to finding a new dean. I also would like to thank Bruce Ottley for serving as the interim dean for the College of Law since June 2014. He will return to his regular position as a professor in the college, and I am grateful for his exceptional hard work and dedication to DePaul. Finally, I would like to thank the many faculty and staff who took time to send their insightful comments on the various candidates. We found them extremely helpful.
We look forward to welcoming Jennifer to DePaul.
Source: Newsline Online, March 25, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

DES Members Invited to The Magic Flute Performance



OPERA INVITATION

Please join other members of the DePaul Emeritus Society at the matinee performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute by DePaul Opera TheatreSunday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. at the Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo Drive.  For tickets in our group, contact Helen Marlborough (hmarlbor@depaul.edu) or Alice Farrell (afarrell@depaul.edu) no later than Friday, March 6. 

This is a great opera for both opera fans and first-time audiences.  As the university’s News Release summarizes it,

“The Magic Flute” is a story of magic, wonder and love conquering all. The opera tells the story of Tamino, a young hero who is sent on a mission by the Queenof Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil wizard Sarastro. He must use the help of his sidekick Papageno and the powers of the titular flute to survive the trials of Sarastro’s temple. However, not everything is how it seems. . . .

The opera combines Mozart’s music, a timeless story, colorful characters and Maxfield Parrish-inspired costumes and scenery. This opera is perfect for families and has both sung and spoken dialogue. It will be presented in English.


Join us on March 15 at 2:00!  And if you have already bought your own tickets, you can still find us in the lobby before the performance, and say hello. 

Invitation provided by Helen Marlborough, DES Steering Committee, February 27, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In Memoriam - Joseph Clark

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death yesterday of Joseph Clark, age 63.  Joe worked in Public Safety for 29 years; he was honored with The Spirit of DePaul Award in 1999.  His son, Joseph, is a faculty member in the School of Music.

Born to the late Joseph C. and Maryann Clark on October 5, 1951 in Chicago. Loving husband of 31 years and best friend of Susan (Smetana); devoted father of Joseph (Rachel) and Daniel; brother of Rosemary Flynn; son-in-law of Therese and the late James Smetana. Dearly loved brother-in-law and uncle to many. He was also an accomplished musician; he played in and around Chicago for nearly 50 years; Joe and his wife performed music together for the past 37 years. He studied local history; his writings have been published by the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Joliet. He was an active member at St. Dennis Church, Lockport. Joe was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m. from the O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 1105 E. 9TH ST. (159TH ST.), LOCKPORT to St. Dennis Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m.  Private inurnment at Calvary Cemetery, Lockport at a later date. Visitation Monday, February 23, 2015 at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Family and friends can sign the online guest book or to attain directions at: www.oneilfuneralhome.com.

Our deepest sympathies to the Clark Family.

Source: Office of Mission and Values, email, February 21, 2015

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Joseph Charles Clark, age 63, of Lockport, passed away on February 20, 2015. Born to the late Joseph C. and Maryann Clark on October 5, 1951 in Chicago. Loving husband of 31 years and best friend of Susan (Smetana); devoted father of Joseph (Rachel) and Daniel; brother of Rosemary Flynn; son-in-law of Therese and the late James Smetana. Dearly loved brother-in-law and uncle to many. Joe worked in Public Safety at DePaul University for 29 years; he was honored with The Spirit of DePaul Award in 1999. He was also an accomplished musician; he played in and around Chicago for nearly 50 years; Joe and his wife performed music together for the past 37 years. He studied local history; his writings have been published by the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Joliet. He was an active member at St. Dennis Church, Lockport. Joe was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed. 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m. from the O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 1105 E. 9TH ST. (159TH ST.), LOCKPORT to St. Dennis Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Private inurnment at Calvary Cemetery, Lockport at a later date. Visitation Monday, February 23, 2015 at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Family and friends can sign the online guest book or to attain directions at: www.oneilfuneralhome.com.


Published in Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 22, 2015- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=joseph-clark&pid=174209208&fhid=16270#sthash.MuCpjKys.dpuf

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Provost Announced - Marten L. denBoer

Dear Members of the University Community:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marten L. denBoer, Ph.D., as provost of DePaul University. A university leader, scientist and teacher, Marten brings broad experience in higher education to DePaul. In his new role, effective July 1, he will oversee Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Student Affairs and Teaching and Learning Resources.
As provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Marten is well versed in the day-to-day functions of a university administration. In his current role, he serves as the chief academic officer at Cal Poly Pomona, overseeing eight colleges and more than 150 programs. Valuing close collaboration with faculty, Marten developed and implemented a strategic plan, unanimously endorsed by the Academic Senate, to guide decision making across Cal Poly Pomona. He successfully balanced budgets during periods of dramatic reductions, yet at the same time boosted morale among faculty and staff. He strengthened academic involvement in development, helping result in a $42 million endowment from the Kellogg Foundation and a comprehensive campaign exceeding its $150 million goal.
Above all else, academic excellence and student success are high priorities for Marten. As the associate provost at Queens College in the City University of New York system, he developed new general education requirements and adapted programs to better prepare students for career success. At Hunter College, where he served as a professor and chair of the Physics Department, Marten led a charge to include writing-intensive courses and diversity requirements in the general education sequence. Valuing hands-on and service learning, he mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students.
A physicist by training, Marten’s research focuses on the materials used to store and convert energy, particularly in batteries and fuel cells. He has secured multiple research grants from the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. He has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Department of Defense. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Calvin College and a doctorate in physics from the University of Maryland.
Marten’s expertise in energy storage ties closely to his personal interest in the environment and sustainability. He has volunteered for multiple environmental organizations and commuted by bike every day when he lived in New York. He also has a strong commitment to public service and has volunteered at homeless shelters and facilities providing social services to people in need. He speaks multiple languages and has his own multinational background: born to a Dutch family in France and raised in Canada.
I would like to thank the search committee, chaired by Board of Trustees member Sr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C. The committee dedicated many hours to conduct the nationwide search, and I am extremely grateful. I also would like to thank David Miller, dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media, for continuing to serve as the interim provost this academic year.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for attending the candidate forums and offering your reflections on our website. The search committee and I read every submission and found them both insightful and inspiring as you reflected on the university and what it most needs from its academic leadership.
Your support for Marten’s appointment as provost was overwhelming and heart-warming. Faculty and staff not only offered positive comments about his expertise as a leader and scientist, but also his genial disposition and personal commitments to the mission and values we hold so dear. We look forward to welcoming him into the DePaul family.

Respectfully,

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President
Source: Email to DePaul Community, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS! Doug Bruno

Did you know that our own Doug Bruno will be on the bench at the Olympics? USA Basketball announced that the DePaul woman's coach will return as an assistant coach for the 2016 Summer games in Rio.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Book Club Meeting February 4, 2015

While only a few of us were able to make it through the snow for the discussion of “The World of Yesterday”, we had a fully engaging and interesting conversation.  We agreed that Stefan Zweig was an astute observer of many aspects of Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, and that he also expressed certain sentiments that were uncannily contemporary. His focus on the world of art and culture and his ability to be at home in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and London showed his role as a citizen of the European world that seemed long gone to our present day sense of nationalism.  But when he wrote that “The greatest curse brought down on us by technology is that it prevents us from escaping from the present even for a brief time” and made his observation that “at the age of 36 I had reverted to the older generation”; he expressed sentiments that are modern.    Of course, his observations of World War I, the inter-war years, and the start of World War II helped us gain a clearer picture of how those years made an impact on the life of an individual. As always, it was a rewarding conversation, and we had a better understanding of Stefan Zweig and his world from the book and our shared observations.




Our next book is “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler, available in paperback or from your library. There is a plot twist in the book that reading reviews will reveal, so you may wish to read the book itself before checking reviews. Karen Joy Fowler is also the author of “The Jane Austen Book Club”, so that may help give you a sense of her work as an author. Our April meeting will be Wednesday, April 1, at 1:30 in the Richardson Library. We hope there will be neither weather nor flu to prevent your joining us!

Titles suggested for future consideration:

Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Archangel by Andrea Barrett