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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, February 17, 2017

In Memoriam - Kristine Garrigan

We are sorry to learn of the death of Kristine Garrigan, retired English department faculty member, on February 10, 2017. If you would like to sign her memory book, click here. When we learn additional information it will be posted on this DES blog. May she rest in peace.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A. Gabriel Esteban, Named 12th President of DePaul University

Dear Members of the DePaul Alumni Community,

I am pleased to announce A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. will serve as DePaul's 12th president. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Esteban, and I had the honor of introducing him to our university community at a public announcement earlier this morning.

Dr. Esteban is a proven academic leader with extensive experience in strategic planning. In his current role, as president of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, he implemented initiatives that dramatically increased enrollment and transformed the academic profile of the university's student population. He oversaw the development of a new health and medical sciences campus that will house Seton Hall's new School of Medicine and established a partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health. Dr. Esteban also is the first lay leader in more than 25 years at Seton Hall, a Catholic university home to nearly 10,000 students. He has a deep personal commitment to DePaul's Vincentian and Catholic values, and I am confident he will continue to protect and strengthen our distinguished educational mission.

To learn more about Dr. Esteban, please visit There, you can find a more extensive biography of Dr. Esteban, as well as links to a press release and a short video.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Jim Ryan and the Presidential Search Committee, as well as the four Vetting Committees. Every committee member devoted many hours to this search, and I am extremely appreciative of their hard work and dedication to DePaul. We look forward to welcoming the Estebans to the DePaul family.


Bill Bennett
Chair, Board of Trustees

Source: University email, Alumni Relations, February 16, 2017
Photo: Newsline, February, 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DePaul Art Museum Exhibition

Dear DES Members,

Please join Fr. Udovic at the DePaul Art Museum on our Lincoln Park Campus for a special exhibition: Many Faces of Vincent de Paul: Nineteenth-Century French Romanticism and the Sacred, Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton. Exhibit Tour and Lunch,   RSVP to Alice Farrell, 312-362-8822.  

Guest-curated by Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D., as a companion to “Four Saints in Three Acts,” this special exhibition of nineteenth-century sculptures, holy cards, textiles, decorative arts, and prints from the university’s collection will explore how Romanticism impacted the iconographic representations of Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), at the dawn of the modern era. Fr. Udovic will lead a tour and discussion of this exhibition, and lunch will be served in the second-floor event space. We hope you are able to join us!

Thank you,
Alice Farrell Office of Mission and Values

Friday, February 3, 2017

In Memoriam - Joseph Slowik

Joseph Slowik, 1930-2017

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Joseph Slowik. Joe was an alumnus and Professor Emeritus of acting and directing at The Theatre School at DePaul University, formerly the Goodman School of Drama, where he taught for 54 years until his retirement in 1997. Joe passed away on January 27 at the age of 87.

Joe began teaching in 1953, after earning his MFA from the Goodman School of Drama. He played a key role as a core faculty member in transitioning the Goodman School of Drama to DePaul University. During his tenure, he served as the long-time head of the MFA directing program at The Theatre School, and directed more than a hundred productions over the course of four decades, including The Time of Your Life, Journey of the Fifth Horse, The Rose Tattoo, A Shayna Maidel, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Camino Real, The Skin of Our Teeth, Strider, Yerma and Mother Courage and Her Children. He was the 2001 recipient of the Theatre School's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professionally, Joe directed numerous productions, collaborating with such artists as Eugenie Leontovich, Leo G. Carrol, Alvin Epstein, Nancy Kwan, and alumni Scott Ellis and Louis Zorich. He was nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards as Best Director for his productions at the Goodman and Body Politic Theatres. The recipient of Kosciuszko Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Joe studied Eastern European theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and with Jerzy Grotowski at the Polish Lab Theatre in Poland. As an actor, he played a supporting role in the internationally released Polish film Love It Or Leave It. As a cultural specialist under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and returned to direct the theater's first play of the millennium.

Joe brought so many inspiring qualities to his work at The Theatre School, among them: his wisdom, inspiration, high standards, insistence on discipline, and a deep commitment to his students. He exhibited great generosity in sharing ideas and information with his colleagues. Countless directors and performers were impacted through his mentorship.

In 2007, Goodman School of Drama Alumnus and award-winning director Scott Ellis honored Professor Emeritus Joseph Slowik at the Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and addressed students by creating an endowed scholarship in Slowik's name.

"What I remember about Joe was his joy of teaching and directing. The energy he brought into a room, he was always wanting to work. He pushed you, he challenged you, always to find and play the truth. Always the truth. And isn't that what acting is all about? Slowik knew this, and that is the gift he gave to me. So in return, I am now going to present and give a scholarship in honor of him. I hope that this helps you in your journey and a beginning. But I truly wish that when you leave this school and you start your life in the theatre, you will also find a Joe Slowik. No matter how many ups and downs that you will have, and there will be many, you will always have a little voice behind you saying, "Find the truth." - Scott Ellis, 2007

A memorial service celebrating Joe's life will be forthcoming.

Our condolences go to the family, friends, colleagues, and former students who mourn the passing of Joe. May he rest in peace.

Source: Mission and Values email, January 3, 2017

Bella Itkin and Joe Slowik 2010. Photo courtesy: John Bridges

John Bridges writes:

"Joe Slowik and Bella Itkin are colleagues once again. Here's a shot I took of them in 2010 at a party that the DePaul Theatre School held for them. 

Bella passed in 2011 about a week before her 91st birthday; Joe passed yesterday, less than two weeks before his 90th birthday. The Theatre School started as the Goodman School of Drama in 1925, moving to DePaul University in 1978. It's safe to say that these two theatre artists/teachers/directors/mentors pretty much WERE the school. 

I like to think that they're in heaven now, sitting at a table playing poker, drinks at their sides, with two of their favorites, Jerzy Grotowski and Anton Chekov. As each hand is dealt, Joe is thinking, "I wish these three would show more intention in the way they hold their cards!" while Bella is thinking, "I can tell by the way they're sitting and the way they're holding their cards who has the best hand!" Jerzy and Anton are thinking, 'It's nice to have these two here!'"

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Book Club Meeting, December 7, 2016

"The Hare With Amber Eyes" proved engaging and interesting to all. Edmund deWaal traced his family history through the ownership of a collection of netsuke. The cultural, social and political history ranged began in Paris in the 1890's, moving to Vienna through World War II, then to post war Japan, and finally to England. We had an unexpected unique contribution, three netsuke brought by Bill Fahrenbach, from his personal collection. The physical objects enhanced our appreciation of the impact made by the netsuke.

Our next book will be "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie. Here is a link to one of the many reviews of this novel, this one from the New York Times.

We next meet Wednesday, February 1, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Discussion begins at 1:30, with the room open at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

As we considered titles for future consideration, rather than simply review our existing lists, we decided to have all participants submit titles they would like to read to Kathryn DeGraff. We review the list at each meeting.

Monday, November 14, 2016

In Memoriam - Carol Cyganowski

Dear Colleagues,

It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Carol Cyganowski.  A Professor of English and former program director for both American Studies and Women's Studies, Carol served at DePaul from 1983 until her retirement in 2014.  She passed away on November 11 at the age of 67.

A celebration of life service will be announced early in 2017.

Our condolences go to the family, friends, colleagues, and former students who mourn the loss of Carol.  May she rest in peace.

Source: Office of Mission and Values, November 14, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Book Club Meeting, October 5, 2016

We all enjoyed the comparisons and contrasts we were able to make between "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith, and "Howard's End" by E. M. Forster. The book discussion led to wider discussions dealing with social class and how they changed between 1915 and 1905; issues of academic culture and conflict; and the psychological conflicts of our modern world. Of particular interest was the contrast between the need for social decorum at the beginning of the 20th century in opposition to the self analysis, often public, seemingly required at the beginning of the 21st century. The insights we gained in the conversation were helpful to us all in understanding both books.

Our next book will be "The Hare With Amber Eyes", by Edmund de Waal. Here is the New York Times Review from September, 2011.  

We next meet Wednesday, December 7, in Room 115 of the Richardson Library. Discussion begins at 1:30, with the room open at 1 pm. for anyone who wants to bring in a brown bag lunch.  For further information contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough.

As we considered titles for future consideration, rather than simply review our existing lists, we decided to have all participants submit titles they would like to read to Kathryn DeGraff. She will compile the list with brief annotations for us all to review together.