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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, October 10, 2014

Book Club Meeting October 1, 2014

Our discussion of “The Great War and Modern Memory” centered on an enthusiastic response as to how much we all learned about World War I. The senseless war and the horrors experienced by those in the trenches, the censorship of letters home and the unwillingness of those on the front to discuss their experiences, and the destruction of the heroic view of battle evidenced in 19th century poetry and language were a few of the ideas we discussed. We all agreed that we might have better enjoyed a book that dealt either with history or literature, not both. Despite that, Fussell's scope and knowledge impressed us all. The conversation led to our noting the role of the European colonial empires and the subsequent reshaping of nations of the modern world after WWI. We realized through our discussions that the subsequent wars of the twentieth and twenty first centuries have only increased the irony implicit in this conflict being named “The War to End All Wars”.

Our next book is a mystery “Behold a Pale Horse” by Peter Tremayne. This is the most recent book in the Sister Fidelma mystery series, which is set in medieval Ireland. Peter Tremayne is the pseudonym for Peter Ellis, noted scholar of Celtic history and culture. Thanks to Jane Gerard for the suggestion. The December meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1 at 1:30 in Richardson Library, Room 115. Join us for a brown bag lunch at 1 if you would like. Please contact Kathryn DeGraff or Helen Marlborough if you have any questions.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Invitation in the Mail

Watch for your invitation in the mail to the DES Fall Luncheon

The DES Fall Luncheon will be held October 31, 2014 in the LPC Student Center, Room 314. Prior to the luncheon an All Souls Mass, remembering our retired colleagues, will be held at 10:30 in the Louise de Marillac Chapel on the first floor of the Student Center.

We are very excited to have John Corba, Assistant Director of DePaul Cinespace Studios, join us at the luncheon to share with us some of the exciting film work created by DePaul students in the cinema program.

RSVP to Alice Farrell by October 28 at or 312-362-8822.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DePaul Receives 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award

Dear Colleagues,
Last week, DePaul received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from “INSIGHT into Diversity” magazine. This national honor recognizes U.S. universities and colleges that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is the first time DePaul has received this honor, and we should be very proud of this accomplishment that has joined a long list of national recognitions for diversity.
As we approach a time of year when religions around the world will observe holy days, this award reminds us that DePaul is and always has been a university that opens its doors to people of all faiths and ethnicities. Our welcoming environment is a vital part of the respectful culture we value so much at DePaul.
I kindly ask you to remember DePaul’s diverse heritage and encourage your students to do the same. Whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic or celebrate another faith, please help facilitate a culture of respect and understanding, not only for these upcoming holidays but for others throughout the year.
You may have students who request extensions for assignments or need to reschedule an exam due to a religious holiday at some point during the year. Employees may request a vacation day for certain holidays or an hour of vacation time at the end of the day in order to be home before sundown. Please allow some flexibility to accommodate these requests.
University Ministry has provided information about upcoming religious holidays and highlighted opportunities below for the university community to participate. If you have any questions, please contact the University Ministry staff.
Thank you for your respect and cooperation.
Patricia O’Donoghue
Interim President

DePaul Jewish Life invites you to welcome the Jewish New Year at the annual DePaul High Holiday services.  Rosh Hashanah services will be held Sept. 24 and 25, and Yom Kippur services on Oct. 3 and 4, in Room 120 of the Lincoln Park Student Center.  As members of the DePaul community, we would be delighted if you and your families would join us on these special days of the Jewish calendar.
Please note, while there is no service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the holiday extends through sundown Friday, Sept. 26.  Observant students often take this day off as well.  As is customary, services are provided free of charge to DePaul students, faculty and staff.  However, due to capacity restrictions, participants should register for a ticket online in advance. Please call (773) 325-8650 for more information.
A list of other holidays that Jewish students may observe is available at University Ministry.
May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a happy and healthy year.
L'Shana Tova/ Happy New Year
Matthew Charnay
DePaul Jewish Life Coordinator

The Muslim community finished our holy month of fasting, Ramadan, in July this year. The end of the month was marked with the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday.
The other major holiday on the Muslim calendar, Eid ul Adha, is expected to fall on Oct. 5, 2014 this year. (As Muslim holidays are determined by the sighting of the moon, the actual holiday may vary a day from this date.) Eid ul Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) commemorates the sacrifices made by the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) for the sake of God. It comes at the end of the Hajj season, when millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca for the pilgrimage journey of their lifetimes. We are planning to have an Eid Celebration Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the DePaul Center on the Loop Campus and Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons on the Lincoln Park Campus.
Students, faculty and staff are always welcome to pray in the Muslim Life Center and prayer room in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 329, or on the Loop Campus in the Muslim prayer room in the CDM building, Room 436. Weekly Friday (Jumu'ah) prayer services are held at 1:15 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Muslim Life Center during the school year.
For inquiries about Muslim Life events at DePaul, questions about accommodations Muslim students may request due to these holidays or anything else, please contact Abdul-Malik Ryan, the assistant director of the Office of Religious Diversity who serves as chaplain for Muslim Life, You also may contact Abdul-Malik if you wish to learn about the weekly programs, classes and activities available for Muslim students or others interested in Islam or Muslims at DePaul.
Abdul-Malik Ryan
Assistant Director
Office of Religious Diversity Chaplain for Muslim Life University Ministry

University Ministry hosts an annual university-wide memorial service to remember the family members and loved ones of those in the DePaul community who passed away during the past year. This year’s Gathering of Remembrance will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons. For more information, contact University Ministry.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Carol Dameron, In Memoriam

Although Carol was not a member of the DES (but would have been if she had chose to retire), 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.

Source: Office of Mission and Values


Carol Damron, nee Lake, 63, of Evanston, beloved daughter of the late Duane & Ruth Lake of Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away on September 7, 2014 after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  She is survived by her daughter, Sara Brennan, and her two doted upon Labradoodles. Memorial Visitation Saturday, October 4 at noon until time of service at 1:30 pm at Wenban Funeral Home, 320 Vine Ave., Lake Forest. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or through her daughter's fundraising page:

For additional service info. or (847) 234-0022. See more at:

Published in Chicago Tribune from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2014.


Photo of Carol from Carol's Facebook page.

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