Theatre School Complex

Theatre School Complex
Theatre School Complex, 2013. Photo courtesy: Elaine M. Beaudoin

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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Information Services on the Heartbleed Bug

This alert is provided by DePaul's Information Services. If you haven't already received this in your personal email, please take a moment to read these important and timely comments. The information will assist you in understanding the Heartbleed bug and provides some suggestions for protecting your own digital data.

To the DePaul Community:

This email is to provide information to the University community on the recent, well-publicized Internet vulnerability known as the "Heartbleed bug" [1]  and to advise you on actions you should take to protect your information both at DePaul and at other institutions.

The Heartbleed vulnerability is an exposure in software widely used on the Internet to secure network communications.  Servers that run the vulnerable software could have their memory contents exposed to an attacker without the attacker logging in.  Memory contents might include user credentials, other highly sensitive information, and even the "secret keys" by which network communication is secured.   The bug has existed for two years, but was only recently discovered and made known to the public.

What we are doing
Organizations around the world, including DePaul University have been working to remediate the problem.   DePaul Information Services has evaluated our data centers and has been in communications with other areas at DePaul which may also run servers.   We have remediated those servers which were vulnerable and continue to monitor events relating to this and other security events.

What you can do
Because of the Information Services data center protection strategy and architecture, DePaul had very few central sites which were vulnerable to this bug.     Although we believe that the likelihood of any particular user credential being compromised is not very high, in an abundance of caution, we advise all DePaul users to change their CampusConnect password, most especially if you use the same password on outside systems.  For most customers on DePaul systems, this can be done through CampusConnect - Change My Password.     If you use an external system for DePaul business, which is not tied in to your CampusConnect credentials, please also change your password on this external system.

The Heartbleed bug has affected a number of very large, high profile websites, including Yahoo, Tumblr, Amazon and other very popular online businesses.   DePaul Information Security believes that it would be in each person's best interest to take this opportunity to change the passwords they use on all websites - both professional and personal, especially if the system does not employ some form of "two factor" authentication.    If however, a website you have an account on has notified you that they have not yet remediated this issue - it is best to wait to change your password there until they have.   This is a difficult situation in that it may not be possible to understand whether a particular site has been made  safe or not.  There are some pages which perform tests of a given site, yet they are not 100% reliable.[2]

Although managing multiple credentials can be very challenging, please remember that it's not a good idea to synchronize passwords across websites when the information the account accesses is sensitive (such as health information, financial information, business-related private information).  We have, unfortunately, seen many examples of credentials stolen from a weakly protected site used successfully on a different, more critical site.

We expect that coming soon will be numerous scam emails, purporting to be from companies you may or may not do business with, asking you to change your password because of Heartbleed and providing you a link.   Please exercise extreme care with these emails.  It is much safer to go to the website by typing it into your browser and navigating to the change password functionality.  It is practically a certainty that most of us will be receiving an email of this type, attempting to gain access to our credentials.  If you have any questions about the validity of an email  like this that your receive, please forward it to security@depaul.edu and we'll be glad to review it.

If you have any questions on this please write to security@depaul.edu or call the Technology Support Center at 312.362.8765.

[1] http://heartbleed.com
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/09/heartbleed-what-you-should-know/

[2]  http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/
     https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/
     https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

You have received this message because our records indicate that you are a current student, faculty member, staff member, or retiree of DePaul University. Such messages are sent periodically to the entire university community on a need-to-know basis.

Source: Email sent from DePaul Information Services on April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Club selects The Goldfinch

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • June 4th
  • Discussion starts at 1:30 pm
  • Richardson Library, Room 115
We are excited to announce our first book for discussion, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
At the meeting on April 1 we discussed the schedule and what we would choose for the first book.  After sharing some of our current reading as well our experiences (or not) with book clubs, we selected this title.  The Goldfinch is on several Best Books of 2013 lists.  For those not familiar with the book, you might want to read this review in the New York Times.
It is available in hardcover or electronically, but not yet as a paperback.

We decided to meet the first Wednesday of every other month, with the next meeting on June 4. Discussion will begin at 1:30 pm.  For anyone who would like to brown bag lunch prior to the discussion, the room will be available so we can eat and socialize before our book conversation.  The Richardson Library, Room 115, has been scheduled for all remaining meetings in 2014.

Those of us who met on April 1 considered other titles, among them Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings and Anna Quindlen's Still Life with Breadcrumbs as possible future books.  You may be interested
in reading those books, or have other suggestions.  Join us whenever your schedule permits for conversations about books and reading.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Helen Marlborough or Kathryn DeGraff.

Easter Greetings from Fr. Richardson



Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Luncheon, May 16, 2014

We hope you have received your invitation for the May 16 luncheon in the Cortelyou Commons and are planning to join us.

We are very fortunate to have students whose writings have been selected for publication in Crook & Folly, DePaul's literary magazine (formerly Threshold), participating in the luncheon program.  In addition, May brings the announcement of student scholarships and the election of new Steering Committee members.


Looking forward to seeing you at the Luncheon.

Driehaus Museum Tour, June 18, 2014

The DES has organized a private tour of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum on June 18, 2014.  Meet at the Lincoln Park Campus for a light brunch at 10:30 a.m. and then travel by bus, at Noon, to the museum for the tour. The private bus will return to the Lincoln Park Campus at approximately 2:30 p.m. When you RSVP to Alice Farrell at 312-362-8822 or afarrell@depaul.edu, additional details will be provided.

For more information on the Driehaus Collection visit their website.





Thursday, April 3, 2014

Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon, May 8, 2014

Watch your mail for the invitation to the Distinguished Service Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, 2014.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DePaul Emeritus Society Connections

The following has been compiled for the Early Retirement Incentive Program Retirement Symposium - April 1 and 2, 2014.  We thought all members of the DES might find the information informative.


DEPAUL EMERITUS SOCIETY CONNECTIONS


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.


DEPAUL EMERITUS SOCIETY WEBSITE
The DePaul Emeritus Society has a website graciously supported by the Office of Mission and Values.   The website includes general and historical information about the DES and its programs including: DES Guidelines; past Semi-Annual Luncheon slide videos; a list of Retiree Benefits Issues; past editions of the DES Newsletter; Philanthropy Opportunities; Volunteer Opportunities; and the Memorabilia Project.  Additionally, it is a repository for the Oral History Project and the record of In Memoriam of those retirees who have died. It also provides links to the online DES News Updates and the DES Facebook Page noted below. Lastly, the results of past DES member surveys, general DES related University information and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the site.

To access the DES Website, log on to www.depaul.edu, go to the Office of Mission and Values by clicking first on “DePaul Shortcuts” then “Faculty and Staff.”  Once on the Office of Mission and Values site, click on “Programs, Services & Events.”  On the dropdown, click on DePaul Emeritus Society.  Or, you can go directly to the DES Website by typing: https://mission.depaul.edu/Programs/DES/Pages/default.aspx


DES NEWSLETTER AND DES NEWS UPDATES

The DES Newsletter is mailed to retirees’ homes semi-annually in June and December and includes announcements about forthcoming activities, benefit updates, news of the activities of our retirees and often an article written by one of our DES members.  In between publications, DePaul news of interest to retirees is “published” on the DES News Updates blog page.  Information regarding upcoming events, major University news, announcements of the death of DES members, and general items of interest to retirees is included. You can chose to receive the updates electronically by “subscribing” to the DES News Updates or you can visit the site when you have the time and interest.  To access DES News Updates type http://desretirees.blogspot.com/

  
DES FACEBOOK PAGE       

The DES has its own Facebook page where any retiree can join to discuss issues, share ideas and information of interest with other DePaul retirees.  Future DES events are also posted on the page.  To join the DES Facebook page you must already have a personal Facebook account. Information regarding joining the DES Facebook page is provided on the DES Website mentioned above and the page can also be located by typing in “DePaul Emeritus Society” in your personal Facebook textbox.  Or, you can access it by typing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117870507250/


CONTINUING UNIVERSITY CONNECTIONS

As a retiree of DePaul, a number of other University benefits are available to you. They include:

Library Usage
University Email
Ability to maintain DePaul email account
Bookstore Discounts
10% off textbooks and 20% off general books (not already discounted) and merchandise
Fitness Center
Discounted rates available
For more information contact the Ray Meyer Fitness Center at 773-325-4555.
ID/Campus Connection
DePaul Retiree ID and basic Campus Connection access
Tuition Waiver
Tuition Waiver Policy  See Human Resource Website
Theatre & School of Music Productions
Two free tickets to any Chicago Playworks production at DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre. To request tickets contact the box office at 312-922-1999 or by email at theatreboxoffice@depaul.edu. Shows are listed at http://theatreschool.depaul.edu
Art Museum
Invitations to quarterly exhibition opening receptions and other special events such as lectures and film screenings

To learn more about these benefits log on to the Office of Human Resources webpage at https://hr.depaul.edu/Benefits/Retiree/Current/index.html#benefits
  

April 1, 2014