Alumni: Thank You for Being All for DePaul!

2 Jul

All for DePaul GoalDuring the All for DePaul participation challenge, we set a goal to count 9,000 alumni as supporters of DePaul University during the 2014 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). In total, 9,663 alumni joined together to make a difference, showing that they truly are All for DePaul!

If you showed your support during All for DePaul, thank you for demonstrating your pride by making a gift!

If you weren’t able to participate this past fiscal year, know that it is never too late to make a difference! Gifts from alumni have an impact on current students year-round.

Alumni Couple Know That Their Combined Support Makes A Difference!

18 Jun
DePaul alumni Michael and Lovelyn Velazquez enjoy paying it forward.

DePaul alumni Michael and Lovelyn Velazquez enjoy paying it forward.

This year, alumni couple Lovelyn (BUS ’07) and Michael Velazquez (BUS ’06, MBA ’13) made their first joint gift to DePaul during the All for DePaul participation challenge.

What compelled you to make a gift?

Michael: We’ve received the emails and letters asking for our support, and it’s something we’ve considered for a while. But this year, we received a call from a current student who shared her DePaul experience with us.

Lovelyn: Getting that call reminded us about how much we loved our time at DePaul and the relationships we built there—including meeting one another! After graduating, alumni may forget about how valuable their time on campus was, but it’s important to take a couple of minutes and remember DePaul!

Which fund(s) do you support, and why?

Lovelyn: Both of us are scholarship recipients. A big factor in me coming to DePaul was the scholarship support I received. When we decided to make our gift, we knew that we wanted to give to scholarships. Giving back is our chance to pay it forward, even if it’s a small dollar amount.

What would you say to fellow alumni who don’t currently give?

Michael: Take a few minutes to think about what you got from DePaul. For us, the friendships we built with faculty and especially classmates have continued to be important to us. I think the experiences students receive at DePaul make it worth giving back as alumni, even if you can’t give a lot. Even if one-third of our alumni gave back a dollar, that would be huge!

Follow Lovelyn and Michael’s example and make your gift today!

What DePaul Alumni Miss About Their Alma Mater

22 May


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  1. Making new friends and hanging out between classes.
  2. Using the UPass to get around the city.
  3. Rocking out to the FEST headliner.
  4. Free Public Safety escort rides to get across campus on frigid days.
  5. Soaking up the sunshine on the Quad, the 11th floor terrace and North Avenue Beach during spring quarter.
  6. Pulling all-nighters during finals week… just kidding, no one misses that!
  7. Being inspired by professors and classmates each quarter.
  8. Attending endless events around campus, from comedy shows to barbeques to Mass on the Grass.
  9. Being known by name at Kelly’s and Exchequer.
  10. Taking a seat on the Father Egan statue in front of the Lincoln Park Student Center, on the hills in front of SAC and on a bench in front of the DePaul Center.
  11. Scoring free food and T-shirts!
  12. Cheering for the Blue Demons at athletic events.
  13. Savoring every minute of the six-week winter break.
  14. Gaining your freshman 15 from Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes.
  15. Exploring Chicago with lifelong friends.

Honor your memories and help ensure that current and future students have these same experiences by supporting All for DePaul! Your participation will bring us one step closer to our goal of 9,000 alumni donors before June 30. Make a gift of any size to be counted today—we’re only 7 percent away from successful completion of this challenge!

P.S. Still feeling nostalgic? Reminisce more about your college years by reading “You know you went to DePaul if…”

Young Alumna’s Small Gifts Add Up to Big Impact

9 Apr

140129_Beirne_Ashley_8816Ashley Beirne (BUS ’11) supports DePaul each year with gifts that range in size from $5 to $25.

Why do you give?
I was compelled to make my first gift at Cap and Gown Pickup right before I graduated. Since then, I have continued to give to DePaul both monetarily and by volunteering my time, because I want to show my gratitude and help other students have as great of an experience as I did. I am thankful to DePaul for the career advancements and opportunities that I have been fortunate to have.

How do you decide how much to give?
I have decided to give smaller amounts regularly each time I sign up or go to events throughout the year. Whenever I register for a DePaul alumni event, I make sure to add a donation to show my support.

Which fund(s) do you support, and why?
I support the Driehaus College of Business fund, as well as the Fund for DePaul. I graduated from the Driehaus College of Business with a double major in marketing and management. I am very proud to say that my education at DePaul truly set me up for success in the workplace.

Why do you think it’s important for young alumni to show their support?
I think it’s important for young alumni to show their support for DePaul because we account for the most recent graduate successes. Our appreciation means so much when we are just starting out and able to donate what we can. I look forward to continuing to see DePaul grow and prosper!

Follow Ashley’s example and make your gift today!

Get Ready for Vincentian Service Day 2014 on May 3

3 Apr

It’s almost time for DePaul’s annual community service event, Vincentian Service Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 3, and join nearly 1,600 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends at sites nationwide to serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. This year’s theme is inspired by St. Vincent’s quote, “Say little, do much.” Check out various opportunities for alumni to “do much,” and click on the links below to register.

Chicagoland sites:

Regional sites:

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling (800) 437-1898 or emailing

Have you participated in Vincentian Service Day?Vincentian Service Day

Women’s Basketball Wins Season Title, Awards

10 Mar

DePaul women’s basketball: the 2014 regular-season BIG EAST champions.

The DePaul University women’s basketball team has had a lot to celebrate this year. After emerging as the 2014 regular-season BIG EAST champions, DePaul was the No. 1 seed heading into the conference tournament and is playing in the semifinals today (March 10). Take a look at what your Blue Demons have done lately!

Team Takes Regular-Season Title

This year DePaul won its first-ever BIG EAST regular-season title. The Blue Demons, who were a preseason favorite, finished with an overall record of 24-6, 15-3 in the conference. “It’s really exciting being the first DePaul team to win a BIG EAST title,” senior forward Jasmine Penny said. “This was one of the goals we had set at the beginning of the season.”

BIG EAST Tournament Rolls On

The 2014 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Conference Championship tournament has come to DePaul. The tournament began March 8 at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena. On March 9, DePaul faced Georgetown at Allstate Arena in the quarterfinals,  winning 78-54. The team will play Marquette in the semifinals today, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. The title game, with the DePaul-Marquette winner facing the victor of the St. John’s-Creighton match, will take place March 11 at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

Bruno Wins Coach of the Year

Head Coach Doug Bruno

Head Coach Doug Bruno

After leading DePaul through an impressive regular season, coach Doug Bruno (LAS ’73, MA ’88) was named the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year last week. Bruno is in his 28th season as DePaul head coach, and this is his first time winning the BIG EAST award. As he told the Chicago Sun-Times, ‘‘Coach of the year really means team of the year. It means you had the best players, the best support staff, the best boss, the best operation.’’

Players Earn Honors

Junior guard Brittany Hrynko

Junior guard Brittany Hrynko

Multiple players earned conference and national honors during the regular season. Junior guard Brittany Hrynko was named the espnW national player of the week on March 3. Hrynko and Penny were unanimous choices for the All-BIG EAST first team while junior guard Megan Rogowski was an honorable mention honoree and guard Jessica January earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.

Visit the DePaul Athletics website for more on women’s basketball.

Lessons from Career Week 2014

27 Feb

For Career Week 2014, approximately 900 DePaul alumni and graduate and adult students gathered Feb. 9-15 for a week of events designed to help them stand out in their careers and job searches. This year marked DePaul’s seventh annual Career Week. The Office of Alumni Relations, the Career Center, and 20 other departments and organizations collaborated to bring participants an amazing lineup of activities and guest speakers.

Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 Opening Brunch

Career Week 2014 kicked off like never before. For the first time, participants had the opportunity to hear from not just one speaker but an entire panel of career experts on how to stand out from the competition. The alumni panel included Theresa Banks (CDM ’87), Jackie Benitez (BUS ’98, MBA ’07), Sonja Cotton (BUS ’87), Eric Hellige (CMN ’05) and Graham Warning (MBA ’91). Also new to the annual event’s agenda were two breakout sessions, free LinkedIn headshots and resume critiques following the panel. When reflecting on the event, SNL student Paul Pearson said, “This was my first time out to a Career Week event and I would recommend it, if not advocate for it, to any DePaul student or alumni from this day forward. Simply put, it was brilliant.”

Author Speaker Series

Melissa Wilson speaks at Career Week

Melissa Wilson (JD ’86) discusses job search techniques to stand out.

The Office of Alumni Relations and Law Career Services were proud to welcome alumna and social media expert Melissa Wilson (JD ’86) back to the Career Week calendar. Last year Wilson explained the concepts from her best-selling book, “Networking is Dead.” This year she met with participants to discuss techniques that help you stand out when job searching. In addition to Wilson, featured authors were Banks (from the brunch panel), Katharine Hansen and DePaul professor Terri Lonier, PhD.

New Volunteer Opportunity

Career Week volunteer event

Career Week participants gave back by advising students at Marillac Social Center about college and careers.

In light of DePaul’s Vincentian mission, this year the Career Week committee established ways participants could not only gain from CW 14, but also give back. On Saturday, Feb. 15, DePaul alumni and students spent time advising junior high and high school students from Marillac Social Center about college and careers. Participants also donated professional attire to the students of the CARA program.

Did you attend Career Week 2014? Tell us about your experience by filling out the post-event survey. You can also get recaps, resources and handouts from individual sessions on the Career Week website and see more photos from the event on our alumni Flickr account.

If you missed February’s events, DePaul offers more career services throughout the year! Visit the Alumni Career Services website for more workshops and networking opportunities.


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