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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

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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.

The Blue Demon Challenge Was a Success!

21 Feb


It’s amazing what DePaul alumni can do in just one day! We are thrilled to announce that we surpassed the 100 donor goal issued during our Blue Demon Challenge on Feb. 20. By the numbers: 229 alumni and counting answered the one-day challenge with gifts ranging from $1 to $1,000. Because we passed 100 donors, Ryan Dunigan (LAS ’08) also gave a $5,000 challenge gift to support DePaul students.

If you haven’t made a gift yet, you can still make a difference! Visit to learn why alumni support is critical to the excellence of DePaul and the success of current students.

Don’t Wait to Make a Difference

24 Jan

Gonzalo Del Rio VillasenorGonzalo E. Del Rio Villasenor (BUS ’04) has made a gift to DePaul every year since 2008. His gifts range in size from $20 to $105, and each one has made a difference. Below, he shares some of his thoughts about giving to his alma mater.

What compelled you to make your first gift?

The cost of a quality university education continues to increase every year. I figured that every little gift I contribute can help a student achieve their dream of attending DePaul. My first gift was a direct result of that mindset.

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

I love to support any program that promotes studying abroad or enhancing the international mindset. The world is becoming a smaller place, so it’s important that we try to increase our understanding of different cultures and countries.

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

I would tell my fellow alumni that a donation or gift does not have to be grand in order to make a difference. Small donations can go a long way toward promoting the tenets of St. Vincent de Paul and supporting a DePaul education.

Follow Gonzalo’s example and make your gift today!

DePaul Team Brings Chronicle of Violence to Stage and Page

12 Dec

Jacob Sabolo (LAS ’12) shares his experience with “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence,” a project that enlisted DePaul students and faculty to shed light on Chicago violence.

How Long Will I Cry? Book

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In 2011 and 2012, while more than 900 people were being murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul traveled all over the city to interview people whose lives have been changed by the violence and bloodshed. The project, created by Miles Harvey, assistant professor of English, resulted in a Steppenwolf Theatre production inspired by the interviews, as well as an anthology containing 35 narratives.

I enrolled in the project’s first course in the winter of 2011. On the first day of class, Harvey asked me and my fellow classmates to locate South and West Side neighborhoods on a map of Chicago. The majority of us could not. He talked about Derrion Albert, a high school student whose brutal murder was recorded on video in 2009, and Frankie Valencia, a DePaul student who was shot and killed in 2009. The stories made it clear how severe youth and gang violence is in the city and how many Chicagoans don’t really know what is going on or what they can do to help.

What Harvey shared with us was just a taste of the stories that were told during the quarter and, ultimately, through the course of the project. By the end of 2012, students had collected hundreds of transcripts and narratives; in 2013, “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence” premiered at Steppenwolf. The play was also brought directly to the affected communities in Chicago’s South and West Sides. The public performances included an open discussion with cast members and the audience, which gave people the opportunity to tell their own stories.

In October 2013, the “How Long Will I Cry?” book was published by Big Shoulders Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing free anthologies by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. Due to the high demand, the 7,500 books that were printed were all given away in less than a month. A second printing is planned for early 2014, and details can be found on the Big Shoulders Books website. Journalist Rick Kogan reviewed the book for the Chicago Tribune and called it, “a stunning, stay-with-you-forever new book [that will] alter the ways in which you think. I guarantee that after you read this book, the next murder that screams across the headlines and television news will affect you more deeply than ever before.”

Books have been given away to libraries and schools, churches and prisons. A series of readings were held in the fall to support the book’s release, and attendees shared what the story has meant to them. Teenagers who normally do not read outside of school said they are reading the book. One high school student even said that it is the first book he has ever finished. A woman said she is learning how to read because of it. I hope that the book will help change Chicago by raising awareness about youth violence in the city, why it is happening and what needs to be done to eliminate it. And, of course, I hope that it makes people realize that everyone’s story deserves to be heard.

Top 5 Reasons to Participate in All for DePaul

11 Dec

1. To help out today’s students, aka tomorrow’s alumni.

Help students

Today’s students are not so different from you. Like you, they have hopes and dreams for the future. But more than two-thirds of DePaul students need financial support to achieve those dreams. Your gift, combined with gifts from your fellow alumni, can go a long way toward alleviating students’ financial burdens.

2. To enhance the value of your degree.

Enhance degree value

Publications such as U.S. News & World Report look at alumni giving data when they rank universities. High rates of alumni giving can make a favorable impact on DePaul’s ranking, enhancing the value of your degree.

3. To uphold the Vincentian way.

Vincentian way

DePaul was founded on a mission of serving the underserved. When you participate in All for DePaul, you share in the university’s long tradition of giving back.

4. To show your DePaul pride.

DePaul pride

Participation in All for DePaul affirms your commitment to DePaul’s educational excellence and shows the world that you’re proud to be a Blue Demon.

5. To make an impact.

Make an impact

Imagine the collective impact that is possible when 9,000 alumni join together in their support of DePaul. All for DePaul is a chance for alumni to make a difference. Your support will bring us one step closer to achieving 9,000 alumni donors this academic year. Participate today!

All for DePaul

New DePaul Magazine Website Showcases Interactive Content

20 Nov

DePaul Magazine coverAs the latest issue of DePaul Magazine arrives in mailboxes around the country, alumni can also check out the new magazine website. The website offers additional content not found in the magazine, as well as an interactive flipbook. Currently, the site features first-person narratives, videos and audio content from 14 alumni under 40 who are profiled in the fall issue of the magazine.

The magazine articles and online stories can be shared through email or social media with a click of a button, and a “search” function allows readers to home in on their interests. Additionally, by clicking on the section titles within the flipbook, alumni can pull up a plain-text version of each article, which makes it easy to read the magazine on cell phones and other mobile devices. The website itself is optimized for the mobile experience.

Since the website will be updated between issues of the magazine, alumni should check back often for the latest articles, stories and audiovisual content. In the meantime, alumni are encouraged to spread the word about the fall issue and the new website. Happy reading!

Website screenshot


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