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Alum Erin Garvey: Why I Support DePaul

3 Jun

Since 2002, DePaul and I have supported each other.

I left home, my entire family, and all my friends back in Northeast Ohio to start my undergrad here in 2002; graduated summa cum laude in 2006; and returned as a full-time employee and as a full-time graduate student in 2008. I’ll soon yet again walk across the stage at Allstate Arena and become a Double Demon.

Clearly, I value this institution and want to support the work its doing.

Mind you, as a 20-something myself, I know “support” implies a variety of things. For me, supporting DePaul has meant giving of myself and my resources however I can at that point in my life. This has ranged from serving as an ASK volunteer by helping students get through practice interviews or portfolio presentations to speaking to an ISP class (remember those?), helping as-yet undecided students figure out how they could decide on a major and an eventual career path.

More recently, “support” has manifested in my current employment with the university because I want to do my part to ensure that generations of future students who want to attend DePaul, can. My President’s Club Street Team participation comes into play here, too, because I want all my DePaul alumni pals to know that there are awesome incentives (both material and heartwarming!) to give at drastically-reduced President’s Club levels and that, by doing so, we “young alumni” can make a huge difference in current students’ lives.

Though I may not think that the monies I give to the university each month will be all that powerful, for many students in our current economy, my President’s Club membership makes the difference from them being forced to drop-out to them being able to continue their studies and ultimately, graduate. People who came before me, like other alumni, made it possible for me to attend such a fine university, so now it’s my turn to do the same. And really, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: paying it forward. Doing unto others as I have been done unto.

Who made it happen for you? Consider doing the same for someone else.

Hey Broadway Geeks!

4 May

Anthony Rapp, who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Tony award-winning “Rent” will be speaking at DePaul Wednesday at 8PM. He’ll be at the Lincoln Park Student Center in Rm120

That’s pretty much it. If you’re a theatre geek this is cool news.

Carry on!

Introducing the President’s Club Street Team!

20 Apr

Here’s a message from alum Erin Garvey about an exciting new project:

DePaul’s “takin’ it to the streets” (::cue the Doobie Brothers::) to get the word out about its discounted President’s Club membership to recent graduates. Though DePaul graduates over 2,000 students each school year, how many know of you out there know that you can become PC members soon after graduation — and at a huge discount?

Here’s where the President’s Club Street Team comes into action.

The President’s Club Street Team is comprised of young alumni from a cross-section of the university, including Commerce, CDM, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Communication. Some Street Teamers earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees from DePaul, and there are a few double Demons in the mix. If you graduated within the past 5-10 years, you may even know one of us.

If you attend university events, you may see PC Street Team members talking up the perks of being a young alumnus PC member—like being invited to exclusive university events, such as the President’s Holiday Celebration, for example. You may also hear from Street Teamers that the university considers its PC members its closest friends and greatest advocates. They’ll probably also remind you that there’s always that heartwarming feeling of knowing that your gift to DePaul is making a big difference in someone’s life. Pretty sweet, eh?

Many Blue Demons—in the upwards of 70%–can afford to attend DePaul, thanks to scholarships. Chances are you were among this 70%. For as little as $21 a month, your contribution can mean the difference between a current DePaul student being able to continue her studies versus dropping out due to financial hardship. The Street Team wants to make other young alumni aware of this and encourage them to begin contributing to DePaul early on in their career.

Keep an eye out for us at future university and Alumni Relations events. We’d love for you to help us spread the word about how easily—and quickly—young alumni can make a positive difference in current Blue Demons’ lives.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Hooks 1925 -2010

15 Apr

DePaul remembers Dr. Benjamin Hooks, one of the university’s most notable alumni, who passed away today at age 85. Army veteran, minister and vocal leader in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s,  Hooks graduated from DePaul College of Law in 1948.

Hooks  served as executive director of the NAACP from 1977 to 1982, and was the first African-American to be appointed commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission in 1972.

Benjamin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil honor, on Nov. 5, 2007. The White House citation says that he “has dedicated his life to equality, opportunity, and justice. He is a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement, and his efforts to extend the full promise of America to all its citizens have helped bring our nation closer to its founding ideals.”

Carlos Hernandez Gomez Remembered

9 Apr

Chicago  and the DePaul community continue to pay tribune to Carlos Hernandez Gomez, a former student at DePaul and a respected political reporter who lost his battle with cancer at age 36 earlier this year. The Carlos Hernandez Award in Journalism was recently mentioned  in a segment with Carlos’ widow, Randi, on  WTTW- 11’s Chicago Tonight last Tuesday night.   You can see the video on the WTTW Chicago Tonight website.

If you’d like to contribute to the Carlos Hernandez Award in Journalism, please visit the DePaul Alumni and Friends website. When doing so, please select “College of Communication” under the “School, College or Program Fund” heading in step one.  Then, in step two, please select the “Carlos Hernandez Fund in Journalism” in order to direct your gift to his memorial fund.

Check out DePaul Alums on “Check Please!”

7 Apr

Looks like two DePaul alums will be coming back for seconds on WTTW’s “Check Please!”

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when we rallied y’all to get out the vote for DePaul “Check Please All Stars” P.J. Powers and Tommy Walton? Both P.J. and Tommy made the cut, and they’ll have a chance to review their favorite eatery once again for the upcoming 10th anniversary season of “Check Please“. We’ll keep you posted when the shows are scheduled to air.

Congrats, guys!

DePaul Day for Haiti Raises over $4,500

6 Apr

If you were following or participated in the DePaul Day For Haiti, a day of fundraising and cultural activities for Haiti Earthquake relief on April 1, great news! You raised $4,576.70. Go DePaul!

The amount will be split between the Daughters of Charity in Cité Soleil and Fonkoze, DePaul’s partner in Haiti on Zafen.org, a new microloan Web site launched April 1, that has attracted $15,255 in loans, donations and pledges.

The Ile-a-Vache Development Group project received full funding.  This project will start a charcoal production plant to make charcoal from waste so businesses don’t burn wood, saving trees. The group will train existing charcoal producers and encourage them to partner with Ile-a-Vache Development Group to produce charcoal from waste.

Good work, Blue Demons. Keep it up.

DePaul alum on “Modern Family” tonight!

10 Mar

Check out  alum JUDY GREER (BFA, Acting, ’97) on the ABC show tonight.  She’ll be playing Phil’s high school girlfriend on this episode.

I’ll admit, I’ve never seen the show. Any fans out there?

DePaul rocker making waves on YouTube – again!

10 Mar

If you’re a big You Tube fan, you’ve  probably seen the latest music video from viral video darling OK Go a couple of hundred times now. You may remember OK Go from their first YouTube hit, “Here We Go Again” (AKA “The Treadmill video”)

If you haven’t seen the new video, check it out – it’s pretty awesome.

What you may not know about is the OK Go connection to DePaul. Bassist Tim Nordwind is a DePaul graduate (THE, ‘98)! He’s the guy splattered in the red paint in the video. Read an interview with Norwind on IGN.com, or check out this video on the making of  “This Too Shall Pass”

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