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Women’s Basketball Wins Season Title, Awards

10 Mar
WBB BIG EAST Champs

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.

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

Photo via BigShouldersBooks.com

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

You know you went to DePaul if…

17 Oct
  1. The city of Chicago was your campus.skyline
  2. You spent half your day waiting for the elevators in the Lewis Center and the DePaul Center.elevators
  3. You know what the SAC Pit is … and you don’t laugh at the name.Sac Pit
  4. The “Cheese Grater” isn’t just a kitchen utensil; it’s also a building on the Lincoln Park Campus.Cheese Grater
  5. You debated whether the Red Line or Brown Line is the faster way to get to class.El
  6. The Bean is not just a sculpture in Millennium Park—it’s also the best spot to get coffee on campus.Bean
  7. You waited in line for FEST tickets and you still remember who headlined.Fest
  8. You know what “The Ray” is and which Blue Demon legend it was named after.Ray
  9. You served it “Vinnie” style on Vincentian Service Day.VSD
  10. You are proud to be part of the DePaul family and can’t wait to show your support through All for DePaul, an alumni participation challenge.All for DePaul

What did we miss? Add your own “DePaul-isms” in the comments section below, and don’t forget to support All for DePaul. You can help us achieve 9,000 alumni donors this year!

Legacy Gift Lets Students Give Back

8 Jul

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When graduating DePaul students pick up their caps and gowns each spring, they also have a chance to leave something behind: a gift in support of future generations. The Legacy Gift program, now in its third year, encourages graduating students to give back to future DePaul Blue Demons.

This year’s Legacy Gift broke records with more than 1,600 donors from the Class of 2013 and over $21,000 total. Gifts ranged from $1 to the class year ($20.13) and beyond. Everyone who donated received a red legacy cord to wear at commencement.

The Legacy Gift relies on students to spread the word to their peers. The 2013 Legacy Gift Committee included 25 members who brainstormed ways to involve others, attended Countdown to Graduation events and spoke in senior Capstone classes. “Our focus was to just get them involved, and students seemed really receptive to that,” says committee member Oliver Debe (BUS ’13).

The Legacy Gift Committee also used social media to drum up enthusiasm. Members posted each week on the Class of 2013 Facebook group with photos of their favorite DePaul memories and reasons they wanted to give back. “It was great to see students who really cared about giving back to DePaul and wanted to see their classmates give, too,” says John Palmares (CSH ’07), Office of Alumni Relations assistant director.

Students who donated to the Legacy Gift enjoyed giving back. “I liked being a part of a group of people who were passionate about helping future DePaul students,” Debe says. “Even if we won’t interact with them in the future, we got to come together as graduating class and make a difference.”

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