- Making new friends and hanging out between classes.
- Using the UPass to get around the city.
- Rocking out to the FEST headliner.
- Free Public Safety escort rides to get across campus on frigid days.
- Soaking up the sunshine on the Quad, the 11th floor terrace and North Avenue Beach during spring quarter.
- Pulling all-nighters during finals week… just kidding, no one misses that!
- Being inspired by professors and classmates each quarter.
- Attending endless events around campus, from comedy shows to barbeques to Mass on the Grass.
- Being known by name at Kelly’s and Exchequer.
- 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.
- Scoring free food and T-shirts!
- Cheering for the Blue Demons at athletic events.
- Savoring every minute of the six-week winter break.
- Gaining your freshman 15 from Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes.
- 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…”
1. To help out today’s students, aka tomorrow’s alumni.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
On Nov. 13, more than 400 DePaul University students celebrated Thank a Donor Day by writing notes to alumni and friends who have given back to DePaul. Check out our slideshow of photos for scenes from the event. You can see how much students appreciate all of our amazing donors!
Clare Thomas (EDU ’05)
In honor of Reunion Weekend Oct. 18-20, we’re spotlighting this year’s affinity receptions, which recognize Honors Program alumni and those who were involved with University Ministry Community Service. Here, a community service alumna shares what the group meant to her. Remember: All alumni are welcome at Reunion Weekend 2013, so register today!
If you are reading this post, chances are something at DePaul hooked you. Maybe you dove into your field of study as you prepared your career, maybe you met your future husband or wife, or maybe you found your calling being part of a campus organization. For me, it was University Ministry Community Service. I enjoyed popping into the UMIN office for a few minutes to chat with classmates or staff. As part of the DePaul Community Service Association, I looked forward to our weekly meetings featuring discussion and food. During my time as an undergraduate, I loved being part of the UMIN family.
When I received an email earlier this year asking if I would help be part of the UMIN Community Service Reunion, I could not refuse. I had time available and the responsibilities seemed manageable. Moreover, I felt contacting fellow alumni was the least I could do for a group that defined my DePaul experience.
In attending the UMIN Community Service affinity reunion, I am most looking forward to catching up with people. My peers and the staff at University Ministry inspired and challenged me. I am curious to see where life has taken them and to hear about their experiences since leaving DePaul. I know I could find all of this information on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google. A reunion via social networking, however, fails to entice me. A reunion where I can actually talk to people? I’m in!
Hope to see you at the UMIN Community Service Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19! P.S. Who is bringing the hummus?
- Clare Thomas (EDU ’05)
Nearly 30 years ago, DePaul began hosting this annual event, which originally started as a way to give back to the local community. In hopes of increasing ticket sales, the event organizers began marketing to students through popular musical artists. What is the name of this annual DePaul event?
Happy guessing! And remember these trivia rules:
- To enter, post your answer in the comments section by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
- The contest will be open Friday, July 19, from 11:30 a.m. Central through 3 p.m. Central.
- All of the correct answers will be compiled and a winner from that group will be drawn at random to win an alumni-themed prize.
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.”
Mark your calendars for May 4 and prepare to give back: This year’s annual community service event, Vincentian Service Day, is almost here. This tradition brings together more than 1,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends at sites nationwide to serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. Check out the various opportunities for alumni below and click on the links to register.
This year’s theme is Vincentian Vision, based on a quote by St. Vincent: “Some persons look and never see, others see and never look.” The university team organizing Vincentian Service Day notes, “Our hope is that in participating this year, our volunteers will renew their own individual vision of what it means to be part of DePaul University′s Vincentian family.”
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling (800) 437-1898 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you participated in Vincentian Service Day?