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10 Signs You Are a True Blue Demon

23 Feb

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This #DeMONDAY, in honor of Blue Demon Week and our upcoming Blue Demon Day, we created a new list for DePaul alumni! You are a true Blue Demon if…

  1. You registered weeks ago for Blue Demon Day coming up Feb. 28.
  2. You have liked every photo posted on the DePaulAlumni Instagram and are in the DePaul Alumni LinkedIn Group, like the DePaul Alumni Facebook Page and follow the DePaulAlumni Twitter
  3. You still know all of the weekly food and drink specials at Kelly’s and McGee’s.
  4. You are part of the True Blue Society because you a have donated to your alma mater three or more consecutive years.
  5. You set calendar reminders to sign up for sell-out alumni events like the Chicago Blackhawks Outing and the Young Alumni Fireworks Boat Cruise.
  6. You serve as an alumni volunteer through one or more of the many alumni volunteer opportunities and continue to put the Vincentian mission into practice on Vincentian Service Day.
  7. You find those little silver alumni pins in the bottom of your purse, pocket or on the lapel of all of your coats.
  8. You’re still not ready to talk about the loss of Demon Dogs.
  9. Your car has a DePaul Alumni decal displayed with pride.
  10. You’re ready to support the Blue Demon Challenge this Thursday and cheer for our men’s basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Blue Demon Day and our women on Sunday, March 1!

Looking for another fun DePaul list? Check out “You know you went to DePaul if…”

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!

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.