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Marketing Alumni Experience the Craftsman Interactive Work Space

23 Sep

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At an exclusive September event for graduates of DePaul’s College of Commerce Marketing program, guests connected with fellow alumni, faculty and experts in the marketing industry at The Craftsman Experience, an innovative venue in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  The space, which boasts a live social media studio, was an ideal place to discuss the converging and ever-changing worlds of marketing and new media.

“What we are really interested in doing is staying connected to the business community and staying on top of cutting-edge business practices,” said Sue Fogel, chair of DePaul’s Department of Marketing.

The event also featured the construction of a DePaul-themed podium by Craftsman builders, and live video streaming of the construction project.

Stay current! Visit the alumni events calendar for upcoming networking opportunities.

DePaul Alumna Recognized as Chicago Career Role Model

25 Aug
Carrie Meghie

Photo courtesy Carrie Meghie

Carrie Meghie (COM ’96) is a “workplace MVP” according to Time Out Chicago, which featured her in its August career issue. The magazine highlighted stories about local professionals who have succeeded in interesting fields.

Meghie, who has a degree in marketing from the College of Commerce, earned praise for deftly balancing multiple projects. In addition to working as executive vice president of Becker Ventures and general manager of Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, she also stays busy running a Jamaican restaurant/reggae club, Mr. Brown’s Lounge, with her husband. As the article notes:

She gets to work at 7 a.m. and logs 12-hour days in the office. She often works at home in the evenings and on the weekends. “But I’m working on fun things,” she says. “Yes, it’s work, but it’s things I’m excited about.”

Amid her busy schedule, Meghie still finds ways to connect with DePaul. This spring she volunteered the Hard Rock Hotel as a case study for Adjunct Professor Paul Arthur Bodine’s MBA business architecture class. Students gained experience working with a live client, and the hotel learned insights from the class’s final presentation.

Read the full article on Time Out Chicago.

Recent COM Graduate Makes the Cut for NFL Program

16 Jun

Congratulations to recent DePaul alumnus Wahaj Tariq (COM ’11) for being accepted into the NFL’s Junior Rotational Program.

The NFL Junior Rotational Program is a series of work assignments while being rotated through various departments within the NFL, including communications and public affairs, events, finance, football operations and officiating, international marketing and sales, and media. In addition, participants receive comprehensive orientation and training, mentor assignments with upper management, and the opportunity to network with other participants.

Wahaj withstood a lengthy interview process, competing with over 2,000 applicants. He was eventually flown out to the NFL headquarters in New York, where after a full day of final interviews, he was selected along with six other participants. Wahaj begins his experience with the NFL the first week of July.

Wahaj graduated this year with a B.S. in commerce, sports management, and marketing.
We wish Wahaj the absolute best!

DePaul University Commencement 2011

23 May

Congratulations to all our 2011 graduates!

DePaul University’s 113th commencement ceremonies have begun with more to come in June. Commencement for the College of Law took place on May 15 with speaker Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer of Commonwealth Edison and a civic leader in Chicago. You can even watch commencement ceremonies online.

Commencement ceremonies to come are as follows:

College of Education
June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Speaker:  Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust and a longtime philanthropic leader who has spearheaded public school improvements in several of the nation’s larger metropolitan areas.

 School of Music and The Theatre School
June 11, 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: John von Rhein, one of the most enduring and influential observers of the world of classical music, and chief classical music critic for the Chicago Tribune since 1977.

School for New Learning
June 11, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Miriam K. Were is an internationally known physician and public health advocate who has addressed major disease, substance abuse and economic development issues in her native Kenya through the UZIMA Foundation

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
June 12, 8 a.m.
Speaker: Claude M. Steele is provost of Columbia University and a highly acclaimed professor of psychology who has led groundbreaking research in such social phenomenon as stereotyping and self-image.

College of Communication and College of Computing and Digital Media
June 12, noon
Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson is an award-winning journalist, former New York Times Chicago bureau chief and author and also the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

College of Commerce
June 12, 4 p.m.
Speaker: James Skinner is a leading executive and noted innovator in the food service industry who currently serves as vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corp.

Students, graduates and families seeking more information about the commencement ceremonies should visit the Academic Affairs Commencement 2011 website:

Chester Bolek (COM ’49, MS ’73) Looks Back

13 Oct

“I’m one of the really old seniors who call Chesterfield Villas home,” jokes 90-year-old Chester Bolek (COM ’49, MS ’73). Chester grew up in Chicago’s “Little Poland”  neighborhood and, encouraged by his parents Frank and Rose Bolek, chose DePaul University for college. “I have an ongoing love affair with my school… even though I graduated over half a century ago,” he says, “[DePaul] molded me into a clear-thinking person.”

Recently, Chester shared with DePaul about another “ongoing love affair” — this one with his wife of more than 65 years, Dorothy Bolek. The couple met at a DePaul dance, and Chester tells the story best himself:


64 E. Lake Building
(circa 1949)

64 E. Lake St. – Chicago, Ill: These are not just street numbers — mere digits. They are the focal point of my life. This was DePaul University’s address in 1941. There I acquired the fabric which allowed me to evaluate the events in my life and make decisions based on Christian principles in a materialistic world. 

Great as all that was, there is something that surpasses all that in importance. I ment my future wife, Dorothy, there at a DePaul dance — same address — on October 17, 1941. Dorothy was there as the date of one of my friends… . What can I say? She was good looking — major correction — she still is. Looked like Alice Faye, the movie star. Remember her?

My date grumbled somewhat! I danced a lot with Dorothy. After the dance I suggested we go to the Hotel Gramere overlooking Garfield Park. There they had a lounge, The Glass House, which was a cool place. Well, we went there and to my surprise the leader of the band was an acquaintance of mine… . I then introduced him to the group. Talk about making an impression — I just lucked out!

This was the beginning of a World War II romance, and it all began at 64 E. Lake St., Chicago, Ill.

This coming weekend, Oct. 15-17, we’re looking forward to hearing more memories from DePaul alumni during Reunion Weekend 2010. Phone registration is still open for the weekend’s many events; simply call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898. If you can’t make it back this weekend, but want to share a DePaul memory, post a comment here or send an email to

Thanks, Chester, for sharing such a lovely snippet from your life!

Chicago Film Festival Welcomes DePaul Alumna

8 Oct

DePaul graduate and teacher-turned-filmmaker Carmen Marron (COM ’94) is in Chicago this month for the Chicago International Film Festival, where her new movie “Go For It!” is showing as an official selection. The film, based partially on Marron’s experience growing up in Chicago’s inner city and her work as a guidance counselor for at-risk youth, has been selected for the Boston International Film Festival, Dances With Films Festival, and the HBO Presents New York International Latino Film Festival. The coming-of-age story follows Carmen, a good student and talented street dancer in the underground Chicago club scene.

Starting this weekend, you can catch “Go For It” along with writer/director/producer Carmen Marron and cast members at the Chicago International Film Festival. For show times, locations and ticket info, visit


Welcome, New Grads!

14 Jun

Congrats to our new grads!

A warm welcome to more than 6,000 new members of the DePaul University Alumni Association!

Over the weekend, thousands of students graduated from DePaul University to become the newest members of the alumni community. All graduates are automatically accepted into the Alumni Association  — which meams access to a number of alumni-only benefits, services and so much more! In fact, we’re so excited to say hello to these new grads, we’re holding a special Welcome to the Alumni Association Reception this Wednesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Come on out to Old Town Social in Chicago to meet fellow members of your alumni community. Registration is just $20 and includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Alumni can sign up online or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898 to register for this fun happy hour event. See you there!