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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:

DePaul HCI student takes driving to a vocal level

9 Mar

Jason Johnson, a DePaul master’s candidate in human-computer interaction, is dedicated to producing jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring user experiences. And that’s exactly what the user interface design engineer has accomplished at Ford Motor Company. SYNC with MyFord Touch, the latest in vehicle communication environments, is the product of years of work by a team of designers and engineers. Now the technology is going global—and Johnson is a key designer for vehicle environments specific to global audiences.

“I love being an engineer on the SYNC with MyFord Touch program, which has really revolutionised the way people communicate in their vehicles,” says Johnson in a news story on “I often feel that I work for a technology or consumer electronics company that just also happens to make great automobiles.”

Read more about Johnson and his team on

DePaul student-crafted game “Octodad” makes a splash

4 Jan

DePaul’s Gaming Development program has received high praise for it’s 3D adventure game “Octodad,” a computer game developed by a team of 19 DePaul students in less than six months. The game has been selected as a Top 100 Finalist in the Indie of the Year Awards, and hailed as one of the best indie PC games by

Users play as Octodad, an octopus pretending to be human who must perform fatherly tasks without revealing his octopus nature to a wife and kids. You can even download “Octodad” and play for free!

We here at Demon Tracks wish the students the best of luck as the game goes on to compete at the 2011 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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!

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.

Learn about Cloud Computing from Leading Technology Experts

12 Apr

Learn from DePaul’s distinguished faculty and a panel of business experts about the future of cloud computing at the inaugural College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) Corporate Technology Luncheon on April 29.

Cloud computing is a technology that uses the Internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications.

CDM Corporate Technology LuncheonThe CDM Corporate Technology Luncheon will address questions for today’s busy corporate technology executive, including how are companies successfully utilizing the cloud to improve business management and reduce costs? Is this a game-changing strategy for the future of information technology organizations?

Panelists include:

  • Joseph Paradi, Innovation Lead for Internal IT, Accenture
  • Don Schwarz, Software Engineer-Google App Engine Team, Google
  • Wade Wegner, Senior Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Dan Dal Degan, Senior Vice President-Central/Mid-Atlantic,
  • Matt Brady, Director of Sales Operations-SFA/CRM, TransUnion

CDM associate professor Massimo DiPierro will moderate the panel.

For more information or to register, visit or contact DePaul’s Office of Advancement at (312) 362-8455 or Registration ends April 21.