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What Being a Student Alumni Ambassador Means to Me

10 Sep

The Student Alumni Ambassadors were founded to strengthen the bonds and connections between alumni and the university, enlighten alumni on the current university culture, engage current students in the alumni community and develop future alumni leaders. The Student Alumni Ambassadors serve as representatives of the Office of Alumni RelatioErin Kns and the entire student body at high-profile university and alumni events throughout the year.

My father was an administrator of a high school, and he’d often give tours and host events. Though he never really needed my help, he always asked me to tag along. I loved telling the alumni about the school and learning about their experiences. When I came to DePaul, I knew I wanted to be involved in the alumni association. I wanted to be with the alumni. Being a Student Alumni Ambassador has given me all that I hoped for and more.

I joined the Student Alumni Ambassadors as a sophomore and I attend as many events as I can. There is such variety that we get to choose from and we always can find a balance between our interests and our schedules. I’ve attended alumni panels and meetings. I’ve attended the Dinners on DePaul—career specific dinners where small groups of students get to talk directly with alumni who work in their fields of interest. The dinners are intimate and personal, and also a great networking opportunity, as all alumni events are. I’ve also attended college specific receptions. At these events, I talk to recent graduates, older graduates and DePaul staff. I once had a long conversation with the Dean one of my colleges—she wanted to get to know me, but not just in an “our-college-is-pretty-great” way. She wanted to know me. Not many students get to have that experience.

At another event, I talked to a man who graduated from the business college 40 years ago. He worked on the East Coast after graduation, and hadn’t been back to Chicago since. He felt out of place, knowing many things had changed within the city and DePaul’s campuses and he didn’t know anyone at the event. By talking to him, I felt that I was the link that helped him get comfortable. Before we separated, I introduced him to another man I had met earlier and they enjoyed themselves the rest of the evening. My responsibility is to make alumni more comfortable, reach out in any way that they need and help them feel more connected to the event and DePaul.

As a Student Alumni Ambassador, I know DePaul in ways that most students cannot imagine: the history, the mission, the stories that get passed down to you and that you carry with you always. I didn’t just live DePaul for four years; I’ve lived it dozens of times over again.

What we do is not a superpower, but at the end of the night I feel as if it is. Happy. Strong. Helpful. Impactful.

— Erin K. (CMN, LAS ’16)

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…”

Share Your DePaul Love Story

3 Feb

Demon DarlingsDid you meet your sweetheart at DePaul? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to collect stories and pictures of Blue Demon couples to share with our alumni community! It’s easy to participate:

  • Pick a photo of you and your Demon Darling.
  • Identify your names and graduation years, plus any details you want to share of your love story (300 words or less).
  • Send everything via email to

We will collect and share pictures in a special #DemonDarlings photo album on social media just in time for Valentine’s Day. Please help us spread the word and collect DePaul love stories!

Read more stories about Blue Demon couples:

Alumni couple provide double the support.

Basketball alumnus and his wife met in German class.

A Blue Demon went to a dance with a date–then met his future wife!

Mentor Gains Confidence to Lead (Reunion Weekend 2014)

8 Oct

In honor of Reunion Weekend Oct. 17-19, we’re spotlighting this year’s affinity receptions, which recognize former Orientation Leader alumni and those who were involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Here, an Orientation Leader alumnus shares what the group meant to him. Remember: All alumni are welcome at Reunion Weekend 2014, so register today. Registration ends Oct. 10!

Matt Horvath (EDU ’03)

Matt Horvath (EDU ’03)

In the summer of 1999, I remember being extremely nervous about attending college, as it was a massive transition in my life. Premiere DePaul changed that! The mentors were energetic, my group was friendly and I became comfortable with the campus. Plus, my eyes were opened to diversity through the Mile Walkers theatre troupe and I was able to experience dorm-life for the first time. When the orientation program was over, I couldn’t wait to go back and begin my freshman year at DePaul.

Two years later, I became a mentor through the Orientation Leader program. I learned to work as part of the incredible team that was our 2001 Premiere DePaul staff. We bonded during the 70-hours-per-week training period (and over countless icebreakers!). Then, while in the process of leading multiple orientation sessions every week, we picked each other up when our energy levels were running on fumes. I have plenty of fond memories with the 2001 Premiere staff both inside and outside of the orientation sessions.

My summer as an Orientation Leader was the first time that I truly felt I could succeed as an educator. I knew that I had the work ethic and organizational skills but was worried that my introverted personality would prevent me from being an effective educator. Facilitating discussions, performing in skits, and guiding tours of the campus helped to break me out of my shell and give me confidence to lead. I also became familiar with the rewarding feeling of seeing my orientation group members excited about becoming a Blue Demon (just like I felt in 1999). This is the same rewarding feeling I get when students make a breakthrough or tell me that they have been accepted into college.

I hope to see everybody at Reunion Weekend and the Orientation Leader reunion on Saturday, Oct. 18. I am looking forward to sharing stories with mentors from many different eras, and reconnecting with the 2001 Premiere staff.

– Matt Horvath (EDU ’03)

Co-Chair, Orientation Leader Reunion Committee

How PRSSA Connected Me to DePaul (Reunion Weekend 2014)

1 Oct

In honor of Reunion Weekend Oct. 17-19, we’re spotlighting this year’s affinity receptions, which recognize former Orientation Leader alumni and those who were involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Here, a PRSSA alumna shares what the group meant to her. Remember: All alumni are welcome at Reunion Weekend 2014, so register today! Early bird pricing ends Oct. 3 (with registration closing Oct. 10).

Nicole Young

Nicole Young (CMN ’08)

As you’re preparing to enter college, people you know and love and even acquaintances tell you to enjoy every moment, because “those are the best days of your life.” In college, you connected at some level to your alma mater—whether it was the friends you made in Munroe Hall, your first home away from home, the professor who taught you to utilize your natural talents in communication, or simply being a part of a diverse community in the great city of Chicago. Those types of connections leave you with a smile and sense of nostalgia at the mere mention of DePaul.

As a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, I remember hoping to learn from the executive board and members, boost my resume and secure a real public relations position after graduation.

Along with my fellow executive board members, we stumbled to the realization that the PRSSA we had been members of for two years was not actually recognized by the parent organization. Collaborating as a strong, diverse and motivated team, we worked tirelessly to communicate the obstacle to our constituents, inspire support both internally and externally, and strive toward the goal of establishing our organization while laying the foundation for those to come.

Little did I know at the time that I’d learn and accomplish more than I had hoped all while making lifelong friends and establishing the first recognized PRSSA DePaul chapter. As I look back, six years later, I still feel pride for the team that came together, the goal we accomplished, and the continuous success the organization and members have established since. I invite my fellow PRSSA members to join me on Oct. 18 for Reunion Weekend to reconnect, network and share memories!

– Nicole Young (CMN ’08)

Co-Chair, PRSSA Reunion Committee

An Orientation Leader Looks Back (Reunion Weekend 2014)

26 Sep

In honor of Reunion Weekend Oct. 17-19, we’re spotlighting this year’s affinity receptions, which recognize former Orientation Leader alumni and those who were involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Here, an Orientation Leader alumna shares what the group meant to her. Remember: All alumni are welcome at Reunion Weekend 2014, so register today. Early bird pricing ends Oct. 3!

Alumna Sarah Shields

Sarah Shields (EDU ’12)

My experience at DePaul University was—to try and sum it all up in one word—amazing. I learned so much about myself, and by participating in so many extracurricular activities, I found I had a passion for working in student affairs! Thanks to so many wonderful staff mentors, I grew so much as a person, student and professional during my time there. Out of everything I was lucky enough to be a part of at DePaul, hands down my most impactful experience was being an Orientation Leader for two summers.

In 2008 and 2009, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to serve as an OL alongside some of the brightest and kindest students from across the university. Those two summers taught me not only about DePaul and all it offers, but also how to give entertaining tours through Lincoln Park while walking backward, how to interact with stakeholders (parents, academic advisors, etc.), how to execute the best icebreakers (candy is key!), and how wonderful it is to create friendships that will last far beyond those few months.

The moments we spent hanging out in the green room of the MPR, playing cards and pumping each other up at the start of each orientation session, were some of my favorite of each summer. However, so many funny stories came out of the time spent outside of actually working—the hour-long bus ride back from our retreat in Wisconsin that turned into a five-hour trek through flooded highways, numerous late-night trips to the beach that turned into epic dance parties, and even spending a day together at Six Flags! There is something special that happens when you work that closely with people for an entire summer—a bond that can’t really be explained or replicated anywhere else. And I am so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and learn from so many fantastic people!

I cannot say enough wonderful things about my time as an Orientation Leader. I know everyone I worked with those summers would agree that we had the time of our lives. I am so looking forward to reconnecting with all of my orientation friends in Chicago for Reunion Weekend. Hope to see you there!

– Sarah Shields (EDU ’12)

Co-Chair, Orientation Leader Reunion Committee

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…”


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