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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)

Calling All Arts Alumni: DePaul University Participates in SNAAP

19 Aug

DePaul University is participating in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) – a survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide.

DePaul arts alumni will be invited to take this annual survey, which will provide the first national data on how artists develop in this country, and help to identify the factors needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers. This will allow educators, researchers and arts leaders to look at the systemic factors that helped or hindered the career paths of alumni, whether they have chosen to work as artists or pursue other paths.

Alumni completing the survey will be invited to access a site to see how the school and career experiences they’ve shared compare with other graduates from across the country. Arts alumni can see where other arts graduates live, where they work, what they earn and how their arts educations have influenced their lives.

By verifying a current e-mail address with our alumni office, arts alumni can be sure not to miss the chance to share school and life experiences and help shape the future of arts education across the country and at DePaul University.

Violin Student Scores Performance in New Kelsey Grammer Show, “Boss”

2 Jun

Violetta Todorova

Congratulations to DePaul violin student, Violetta Todorova, for being chosen to perform as a member of an orchestra that will appear in a new television drama series. “Boss” follows the fictitious Chicago Mayor, Tom Kane, played by TV icon Kelsey Grammer. Todorova was invited to perform by another DePaul phenomenon, Rich Daniels (MUS  ’83), who wrote the original score for the television series.

Todorova, hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, started playing the violin when she was five. She received a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Festival in Michigan and played the festival for six summers. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2007 and is currently a member and assistant concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is studying violin at DePaul.

The first episode of “Boss” will be directed by filmmaker, Gus Van Sant. The film also stars Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate) as the Mayor’s wife, and Jeff Haphner (The O.C., Easy Money) as an up and coming politician. Production for “Boss” began in April 2011 and will debut in October 2011 on the STARZ Network.

Can’t wait to hear Violetta play? You can catch a glimpse of her in the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign video.

Vincentian Service Day is May 1!

5 Apr

VSD PosterDePaul is gearing up for a new twist on an old adage: April showers bring May service! That’s because on May 1, 2010, hundreds of members of the DePaul Community will join together to celebrate Vincentian Service Day by volunteering in their communities.

This DePaul University tradition brings together alumni, students, faculty and staff at service sites nationwide. So, come on and join us and make a positive impact in your neighborhood! Alumni are invited to register at any of the locations below:

Double Demon Michelotti Wins National Award

4 Aug

Yippee! Bring out your favorite champagne glass! Carla Michelotti, a DePaul trustee and double Demon (LAS ’72, JD ’75), is the winner of the American Advertising Federation’s 2009 Silver Medal Lifetime Achievement Award. Michelotti, executive vice president and general counsel of advertising firm Leo Burnett Worldwide, is being recognized for her stellar contributions to the advertising profession.

There are two unique things about this award, according to Biotech Law Weekly.  It’s the first time an attorney is receiving AAF’s silver medal for lifetime achievement and only the second time a woman has been so honored since the award was established a half century ago .

Polished that champagne glass already? Good. Keep it squeaky clean until October 27 when DePaul alumna Michelotti will be receiving the award at Maggiano’s restaurant in downtown Chicago. For more details about this champagne-popping opportunity, read the Biotech Law Weekly article that announced it.

And most importantly, Kudos to Carla Michelotti for doing us proud!

Alumni and Friends Website – Check out what’s new

23 Feb

If you haven’t been to the DePaul University Alumni and Friends website lately, do check it out, we’ve got cool storiesalumni-page, video and pictures to share:

Read our February alumni profile, Robert Tenges (MUS ’92), the new director of education and programs at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music , as he shares his music school memories.

Check out photos from last month’s Nationwide Game Watch in San Francisco, Scottsdale, AZ and Chicago.

Watch the video from DePaul University journalism student Gabriel Evelyn as he takes viewers for an inside look at the new Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building.

Read the latest issue of DePaul’s alumni e-newsletter (and sign up, if you want to keep in touch.)

14 Alumni Under 40 Issue Hot Off The Presses

9 Sep

Tonight’s a big night for the alumni chosen for our third annual 14 Alumni 40 issue of DePaul Magazine. (Which should be arriving in your mailboxes soon, if you haven’t gotten it already)

A reception for this year’s recipients and with previous honorees is taking place tonight in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

Here’s who we feature in the issue:

Heather Kos (COM ’97), vice president of investor relations at Navistar International;

Jeffrey Levick (JD ’97), director of marketing and industry strategy for Google’s North American operations

Lorna Morales-Amill (LAS ’03), mentor, teacher and counselor at Chicago’s Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

Jim Deters (COM ’98), president and founder of Ascendant Technology

Michael G. Bergmann (JD ’02), director of pro bono initiatives with the Public Interest Law Initiative

Stephanie Mortimore (MUS ’94)
, piccoloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Lourdes Duarte (CMN ’99), reporter with Chicago’s WGN-TV News

Amanda Jedlicka (LAS ’95),
executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

Tarell McCraney (THE ’03), award-winning playwright

Warnita J. Taylor (COM ’05), founder and CEO of the Dime Child Foundation

Aaron Kuby (THE ’06),
president and executive director of the National Theatre of the Deaf

Anna Franczyk (EDU ’01), award-winning teacher at Chicago’s Erie Elementary School

Marty Frascogna (SNL ’07), founder of RedJet Records

Darren Liu (CDM ’03, MS ’05), consultant and CRM expert with Chicago’s Crowe Chizek and Co.

Check out the blog tomorrow for a recap of the event!