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6 Things We Loved About our 6-Week Winter Break

15 Dec
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Campus is a little quiet these days during winter break. With the students gone, we’re keeping ourselves busy by compiling a list of things you may have loved about DePaul’s super-special, super-long winter break. What did we miss?

  1. Kicking off your winter break with Thanksgiving while your friends at other schools were just finishing midterms. Finals? In December? Not at DePaul!
  2. Bypassing some of Chicago’s roughest weather in the comfort of your own home. Lake-effect snow? Polar vortex? Yeah, no. We just stayed in bed.
  3. Home cooking and free laundry for six straight weeks. Shout out to mom and dad!
  4. Cranking out a class during December intercession. Full-day classes were totally worth the migraines, right?
  5. If you did stick around campus, you definitely got a seat on the Red Line for the first time all year.
  6. Starting to get homesick at the end of December for your DePaul family and friends, because even though the long winter break was AMAZING, DePaul will always feel like home.


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…”

Bringing Smiles to Pediatric Patients, One Card at a Time

25 Apr

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Sometime in the near future, a homemade card adorned with a grinning hippo will brighten the day of a hospitalized child. This happy card was one of many that DePaul University alumni created during a recent volunteer event. Armed with glue sticks, colorful paper, pipe cleaners, stickers and vivid imaginations, alumni produced 80 artistic masterpieces on behalf of Cardz for Kidz, a local non-profit founded by DePaul MBA student Ike Nwankwo and alumnus David Harrison (BUS ’07).

Cardz for Kidz organizes casual gatherings where groups of friends or colleagues join together to make inspirational cards for pediatric patients and other children in need. “Our mission is uplifting spirits, one card at a time,” says Nwankwo. Since 2010, Cardz for Kidz has done just that for more than 3,000 children around the world. The organization partners with 14 hospitals and ensures that each card is hand-delivered to patients’ rooms.

It’s hard to exaggerate the gratitude and excitement of the young recipients. “The kids feel like somebody made a card specifically for them,” Nwankwo explains. “They feel so special.” For volunteers, the experience of creating homemade cards is equally heartwarming. “It was so fun to make a card that would make a child feel like a rock star,” shares Colleen Moodie (CMN ’11). “Each card is one of a kind—just like the kids who received them.”

As of April 18, DePaul student and alumni groups have contributed 209 cards to the cause. This puts DePaul slightly ahead of Northwestern University (202 cards) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (169). Alumni can get involved in the challenge—and bring joy to more hospitalized kids—by hosting a Cardz for Kidz party or making cards on their own. “A little piece of paper with marker on it makes a difference,” Nwankwo asserts. “The kids know someone is thinking of them.”

Feel free to be creative with your designs, but Cardz for Kidz cannot accept cards that reference the patient’s health in any way, such as “get well soon” or “feel better.” Similarly, Cardz for Kidz does not deliver cards that feature religious language or iconography. For more information, please review the organization’s guidelines.

Card drop-off location:
DePaul Alumni Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Suite 150
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Or mail your cards to:
PHD Media
c/o David Harrison
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60601

Get Ready to Give Back: Vincentian Service Day 2013

5 Apr

Mark your calendars for May 4 and prepare to give back: This year’s annual community service event, Vincentian Service Day, is almost here. This tradition brings together more than 1,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends at sites nationwide to serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. Check out the various opportunities for alumni below and click on the links to register.

Chicagoland sites:

Regional sites:

This year’s theme is Vincentian Vision, based on a quote by St. Vincent: “Some persons look and never see, others see and never look.” The university team organizing Vincentian Service Day notes, “Our hope is that in participating this year, our volunteers will renew their own individual vision of what it means to be part of DePaul University′s Vincentian family.”

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations by calling (800) 437-1898 or emailing alumnievents@depaul.edu.

Have you participated in Vincentian Service Day?

Vincentian Service Day 2012