$2 million grant will fund research on chronic fatigue syndrome in children
The National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Children Health and Human Development has awarded a $2 million grant to a DePaul professor to study the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome in children and the significant impairment it causes to their lives.
Leonard A. Jason, professor of psychology at DePaul and director of its Center for Community Research, will conduct a five-year study to determine the prevalence of pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome in a community-based sample of more than 20,000 Chicago-area youth ages 5 to 17.
- Maria Toscano
Vice president honored for diversity commitment
The Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations is honoring Elizabeth Ortiz, vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, with an award that recognizes her commitment to eliminating educational disparities.
Ortiz will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excellence in Leadership Honor for Educational Change on Jan. 25 at the commission’s 46th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Celebration Dinner.
As diversity officer at DePaul, Ortiz is responsible for building alliances with various university constituencies to maximize the university’s potential as a truly diverse community of faculty, students and staff. She has worked at DePaul since 2002.
- Lynn Safranek
New DePaul Magazine website showcases interactive content
DePaul Magazine launched a new website this past fall. In addition to offering an interactive flipbook, the website presents bonus content not found in the magazine, such as supplementary articles, first-person narratives, videos and audio content.
The magazine articles and online stories can be shared through email or social media with a click of a button, and a “search” function allows readers to hone in on their interests. Additionally, by clicking on the section titles within the flipbook, users can pull up a plain-text version of each article, which makes it easy to read the magazine on cell phones and other mobile devices. The website itself is optimized for the mobile experience.
Since the website will be updated between issues of the magazine, readers should check back often for the latest articles, stories and audiovisual content. Access the website at depaulmagazine.com.
— Kelsey Rotwein
Adobe products available to employees
Through a new licensing arrangement, all DePaul employees will be able to use the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products. The package includes Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro, which allows users to create and edit PDFs. This new option allows any DePaul faculty or staff member with a university-owned computer to install these products without purchasing a separate license.
To install the Adobe products, visit software.depaul.edu, and click on the ‘Software for DePaul-Owned Computers’ link. Choose the appropriate access link on the right in the Adobe Creative Cloud row to visit the software portal and see the full list of available products.
— Information Services
Ugandan educator to receive honorary degree at Tangaza commencement
DePaul will recognize a Ugandan educator with an honorary doctorate for her tireless work to restore the lives of young women who have survived extreme violence at the hands of Ugandan rebels.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, SHS, will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters degree during a Dec. 7 commencement at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya. The ceremony is part of commencement activities for an undergraduate degree program, now in its seventh year, offered by the School for New Learning in partnership with Tangaza College. Nineteen students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in leadership and management.
Sister Nyirumbe is the director of St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Center, which serves women who managed to escape a violent rebel group that has been responsible for the murder, abduction or displacement of millions of Ugandans over the past 20 years.
Under her leadership, the school in Gulu, Uganda, revamped its curriculum to include skills training in knitting, sewing, crafts, agriculture, hair styling and catering. These vocational skills help women find jobs that allow them to become financially independent. The more than 300 women who attend St. Monica’s each year also receive free medical care and psychological support.
— Lynn Safranek
Misconduct reporting options
DePaul is committed to ensuring the safety of faculty, staff and students, as well as the safety of anyone who visits campus.
To assist with this, the university offers several avenues to report misconduct. Visit compliance.depaul.edu to learn more about these options. Anonymous reports may be made to the Misconduct Reporting Hotline, 877-236-8390.
Several state and federal laws require university employees to report certain crimes. For example, DePaul employees are required to notify the state if they have reasonable cause to believe a child uner 18 known to them in their professional or official capacity has been physically or sexually abused. In addition, faculty and staff who have been designated as Campus Security Authorities must contact Public Safety if they observe or learn that a crime has been committed. Visit publicsafety.depaul.edu/csa to learn more about Campus Security Authorities.
Sheikh Faisal is pictured third from left with Sheikha Maha Faisal Al Thani; Sheikh Mohammad Bin Faisal Al Thani; Patricia O'Donoghue, vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Alumni Outreach and former interim provost; Tarek M. El Sayed, Group CFO for Al Faisal Holding; Sheikh Turki Bin Faisal Al Thani; and GianMario Besana.
Goal for 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar: MBAs from DePaul
Qatar entrepreneur Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, chairman and CEO of Al Faisal Holding, was in Chicago earlier this year to sign an agreement with DePaul University to bring specialized MBA degrees to his country in preparation for the 2022 Soccer World Cup.
"Al Faisal Holding, in view of Qatar's upcoming hosting of the Soccer World Cup in 2022, believes that Qatar needs to create capacity in middle management in the area of sports management and hospitality management and that there is a market for graduate offerings in these areas," said GianMario Besana, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at DePaul in Chicago.
Global business leader Nomenee Robinson to speak at DePaul
Nomenee B. Robinson, an international business leader and one of the first volunteers with the Peace Corps, will speak at DePaul University about leadership and reasoned, realistic solutions to building businesses within a challenging global marketplace. Robinson’s talk, “Business, Ethics & Global Leadership,” is presented by DePaul’s School of Public Service and “Vincent on Leadership: The Hay Project.”
There are four opportunities to hear Robinson’s talk: Nov. 12 at 11:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on the Lincoln Park Campus, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 324/325; and Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on the Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1600. A light meal and beverage will be provided. The lectures are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required online at http://vincentonleadership.org/lecture or via phone at 312-362-5522. For more information about the event, visit the DePaul Newsroom.
Celebrate the Women of Spirit & Action Awards Nov. 5
The DePaul Women's Network and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity invite DePaul faculty, staff and students to pay homage to the de Marillac tradition of service by celebrating the modern-day Louises in our community. A modern-day Louise is a woman who exemplifies the Louise de Marillac qualities of spirit of service, compassionate personalism and the ability to get things done.
Do you know a modern-day Louise? There's still time to nominate her! Though the award honors DePaul women, we encourage all members of our university community (men and women, faculty, staff and students) to nominate an honoree for this award.
This year’s celebration will feature a keynote address by Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Northern Trust. She also is the National Board President of the Girls Scouts of the USA and is a public and motivational speaker on topics related to corporate responsibility, leadership, and personal and professional empowerment.
The celebration takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9-11 a.m., Lincoln Park Campus Student Center, Room 120. To learn more about you can participate, visit DWN’s events page. — Joy Boggs
Events planned for National Preparedness Month
Safety fairs later this month on the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses will draw attention to National Preparedness Month and the steps people can take to enhance their safety and security.
Attendees can collect information from university organizations and vendors on emergency preparedness, online security and safety at home and work. Refreshments and giveaways, including mini first-aid kits, will be available at each event.
The Lincoln Park Campus Safety Fair will be held Sept. 25 in the Student Center, second floor, and the Loop Campus Safety Fair will be held Sept. 26 in the DePaul Center, concourse level. Each event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DePaul event to address challenges in health care
The same artificial intelligence computer system that defeated two former Jeopardy! champions in 2011 may now be on the verge of revolutionizing the way doctors diagnose and treat patients. At an event in the Driehaus College of Business on Sept. 27, Stephen Gold, vice president of Worldwide Marketing & Sales Operations for IBM Watson Solutions, will describe how the computer, known as Watson, is about to add a new title to its repertoire—virtual doctor’s assistant.
Sponsored by the DePaul Graduate Health Care Program, “Patients, Data, and Policy: Dealing with Health Care’s Challenges” will offer a lively discussion about the changing landscape of the health care industry. Following Gold’s keynote presentation, a panel of experts will weigh in on the current challenges in health care. Participants also will have the opportunity to learn more about DePaul’s health care programs and meet faculty.
The program, which is geared for graduate business students and healthcare professionals, is free but has limited attendance. To register, contact Phyllis Sullivan or visit this site for more information.
Learn something new at The Ray
It’s tough for busy professionals to stay up to date on wellness research. Campus Recreation is here to help: try an instructional program at The Ray!
Available to both members and nonmembers, these progressive, skill-building classes will help you achieve new fitness levels. Discover improved core strength with Pilates, swing into shape with kettlebells, sculpt your physique using TRX bands or find inner peace with yoga.
Check the Campus Recreation website for registration details. Fall schedules for classes have been posted. – by Kristen Pengelly
Untitled (Wallscape), 2012. Courtesy of the artist Susan Giles
Home-grown talent on display
Art from DePaul’s faculty will grace the walls and halls of the DePaul Art Museum until Sept. 29. The DePaul Faculty Exhibition demonstrates the strength and diversity of the university’s visual arts—from painting and photography to found-object sculpture and multimedia performance.
Featured artists are: Shiro Akiyoshi, Gagik Aroutiunian, Lisa Barcy, Marita Bolles, Jeff Carter, Tom Denlinger, Marcy Dinius, Nomi Epstein, Susan Giles, Steve Harp, Anna Henson, Randall Honold, Laura Kina, Jeff Kowalkowski, Zack Ostrowski, Bob Palmieri, Mary Ann Papanek-Miller, Keiler Roberts, Adam Schreiber, H. Peter Steeves, Bibiana Suarez, Selina Trepp, Dolores Wilber, Chi Jang Yin and Mark Zlotkowski.
The artists’ accomplishments will be celebrated with a reception on Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.
For more information about the DePaul Art Museum, visit museums.depaul.edu.
Search begins for new VP of Student Affairs
A committee has started the search to identify candidates to serve as DePaul’s new vice president of Student Affairs. Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Cindy Summers has led the office since its longtime leader, Jim Doyle, retired in June 2012.
The committee will complete preparatory work for the search in the fall and expects to begin recruiting candidates in the early winter. Final candidates will visit campus for interviews near the end of Winter Quarter or beginning of Spring Quarter.
Members of the search committee are: the Rev. Ed Udovic, C.M. (chair), Office of the Secretary; Caryn Chaden, Academic Affairs; Casey Clemmons, SGA; Vanessa Cadavillo, SGA; Rick Moreci, Staff Council; Marla Morgen, Office of the General Counsel; Elizabeth Ortiz, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity; Mark Laboe, University Ministry; Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, Department of Athletics; Vijay Pendakur, Office of Multicultural Student Success; Charles Suchar, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Cindy Summers, Student Affairs; and Michaela Winchatz, Faculty Council.
DePaul hosting national conference on community-based service and learning
DePaul University is hosting the third biannual National Faith Justice and Civic Learning Conference June 20 and 21 in the Lincoln Park Student Center Room 314 A & B. Representatives from 14 universities and 11 community partners have already registered to attend.
The conference will involve a collaborative process of reflection, dialogue and learning among invited experts and participants, most commonly those involved in college and university-based community service, service-learning, service immersion experiences or community-based research, including representative community partners