DePaul University Newsline > Issue > February 28, 2019
With University President A. Gabriel Esteban's approval, Acting Provost Salma Ghanem has reappointed Don Opitz as interim dean of the School for New Learning, to become the School of Continuing and Professional Studies in July 2019, through the 2019-20 academic year.
Harrison I. Steans, entrepreneurial banker, life-trustee and long-time friend to DePaul University, died Feb. 26. A memorial service will be held in the Martin Theater at Ravinia on March 9.
Spring is around the corner, and that means many students are preparing to finish their studies—and celebrate their time at DePaul. Graduating students who are eligible to participate in commencement can now indicate plans to attend their college’s ceremony and purchase regalia.
To celebrate Open Education Week this year, March 4-8, the DePaul Library will host screenings of the documentary “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” at both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. “Paywall” investigates the impact of restrictions imposed by the publishing industry on access, or lack thereof, to research. All members of the DePaul community are welcome to attend.
While most faculty, staff and students hunkered down during the polar vortex earlier this February, Brittany Royce and her fellow residence hall directors were on campus and on-call to ensure the students who live in DePaul residence halls were safe. Since 2016, Royce has been the residence hall director and resident education administrator for Corcoran and McCabe Halls on the Lincoln Park Campus.
On Feb. 14, 1989, DePaul basketball player Diana Vines scored two free throw shots in a game against Valparaiso University. This was not a rare occurrence for Vines. Going into the 1988-89 season, she had scored 398 free throws out of an attempted 557 during her career at DePaul, a success rate of 71.45 percent. What made these particular shots remarkable, and what caused the game to grind to a halt for celebration, was what they marked for Vines personally. Upon landing that second free throw shot, Vines became the highest scoring basketball player in DePaul history.
On Thursday, March 14, combat veteran and best-selling author Wes Moore will deliver the keynote address at DePaul's inaugural President's Lecture Series. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Space is limited.
Urban and political geographer, Alex Papadopoulos, has been awarded the national Harm J. Blij Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Geography Teaching. The honor is presented by the American Association of Geographers and is considered to be the most prestigious teaching award in the discipline. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in teaching undergraduate geography including the use of innovative teaching methods.