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Fulbright 2018 winners
This April, the Fulbright Program announced eight DePaul students and alumni will receive grants for the 2018-19 academic year, setting a new record for the university. Left to right: Kunza Shakil, Gabby Morse, Hajrije Kolimja, and Shail Patel. Not pictured: Kathleen Anaza, Luke Borkowski, Maya Irvin-Vitela and Juliana Minasian. Read the full story here (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
As we settle in to 2019 and a new quarter on campus, we're taking a quick look back at our most noteworthy and popular content from 2018. From news about TEDxDePaulUniversity to Fulbright winners to the launch of Grounded in Mission, here, in chronological order, are 18 of DePaul's most significant and well-read stories.

March 15, 2018

Faculty Doris Rusch, Dorothy Kozlowski and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson earned an Academic Initiatives Program grant to raise awareness in Chicago about the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury.
From left to right: Doris Rusch, Dorothy Kozlowski and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)
Neuroscience, social work and game design faculty are collaborating to raise awareness about how traumatic brain injury affects victims of domestic violence. In February, they organized a conference that drew some 120 people into packed sessions, including local police, health care providers, social workers and attorneys. ​Read more >>

April 19, 2018

DePaul prepares graduates to work, succeed and contribute in the global community with an experiential education leveraging the rich resources of the city of Chicago. That unique experience is at the center of the university's new brand advertising campaign, Here, We Do. that launched on April 23, 2018.​ Read more >>

April 19, 2018

After months of planning and a trial run with the recent BIG EAST eSports Invitational, the new DePaul eSports Gaming Center officially opened to the university community in April. ​​​ Read more >>

April 26, 2018 

In April, the Fulbright Program announced eight DePaul students and alumni will receive grants for the 2018-19 academic year, setting a new record for the university. Data released by the Fulbright Program earlier this year placed DePaul among the top producers of award recipients in the U.S.​ Read more >>

Second City
DePaul students in the School of Cinematic Arts can now take comedy filmmaking classes at The Second City. (Second City/Timothy M. Schmidt)
The Second City and DePaul University to offer degrees in comedy filmmaking​
May 3, 2018

​A new collaboration between The Second City and DePaul is designed to expand comedy education and to inspire students to produce more funny movies and television shows right here in Chicago. Read more >>

May 10, 2018

To further connect classwork to the community and DePaul’s mission, geography faculty teamed with community partners across Chicago to not only offer students an opportunity to work with real-life data, but also the chance to build meaningful professional relationships that can lead to job opportunities.​​ Read more >>

May 17, 2018

​In May, DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D. announced Steve Stoute will serve as his next chief-of-staff. Stoute, an attorney and experienced leader in higher education, assumed his new role on June 4, overlapping with Jay Braatz, vice president for planning and presidential administration, before she retired from DePaul on July 2.​ Read more >>

May 24, 2018

​Internationally acclaimed performers headlined an 11-day music festival in November to celebrate the new Holtschneider Performance Center on DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus. Named for the university's most recent former president - the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. - the new 185,000-square-foot performance center opened for classes and concerts this fall.​ Read more >>

May 31, 2018

DePaul's Virtual and Augmented Design Lab opened in May, providing a dedicated area for College of Computing and Digital Media faculty and students to collaborate on virtual and augmented reality toys and games.​​​ Read more >>

June 7, 2018
TEDx 2018
(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

More than 200 faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members came together on May 1 to experience DePaul University's third and largest TEDx event. Under the theme "Reimagine," 11 diverse presenters gave nine talks on topics ranging from marginalized communities in Chicago to unconditional self-worth and forgiveness in the wake of an attack. Read more >>

June 7, 2018

​Since 2002, the African and Black Diaspora Studies program at DePaul has aimed to provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study of Africa and the Black world. After 16 years administering a rigorous and socially conscious inquiry into the histories, cultures and people of Africa and the Black diaspora, in spring 2018 the university elevated the program to a department.​​ Read more >>

Sept. 6, 2018

DePaul University finance students will benefit from innovative academic and cocurricular programming at the newly named John L. Keeley Jr. Center for Financial Services, thanks to a $3 million commitment from the family of the late finance executive John L. Keeley Jr. and the Keeley Family Foundation to the university’s Driehaus College of Business.​ Read more >>

Sept. 13, 2018

Grounded in Mission
At the beginning of the academic year, th​e university outlined the first of several tactics that will emerge from the university’s new strategic plan, "Grounded in Mission." These include a new retention program, a partnership with City Colleges, expanded student internship opportunities, and more scholarships.​ Read more >>

Sept. 13, 2018

DePaul University ranked 119th in the 2019 listing of National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. DePaul also ranked 54th as a "Best Value School." ​Read more >>

Oct. 25, 2018

In support of DePaul's commitment to cultivating an engaging, diverse and inclusive campus community​, the university launched the Presidential Fellows program in the fall 2018 quarter. The program provides an opportunity for faculty to work with President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., to research and develop innovative activities and practices on diversity and inclusion, with a focus on the recruitment, retention and success of diverse faculty, staff and students.  ​Read more >>

Nov. 19, 2018

DePaul University is strengthening its commitment to young people in Illinois with two new scholarship programs that will ease financial burdens in affording a high-quality college education for any Chicago Public Schools graduate or graduate of one of Illinois’ Catholic high schools who has a high school grade point average of 3.7 or higher and is admitted to DePaul as a full-time freshman.​​​ Read more >>
Dec. 6,  2018

​DePaul and City Colleges of Chicago established the DePaul Harold Washington Academy, a first-of-its-kind partnership to provide Chicago Public School students with an affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree. The academy will be held on DePaul’s Loop Campus with classes taught by Harold Washington College faculty. Read more >>​
Dec. 13, 2018

In response to the urgent needs of immigrants in Chicago seeking humanitarian protection or lawful status, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to the DePaul University College of Law’s Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic.​ Read more >>