Student SpotLight

  • Meet Kyle Decker: Track athlete and future doctor

    Meet Kyle Decker: Track athlete and future doctor

    ​Throughout their collegiate careers, student athletes are taught to balance academics with athletics in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get the most out of their college experience. Kyle Decker, a track athlete majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, has managed to achieve this balance and be successful in both areas, while also maintaining a healthy social life and paying attention to self-care. ​
  • Meet Viviana Favela: Promoting multicultural student life on campus

    Meet Viviana Favela: Promoting multicultural student life on campus

    ​Viviana Favela began her journey at DePaul almost two years ago in the fall of 2017. Now a sophomore, Favela is as busy as it gets with her dedicated involvement in Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. and the Latinx Cultural Center, along with her major in art media & design and a minor in marketing.​
  • Meet Jenna Rummelhart: Using communication tools for social justice work

    Meet Jenna Rummelhart: Using communication tools for social justice work

    ​A senior communications coordinator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and student in the master’s of science in marketing program, Jenna Rummelhart came to DePaul with a drive to make a difference. After securing a scholarship through her position at the Archdiocese, DePaul’s graduate business program quickly caught her eye. ​
  • Meet Michael Slaughter: U.S. marine and artist

    Meet Michael Slaughter: U.S. marine and artist

    Michael C. Slaughter, a Marine for 34 years and current DePaul student in the School for New Learning, is using art as a medium to reshape how we support our veterans. With DePaul’s support and his own experiences reintegrating into society following a long military career and multiple deployments, Slaughter is shedding light on what is often our nation’s misunderstanding of those who risk their lives so we can live ours.​ Read on to learn how he advocates for veterans through art as well as his many other efforts.
  • Meet Willord Simmons: Advocating for music education in prisons

    Meet Willord Simmons: Advocating for music education in prisons

    ​During the summer of 2018, ​McNair Scholar and School of Music student Willord Simmons spent time researching music education programs in prison systems. Read on to learn how his research influenced him to make an argument against traditional music education in prisons, and substituting instead methods that could be more beneficial for incarcerated individuals. ​
  • Meet Brittany Alston: Striving for greatness through public administration

    Meet Brittany Alston: Striving for greatness through public administration

    ​Master’s in public administration graduate student Brittany Alston currently is wrapping up a quarter-long internship with State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, of Illinois’ 4th district. Read on to learn about Alston's experience and how she plans to commit her future to the government sector of public administration​.
  • Meet Baylee Ritter: Communicating the importance of environmental issues

    Meet Baylee Ritter: Communicating the importance of environmental issues

    ​Now a senior at DePaul, Baylee Ritter's goal in life is to use her education to translate environmental concerns and scientific data, and create campaigns that allow the average person to create change in their own life. ​Read on to learn about her most recent campaign, which entailed building a boat made from garbage and sailing it down a river in Central Illinois.
  • Meet Nate Gutierrez: Helping new students transition to college life

    Meet Nate Gutierrez: Helping new students transition to college life

    ​Volunteer work is at the core of DePaul's Vincentian mission, and senior Nate Gutierrez has embraced this by volunteering to help new students move into their residence halls on move-in day. In doing so, he offers much more than simply helping bring a few items upstairs: he plays an integral part in helping new students transition to life at college.​
  • Meet Kelly Cunningham: Triple major and university honors program star

    Meet Kelly Cunningham: Triple major and university honors program star

    ​Initially added on as a minor to her double-major during her senior year, philosophy quickly became Kelly Cunningham's passion. As she prepares to graduate on June 9 with a triple major in Chinese, English and philosophy and a 3.975 GPA out of the University Honors Program, Cunningham is looking ahead to a graduate degree after taking a year off. Read on to learn more about this impressive, but quite humble, Blue Demon.​
  • Meet Robert Riekhof: Member of the USA world rowing university team

    Meet Robert Riekhof: Member of the USA world rowing university team

    ​Having never rowed before college, a chance encounter with a member of the men's rowing club at the Involvement Fair during Robert Riekhof's freshman year changed the course of his college life and potentially beyond. Now a senior in DePaul's men's rowing club, Riekhof is preparing to race for the USA World Rowing University Team this August in Shanghai.​
  • Meet Stevie Rodriguez: Advocate for sexual and relationship violence awareness

    Meet Stevie Rodriguez: Advocate for sexual and relationship violence awareness

    ​Almost two years into studying health sciences and public health, Stevie Rodriguez believes she has found her path by combining her passion for science and her love for helping people. Rodriguez became a peer health educator in the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at the beginning of her junior year, and now helps coordinate events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.​
  • Meet Matthew Verive: Student liturgy coordinator and future information security analyst

    Meet Matthew Verive: Student liturgy coordinator and future information security analyst

    ​Matthew Verive always had his eye on DePaul. A senior information technology major with a concentration in web development, he currently serves as the student liturgy coordinator in Catholic Campus Ministry and the president of the Catholic Student Union. Continue reading to learn how he is celebrating the Easter season at DePaul.​
  • Meet Anna Gleyzer: Chair of the 2018 Blue Demon Week committee

    Meet Anna Gleyzer: Chair of the 2018 Blue Demon Week committee

    ​For Anna Gleyzer, a senior marketing major with a minor in hospitality, one campus involvement experience led to another, including becoming chair of the 2018 Blue Demon Week committee. Blue Demon Week, which takes place Feb. 18-24, features campus-wide activities to build school spirit and affinity for DePaul. ​
  • Meet Haley Majetich: Engaging peers in health education

    Meet Haley Majetich: Engaging peers in health education

    ​Meet Haley Majetich, a senior who is a San Antonio, Texas native and relational communications major, with minors in public health, and bioethics and society. She is passionate about health education and for nearly three years has served as a peer health educator on the HEAT team. Learn more about why she joined HEAT and what it has to offer DePaul students.​
  • Meet Michael Morrow: Christmas at DePaul narrator and rising star

    Meet Michael Morrow: Christmas at DePaul narrator and rising star

    ​If you attended Christmas at DePaul this year, you became familiar with Michael Morrow, a senior Theatre School acting major and the narrator for this year's performances. Read on to learn more about Morrow and his most valuable experience at DePaul, so far. ​
  • Meet Shemar James: Future filmmaker and entrepreneur

    Meet Shemar James: Future filmmaker and entrepreneur

    ​Shemar James, a DePaul senior majoring in business management with a concentration in entrepreneurship and minor in Spanish, has always had a love for the art of film. Ultimately, he believes, his studies are setting him up for success.​
  • Meet Mykiliah Thompson: Leaving her mark on the world through song

    Meet Mykiliah Thompson: Leaving her mark on the world through song

    ​Mykiliah Thompson is a senior majoring in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Italian Studies. She's also the founder and president of the DePaul a Capella group, Sounds of Harmony. Only in its second year, the singing group is off to a successful start. ​
  • Meet Gabe Bustoz: Student coordinator for Family Weekend

    Meet Gabe Bustoz: Student coordinator for Family Weekend

    ​Do you have plans to participate in Family Weekend this year? Get to know Gabe Bustoz, a third-year sociology major with a concentration in sociology of culture and game design minor, who serves as the parent and family coordinator and helps make sure the weekend is a success.​