James Jenness Elected to Chair DePaul University’s Board of Trustees

May 26, 2011

Kellogg Co. Chairman James M. Jenness (COM ’69, MBA 71), a devoted DePaul University alumnus who has remained engaged with his alma mater in a variety of capacities, has been elected to chair DePaul’s Board of Trustees. Jenness, 65, who joined the board in 2002 and has been its vice chair, succeeds Chicago Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey, who completed her three-year term.

“I love DePaul,” Jenness said. “The education and values I received here have been the biggest enablers of my life. DePaul opened possibilities I never dreamed of growing up on the South Side of Chicago.”

The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president, respects the experience and perspective Jenness brings to his new role. “Jim understands what it means to be a part of a great company and has distinguished himself on both corporate and nonprofit boards for many years. Most important, he understands how significant DePaul is to Chicago. I’m proud to be working with him.”

Jenness, who also previously served as Kellogg’s CEO, is one of four trustees who oversee the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations. His association with Kellogg, the world’s largest cereal maker, dates back to 1974.

Jenness is involved in wide-ranging civic and philanthropic interests. He serves on the boards of Kimberly-Clark Corp., the Schwarz Paper Co., Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Jenness received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in marketing from DePaul in 1969 and his MBA, also from DePaul, in 1971. He was awarded a doctor of humane letters from DePaul in 2006, and he has been a member and chairman of the College of Commerce Advisory Council. In 1995, he received the College of Commerce Alumni Award of Merit and currently serves on the trustee steering committee of DePaul’s Many Dreams, One Mission fundraising campaign.

Jenness is an accomplished long-distance runner, having run in the Chicago Marathon each of the past 20 years and often participating alongside DePaul faculty and staff in many other races and marathons. Fr. Holtschneider observed, “I suspect this means I’ll be getting in better shape.”

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DePaul University Announces New College of Science and Health

May 20, 2011

In response to the growing demand for well-educated professionals in the rapidly growing health care and scientific fields, DePaul University has established a new College of Science and Health (CSH).

CSH—the university’s 10th college/school—will encompass programs in biology, chemistry, physics, nursing, psychology, environmental science, mathematics and statistics that were previously located in DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. An immediate outgrowth of the new structure will be the creation of a new degree in health sciences, which will begin this fall, while other new programs and degrees in the sciences and health will also be actively explored.

“DePaul has always strived to make certain its academic offerings and structures align with the needs of the communities we serve,” said DePaul provost Helmut Epp. “This move will better support the development of programs to educate students for emerging career paths—many that didn’t even exist 20 years ago. It responds to the dynamic pace of scientific innovation and employment and the need for generalists and specialists who are well-grounded in the basic sciences.”

Labor trends and growing student interest in health care careers support the creation of the college. Health care is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs in the United States by 2018, more than any other industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, health-related science is the top area of academic interest indicated by college-bound high school students in the United States who complete the ACT college entrance exam. In Illinois, interest in health science as an educational focus grew by 53 percent from 2007 to 2009, while interest in biology/physical sciences grew by 83 percent during the same period.

At DePaul, undergraduate enrollment in the sciences, health-related programs and mathematics has increased a combined 29 percent over the past five academic years. At the graduate level, those programs have increased enrollment 30 percent over the same period. DePaul has responded nimbly in addressing this demand through expansion and enhancement of numerous academic programs and the significant improvement of its facilities in recent years, including the opening of a second major science-focused building in 2009.

CSH will take a multidisciplinary approach to preparing students for careers in the evolving health care field, which is being radically reshaped by numerous technological, social and economic factors. In addition, CSH will be better able to serve the needs of students transferring from the many health care programs at community colleges and other four-year institutions.

With the formation of CSH, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been renamed the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) to better reflect the more refined orientation of its academic programs. LAS also had strong growth in recent years, with graduate enrollment up 41 percent over the past five academic years. Jerry Cleland, chair of DePaul’s Department of Psychology, will serve as interim dean of the CSH. Charles Suchar, who has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will continue to serve as dean of LAS.

“The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will remain the heart of the DePaul undergraduate experience and home to a number of renowned graduate and interdisciplinary liberal arts academic programs and centers,” said Epp. “The realignment allows DePaul to build an even stronger program of liberal arts studies by better focusing on these disciplines, while at the same time responding to the emerging educational needs of the communities it serves.”

CSH and LAS will work closely to achieve interdisciplinary integration at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. No reduction in programs, degrees, faculty or staff is expected as a result of the change. As CSH grows, it is expected that new degree programs and faculty and staff positions will be added.

“By educating future scientists, mathematicians, health care providers and caregivers, science educators, researchers, managers, and administrators—all with a firm foundation in a liberal arts education and strong commitment to social justice and civic engagement—the College of Science and Health will strengthen DePaul’s expression of its Vincentian, Catholic and urban identity,” said the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president.

About DePaul
With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. The university offers 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two Chicago campuses, four suburban campuses and several international locations. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. For more information, visit www.depaul.edu.

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DePaul Law School a Family Affair for Mom, Dad and Now Son

May 6, 2011

When Tristan Gunn walks across the stage to claim his law degree at the DePaul University College of Law’s commencement May 15, he will be hooded by two of his favorite alumni—his mother and father.

Carlina Tapia-Ruano, a 1980 College of Law graduate, and her husband Jeffrey Gunn, a 1984 College of Law graduate, will welcome Tristan into the family business of law. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago.

A Family of DePaul Law School Graduates

Tapia-Ruano began the family law dynasty when she decided to attend DePaul for law school while her husband went to work to support the family. “About a year after I graduated, Jeff went to law school and I supported him,” said Tapia-Ruano. “He watched me live through the law school experience and decided it was something he wanted to do also. DePaul was the school best suited for both of us.”

Gunn, who is a partner in a Chicago firm that practices insurance law and who also works as a business partner in his family’s firm, Tapia-Ruano & Gunn P.C., is looking forward to hooding Tristan at the ceremony with his wife. “I applied to DePaul law school because of its reputation and I was happy to be accepted,” said Gunn. “I’m proud of Tristan’s accomplishment and am looking forward to hooding him.”

As for Tristan, he’s eager to join his parents as a College of Law alum. “I’m furthering a family interest,” said Tristan. “I think it speaks well of Chicago that we have schools and universities that continue to draw academics generation after generation.”

Tristan will practice in the family firm, which specializes in immigration law, upon graduation. He also will extend his family’s DePaul legacy of lawyers when he marries Stephanie Basanez, a 2008 College of Law graduate, this summer.

With the addition of Basanez, four DePaul law grads in the family would seem to be enough. However, Tapia-Ruano and Gunn are hoping they can convince their 23-year-old daughter, Elena, to also come into the family business and, of course, attend law school at DePaul. “I’d like Elena to become a lawyer because I think she would be good at it,” says Gunn. “I can’t think of a better law school for her to attend than DePaul, our family alma mater.”

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DePaul to Honor Array of Luminaries at 2011 Commencement Ceremonies

May 4, 2011

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a leading Kenyan social justice activist and the CEO of McDonald’s Corp. will be among the distinguished honorary degree recipients and speakers at DePaul University’s 113th commencement ceremonies June 11 and 12.

Below is a listing of the locations, dates, times and brief profiles of the honorees at each of DePaul’s seven commencement ceremonies. The May 15 College of Law ceremony and the June 11 ceremonies for the College of Education; the School of Music and The Theatre School (combined); and the School for New Learning will be held at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. The June 12 ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and the College of Computing and Digital Media (combined); and the College of Commerce will be held at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Ill.

College of Law
May 15, 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Anne R. Pramaggiore is president and chief operating officer of Commonwealth Edison and a civic leader in Chicago.

College of Education
June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Speaker: Terry Mazany is president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust and a longtime philanthropic leader who has spearheaded public school improvements in several of the nation’s larger metropolitan areas, including Chicago, where he recently served as interim CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

School of Music and The Theatre School
June 11, 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: John von Rhein, one of the most enduring and influential observers of the world of classical music, has served as the chief classical music critic for the Chicago Tribune since 1977.

School for New Learning
June 11, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Miriam K. Were is an internationally known physician and public health advocate who has addressed major disease, substance abuse and economic development issues in her native Kenya through the UZIMA Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband.

Also being honored by SNL is Don Mullan, a leading activist in the international nonviolent human rights movement who was a witness to the infamous 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre and who, years later, debunked the official investigation into the matter by the British government.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
June 12, 8 a.m.
Speaker: Claude M. Steele is provost of Columbia University and a highly acclaimed professor of psychology who has led groundbreaking research in such social phenomenon as stereotyping and self-image.

College of Communication and College of Computing and Digital Media
June 12, noon
Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson is an award-winning journalist, former New York Times Chicago bureau chief and author acclaimed for her detailed and empathetic feature writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, she is also a groundbreaking figure in American news. Wilkerson is the author of a highly acclaimed book on the great migration of African-Americans to the north.

College of Commerce
June 12, 4 p.m.
Speaker: James Skinner is a leading executive and noted innovator in the food service industry who currently serves as vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corp. He is also a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.

Also being honored by the College of Commerce:

James L. Czech is president of the real estate consultancy The James L. Czech Co. LLC. Prior to starting his own company in 2002, Czech served as an executive with Urban Retail Properties Co., at the time the nation’s third-largest retail property management firm; JMB Retail Properties Co.; and Federated Stores Realty Inc.

John L. Keeley Jr. is the founder, president and chief investment officer of Keeley Asset Management Corp., a Chicago-based registered investment advising firm that manages $7 billion in assets. He also founded, directs and serves as president of Keeley Funds Inc., a family of six registered mutual funds with $5 billion in net assets.

Students, graduates and families seeking more information about the commencement ceremonies should visit the Academic Affairs Commencement 2011 website:

Links to live video streams of the ceremonies also will be available on the Academic Affairs Commencement 2011 website.

DePaul ranked among top 100 colleges for Hispanics

May 3, 2011

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine has ranked DePaul University among the top 100 four-year colleges in the nation to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to Hispanics, based on a survey of 2010 graduation data.

DePaul was ranked No. 53 for awarding 308 doctoral degrees, No. 63 for awarding 2,648 master’s degrees and No. 73 for awarding 3,324 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics last year among the top 100 four-year colleges in each category.

The magazine’s annual “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” ranking was released May 2.

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