DePaul Art Museum Welcomes New Director

July 13, 2015
Julie Rodrigues Widholm joins DePaul University Aug. 31 as the director of the DePaul Art Museum.  (Photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago)

Julie Rodrigues Widholm joins DePaul University Aug. 31 as the director of the DePaul Art Museum. (Photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago)

The DePaul Art Museum has gained a nationally recognized curator of contemporary art as its new director. Julie Rodrigues Widholm comes from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago, where she has spent the last 16 years overseeing three to seven exhibitions annually. Throughout her career, Widholm has curated more than 50 exhibitions at the MCA, including major shows such as “Doris Salcedo,” the first museum retrospective for the Colombian artist.

Widholm earned bachelor’s degrees in art history and political science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. When she began her career at the MCA, she rose through the ranks from a research assistant to assistant curator and associate curator before beginning her current role in 2012. Throughout her career, she has earned a reputation for highlighting the work of emerging and local artists by curating dozens of 12×12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions. Her breakthrough exhibition “Escultura Social” brought work from young artists in Mexico City to Chicago for the first time. Additionally, she organized the first major solo exhibition for Rashid Johnson, which toured to Miami, Atlanta and St. Louis.

In addition to her curatorial work, Widholm has raised as much as $1.5 million from private donors to support exhibitions, and supports women and Latin American artists, such as Amalia Pica, whose first major American solo exhibition, she co-organized with MIT List Visual Art Center.

Widholm will step into the position held on an interim basis by Laura Fatemi, associate director of the museum. Fatemi succeeded Louise Lincoln, who served for 17 years as director. Widholm will begin her new role at DePaul on Aug. 31.


DePaul Welcomes New Provost

March 6, 2015

Marten L. denBoer was appointed as provost in February. He will will become DePaul’s chief academic officer on July 1. (Photo credit: California State Polytechnic University/Tom Zasadzinski)

On Feb. 18, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University, announced the appointment of Marten L. denBoer as the university’s new provost. He comes to DePaul from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past seven years.

During his tenure at Cal Poly, denBoer managed eight colleges that comprise more than 150 degree and credential programs and is credited with recruiting a leadership team that exemplifies diversity. Among his accomplishments, denBoer expanded internal grants for faculty scholarship, established awards to honor faculty achievements, and worked closely with faculty to develop and implement a strategic plan for the university.

Prior to his work at Cal Poly, denBoer was associate provost at Queens College of the City University of New York, professor and chair of the physics department at Hunter College of The City University of New York, assistant professor of physics at the Polytechnic Institute of New York and research associate at the National Research Council of Canada. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

As a physicist, his research focuses on the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy in the investigation of materials important in energy storage and conversion, particularly batteries and fuel cells. DenBoer has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Naval Research. He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.

As provost at DePaul, denBoer will serve as the university’s chief academic officer. This position, which focuses on the intellectual life of the university, oversees academic affairs, enrollment management and marketing, and student affairs. He will begin his new role on July 1.

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DePaul Welcomes New Provost

March 1, 2013

Pope_Davis_7364On Feb. 27, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s president, announced the appointment of Donald Pope-Davis, Ph.D., as the university’s new provost. Pope-Davis comes to DePaul most recently from the University of Notre Dame, where he held the role of vice president and associate provost.

During his tenure at Notre Dame, Pope-Davis managed a variety of programs and processes, including faculty recruitment and hiring, tenure and promotions, and mentoring and development programs for faculty. Prior to becoming vice president and associate provost in 2007, he served as Notre Dame Graduate School’s interim dean and held other senior administrative positions within the Graduate School.

Pope-Davis brings 35 years of higher education administrative experience and 30 years of faculty experience to his new position at DePaul. At Notre Dame, Pope-Davis taught in the counseling psychology program in the department of psychology. In 2008, the Journal of Counseling Psychology recognized Pope-Davis as the third-leading contributor to the field of multicultural counseling. His research interests include cultural and racial identity development, cultural competency training, and assessment.
Pope-Davis is the author of three books and has published extensively in academic journals. Additionally, he is a research fellow in the American Psychological Association and recently co-authored the first national survey of African American Catholics.

As provost at DePaul, Pope-Davis will serve as the university’s chief academic officer. This position, which focuses on the intellectual life of the university, oversees Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Marketing, and Student Affairs. Pope-Davis will begin his new role in July.

Pope-Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., and his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University. He and his wife, Sara, have three children. 

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DePaul University and Gordon Tech College Prep Announce Partnership

November 9, 2012

On Oct. 17, DePaul University and Gordon Tech announced a new partnership designed to enhance the prep school and elevate the North Side of Chicago’s Catholic high school options. DePaul will work closely with Gordon Tech on strategic planning initiatives, including offering support and guidance as Gordon Tech conducts a principal search for the 2013-14 school year.

The announcement comes after DePaul led a market study to explore Gordon Tech’s current position in the high school landscape and to research how their position could be strengthened. During this strategic planning year, both institutions will focus on enhancing Gordon Tech’s academic curriculum, college counseling services, technology and facilities. Additionally, DePaul will continue to research and analyze market needs to help Gordon Tech eventually compete with both Chicago’s selective enrollment prep schools and the city’s top-tier Catholic high schools.

Gordon Tech currently serves 540 students, which is a significant increase from last year’s enrollment of 434. The coed school, founded in 1952 by the Congregation of the Resurrection religious order, hopes to build on this recent growth to eventually enroll more than 1,000 students. “A partnership with DePaul University will ensure access to educational opportunities for young men and women seeking a high-quality, faith-based, college preparatory experience,” noted Kelly Jones, Gordon Tech president. “We are thrilled to be part of such an exciting initiative that will allow us to better serve students and families on the North Side of Chicago.”

DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., echoed Jones’ enthusiasm. “DePaul believes that strong Catholic education benefits an entire community,” he said. “We welcome the opportunity to support a Catholic institution with a rising academic profile like Gordon Tech.”

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RCN Offers Special Discount to DePaul Students and Alumni

March 29, 2011

In April of last year, digital entertainment service provider RCN partnered with DePaul University to provide a number of exclusive benefits in support of the university’s commitment to teaching, research and public service.

As part of this partnership, RCN is offering a special internet deal for DePaul alumni and students. RCN will upgrade DePaul student’s or alumni’s RCN Internet service from 10Mbps to 20Mbps free for six months. To take advantage of this special discount, contact RCN by phone at (866) 618-1813 and mention “Demon Discounts.” The offer is valid on both new and existing service.

In addition to the internet special, RCN is providing financial support to several areas of the university, including The Theatre School, the School of Music, and the student body through event sponsorship and on-campus programming.  Also, RCN has provided DePaul the opportunity to televise future university events through their “On Demand” platform, accessible to RCN digital cable customers nationwide.

About RCN
RCN Telecom Services of Illinois, LLC is Chicago’s hometown provider of Cable, High Speed Internet and Unlimited Phone service. They have been a part of the community for over a decade, servicing Chicago residents in everything from single-family homes to the condos in Trump Tower with the latest cutting-edge digital entertainment products.

RCN cable customers receive over 215 all-digital channels, including 60 HD channels in the basic tier, as well as access to 1000’s of On Demand movies and free On Demand TV. RCN internet is super-fast and reliable, includes free access to to watch live sports on the computer, and is available in four speeds: 5Mbps, 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 60Mbps. RCN phone service is unlimited and includes features such as voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and more. For more information on RCN services, please visit

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Bert Scott and Elizabeth Fender give back to School for New Learning

January 27, 2011

Bert Scott (SNL ’80) and his wife, Elizabeth Fender, recently gave $1 million to endow scholarships in DePaul’s School for New Learning (SNL).

Scott is a longtime member of the SNL Advisory Board, where his support was instrumental in developing SNL’s Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA). He presently co-chairs SNL’s Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign committee.

Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Scott was the youngest of three siblings. In 1978, after an earlier stint at another university, he enrolled in SNL, thanks in part to a tuition reimbursement program offered by his then-employer, Prudential Insurance Co. After graduating in 1980, Scott rose in the corporate ranks, eventually serving in top-level executive positions at Prudential, TIAA-CREF, and most recently at CIGNA Corporation, where he is president of the firm’s U.S. commercial business.

“I could not have gone to DePaul without tuition support from Prudential. There are a lot of working adults today who are as serious about learning as I was and deserve a chance to earn a college degree, but who may not have the resources to do so. Providing scholarship assistance, for us, is the way to help them.”

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DePaul alumnus wins second prize at International Viola Competition

March 15, 2010

Elias Goldstein (MUS ’06) took home second prize at the Sixth Yuri Bashmet International Viola Competition, held in Moscow from Jan. 24 through Feb. 1, 2010. He was the only violist from the United States at the competition this year and was the first American to win any of the top prizes since the competition began in 1993.

Goldstein performed the Walton Viola Concerto with the New Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Alexander Slatkovsky, and he also performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Moscow Soloists under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.

Currently, Goldstein is a doctoral student and a Paul Collins Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his principal mentor is Sally Chisholm. At DePaul University, he studied with Professor Emeritus Mark Zinger.

Goldstein is a member of the Grant Park Orchestra, and enjoys a busy schedule playing chamber music, giving master -classes and concerts abroad, and teaching privately. He and his wife, Roxana Pavel Goldstein, are co-founders of the Advent Chamber Orchestra. The couple resides in Bolingbrook, Ill., with their two children, Lukas and Linette.

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