Alumni University, April 6th, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, alumni are invited back to campus for Alumni University, a special day of learning and exploration with DePaul professors. Participants can attend up to three classroom sessions on the Loop Campus, with a break for lunch and conversation. It's a great way to get back into the classroom and connect with faculty and fellow alumni. Whether you come for one or two sessions or stay all day, we hope you'll join us for this rare opportunity to walk in the shoes of today's students.

Schedule of Events

Event Check-in: 9–9:30 a.m.

DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor Cafeteria

Session I: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Better Living through Chemistry: Examining Renewable Energy and Commodities

Dr. Kyle Grice
College of Science and Health

As a result of continuing population growth and technological advancement around the world, humanity must adapt to co-exist on Earth without depleting or damaging its natural resources beyond repair. We need to carefully consider our current and future approaches to generating energy, food, water and consumer products, such as plastics, so that our methods can be sustainable over the long term. The field of chemistry is one area that can significantly help with these goals. Many researchers are exploring new chemical methods for renewable energy generation and commodity chemical synthesis. Dr. Grice will discuss some of the roles that chemistry can play in making a sustainable future and how DePaul students have been contributing to solving the problems related to this challenge, primarily focusing on carbon dioxide chemistry.

The Million Dollar Greeting *FULL*

Dan Sachs
Driehaus College of Business

There are five core values that great leaders bring to work every day—values which create an engaging environment for employees and keep customers coming back for more. Hear how lessons from hospitality unlock the keys to creating a happy workplace—and one that sustains financial performance over time.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for Business Leaders *FULL*

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA
Driehaus College of Business

Have you ever watched the popular show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and wondered what it would be like to solve a case? Well, now is your chance to test out your investigative skills. In this fun, interactive course, you will be placed in a scenario and asked to solve a case. Think about the game Clue, but a modern-day version! You will learn and apply several forensic accounting techniques and work in small teams to use the fraud triangle to determine the perpetrator. This course will be taught by forensic accounting expert and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope. Dr. Pope is the director and producer of "All the Queen's Horses," which is currently streaming on Netflix.

Session II: 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Becoming your Best Self: Navigating your Career Journey with Authenticity *FULL*

Dr. Rebecca E. Michel
College of Education

In this presentation, we will review concepts from Dr. Brene Brown's research on authenticity and apply it to our careers. We will consider how we are showing up in our work and lives. Finally, we will reflect about the career story we would like to create for ourselves.

Slavery and Cosmology in the African Diaspora

Dr. Chernoh M. Sesay, Jr.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

In my classes on slavery and religion, undergraduates many times ask how it was that African slaves could adopt the religion of slave owners, or students wonder how the cosmological traditions of different native African groups could have endured the profound dislocation and brutality experienced in the transatlantic slave trade and American slavery. This discussion will highlight how I introduce undergraduates to historical understandings of slavery and religion that allow them to answer these questions of power, culture, religion and resistance.

Esports and Competitive Video Gaming

Dr. Samantha Close
College of Communication

While getting a full-time job or a college scholarship playing video games used to be a fantasy, in 2019 it is very much a reality. Esports—competitive video gaming—is both a swiftly growing global industry and a flourishing, creative fan ecosystem. Find out why Netflix recently said that the online battle royale game Fortnite was its biggest competition, debate the NCAA's snub and the Big East's embrace of video games as a varsity sport, and discover what makes esports so magnetic for both players and viewers.

Light Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

Session III: 1–2 p.m.

(Change) Leadership (Change) in the American Theatre: From a Feminist Perspective *FULL*

Diane Claussen
The Theatre School

In the shadows of the #MeToo Movement, the not-for-profit, professional regional theatre community is experiencing the biggest leadership transition in its history. At the same time, more and more women and persons of color are creating and producing theatre, and claiming their space and place in the arts. Theatre and the entertainment industry, in general, are both leading and following far-reaching generational and societal changes occurring in the United States. From a feminist perspective—what have we learned, where are we now, and is there still a glass ceiling?

Bits to Atoms - Making for the Digital Age *FULL*

Jay Margalus
College of Computing and Digital Media

This session will cover emerging technologies in digital fabrication and IOT, and teach attendees how to get started with designing digital objects for 3D printers. This session will take place in DePaul’s Idea Realization Lab, a student-driven initiative to promote the pursuit of thinking through making within the DePaul community. By providing tools and the space in which to use them, the Idea Realization Lab creates opportunity for people to practice their crafts, to share their knowledge, and to explore new interests from 3D printing to sewing to woodworking. The Idea Realization Lab is located across the street from the DePaul Center at 14 E. Jackson Blvd.

“Honey Badger Don’t Care™,” Rethinking Expressive Trademark Use

Michael Grynberg
College of Law

Trademark law sometimes grapples with the question whether a trademark holder may control the use of a mark in the expressive works of others (e.g., does the song “Barbie Girl” infringe the BARBIE trademark?). The leading test asks whether the trademark use is artistically relevant to the defendant’s work. If it is, the question becomes whether the use is explicitly misleading. A recent Ninth Circuit case considered the question of expressive use in the context of a popular internet meme translated to greeting cards. The resulting opinion creates new uncertainty for creators of expressive works that include trademarks.

For any questions, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898 or email

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