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The following DePaul University SCPS students, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, have been named to the Dean's List.

Winter 2021-2022 Dean's List



July 17, 2020 SCPS Interim Dean, Donald Opitz virtual celebration

SCPS faculty, staff, students and friends, celebrated virtually, Dr. Donald Opitz, his leadership and contributions as SCPS Interim Dean.  Although, Dr. Opitz’s tenure as Interim Dean, ended June 30, 2020, he will remain a vital member of SCPS full-time resident faculty and instructor.

June 30, 2020 Student Excellence Awards

On June 12, 2020 the Student Excellence Award Committee, presented a range of honors for undergraduate students, staff and alumni at its annual awards celebration, held virtually. A culminating event for DePaul's adult learners, the ceremony celebrates SCPS’s graduates both near and far. SCPS awards are an inspiration to strive for excellence.  The awards recognizes excellent work by ‘committee-stage’ students and are consistent with the culture and philosophy of SCPS. Awards are made each spring for the Advanced Projects, Externships, and products of Advanced Electives, Research Seminars, Capstone, Applied Inquiry Projects; Integrating Projects; and Culminating Projects.    

The following SCPS students were recipients of the 2020 Student Excellence awards:

  • Vicky L. Arias, for "Emotional Intelligence Testing and Its Various Forms", a research proposal.
  • Greg Black, for an advanced project entitled, "Form and Function: Shipping Container Architecture in a Changing Landscape"
  • Patrick Bowery, a capstone project entitled, "Law Enforcement Suicide".
  • Graham Bromley, an externship project entitled, "Caregiver".
  • Patrick Forbes,  an advanced project entitled, "Police Recruitment and Retention: Confronting the Recruitment Crisis".
  • Javier Lopez, an advanced project entitled, "Cross-examining Models that Define Causes of Islamic Radicalization in the United States".
  • Marisol Medina, an advanced project entitled, "Creating a Coaching Practice for Managers".
  • Tiffany Parton, a  capstone project entitled,"Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness:  Definitions and Evaluation".
  • LeMonica Rider, a capstone project entitled, "Ethnic Hair and the effects of Diversity in the Workplace".
  • Michael J. Robb, a capstone project entitled, "Motivating Millennials and Management: Recommendations to Decrease Turnover and Increase Employee Retention".
  • Amy Waters, a capstone project entitled, "Introverts and Leadership".

Honors of Excellence for Alumni, Students and Staff

  • Charles Twichell, (BA ’14), David O. Justice Award
  • Adam C. Bumpers, (BA '20), Weinberg Memorial for project, "Citizens Against Gentrification"
  • LaTonja M. Dotson, (BA'20), Student Commencement Speaker
  • Shirley Rice Bono, MA, Assistant Dean, SCPS Academic Services, Lifelong Learning Award
  • Cynthia Flores, BA, OPLA, Staff Appreciation Award

HR Staff Recognition Award

  • Patrizia Acerra, MA,
  • Joseph Chen, Ph.D
  • Maribel Garcia, Nicholas Hayes, M.F.A.
  • Sandy Rodriguez
  • Leyfane J. Thomas, MA

October 31, 2019: SCPS Open House


So, one may ask, “What was?"  And we will enthusiastically shout,  "SCPS OCTOBER 17, 2019 OPEN HOUSE"!!!!  

 Students, Alumni, Family and Friends made good on the opportunity to meet and greet SCPS Interim Dean, Dr. Donald Opitz, SCPS Faculty and SCPS Staff. Program Directors, Dr. Arieahn Matamonasa (Graduate Program) and Dr. Sara Kimble (Undergraduate Programs) along with Dr. Hap Bryant (CPE) and SCPS staff, led informed conversations about credentialing and college credit, prior learning assessment, scholarship opportunities, discounts,  student engagement initiatives (i.e. Men of Color, SCPS Honor Society, Dean’s List and Peer Mentoring).  SCPS Open House was a perfect way to ensure that our students, alumni, family and friends were well informed about turning experiences into success at SCPS!  

There were three separate, yet stimulating, inspiring, short faculty lead “sneak-peek” into learning outcomes: “ArtShare”, an Independent Learning Pursuit (ILP) option, led by Dr. Susan McGury; a motivating, pleasurable and fun course, “Leisure, Recreation and Health”, facilitated by Dr. Dan K. Hibbler and an introduction to the Center to Advance Education for Adults (CAEA), with Dr. Caroline Kisiel as the facilitator.   CAEA is a network of adult learning practitioners, exchanging ideas and inspiring strategies for learning in diverse settings. 

Free “Great Swag Bags” given at check-in as well as free entrant raffle ticket. 

A hearty congratulations to SCPS Student, Sillisa Humphrey, as she met the Host Challenge: bring the most guests to the Open house.   Sillisa won a $75.00 Gift Card.  Raffle Prize winners were: 1st Place, Natalie Young (DPU Hoodie),  2nd Place,  Victor Rivera (SCPS Padfolio and $15 Gift Card, Barnes and Nobles), 3rd Place,  Maria Mariottini (SCPS Tumbler and $15 Gift Card, Barnes and Nobles).  

Finally, as the open house participants walked among the masses … there in the distance appeared a giant, smiling DIBS!   The Open House participants smiled, too, taking selfies and sharing big high-fives with DIBS.   DIBS added to the fun and offered a good way to reinforce top-of-mind brand awareness!   From the heart of SCPS, thank you, DIBS!! Go Blue Demons!!!