End of the Year Remarks

The academic year is nearly at an end, and although some of you will be back next week for summer classes, many of us, including Ex Libris, are taking the summer off. Ex Libris will resume posting at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, in the first week of September. In the meantime, you may contact Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu with announcements, news, or any other important information.

Before signing off for the summer, however, we would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates! We hope that all of your have enjoyed your years in the DePaul English Graduate Programs and are excited to move on to the next big thing. We wish you luck in your endeavors, and please keep in touch– we love posting alumni news on the blog!

To read the full list of 2012-2013 graduates, including those who graduated with distinction or received distinction for their portfolios, visit the 2012-2013 Graduates Page, and make sure to congratulate your classmates on their achievements!

Also, photos from the 4th Annual Spring English Conference are now up on flickr.com/photos/depaulenggrads for everyone to enjoy.

And finally, a personal note from current Ex Libris editor Maria Hlohowskyj:

It has been nothing short of an honor to work with the wonderful students, faculty, and staff of the English Graduate Programs for the past two years as your Graduate Assistant. I’m sad to say that this will be my final post to Ex Libris. Thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to this blog during my time here– especially those of you who took advantage of the many exciting events I posted. I hope that all current and incoming students as well as soon-to-be alumni continue to read Ex Libris as our next capable GA takes over in the fall. Keep sending in your news, announcements, and guest posts. And to all of you who are graduating this week– see you at Commencement!


Brooksday & Part-time Tutoring Positions

Today is Brooksday, an annual, day-long celebration of the life and legacy of one of Chicago’s literary legends, Gwendolyn Brooks. The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., is hosting a free Brooksday celebration running all day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The works of Gwendolyn Brooks will be read by a rotation of Chicago writers, including DePaul’s own Achy Obejas, Amina Gautier, Bayo Ojikutu, and Mark Turcotte.  Other readers include Michelle Boone, Rosellen Brown, Calvin Forbes, Reginald Gibbons, Rick Hogan, Haki Madhubuti,  Sandra Opoku, Sara Paretsky, Elise Paschen, Avery R. Young.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find out more on their Facebook page, facebook.com/brooksdayjune7.


Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time tutors from all majors to work with students in the Chicago area.

Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at gradegetter.com/users/signup/47

Frog Tutoring offers its tutors:

  • Great Pay
  • Flexibility to choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor, create their own work schedule, and work as many hours as they like.
  • Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
  • Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
  • Incentives & Acknowledgement, including a tutor of the month award.

You can learn more information about Frog Tutoring at frogtutoring.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jovan Reyes, hiring manager, at 817-717-7235.

Printers Row Lit Fest & ASK Networking Breakfast

Printers Row Lit Fest is this weekend, June 8th from 10:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and June 9th from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, Printers Row Lit Fest features over 250 authors and 150 booksellers and this year welcomes famed young adult author Judy Blume, celebrity chef Rick Bayless over 250 authors and 150 booksellers. Some headliners have sold out but there are still openings for many other great local author conversations and live demos.

Printers Row Lit Fest is held in the historic Printers Row neighborhood between Dearborn and Polk Streets, More information about this year’s presenters and other frequently asked questions can be found at: printersrowlitfest.org.

Also, the event is still in need of last-minute volunteers, so if you want to get behind the scenes and get front and center with the Chicago Tribune and the authors as well as a free lunch, now’s your chance. The volunteer application can be found online at: trib.in/ZE9azZ.


DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge is eager to toast the end of the school year with the last ASK Networking Breakfast of the academic year.

ASK Networking Breakfast: 21st Century Skills in the Workplace is taking place on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Loop Campus, DPC, 11th Floor, DePaul Club.

“Back in the day, we used to do that by hand.”

Continuous innovation in technology has enhanced our work processes across job functions.  What used to take days now only takes minutes.  What used to require five people, now only requires one.  With easy access to abundant information and rapid changes in tools, “tech-savvy” is a quality that is no longer reserved for IT professionals nor the “young ones.”  No matter what your age or discipline is, your world of work is evolving.

How are employer expectations changing in response to these innovations?  What skills should you build to stay competitive in the modern workplace?

Join us at the ASK June Networking Breakfast as we gain insights on what employers look for.  Leading the discussion will be ASK mentors and career development pros Jennifer Kopczynski and Alma Mendez Ceballos.

Enjoy light breakfast, lively conversation, and open networking with ASK mentors, alumni professionals, and students.

ASK Networking Breakfasts are open to all DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

To register for this event and view other upcoming events, visit http://bit.ly/DePaulASKEvents.

For speaker bios and further details on this event, visit http://bit.ly/ASKBreakfastJune2013.