Honorable Mentions Autumn Quarter 2021

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions is here! Congratulations to the writers, artists, journalists, and photographers whose work is featured.  And a huge thanks to Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe, the editors who pulled it all together for us and created this beautiful publication. Check out the Autumn 2021 edition of the newsletter below.



Student Alumni Ambassador Opportunity

The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for students to join their Student Alumni Ambassador program within the Future Alumni Association. Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAAs) are undergraduate students of at least Sophomore standing who serve as representatives for the Office of Alumni Relations. SAAs attend certain alumni events, including school/college receptions, to mingle and network with alumni and share their current student experience. They also help host quarterly snack breaks on campus to keep students informed about Alumni Relations traditions and initiatives.

If any students think they would be a good fit, complete the online application of talk to Kayla Michaels, Alumni Coordinator, to learn more. 

Applications for Student Alumni Ambassadors are accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to get their applications in early in the academic year.

Find out more at DePaul University’s Office of Alumni Relations.

Being a Student Alumni Ambassador is a great resume builder opportunity for students and helps them connect with alumni in their field of interest.

Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Valgenti

Dr. Valgenti is a visiting professor of Philosophy at the University of Bologna.  An expert on food ethics, he is a member of The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (www.moccollaborative.org), which focuses on using college dining halls to promote healthy, sustainable, and ethical food consumption and distribution.  He will discuss the various ways that the food system not only weaves its way through every facet of campus life, but also offers an opportunity for activism on a wide range of topics.

The lecture will be held in Arts and Letters Hall, Room 103, and attendance will be limited to forty guests.  All attendees must comply with DePaul’s COVID-19 safety protocols and vaccination requirement.  The event will also be broadcast on Zoom for those who would prefer to attend virtually.

Please register for either the in-person event OR the Zoom broadcast.  Guests who register for the virtual event will be sent the Zoom link in a confirmation email.

Honors Program students who attend this event will receive one Honors Point.

This event is co-sponsored by the Honors Program, the Philosophy Department, the Geography Department, and the Sustainable Urban Development Program.  


The Honors Program Invites You to Everybody

The Honors Program invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 13th for a performance of The Theatre School’s production of

“This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody, who is a personification of us all (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) on their quest to resolve life’s greatest mystery – the meaning of living.” 

Space is limited, so reserve your free ticket as soon as possible.

Please arrive at the Healy Theatre (2350 N Racine Ave.) on the Lincoln Park campus between 6:30 and 7:00 pm to pick up tickets at the box office before the performance. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

You can also find more information on the show here: https://theatre.depaul.edu/on-stage/Pages/production-details.aspx?dpusearchbyid=404.

This event awards one Honors Point.



Art Institute Tour

The Honors Program invites you to attend a guided tour of some of the great works on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The group will meet outside the main entrance of the Art Institute at 4:45 pm on Thursday, September 23rd. The guided tour will be from 5:00-6:00 pm. Space is very limited, so please RSVP right away to save your spot. If you aren’t able to reserve a ticket, please join the waitlist and keep an eye on your email in case space opens up.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depaul-honors-program-art-institute-tour-tickets-170758492247

Students who attend this event will earn one Honors Point.




Welcome to Professor Darry Powell-Young

by Jade Ryerson

The Honors Program is excited to introduce Prof. Darry Powell-Young (he/him). He comes to DePaul from Wayne State University, where he is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science. Prior to coming to DePaul, he taught at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

In the fall of 2021, Prof. Powell-Young will teach a section of HON 208/302 focused on Race & Urban Public Policy, which will provide “an in-depth look at different ways to consider race and political representation in America and how race has been intertwined with policy development in the 20th and 21st centuries.” After a year of teaching online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof. Powell-Young is eager to get back into the classroom in the fall. He is excited to teach HON 208 as an in-person seminar, since he greatly enjoys engaging students in critical dialogue, assisting in shaping their opinions about various topics, and helping them to be socially aware. Teaching online required a big adjustment for Prof. Powell-Young, since he has been teaching in-person for a decade. His first teaching job was at his own alma mater, Lincoln Park High School. After teaching there for three years, he continued to teach throughout his time in graduate school. He has taught courses about American politics, urban politics, and social science research methods and statistics.

The topics of these courses closely align with Prof. Powell-Young’s own research interests. Focusing on Chicago Public Schools and the city’s system of mayoral control in particular, his dissertation investigates whether city mayors affect academic achievement among Black male students. He discovered that mayoral control does impact academic achievement, especially as it relates to financing and different levels of funding for schools across the city, and his research supports the city’s transition to a fully elected school board, an issue that state lawmakers voted and passed a bill on in June 2021.

Prof. Powell-Young plans to extend his research to different cities, including the District of Columbia where the school board is modeled on Boston and Chicago’s system of mayoral control. In addition to researching education in the nation’s capital, Prof. Powell-Young hopes to work there one day. He wants to become a policy analyst for secondary and post-secondary education in the U.S. Department of Education and work his way up to become a Director in the Office for Civil Rights.

Prof. Powell-Young’s lifelong passion for education was instilled in him at an early age by his mother, father, and grandmother. He remembers that his family has always been pro-education, advocating for it as a “ticket to whatever you want to do in life.” He attributes where he is today to all of their love and support. Similarly, he has been fascinated by politics since a young age. He recalls being the only ten-year-old he knew who avidly watched Meet the Press.

In addition to keeping his nose to the grindstone, Prof. Powell-Young’s mother provided him with one of his all-time favorite memories. She surprised him with tickets to the Price is Right for his twenty-first birthday. He was even one of the first four contestants and played Cliff Hangers for kitchen appliances, although he lost by five dollars. He fondly remembers spinning the big wheel, but went over by a dime.

Originally from the South Shore neighborhood, Prof. Powell-Young is excited to be back home in Chicago. He’s looking forward to spending time with friends and hitting up Navy Pier—where he had his first job at a Häagen-Dazs—to see how things have changed. Until he takes Washington by storm, we at DePaul can count ourselves lucky to have him. Welcome, Prof. Powell-Young!

(Prof. Powell-Young will also be teaching PSC 223 Urban Politics in the fall. Tell your friends!)