Four Driehaus College of Business professors were among faculty members recognized for their teaching and research excellence at the DePaul University’s 117th Convocation held at St. Vincent’s Church on the Lincoln Park Campus this fall.
Thomas Berry, professor of finance, and Hui Lin, (pictured right) associate professor of accountancy, were presented with Excellence in Teaching Awards for their commitment to high quality instruction. Robert O’Keefe, professor of marketing, and Robert Rubin, associate professor of management, were selected for Spirit of Inquiry Awards for their research achievements.
Interim University President Patricia O’Donoghue presented the awards and delivered the convocation address, in which she reflected on the meaning of the university’s motto, “I will show you the way to wisdom.”
“What I have learned in my six years here, particularly by working closely with faculty and staff, is we don’t show them the way to wisdom,” O’Donoghue said. “We walk with them on the way to wisdom. We show them how to be all they can be. And that is what we must continue to do during my time with you.”
Faculty promotions and tenure also were announced at the event, and Via Sapientiae Awards were bestowed upon retiring faculty and staff in recognition of their devoted service to the purposes and ideals of the university. Lin received a promotion to associate professor of accountancy and Alyssa Friede Westring was promoted to associate professor of management. Three business professors—Real Estate Chair Susanne Cannon, Finance Professor Ali Fatemi and Accountancy Professor Edwin Cohen—were presented with Via Sapientiae Awards. Cohen, who retired in July, had taught at the university for more than 50 years, and Cannon and Fatemi have served on the faculty for 24 and 16 years, respectively.
The contributions of university staff were recognized at the event, too. Rikki Eul, assistant director of international programs at the Driehaus College of Business, received a Gerald Paetsch Academic Advising Award for excellence in student advising.
The annual convocation gathering, which marks the beginning of the academic year, began with a procession of faculty members, dressed in their academic regalia, through the Lincoln Park Campus from the Quad to St. Vincent’s Church. Banners representing each of the university’s 10 colleges and schools led the way. Students and neighbors gathered to watch the pageantry, which was accompanied by classical music played by the Chicago Brass Quintet. View photo gallery from convocation.