DePaul University Libraries
University Chronology: 1990-1999

1990
Ground is broken for the University's new Lincoln Park Campus library. The $25 million library is the single most costly construction project in DePaul's history. Completion is scheduled for 1992.

Enrollment reaches 15,718.

DePaul alumni now total more than 90,000.

The Center for Urban Education is established at the Lincoln Park Campus to better prepare individuals for teaching in Chicago schools. A $350,000 gift from the AT&T Foundation will enable the university to coordinate and expand its many partnership programs with Chicago public schools.

The Board of Trustees amends the university's by-laws to make the principal academic officer of the university a board-elected position under the new title of "Provost."

An International Human Rights Law Institute is founded in the College of Law. It is the first such center in the Midwest.

1991
DePaul purchases the landmark Goldblatt's Building at 333 S. State St. from the City of Chicago for $1 million in September. It is renamed the DePaul Center. The university will spend $70 million to renovate the 11-story structure for university, retail and commercial use by September, 1993. As part of the package, DePaul establishes the $2.5-million "The Mayor of Chicago Leadership 2000 Scholarship Program" to provide scholarships to Chicago residents who will continue doing community service work while at DePaul.

DePaul announces a five-year, $100-million Cornerstone Program. The six major points of the program are:

  • Building on Excellence for Chicago and DePaul;
  • Leadership for Challenging Times;
  • Opening Doors to Education for All;
  • Reaching Beyond the University's Walls;
  • Anchoring a Great City;
  • Enhancing Chicago's Role in the Global Community.

Together, they represent programs, exciting initiatives and ideas as well as bricks and mortar projects.

DePaul and five other area colleges and universities establish the Chicago Center for Peace Studies. A free-standing academic institute, it is among the first joint ventures in the nation to study world peace and peace issues.

The Center for International Business is established to train Central European business leaders in a free-market economy. It will offer a wide range of academic courses in business and conduct research studies. It will offer training programs and arrange for internships in the Chicago area.

The College of Commerce will develop a Certificate in Advanced Business Management program in Czechoslovakia. DePaul receives $192,607 to fund an 18-month effort to develop the program at the Prague University of Economics. The award announcement is made jointly by DePaul, the U.S. Information Agency, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

A doctoral program in the department of computer science and information systems is approved.

DePaul joins with the Peace Corps to train returning Peace Corps Volunteers to teach in the Chicago Public Schools through its Center for Urban Education. The initiative is supported, in part, by a $96,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Fall enrollment reaches 16,414.

1992
In February, the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., president of DePaul, announces his intention to retire on or about June 30, 1993.

Also in February, ground is broken for a 375-space parking garage at Fullerton and Sheffield avenues on the Lincoln Park Campus.

In February, a$57 million tax-exempt bond is issued through the Illinois Educational Facilities Authority to provide funding for construction of the Lincoln Park Campus library and the acquisition and renovation of the DePaul Center. Bonds are expected to be retired in conjunction with funds raised from the Cornerstone Program.

In April, the "Great Chicago Flood" forces closure of the Lewis Center and O'Malley Place at the Loop Campus. Classes and offices serving 7,000 students are relocated to 318 W. Adams St. within five days. Classes resume in Lewis Center and O'Malley Place in May.

In June, work begins on the construction of a quadrangle at the Lincoln Park Campus. The project is expected to be finished by fall. A portion of North Seminary avenue is closed to traffic and the University Hall parking lot is eliminated to make room for the quadrangle.

DePaul signs an agreement with the Coordinating Centre for Business Cooperation of China, part of the Chinese State Planning Commission. The agreement will bring Chinese business managers to Chicago and sponsor informational trips to China for local executives to increase understanding, trade and investment between China and the U.S.

In July, the Lincoln Park Campus library construction is completed and is open for use in time for fall classes.

Construction is completed in September on the Lincoln Park Campus parking garage and on quadrangle.

On September 18, at the Presidents Club dinner at the Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul officially kicks off its Cornerstone Program, a $100-million capital campaign and announces the largest gift in the university's history.

The university receives $9 million from The Kellstadt Foundation, with funds specified for the establishment of the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. The donation will come from the remainder of the Kellstadt Trust. The foundation will continue to exist for some time, and DePaul will receive the full amount of the gift at a later date. The late Charles Kellstadt rose through the ranks to become president, then chairman and chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck and Co., retiring in 1960.

On Sunday, September 20, the new Lincoln Park Campus library is formally dedicated. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago, blesses the building. The four-story, $25-million building is the first free-standing library in DePaul's 94-year history. The 190,000-square-foot building provides shelf space for 650,000 volumes, state-of-the-art information technology, 1,100 study seats, three conference rooms, three study lounges, and 14 group study rooms. Holdings, including books, bound periodicals and microform holdings, total 891,056 volumes. 150 work stations provide access to the DePaul Library Catalog, a catalog of 18 million volumes at 40 public and private Illinois libraries. Half of the library's computer terminals also provide access to compact disc databases. Each disc can store 270,000 pages of text.

Fall quarter enrollment reaches 16,499.

The Joseph and Jeanne M. Sullivan Foundation announces a ward of $300,000 to the College of Law's International Human Rights Law Institute.

On November 20, the historic Blackstone Theatre is renamed the Merle Reskin Theatre, following receipt of a gift in excess of $2 million from real estate entrepreneur Harold Reskin to rename the theater in honor of his wife, Merle, a former actress. The gift is the largest in the history of the Theatre School.

The College of Law announces that alumnus Robert A. Clifford, a personal injury attorney, will give the college $1 million for the establishment of an endowed chair in tort law and social policy. The commitment represents the largest single gift in the law school's history.

On December 15, the board of trustees unanimously elected the Rev. John P. Minogue, C.M., the 10th president of DePaul. He will succeed the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., on July 1, 1993.

Father Minogue is an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Medical School. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Mary's Seminary in Perryville, a master's degree in divinity at DeAndreis Institute of Theology in Lemont, Ill., a master's degree in theology at DePaul in 1972, the same year he was ordained a priest, a doctor of ministry degree in 1987 from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein,Ill.

1993
In April, the Commons Building on the Lincoln Park Campus is renamed in honor of the Rev. John R. Cortelyou, C.M., DePaul's eighth president.

In May, the recently completed Lincoln Park Campus Library is named in honor of the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., DePaul's ninth president. The renaming was sponsored by a $7.5 million gift from Richard A. Heise (COM '57), chairman of the university's board of trustees, and family. The Heise gift is the largest individual gift in the history of the university.

On July 1, the Rev. John P. Minogue, C.M., becomes the 10th president of DePaul, succeeding the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., who becomes chancellor. The Rev. John R. Cortelyou becomes chancellor emeritus.

On September 18, Father Minogue is inaugurated in the Merle Reskin Theatre, following a week of ceremonies and celebrations, known as "DePaul Cornerstone Week."

The $70 million renovation of the DePaul Center is completed in September--providing state-of-the-art classrooms for the College of Commerce, meeting and conference rooms, "one-stop shopping" for student services offices, and a new cafeteria/lounge and dining room. The former Goldblatt building opens on schedule in September 1993, and is formally dedicated as part of "DePaul Cornerstone Week."

DePaul's Center for Urban Education receives a $400,000 grant from Kraft General Foods to improve the way teachers work as well as the ways parents support their children in seven Chicago public elementary schools.

The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is formally dedicated in October. The ceremonies include an address by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation announces it will contribute $500,000 over the next five years to the College of Commerce to establish a Center for International Business. The center is formally dedicated in November. Driehaus, chairman and chief executive officer of Driehaus Capital Management, Inc., takes part in the dedication ceremonies.

1994
The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business announces the initiation of an 18-month international MBA program in marketing in finance, the first of its kind in the country. It is scheduled to begin in December 1994.

The first phase of a $6 million College of Law renovation project is completed in mid-September. The first phase involved the 4th and 5th floors of the Law Library at the Loop Campus. The second phase, involving the 6th floor of the Law Library, is completed by Thanksgiving. This is the biggest construction project in College of Law history, involving six and one-half floors. It is scheduled to be completed by fall 1996.

Fall enrollment reaches 16,747, the largest in university history.

The university receives $2,435,000 in federal funds to support programs and services at its John T. Richardson Library and to study and plan for a new science building at the Lincoln Park Campus.

The Robert A. Clifford Chair in Tort Law and Social Policy is established. It is the first endowed chair in the College of Law.

The board of trustees approves the establishment of a new School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems, to be effective July 1, 1995.

The South Campus in Oak Forest is opened. Although its largest enrollment is in the undergraduate program of the School for New Learning, a master's from the School of Education, and certification programs in educational administration and human resources are also offered.

1997
In September, Time magazine names DePaul as one of the top seven universities in the country recognized for making access to education a top priority. DePaul is cited because of its dedication to interacting with Chicago's communities and encouraging a diverse student body and faculty.

Fall quarter enrollment is 17,804, the largest enrollment in DePaul's history and up 510 students, or 2.9 percent, from last year.

Students vote by an overwhelming majority in favor of a student activity fee. The fee will generate nearly $500,000 for student activities and programs.

1998
DePaul's record-setting fall enrollment of 18,565 students makes it the largest Catholic university in the country. Enrollment increased more than 50% over the last 15 years, significantly outpacing growth at all other Catholic universities in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. The second in the nation at 18,366 students is St. John's University in New York, followed by Loyola University in Chicago with 13,823.

At the start of Fall quarter, DePaul begins its second century and opens its doors a little wider with the addition of a new 11, 700 foot campus in north suburban Lake County. Located in Lake Forest, DePaul's fourth and latest suburban campus helps meet the rising demand for its programs throughout the metropolitan area. The new facility features six technology-equipped classrooms, a distance learning classroom, a networked library, and a 20-station computer lab. Initial evening and weekend course offerings at the new campus include the masters program from the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. Also available are the bachelors degree program from the School for New Learning and the S-MS Nursing program in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Follett College Stores, which runs approximately 550 college bookstores nationwide, begins work on a new two-level, 11,500 square foot bookstore in the DePaul Center. Part of a 10-year agreement with DePaul to lease its bookstore operations, the project provides a long-needed upgrade to better serve the downtown campus.

The Geographic Image Collection, comprised of thousands of 35 mm slides taken on foreign study trips by the DePaul Geographical Society, is digitized with the help of a $35,000 grant from Ameritech Corporation and made available online. The project maximizes the images' availability while mapping inroads into one of the latest trends in information delivery: Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Digitizing the collection will take several years and will blaze a trail for other institutions of higher education.

On September 27, Daniel Goldin, administrator of NASA, delivers the keynote address at DePaul University's dedication ceremony for its new $12 million William G. McGowan Biological and Environmental Sciences Center. The modern, two-story building includes private faculty research suites, specialty labs, and two rooftop greenhouses.

DePaul students may now register for classes online. The program supplements the NROL telephone registration and joins an array of online services now available to students.

On December 19, DePaul holds its first-ever graduation outside the Chicago area, presenting 18 MBAs to employees at Hong Kong's International Bank of Asia. When the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business began the program in early 1997, 22 students were enrolled.


Aerial photo of Lincoln Park campus, 1999.

1999
M. Cherif Bassiouni, professor in the College of Law, is nominated for the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize for his longtime efforts to further international peace and justice. According to the United Nations' International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council, Bassiouni was the ‘single most driving force behind the global decision to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC).' Seventy-five states signed the convention to establish the permanent, independent judicial body, which would have jurisdiction over the most serious international crimes, genocides, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed against individuals.

After seven hours of deliberations, a federal jury found a former DePaul professor guilty on March 19th of a failed 1992 bombing launched in the name of Puerto Rican independence. Jose Solis Jordan is sentenced to at least six years in prison for his role in the bomb attack at a Northwest side military recruiting center. Solis was an associate professor in the School of Education from 1991 through 1995.

The reputation of DePaul's successful part-time MBA program receives a major boost from US News and World Report's 1999 ranking of graduate school programs. It moves up up two notches from the previous year to fifth best in the nation. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the magazine has listed DePaul among the top 10 programs in the nation.

For the 1st time in the history of the team, the DePaul Blue Demons advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

DePaul ranks 19th among the top 100 institutions of higher education nationally to award bachelors degrees in computer science according to a recent edition of the Hispanic 's degrees to Hispanics, Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

The Rosemont Horizon, which has hosted most of the men's basketball home games since 1980, undergoes a $20 million renovation
starting in June. The improvements include replacing 8,000 lower-level seats with wider seats, and the addition of 45,000 square feet of building.

The Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., university chancellor and past president, celebrates his 50th anniversary as a priest with a mass and reception at the LPC in June. Richardson temporarily returns to Chicago for the event from Kenya, where he has served as a missionary since taking a leave from DePaul in mid-1997.

In the fall, Michael Eric Dyson, a nationally known author and educator, becomes DePaul's first Ida B. Wells-Barnett university professor. Dr. Dyson was formerly a visiting distinguished professor of African-American Studies at Columbia University, and professor of communication studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A Princeton Review survey of 59,000 college students ranks DePaul students as the happiest overall in the country. The results appears in the Princeton Review Guide to the Best 331 Colleges.

On September 30, Ray Meyer, former DePaul University men's basketball coach, is honored by several generations of DePaul athletes and university officials at a dedication ceremony for the university's new $13-million Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center. The four-level, 120,000-square-foot Lincoln Park facility provides an expanded venue for intramural and club sports, wellness activities and fitness programs for students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Construction continues on the Lincoln Park campus as part of the university's Vision 2006 strategic plan. In October, the 518-car Clifton Avenue parking structure is opened for use.

Construction begins on two new residence halls on the corner of Belden and Racine and at 1157 Fullerton Avenue, and a new intercollegiate athletic training center on Sheffield Avenue.

University Chronology: 2000 - Present