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University Chronology: 1980-1989

1980
It is announced that the Blue Demons will play all 1980-81 home games in the 17,000-seat Horizon, in suburban Rosemont, triple the capacity of Alumni Hall (5,300), the home game court since 1956.

DePaul negotiates the first license agreement to control use of university name and Blue Demons trademark on manufactured products.

The Blue Demons end regular season with 26-1 mark and finish first in the Associated Press and United Press International polls for the first time in history.

Joseph (Joey) Meyer is selected to succeed his father, Ray Meyer, as DePaul´s head basketball coach, when the elder retires. The younger Meyer has been assistant basketball coach at DePaul since 1971.

Rev. John R. Cortelyou, C.M., president of DePaul University since 1964, announce his retirement effective June 30, 1981.

The university dedicates the Finchley Building at 23 E. Jackson Blvd. as the Comerford J. O´Malley Place in honor of the Vincentian educator who served DePaul since 1934 as a philosophy professor, Dean of the College of Commerce, president of the university (1944-1964) and chancellor (1964-1981).

General and law library holdings now exceed 428,000.

A general Liberal Studies program is established and DePaul College, the university's general component for undergraduate students, starts to be phased out. The new program offers breadth and intellectual foundations complementary to a student's field of specialization and develops skills in communication and computation.

The College of Commerce inaugurates a new five-year program in accountancy through the new School of Accountancy, still the only academic unit of its kind in an urban area and now one of only 11 such professional schools in the United States.

Enrollment reaches 13,356 students, making this the eighth consecutive increase in enrollment and a record high for DePaul. Of the total students enrolled, 47 percent are female, 18 percent are Blacks and other minorities and 41 percent are adults 26 years and over. DePaul has the second largest enrollment of Blacks and Hispanics among private universities in Illinois.

Faculty number 698 (398 full-time and 300 part-time).

Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., executive vice president, is named ninth DePaul president effective July 1, 1981. The Board of Trustees, for first time in history, is involved in the presidential election process. Father Richardson has served DePaul in various capacities since 1954.

1981
The Department of Computer Science, program previously offered through Mathematics Department is established (effective July 1).

DePaul acquires the 10-story Lyon & Healy Building at 64 E. Jackson Blvd. This is the fifth major expansion of physical facilities in its 83-year history. The building, to be named the Administration Center, will be home to a number of academic and administrative offices.

A $1.2 million one-story expansion to the Schmitt Academic Center on the Lincoln Park campus is announced. The space will be used for additional classrooms and academic offices and facilities.

The Blue Demons end the regular season with 27-1 mark and finish first in AP and UPI polls for the second consecutive year. They draw top seed in the NCAA Midwest regional and fall to St. Joseph College 49-48.

DePaul officially revises its admissions and registration procedures and creates an Assessment and Advisement Center. The new unit is formally established to test all matriculating and transfer students for reading, writing and mathematics proficiency.

The university's proposed $17.5 million revenue bond issue assigned an upper medium investment grade "A" rating from both Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's corporation. The bonds, the first to be issued by DePaul in its history, will finance extensive renovation and expansion of facilities on both Loop and Lincoln Park campuses: Lewis Center, O'Malley Place, Administration Center, Schmitt Academic Center, and Byrne Hall.

DePaul, for the first time in its history, holds five separate commencements on thLincoln Park Campus, for various colleges to personalize convocation and recognize each graduate. The university awards over 2,600 degrees, bringing the total to 62,736. This includes 34,448 bachelors degrees, 14,172 masters degrees, 8,670 J.D.s, 84 Ph.D.s, and 5,362 diplomas and certificates.

The number of alumni now numbers 60,000.

Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., assumes the presidency of DePaul University. Rev. John R. Cortelyou, C.M., his predecessor, is named chancellor. Rev. Comerford J. O'Malley, C.M., becomes chancellor emeritus.

The City Council of Chicago, under its power of home rule, approves DePaul's $17.5 Million bond issue. In a departure from precedent, the university seeks city rather than state approval of the proposed issue, because of its close identity with Chicago. Bonds go on sale the week of July 6.

DePaul begins its 84th academic year in Chicago and offers over 50 undergraduate programs, 47 masters degree programs, three doctoral degrees, and the Juris Doctor degree.

In ceremonies held at Navy Pier, the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., is installed as the ninth preseident of DePaul University.

DePaul officially names the three-building downtown Chicago complex as the institution's Loop Campus. The three buildings are the Frank J. Lewis Center (25 E. Jackson Blvd.), the Comerford J. O'Malley Place (23 E. Jackson Blvd.), and the Administration Center ( 243 S. Wabash Ave.).

1982
DePaul, Loyola University and Mundelein College form a consortium known as "The Hispanic Alliance" to improve educational opportunities for Hispanics in the Chicago metropolitan area. Supported by a $64,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, DePaul will investigate business careers for Latinos as its specific mission.

The College of Commerce, funded by a $1 million gift from the Charles H. Kellstadt Trust, establishes a Center for Market Analysis and Planning. This is the first research and academic component established by the Kellstadt Trust. The center will use Chicago as a marketing research laboratory, linking classroom instruction to problems actually encountered by area business firms involved with consumer products and marketing services.

DePaul establishes a national Center for Church/State Studies, the only one of its kind in the country. The center operates under the College of Law and will develop a network of scholars and attorneys throughout the country to stimulate research in areas where government impinges on religious institutions.

The College of Commerce marks its 70th anniversary. The theme of the 16-month observance is "DePaul: Developing Chicago's business leaders for 70 years."

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences introduces its master of arts in liberal studies. It is designed for adults, already established in professions or careers, who are searching for academic enrichment. Students develop their own course of study, a relatively new concept offered by fewer than 50 colleges and universities in the country.

1983
DePaul is awarded a four-year $160,000 grant by the Joyce Foundation for a pilot program at the Benito Juarez High School to develop a model to prepare Hispanic students for college-level study, especially for careers in business and related professions.

DePaul's $5 million bond issue receives a "MIG 1" rating from Moody's Investors Services, the highest rating possible. The bond issue will make low-interest student loans available over a three-year period beginning in September, 1983.

DePaul is awarded a $1 million gift from the Dr. Scholl Foundation to establish an endowed chair in its College of Commerce and Department of Finance. The endowed chair is DePaul's first and will bear the name of the foundation's principal benefactor, Dr. William M. Scholl.

Four new programs are introduced into DePaul's curriculum: the School of Accountancy's master of business administration program in management accountancy; the School of Education and Department of Mathematics' master's degree program in mathematics education; the School of Music's undergraduate degree program in jazz studies; and the Department of Art's concentration in advertising art and design.

DePaul's Board of Trustees approves a $3.7 million bond issue for a new university telephone system and for academic and administrative computer equipment.

1984
Institute for Business Ethics inaugurated. A joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Commerce, it will develop a national resource and communication network for educators, researchers and the business community.

Center for Research and Taxation in School of Accountancy is established to develop curricula and courses in the field, offer continuing professional education opportunities and serve as a clearinghouse for academic research.

Head Coach of the Men's Basketball Team, Ray Meyer, retires after the NCAA tournament. During his 42-year tenure he achieved a career record of 724-354.

DePaul's new Centel Business Systems' 1,595-line telecommunications system becomes operational. Installed at a cost of $1.7 million, the new telephone system offers state-of-the-art equipment and substantial long-term savings for the university.

1985
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems develops Executive Program to provide executives and management professionals with the skills required to make effective use of personal computers. Initiate strategic planning process to continue academic development, to continue clarification of DePaul's distinctive heritage and to play an even more important role in the community as an urban university.

Founded Institute for Leadership of Religious Organizations to provide management training for executives and managers of religious organizations.

Hispanic Women's Project created to improve access to higher education for Hispanic women, with $150,000 initial grant from Ford Foundation, by a consortium composed of DePaul, Loyola and Mundelein College.

Receive $600,000 grant from McCormick Charitable Trust to renovate Center Theatre in Lewis Center on Loop Campus into state-of-the-art lecture halls. Announce five-year, $40 million Campaign for DePaul, the first major comprehensive fund drive in history. Major goals are: to double endowment to $32 million from $16 million; strengthen academic programs, including those that meet needs of minorities and disadvantaged; complete construction and renovation of five buildings on Loop and Lincoln Park campuses; and maintain annual giving throughout campaign to keep pace with rising operating costs.

Introduce master's degree program in the School for New Learning, the first of its kind in country, as model for alternative graduate business and administrative education.

Establish Health Law Institute in College of Law, one of first programs in country to teach health law to law students and lawyers. Program offers a master's degree in health law and is the only one of its kind in Chicago.

Found Center for Study of Values to promote intellectual and moral development by stimulating public discussion.

1986
Establish Summer Bridge Program, with $50,000 award from Lloyd A. Fry Foundation to develop academic skills of high school students under prepared for college.

Establish Dr. William M. Scholl chair in finance, funded by $1 million grant from Dr. Scholl Foundation.

Dedicate former St. Vincent School Building as new home for Theatre School. The 36,000-square -foot building was renovated to provide classrooms, faculty and staff offices, rehearsal space, costume shop and scenery, props, lighting and electronics design studios.

Dedicate new $8.4 million undergraduate dormitory, University Hall, to house 302 students for opening of 1986-87 academic year.

Open new Oak Brook Campus in Westbrook Corporate Center in western suburbs to provide full-degree programs to working adults.

Acquire lease with option to purchase of 2.2407 acres on northwest corner of Fullerton and Sheffield Avenues. Plans are to lease property and convert approximately 70 spaces in 150-car parking lot to university use.

Dedicate Kellstadt Center for Marketing Analysis and Planning in Administration Center at Loop Campus. Established with $1
million grant from Charles H. Kellstadt Foundation, the center integrates state-of-the-art marketing research with curriculum and programs.

1987
Establish Project Academus, later renamed Project Academics, offering degree completion opportunities to current and former college athletes. Affiliated with national Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Goals also include athletes' participation in educational and drug outreach programs in elementary and high schools.

Announce $1 million gift from Coleman/Fannie May Candies Foundation, Inc., to establish endowed chair in Computer Science and Information Systems.

School of Music celebrates culmination of its 75th anniversary with spring concert in Orchestra Hall. Other events during year-long celebration included inaugural concert of newly formed DePaul Chamber Music Society, a benefit dinner and musicale and commissioning of new works by faculty composers.

College of Commerce inaugurates year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary. Activities include lecture series, a special mass, symposia and an alumni dinner.

Dedicate Wish Field on Lincoln Park Campus for intercollegiate, intramural and recreational use. Includes two softball diamonds and a soccer field.

DePaul chosen as one of top 10 comprehensive universities in Western and Midwestern states in poll of college and university presidents released by U.S. News and World Report - the only university in Illinois so chosen. Ratings based on cohesiveness of curriculum, quality of teaching, relationship between faculty and students, and atmosphere of learning fostered on campus.

College of Law marks its 75th anniversary with a symposium on changes in the law in 75 years and an alumni dinner.

1988
Purchase Blackstone Theatre from New York-based Shubert
Organization, Inc. The 1,400-seat theater, at Michigan Avenue and

Balbo Drive, will host performances of Theatre School and School of Music productions and will also be made available to not-for-profit performing arts groups in the revitalizing South Loop area.

DePaul alumni now exceed 80,000.

Psychology Professor Leonard Jason receives largest research grant in DePaul history, nearly $1 million, to study effects of transferring schools on children.

Establish five-year Arthur Andersen & Co. Alumni Distinguished Professorship in accountancy. Establish Touche Ross Distinguished Professorship in accountancy.

DePaul President the Rev. John T. Richardson, C.M., appears before Chicago City Council to ask that DePaul be given an opportunity to bid on Goldblatt's Building, a former department store adjacent to DePaul's Lewis Center-the main academic building in the Loop Campus. The City Council granted the appeal, thus denying a bid by the federal government's General Services Administration, to acquire the land and demolish the building.

1989
A 10-year, $150 million master plan for the development of the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses is announced. Phase One of the plan - scheduled for completion in 1992 - includes a new library at the Lincoln Park Campus, a landscaped pedestrian quadrangle and renovation of existing facilities for student housing. At the Loop Campus, plans include the acquisition and renovation of the Goldblatt Building from the City of Chicago; renovation and expansion of the Lewis Center library and construction of a Lawyering Skills Center in the College of Law.

Phase two of master plan, scheduled for completion by the university's centennial in 1998, is contingent upon planned enrollment growth. It includes three new buildings at Lincoln Park: a new residence hall, a residence addition to Stuart Center and a multilevel parking garage.

Two new Residence halls, the Sanctuary and Seton Hall, are renovated and opened to students at the Lincoln Park Campus. The Lincoln Park Campus Bookstore relocates from Stuart Center to Seton Hall. Food service facilities are renovated and expanded in Stuart Center.

Construction is completed on new Lawyering Skills Center in the College of Law. It provides the College of Law with one of the most sophisticated facilities in the nation for teaching the skills of negotiation, mediation, trial practice and appellate argument.

DePaul signs a letter of agreement in principle with the City of Chicago for purchase and renovation of the Goldblatt Building.

The Chicago City Council approves the university's 10-year expansion plan for the Lincoln Park Campus, keystone of which is a four-story library. Lincoln Park neighborhood organizations also endorse the plan.

University Chronology: 1990 - 1999