On April 15, Blue Demon fans bid on pieces of history at the "Alumni Hall Wrecking Ball" dinner and auction. Alumni Hall paraphernalia, including doors from the men's locker room, student athlete lockers, Blue Demon neon signs, carpet swatches with the Demon logo and sections of bleachers, were auctioned to raise money for the soon-to-open DePaul Athletic Center that will replace antiquated Alumni Hall. Alumni Hall closed in May and demolition began in June to prepare the site for a new student union. (See 1956.)
Facilities, Athletics, Alumni
On April 24, the new $10.8 million Athletic Center (see 2006) opened on the northeast corner of Sheffield and Belden avenues. It housed practice, training and fitness facilities for student athletes on DePaul's 15 intercollegiate sports teams (including men's and women's basketball), a 2,800-spectator court and athletic staff offices.
On May 23, DePaul held its first virtual open house, an event that has been offered by only a handful of universities in the nation. For six hours, dozens of DePaul representatives were available online to answer questions from cyberspace visitors who entered over 20 different live chat rooms, staffed by deans, administrators, current students and parents.
The School for New Learning was named one of the six "Best Practice" institutions in North America by the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the American Productivity and Quality Center. SNL was touted for its individualistic education of non-traditional students. The honor was derived from a survey of experts and educators in adult education.
On June 9, DePaul dedicated a 21-foot sculpture, entitled "Vincentian Letter," in its plaza at Jackson Blvd. and State St. The sculpture was created by Alexander Tylevich, originally from the Soviet Union, but now of St. Paul, MN, and the winner of a national competition that DePaul held to find an artist best suited for the work. The sculpture is a pair of bronze elements, which are actually an "envelope" and an "open letter." The letter side is a bas-relief image of St. Vincent. The envelope tells the history of DePaul through an artistic interpretation of archival documents.