Consider taking MLS 406, Exploring Other Cultures: India

by Susan Jacobs, MALS/IDS Associate Direcor

Consider taking MLS 406,  Exploring Other Cultures: India with Dr. David Gitomer this fall. The course meets on Wednesday evenings, 6-9:15, Arts and Letters Building 305. While the course is part of the MALS core requirements, it is also open to IDS students.  

EXPLORING OTHER CULTURES examines of the history, traditions, values and institutions that have shaped the lives of people in Indian culture. This is an excellent opportunity to take a course that is only occasionally offered, and to work directly with Dr. Gitomer. As of this posting, seats are still available.

MALS/IDS Congratulates Sonic Pistol on Their New CD!

By Angelina Mendez

We in the MALS/IDS office always like to celebrate the personal accomplishments of our students. This is no exception, as we congratulate MALS student Hakki Gurkan on the CD release of his band, Sonic Pistol.


Everyone is welcome to come out and support Sonic Pistol at their CD release show this Saturday, August 18. Here are the details:

Sonic Pistol CD release show
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The Elbo Room (2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657; (773) 549-5549)
Show starts at 9pm sharp.
$5 cover charge before 9pm.
21 and over.

Hakki provided us with one of the band’s songs so everyone can hear a little of what Sonic Pistol will be playing on Saturday night. Here’s their song, Disappear.

If you’d like more information on the band, feel free to visit their Facebook page at

And if you’re free on Saturday night, they’ll be glad to have your support at their show.

DePaul Financial Aid Help

By Angelina Mendez

For many of our MALS and IDS students, financial aid can be a determining factor for whether or not to take classes in any given year.
So, we’ve tracked down a few possible leads for solid financial aid resources for any type of study or research you are interested in besides those already available through the Financial Aid office.
  • First and foremost, please apply for the MALS/IDS Partial Tuition Assistance. This program can help ease the burden of the cost of classes and (because it’s available quarterly) there’s always a chance of acquiring this funding for yourself. The application form can be found on D2L.
  • The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has a fund at This fund helps students in their courses of study as well as in their research interests. It wouldn’t hurt to look the information up and apply if it can help you.
  • LAS also offers a Graduate Research Funding program, which helps alleviate the cost of research and conference attendance: Though the funding is solely aimed at the costs of research and travel for conferences, it can nonetheless be helpful. Please consider looking into this funding if you plan on continuing with research throughout your program.

Last, but definitely not least, please look into the Office of Adult Student Affairs scholarship. There are three awards available, but the application deadline is coming up very soon (August 24). For more information, please see the Adult Student Affairs website at Here is a direct link for the application as well:

Good luck!


Benefits for Alumni

By Angelina Mendez

We have recently had some questions from recent graduates about available benefits and services for students after graduation.

After searching the DePaul website, I’ve come up with some good information to help you in transitioning from student to graduate:
All of this information and more can be found on the Alumni Services page ( There is information there regarding the Alumni Directory, your access to transcripts, the Ray Meyer Fitness Center, and much more.

And, to be clear, all of this information can be useful to current students as well, as they look forward to the near future of graduation. If there are any questions these links don’t answer, please contact us here in the MALS/IDS office (773-325-7840) and we can try to help find the answers.