Susan Jacobs’ Piece for The Aldo Leopold Foundation

Susan Jacobs, the DePaul MALS/IDS associate director, academic advisor and a writing instructor contributed a wonderful piece for The Aldo Leopold Foundation’s website and blog.  The whole piece can be read here:

Bringing Interdisciplinary Sources to the Table: Urban College Writers Meet Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac


Even in Chicago’s grid we see examples of urban farming

Leopold was a prominent environmentalist, conservationist, ecologist, and scientist in the first half of the 20th century who wrote with great passion on many environmental topics, especially the field he founded: wildlife management.  His seminal work, A Sand County Almanac, advocates for a land ethic and conservation.

Susan’s post does a great job of bridging Leopold’s work and ideas to Chicago’s urban life for her freshman students to see a greener world and write with a better voice when they channel Leopold’s direct observational writing style.  To read Susan’s piece follow this link and for other great material from the Leopold foundation, please click here.

Nature on Tap – A Night at the Notebaert


This fox worked hard for some dinner. We didn’t have that stress. Our night was catered.

Last week the MALS/IDS program invited all current and former students to a social night at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.  The museum hosts a Nature on Tap event once a month to let an adults-only crowd enjoy beer and full access to the museum.  MALS and IDS students were joined by folks from several other DePaul programs and it ended up being a fantastic night.  We saw a lot of you there and hope our next social event is an even bigger hit.

I had never been to the Notebaert so the night was filled with surprises.  The first was the healthy beer selection the museum offered.  Several microbreweries as well as wine, cider and craft sodas were available.  I stuck with the the Octoberfest since they were selling it for three dollars in order to use up the inventory before November.  The rest of their selection was still reasonably priced at around $6.  All MALS/IDS students got in free and anyone else with a DePaul ID got in for a reduced price.  Regular admission is only $10 so it makes for a pretty cheap date.  Not that I’m encouraging romantic frugality.

The first floor included a river display, the ongoing City Creatures exhibit, explored energy in the home as well as what is underneath the soil – including sewer lines, garbage and more.  The river display was hands on but geared for children and some aspects were turned off for the night, however, turtles could be spotted among other wildlife.  The energy efficient home was interesting but anyone used to utility bills, let alone homeownership, probably knew most of the information.  The urban wildlife display was fantastic.  Some wonderful photos and artistic works would enchant any art lover.

The second floor continued the energy efficient home.  The germs of the bathroom and a funny video inside the refrigerator made the display humorous if nothing else.  Once leaving the model house, the second floor has much more of the typical nature museum exhibits.  Taxidermied animals of all kinds as well as a lengthy exhibit about the prairie were highlights.  The full buffalo on display was impressive.  Unfortunately I could only take 200 pounds of meat back to my wagon.

For those returning to the museum during regular operational hours with young kids, there is a great Peanuts and Nature display on the second floor.  I can imagine toddlers running around while their parents laugh at the classic Charles Schultz strips that adorn the walls.

The second floor also houses the crown jewel of the Notebaert – the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.  The live butterfly sanctuary and informational display is impressive.  The amount of butterflies in the room as well as small birds zipping around is a treat.  After the room with active life, there is an exhibit about the life cycles, migration patterns, and countless pinned butterfly and moth specimens.  Alas my question of “do caterpillars know what is going on when they build a cocoon?” went unanswered.

Despite the butterflies being the most famous exhibit, I actually enjoyed something more.  Several museum experts were on hand with some great taxidermy.  In keeping with the Halloween theme of the night, the creatures on hand were nocturnal animals like skunks, raccoons and owls.  The museum staff was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and patient as this liberal arts person asked what had to be embarrassingly easy questions for people who have studied the hard sciences.  Getting to be that close up to these animals really makes you understand and appreciate their biology.


Spit Creek Paddlers dazzles with some Bluegrass.

The Nature on Tap nights include food for purchase as well as live music.  On our night we enjoyed the bluegrass trio Spit Creek Paddlers and Indian fare from Bombay Wraps.  The chicken tikka was a steal at five dollars.  Filling and spicy – it hit the spot.  The samosas were selling like hot cakes, too.  There is also trivia when they host these events.  Unfortunately I had an essay due the next day and could not stay as late as I would have liked.  Next time!

It is obvious that the Notebaert has the unenviable balancing act of catering towards family-friendly audiences and adults like most museums.  Yes, the river, Peanuts and home energy displays are child-oriented but there was plenty for adults to see.  The music, beer, food, and trivia more than make up for a few displays that adults would feel were lacking.  Additionally the outstanding butterfly sanctuary and on-hand experts are wonderful resources even during regular museum hours.  This was a great way to be introduced to another museum and I know I’ll return to the Notebaert, especially for future Nature on Tap events.

Post written by Josh Cook, MALS/IDS graduate assistant

Who We Are: Derek Bagley


Derek Bagley, IDS, presently enrolled

In just a few months it will be 2016 and the Iowa Caucuses will kick-off the presidential election in January.  Twelve months from now we will be electing a new leader.  Most of us tip our toes in the shallow end of politics every few years but IDS student Derek Bagley breathes politics.  Coming from two congressional campaigns, Derek’s self-constructed program combined political science, public service and public policy.  “I think that we should know economics, history, writing and rhetoric. My classes tell me how to write policy, the history of the city, and how the theories of public housing work…when it comes to politics, it’s a very complex thing you’re trying to do…it requires a very broad skillset. What I’m learning is politics in its different forms and fashions.”

Derek plans to put his masters to work doing what he loves, “I can forge my own path and really learn what I want—what I feel I need to learn in my political field. For me, that freedom to explore and name my own challenges is really important.

Who knows, perhaps in 2024 we will see Bagley yard signs.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Career Development Month


Career Events for Graduate & Adult Students and Alumni

DePaul’s annual winter Career Week has moved and expanded! In an effort to bring even more career-enhancing programming and professional development opportunities to DePaul adult students, graduate students and alumni, we’ve moved our events from February to November to coincide with National Career Development Month and Adult Student Week.
DePaul Career Development Month presents an exciting series of networking events, employer panels, webinars and workshops designed to help you discover strategies to build and manage your career, develop your job search skills, engage with industry experts and make connections. Whether you are just launching your career or are a seasoned professional, Career Development Month has something for you!

Career Forum & Keynote Brunch

Attendees will examine their strengths and weaknesses, learn how they learn, replace their elevator pitch with a golf ball pitch, and will be given some fresh ideas about job titles and descriptions. You’ll never look at the term “business development” the same way again.

Attendees will examine their strengths and weaknesses, learn how they learn, replace their elevator pitch with a golf ball pitch, and will be given some fresh ideas about job titles and descriptions. You’ll never look at the term “business development” the same way again.

Sunday, November 8 | 10am-2pm
Welcome Center, Lincoln Park
Join us for a light breakfast, keynote address, resume reviews and workshops. Come for all or part of the event!
KeynoteNetworking is a Curable Condition: Tips and Insights to Help Improve Wayward Networking
Join DePaul alumnus, Bill Snow, to hear his fast-paced, insightful, and often humorous story about how he turned career stagnation and frustration over a lost business opportunity into a self-published book, a column with an online periodical, job opportunities, business ventures, and eventually a book deal with a large publisher.

Register for the Career Forum

After the keynote address, choose from one of two workshop offerings:

What’s Your Story?

Sunday, November 8, 12-1:30pm Welcome Center, Lincoln Park
Each person has a story—-waiting to be uncovered. Imagine capturing your personal stories of strengths and learning to highlight your most authentic self through accomplishment-based statements. This workshop is intended to spark ideas or to get you thinking about your own personal stories in the context of resume writing, interviewing, job search, or career transition.

Sign Up

Speak and Be Heard

Sunday, November 8, 12-1:30pm Welcome Center, Lincoln Park
Finding your personal and professional voice are key to interpersonal communications and important in your job search. Your vocal image is a valuable component in your networking and interviewing skill set. Through this workshop, define your voice through a reflection of your skills and aptitudes.

Sign Up

Career Development Month Schedule

Career Development Month events are open to current DePaul students, including CPE students (unless otherwise noted), and DePaul alumni. Register for events via To download the schedule, visit

  • Current and former CPE students must register by phone. Please call (312) 362-6300.Questions?
  • Please email or call (312) 362-8437.