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Chicago`s running man Mark Buciak to run 34th Boston Marathon By Corey McPherrin, Good Day Chicago Co-Anchor Mark Buciak is this city’s marathon man, and his lifetime determination makes him a Chicago classic. Way back in 1980, as a sophomore in college, Buciak ran his first Boston Marathon - the most prestigious race on the planet. Little did he know that spring-time trip east would become an annual affair for the next 33 years. “To run the Boston Marathon at 19 years of age as an official runner was beyond my wildest dreams,” Buciak said. Those dreams got wilder. In April of 1999, FOX 32 News did a story on Buciak. The former Gordon Tech and DePaul standout was about to become the youngest person ever to complete 20 consecutive Boston Marathons. Today, Buciak is preparing for his 34th consecutive Boston Marathon. Only 17 people in the world can claim a longer active streak. “I’ll keep going as long as Bova’s bakery is open,” the runner said. Bova’s is a famous Italian bakery in Boston’s historic north end, and Buciak’s home away from home during marathon week. “Bova Bakery has been open for 95 years and some of the best motivation for running a marathon,” Buciak said. “They’re open 24/7, so if you get hungry at 3 a.m. they’re ready for you.” Maybe it was the incentive of those goodies or maybe a stubbornness to keep the streak alive, but in 2006 Buciak ran his most memorable Boston Marathon so far. It was also his slowest. Why? Because against his doctor’s advice, Buciak completed the course with his wife Barry along for the final ten miles - just 11 weeks after heart surgery to repair a leaky aortic valve. “I’ve run a 2:30 marathon in Boston in 1983 as my personal best. I’ve run 56 marathons and 33 at Boston,” the marathoner said. “I feel my biggest accomplishment is finishing the Boston Marathon 11 weeks after heart surgery in 2006.”

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Thad Dohrn Not even heart surgery will keep him away. It’s the history and tradition, and especially the people Lemone Lampley who line the iconic route from Hopkinton to Boston that will keep Mark coming back - as long as Marge Mazik Mario Stula God will allow it, Buciak said. Molly Creek “If you’re having a bad day they make it a good day,” Buciak said. “If you’re having a good day

they make it a great day for you.” Read more:

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Accounting Professor Edwin Cohen tends to make little of the fact he’s DePaul’s most senior faculty member. However, the 84-year-old Cohen, who carries a full, six-course load, routinely tells each new class that one of his long-ago colleagues was St. Vincent de Paul himself. The self-deprecating line always brings down the house. Affable and engaging, Cohen is forever looking ahead—to his classes next quarter or next year, to watching his five grandchildren grow up and to a trip this summer with his wife, Harlene, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. But Cohen’s affiliation with DePaul does go back a long way. Raised on Chicago’s West Side where he graduated from John Marshall High School, Cohen enrolled in DePaul’s College of Commerce in 1946 and graduated in 1950 and then passed his CPA exam. He was the first in his family to earn a college degree. “DePaul is Catholic and I’m Jewish, but I always felt like this was home for me. When I was an accounting student here then it seemed like half of my fellow students were Jewish.” After earning a master’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and beginning a doctoral program there before a tour of duty in Europe as an auditor for the U.S Army, Cohen joined DePaul’s accounting faculty full time in 1956. He took a year’s leave of absence to complete his doctoral degree at MSU in 1960. In 1969, Cohen left DePaul to become head of the accounting program at University of Illinois at Chicago. Concluding that DePaul’s faculty and program was stronger, he returned to DePaul—for good—in 1981. Cohen is quick to note that even when he was at UIC, he was still involved with DePaul, teaching accounting classes or parts of the CPA review program. Cohen has played many roles during his DePaul career, including director of Commerce’s graduate school and chairman of accounting. He has served on Faculty Council, the Athletic Board and the board of Ledger & Quill. He also has been a faculty advisor to several student organizations. In 2007, Cohen was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois CPA Society. He answered questions from Newsline Editor Edmund Lawler. Q: What’s different about the students you are teaching today versus those you taught at DePaul in the ‘50s? Today, our student body is much more multicultural. We have students from practically every country in the world. The students in the 1950s struck me as more focused on a particular career goal, whereas the students today seem to have less definitive plans. They are more likely to drop a course, something I would rarely see in 1950s. One thing that hasn’t changed is that DePaul still finds a place for good students who cannot afford a high-quality education like they get at DePaul where the sense of morals and ethics is strong. Q: What do you like about teaching? Every day is different. There are different students and different cases to study. I don’t only teach, but I learn here as well. I learn from the students, both the undergrads and the graduate students. I would learn about many of the issues that they may have been facing in their organizations that day. For the full article:

DePaul athletics announced this week that Sean McDonough has joined the staff as associate director of development for athletics. Previously, McDonough was assistant athletic director at Western Illinois. McDonough handled the fundraising and development efforts at Western Illinois since 2010 and secured the largest gift in over 40 years for the department. He increased donations each year to the annual fund while in Macomb while leading the planning and cultivation for gifts towards the $20-25 million renovation of the Western Illinois football stadium. In addition to his fundraising duties, McDonough also oversaw increases in corporate sponsorships, season tickets sales and the expansion of the Leatherneck Sports Radio Network. Prior to his three years in Macomb, McDonough was senior campaign manager for The Steier Group in Omaha from 2006-10. With The Steier Group, he worked with a predominantly Catholic client base including a $50 million campaign for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. The 1991 graduate of Marquette played for the then-Warriors from 1988-90 and followed his undergraduate education with a master’s degree from Murray State in 2003. McDonough started his professional career in intercollegiate athletics as an assistant basketball coach from 1993-99 before being named head coach at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in 1999. He was head coach for three season while also handling sports information duties and creating a marketing department at Carroll.


The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign for DePaul University is an historic initiative undertaken in support of one of America’s great universities. It will ensure that DePaul continues to deliver on our founding promise: an excellent education for any talented student who seeks it. The Campaign supports dreams. Students come to DePaul from across the country and around the world. Their dreams are many and varied, individual to each, as our students come from all stations in life. Many are the first in their family to attend college. The realization of their dreams gives rise to new dreams and strong communities.The Campaign supports DePaul’s mission, a mission which blends opportunity and excellence, inquiry and discovery, service to the individual and benefit to the larger community. It is manifested in the work that goes on here every day, in libraries, classrooms, laboratories, practice rooms and on the stage in hours of solitude and moments of connection



PHONE You can make your gift by phone to Development Associate Marge Mazik at 773-325-7240. We accept MasterCard, American Express, VISA and Discover. MAIL Make your check payable to DePaul University, and send your gift to: DePaul University Office of Development 1 East Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-2287

Athletics provides an avenue of opportunity for students at DePaul. Athletics also helps build community and enhance DePaul’s reputation locally and nationally. As part of DePaul’s Many Dreams. One Mission. Campaign, Athletics is charged with raising $14 million. Strategically, goals have been set to raise the gifts to support scholarship endowment, facility improvements and programmatic support. As of March 15, DePaul Athletics had raised nearly 10.2 million dollars

ONLINE Use our secure online form to make a credit card gift or pledge. CLICK HERE

DePaul Athletics fundraising efforts have focused on endowing scholarship and programming needs. Annually athletics spends nearly $5 million on scholarship expenses for its more than 200 studentathletes. By endowing scholarships, DePaul Athletics has the opportunity to enhance scholarships in some sports and redistribute available funding to maximize the department’s resources.

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO GIVE DePaul University offers other ways to give, including: electronic funds transfers, recurring credit card charges and stock transfers. For more information, call Mark Burns, 312-362-5651.


A named scholarship requires a gift of $50,000. All gifts can be made in pledges over five years. Planned giving opportunities are also available. For more information, call Thad Dohrn at 773-3257240.

Upcoming Events April 16 Cardz for Kidz Volunteer Project Time: 6 p.m. Link

Alumni Center Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address & Phone Number: 2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Ste. 150

Chicago, IL 60614 Ph: (773) 325-8390 Toll-free: (800) 437-1898

April 17 Alumni & Friends Reception in Portland Time: 6 p.m. Link April 20 Family Theater Performance “The Coral King” Time: 2 p.m. Link

April 24 Alumni & Friends Reception Highland Park Time: 6 p.m. Link id=1691 April 27 Annual Spring Tour: Chicago Film Tour Time: 10 a.m. Link id=1698

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