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DePaul University’s School for New Learning (SNL) celebrates 40 years of teaching adults through a unique approach to learning that offers a range of customized programs that build upon abilities and experiences, add knowledge and develop skills to help students achieve personal and professional goals.


As part of its celebration, SNL will launch the “Photobooth Project” this fall. The photo exhibit is a collection of alumni portraits and quotes that highlight the impact SNL has made on their lives. The exhibit will open at SNL’s Open House on Oct. 12, in the lobby area of the school’s offices at Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., 14th floor, from 4:30-6 p.m. as part of SNL’s Family and Reunion Weekend. An employability summit also will take place at the open house. 


SNL Dean Marisa Alicea reflected on SNL’s 40-year history. “We have been able to continue to offer our competence-based program and have added programs since the creation of the school. We’re celebrating some of the core ideas and values of our school, which serves adult students and honors their knowledge, experience and new learning that add value to their personal lives and careers.”


For four decades, SNL has been making a difference in the lives of adult learners. Founded in 1972 by the school’s first dean, Howard Sulkin, together with associate dean Marilyn Stocker and secretary Ann Kurland, SNL has been an international model of adult centered education.


SNL will hold additional events that celebrate the work of faculty and staff throughout the academic year to commemorate 40 years of adult student success. For more information, visit




About School for New Learning


Established in 1972, SNL is one of the first programs in the nation expressly designed to serve the needs of adult learners balancing work, family and school. It has earned an international reputation for its competence-based approach to learning that offers innovative, adult-focused curricula and degree programs. One of SNL’s most unique features is that it allows students to receive class credit for what they have learned from their professional and personal experience.”


About DePaul


With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest. The university offers approximately 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on three Chicago and three suburban campuses. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds.


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