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Virtual Alumni College: The Life of Nelson Mandela

December 13, 2013

Steven J. Setchell '96
Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

Last night sixty-two alumni heard Professor of History Dr. Mac Dixon-Fyle lead a far-ranging Virtual Alumni College conversation on Nelson Mandela and the struggle for human rights in South Africa. 

Following Dr. Dixon-Fyle’s email of last Friday calling on the campus community to reflect on Mandela’s life, he graciously agreed to share with alumni some perspective from his life’s work of research and teaching on African civilization and culture and, in particular, on ethnicity and conflict in South Africa.

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Monon Bell

November 11, 2013

Steven J. Setchell '96
Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

In a fitting introduction to an intense and evenly played rivalry, my first Monon Bell game ended in a tie.

I was a freshman in 1992 when DePauw led 17-14 on a typically cold, muddy Monon Bell game day at Little Giant Stadium. Wabash drove to the DePauw nine yard line with nine seconds remaining.  To the objection of DePauw fans, and as the story is told, many Wabash faithful as well, Coach Greg Carlson opted to send in his field goal unit rather than go for the win.  Placekicker Alex Costa’s 25-yard field goal bounced off the left upright and through the goal posts.  Since the rivalry rules call for the team holding the Bell to retain possession in the event of a tie, the coveted trophy remained in Crawfordsville.

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Connecting Alumni

November 4, 2013

Steven J. Setchell '96
Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

On Friday I shared by email the first of several steps to better connect DePauw alumni. More specifically, we expanded our online directory profiles to include business information relevant to helping all alumni, but especially young alumni and students, develop their careers on the highest trajectory.

The connection among our alumni is one of the many qualities that make DePauw distinctive. In some ways, the ability to connect is a fundamental attribute of an educated person. William Cronon’s article, “Only Connect…,” from The American Scholar offers keen insight on the goals of liberal education. He emphasizes the necessity of making connections among ideas and people in order to make sense of the world. Cronon writes, “A liberal education is about gaining the power and the wisdom, the generosity and the freedom to connect.”

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Tiger Pride at Old Gold

October 17, 2013

Steven J. Setchell '96
Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement

On behalf of everyone on campus, I want to express thanks to 411 alumni and friends who came back to make Old Gold 2013 so memorable for everyone involved.  If you were on campus this past weekend, you couldn’t miss the strong connection alumni maintain to this place and the power they have in making DePauw even greater.

In the weeks leading up to Old Gold, I truly enjoyed getting to know Coach Nick’s captains from the classes of 1982 through 2004.  The intensity of emotion and gratitude those guys continue to have for Nick is inspiring.  In total, 40 captains returned to join other football alumni in honoring a legendary coach and beloved member of our community through the dedication of Mourouzis Field.  As always, Nick didn’t miss the opportunity to share his contagious enthusiasm.

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Bret Baier visit to DePauw

September 26, 2013

Jeff McCall '76
Professor of Communication and Theatre

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier has emerged as one of the most respected anchors in television news.  His “Special Report” nightly news hour is truly an in-depth account of the world’s happenings.  It is no wonder his show is one of cable news’ highest rated shows, and gets more viewers than all competing cable news programs combined.

Bret is keeping alive DePauw’s impressive tradition of producing outstanding journalists.  Legendary journalists like Eugene Pulliam, Casey Hogate and Barney Kilgore helped get that tradition going.  John McWethy was a stellar correspondent at ABC for many years.  Today, that tradition is carried on by outstanding journalists like Rob Johnson at CBS- 2 in Chicago, Jeremy Rogalski at KHOU-TV in Houston,  Heather Unruh at WCVB-TV in Boston, Steve Hayes at the Weekly Standard and Fox News, and Aaron Luchetti at the Wall Street Journal, just to name a few.

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