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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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Alumni Colleges an Opportunity to Encounter Great Professors

September 25, 2013

Larry Stimpert
Vice President for Academic Affairs

It is great to be a part of the DePauw University community.  I've been on campus for only about three months now, but I am already continually impressed by the dedication of our faculty and staff to the university's educational mission. DePauw students are also highly engaged, and they have shared with me many great examples of the ways they are challenged and excited by their classes and the wide range of on and off-campus co-curricular opportunities made available by DePauw. 

My primary aim as Vice President for Academic Affairs is to enhance further the remarkable quality of our outstanding academic enterprise.  As you know from your own DePauw experiences, talented and dedicated teacher-scholars have inspired generations of students and continue to make a DePauw education distinctive.  Guided by these faculty members, the DePauw campus is a lively place of ideas and conversation.  

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Looking Back on Opening Weekend

September 23, 2013

Kyle Kerrigan '10

Opening Weekend, or “move-in weekend,” is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Well, at least it has been ever since my first one, during which I was the one actually lugging my belongings into a (seemingly) small space alongside nervous parents, in tandem with a stranger (who become my best friend to this day), and on a blistering hot August day.  Now, I’m relegated to the sidelines (i.e. the shade) and forced to observe (or envy) new DePauw students about to embark on an incredible journey of which they have not the slightest clue.  I enjoyed this experience for three years as a first-year mentor, two years as a member of the DePauw staff, and one year – this year – as a GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) volunteer.

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