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Connecting Alumni

November 4, 2013

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.” 

As alumni, we all want an even stronger and more resourceful network. We also have an opportunity and an obligation to make our network accessible to students and young alumni. Later this month, we’ll be making our online directory accessible to students for the first time. My colleague, Raj Bellani, and his team in the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement will be working with students to promote appropriate and effective directory use.

Connecting alumni is so important. It’s one of three primary strategies for our alumni programs. The directory change is among the first steps. Others will include a new mobile application we plan to rollout in 2014 to further support networking.

Among all graduates of liberal arts institutions, it’s safe to say that DePauw alumni are especially social, connected, and networked. In order to make DePauw even greater, we have to facilitate and strengthen our alumni connections to one another and to the University. My colleagues and I look forward to working with alumni to this end.


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