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Booking Agent Brian Lord '98 Shares Story About the Late Robin Williams

August 15, 2014

Brian Lord, senior vice president at Premiere Speakers Bureau and 1998 graduate of DePauw University, was in negotiations to book Robin Williams for an... Read More

Paper by Mathematics Prof. Zhixin Wu is Cited

August 15, 2014

A Bankrate analysis of equity-indexed annuities asks, "What exactly are these purported no-lose investments? Who's most likely to benefit by acquiring... Read More

Prof. Susan Olesik '77 Honored by American Chemical Society

August 14, 2014

Susan V. Olesik, Dow Professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Ohio State University and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is the... Read More

Prof. Carl Huffman Publishes A History of Pythagoreanism

August 14, 2014

A History of Pythagoreanism, edited by Carl A. Huffman, research professor and professor emeritus of Classical Studies, has been published by Cambridge... Read More

Covering Deadly NASCAR Crash is Challenging for Media, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 12, 2014

"There is just no easy way to cover the story about the dirt track racing death of Kevin Ward Jr. over the weekend," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Prof. Michael Sinowitz Publishes Patrick O'Brian's Bodies at Sea

August 12, 2014

Michael Leigh Sinowitz, associate professor of English at DePauw, is the author of Patrick O'Brian's Bodies at Sea: Sex, Drugs and the Physical Form in... Read More

Washington Post Book Review Praises "Fascinating Study" by Wallace J. Nichols '89

August 10, 2014

In a Washington Post book review, Nicola Joyce states that "it’s no surprise that I’ve headed to the beach to read Blue Mind. The author, Wallace J. Nichols... Read More

Founding of ESPN by Bill Rasmussen '54 Highlighted in Sports Illustrated's 60th Anniversary Issue

August 9, 2014

The 60th anniversary issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands now, highlights some of the most memorable moments in athletics over the past six decades... Read More

Ebola Researcher Prof. Sharon Crary Writes of the Virus, Its Toll, and Its Possibilities

August 8, 2014

"Anyone who has worked in a maximum containment lab with Ebola virus has had that moment when a headache starts and you wonder: 'Is this it? Did I do something... Read More

Emerging Genre of 'Cli-Fi' Includes Book by Barbara Kingsolver '77

August 7, 2014

"Is climate change due for an Uncle Tom's Cabin moment?," asks the Washington Post's Daniel Bloom. "The 1852 bestseller helped transform abolitionism into... Read More

Sara Dungan '01 Appointed Magistrate of Indiana County's Courts

August 5, 2014

Sara (Chamness) Dungan, a 2001 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed magistrate of Indiana's Morgan County Circuit and Superior Courts. "Dungan... Read More

Advantages of Incumbents in Congress "Baked Into the System": Lee Hamilton '52

August 4, 2014

"It’s really no mystery that incumbent members get re-elected," in the view of veteran statesman Lee Hamilton. "Their advantages are baked into the system... Read More

Mark Farmer '05 Selected as Member of Leadership Louisville Class of 2015

August 3, 2014

Mark J. Farmer, a partner in the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs and 2005 graduate of DePauw University, has been selected as a member of the Leadership... Read More

Prof. Arthur Evans Publishes Vintage Visions: Essays on Early Science Fiction

August 2, 2014

Arthur B. Evans, professor of modern languages (French) at DePauw University, is the editor of Vintage Visions: Essays on Early Science Fiction. The book... Read More

Jeff Bowe '85 Leading Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies

August 1, 2014

Jeffrey J. Bowe, a 1985 graduate of DePauw University, has been named the interim director of Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies... Read More

Mike Howland '02 Named Director of Basketball Operations at Missouri State U

August 1, 2014

Mike Howland, a 2002 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed director of basketball operations  at Missouri State University.  He comes to MSU... Read More

Artist Steven Vaughan '82 Makes "Aggressive Statement About the Lust for Power"

August 1, 2014

Artist Steven Vaughan "has led a tripartite career," notes a story in Indiana's Lafayette Journal & Courier. "He graduated from DePauw University, then... Read More

Steve Harvey Show and Producer Kevin Hurley '00 Celebrate Daytime Emmy Win

July 31, 2014

Kevin Hurley, a producer of TV's Steve Harvey Show and 2000 graduate of DePauw University, is the winner of a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award. The program was... Read More

Mark Robertson '72 Authors Alternative Fees for Business Lawyers and Their Clients

July 31, 2014

Mark A. Robertson, a 1972 graduate of DePauw University, is the author of Alternative Fees for Business Lawyers and Their Clients. The book has been published... Read More

Northrop Grumman Promotes Diane Daegele '83 to VP of Business Management

July 31, 2014

Diane Daegele, a 1983 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed vice president of business management for the unmanned systems division of Northrop... Read More

Reality TV "A Highly Perishable Commodity," Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 31, 2014

It's been seven months since Phil Robertson, patriarch of the television reality show Duck Dynasty, landed in controversy for his comments about homosexuality... Read More

CEO John Kite '87 is Growing His Real Estate Company

July 30, 2014

"We went from being a company that owned 70 properties and 10 million square feet, to a company that owns 133 properties and 21 million square feet," John... Read More

Washington Post Interviews J. Nichols '89

July 29, 2014

"Wallace J. Nichols spent nearly two decades as a marine biologist studying Pacific Ocean sea turtles and working with fishermen in Baja California, Mexico... Read More

Spud Dick '10 a 'Rising Star' at Cassidy Turley

July 29, 2014

Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider, has named Gerry "Spud" Dick a "Rising Star." One of 24 individuals given the designation... Read More

Prof. Andy Cullison '01 on the Ethics of Video Game Design

July 28, 2014

"Andrew Cullison is the director of the Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics at DePauw University and the secretary-treasurer of the American Philosophical... Read More

Hoops Standout Brett Crist '91 Recalled in Story

July 27, 2014

An Indianapolis Star article on last week's Boys Top 100 Basketball Showcase at Ben Davis High School notes, "Among those attending was Hamilton Heights... Read More

Prof. Jennifer Adams to Lead Discussion in Maine

July 26, 2014

"Professor Jennifer Adams from DePauw University will lead a discussion on academic freedom on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Good Life Center in Harborside... Read More

Prof. Arthur Evans Receives France's Cyrano Prize

July 25, 2014

Arthur B. Evans, professor of modern languages (French) at DePauw University, is the recipient of the Prix Cyrano (Cyrano Prize). Named for the early French... Read More

Angie Hicks '95 to Keynote 'Innovation Summit' in November

July 25, 2014

Angie Hicks, founder and chief marketing officer of Angie's List and 1995 graduate of DePauw University, will be the keynote speaker at "Forbes Reinventing... Read More

The Exodusters of Putnam County

July 24, 2014

The Civil War brought an end to slavery in the United States, but not to the racism that sustained it for so long. African-Americans faced continued oppression... Read More

Award-Winning Conservationist Patricia Chapple Wright Here Sept. 28 to Discuss 'Saving Lemurs from Extinction'

July 24, 2014

American primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist Patricia Chapple Wright -- the winner of the 2014 Indianapolis Prize -- will come to DePauw... Read More

Barbara Kingsolver '77 to Receive Library of Virginia's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award

July 23, 2014

Barbara Kingsolver, acclaimed bestselling author and 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is the 2014 recipient of the Library of Virginia's Literary Lifetime... Read More

J. Nichols '89 Featured on CBS This Morning

July 22, 2014

"A new book sets out to answer some big questions about the brain and bodies of water," reports CBS This Morning. In a segment on the new book by 1989... Read More

Former VP Dan Quayle '69 and 80+ Other Celebrities Compete, Raise Money for Charity

July 22, 2014

At the 25th annual American Century Championship, which took place over the weekend at Nevada's Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, "Former Vice President Dan... Read More

New Book by J. Nichols '89 a "Groundbreaking Work," Opines Columnist

July 21, 2014

"We intuitively know that the ocean makes us happy, and after years of organizing scholarly conferences to explore the science behind that idea, Davenport... Read More

Ryan Dodd '10 is New Head Tennis Coach at Austin College

July 20, 2014

Ryan Dodd, a 2010 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He comes to... Read More

Hillary is Not Newsworthy, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 19, 2014

In Jeff McCall's view, "Television is oversaturating the 'news' agenda with countless updates about everything Hillary Clinton."  The professor of communication... Read More

Film Project Helmed by Kyle Ham '94 Noted in Hollywood Reporter

July 18, 2014

"Homeland's Marc Menchaca and Castle's Jon Huertas will star in the psychological thriller Reparation from writer-director Kyle Ham," begins a Hollywood... Read More

Derick Lawrence '07 Named Head Cross Country Coach at Albion College

July 18, 2014

"Derick Lawrence, who guided the Trinity University men's and women's cross country teams to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and... Read More

US Association of Former Members of Congress Honors Lee Hamilton '52

July 16, 2014

Lee H. Hamilton -- former United States Representative, director of the Indiana University Center on Congress, and 1952 graduate of DePauw University --... Read More

Jim Powers '78 Named CEO of Crowe Horwath

July 16, 2014

James "Jim" Powers, a 1978 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed chief executive officer of Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting... Read More

Kartik Amarnath '13 Discusses Malaysian Homelessness With Newspaper

July 15, 2014

"Last week I met up with a 22-year-old research graduate from the U.S. by the name of Kartik Amarnath," writes Anthony SB Thanasayan in Free Malaysia Today... Read More

Thomas Trowbridge '85 Elected Assistant Treasurer of Massachusetts Dental Society

July 14, 2014

"Thomas Trowbridge, a Lowell oral and facial surgeon, has been elected assistant treasurer of the Massachusetts Dental Society," reports the Lowell Sun... Read More

Article on 'The Last Aryans' Cites Prof. Mona Bhan

July 14, 2014

"The Brogpas (or Drogpas) living in Ladakh, India-administered Kashmir, claim to be the last of the Aryans," reports Al Jazeera. "Tourists -- domestic... Read More

Wells Fargo Bank Promotes Gavin Graham '11

July 13, 2014

Gavin G. Graham, a 2011 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed a small business specialist by Wells Fargo Bank in Anchorage, Alaska. "Graham... Read More

Bud Walters '63 to Receive NAB's National Radio Award

July 12, 2014

Bayard H. "Bud" Walters, founder and president of the Cromwell Group and 1963 graduate of DePauw University, is the recipient of the 2014 National Radio... Read More

Indiana Gov. Appoints Danielle McGrath '07 Deputy Chief of Staff

July 11, 2014

Danielle (Dravet) McGrath, a 2007 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve as his deputy chief of staff... Read More

Role of Prof. Mark Kannowski in Grading Advanced Placement Tests is Noted

July 10, 2014

"It's sort of like summer camp -- just for highly educated adults," notes a Pacific Standard article on educators who go to Kansas City, Missouri, each... Read More

Gift by Family of Late Prof. Howard Burkett Will Endow Student Experiences in Chemistry and Biochemistry

July 9, 2014

Lucile E. Burkett of Greencastle has made a $50,000 gift to DePauw University in honor of her late husband, Howard B. Burkett, professor emeritus of chemistry... Read More

Side by Side

July 8, 2014

Senior Evan M. Miller has always planned to attend medical school. In fact, he just completed the MCAT exam. When he came to DePauw, his focus was chemistry... Read More

Scott Storrer '89 is North American President of Strand Life Sciences

July 8, 2014

Scott A. Storrer, a 1989 graduate of DePauw University, is joining Strand Life Sciences as president of North America. In his new role, Storrer -- the... Read More

Profs. Tom Hall and Glen Kuecker Published in Journal of Globalization Studies

July 7, 2014

Two DePauw University faculty members -- Thomas D. Hall, professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology; and Glen D. Kuecker, professor of history --... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Comments on the 25th Anniversary of When Harry Met Sally...

July 7, 2014

"I think this romantic comedy will have staying power like some of the Doris Day films of the '50s and '60s," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Article on the Power of Touch Cites Prof. Matt Hertenstein

July 5, 2014

"When we hug or touch in any way such as kissing or handholding, it releases a hormone called oxytocin," notes a Medical Daily article on the health benefits... Read More

Poet Nathalie Anderson to Visit Campus on Sept. 10

July 5, 2014

Award-winning poet and librettist Nathalie Anderson will come to DePauw University on Wednesday, September 10, as a guest of the James and Marilou Kelly... Read More

Dave Borbely '81 Named Offensive Line Coach at Colorado State-Pueblo

July 4, 2014

"Dave Borbely, formerly at the University of Louisville and several other Division I-FBS programs, has been named as Colorado State University-Pueblo's... Read More

Sidney Showalter '64 Authors The Single Man's Housecleaning Playbook

July 3, 2014

Sidney H. Showalter II, a 1964 graduate of DePauw University, has published The Single Man's Housecleaning Playbook. The new book "is a quick and simple... Read More

Prof. Carrie Klaus '93 Appointed DePauw's Dean of Faculty

July 1, 2014

Carrie F. Klaus, professor of modern languages at DePauw and a 1993 graduate of the University, has been named DePauw's Dean of Faculty, effective August... Read More

Congress Must Learn Lessons from VA Scandal, Writes Lee Hamilton '52

July 1, 2014

The scandal involving Veterans Administration hospitals has the attention of many Americans, including Lee Hamilton, the former congressman and 1952 graduate... Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Cited in Article on Impact of the 1990s

June 30, 2014

"In some ways, the '90s were the best of times, including prosperity at home, relative peace abroad, a falling crime rate, an explosion in digital technology... Read More

Kurt Faires '81, Former Winter Term Intern of Howard Baker, Remembers the US Senator

June 30, 2014

Kurt Faires, an attorney with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. and 1981 graduate of DePauw University, recalls his family's long friendship with former... Read More

Rev. Courtney Randall '97 Named Pastor of Massachusetts Church

June 29, 2014

"New Hope United Methodist Church announces the appointment of an additional pastor to increase their ministry capacity and outreach in the region," reports... Read More

Cable & Satellite TV Providers Guilty of "Customer Abuse," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 28, 2014

"The cable and satellite television industry has well earned its disrespect by a long-running pattern of customer abuse," according to Jeff McCall.  In... Read More

1987 Grads William & Sally Dillon Save Lives Through 'Start the Heart Foundation'

June 27, 2014

William C. Dillon, a Louisville, Kentucky-based cardiologist, and his wife, Sally -- both 1987 graduates of DePauw University -- want "people who go into... Read More

David McMillin '06 Places Fourth in Telluride Troubadour Competition

June 26, 2014

David McMillin, singer/songwriter and 2006 graduate of DePauw University, placed fourth in the Telluride Troubadour Competition. Held in conjunction with... Read More

Heidi Farid Sprowls '97 Crowned Ms. Ohio

June 26, 2014

Heidi Farid Sprowls, a dentist and 1997 graduate of DePauw University, has been crowned Ms. Ohio and moves on to the Ms. United States pageant in Washington... Read More

Research by Prof. Pascal Lafontant and Six Students in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology

June 25, 2014

A new research paper authored by Pascal J. Lafontant, associate professor of biology at DePauw University, and six of his students is published in the... Read More

US Soldiers Deserve More Than Rhetoric, Opines Prof. Kevin Howley

June 25, 2014

"In the wake of recent scandals at the Veteran's Administration and the media firestorm surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Thinks Transformers Series "Could Go a Few More Rounds"

June 25, 2014

"Transformers: Age of Extinction opens Friday, June 27, and will make a gazillion dollars, because, well, it's a 'Transformers' movie," writes Bill Goodykoontz... Read More

Adam Bodony '08 is Artistic Director of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

June 24, 2014

The newly-appointed artistic director of the the Bloomington (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra is "a gifted young conductor named Adam Bodony," writes Peter... Read More

Sunday Event to Honor Rev. P.T. Wilson as He Leaves Greencastle

June 23, 2014

The Reverend P.T. Wilson, who has served for eight years as senior pastor of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church and chaplain of DePauw University,... Read More

PBS Documentary on 'Freedom Summer' Includes Insights from Prof. John Dittmer

June 23, 2014

John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University and a nationally recognized authority on the civil rights movement, appears in "Freedom... Read More

Award-Winning Author Richard Peck '56 Dispenses Advice at NYC Workshop

June 23, 2014

"If I knew how to write the novel I’m writing now, I’d be home writing it," Richard Peck, award-winning author of books for young people, told a writers... Read More

Dos Passos Review Publishes Short Story by Linda Heuring '76

June 22, 2014

A short story written by Linda Heuring, a 1976 graduate of DePauw University, is published in the latest edition of Dos Passos Review.  Heuring's "Snow... Read More

CEO Scott Welch '82 Pays it Forward to Current Students

June 21, 2014

Scott Welch, CEO of Welch Packaging and 1982 graduate of DePauw University, "founded the company as Elkhart Container with four employees in 1985," reports... Read More

Franklin College Honors Prof. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '09

June 21, 2014

Sarah Mordan-McCombs, assistant professor of biology at Franklin College and 2003 graduate of DePauw University, is the recipient of Franklin's "Faculty... Read More

Democracy Depends on Strong, Independent Media Outlets: Lee Hamilton '52

June 19, 2014

"It's been a while since a news story so quickly provoked such a storm of public indignation that a cabinet secretary -- deservedly or not -- had no choice... Read More

Prof. Jeff Gropp Points Out Money Issues That Divide Couples

June 18, 2014

A U.S. News & World Report article examining "Why Couples Fight About Money" includes comments from Jeff Gropp, associate professor of economics and management... Read More

Director Kyle Ham '94 Set to Helm Reparation

June 17, 2014

"We're hitting all corners of Putnam County," says filmmaker Kyle Ham, who will begin shooting a film, Reparation, in the Greencastle area this week. ... Read More

Reggie Fairchild '88 Joins Board of PharmRight Corporation

June 16, 2014

Reggie Fairchild, president of of Flashpoint Charleston, LLC, and 1988 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected to the board of directors of PharmRight... Read More

National Story on 50th Anniversary of 'Freedom Summer' Quotes Prof. John Dittmer

June 15, 2014

Fifty years ago, "During what became known as 'Freedom Summer,' hundreds of volunteers- mostly Northern white college students and others ... descended... Read More

Newspaper Profiles Retiring Education Foundation Leader Jennifer Thomas '73

June 14, 2014

"Our mission is enhancing opportunities for kids in classrooms, and it has never changed from that," says Jennifer A. Thomas, executive director of the... Read More

Mary Lou Petitt '48 is the 'Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year'

June 13, 2014

Mary Lou Petitt, a 1948 graduate of DePauw University, has been named the Mercy Otis Warren Cape Cod Woman of the Year. Petitt "has led many social justice... Read More

Jesse Dame '04 Promoted to VP at Centier Bank

June 12, 2014

Centier Bank has promoted Jesse V. Dame, credit manager/supervisor in the commercial credit department, to vice president. A Bonner Scholar and Classical... Read More

Vernon Jordan '57 to Receive Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award

June 11, 2014

Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League and 1957 graduate of DePauw University, will be presented with the 2014 Hubert H. Humphrey... Read More

Gretchen Cryer '57 Directs The Bike Shop

June 10, 2014

Gretchen Cryer, a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, is directing the upcoming production of The Bike Shop for Theater for the New City, one of New York... Read More

Columnist Turns to Media Ethicist & Prof. Bob Steele '69

June 9, 2014

"The use of descriptors with story sources is a challenging issue in terms of both reporting and ethics," Bob Steele, Distinguished Professor of Journalism... Read More

NY Times Cites Barbara Kingsolver '77 & DePauw in Article on 'Viral' Commencement Addresses

June 8, 2014

A New York Times look at commencement speeches that continue to draw attention over time includes video of Barbara Kingsolver's 1994 address at her alma... Read More

Indianapolis Public Schools Celebrate Tina Ahlgren '05 as 'Teacher of the Year'

June 7, 2014

"Tina, we salute you," said Lewis Ferebee, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, as he named Tina Ahlgren the IPS "Teacher of the Year" yesterday... Read More

Mary Smith '03 Promoted to Director at SmithBucklin

June 6, 2014

Mary Smith, a 2003 graduate of DePauw University, has been promoted to director, event services at SmithBucklin. Smith joined the firm, the world's largest... Read More

New York Times Columnist David Brooks to Deliver Ubben Lecture for Old Gold Weekend, October 4

June 5, 2014

David Brooks, the New York Times columnist who is a keen observer of the American way of life and a penetrating analyst of present-day politics and foreign... Read More

Kay Shelton '89 is National President of the Lincoln Memorial Highway Association

June 5, 2014

"Have you ever seen the red, white and blue roads signs with the big blue L and wondered what they were? Kay Shelton knows, and well she should," reports... Read More

Cassie Pruzin '09 Profiled in Hometown Paper

June 4, 2014

"(Cassie) Pruzin, who was a 2005 Indiana All-Star and an NCAA Division III All-American at DePauw, is a senior financial analyst for HD Supply Waterworks... Read More

Article Cites Economic Research Co-Authored by Prof. Nathaniel Throckmorton

June 3, 2014

"Uncertainty about the direction of the U.S. economy has been associated in recent years with weaker growth, at least in part because the Federal Reserve... Read More

Fox Anchor Bret Baier '92 Authors Special Heart

June 3, 2014

"It’s a powerful thing," says Fox News Channel anchor and 1992 DePauw University graduate Bret Baier, of the story told in his new book, Special Heart:... Read More

Prof. Kim Trimble '74 Wins Third Fulbright Award, Will Teach in Turkey

June 3, 2014

Kim Trimble, professor of teacher education at California State University - Dominguez Hills and 1974 graduate of DePauw University, is the recipient of... Read More

DePauw Mourns the Passing of Former Trustee Dave Stone '57

June 2, 2014

David M. Stone, a 1957 graduate of DePauw and former member of the University's Board of Trustees, died May 31 at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, following... Read More

Dana Haggenjos '03 Appointed Head Women's Basketball Coach at Franklin College

June 2, 2014

Dana (Ferguson) Haggenjos, assistant women's basketball coach at DePauw and 2003 graduate of the University, is the new head women's basketball coach at... Read More

Barbara Kingsolver '77 Contributes to Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology

June 1, 2014

Barbara Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is among the contributors to a new book of essays and interviews, Outdoors in the Southwest:... Read More

NFL Executive Joe Schoen '01 is Profiled

May 31, 2014

"I want to build a championship football team,“ says Joe Schoen, the 2001 graduate of DePauw University who was recently appointed director of player personnel... Read More