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Role of Larry Nichols '58 in Inventing Famous Toy is Recalled

September 1, 2014

"Rubik was not the first to develop his unique and complex cube with the many colors on each side," notes a column in Ohio's Fairborn Daily Herald. "A... Read More

Renee Madison '95 Appointed Senior Advisor to President for Diversity and Compliance

September 1, 2014

President Brian W. Casey announced today that Renee Madison, attorney and associate director of enforcement for the National Collegiate Athletics Association... Read More

Sally Laukitis '71 Reappointed to Michigan Travel Commission

August 29, 2014

Governor Rick Snyder has reappointed Sally J. Laukitis, a 1971 graduate of DePauw University, to the Michigan Travel Commission. The commission, housed... Read More

Richard Williams '65 Named Chair of Adamis Pharmaceuticals Board

August 27, 2014

Richard C. Williams, founder and president of Conner-Thoele Limited and 1965 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed to the board of directors... Read More

Josh Jones '14 Quoted in Essay on the Funeral of Michael Brown

August 26, 2014

In a CNN.com essay on yesterday's funeral service for Michael Brown -- the African American teen shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri --... Read More

Nonprofit Appoints Anjali Desai '09 as its Mission Manager

August 26, 2014

Anjali M. Desai, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth as the affiliate's mission manager. "Desai will oversee... Read More

Government Openness Lacking, Needed: Lee Hamilton '52

August 23, 2014

"Secrecy and a widespread failure to share information both within government and with the American people remain major barriers to the effective operation... Read More

Governor Appoints Jesse Brand '70 to Ivy Tech Community College Board

August 21, 2014

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has appointed Jesse R. Brand, president of Brands Inc. and 1970 graduate of DePauw University, to serve on the board of trustees... Read More

Peter Hogg '05 Joins Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists

August 21, 2014

Peter G. Hogg, M.D., a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists. "Hogg recently completed a... Read More

Winfield Ong '80 Appointed Acting Criminal Chief of US Attorney's Office

August 18, 2014

Winfield D. Ong, a 1980 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed supervisor of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern... Read More

"Transparency" is More Than Just a Word: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 18, 2014

"The president and his spokesmen like to dismiss stories such as Internal Revenue Service targeting, National Security Agency spying, DOJ snooping and... Read More

Mark Emkes '75 Joins CCA Board of Directors

August 16, 2014

Mark Emkes, a 1975 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed an independent member of the board of directors of CCA (Corrections Corporation of... Read More

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

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

Robert Murphy '42 Authors A Long Farewell

August 13, 2014

"Robert Murphy, 94, has World War Navy stories to tell, including nearly being killed in a Kamikaze attack in the Leyte Gulf," begins an article in Ohio's... 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

Leslie Koehlinger '79 Joins Not-For-Profit's Board

August 11, 2014

Leslie Koehlinger, a 1979 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected to the board of directors of Recovery Health Services, which provides senior... 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

New Display at Indy Airport Honors Col. Weir Cook '16

August 8, 2014

"A new art project at Indianapolis International Airport pays homage to the airfield's former namesake," reports the Indianapolis Star. "Travelers will... Read More

Donna (Oldham) Ensfield Marks Her 100th Birthday

August 7, 2014

"As the world becomes more and more complex, it never ceases to be a wondrous and fascinating place," says Donna L. Ensfield, a 1936 graduate of DePauw... 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

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

Barry Cesafsky '76 Elected Secretary of Union League Club of Chicago

July 28, 2014

Barry R. Cesafsky, president and CEO of CES Partners and a member of DePauw University's Class of 1976, has been elected secretary of the Union League... 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

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

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

Marjorie Needham Latzko '52, Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductee, Remembers Her Days in The Chordettes

July 17, 2014

The voice of Marjorie Needham Latzko, a member of DePauw University's Class of 1952, continues to echo whenever the song Mr. Sandman, a #1 hit in 1954... 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

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

Ian Rolland '55 Lauded for "A Lifetime of Giving Back"

July 11, 2014

"Where does one begin to write about Ian Rolland, a legend in Fort Wayne, and an inspiration to many?," asks Glo magazine, which is distributed in that... 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

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

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

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

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

Statue Honoring Col. Weir Cook '16 to be Placed at Indianapolis Airport

July 3, 2014

"A statue of Col. Harvey Weir Cook will be placed at the Indianapolis International Airport, officials have announced," reports the Indianapolis Star.... 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

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

Jim Powers Jr. '78 Joins Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's Board

June 27, 2014

Jim Powers Jr., a 1978 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected to the board of directors of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  His four-year... Read More

TV Station Features Reparation, Now Being Filmed in Putnam County

June 26, 2014

"Hollywood is in central Indiana," reported Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN-TV tonight. "There is a full-length psychological thriller being filmed here... 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

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

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

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

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

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

More Than 1,000 DePauw Alumni Return to Celebrate Reunion Weekend

June 7, 2014

"We all still have so much to give," Vernon O. "Bud" Hamilton Jr. told his fellow members of DePauw University's Class of 1964.  "How we do it isn’t so... 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

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

Commencement DVDs Arrive from Factory, Now Shipping

June 4, 2014

Order Commencement DVD The limited edition DVD of DePauw University's 175th commencement program is now shipping, seventeen days after the ceremonies... 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

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

Todd Sturgeon '88 Named Head Basketball Coach at Indiana's Floyd Central HS

May 31, 2014

Todd Sturgeon, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, has been named head boy's basketball coach at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. "Sturgeon... 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