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2014 Edition of ArtsFest, 'Art & Laughter', Begins Sunday

October 28, 2014

Complete ArtsFest Schedule DePauw University’s 13th annual celebration of the arts, ArtsFest, will begin Sunday, November 2, and continue through Sunday... Read More

International News Agency Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76 in Story on TV's Move to Streaming

October 20, 2014

Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, analyzes the quickly-changing world of programming distribution in a story distributed... Read More

Public's Fading Trust in News Media Has "Broad Consequences": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

October 19, 2014

"The public’s lack of respect for the news media has broad consequences for America’s system of government," writes Jeffrey M. McCall in a newspaper opinion... Read More

TV Networks' Move to Online Delivery Draws More Comment from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

October 18, 2014

"The TV business took a big leap into the future this week, as CBS and HBO announced online subscription services that will allow viewers to bypass cable... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Offers Thoughts on "Major Sea-Change" in TV Programming Delivery

October 16, 2014

"HBO’s and CBS’s announcements this week that the networks will begin their own Internet streaming services is being seen as a major sea-change in the... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses New Digital Ventures of Traditional News Organizations

October 9, 2014

An Advertising Age story examines how Reuters, CNN and other newsgathering organizations are looking "to find new ways to make live news more on-demand... Read More

Boston TV Anchor Heather Unruh '89 Lends Talents to Cancer Fight

October 3, 2014

Heather Unruh, evening news anchor at Boston's WCVB-TV and 1989 graduate of DePauw University, will emcee what's billed as "the largest coordinated lung... Read More

Newspaper Features One of the "Nation's 10 Best College Stations," WGRE Radio

September 29, 2014

"WGRE-FM 91.5 at DePauw University in Greencastle is now 65 years old," notes today's Terre Haute Tribune-Star. "It shows no signs of aging, though. For... Read More

DePauw Theatre's 2014-15 Season Opens with Parade, Oct. 9-12

September 25, 2014

DePauw Theatre opens its 2014-15 season with the Tony Award-winning musical Parade, which dramatizes the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager... Read More

NFL Blackout Rule "Faces Fourth and Very Long": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 19, 2014

"Virtually all NFL owners are billionaires," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, in an opinion column published... Read More

Public Trust in Media is Important for Our Democracy, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells TV's O'Reilly Factor

September 18, 2014

"I think we need to think about the lack of trust in the media as being very bad for our democracy," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

Bud Walters '63, Whose Love of Broadcasting Began at WGRE, Receives 2014 National Radio Award

September 12, 2014

"Please remember: do the best you can, be good at something, be important where you are, random acts of kindness, and persistence counts," said Bayard... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 on Role of Technology in Political Campaigns

September 11, 2014

"Younger voters aren't sitting in front of a television and watching a major network in the evening," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

Letter by Ken Owen '82 Published in Wall Street Journal

September 8, 2014

"Joseph Rago's review of Andrew Lohse's 'Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy' (Bookshelf, Aug. 23) raises important points about the fraternity/sorority... Read More

ISIS "Using the Media as a Tool for Propaganda," Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 2, 2014

"The ISIS terror group published a video Tuesday titled 'A second message to America,' showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff," reports... Read More

"We Really Need That Now," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Says of Uplifting Fact-Based Films

September 2, 2014

"I think movie watchers are tired of bizarre and overproduced movies that are just too far-flung," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

Junior Mitch Brown, a.k.a. Kid Quill, Performs at Indy's WARMfest This Weekend

August 27, 2014

Mitchell Quilleon Brown, a performing artist known as Kid Quill and a junior at DePauw University, will perform Sunday as part of WARMfest 2014 in Indianapolis'... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Fall TV Shows Present More of the Same, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 25, 2014

"The major broadcast television networks again are demonstrating a disconnect with the audiences they so desperately want to reach," observes Jeff McCall... Read More

New Technologies are Quickly Changing TV Viewing Habits: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 22, 2014

"There's a new buzzword in broadcast television: eventize," according to Houston's KTRH. "DVR, on-demand and online television is killing traditional ratings... Read More

Miami Dolphins Promote Joe Schoen '01 to Director of Player Personnel

May 20, 2014

Joe Schoen, a 2001 graduate of DePauw University, has been promoted to director of player personnel for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.... Read More

Variety Shows a Tough Sell These Days, According to Media Studies Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 19, 2014

Tonight's debut of The Maya Rudolph Show on NBC is "the latest attempt to revive the variety format that ruled television screens throughout the 1960s... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Sports Movies with USA Today

May 15, 2014

Movies with a sports theme have struggled lately, notes a USA Today story previewing the opening of Million Dollar Arm. Last month's Draft Day had a middling... Read More

Come Full Circle

May 14, 2014

Reparation is a film-to-be about a man who can’t remember his past. It’s also a story about DePauw: about relationships that last long after graduation... Read More

California Newspaper Article on ABC's Barbara Walters Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 14, 2014

An Orange County Register story on the career of ABC's Barbara Walters, who is retiring Friday, notes, "Walters’ intermingling of serious interview subjects... Read More

CEO Rob Apatoff '80 "Putting the Bloom Back on FTD"  

May 13, 2014

"You can have a great brand, a great company, but if your product doesn't really resonate with your customer, you won't do any better than your competition... Read More

Career of Barbara Walters "Noteworthy, Not Legendary," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 10, 2014

As ABC's Barbara Walters prepares to retire next week after 53 years in the television industry, Jeff McCall reflects on her career in a column being published... Read More

Mark Brant '82 Joins Associated Bank as Sr. VP

May 2, 2014

Mark A. Brant, a 1982 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Associated Bank as senior vice president, regional sales manager. In his new role, Brant... Read More

Greg Lippert '77 Named CEO of Quaker Steak & Lube

April 30, 2014

Gregory R. Lippert, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, is the new chief executive officer of casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, a casual-dining... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge Weighs In on Donald Sterling Controversy  

April 29, 2014

"The NBA has many options for taking action in the case of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if officials determine that his is indeed the voice... Read More

Nicole Pence '06 Joins Indy's WXIN, Will Anchor 11 p.m. Newscast

April 28, 2014

Nicole Pence, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University, is joining Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN-TV to anchor the station's new 11 p.m. newscast.  The program... Read More

Story on Reboot of The Jungle Book Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 28, 2014

Plans by Walt Disney Studios to create a new version of The Jungle Book come with challenges, reports Yahoo! News. "Both Rudyard Kipling's original book... Read More

TV Networks at a Loss When it Comes to Covering Economy: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 27, 2014

"Network television newsrooms often must cover stories for which they have no internal experts," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

Summer Movie Preview Includes Analysis from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 25, 2014

"It's summer movie season, with all that implies: sequels, reboots and lots and lots of explosions," writes Bill Goodykoontz in the Arizona Republic. The... Read More

Two Students Featured in Cast of Wabash's Stage Lights

April 22, 2014

DePauw University senior Felicia Santiago  and junior Casseia Todd are among the cast members of Wabash College's production of Jack Moore’s play, Stage... Read More

Margaret Davidson '80 Leading Asher Agency's New Indy Office

April 15, 2014

Margaret Davidson, a 1980 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Asher Agency as vice president of strategic development and will lead the full-service... Read More

Former Prof. Dave Congalton's New Film, Authors Anonymous, Opens Next Weekend

April 12, 2014

Authors Anonymous, a new film written by Dave Congalton, is "a validation of the dream I had," he tells the Chicago Tribune. "Born in New Jersey, Congalton... Read More

Transition to Mainstream Network May Be Tricky for Stephen Colbert, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 11, 2014

Stephen Colbert will face challenges when he takes over David Letterman's late night CBS program next year, reports the Christian Science Monitor.  Gloria... Read More

Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Panel at 2014 O'Bannon Institute for Community Service

April 9, 2014

Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and 1982 graduate of the University, will moderate a panel discussion at the eleventh annual... Read More

Cultural Observer & Bestselling Author Sarah Vowell at DePauw on April 17

April 5, 2014

Sarah Vowell, the New York Times’ bestselling author of six nonfiction books on American history and culture, will come to DePauw University to address... Read More

Article on Noah's Opening Weekend Cites Media Studies Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 1, 2014

The film Noah opened #1 at the box office last weekend, notes USA Today.  "Despite the solid opening and a thumbs-up from three-fourths of the nation's... Read More

DePauw Theatre Season Closes with Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors

March 31, 2014

DePauw Theatre presents a Wild West version of one of William Shakespeare’s early plays, The Comedy of Errors. The production opens Thursday, April 10... Read More

Inconsistencies in School Free-Expression Rulings Must Be Addressed, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 30, 2014

"Public school administrators must have their heads spinning as they try to sort out recent court decisions regarding the free-expression rights of students... Read More

Jennifer Pope Baker '89 and Women's Fund Eye Solution to Critical Problem

March 26, 2014

"Now that we understand the ripple impact of not serving this population we know we have to come up with solutions," Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director... Read More

Market Forces are Behind Spate of Religious-Themed Movies: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 26, 2014

"Not since The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur more than a half-century ago has the film industry bankrolled religious-themed pictures as it has this year... Read More

Text Messaging Families of Malaysia Air Disaster Victims a Poor Call, Says Prof. Mark Tatge

March 25, 2014

"For weeks, families of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 endured an agonizing wait -- desperate for word of the fate of their loved ones... Read More

Customers Cutting Cable is No Surprise to Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 22, 2014

Across the nation, about 250,000 cable, satellite and fiber optic television customers canceled the service last year -- the the first full-year decline... Read More

Sarah Palin & Sportsman Channel A Good Fit, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 19, 2014

"It takes a certain kind of pizzazz for a politician to make the move into reality television," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

National Article on President's Between Two Ferns Appearance Quotes DePauw Senior

March 18, 2014

"Was President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns a brilliant way to reach college-age viewers or was it beneath the office?... Read More

Sports Producer Ryan McGuffey '01 Gives Baseball Fans a New Perspective

March 14, 2014

Ryan McGuffey, coordinating producer for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and 2001 graduate of DePauw University, "has now joined the significant ranks of video... Read More

American Idol's Ratings Decline Draws Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 13, 2014

"Once upon a time, American Idol rivaled the Oscars telecast for TV viewers," begins a Yahoo! TV article. "Last week, it got beat in the weekly Nielsen... Read More

FCC Needs to Explain Recent Actions, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 7, 2014

"The Federal Communications Commission has backed away from the senseless study it planned that would have had researchers snooping into the content decisions... Read More

Playwright Christian Hamilton '50, Who Taught at DePauw in the 1950s, Dies at Age 86

March 6, 2014

E. Christian Hamilton Jr., a 1950 graduate of DePauw who taught at his alma mater and several other colleges, died February 17 at the Levine-Dickson Hospice... Read More

Ben Solomon '10 is Honored in Pictures of the Year International Competition

March 3, 2014

Ben C. Solomon, a freelance multimedia journalist and 2010 graduate of  DePauw University, is a third place winner in the 71st annual Pictures of the Year... Read More

"Heroes are in Short Supply" in Oscar-Nominated Films, Says Prof. Mark Tatge

March 2, 2014

Examining this year's Academy Award-nominated films, "Nearly all the top films are based on historical events from one era or another and portray the most... Read More

Chris Burton '09 Directs Indianapolis Production of Antigone

February 27, 2014

Chris Burton, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, is directing the Garfield Shakespeare Company's spring production of Antigone, which opens its five-date... Read More

Arizona Bill "Will Force Companies to Rethink Expansion Plans": Prof. Mark Tatge

February 26, 2014

A Christian Science Monitor article on an Arizona bill that would allow the use of religious beliefs as a basis for refusing service to gays and others... Read More

Slate of New Religious-Themed Movies Analyzed by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 21, 2014

"Get ready for a flood of religious movies coming out of Hollywood this year and next," reports Houston's KTRH radio in a story that quotes a DePauw University... Read More

Prof. Jonathan Nichols-Pethick Appointed Director of Pulliam Center, Media Fellows Program

February 18, 2014

DePauw University Vice President for Academic Affairs Larry Stimpert announced today that Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, associate professor of communication... Read More

Reality TV Genre is "Cooling," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells LA Times

February 16, 2014

"The reality genre is cooling for network TV," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells the Los Angeles Times. Dr. McCall... Read More

"Process of the Press" is Beyond President's Powers, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 15, 2014

"The president of the United States is often characterized as the most powerful person in the world," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication at... Read More

Senior Working on NBC's Olympics Coverage Interviewed in Sochi

February 11, 2014

A WTHR story on Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper, who hails from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, notes, "Also in Sochi from Indiana is Brian Alkire, a DePauw... Read More

Prof. Brian Dixon '01 & Mike Langellier '04 Among Indy's 'Forty Under 40'

February 4, 2014

Brian E. Dixon, an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and 2001 graduate of DePauw University, and Mike Langellier... Read More

NaShara Mitchell '01 Puts a Variety of Skills to Use

February 3, 2014

"As an undergraduate at DePauw University, (NaShara) Mitchell found herself the go-to person for makeup and wardrobe advice," notes the Indianapolis Star... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Offers Thoughts on Super Bowl Commercials

January 31, 2014

"Every big Wall Street bank is a host sponsor of this year’s Super Bowl but experts question if it’s worth the exposure," writes Sital S. Patel of MarketWatch... Read More

Senior is in Sochi, Assisting NBC's Today with Winter Olympics Coverage

January 29, 2014

"I'm lucky. I feel like I saw a lot of shooting stars right in a row," says Brian Alkire. The DePauw University senior is in Sochi, Russia, where he'll... Read More

Ads in the Big Game are Less Than Super: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 28, 2014

Advertisers who are spending $4 million for each 30-second commercial airing during Sunday's Super Bowl  "might as well be dumping those dollars in the... Read More

Ryan McGuffey '01 Receives Jerome Holtzman Award for Documentary on 2003 Cubs

January 28, 2014

Ryan C. McGuffey, coordinating producer for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and 2001 graduate of DePauw University, has been presented with the Jerome Holtzman... Read More

AP Column on Super Bowl Media Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 25, 2014

"The NFL is a powerful force in our nation's cultural landscape precisely because it has done such an excellent job in monitoring and managing its image... Read More

Hannah Douglas an "Important Cog" for #1-Ranked Women's Basketball Team  

January 24, 2014

"DePauw junior Hannah Douglas is emerging as an important cog for the No. 1-ranked team in the country," reports the Banner-Graphic in an article on the... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Writes of "Cultural Responsibility of the Media Industry"

January 19, 2014

"The roots of violence in America are many and complex, but there is no doubt the primary dispenser of cultural violence into society is the media industry... Read More

DePauw Theatre Presents New Play, Achilles/Achilles' Son

January 17, 2014

Achilles/Achilles’ Son, a new play by Sean Graney, Nancy Schaenen '51 Visiting Scholar at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, will be staged by DePauw Theatre... Read More

Attorney Laura Clymer '86 Joins Arizona Law Firm

January 15, 2014

Laura Clymer, a 1986 graduate of DePauw University is a new associate at the Tucson, Arizona law firm of Brian Clymer. "The firm represents people in Arizona... Read More