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2003 Commencement DVD Ready to Ship, Orders Still Being Accepted

June 25, 2003

Order Your 2003 Commencement DVD; Commencement Story; View Photo Gallery

June 25, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Parents, graduates, alumni and friends of DePauw University who pre-ordered a DVD of DePauw's 164th Annual Commencement can begin checking their mailboxes in the next few days. Finished copies of the disc, which was produced and mastered by DePauw and professionally replicated by Sony Digital Disc Manufacturing, were delivered to the DePauw campus today and will begin shipping immediately. The DVD preserves an event that participants will always remember and cherish in the pristine, digital home video format, which offers features tape cannot.

The DVD's menus allow users to go directly to a specific segment of the program. If you want to access the speech by John McWethy, chief national security correspondent for ABC News and a 1969 graduate of DePauw University, or hear A Toast to DePauw, for instance, all you have to do is click on the appropriate chapter. Perhaps most importantly, the technology allows you to access a particular letter of the alphabet as diplomas are being distributed. If you want to find someone whose last name is Parker, simply click on the menu's "P" button and you can go immediately to the first student whose last name begins with that letter and eliminate the guesswork involved in fast-forwarding a tape. Further, while tape deteriorates over time, the DVD should provide years of enjoyment.

"The feedback we received from parents and graduates after we produced our first Commencement DVD last year suggests this is something they really enjoy, says DePauw University director of media relations Ken Owen '82. "It takes Hollywood studios three to six months to create a DVD of a motion picture. It's a tribute to my colleagues that we can turn a rather involved project around in a little more than a month."

Owen mastered the disc and supervised the project with Wayne Lucas, operations manager of instructional media services; and Rick Provine, associate director of libraries and technology librarian. Web director Scott Cooper created the menus, publications director Dian Phillips designed the DVD cover, University photographer/videographer Matt Bowen provided the still photographs for the menus and the cover, Byron Craft supervised the audio, and R.J. Cortrecht, Dale Grove, Eric Harvey and Provine manned the cameras that captured the speeches, salutations and celebrations on May 18.

You can still obtain copies of the limited-edition DVD online for $25 for the first disc, and $10 for each additional copy sent to the same address, by clicking here (credit card orders can be submitted electronically, or you can print the order form and mail in payment).

Also available are DVDs of the 2001 and 2002 Monon Bell Classics. The Indianapolis Star's Steve Slosarek credited DePauw with creating "a dual-sided disc (one for each half), complete with a menu that enables viewers to jump to a particular play. The game is small-college football at its best." The platter includes every play of the games. The 2002 Bell DVD includes video profiles of DePauw University and Wabash College, the all-time scores of the storied rivalry, and 14 "Monon Memories," vignettes that highlight past battles for the Bell (the 1940, 1953, 1955, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2001 "Memories" are included on the DVD).

Copies of the 2002 Monon Bell DVD are $15 each (plus shipping/handling; Indiana residents must add sales tax) by clicking here. Remaining copies of the 2001 Monon Bell DVD are available for $10 by clicking here. Please allow one week for delivery. The football DVDs are also available at the Borders Books & Music store at Keystone at the Crossing on the north side of Indianapolis.

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