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Did You Know: Washington C. DePauw

February 12, 2018

Written by Russ Pulliam - friend of the university - for an Indiana 200 publication 

DePauw News, September 2013: Newspaper Column Recalls "Lifetime of Civic Initiative" of Washington C. DePauw 


Washington C. DePauw If the school bears your name, your other accomplishments may fade from the history books.

That's part of the story of Washington C. DePauw, who rescued what was Indiana Asbury College in the recession of 1883.

Like most friends or alumni of the university, I knew nothing about DePauw. Yet with the state's upcoming bicentennial(2016), I was assigned to research his life for an "Indiana 200" publication. 

Well known through the university, Washington DePauw also led Indiana into the industrial age after the Civil War.

Based in New Albany, DePauw was the state's most influential entrepreneur from 1865 to 1887, investing in banks, railroads, grain distribution and other businesses.

Where others tried and failed, he broke the European monopoly on plate glass and built the nation's largest…

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Announcing The DePauw Gold Commitment

January 25, 2018

A Message to DePauw Alumni, sent January 19, 2018, from President Mark McCoy: 

Dear Alumni, 

Since becoming President in the fall of 2016, I have sent a regular Friday email to our faculty and staff to highlight recent accomplishments and recognize great work. At the suggestion of a board member, we have decided to share some highlights from this informal missive with our alumni eight times per year, beginning in February, as a way to keep you in touch with what’s happening at your alma mater. This communication will be informal, and you can opt out if you’d prefer not to receive it.

Today, however, I have some big news to share. As DePauw alumni, you know better than most how our distinctive liberal arts education prepared you for a considered and consequential life. Yet every day, more and more families, led by what they see and hear in the media, question whether a liberal arts education is best for them in a world obsessed with STEM training. Of course, we know that a liberal arts education…

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Old Gold Weekend 2015 to Feature Sweet Honey in the Rock, S. Page Cotton Field Dedication and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

June 5, 2015

Office of Alumni Engagement

As more than 1,300 alumni and friends arrive for a great Alumni Reunion Weekend, we ask alumni to save the dates of October 9-10 for the 2015 edition of one of DePauw’s oldest traditions: Old Gold Weekend.

Friday, Oct. 9 sounds off with a Green Guest Artist Concert featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock in Kresge Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. This Grammy Award-winning, all-woman, African-American a capella ensemble will deliver a powerful and thought-provoking start to the weekend.

Saturday offers a number of events, including the dedication of S. Page Cotton Field at Reavis Stadium in honor of DePauw’s longtime men’s soccer coach and director of athletics. During Cotton’s 39 seasons, his soccer teams compiled an impressive 390-190-33 record. He finished his career ranked ninth in victories among active NCAA Division III coaches, served 15 years as director of athletics.

In addition to honoring Page Cotton, DePauw will induct six alumni into the DePauw Athletics Hall…

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The Philanthropic Culture at DePauw University

May 13, 2015

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

Life at DePauw is made up of moments; magic moments that spread across campus and give all students, faculty and staff that “uniquely DePauw” feeling. Traditions of excellence and leadership thrive in these moments, making it near impossible to imagine a place better than DePauw. Our most recent moment occurred just a few weeks ago as Philanthropy Week, hosted by DePauw’s newly formed Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), swept across campus and took DePauw by storm.

Managed by DePauw’s Development and Alumni Engagement Office, run by myself, Kevin Bugielski ’16, and Nicole Darnall ’16 as President and Vice President, as well as the Student Philanthropy Executive Committee, the Student Philanthropy Council was founded on the basis of, “Go, Give, Help, and Connect.” Encouraging students to engage in DePauw while they’re still on campus, SPC hosted their inaugural Philanthropy Week and saw amazing results.

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Your help on a big day for DePauw

May 1, 2014

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

I want to ask alumni for help on an important day for the future of DePauw. Today, high school seniors all across the nation are confirming their college choices on National College Decision Day. 

For generations, the University has enrolled some of its most promising students with the help of DePauw alumni and friends. Among applications received each year, some of the strongest come from those who are already familiar with DePauw and the type of education we provide. Recommending students who would excel at DePauw is among the most important things you can do to strengthen our alma mater.

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