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DeBrief - February 2, 2022

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Jacob Hale, associate professor of physics


What's in your office?


Religious symbols and quotes: I spend most of my time on campus doing science but the biggest part of who I am in life (on and off campus) is my spiritual identity. Each time I read or hear an inspirational quote that moves me, I copy it down on the back of some outdated DePauw business cards and tape them to the wall above my desk. Here's one, “See people not as interruptions [to your life] but as the purpose of [your] life.” - Michelle D. Craig


Lots of family stuff: My family is the most important thing in my life. I treasure the big and small events and memorialize them in my office. I have multiple pictures of my wedding to Lavinia (she was wonderful and beautiful back then and even more so today). I have drawings, homemade gifts and homemade birthday cards from my kids. Here is a favorite from Hyrum, congratulating me on my 40th birthday, “Certificate of Oldness Awarded to Jacob Hale.” Thanks Hyrum, I love you too.


Lavinia's art: Lavinia and I have worked side by side through poverty, sickness, diapered kids and teenagers, striving to uplift each other and propel each other in life's quests. As a credentialed painter, Lavinia's art has been a blessing to me, our children and many in the communities we have lived. No matter how poor or busy, we have prioritized her time to paint and contribute to the art community. I have two of her paintings in my office, one was her graduation present to me and one she painted recently that I begged to have.


Trading art with a colleague: At rare points in my career I have been able to do some woodworking and have some of my geeky math-inspired works in my office. My colleague down the hall, Rachel Curtis, also displays her own artistic work in her office. I complimented her on them and she gave me one: a beautiful work that turned flowing paint into organic imitations of nature. In turn I offered her one of my black walnut plates (or “potential surfaces” as I titled them) to express my gratitude for her gift of kindness and community.


A children’s book by Walter Wick: Better known for his “I Spy” books, Walter Wick explored the hidden and apparent beauty that can be found in a drop of water. “A Drop of Water,” captures, mostly through photography, how amazing water is. Since I weekly guide students in my research lab to explore similar beauties in droplets, with added beauty in the mathematics used to explain them, Lavinia knew I would love this book being sold at the Putnam County Public Library. She was right.

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori White was profiled in “White Works for Greater Access and Affordability,” which was published Jan. 28 in Women in Higher Education.


Bill Fenlon, head basketball coach, was quoted Feb. 2 by the Indianapolis Star in “How DePauw became a sports executive factory: From Brad Stevens to superstar agent to NFL GM.” (subscription required)

David Alvarez, associate professor of English, gave an invited lecture Jan. 25 at the University of Regensburg, Germany, on “Religious Toleration, Secularity, and Imperialism in John Dryden’s ‘The Indian Emperor, or The Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards’ (1665).”


An essay by Yeshua G. B. Tolle, post-doctoral scholar and assistant professor of English, has been published in the January issue of Asymptote. The essay is about world literature and Yiddish poet Aaron Zeitlin.


Emmitt Riley III, associate professor of Africana studies and political science, was quoted

by Courthouse News Service Jan. 27 in “Sharply divided Senate awaits Biden’s Supreme Court nominee.”

January 2022 in Pictures
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For 22 days in January, DePauw students, faculty and staff members explored new interests and expanded their horizons together. Here's a look back at the month in pictures.


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DePauw Mourns the Passing of Tim Hreha ’73

Tim Hreha, who came to DePauw as a student-athlete in 1969 and served on the coaching staff for six decades, has passed away.


Tim came to DePauw from McKeesport, Pa., and was a three-year starter at defensive tackle. He earned three varsity letters, the team's spirit award in 1971, and the role of captain his senior year. Read more.


RAVE - Emergency Notification

Sign up for emergency notifications by logging into e-Services by using your DePauw network username and password. In the navigation in the left pane, locate “Employee e-Services,” click “Edit Your Profile.” Edit your preference to include checking the box for the last item, “Opt-in to receive Emergency SMS alert notifications (RAVE and PCEOC).” Add your phone number and click save. For more information, click here.

Campus Events

SHOUT!, presented by DePauw Theatre, in conjunction with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Directed by Nathaniel Swanson ’23 and Joseph Harris, assistant director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.Feb.10-12, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13, 3 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Moore Theatre. Purchase tickets. Visit the DePauw Theatre webpage for more information.


Freedom of Expression: What Does it Mean for Me and for Us at DePauw?
Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.

Join President White and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch for a conversation about the essential concepts of freedom of expression. Rauch is the author of eight books and many articles on public policy, culture and government and is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings Institution. He’s a contributing writer for The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award.


The conversation will touch upon themes highlighted in various books and articles written by Rauch particularly on the importance of defending objective truth and inquiry, and freedom of expression, even when it hurts. Dr. White and Mr. Rauch will also explore the role and the challenges for a liberal arts college upholding these values as part of a commitment to an inclusive educational experience that facilitates rigorous intellectual engagement and the free exchange of ideas. Read more. Contact Erin Confer-Staggers at econfer@depauw.edu with questions.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.

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Human Resources


COVID-19 Over-the-Counter At-Home Tests Update

As of Jan. 28, 2022, COVID-19 at-home test claims are processed through Express Scripts. Learn more. Click here for a printable flier.


TIAA Virtual Financial Consultations – Feb 8

TIAA representative Mike Dooley is available to assist you with your financial planning. These one-on-one virtual sessions are free and confidential. Spouses are welcome to attend. Click here to schedule your counseling session or call 800-732-8353.


HSA Incentive Program

Our Healthy Tigers HSA Information Session Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. on Zoom.

The reimagined wellness program offers fun and exciting ways to get healthy with a new incentive menu to help you achieve your wellness goals and earn incentive dollars. The first 15-20 minutes of the session will review 2022 changes and introduce the new platform. The remainder of the session will be open to Q&A. Learn more. If you are unable to attend a session, watch this short video on how to register for the program.


HSA Bank Empowerment Series – Feb 4, 11 and 18

Join HSA Bank as they explore various facets of Health Savings Accounts. From opening an account to learning how to fully maximize it, this series has valuable information for you. Attend for a chance to earn a $25 credit in your HSA account. For more information and to register, click here.

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