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DeBrief - February 9, 2022

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Lori Miles in her office

Lori Miles, professor of art and art history


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1.  My kids are both currently students at DePauw. I have an early sculpture by each of them made on one of many days spent with me in the lab. They knew how to use a bandsaw and a hot glue gun before they could read.


2. Paper mache Rodney Dangerfield has been with me for at least ten years now. My little brother, Stephen Adams, made him in middle school and he stayed on our family couch for decades. When my parents were ready to let him go, I told them it was my inheritance and I was ready to collect. He's good company as far as men go.


3.  I didn’t count, but I know I have at least ten pairs of shoes in my office. When I finally began earning a decent living, shoes were the one indulgence I allowed myself. I also have a pair of roller skates and a pair of ice skates, neither of which I've ever worn. I like to think that some future iteration of me will, though.


4.  I have a collection of over 100 handmade student signs that say, essentially, “do not touch.” In the sculpture lab, there are always individual projects that require time to dry before moving to the storage shelves, and it’s a big risk to leave works in progress out in the main working areas. In these cases, students put a sign on it to alert their peers not to move it. Over the years, I started falling in love with the various tones and styles they used to convey that.


5.  One of my favorite possessions is my “Alien Abduction Insurance Policy” that I bought for $19.99. I keep the certificate in my office so that in case I get abducted, Misti Scott can collect the ten million dollars. She‘s my beneficiary, of course.

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

An op ed by history professor David Gellman, “Voting Rights Debate a Racial Reckoning,” was published Feb. 6 in the Albany Times Union.  


Travis Linneweber, associate vice president for finance, administration and auxiliaries, was quoted in a Feb. 2 Forbes story, “11 Songs that Inspire Today’s Leaders.” He said he was inspired by Miley Cyrus’s song “The Climb.”


Ashleigh Jones, assistant director of athletics communication, is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship inaugural class. The fellowship, offered in partnership with the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, is designed “to encourage a greater understanding of how those in athletics communications offices at all levels can become effective champions for diversity, equity and inclusion in college athletics.”


Emmitt Riley III, associate professor of Africana studies and political science, was quoted Feb. 2 by Prism in “The possibility of first Black woman SCOTUS nominee prompts misogynoirist pushback.”


Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, and Maria Esposito ’23 are co-authors of “Aesthetic Encounters Beyond the Present: Historical Materialism and Sonic Pedagogies for Resisting Abstraction,” which was published Feb. 5 in the peer-reviewed Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies.

Thank You!
Anthony Neibold blowing snow off the sidewalk
Thanks to systems operator Anthony Neibold (above) and to the entire facilities management team for digging our campus out of the snow storm and in such extreme temperatures!

Black History Month

Wilma Rudolph in the 1956 Olympics and today

Wilma Rudolph: From Olympic Gold to DePauw Gold

For all the hurdles Wilma Rudolph cleared on her way to Olympic superstardom, none of them came on the track.


The 20th of 22 children in her Clarksville, Tennessee, family, Rudolph was born prematurely and faced a string of illnesses from a young age. Polio left her with a paralyzed leg and unable to walk but, because she was Black, Rudolph was denied care in her hometown. For years, she and her mother had to make weekly trips to Nashville for treatment.


Defying all odds, Rudolph made a full recovery – and then some. By age 9 she was walking without a leg brace. By high school she was an all-star on the basketball team. And at age 16, one year after legendary Tennessee State University track coach Ed Temple first spotted her flying across a court, Rudolph won bronze at the 1956 Olympics. Read more.

Campus Events

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

Join President White and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch for a conversation about the essential concepts of freedom of expression. Read more.


36th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Feb. 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Join in person or virtually for the 36th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day hosted by DePauw. The mini-conference is titled “To Be Determined.” All are invited to attend and engage in conversation surrounding the growth and support of girls and women in athletics. Topics include athletics and activism, body image and more. Register here. If you have questions, email Ashleigh Jones at ashleighjones@depauw.edu.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.

Drone view of East College in winter
Human Resources

HSA Education/Resources Opportunity

HSA Bank Empowerment Series – Feb. 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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