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DeBrief - March 16, 2022

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Ron Dye in his office

Ron Dye, professor of English and communication and theatre and coordinator of the Performing Arts Series


What's in your office?


1. The black Yamaha guitar with stickers I am keeping for a student who left DePauw, Jiyan "Kloe" Zheng. She said she wanted to give it to me, and I said I couldn't accept it. We went around and around and finally I said I would keep it for her. I told her if she ever wants it she should contact me and I will ship it to her.


2. All the animals in the animal zoo were arranged by my daughters Ella and Dale over several years. Now they are 18 years old but we don't have the heart to remove them.


3. I'm holding a mug given to me by my colleague in the English Department, Tamara Stasik. It is covered with phrases from Shakespeare, all insults. I don't have a favorite because they are all so delicious.


4. The photo is of my parents, given to me by my oldest brother Delvan, who recently passed. I'm very camera shy myself and I enjoy photos but I don't take many photos or keep them unless someone gives them to me. I like this one of my parents because I feel like it connects me to a much older era.


5. The doodad little mechanical device punches guitar picks out of scrap plastic, such as plastic debit cards. It has no real sentimental value; I use it when I'm frustrated about something and it helps me cool down and focus. It's funny -- although I'm a guitar maniac, I never use flatpicks any more. If anyone wants a custom flatpick with your face on it or something like that, bring me an old driver's license and I'll customize one for you.


Campus Events

Concerto Competition Winners' Recital

March 18, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.


Artist Talk: Kate Kretz

March 21, 4:15 p.m., Peeler Art Center, University Gallery.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.


DePauw Mourns the Passing of Jim Gammon

Jim Gammon, professor emeritus of biology, who taught at DePauw for 32 years, has passed away.


Jim was a long-time dedicated aquatic ecologist who conducted research on water quality of important Midwest freshwater streams. He loved fishing, hunting, wood carving, bird watching and having coffee with friends.


There will be a celebration of life March 26 at the Putnam County Museum and a memorial service April 2 at Bittles and Hurt. Read more in the Banner Graphic story here.


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori White was featured last weekend on a special “Influential Women” edition of Inside INdiana Business.


Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president for student wellness and Theodore Katula director of athletics and recreational sports, has been selected as a recipient of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Cushman & Wakefield AD of the Year Award. The award recognizes the commitment and positive contributions athletics directors at all levels make to student-athletes, campuses and communities. Baker-Watson is one of 28 individuals recognized at all levels and among four in Division III.


Commencement 2022

The Commencement Planning Committee is looking for employees to usher during commencement May 22. If interested, contact Pam Woodall for details.


Human Resources

Reminder: April 1, 2022 is a University Holiday

Please note that the University will be closed to observe the Friday of Spring Break holiday April 1. Enjoy!


Staff Performance Reviews

The performance dashboard in ADP is open for the 2022 staff performance reviews. Please complete the review cycle by May 13. Reference the email sent March 9 from Human Resources for details. In addition, we are offering two Q&A sessions:


Hendricks Regional Health: Lifestyle Medicine Seminar

Digestive Health Virtual Seminar – March 21, 12:30 p.m.

Has your stomach been giving you issues and you aren’t quite sure why? Join Dr. Cyndi Speelman to learn about common digestive problems as well as tips and tricks to maintain a healthy gut and colon. Click here to join the virtual meeting.

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