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DeBrief - May 4, 2022

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Jonathan Nichols-Pethick in his office

Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, professor of communication and theatre and director of the Media Fellows Program


What's in your office?


1. A film projector I got from Prof. Roger Gustavsson (philosophy and religion). Back around 2007 he called me on my office phone to ask if I would be interested in taking the projector and some 16mm reels. He was getting ready to leave Greencastle and was looking to reduce clutter. Of course I wanted it! It feeds my film-nerd identity, and reminds me of when I first fell in love with watching and making films as a kid. More importantly, it keeps me connected to a part of DePauw’s history and reminds me that I’m part of something bigger here.


2. A plastic tiara I got as a funny gift from two students. I served for a while as the faculty scholarship advisor for the Delta Gamma sorority. One day, Jenna (Dahman) Downey and Kate (Manacke) Quickle (both class of ’06) came to my office and gave me the tiara. They said I was now an official Delta Gamma princess and that I should wear this whenever I addressed the women in the house. And, of course, I did. As long as students feel like they can have a laugh with me, then I feel like I’m doing something right.


3. Two silhouette portraits that my wife, Nancy, made for me as a birthday present several years ago. How she got the kids to sit still for these, I don’t know. I’ve got lots of Nancy’s artwork on the walls, and lots of pictures of these two. I spend a lot of time here, and it’s important to me to have things from my family around.


4. A little note in my handwriting that says, “I can get you out. Meet me downstairs. Bring your car keys.” I have no idea when I wrote it, or to whom. But it proves that at some point, at least for a moment, I had a plan and knew how to implement it.


5. The wire tree was made by the father of a former student: Sarah Russell ’19. Her dad made a few of these trees as a way of saying thank you to the people who helped make Sarah’s time at DePauw meaningful. I was lucky enough to be one of those people. The tree always reminds me that what we do is part of a process, and that there are a lot of folks invested in what happens here.


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori White wrote an opinion piece published May 2 in Higher Education Dive. It was about the necessity that free expression and diversity co-exist on college campuses.


Nahyan Fancy, professor of Middle East/comparative history, will participate in a live, online conversation on Muslim change-makers in medicine to celebrate International Muslim History Month, an initiative of the World Hijab Day Organization. It will take place May 6 at 9 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube @WorldHijabDay.


Z. Sylvia Yang, music and performing arts librarian, co-authored the article, “Double the Vocation, Double the Awe: An Examination of Vocational Awe in Music Librarianship,” which was published by the Music Library Association.


Jinyu Liu, classical studies professor, was a juror for the American Academy in Rome’s 2022-23 Rome Prize.


Angela Castañeda, anthology professor, is the co-author of the essay “The Ripple Effect of Mothering in a Global Community: From Bloomington to Bogotá,” which is included in the new anthology “Mothers, Community, and Friendship.”

Students studying outside

Ushers needed during commencement

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


Retirement Celebrations

Alan Hill, vice president for student affairs and dean of students

May 5, 3-5 p.m., Inn at DePauw, Social Center.

Contact Shelle Malayer with questions.


Bob Leonard, vice president for finance and administration

Save the date: June 14, 2:30-4 p.m., Hoover Hall, Wallace-Stewart Commons.

Contact Erin Confer-Staggers with questions.

DePauw University Libraries

PALSave Course Redesign Grant Applications are open for the 2022-23 school year. Faculty are eligible to receive one $500 stipend per academic year for revising a course to incorporate a zero-cost text. You can find more information about the requirements, and the link to apply, on the PALSave website.


You can learn more about implementing free Open Educational Resources in your courses on our LibGuide on the subject. Email Victoria Peters, scholarly communication and cataloging librarian, for more information on how you can help reduce the student textbook cost burden.


Campus Events

Depauwcappella Spring 2022 Concert
May 5, 8 p.m., East College, Meharry Hall.


Senior Art Exhibition

April 22 - May 21, Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.


Human Resources


If you missed it, here is a link to the 2022 Staff Appreciation Reception. Congratulations to all staff members celebrating milestones!


Our Healthy Tigers HSA Information Session, May 5, 9 a.m. via 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. Learn more.


Welcome to DePauw! New hires since Feb. 16:

Brian Troyer, Facilities Management

Daryl Gibbs, Hubbard Center

Sydney Unger, Athletics

David Crout, Hubbard Center

Alyssa Ball, Facilities Management

Amee Bryan, Facilities Management

Jason Irish, Facilities Management

Lori Fender, Hartman Center

Charlie Patrick, Facilities Management

Christopher Trigg, Facilities Management

Olivia Shagam, Athletics

Mason Espinosa, Athletics

Joyce Helmer, Enrollment

Sarah Beams, Counseling Center



Doug Fullen, Facilities Management

George Palton, School of Music/Enrollment

Michael Engle, Athletics

John Bossnack, Information Services

Miranda Bemis, Communications and Marketing

Lauren Thomas, Athletics

Mandy Brookins, Hubbard Center

Amanda Grant, Athletics



Bill Fenlon, Athletics

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