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DeBrief - December 15, 2021

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The Office

Alex Puga in his office reading

Alex Puga, professor of Hispanic Studies and interim director of the Hispanic Studies Program


What’s in your office?


1. My books are in a constant state of disorganization, but one corner of the shelf holds my collection of Mexico City narratives. From one semester to the next, I rearrange those books according to need, and I always marvel at how such a specified, ponderous interest finds its way into my work at DePauw. Students in a town of eleven thousand do amazing things with a megalopolis of twenty two million people.


2. My corner chair provides down time and a change of perspective when things get complicated (but that happens so infrequently at DePauw, right?). The window sill is at the ideal height for a delinquent read in the course of doing the more operational tasks that professors never expected they would have to deal with.


3. Speaking of windows, the panoramic view is excellent. It’s a rather large space, which I acquired through a tacit right to eminent domain after the department of Modern Languages restructured into Global Languages. Newcomers invariably say, “Whoa, this is a big office.” I invariably say, “Yeah.”


4. This office was also formerly occupied by my friend and mentor, the late Bob Hershberger. I miss him, but these days I laugh out loud thinking about all the laughter we shared here. What more can we ask of those who have left us?


5. Behind my desk, I have a collection of posters from blues shows that I performed in and/or attended. Toddler parenthood has thrown a wrench into that pursuit, which often requires late nights and hours on the highway, but I expect to be back at it someday.

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori S. White, who was vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University before working at Washington University and ultimately DePauw, was cited in “SMU law school dean to become next president of Rhodes College,” a Dallas Morning News story about SMU’s penchant for creating college presidents.


A video production of a new piece by Eliza Brown, 21CM curriculum faculty coordinator, has been installed at the Indianapolis International Airport. The piece, “Music With Airports,” is written for brass quartet and active airfield. It is accessible via a QR code on screens in the airport’s central rotunda. The piece was commissioned by Classical Music Indy as part of their CMI City Sounds project.


Nahyan Fancy, professor of Middle East/comparative history, presented his research at a Dec. 7 early modern science seminar at the University of Cambridge. He is scheduled to give the same talk Dec. 15 at the Medical Humanities Research Group and the Medieval Studies Group at the University of Exeter.

Tim Ubben

DePauw mourns Tim Ubben ’58, who gave time and treasure to his alma mater


DePauw University lost one of its most loyal and generous alumni leaders and benefactors when Timothy H. Ubben ’58 passed away Dec. 13. He was 84.


Ubben, who came to DePauw as a Rector scholar, founded Lincoln Capital Management, a Chicago investment firm, in 1967; when he retired in 1999, Lincoln was managing more than $50 billion in assets. Ubben and his wife of 62 years, Sharon Williams Ubben ’58, were loyal supporters of DePauw throughout his life. Read more.

Updates from the COVID-19 Mitigation Team

Asymptomatic Drop in COVID-19 Testing

As a reminder, we are offering drop-in COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals on a first come first served basis. Testing will be available when the university is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Lilly 2029. Individuals are limited to testing once per week. Please wear a mask no matter your vaccination status and bring your DePauw ID. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary healthcare provider, which may be DePauw Health Wellness Center (765-658-4555); drop-in testing is not available for symptomatic individuals.

Human Resources

It’s Almost W-2 Time.

It’s hard to imagine that the year 2021 will soon be coming to a close. Now is a great time to log into the ADP portal, update your address and explore the option to go paperless. Once in ADP, select MYSELF; PAY; ANNUAL STATEMENTS to choose paperless distribution. For employees who moved counties, changes to county tax information can only be made once a year to be effective Jan. 1. If you have moved to a different county, contact Susan Hacker, associate director of Human Resources.


HSA Bank Empowerment Series – Dec. 17

Join HSA Bank as they explore various facets of health savings accounts. From opening an HSA to learning how to fully maximize your account – this series has valuable information for you. Learn more.


Our Healthy Tigers on a 2022 New Platform

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. Registration begins Jan. 1. There are new 2022 base contribution amounts. Learn more.

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