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DeBrief - February 23, 2022

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The Office

Alicia Suarez in her office

Alicia Suarez, Otto L. Sonder professor of sociology and chair of the sociology and anthropology department


What's in your office?


1. Orange couch. I bought a cheap used Ikea orange coach years ago. It really brightens up my office and is a nice place for students to sit and relax. It also reflects my love for bright colors.


2. Photograph in the Louisiana woods. My mom is an artist who works in various mediums. She took this picture decades ago. I adore and respect my mom, Sandy, and her art. I also love my home state of Louisiana and miss the rich culture, delicious food and amazing music.


3. Poster for “Wet Spots: Solo.” My sister, Christine Suarez, is a choreographer in Los Angeles and founder of Suarez Dance Theater. She uses dance to stimulate social change. I was thrilled and so proud when she came to campus to perform her work about women and orgasms in 2014.


4. Art work by Favianna Rodriguez. A renowned Latina artist and social justice activist, Favianna Rodriguez, based in Oakland, visited campus years ago. Several of my students gave me this poster. It reflects my strong beliefs about reproductive justice.


5. Barley. My youngest son always had me bring “stuffies” with me when I traveled for work. His stuffed animals have traveled the world with me. I take pictures with the stuffies and send them to him so he doesn't miss me as much. He left this stuffie, Barley, to hang out with me at work.


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

Retiring basketball coach Bill Fenlon was profiled by WRTV-6.


“Disrupted Governance/Towards a New Policy Science,” a book co-written by history professor Glen Kuecker, has been published by Cambridge University Press.


Alessandro Morosin, visiting assistant professor of sociology, wrote a chapter on Mexican indigenous activists’ experiences with paramilitary violence in a recently published volume by Routledge, “Paramilitary Groups and the State Under Globalization: Political Violence, Elites, and Security.”



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Human Resources


COVID-19 Over-the-Counter Test Kit Network Solution

Members may now order at-home tests directly through home delivery from the Express Scripts pharmacy. Log into Express Scripts; click on “Order At-home COVID-19 tests” link on the home page; and submit your order. Learn more.


TIAA Virtual Financial Consultations, March 1

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 with you. Click here to schedule your counseling session or call 800-732-8353.


DePauw Post-65 Retirement Supplemental Program Overview

March 2, 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

To provide the best insurance value available, factoring coverage, service and price, DePauw offers medical, prescription, dental and vision plans to their retirees. Employees and retirees are welcome to join this virtual session with AmWins representative Justin Goodwin. He’ll share an overview of the program and answer questions.


GOLD Learning Academy:

Building Your Hardiness Factor, Feb. 25, 1-4:30 p.m.

Held via Zoom, participants will explore the concepts of “Hardiness.” Rooted in resilience and focusing on the 3-C’s of Hardiness: Challenge, Control and Commitment, this course is relevant to our current environment and supports employees holistically (both personally and professionally). Register here.


Did You Know?

Students looking on during a Peeler Art Show
Seven DePauw students recently received a prize from juror Tom LeGoff, a New York City based portrait photographer, for their art during the awards ceremony of the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. This is the last weekend to see the exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Learn more.

DePauw University Libraries

Building Your Own Textbook with Pressbooks: A Panel Discussion

Join us March 1 at 11 a.m. for a panel discussion via Zoom to learn how faculty and staff members at PALNI schools have used Pressbooks to create and share their publications. Register here.


We are here for you!

Prevo Science Library and the Music Library continue to serve as the “front door” to the libraries while Roy O. West is closed for renovation. Prevo has study rooms available in the lower level and lots of seating throughout. Librarians and peer research consultants are available to provide research assistance at The Research Spot both in person and online. See our hours and come visit us in the libraries!



DePauw received a Community Recycling Grant for $22,174 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management thanks to Jeanette Pope, professor of geosciences and faculty sustainability coordinator; Rob Harper, director of major capital projects; and Chris Hoffa, facilities operations director.


We asked Professor Pope what this means for DePauw. “By separating cardboard on campus, we can sell it to Ray’s Trash Service, who then distributes it to manufacturers for a net gain. Also, ‘separating at the source’ is a recognized way to improve recycling because it decreases the likelihood of contamination or product rejection, which means that we will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting water quality and ecological habitat AND saving money! Hurrah!”


Campus Events

Green Guest Artist: The Baltimore Consort
Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.
Purchase tickets.


Blurring Boundaries Curatorial Talk: Maggie Leininger, director and curator of exhibitions and University collections and assistant professor of art and art history

Feb. 28, 4:15 p.m., Richard E. Peeler Art Center.


“Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists” traces the extraordinary contributions of the female artists within the American Abstract Artists group, from the founders to today’s practicing members. Learn more.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.

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