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DeBrief - January 26, 2022

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DePauw’s source for staff and faculty news and announcements.

Roy O. West Library Renovation
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The library renovation is well underway! Check out this website as well as the university photo gallery to follow the progress.  

Updates from the COVID-19 Mitigation Team

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Government N95 mask distribution

Local pharmacies like Meijer, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger are beginning to receive shipments this week. Check your local stores on how to pick up your free N95 masks.


Links to WTHR.com related news stories:

How to pick up free N95 masks in the Indianapolis area.
Kroger to provide free nonsurgical N95 masks.


Close contacts protocol reminder

Protocol for close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals and for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 can be found here.


At-home COVID-19 tests

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com.

Winter Term 2022

Preparing for Law School and Legal Careers students

Law school is a major commitment with lifelong implications. One Winter Term course has been equipping DePauw students, pre-law or otherwise, with the knowledge to help them decide early whether law school is right for them.


In “Preparing for Law School and Legal Careers,” students become acquainted with the law school admission test, explore what careers are available with a law degree and get a glimpse into life as a first-year law student. They also learn about opportunities available through the DePauw Law Scholar Program, a scholarship program that places DePauw graduates at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Read more.

Honor Scholar Ellen Trautman

Learn more about Winter Term course “Sweet and Savory Science” in this video as participants share ways they combined their skillsets to produce some delicious food for President White, mimic the long running TV show Chopped and learn some chemistry about the process.

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

David Alvarez, associate professor of English, gave an invited lecture Jan. 25 at the University of Regensburg, Germany, on “Religious Toleration, Secularity, and Imperialism in John Dryden’s ‘The Indian Emperor, or The Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards’ (1665).”


An essay by Yeshua G. B. Tolle, post-doctoral scholar and assistant professor of English, has been published in the January issue of Asymptote. The essay is about world literature and Yiddish poet Aaron Zeitlin.

Human Resources

W2 Documents

All employees can access their tax statements by logging into ADP, go to Myself; Pay; Pay and Tax Statements. Paper statements were mailed to addresses on file for employees who have not chosen the paperless distribution.


TIAA  Virtual Financial Consultations - Feb. 8

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. Schedule your counseling session here or call TIAA-CREF at 800-732-8353.


TIAA Webinars - Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24

Live webinars are offered each month. Visit TIAA.org/webinars to register. Unable to attend a live webinar? You can watch it on demand. Click here for a list of February webinars.

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