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DeBrief - March 23, 2022

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The Office

Carol Smith in her office

Carol Smith ’85, chief information officer


What's in your office?


1. A snapshot of my husband and me at an after-work gathering at the Fluttering Duck. For several years, a group of us from the Library and Information Services met regularly for drinks on the first Friday each month for what we called “Duck Night.”


2. A variety of small toys, knickknacks and doodads on my bookshelf. There’s no overall theme, per se, but most have a back-story. For example, the Hoberman sphere reminds me of the importance of partnerships, that everything we do is interconnected with others. A set of juggling balls was a gift from colleagues when I completed a term on a volunteer board, as a metaphor for the way we juggled projects. A business card from my first job after college.


3. A room sign labeled “Word Processing Lab” that was mounted outside a room in Roy O. West when I was a DePauw student during the, um, 1980’s. I was a computer science student then, learning to write computer code in the Julian building. But it was writing literature class essays on those DEC Rainbow word processors in the Library where I discovered how computers could be useful for everyday productivity beyond science or engineering, and that realization ultimately shaped the direction of my career in technology.


4. A hook full of conference lanyards and name tags that I’ve collected over the years. It reminds me of many, many partnerships and friendships with colleagues in the higher education community who have taught me so much. Collaboration is key to success in higher ed IT.


5. A bulletin board in the hallway beside my office door with various newspaper clippings, quotes, and other items generally related to education, leadership or technology. I always have a department team photo there, too, usually one from a department retreat or our annual summer picnic. The current photo is a screenshot of our 2020 summer retreat on Zoom. It’s a subtle, but powerful reminder to me every day of the great work that my Information Services team colleagues do for DePauw.


Campus Events

DePauw University Choirs

April 6, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.


The Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture: “Embracing Civility: Finding Common Ground in Uncommonly Fractured Times” with Dr. Cornel West and Robert George

April 7, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium. Learn more.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori S. White discussed the strategic plan and the new School of Business and Leadership in an interview with Inside Indiana Business that was aired several times last weekend.


Philips Akinwole, assistant professor of biology, is a co-author of the cover story in last week’s issue of Science, a leading publication about scientific discovery. The DePauw Libraries have a subscription to Science, where “Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover” appears in the March 18 issue. Read more.


Nicole Lobdell, assistant professor of English, gave an invited talk titled “Culture of the Invisible: X-rays in the Popular Imagination Feb. 23 at Colgate University. Her talk was from her upcoming book “X-RAY.”


Carol Smith, chief information officer, talked about her “people-first approach” in an interview with Dialpad.


Did You Know?

Tom Emery, professor emeritus of English, is the author of “Phil Levine in Fresno,” an essay in the book “Naming the Lost: The Fresno Poets/Interviews and Essays.” Emery, who worked at DePauw 1967-2000, took a night course in poetry writing from Levine in 1961. Levine taught one-week master poet sessions at DePauw in 1992 and 1993, when one of his students was English professor Greg Schwipps, associate chair of the English Department.


Human Resources

GOLD Learning Academy

Unlocking the Power of Strategic Thinking

April 14, 1-4:30 p.m., Hoover Hall, Daseke Dining Room. Register here.

This program explores vital components necessary to build effective strategic thinking skills to successfully achieve goals. Learning objectives include:

  • Discuss the importance of alignment to mission, vision and goals as the foundation for planning.
  • Learn how to ask the right questions and focus discussions on value drivers for the team.
  • Review the challenges in applying organizational strategies.
  • Create an action plan for growth.



Save the Date

The 2022 Staff Appreciation Reception is April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Details coming soon.


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!


TIAA  Virtual Financial Consultations - March 31

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.


REMINDER: HSA Incentive Program - 1st Quarter ends March 31

For employees participating in Our Healthy Tigers program, just a reminder to log activities by March 31 for the mid-April DePauw distribution.


Our Healthy Tigers HSA Information Session, April 7, 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. The first 15 minutes of the session will review 2022 changes and introduce the new platform. The remainder of the session will be open to Q&A. Learn more. If you are unable to attend a session, watch this short video on how to register for the program.


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. Attend a Q&A session today at 4 p.m. via Zoom.


University Band featured on Wind & Rhythm

The DePauw University Band is featured on the latest episode on Wind & Rhythm, a one-hour weekly program devoted to the music of wind bands, hosted by Doug Brown. The University Band, under the direction of Craig Paré, professor of music, will perform “Tight Squeeze” by Alex Shapiro. Read more.


DePauw Mourns the Passing of Pat Aikman ’57

Pat Aikman, former director of public relations at DePauw, passed away March 9 in Greencastle. He was 86.


Pat loved to travel, garden, dance and meet and talk with people wherever he went. He was a voracious reader, especially of the daily newspaper.


He and three fellow alums produced the “Ballad of the Monon Bell,” celebrating the century-old football rivalry between Wabash and DePauw. Read more.

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