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DeBrief - November 24, 2021

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

Feeling Thankful

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What are you thankful for? We asked some of our students, faculty and staff members to share their feelings this holiday season. Watch here.

Faculty and Staff News Roundup

President Lori S. White will be a panelist with two other private college presidents for the Dec. 14 luncheon of the Economic Club of Indiana.


Natalia Vargas Márquez, assistant professor of art and art history, wrote an article, “The Pervasive Nature of Colonialism, and Our Disciplinary Attachment to It,” which was published in the fall issue of Panorama, the journal of the Association of Historians of American Art.  


Alessandro Morosin, assistant professor of sociology, was a guest on the podcast, “Dialogues with the Faculty,” Nov. 17.


Nahyan Fancy, professor of Middle East/comparative history, organized a workshop called “Medicine, Magic and Healing” at University of Exeter, through the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in his capacity as the al-Qasimi visiting professor of Islamic studies. The workshop will take place Nov. 29-30. He will present a paper, “Commentaries and the Emergence of non-Galenic, non-Avicennan Medical Theories,” that draws material from a book on which he is working during his time at Exeter.


Diana Borse ’21, an intern at the DePauw Nature Park, was named Young Leader of the Year for her work in sustainability in Greencastle.

From My Perspective: Kris Huffman

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Kris Huffman, head women's basketball coach and assistant director of athletics, moderated the Ubben Lecture Monday night with Tamika Catchings, four-time Olympic gold medalist and 10-time WNBA All-Star.


We asked Kris to share her thoughts on the experience.


“What an honor to spend time with the great Tamika Catchings. I have been a fan since her time at Tennessee and loved having her lead the way for the Fever.


Two takeaways from last night: Tamika shared that her desire to be GREAT at all that she does...each day...is what drives her. She wants to be the best general manager, friend, daughter, etc. What a great way to live life.


Our team learned how Tamika was able to really focus on each day as a player. She would write down a very specific, measurable goal prior to practice. After practice she would spend time evaluating whether she successfully met that goal. We hope to implement this daily focus into our practices.”

Campus Events

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School of Music Holiday Gala

Dec. 4, 7 p.m. and Dec. 5, 3 p.m.


Don’t miss movie-inspired performances by the DePauw University Bands, DePauw Choirs, DePauw Jazz Ensemble and DePauw Orchestra. Purchase tickets.

McDermond Center Speaker Series: Darnall Alumni Fellow Darrianne Christian ’95

Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m., Memorial Student Union Building ballroom.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.

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Human Resources

Holiday Break and the Office of Human Resources Support

The HR team will be available via email at hr@depauw.edu over the Thanksgiving holiday break. If you need to report a positive COVID-19 test result or need support, please email us and we will get back to you.


Annual Holiday Party, Dec. 5

The holiday party is for all University employees and retirees, their children and grandchildren. Festivities include activities for children, and an ornament for children ages 12 and under and refreshments will be available. Santa will be there for a photo opportunity with each child. Learn more. RSVP by Nov. 30.


IRS Announces 2022 Retirement Plan Limits

The IRS contribution limits for most participants under age 50 are increasing to $20,500 in 2022. The catch-up contribution limit remains the same at $6,500. Click here for a detailed chart. Employees who wish to increase their 403b contribution limit for 2022 may log into the TIAA portal.


HSA Incentive Plan Quarter 3 ended Sept. 30

Quarter 4 is Oct. 1-Nov. 30. No incentive plan activities are counted in December. Enter data before Nov. 30.


HSA Bank Empowerment Series

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.

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