Get a Job! Alumni Hire at Career Fairs

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Center for Student Engagement

Alumni have always been strong supporters of career fairs at DePauw.  This year alumni from companies including Accretive Health, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Citizen Schools, DePauw Opportunity Through Collaboration Program, DyKnow, LLC, Noble Street Charter Schools, Uncommon Schools, Unique Home Solutions, Teach for America, Welch Packaging Group came on campus to interview students. 

Angie's List has been a strong advocate for hiring DePauw students. 

Welch Packaging, seen at right, has been another DePauw managed company that has hired many DePauw graduates.

One senior who attended the fair reported getting three immediate call backs from employers!   

Each year, about two-thirds of each graduating class seeks employment after graduation.  Career fairs have been a way for employers seeking DePauw students to easily access them for jobs and internships.  Employers report that DePauw really bucks a national trend against career fairs.  They report that DePauw students come out in large numbers and are well prepared for the experience.  Career fairs are hosted in the fall and spring.  One fair is just for graduate and professional schools and provides students with the opportunity to explore planning, application, and financial aid.   

Where would you choose to work?

The staff of the Center for Student Engagement helps students and alumni connect with employers around the globe. 

MCAT Prep Program and Pre-Health Advising

Monday, March 11, 2013 by Center for Student Engagement

What does winter term, on campus, and medical school have in common? A highly intensive medical school and MCAT Preparation course. 

After three years as a class of 2014 student senator, I took the reigns of a DePauw student government senate committee on pre-professional school planning.  We were charged with brainstorming and researching ways in which DePauw students could better prepare themselves for professional schools and entrance exams.  An idea to bring an on campus Kaplan course to DePauw, along with my inability to afford winter term a trip abroad this year, left me with a thought.  What if we made a winter term course?
After meeting with the Dean of Experiential Learning, Raj Bellani, and the Director of Career Development, Steve Langerud, an idea became formalized into a course.  Kaplan was able to provide a group discount upwards of $400 off their course as well as train a DePauw student to be a Kaplan employee and the courses instructor.  Steve and CGPops, were able to coordinate a strength finder seminar, a lesson on personal statements, and organization to the course.  In all, we created a highly intensive and hopefully largely effective winter term course. We met a minimum of three days a week each meeting for 3 hours of intense instruction, ranging from reviewing an entire semester of physics in a single day to learning the intricacies of bodily systems.  Outside of the instruction, we had a Kaplan outline with homework that included access to over 40,000 MCAT questions, a multitude of practice tests, and review materials for every subject.
We worked in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and with each other in order to make it through a winter term course that was spanned two semesters of physics, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of inorganic chemistry, four semesters of biology, and not to mention verbal reasoning.  Although winter term is over, the course meets weekly until its completion in April. With the preparation this course delivered, the MCAT isn’t so daunting, but rather another challenge that an eager student will face.

Have you considered a career in health care? 

Pre-Health advisor Ken Kirkpatrick and The Center for Student Engagement can help you plan you professional school. 

 

Ryan Foutty: Hitting Metaphorical Curve Balls

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Marilyn Culler

"DePauw teaches you to hit metaphorical curve balls." -Ryan Foutty

Athletics is a regular topic of conversation around the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. DePauw has 23 Division III sports teams, quite a large number for a small liberal arts college. Students from The DePauw newspaper, WGRE radio and D3TV write about, air and broadcast "Tiger sports." Media Fellows director Dave Bohmer teaches a class on baseball history. Media Fellows students are also athletes. Ryan Foutty, a senior Media Fellow, is the No. 11-ranked college sports broadcaster in the country.

Ryan, a communications major from Aurora, Ohio, was on his way to a career in sports broadcasting. His Media Fellows international internship, at a marketing company called Threeview in Munich, Germany, threw him a curve ball.

"After spending a summer broadcasting games for a minor league baseball team, I decided to change course and consider a different career. I've always been interested in marketing and advertising, so the opportunity to work at a young, creative agency like Threeview was incredibly exciting for me. The internship offered me a ton of hands-on experience on a wide range of client projects - all of which exposed me to different aspects of the business. I now know this is definitely what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Ryan was part of WGRE's broadcast team for this year's Monon Bell football game. This week, he's off to Geneva, New York, to broadcast the women's field hockey NCAA semifinal game against Tufts. Oh, and by the way, Media Fellows sophomore Paige Henry scored the winning overtime goal in last Saturday's quarterfinal game against Middlebury!

Ryan's story is not unfamiliar among DePauw students. DePauw teaches students to think critically, explore many worlds, and learn to "hit metaphorical curve balls."

Who is Michael Appelgate?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Marilyn Culler

He's been called the "DePauw Sportscenter." He doesn't belong to a fraternity. He could be on the DePauw men's swim team - but he's not. He's from Seattle, WA, home of Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN and a 1954 graduate of DePauw.

Michael takes academics seriously. He has taken classes like 'Earth & the Environment,' 'The Enlightenment,' 'U.S. in the 60's' and 'Multimedia Journalism.' He is a communication major, with a minor in history. And he's a Media Fellow, one of DePauw's Honors & Fellows programs.

"The liberal arts education made me more knowledgeable about current affairs and issues in today's society," Appelgate said. "When I was assigned to write a story about a military veterans' winter sports clinic while writing for The Aspen Times, I was able to ask direct questions about the Vietnam, Korean and Iraq wars because I took U.S. history courses on them. I already studied how post-traumatic stress disorder affected thousands of soldiers after these wars, and my interviews with veterans were deep and meaningful. Without the liberal arts education, the article I produced would not have been as polished and well-reported."

He always has a pen with him. He can record audio, take photos, write stories, design pages, tweet, and record and edit video.

Michael has had real-world media experience. From his Media Fellows internship with The Aspen Times, he went directly to a summer internship with the Salt Lake Tribune. He spent his fall break covering DePauw athletics: soccer, field hockey, volleyball and football. He has been home 12 days this year. He's "living the dream" as sports editor for The DePauw student newspaper and sports director for WGRE student radio.

Follow Michael (at right with Bill Rasmussen) - and his updates on DePauw athletics - on Twitter: @mappelgate206.

 

A Conversation with Candy Crowley

Sunday, September 30, 2012 by Henry Dambanemuya

Tonight I had the chance to meet CNN's chief political correspondent and moderator for the upcoming presidential elections debate, Candy Crowley. Crowley visited DePauw University today to speak at the Ubben Lecture Series, made possible by a generous gift from DePauw Alumni Timothy and Sharon Ubben, both graduates of 1958. I am grateful for the uncommon opportunities that DePauw continues to offer me everyday. As an international student, I have been following the election campaign from afar, but I am interested in what the candidates have to say about the U.S Foreign Policy towards Africa. So, during my conversation with Candy Crowley, I asked her to ask the presidential candidates -- during the foreign policy debate -- how they are going to ensure that the slaughter of innocent civilians in Sudan does not continue on our watch and with tacit U.S support. A petition is available online. After dinner, Candy Crowley gave her lecture "Campaign 2012: A View from the Frontlines" in the Kresge Auditorium located in the School of Music. My favorite quote from her speech was, "This race really is about what do you want your government to be responsible for?"

Anit-Cancer Drug Discoverer: Dr. Wani

Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Katherine Hill

On Wednesday, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Mansukh Wani, one of the co-discoverers of Taxol, a crucial anti-cancer drug.  This special event was hosted by the Biochemistry department and Dr. Wani gave a lecture to anyone interested in the afternoon.  I was lucky enough to hear Dr. Wani speak three times on Wednesday: once in my Cancer Biology class, at his open lecture, and again in the evening at my Science Research Fellows Seminar.  The best part is, these experiences are not unusual at a liberal arts school like DePauw! Me with Dr. Wani

Dr. Wani is an incredible man.  In his mid 80s, he still travels and speaks about his days working with Dr. Monroe Wall and the years they spent in the lab synthesizing the anti-cancer drugs Taxol and Camptothecin.  He even showed us pictures of him and his coworkers from the 70s!  The opportunity to not only listen to Dr. Wani, but also ask questions about his life, scientific research, and advice is one of my favorite things about DePauw's academics.  The learning extends beyond the classroom and as students, we have the ability to meet, speak with, and question professionals in a variety of disciplines. 

After his lecture, Dr. Wani took pictures with some of us (celebrity status) and even passed out his business cards telling us to contact him if we were interested in doing medicinal chemical research-he had contacts he could set us up with.  Can you say networking?!? 

It was a great lecture, and all of us took away pieces of the advice he gave including, "Never give up...if I had, Taxol wouldn't exist," and "Do something you love, not what your parents want you to do, or what society wants you to do."

Earth Week: "Environmental Justice Now!"

Friday, April 22, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya

Environmental Justice Now!This year, Earth Day falls on Good Friday, so happy Earth Day and happy Easter! This week, DePauw Sustainability and the Environmental Club co-hosted several events to celebrate and foster the appreciation of the earth's environment, and to increase awareness on the issues that threaten our environment. On Monday, we watched Matt Demon's "Plan B 3.0:  Mobilizing to Save Civilizations" followed by a scintillating discussion from both students and professors. I spoke on Tuesday's panel of discussion on "Conflict Minerals and Electronic Waste."  Two guests came to present and talk about their environmental sustainability projects. Art Donnelly presented his work designing and building highly efficient sustainable stoves that benefit Latin American women's health by reducing the risk of smoke inhalation. DePauw University students had the opportunity to build their own stoves after the presentation.  Most students enthusiastically showed up to this event, having had prior experience during their 2011 Winter Term In-Service trip to Costa Rica. What I liked about Art Donnelly's work is that besides just building these the stoves, he also educates the indigenous Latin American communities on how to use the technology through training sessions. Professor Julian Agyeman from Tufts University gave a presentation on "Just Sustainability, Equality, and Re-Imagining Communities of the 21st Century."  He highlighted the fact that we live in a world where 4.5% of the world's populations owns 25% of the world's resources, which says a lot about our global sustainability and equality. Borrowing John Barrow's words, I learned that while we seem to be consuming without limits and have slowly developed a throw-away culture, we throw away stuff and the natural resources that make it possible. We throw away people by turning a blind eye and we throw away ideas when they don’t fit into our ideological norm.   By mobilizing to save civilizations, we are not only trying to make a difference but we are creating a different world where stewardship, resourcefulness and thrift are valued. What do you think can and should be done to promote environmental justice in your local community?

Wired... and Weary?

Friday, April 1, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya

Wired.... and Weary?

This week DePauw University students took to the challenge of "disconnecting" from their electronics devices and the internet for a day. I'm curious to know how many people actually disconnected, knowing how much digital natives are dependent on technology. At times, I get a little obsessed with tech-gadgets. This past Winter term, I spent at least eight hours a day buried behind my computer screen.

On the day of the challenge, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows came to campus to debate the pros and cons of technology and what the internet is doing to our brains. Most Computer Science students and Information Technology (ITAP) Associates had the opportunity to meet Jimmy Wales during a Q&A session held in the afternoon. I remember walking into the Julian auditorium and seeing Jimmy all "wired up" and ready to answer questions. Wikipedia says Jimmy Wales is a co-founder of Wikipedia. Curious to know who the other co-founders are, I asked Mr. Wales, and even though he indirectly answered my question, he seemed to suggest that he is the sole-founder of Wikipedia. As ironic as it may sound, I'm still a little skeptical about how reliable Wikipedia really is.

Before proceeding to watch the debate in the Kresge auditorium, we had dinner with Jimmy Wales at President Casey's house . President Casey occassionally invites students for dinner and other events at his house. Several professors also attended the dinner and I enjoyed the casual conversations that preceded the delicious meal at the President's house.

As argued by Nicholas Carr in The Shallows, do you think the existence of the online world is making it harder for people to engage with difficult texts and complex ideas?

Come Clean For Congo

Friday, March 25, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya
Conflict Free Campus Resolution

Do you have one of these? A cellphone, laptop, i-pod, x-box, wii, playstation, or one of those fancy gadgets on Gizmodo? Well, have you heard the news about "Blood Minerals," the 3Ts; Tin, Tungsten and Tantalum and Gold? So, while we have paid a few cents less for our cellphones and laptops, Congo's women and children have paid the ultimate price.  Over 5.4 million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past decade. An estimated 45 000 people are killed every month and tens of thousands of women and girls are systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured. And what does this have to do with our electronics?

D.R.C

I recently started learning about the ongoing conflict in Congo. The African country has been at war since 1996 and is currently playing host to the most deadly conflict in the world since WWII. War profiteering as a result of the economic incentive over the trade in conflict minerals has undoubtedly kept this war aflame. The armed militia groups who commit these heinous crimes control the mines and trade routes in Eastern Congo and generate hundreds of millions of dollars every year by trading in the conflict minerals which are used in the manufacture of our electronic devices. The conflict minerals problem is complicated and the suffering in Congo is immense, but there is good news: because we as electronics consumers are tied so directly to the problem, we can actually play a role in ending the violence. Also, Congo is not the only place in the world that produces these minerals, because then we would be in big trouble. I mean, what would we do without these things? They are an essential part of our lives.

DePauw Student Government is among the top liberal arts colleges that have recently passed a Conflict Free Campus Resolution aimed at improving their university's procurement policy for buying computers and electronics. Through this resolution, DePauw University would commit to purchasing conflict-free electronics products when made available and make conflict-free a priority criteria when picking new electronics vendors. Besides this resolution, students can take additional steps to stop this illicit trade in conflict minerals e.g. by e-mailing the top 21 electronic companies and demanding that they clean up their supply chains and produce verifiably conflict free conflict products. If we pressure electronics companies to remove conflict minerals from their supply chains, if we all raise our voices and if we each-one-teach-one, we can help remove fuel from the conflict in Congo. Did you know about "conflict-minerals" before reading this post?

 

Spring Into Action

Friday, March 11, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya

Spring Into ActionThis week has been one of my most productive weeks this semester. It all began with DePauw Student Government passing a Conflict Free Campus Resolution: a campus commitment to favor verifiably conflict-free electronics products when making future institutional purchasing decisions. Many thanks to all the student senators, representatives and every individual who worked in support of this resolution. This resolution is not about boycotting the use of electronics products we depend on daily, but it's about using that very same technology and consumer purchasing power to demand that electronics companies clean up their supply chains and stop using blood minerals from war-torn regions in the world. 

Despite the weather being disrespectful of spring season, I rode my bike with the Cycling team to Fillmore on Monday afternoon.  I enjoyed the ride even though my toes and fingers were numb by the time I got back to campus. I also had the wonderful opportunity of attending professor O'Bannon's senior seminar class on (Un)Civil War. We spent most of the time discussing the root causes of (un)civil conflicts, why people fight, and the correlation between oil/mineral wealth and civil conflicts.

Wednesday morning was a bit rough. I had a tooth pulled out by the Dentist. Not only did I lose my precious tooth, but I lost my money too -- I hope you get the joke. Dr Mark Umbreit, founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota was also here yesterday to talk about Restorative Justice practices. We had a training workshop after his talk and I gained a lot of valuable skills on mediating interpersonal conflicts. We also learnt centering meditation skills and it felt extremely relaxing especially after such a busy week.

TGIF: as if that's not good enough, I only had one class today because my other class got cancelled. I'm looking forward to today's "Pizza and Gaddafi" Conversation Cafe. I'm also excited because tonight I'll be watching "Blindsight" with my residents on Bishop Roberts 1. Blindsight is an inspiring documentary about six blind Tibetan teenagers who set off to climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. One important thing I've taken out of this week's experience is that, our greatest conflicts and our greatest fears can be our greatest teachers. Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

1st Annual DePauw Sustainability Summit

Sunday, March 6, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya
Missy! Orr & Maggie Barber, Environmental UpstandersYesterday, the Office for Sustainability hosted DePauw University's 1st Annual Student Sustainability Summit at the Reflection Center in the Nature Park. Several students with diverse environmental interests and from different academic backgrounds met to reflect on DePauw University's sustainability initiatives. The purpose of this summit was to inspire future campus leaders to engage in projects that promote the interdesciplinary nature of sustainability in top private universities in the United States. I had the chance to talk about my electronic waste recycling project and I hope to get more people involved in my initiative to properly dispose old electronics equipment in Greencastle. We also had several group discussions focused on campus environmental campaigns and had the opportunity to meet and interact with other environmental upstanders. Below is a brief summary of the History of the DePauw Sustainability Initiative:
 
DePauw Sustainability Initiative Timeline:
 
Late 1980s: Recycling Tigers, a student-led environmental initiative is formed.
Mid-1990s: Recycling Tigers begins recycling programs at DePauw.
2001-2: Environmental Geoscience is added as a departmental major.
2005: The Compton Center for Peace and Justice lobbies food services to buy more local food through protests like, "You Are What You Eat."
2006: First Environmental Ethics Course researches topics such as paper procurement, carbon footprints and sustainabilty education in first year orientation and sustainability.
2007: The DePauw Environmental Club (DEC) is founded!
2007: Students advocate for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for Nature Park building proposal.
2007: Art-Fest with the theme "Art and the Environment" brings the first community bikes to campus.
2007-8: University theme year on Sustainability and Global Citizenship
2008: The Start-Green program is initiated in order to integrate sustainability and environmental discussion into first year orientation and programming.
2008: First Residence Hall Energy Wars competition and first Greek Energy Wars.
2008: President Brian Casey signs the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledging that DePauw University will reach carbon neutrality.
2008: Dining Services Oversight Committee is created to address food issues on campus.
2008: The DePauw Environmental Policy Project is founded. Students testify as environmental experts at the legislature.
2008: First Focus the Nation brings 22 professors from 14 disciplines, students and community members together to talk about global warming solutions for America.
2008: DEC's first Earth Week becomes annual community-wide celebration.
2009: The Energy and Climate working group completes and submits DePauw's first Carbon Footprint Analysis.
2010: Student campaign leads to campus-wide ban on the sale of bottled water.
2010: The Greencastle Community Garden is started through community-wide effort.
2010: DePauw becomes the 7th school in North America to submit its Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS).
2010: DePauw wins the first National Conservation Competition against 40 North American campuses with a 25.8% reduction in electricity.
2010-11: First full-time sustainability position and Office for Sustainability are established.
2011: Greek Sustainability Roundtable (GSR) revives and organizes the Greek community.
2011: DePauw approves Climate Action Plan and sets goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

2011-40: DePauw University will strive towards Carbon Neutrality.
 
What sustainability project(s) would you recommend for DePauw University?

Back from Zimbabwe

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by Henry Dambanemuya

Zimbabwe

My winter term in Zimbabwe came to a nice close. I finished my Independent Study Project in the nick of time. I had the oportunity to develop a computer program for a rural hospital in my hometown. My goal was to prototype an application that keeps track of patient records. My Computer Science adviser was very supportive and even though I was thousands of miles away from him, we always communicated every week via email.

I also had a wonderful time at home, re-connecting with family and friends. Returning home after more than a year was obviously refreshing. It was nice to see how things have changed, re-uniting with old friends and celebrating Christmas with my family. As I returned to campus, I was welcomed by DePauwcalypse, a snow storm that culminated in 2 snow days. I used this free time to decorate my new room since I have just started working as a First Year Resident Assistant for Bishop Roberts Hall. It is a great experience. I get to meet new people, take up a lot of responsibilities, and help maintain DePauw's community standards and university policies.

Last weekend, the The World Association of Music Instruments and Dance (WAMIDAN) hosted a "World Jamz" party aimed at promoting the appreciation of world music and culture. They played music from around the world and there was a variety of cultural food from all over the world. As spring semester begins, I'm looking forward to a wonderful semester filled with new opportunities and more fun times at DePauw University. If you were to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Diversity, with President Casey

Thursday, November 4, 2010 by Henry Dambanemuya

I just got out of a discussion on diversity with President Brian Casey. I've been dying to go to one of his talks. Today I finally got  the chance to take a study break and hear the president speak about an issue that has become increasingly important on campus. What is diversity and how has it affected DePauw University's campus relations? It's definitely not just a numbers game: how many international students we have on campus, etc. It's also not just about differences in people's physical appearances, language, skin-color or having a diverse group of people from different parts of the world and cultural backgrounds on campus. Diversity also entails the different perspectives that DePauw University students bring to campus. It's the basis of our intellectual rigor.

As an international student I think diversity also brings discomfort in certain situations, but I guess being uncomfortable is okay at times because sometimes discomfort helps us to adopt to new situations. It is out of discomfort that diversity and variations also emerge.

DePauw is one of the Indiana Colleges and Universities that is increasingly becoming more diverse and international. It is also becoming more national and even more challenging, but how is that being promoted? Our campus has quickly become so diverse that now it's time to ask ourselves, how did we do this and what does it mean to say, we are now more multicultural and diverse?

DePauw is also one of the small liberal arts colleges in America that excels in economic diversity. Our university has first generation students coming from relatively low income communities in the U.S.A , and can still afford the top liberal education offered at DePauw, through Rector gifts and other private scholarships. The same is true for international students who receive prestigious presidential awards and scholarships from the university.

However, DePauw is underrepresented from Africa and South America, and much more can be done to recruit students from other regions in the world and not just focus on one or a few regions. Of course the President loves trees and wants to see more of them on campus but he also hopes for a more diverse community where people are confident to mix and mingle and are not confined to their micro social bubbles.

I love the DePauw moments when students move out of their cultural bubbles and mingle with other students from different backgrounds. Do you think campus diversity is an important factor when applying to college?

DePauw as Who I Am and Where I'm Going

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by DePauw student

So, here's fall break, and my first full-fledged post. Let me tell you, it's wonderful to sit at home on my couch and listen to music while my little siblings run around and write on my computer. But I also have to admit that any time I find myself on a "break" at home, I can't help but also find myself missing DePauw University.

I'm a Junior here (or, rather, there) at DePauw, and entirely not ready to be this far done with my college life as I am. And yet, here everything is: I'm a hoscho (That is, an Honors Scholar. One of the programs of distinction here at DePauw. We College students have a nack of shortening everything into some sort of catchy phrase for some reason.) and am double majoring in English Writing and Film Studies. And, to top it all off, I've decided recently to add on a minor in Theatre to prepare myself as much as possible for Graduate School in the future.

All of these things make me see how close the end is: I have eleven classes to go to finish up all of my graduation requirements, and three semesters in which to do it. Talk about seeing the end.

Then again, I can't say I'm "running out of time" to do anything.

I have Winter Term ahead of me, which I'm excited for because, during it, I plan on taking an Independent Study program and working with one of the professors in our English Department on developing a full-length stage play. I have another wonderful season of the Playwright's Festival ahead of me this semester, and I've already gotten excited about the classes I plan on taking in the next. Everything is busy, yes, but I suppose that's what I looked for in a Private Liberal Arts College. A school in which I could constantly be immersed in what I love. For me, that's continually writing and developing my skills as a playwright.

I have to say that, in being from a small town in Indiana (Wabash, to be exact, but that has NOTHING to do with Wabash College. Oh how many times people have gotten that one wrong!) I was looking for anything but Indiana colleges and universities. Somehow, however, I stepped foot onto DePauw University's campus and just felt as if I belonged. And I've been belonging ever since.

I actually just got done talking with my little cousin about college. (I say little but, really, he's a Senior in High School.) He's coming to the point in time in which he's having to start thinking about where he's going to go for school. We got into discussing the "infamous" all-nighter that one only comes to realize after a semester in college really isn't as grueling as it may sound, and about class sizes and professors at small liberal arts colleges.

It's funny now, talking to someone that's getting ready to step into the world that I've lived in for going on three years and find myself reflecting on how I felt during that time. I remember freshman year so vividly, it's ridiculous. I'm still close friends with most of the same people, and have a weekly radio show at WGRE with one of my close friends that I met day two of orientation. (That's our school's radio station, recently rated the top college radio station in the nation! As you can tell, those of us that work there are rather proud of it.)

A few weeks ago we sat in the lobby of Bishop Roberts, the dorm we both lived in, and reminisced about everything that became college to us that first year, and has stayed with us ever since.

There's no way I want to leave this place.

And yet, I can't have asked for anything more in preparation to leave it. DePauw University has given me so many professors that I've been able to sit down with and talk about my life and my aspirations, and through them so much encouragement and help towards achieving my goals. I was worried, being a girl from a small town but with big town goals, going to a small liberal arts school in the same state I've always lived in.

But I have to say, DePauw somehow manages to exist as a big world of its own. It's helped to shape who I am, and where I'll be able to go after I leave, opening countless doors.

And I can't wait to see what comes next.
 

POD Weekend

Monday, March 8, 2010 by DePauw student

This weekend was Programs of Distinction Weekend (POD). DePauw has five programs of distinction that are honors programs which allow students to explore different fields of study through co-curriculars. We have programs that are geared toward business and management, technology, media, science and intense intellectual curiosity. Each program is unique in design and adds a little something extra to the DePauw experience.

I am a member of DePauw's Management Fellow Program and Information Technology Associates Program (ITAP for short). Just as a side note, while DePauw does have five PODs, ITAP is the only one in which you can be a part of two programs.

Each POD has its own separate application process and if you make it past the first round application, you are invited to the University to have a final round interview. In every program you are interviewed by a staff or faculty member and current student from that program. For the past three years I have been an interviewer for the Management Fellows Program. I really enjoy interviewing because I like staying involved in the program which has given me so much.

This year I was  thoroughly impressed with the candidates I met from all over the country.

~BB
 

Fall Preview Day

Sunday, November 8, 2009 by DePauw student

Yesterday was a fall preview day. Fall preview days are when prospective students and their families are invited to DePauw for a full day of activities designed to give them a comprehensive view of what DePauw has to offer. The day was kicked off by an address from our amazing President, Brian Casey. The rest of the day had a variety of activities including mock classes for prospective students, campus tours, Q&A sessions with current students and an activities fair. At the activities fair, families can learn more about the different aspects of DePauw by talking with representatives from every department (everything from career services and dining services to academic programs and financial aid).

I participated as a current student in the Q& A session for parents and helped at the Management Fellows table in the activities fair. I really enjoy talking with prospective students because it gives me the opportunity to brag about DePauw and all the wonderful opportunities at this top 50 liberal arts college. 

Next weekend is Monon. I am so excited. I have a lot of work to do though before then.

~BB

 

ArtsFest

Sunday, November 1, 2009 by DePauw student

Starting today, Sunday, is a week long event on our campus called ArtsFest. In its 9th year, this annual celebration showcases art and a specific theme. This year the theme is Art & Power, exploring "the intrinsic power of art to change itself, change us and change the world". This festival has amazing events showcasing our own artists as well as several visiting and world-renowned singers, dancers, actors and authors. As you can probably guess, all the events are free and open to the public.

This week-long festival is yet another example of the amazing opportunities at small liberal arts colleges. The accessibility of the events at Artsfest are at a level that can only be found on small college campuses. At larger schools these types of events are usually not available to all students and the events cost money.

As part of my ITAP job as a digital video producer, I worked on one of about six, sixty-second promo videos highlighting the various events that are apart of this year's Artsfest. Creating the promo videos got me really excited about ArtsFest and I already have several events on my calendar.


~BB


 

Advisory Board Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 2009 by DePauw student

This past Friday, the Management Fellows Advisory Board was on campus for their biannual meeting. The advisory board is made up of about 15 (mostly alumni) business professionals. They are a very impressive group of people who are executives at some of the country's largest and most successful companies.

Because we are a small, private university, we have unparalleled access to these individuals. In addition to having lunch with the advisory board, all Management Fellows had the opportunity to meet for 45 minutes with one or two of the advisory board members. I spoke with an executive from Eli Lilly who also is on the Harvard Business School admission's board.

Since I already have a job lined up for next year, I was especially interested in talking to him about applying to business school in several years. He gave me some great advice and even critiqued my resume. I felt very lucky to have over half an hour of one-on-one time with him.

Just got back from dinner at a professor's house, it was a delicious home cooked meal.

Another week starts tomorrow.

~BB




 

Programs of Distinction

Friday, July 10, 2009 by DePauw student

I think many students are surprised when they here about the prestige of the Programs of Distinction at DePauw. Here a DePauw, a small liberal arts college, students are able to do research, have internships, and attend lectures geared toward a student's interest either within or outside their major. 

The five programs are:

  • Honors Scholar
  • Information Technology Associates Program
  • Management Fellows
  • Media Fellows
  • Science Research Fellows


If you're interested in looking into a program more, you can go to our website at www.depauw.edu/admission/academic/programs-distinctions.asp and look at the programs that interest you.

This summer, students who have just completed their freshmen year are staying on campus and doing research as part of the Science Research Fellows Program. They stay on campus for 10 weeks (paid!) and do their pre-assigned research. I went to visit my friend Brian to who is in SRF and took some pictures to show ya'll. He is working on corroding metal to see what types of substances rust the metal quicker and to what extent. Mostly, I just stood there and watched him mix, clean, do math, and work on the computer to compute the results. I didn't really understand most of what he was saying (i'm not a science major or even close to it), but it was interesting to realize that a fellow student my age was working a project of this magnitude just after his freshman year.
Brian preparing a vial of solution to soak a steel scrap in


In his own words, Brian says "My project is 'Investigating the interactions of ionic liquids with metal surfaces.' An ionic liquid is a compound that is composed entirely of positively and negatively charged molecules, but is an electrolytic liquid at room temperature. Most ionic compounds have extremely high melting points and have to be dissolved in water to make electrolytic solutions. The goal of my research is to determine whether various ionic liquids will prevent or slow the corrosion of steel in aggressive media, such as an acidic environment. We also are trying to determine how the ionic liquid attaches to the surface of the metal, if it does so at all. "



So there you go, an undergraduate student at small private liberal arts college working on research that is usually reserved for graduate students at big state universities. These are just some pictures I took of Brian during one of his metal corrosion tests.



 

Spring Break 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by DePauw student


We have finally reached spring break! I thought we would never get here. Most people had all sorts of tests, papers, projects and presentations the week before spring break. I somehow dodged every bullet possible because I only had one quiz on Wednesday. Now I am in Indianapolis over the weekend before flying out on Monday to New York City. My sister is a first year member of Teach for America and is teaching 6th grade math in the Bronx. I can’t wait to visit her as well as other friends and family I have in the area. 

One of my good friends from DePauw is doing his Management Fellows internship in New York City. I am very excited to see him and see how is he doing both living and working in the Big Apple. Spring Break for DePauw is no different than most colleges and universities across the country. While some students go home, and other work, the vast majority of students flock to about a dozen hot spots in Florida and Mexico.

Friends and I skiing last spring breakI have always been the type of guy who would take a week of skiing over a week on the beach anytime. Last spring break, a bunch of my friends and I did just that. We left the first Friday night of spring break, drove through the night to Winter Park, Colorado and enjoyed a week of skiing. We had such a great time last year, we are trying to organize a similar trip next year for our senior spring break.

If you all are traveling for your spring break this year, be safe and have fun.

~BB