Me, in words - and pictures!

Hi! I'm Marilyn Culler, Media Fellows assistant director. Media Fellows is one of DePauw's Honors & Fellows programs.

I'm a photojournalist and visual storyteller. And oh, does DePauw have stories! I've had an amazing 17 years working at DePauw. Most recently, I had a chance to talk one-on-one with CNN's Candy Crowley. She gave an Ubben Lecture and also met with students from WGRE, D3TV and The DePauw student newspaper.

During my time here, I've met a Nobel Prize winner, acclaimed authors and award-winning journalists. I've photographed world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma's jam sessions with School of Music students, and been on the field for the Monon Bell game - the oldest small college football rivalry west of the Alleghenies. I've visited the World Food Programme office in Rome, one of our Media Fellows internship sites. I walk the hallowed halls of historic East College and the trails of our 520-acre Nature Park. I love to cook, travel and spend time with friends and family. I always have a camera with me, and I'm excited to share stories about DePauw, our distinguished journalism tradition, and life with students at a small liberal arts college.

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.