Denise Castillo Dell Isola '96 Serves on Alumni Board and 20th Reunion Committee

Denise Castillo Dell Isola ’96 remembers the four years she studied at DePauw as amazing, and her college experience has been a major motivator for her to stay connected to the University in the 20 years since her graduation.

“I received an excellent education, studied off-campus for a semester, did an internship on Capitol Hill and engaged in many leadership opportunities. I learned from and was mentored by professors who were genuinely interested in my growth and success,” Denise says. “I made lifelong friends who have provided incredible friendship and support over the years. I also have access to an incredible alumni network.” 

Denise attended her five-, 10- and 15-year reunions and was on the volunteer committee for her 20th reunion this year. She has been active with the Chicago chapter of the Regional Alumni Council, making it a priority to promote DePauw at events for admitted students and attend alumni events in the Chicago area, including Monon Bell telecast parties.

“DePauw taught me about the importance of community, giving back and service to others,” Denise says. “DePauw gave me so much when I was there that I feel it is important to volunteer for my alma mater.”

Her contributions do not go unnoticed by her classmates. “Though many consider it a small university, DePauw offered us big opportunities, a tremendous education, a close knit community and lots of fun. With a relatively small alumni group, it means more when just one member of our community gives back,” Jamie Griffin ‘96 said. “Denise understands this, and through her selfless giving of her time, she demonstrates DePauw excellence.”

Denise has made a life in law, the nonprofit sector and child advocacy, which has reinforced her strong sense of the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy. She has served on DePauw’s Alumni Board since 2012 and was recently elected president of the board. She also served on the University’s Presidential Transition Committee, which ensured a smooth transfer to the new administration of President D. Mark McCoy.

“Denise and I met our very first day at DePauw. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does, and her service to DePauw is no exception. You won’t find a more loyal volunteer or friend anywhere,” says Mandi Jedlicka Custer ’96, who served with Denise on the 20-Year Reunion Planning Committee.

Through her volunteer service with DePauw, Denise says she enjoys getting to know alumni from different classes and working with them to increase alumni engagement, as well as reconnecting with classmates on the reunion committee.


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