Lindsay Bartlett '07 Keeps DePauw Spirit Alive in Chicago

Lindsay A. Bartlett ’07 does all she can to stay connected with DePauw, and that includes chairing the Chicago Regional Alumni Chapter. “It’s hard to explain to people in Chicago how much I love a small liberal arts school in the middle of Indiana,” she says. “DePauw is an awesome place.”

Lindsay began volunteering with DePauw soon after graduation, serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2007-13. “When I first started volunteering, it was a way to not let go of my DePauw experience,” she said. “A few years later, I really began to appreciate how much DePauw had meant to me while I was in college and how it had set me up for the future. As the Chicago Regional Alumni Chapter chairperson, I realized that I love volunteering for DePauw when we had our first Welcome to DePauw event for new grads and interns in the Chicago area. There were so many alumni who loved DePauw and wanted to welcome the next generation to our city, and it was really meaningful.”

Lindsay currently serves as a member of GOLD Council, promoting the engagement of graduates of the last decade through annual giving, career services, admissions and reunion celebrations. She rallied support from the Class of 2007 for the GOLD Challenge in November. “There are a lot of nonprofits out there that need our help, but it’s important to remember that our sense of philanthropy, giving back and uncommon success has roots at DePauw University. DePauw needs financial support, so more and more gifted students can graduate and make our world a great place.”

Lindsay earned degrees in theatre and French with a minor in film studies at DePauw, and her education has served her well. She works as the scholarship and events coordinator for Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic school in Chicago, and as artistic director of 20% Theatre Company Chicago, which produces shows written, directed and designed by women. She also continues to act and provide dialect coaching for other actors.

She says serving as a first-year mentor was one of her most important experiences at DePauw. “At the time, I thought it was just another achievement to put on my résumé,” she said, “but now I see it was a great educational experience, one that showed me how important it is to mentor and teach younger generations, and how important it is to show love for my institution by instilling it in the younger classes.”

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