President Brian W. Casey announced that the new center will be one of the first of its kind at a national liberal arts college and represents DePauw's commitment to ensuring every student is advised and supported in each of the three primary components of their student experience -- academic life, student life and co-curricular life.
The Kathryn Fortune Hubbard Center for Student Engagement will provide the facilities necessary for the university to implement a comprehensive four-year development model that connects the curriculum to co-curricular and experiential learning programs.
It will be located in a renovated Memorial Student Union, and will serve as a centralized home for strengthened and comprehensive student advising for off-campus study, internships, Winter Term programs, career planning, and preprofessional and graduate school preparation.
"The creation of this center will help students develop a pathway for each of their four years at DePauw to include academic advising, co-curricular advising, mentoring and experiential learning so that they are uniquely prepared for their post-college career," Kathy Hubbard said.
"It is absolutely essential that students are advised and coached in ways that shape experiences where they explore their passions, connect with new cultures, and participate in the professional world. This new center will ensure that DePauw is among the best in the country at connecting the liberal arts to life's work."
Casey underlined the university's commitment to the development model that will be made possible through the Hubbard Center.
The creation of the Hubbard Center represents the latest phase in DePauw's efforts to strengthen co-curricular programming that extends the academic experience beyond the classroom. It will build upon recent efforts of the university's Civic, Global and Professional Opportunities office, created in 2010 to encourage more intentional connections between off-campus study programs, career services initiatives and community service and civic engagement efforts.
"For decades, DePauw has been at the forefront of experiential learning in a liberal arts setting," said Raj Bellani, dean for experiential learning and career planning. "We know that these experiences makes it possible for our students to take their liberal arts education and apply it in ways that foster further growth and the development of their own passions.
"It is our vision that every DePauw student will be coached and advised through a comprehensive four-year development program. The Hubbard Center will serve as the focal point of this effort, resting at the intersection point between our curriculum and postgraduate life."
Renovations of the Union Building to include the Hubbard Center will coincide with plans for the construction of Hoover Hall, the university's new dining hall.
Additional fundraising efforts, currently under way, will seek resources to endow and strengthen programs to be located within the Hubbard Center.
Kathy Hubbard, a member of the DPU Board of Trustees and a 1974 graduate of DePauw, is the co-founder of Bridges of Understanding, a nonprofit, nonpolitical group dedicated to fostering better understanding between the United States and the Arab world.
In 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to the J. William Fulbright Board. She also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Zoo and the Choice Charitable Trust, a foundation that provides scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools.
Al Hubbard served as assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy and as the director of the National Economic Council.
During the George H. W. Bush administration, he was deputy chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and executive director of the President's Council on Competitiveness. He is also the founder and chairman of the board of E&A Industries, which has bought and grown a number of companies throughout the U.S. since 1977.
Hubbard has served or is serving on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, including WellPoint Corp., Simon Property Group, PIMCO Equity Series, PIMCO Equity Series VIT and the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.