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April 9, 2009
Dr. Dean L. Hubbard and his wife, Aleta, will be honored at special events on campus this month in recognition of their service as Northwest's president and first lady. When the Hubbards retire Aug. 1, they will have completed 25 years at the University.
Dr. Hubbard is the ninth president in Northwest's 104-year history and will have served in that role longer than any of his predecessors.
Next week, the Northwest Student Senate will present "Breaking Boundaries: A Cultural Journey of Excellence." Scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, the event is open to all Northwest students and friends. Light refreshments will be available, along with music, student performances and a slide show featuring Hubbard's accomplishments.
Several activities are planned during the following week, including an afternoon reception and evening barbeque on Thursday, April 23. All University employees, community members and Northwest friends are invited to both gatherings. The reception is planned from 4 until 6 p.m. in the ballroom; the "tailgate"-style barbeque is scheduled from 7 until 9 p.m. at the pavilion on College Park Drive. Fireworks will be set off near the end of the celebration from Foundation-owned land west of campus.
In case of bad weather, the barbeque will be held in the union.
The couple is to be escorted to the reception from the Gaunt House by a group of student musicians, cheerleaders, the Bearcat Steppers and Bobby Bearcat. The procession will leave the presidential residence at 3:45 p.m., and the music will serve as notice that festivities are beginning. All are invited to accompany the Hubbards to the union and to make and display congratulatory signs to carry or post in windows. University offices will close at 4 p.m. so that everyone can take part.
Both the reception and barbecue are informal. Those who attend are encouraged to wear their work clothes and dress comfortably. The president will be given an opportunity to speak, but no formal program is planned at either event.
These two events will highlight the campus celebration, but other activities are scheduled. Earlier on April 23, the Hubbards will host past and present student employees who have worked in the president's office over the years.
Two tree planting ceremonies are scheduled the following day, Friday, April 24. Five pines will be planted north of the union following a breakfast with Faculty Senate presidents who served during the Hubbard administration. The Hubbards will join members of the Northwest Foundation Board for lunch, and a second tree planting is scheduled afterward at the Gaunt House.
In addition to the University community, alumni and friends, the Hubbards' children, grandchildren and personal and professional friends will take part in the celebration.
The day's events are sponsored by the Office of University Relations, the Office of Advancement and the Northwest Foundation.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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