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SL director enjoys job, life

by Ina Hinkelmann, staff writer

   

What Heather Hubbard loves about her job, she said, is being able to see students enjoy themselves. As the director of Student Life at Hawai‘i Pacific University, she helps them do that by organizing clubs, student government, and activities.

Many students want to do more than just study. They want to socialize, relax, and get to know new friends. They enjoy extracurricular activities, such as hiking, diving, canoeing, and doing community service, for example. Hubbard tries to help students do these things safely.

Heather Hubbard

 

She is also responsible for creating and implementing programs that enhance the college experience and makes sure that all aspects of the Office of Student Life run smoothly, including spirit groups, intramurals, clubs, educational programs, and socials. She makes sure that student issues are heard—in student government and the University’s administration.

“ I enjoy working with students outside of the classroom and try to be a positive influence to help lay a foundation for a well-rounded college experience,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard is very happy and excited about her job and sees it as a huge honor to be the director of Student Life and advisor to the Associated Students of Hawai‘i Pacific University (ASHPU).

“ What gives me the most joy is being able to act as a resource for a group of students when they plan a large-scaled event from start to finish and to see their pride when their event is successful. That to me is just awesome,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard, director since November 2001, is originally from California where she worked for San Diego State University in Greek Affairs (sororities and fraternities). She moved to Hawai‘i in the summer of 1999 and started as the special activities coordinator for HPU.

Hubbard said she truly appreciates what students have to go through to achieve their education, including financial constraints, academic rigor, and social issues. Her hope is to continue to be a resource and provide fun and educational activities that enhance the college experience and provide oppurtunities for people to meet new friends.

“ She always has an open ear and you can talk to her about anything,” said Angie Lim, a Travel Industry Management student and member of ASHPU.

In her free time, Hubbard enjoys going to the movies and to the beach and spending time with her husband and her three dogs.

In the future, she wants to continue working with her staff to expand the programs that the Student Life Office offers. She said her staff is a wonderful team to work with and that she has always been amazed by their creativity and spirit.

“ Student Life is where it is today because of our joint effort working with each other and especially with our students,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said HPU students are “truly some of the most brilliant, creative, cultured, amazing individuals that I have ever had the privilege of working with and for.”

 
 

 

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