Bob Hawkinson receives a varsity jacket from Willamette.
Bob Hawkinson visits with Sandy (Lindstrom) Intraversato '85
Hawkinson speaks to the crowd
Bistro student employees listen to Hawkinson's speech
Dean of Campus Life Honored for Service
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of the university filled Goudy Commons earlier this week to honor Dean of Campus Life Bob Hawkinson, who is stepping down after 10 years as dean. He will remain on the politics faculty for three more years before retiring.
To recognize his service, the university established the Robert E. Hawkinson Student Initiative Fund, an endowed fund that will provide financial support for individual students and student groups as determined by future deans of Campus Life. Hawkinson also received a varsity jacket and a lifetime 20 percent discount for The Bistro, the student-run coffee shop he has long supported.
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be here at Willamette, and I look forward to the next three years," Hawkinson said. "This job has been one of the most valuable experiences of my professional life."
The self-described "Dean of the Night" brought a new energy and direction to the office, President M. Lee Pelton said. Hawkinson oversaw numerous offices, including Athletics, Campus Recreation, Residence Life, the Community Outreach Program, Career Services, Multicultural Affairs and Student Health Services.
He joined the Willamette politics faculty in 1982 and was the first major cabinet appointment Pelton made as president in 1998. His belief that students learn both outside and inside the classroom made him the visionary behind Willamette's plan to implement a residential commons system. Hawkinson will assume the role of the first faculty mentor at Kaneko Commons.
"During his time as dean, Bob has advised, counseled and mentored hundreds of students, helping them shape their dreams and ideas into realities," Pelton said. "His generosity with students is personal, deep and unparalleled."
Hawkinson displayed his usual humor as he said farewell to Willamette students. "I want to thank the students for your idealism, your energy, your creativity, your service ethic, and most of all, your sense of humor," he said. "I would also like to say that you can now ask your parents to stop calling me."
The new dean of Campus Life will be David Douglass, who is currently associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts and professor of rhetoric and media studies.
Individuals wishing to contribute to the Robert E. Hawkinson Student Initiative Fund should contact Ron Korvas at firstname.lastname@example.org.