The McDougal Graduate Student Center is moving to the top floor of 135 Prospect Street this summer, in advance of the closing of HGS for renovations. This light-filled venue will have a comfortable lounge, offices for Student Life staff and Fellows, Diversity Fellows, a Career Strategy (OCS) satellite office, space for the Graduate Student Assembly, and a program room. The Caulkins Courtyard and building terraces will provide outdoor space for relaxation, receptions, and parties, including Orientation Week events, First Fridays at Five (FFF), and Commencement gatherings. The new facility will open in time for Matriculation next fall. This will be a temporary home for the McDougal Center until a permanent location is available in three to five years elsewhere on campus.
“The McDougal Center will still be your home away from home, a place where you can relax, socialize with friends, attend events or get information and resources,” says Lisa Brandes, assistant dean and director of the Office of Graduate Student Life. “The new location will be renovated to meet the needs of today’s grad students, with input from a working group of students and staff. The Fellows, staff, and student groups look forward to continuing to create a community for all GSAS students and plan useful and fun programs in the new space, just as we have for the past 20 years at HGS.”
Photos by Tony Rinaldo