The mission of the Henry M. Hogan Campus Center is to support the educational mission of the College of the Holy Cross by providing the highest standards of service, a welcoming facility, and programs that encourage and stimulate social and cultural growth for the student body. Through its auxiliary enterprises, the Campus Center also plays a key role in the revenue enhancement opportunities for the college.
The Hogan Campus Center underwent a major top to bottom renovation in the summer of 1997. Throughout the planning process a vision for what students, student organizations, faculty, administration and Campus Center staff desired came into focus. The original architectural concept for the Campus Center was very compartmentalized and dedicated space to individual groups and organizations based on needs not met elsewhere on campus, i.e. fencing room, golf driving range and putting green, etc. Over the years student organizations were given space based upon availability without regard to interaction between groups or with the Student Activities office. The current thought process, concept and vision is to break down those rigid lines and open up the building both structurally and conceptually. Today there is more of a feeling of the need to be an integral part of the whole and that this whole is more important that any individual group or organization. This concept translates into a structure and organization that brings individuals, groups and organizations together. This was emphasized in the discussions concerning the openness of the first floor mall concept and the gathering of the student activities and organizations on the second floor.
As the Campus Center moves forward with this new facility and also moves forward in meeting the needs of the various constituents, it will be very important to maintain a balance between the on campus needs and the need to market and sell facility to meet revenue enhancement challenges. At the same time it will continue to be a challenge to meet future needs, concepts and visions within the limitations of fiscal responsibility.
In 1956, the 33rd conference of the Association of College Unions, International, the professional organization of Student Unions and Campus Centers, adopted the following statement of the role of a college union. It represents the ideals and philosophy that the Campus Center can foster.
"The Campus Center is the community center of the college, for all the members of the college family; students, faculty, administration, alumni and guests. It is not just a building, it is also an organization and a program. Together they represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college. As the "living room" or "hearthstone" of the college, the Campus Center provides for the services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the college family need in their daily life on the campus and for getting to know and understand one another through informal association outside the classroom.
The Campus Center is part of the educational program of the college. As the center of the college community life, it serves as a laboratory of citizenship, training students in social responsibility and for leadership in our democracy. Through the various student activity programming boards, committees, and staff it provides a cultural, social and recreational program, aiming to make free time activity a cooperative factor with study in education. In all its processes it encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. Its goal is the development of the person as well as the intellect. The Campus Center serves as a unifying force in the life of the college, cultivation enduring regard for and loyalty to the college."