Carrie Melind Coquillette Invites 1982 Grads to Revel in the Progress of their Alma Mater

Carrie Melind Coquillette ’82 is grateful for her DePauw experience and the way it shaped her life, especially her Winter Term and study-abroad experiences. “When I studied in Freiburg, Germany, the Berlin Wall still existed. There was no Internet, Google Maps or Euro. I was challenged to push myself beyond my known limits. It was a time of personal growth, trying new things and developing self-confidence,” she said.

Carrie and her husband, University Trustee Kenneth W. Coquillette ’82, support DePauw in many areas, including a major gift to endow programming (including The Sophomore Institute and Coquillette Peer Consultants) through the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. Their goals are to encourage DePauw students to be intentional with their time inside and outside the classroom and to develop multiple career options/outcomes upon graduation. As an alumna, parent and spouse of a trustee, Carrie is in a unique position to meet with staff, faculty, alumni and students on campus three to five times per year and to see, firsthand, the tremendous impacts of the generous gifts of fellow DePauw alumni. “I love being involved in ways that allow me to develop relationships with and mentor students,” Carrie said, “and I enjoy the opportunity to stay connected to DePauw.”

A volunteer for her 35th class reunion in June 2017, Carrie is most looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and showing off the many recent campus improvements. For those who haven’t been to campus in several years, she especially looks forward to seeing their reactions to the Anderson Street entrance, Hoover Hall, Reavis Stadium and Welch Fitness Center (a gift from her classmate, M. Scott Welch ’82 and Kimberlee Welch). She notes the class dinner will be held in the stately Emison Building where the Office of Admission is now located. “I’m so proud of everything the DePauw community is accomplishing,” she says. “The 35th reunion planning committee and I welcome the Class of 1982 to return to campus and reconnect to DePauw.”

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