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Thursday Common Block

No classes have been scheduled for the block of time from 12-2 p.m. each Thursday. This was done to provide an open time that allows the scheduling of a variety of campus meetings, events, or presentations and to encourage greater participation by students, staff, and faculty. The 12-2 p.m. time on Thursdays was chosen because it appeared to have the smallest impact on class schedules.

There are some regular meetings that will have a set time. For example, academic departments will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month during this time. The Chancellor’s Office will schedule meetings on the third Thursday of the month. The purpose of this time period is to schedule meetings of campus-wide interest; i.e., open forums, campus assembly. The first and, when it occurs, fifth Thursday will be used for special events or meetings. The Chancellor’s Office will coordinate requests for scheduling those time periods. Those two time periods need not be open to all campus audiences and may be used for staff training, meetings of organizations, or for discussions relating to issues in higher education.

The schedule for the 2013-2014 academic year has been established by a group of faculty, staff, and students, and it can be found here. The schedule for the following year will be developed over the next few months. If someone has an idea for a program or speaker, please contact Chris Winjum at 218-281-8343 or with information.

We ask for your support and cooperation in maximizing this time period. The intention is to build a stronger campus community by improving communication, engaging faculty and staff in important issues, providing opportunities for training, and conducting campus business.


Fred E. Wood
University of Minnesota, Crookston


2014-15 Thursday Common Block Schedule 

Date Speaker/Event Sponsor/Coordinator
September 4, 2014

Two Part Session: Sexual Violence and Bystander Training in Bede Ballroom (for students)

E2 Engagement Survey Results Review in Heritage Classroom, Box lunch provided at 12:00 pm (for Faculty/Lecturers, a staff session will be later in the semester)

September 18, 2014 Workshop on Privilege and Microaggressions in Bede Ballroom at 12:00 pm Lorna Hollowell
October 2, 2014  Strategic Panning Roll-out session in Bede Ballroom at 12:30 pm 

Barbara Keinath &

the Strategic Planning team

October 16, 2014  Homecoming activities in the Student Center and Power Puff Football on the Mall at 12:00 pm  
October 30, 2014  Fall Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium at 12:30 pm  
November 6, 2014  Faculty/Student Research Presentations at 12:00 pm Venu Mukku & Barbara Keinath
November 20, 2014  Campus Assembly in Bede Ballroom at 12:30 pm   
December 4, 2014 OPEN TIME  
December 18, 2014  Finals Week: No Thursday Commons, January 1st is Holiday: No Thursday Commons  
January 15, 2015 OPEN TIME  
January 29, 2015  Faculty/Student Research Presentations at 12:00 pm  Venu Mukku & Barbara Keinath
February 5, 2015  Campus Showdown at 12:30 pm Crookston Student Association
February 19, 2015  Discover York Event at 12:00 pm  Lorna Hollowell
March 5, 2015 Spring Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium at 12:30 pm  
March 19, 2015 Spring Break - No Thursday Commons  
April 2,2015 Campus Assembly in Bede Ballroom at 12:30 pm  
April 16, 2015 Strategic Planning Session in Bede Ballroom

Barbara Keinath &

the Strategic Planning team

April 30, 2015 E2 Engagement Survey results presentation and review presented by UMC Human Resources - Bede Ballroom  
May 7, 2015 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch and last lecture in Bede Ballroom  Crookston Student Association


Contact Information for the Chancellor's Office

Chancellor's Office
107 Selvig Hall
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN  56716
Phone: 218-281-8343
Fax: 218-281-8040


Fred E. Wood
University of Minnesota, Crookston
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Chris Winjum
Assistant to the Chancellor