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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


2015-16 Thursday Common Block Schedule 

Date Speaker/Event Sponsor/Coordinator
September 3, 2015 Student Involement Expo in Bede Lisa Samuelson
September 17, 2015 Title IX Annual Training in Bede Peter Phaiah
October 1, 2015 Banned Books Event in Bede Stacie Varnson
October 15, 2015 Fall Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium CSA
October 29, 2015 Chancellor's Retreat Follow-up/Diversity Program Peter & Chanc. Office
November 5, 2015 Professional Development/Faculty Onboarding Stacie Varnson/Les Johnson
November 19, 2015 Campus Assembly in Bede Ballroom at 12:30 pm  Owen Williams
December 3, 2015 Fac/Staff Research Presentation in Bede  Venu Mukku
January 21, 2016 Presentation by Canadian Consulate General Jamshed Merchant  
February 4, 2016 Dan Svedarsky coordinating a Sustainability Presentation/Program  
February 18, 2016 Annual students vs faculty/staff "Campus Showcase" event  
March 3, 2016 Spring Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium Crookston Student Association
March 17, 2016 Spring Break - No Thursday Commons  
March 31, 2016 Fac/Staff Research Presentation in Bede Venu Mukku
April 7, 2016 Campus Assembly in Bede Ballroom at 12:30 pm Owen Williams
April 21, 2016 E2 Survey Results Presentation and discussion Les Johnson
May 5, 2016 Finals week nothing is scheduled  


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


Chris Winjum
Assistant to the Chancellor