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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


2013-14 Thursday Common Block Schedule 

Date Speaker/Event Sponsor/Coordinator
August 29, 2013 GTC Dramatic Dialogues "What's it all about"
Covering topics of Sexism, Racism, and Sexual Assault (snacks/refreshments provided)
Alysa Tulibaski
September 5, 2013 Dr. Bernard Franklin - "Empowering the Leader in You" Lorna Hollowell
September 19, 2013 UMC faculty to present and discuss "Internationalizing Teaching and Learning" Kim Gillette
October 3, 2013 Powder-Puff Football and other Homecoming Activities Peter Phaiah
October 17, 2013 Convocation Crookston Student Association
October 31, 2013 UMC Panel to Present/discuss "Exploring Universal Design for Application in Electronic/Online Learning Environments" Laurie Wilson
November 7, 2013 Benefits Fair Sandy Herkenhoff
November 21, 2013 Campus Assembly Chancellor Wood
December 5, 2013 OPEN  
January 16, 2014 Faculty Research Presentations in Bede Ballroom sponsored by Academic Affairs Department in collaboration with UMC Faculty  Venu Mukku
January 30, 2014 Student Research Presentations in Bede Ballroom sponsored by Academic Affairs Department in collaboration with UMC Faculty  Venu Mukku
February 6, 2014 Date is OPEN  
February 20, 2014 Campus Showdown in Bede Ballroom Crookston Student Association
March 6, 2014 Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium Crookston Student Association
March 20, 2014 Spring Break  
April 3, 2014 Campus Assembly in Bede Ballroom Chancellor Wood
April 17, 2014 Earth Day Speaker/Events in Bede Ballroom sponsored by Center of Sustainability Dan Svedarsky
May 1, 2014 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day 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