A weekly open block for various meetings and events

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. The period has come to be known as "Thursday Commons."

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.


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.

2022-2023 Thursday Commons Schedule

Date Program
September 1, 2022 OPEN
September 15, 2022 Career Fair - Nan Thurston
September 29, 2022 Suicide Prevention Training - Jodi Ramberg/Christen Schoenborn
October 6, 2022 OPEN
October 20, 2022 Bystander Intervention Training - Jodi Ramberg/Christen Schoenborn
November 3, 2022 Campus Assembly - Chancellor Mary
November 17, 2022 OPEN
December 1, 2022 OPEN
January 19, 2023 OPEN
February 2, 2023 OPEN
February 16, 2023 Campus Assembly - Chancellor Mary
March 2, 2023 Faculty/Staff/Student Research Presentations - Venu Mukku
March 16, 2023 Spring Break
March 30, 2023 OPEN
April 6, 2023 OPEN
April 20, 2023 Earth Day Event - Katy Chapman
May 4, 2023 Finals Week