Thursday Commons 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. 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.

The schedule for the current 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 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.


2019-2020 Thursday Commons Schedule

Date Program
August 29, 2019 Open Time
September 5, 2019 Involvement Expo in Sargeant Student Center showcasing different Student Clubs on campus (Coordinated by Lisa Samuelson)
September 19, 2019 Open Time
October 3, 2019 Making Peace - A look at Gandhi and the Old Crossing Treaty
October 31, 2019 A look at the history and traditions of el Día de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday (Day of the Dead)
November 7, 2019 A look at the history of the Sugar Beet harvest and the Roots of the Red River Art Gallery
November 21, 2019 Financial Literacy Presentation from UMC Alumni Abbey Wemimo
December 5, 2019 Faculty and Student Research Presentation in Bede Ballroom (Coordinated by Venu Mukku)
December 19, January 2 NO Thursday Commons (Winter Break)
January 16, 2020 UND History Professor
January 30, 2020 Cultural Exchange Presentation featuring UMC Fulbright Scholars (Coordinated by Venu Mukku)
February 6, 2020 Presenter Chris Ingraham (coordinated by Jim Schaar)
February 20, 2020 Campus Assembly
March 5, 2020 Convocation in Kiehle Auditorium (Coordinated by CSA)
March 19, 2020 NO Thursday Commons (Spring Break) 
April 2, 2020 Open Time
April 16, 2020 Earth Week/Sustainability Presentations (Coordinated by Katy Chapman)
April 30, 2020 Faculty and Student Research Presentation in Bede Ballroom (Coordinated by Venu Mukku)
May 7, 2020 NO Thursday Commons (Finals Week)