Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Meeting
21 April 1998
January 30, 1998
Dr. Francine McNairy
We write on behalf of the '98-'99 Academic Theme Committee to request your
administrative support and financial assistance as we plan a true
all-campus Convocation as the kick-off to the '98-'99 theme activities. As
you know, the theme for next academic year is "Millersville University: A
Community of Learners."
We are tentatively planning an open air program and picnic to be held
either in/near the stadium or in the Gordinier quad. the event will begin
late afternoon (4:15 PM?) and conclude at approximately 6:25 PM, and will
cap off a day-long series of events and/or departmental "open houses."
The all-campus program will be designed as a kind of academic "pep rally,"
incorporating successful MU alumni as well as campus "notables." It will
be completed with a picnic supper organized along the lines of the "Dinner
for 500," that is, groups of faculty, students and staff will participate
in semi-structured conversation around the SSHE priority for a focus on
We are working with Rich Yednock to determine how we can accommodate and
feed a large number of persons at a reasonable price, but no clear figures
are presently available. We ask that you work with us to fund this event,
perhaps by utilizing the funds alloted to the President's garden supper,
the present Faculty Convocation, and the new student picnic. We also ask
that you make it possible for all students and faculty to attend this
event by cancelling classes from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to
meeting with you to discuss this further.
for the '98-'99 Academic Theme Committee
Millersville University: A Community of Learners
In recent decades, theorists have confirmed what we know by experience:
human learning is an interactive and communal process. Conversely, the
construction of community requires thinking and acting in concert, i.e.
learning about and with one another. During the 1998-99 academic year,
Millersville University joins the State System of Higher Education in
looking at learning as the university's reason for being. In a sense, this
theme simply highlights the regular work of the university. We look at the
university not as a community unto itself, but in interaction with other
communities. We look at learning not as a purely academic affair, but also
in its social and practical dimensions. We celebrate our connections with
each other and with the communities beyond the campus. We celebrate as
well the diversity that makes learning and growth both possible and
impreative. We seek to make conscious what we are about as a "community of
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