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MSU to host all-day Open House & Conversation for campus community, Sept. 11

August 30, 2013

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Students, faculty and staff are invited to an all-day MSU Open House & Conversation on Sept. 11 in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building. The Open House & Conversation begins at 9 a.m. with an Honor Guard presentation of the colors by Army ROTC in remembrance of 9/11 followed by a state of the university address by President Waded Cruzado and presentations about major university units and the Montana University System.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend as much or as little of the Open House & Conversation as their schedule permits. Each presentation will allow time for a Q&A section and the university community is invited to submit recommendations about any topic at any time during the all-day event. There will be a light buffet lunch at noon during which members of the campus community can visit informally with the day's presenters.

The schedule of presenters is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Honor Guard presentation of colors and moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11.

9:10 a.m.
State of the University Address
President Waded Cruzado                                                

9:30 a.m.                  
Academic Affairs Report
Provost/VPAA Martha Potvin
New faculty hires; preparation for accreditation third year review; status of enrollments and classroom use; progress of graduation success teams; academic strategic plan; graduate education            

10:00 a.m.                   
Administration and Finance Report
VP Terry Leist
Financial overview; Human Resources re-org update; parking; OpenMSU; performance-based funding; student housing and dining update; sustainability update


10:30 a.m.      
Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer Report
VP Anne Camper
Incentive program for faculty engaged in research; research expenditures/performance in FY '13; key highlights for research programs


11:00 a.m.      
MSU Extension Report
Director Jill Martz
Extension's role and structure, areas of programming emphasis by campus and field faculty, challenges and opportunities


11:30 a.m.      
Planning and Analysis
Director Chris Fastnow
Snapshot of the university, progress on the strategic plan, and plans for the coming year for Planning Council and the Office of Planning and Analysis


12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.       
Lunch and chance to visit with administrators Faculty Senate representative informally

Light buffet fare provided in Ballroom A

12:45 p.m.
ASMSU Update
ASMSU President Lindsay Murdock and ASMSU VP Lucas Smith

1:00 p.m.
Student Services & Student Success Report
VP Robert Marley
Brief summary of recent changes within the Division of Student Success and future plans for efforts to support MSU Core Values and new Strategic Plan; included are brief unit updates and initiatives such as strategic enrollment management and reporting


1:30 p.m.        
Faculty Senate Report
Chair Robert Mokwa
The participative governance process; goals and plans for this year; new opportunities and developments in higher education


2:00 p.m.        
Information Technology Report
CIO Adam Edelman
New mobile application announcement; update on the new IT Service Desk; status of the login simplification and email upgrade projects


2:30 p.m.        
Legal Counsel Report
University Counsel Leslie Taylor
Recent guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title IX and pregnant students; the recent passage of the Violence Against Women Act as it affects the university


3:00 p.m.
Montana University System report and Legislative Summary
Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian

3:30 p.m.        
President Waded Cruzado