Saint Mary's Community Time is scheduled from 12:40 to 2:10 p.m. on Wednesdays during the Fall, Jan Term, and Spring semesters.
Community Time has three main purposes: 1) to allow opportunities for all members of the community to be together at meals and other community-building events; 2) to allow opportunities for discussions and experiences that foster community within our three traditions and educational mission; and 3) to allow opportunities for all members of the community to participate in discussions and experiences that enhance shared governance, institutional effectiveness, and continuous improvement.
After a two-year pilot program, Community Time has become a permanent part of the Saint Mary's College schedule. Beginning in 2008-09 "meeting dates," where added, as requested by the Academic Senate, to explore whether having designated meeting dates for faculty, staff, and students to use for that purpose enhances or detracts from the general goals of Community Time. There is one "meeting date" per month, except for December and May, and while other kinds of events may be scheduled on these dates, it is hoped that their primary purpose will be for meetings.