A Time to Share

Story by Kevin Damore, MFA '07

"Community Time" premiered the first Wednesday of the fall 2006 semester, providing a weekly time for socializing, intellectual pursuit and shared mission events.

The academic calendar has been restructured to keep Wednesdays from 12:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. open, allowing students, faculty and staff to partake in events ranging from special Masses, public speakers and informational workshops. A weekly barbecue and social events are also held during the 90-minute break.

Some of the speakers in the fall included Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, on the fight for social justice; Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine on global warming; and Dr. Joseph Graves, Professor of Biological Sciences at North Carolina AT&T University, on "The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America."

Within Community Time there are six Shared Mission Events, such as an Ash Wednesday service and College Colloquia, where no campus activities may be scheduled during the time period.

Community Time was implemented on a pilot basis and will be re-evaluated after two years. Events already scheduled for the spring 2007 semester include a faculty scholarship forum and College Convocation.