University Conference to Focus on Truman's Future

Truman’s sixth annual University Conference will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 15. "Celebrating the Truman Vision:  Focusing on the Future" is the theme for the day.

The Conference is an opportunity for the entire University community, faculty, staff and students, to review and collectively address key issues affecting the future of the University and its ability to provide students with the best possible opportunities to learn and develop their talents both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s Conference objective is to solicit discussion and input from all areas of the University community relating to the future of Truman through the development of the University’s new strategic plan. There will be no classes from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Feb. 15.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the lobby outside Baldwin Auditorium, followed by a welcome and introductory remarks from University President Barbara Dixon at 8:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Auditorium.
Following this, Stephen Briggs, the provost of the College of New Jersey, will give the plenary address, "To Be Who We Say We Are," at 8:45 a.m. Briggs led an academic renewal at his institution.

The first of the day’s three sessions of concurrent meetings will begin at 10 a.m. Students, faculty and staff can participate in a variety of presentations and discussions, including an additional presentation from this year’s Baldwin Lecturer, Craig E. Nelson, titled "Balancing Nature and Rigor" at 10 a.m. See for a complete listing of the session topics, locations and facilitators.

A buffet lunch is scheduled at noon in the Student Union Building Georgian Room. A reservation is required for the luncheon.

The annual Baldwin Lecture will be delivered after lunch by Craig E. Nelson, a National Carnegie Scholar for Teaching and Learning and professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University in Bloomington. His presentation, "Maps for Understanding Liberal Education," will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Student Union Building Georgian Room.

All Conference participants are invited to the Technology Fair in the afternoon on the day of the Conference. See Page 3 for more information about items on display at the Technology Fair, which will take place from 2-4 p.m., in the Student Union Building Activities Room.

The third and final concurrent session will begin at 2 p.m. following the Baldwin Lecture.

Finally, the Conference will conclude at 3:15 p.m. in the Student Union Building Activities Room, with a chance for faculty, staff and students to socialize and reflect on the day’s activities.

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