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Provost fora offer opportunity to ask questions about campus priorities; next one set for Thursday

Tom DiLorenzo

UND Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Tom DiLorenzo takes part in an informational forum in 2017. With opportunities to ask questions, hear others’ questions and make suggestions, the Provost fora are a way for faculty and students to gain important information they might not otherwise receive. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

Want to know what’s going on around campus?

Provost fora, which feature guests and updates each month, are one of the best places to find out firsthand about academic initiatives, progress on the One UND Strategic Plan, budget, student recruitment and more.

With opportunities to ask questions, hear questions from others and make suggestions, the forums are a way for faculty, students and staff to gain information they might not otherwise receive, said Tom DiLorenzo, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“The success of the university is made possible by the active involvement of many members of our faculty, students and staff,” said DiLorenzo. “The forums are a great way to learn about campus initiatives.”

The first forum of the semester is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Room 7 of the the Education Building.

DiLorenzo will provide updates on academic affairs since last spring; Madhavi Marasinghe, CIO, will provide an overview of University Information Technology’s Strategic Plan; and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm, past chair of the University Senate, will present an overview of the upcoming 66th Legislative Assembly as it relates to UND and the North Dakota University System.

On Oct. 11, Jed Shivers, Vice President for Finance and Operations and Chief Operating Officer, will provide an update on the Incentive Based Budget Model.

Dates for future fora are Nov. 8, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 21, and April 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., all in Room 7 of the Education Building.

Since 2016

The Provost Fora began in 2016 just as the preparation of the Strategic Plan discussion and before the Incentive Based Budget Model (MIRA) was fully implemented. DiLorenzo wanted to ensure that the campus community was provided with the opportunity to hear updates from him and others around these two priorities. He also wanted to get feedback from the University community, and to offer a place to hear about other important happenings in Academic Affairs, across campus, and at the state level.