Starting in November, President Jill Beck will be scheduling monthly lunches with each residence hall to provide time for informal discussions. The idea sprang up as a way for Lawrence students to meet and talk with Beck on a less formal level.The plan creates a more personable setting for students and Beck to meet, and for Beck to get to know students more directly. Many students may not have spoken to the president outside of formal functions, such as the convocation or meetings, so this is a convenient time to chat and ask questions during a lunch hour. The lunches could also serve as sources of feedback for the president as far as what interests or opinions students have.
Each of the residence halls will choose a particular month during which students would like to meet with the president, a dining hall in which they would like to meet, and someone from the dorm to pick up the president on the designated day.
The halls will also decide what kind of discussion students may like to have with the president. The discussions, said Dean of Students Nancy Truesdell, could range from talking about “the living unit and their activities,” to engaging “in dialogue about specific topics or questions.”
For more details, be on the lookout for information next month. Once the months are assigned, all residence hall staff members (hall council and RLA/RLMs) will be working out the details as to where to meet and what to discuss.