During his state-of-the-university speech Aug. 20, Chancellor James Schmidt will discuss how UW-Eau Claire's mission and commitment to excellence will continue to guide its work to provide students with a transformative education. He will reflect on the importance of interdependence among university employees, departments and programs across campus; students; and the community — at the local, regional and state levels and beyond — to the university's immediate and long-term future.
The speech will be part of the university's all-employee Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting in the Ojibwe Grand Ballroom of Davies Center. Schmidt also will present the annual faculty and staff excellence awards.
Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m., and the opening meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. Employees are welcome to come and go during the meeting as their schedules require.
A live Web video stream of the event will be accessible during the meeting (video stream link will be "live" during the opening meeting Aug. 20).
University offices will remain open during the breakfast and opening meeting. Departments should make arrangements for student employees or designated staff or faculty members to provide office coverage while the meeting is in session.
An agenda for the opening meeting and a schedule of other campus activities for the opening days of the academic year can be viewed online.