UM plans townhall meetings

The second in a series of town-hall meetings was held on the University of Montevallo campus Tuesday, April 17.

The brainchild of Montevallo President Dr. Philip C. Williams, the meetings focused on what people liked &045;&045; or disliked &8212; about the University.

Participants were assigned to random focus groups to discuss 13 questions.

&8220;Answers to the questions should assume that money is no object,&8221; said Williams. &8220;We want to hear the immediate and obvious, but also the dreams, and even the wilder and crazier ideas.&8221;

Sample questions included the following:

-What could we do to improve student learning at the University of Montevallo?

-What is the University of Montevallo&8217;s greatest strength?

-What should we be doing to enhance funding of University goals and objectives?

-What do you imagine and wish Montevallo could become in the next 5-10 years?

The last town-hall meeting is set for Saturday, April 28. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sessions are expected to end by noon and lunch will be provided.

UM Public Relations Director Cynthia Shackelford said the sessions are open to anyone, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and any member of the public who has an interest in the future of the University