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To:                   The Campus Community

From:               Dr. Larry Guzy, Chair,
                         Strategic Planning and Resource Council

Date:                November 5, 2009

Subject:            Strategic Planning Stakeholders Conference

I am very pleased by the enthusiastic engagement of so many in our campus community in the strategic-planning process. Your hard work and your ideas are helping to shape the future of our college.

On Monday, November 16, the entire campus community will have more opportunities to participate in the strategic-planning process when our consultant, Dr. David McFarland, returns to campus for our second Stakeholders Conference.

Dr. McFarland will conduct open forums for the campus community on Driving Forces, Core Values, and Institutional Distinctiveness.  In addition, he will be available for informal discussions about our college's strategic planning, either individually or in small groups.  Members of the Strategic Planning and Resource Council (SPARC) as well as the three SPARC task forces (Governing Ideas, Institutional Distinctiveness, and Organizational Structure) will also be available for informal discussions. 

The schedule for Monday, November 16, is included below.  I encourage you to participate in any or all of the sessions. 


Informal Discussions: 11 a.m.—1 p.m. at the Waterfront (Hunt Union)

Stop in anytime for an informal discussion with Dr. McFarland and/or representatives of SPARC and the task forces


Open Forums: 2 p.m.—5 p.m. in the Craven Lounge (Morris Conference Center)

Dr. McFarland will lead workshops on the current drafts of planning documents:

2 p.m.: Driving Forces

3 p.m.: Core Values

4 p.m.: Institutional Distinctiveness


More information about SPARC, including copies of the current drafts of the planning documents, is available through the SPARC website at or by following the SPARC link from the college's homepage.


Thank you for your valuable contributions to the strategic-planning process and your thoughtful work on behalf of our college.



To stay informed about the Strategic Planning and Resource Council, please visit the SPARC web site at

November 5, 2009