On April 19th, President Samarasekera will be hosting her annual spring town hall. Following brief remarks, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion relating to initiatives, events and issues of importance to the university community.
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) 1-430
Please register online at: http://www.president.ualberta.ca/2011SpringTownHall
In addition to the normal venues for asking a question—either in person or through the registration form—the President will also be taking questions through both Colloquy and Twitter. Any faculty, staff or students who have questions may submit them here in the comments, or through Twitter. If using Twitter, please submit your questions to @ualberta, using the hashtag #ualbertapres or #ualbertaTHall.
Please use your real name in your submissions, as well as your status on campus as faculty, staff, or student (we will also take questions from alumni). This will hopefully allow us to pull a question from each pool, giving the President a broader range of questions to answer (if you are using a Twitter handle that is different from your name, we will contact you asking for your real name and status on campus.) Please have your questions submitted to us by 12 pm, MST, on Monday, April 18, 2011.
We can’t guarantee that your question will be answered at the town hall. The President will answer as many questions as she can, but priority will be given to questions asked by those in attendance. Questions that are answered by the President will also be posted here on Colloquy following the Town Hall. We will use a web application called Audioboo to record President Samarasekera’s responses, and they will be posted using the Audioboo player widget.
During the town hall, university staff (and interested others) will live tweet the event using the hashtag #ualbertaTHall. Tweets will come through the main U of A twitter account, as well as other accounts run or used by staff. We will tape the town hall, and post the video to YouTube. We will also attempt to take a picture or two for our Tumblr page.
Social media is another way for the University of Alberta to communicate with, and receive communication from, members of the U of A community. This initiative is a broadening of the town hall concept, and will allow even more people to interact with the President. We are excited by the opportunity these tools provide us in interacting and engaging with more members of the campus community, and look forward to receiving your questions for the President.
For more information on the town hall itself, please contact Sara.Dick@ualberta.ca or 780.492.1525.