Rumor has it that the faculty’s official safe space will be open from 5-8 today (Wed) and tomorrow.
11/1/2016: Real-life UO Faculty Club to replace deplorable on-line rumor mill
For years this blog has reported on the rumors heard “down at the Faculty Club”, on everything from the next athletic scandal to how long we’ll be stuck with this Dean or that VP. I’ve received more than a few emails from confused faculty, asking me where the club is located and what they have to do to join. They usually drop it after I explain the initiation rituals. But occasionally I tell them the truth – UO does not have a faculty club.
But now we do – complete with a bar and child-care:
We are pleased to let you know that at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, we will open the new University of Oregon Faculty Club in a new designated space in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. This idea has been in the works for a number of years, and is meant to provide a place where statutory faculty and their guests can gather in a welcoming and collegial space.
The UO Faculty Club will feature full no-host bar service and complimentary snacks. It will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays through December 1 and resume operations January 11 at the beginning of the winter term. This effort is a pilot project to determine if the club can support regular service. If it is successful, then we will look at extending operations on a permanent basis.
A faculty club like this is something that faculty members have long requested at the UO. The minor renovations needed to accommodate this pilot effort are in line with the long-term needs of the museum, which will also use the room for other events and occasions.
Ultimately, we believe this could be a great way for faculty at the UO to get to know each other outside of the departments and colleges where most spend their time. While this is a social club, we hope that it is also a catalyst for relationship building and collaboration among faculty across the UO campus.
Michael H. Schill, President and Professor of Law
James Harper, Chair of the Faculty Club Board and Associate Professor of Art History
WHO: The UO Faculty Club is open to all UO statutory faculty—tenure-track faculty, career non-tenure-track faculty, and OAs tenured in an academic department—and their guests.
WHEN: 5 – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pilot project dates will be November 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 and December 1. Operation will resume January 11 after the holidays.
AMENITIES: The UO Faculty Club will feature full no-host bar service and complimentary snacks.
CHILDCARE: Enjoy socializing in the faculty club while your child (ages 3+) participates in a drop in art workshop in the museum’s art studio, directly across from the faculty club. Cost is $10 for the first child, $5 for the second sibling. RSVP to Jordyn Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION: Faculty Club Board Chair James Harper (associate professor, History of Art and Architecture), email@example.com.
Thank you President Schill! Between this and the UO Senate’s increasingly popular blog, UO Matters’s days are numbered. Oh wait, there’s still athletics and the public records problem.