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Coffee and connections: Provost extends invitation

College of Engineering Student Ambassadors Brian Szoch and Madison Smith recently met with Provost Hu. Students, faculty and staff from across campus can sign up online at to meet with Hu.

Informal encounters that bring faculty and staff from different fields together can not only create new connections, but also spark innovation and new research opportunities. To build connections among faculty, staff, students and academic leaders, Provost S. Jack Hu is launching a series of regular, informal meeting opportunities.

Faculty and staff are invited to Coffee and Connections at Studio 225, and students are invited to Office Hours with Provost Hu in the Administration Building.

These informal meetings are not intended to circumvent established decision-making and appeals processes on campus. Rather, they’re a chance for people to share their experiences, ask questions and build connections.

“The meetings with faculty and staff are a way for me to get to know them, but also for them to network with each other and to possibly lay the groundwork for collaborations in teaching, research or service,” Hu said.

Coffee and Connections for faculty will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. at 225 West Broad Street on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and 25, and Nov. 1 and 15. A separate Coffee and Connections on Dec. 6 is exclusively for staff members. Registration is available at and limited to 30 faculty or staff per session. Vice presidents, deans and other administrators from across campus are invited to participate, as well.

Students who are interested in sharing their experiences and ideas, or simply learning more about higher education administration, are invited to register for a 30-minute meeting with the provost. Up to four students may participate in each session, and they will be held in Hu’s office in the Administration Building.

“As provost, it’s important for me to hear directly from students and to understand their aspirations for themselves and for the university,” Hu said. “The quality of the university’s student body has helped make it a national leader in public higher education, and I’m looking forward to getting to know our students better.”

To register for Coffee and Connections, visit

To register for Provost Hu’s Office Hours for students, visit