Coming Homewill be the theme of a weeklong series of events in October at West Virginia University that will culminate with the inauguration of Mike Garrison as the Universitys 22nd president, officials announced Tuesday (July 24).

The inaugural activities will coincide with Homecoming and Diversity Weeks at WVU Oct. 14-21. The official inauguration ceremony is being planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in historic Woodburn Circle on the Downtown campus.

Details and a complete schedule of the weeks events will be announced later.

Were still in the planning stages, but we want everyone to mark their calendars and save the dates,said Bill Case, transition steering committee member.Mike wants everyonefrom students, faculty and staff, to alumni all over the world, community members and residents across the stateto take part. He really wants people to �€~come hometo WVU and be involved in this historic event and the many activities that will take place around it.

Garrison has been on the job as president-elect since July 2 working on his transition. His goal during the transition period is to engage people and get their ideas on how to make WVU a better place, Case said.

Forums continue

Garrison will continue his series ofconversations across campuswith visits to the Eastern Panhandle and northern West Virginia during the next two weeks. The informal forums will be led by moderators (to be announced) and are open to the public:

  • Tuesday, July 3110-11:30 a.m., Potomac State College, Church-McKee Arts Center Auditorium, Keyser
  • Wednesday, Aug. 110:30 a.m.-noon, HSC Learning Center, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Morgantown
  • Tuesday, Aug. 710:30 a.m.-noon, WVU Parkersburg, College Theatre (Room 1305), Parkersburg (Moderator: Phil McClungProfessor of Psychology, 2006 WV Professor of the Year Finalist)

Garrison wants to hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and others about the real issues facing the University. Topics that came up during previous discussions ranged from classroom technology and graduate education to faculty hiring and study abroad opportunities.

Other forums are being planned at locations around the state, including WVU Institute of Technology and the Universitys medical campuses.

I learn something from every conversation I havewhether its a small group or an individual,Garrison said at the conclusion of Wednesdays (July 18) forum at the Mountainlair on the Downtown Campus.I wanted to take the opportunity to listen. I think this is very useful, very productive. I want to listen to you. I am listening.

The president-elect encouraged people to join the conversation either in person at one of the forums or online through the transition Web site (http://transition.wvu.edu/). On the site, people can participate in one of many discussion groups, get details on upcoming public forums, read Garrisons blog entries and view live webcasts of the forums.

Garrison will replace David C. Hardesty Jr. as president of WVU on Sept. 1. Hardesty is retiring after serving in the position for 12 years.