SGA announces first Gormley fireside chat

Zach Landau | A&E Editor


On Monday, Nov. 13, Duquesne’s Student Government Association is hosting their first in a series of events they are calling Fireside Chats. The panel discussion will take place in the Bayer Wolf Lecture Hall at 7 p.m.

The Fireside Chat will feature President Ken Gormley, Vice President of Student Life Douglas Frizzell and Vice President for Mission and Identity Ray French. It will be moderated by SGA President Olivia Erickson and former Editor-in-Chief of The Duquesne Duke Kaye Burnet.

The purpose of the panel is to discuss Gormley’s Strategic Plan for the university and to answer student questions.

In an email sent to The Duke, President of SGA Olivia Erickson expressed a desire for students to come and learn about some of the people behind the plan and how it will affect their Duquesne experience.

“I would like students to understand more about the panel members and how the different Cabinet Officers contribute to the student experience at Duquesne,” Erickson said.

“I want students to learn more about the opportunities available to them inside and outside of the classroom to enhance their education,” she continued.

In a statement sent to The Duke, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President Mary Ellen Solomon stressed the importance of the Strategic Plan as “the guiding document that will set Duquesne’s path for the next five years.”

“The plan is built on five dynamic imperatives,” Solomon said. “And it’s an incredibly important framework for Duquesne’s future.”

Those imperatives include a focus on student development and community engagement.

Solomon also reemphasized the importance of students to the success of the plan.

“We hope students are enthusiastic about the Strategic Plan, that they’ll see how it positions Duquesne to re-imagine its rich Spiritan legacy for a new era, and that students will be eager to help participate in its successful implementation,” Solomon said.