Creativity and Perseverance
Convocation Year 2016-2017
“The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit,” wrote Mark Twain. “While we have the gift of life,” observed actor Gilda Radner, “it seems to me that the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.”
The Convocation Committee would like to announce that this year’s speaker will be … a surprise! This year, we have joined with the hardworking team at the Rockefeller Arts Center (RAC) to find a speaker who will complement the gala celebration that is planned to mark the opening of the new wing of the RAC. This new space, including a significant number of specialized studio classrooms for instruction in theatre, dance, and the visual arts, will provide improved opportunities to engage students with the arts, fostering within them a deep commitment to both creativity and perseverance that we all need to succeed.
We are excited about the speaker we have identified, but are not allowed to publicize the engagement until the contract with them is finalized. Hopefully, this will not take too much longer to accomplish. In the meantime, we wish to give you the opportunity to submit your proposals for campus programs in conjunction with the theme “Creativity and Perseverance.” So engage your own creativity in trying to guess who our speaker might be, exercise perseverance in patiently awaiting the revelation, and please consider events that you could bring to the campus to celebrate the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Convocation Committee is eager to read proposals from members of the campus community who have innovative ideas about how we can all foster creativity and perseverance in ourselves. Academic departments, student groups, campus organizations, and individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal to sponsor an event any day, evening, or weekend when classes are in session during the 2016-2017 academic year. We will give preference to proposals with minimal budget needs that take advantage of the abundant talent available on campus and from the surrounding area. It is often the case that organizers utilize multiple sources of funding to support their event. The maximum award amount is $1500.00. Depending on the number of applicants, awards may be funded in part or in full.
Proposals could focus on topics such as the following:
All are welcome to submit proposals, no matter your department or discipline. Artist Tiffany Hoff tells us, “Everyone in the world is an artist! Whether your art consists of science, mathematics, language, agriculture … we are all individuals who collectively create reality. … What is your ART in life?” The committee will give preference to those proposals that collaborate across disciplines.
Proposals should include the following information:
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The entire proposal, from title to budget, must be no longer than 3 single sided pages;
deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, April 22nd. Award notifications will be sent out approximately three weeks later. A representative
of each funded project will be required to attend a meeting for coordination purposes
at the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.
Members of the Convocation Committee are: Zachary Beaudoin, Tracy Collingwood, Jack
Croxton, Dawn Eckenrode, Kevin Gleason, Jennifer Hildebrand, Karolyn Stonefelt, Denise
Szalkowski, and Patrick Rocheleau.