Request for Proposals
Convocation Year 2004-2005
Theme: "A Call to Civic Action"
The committee feels "A Call to Civic Action" is a timely theme.
Our consciousness of issues facing our society is raised during an election
year but it is important that we do not forget our responsibilities once
the election is over. The world is changing rapidly and we need to be
responsive to the problems that confront us. As a campus community we
need to reflect on what civic action entails and how it should be
defined. What should be our priorities and at what level can we be the
most effective (i.e., local, state, national, or international)? We hope
that a genuine discussion of civic action and its potential impact will
provide the impetus for future initiatives that will make this a better
world. Toward that end, we have available a total of $5000 to fund
activities related to this theme.
Academic departments, student groups, campus organizations, and
individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal to sponsor events that
explore the theme from multiple perspectives. In the past, awards have
ranged from $500 to $2,000 per event. Events may include lectures,
performances, shows, classroom events, demonstrations, web pages, or
almost anything else. The committee cannot fund projects being completed
for academic credit. Events may be scheduled for any day, evening, or
weekend when classes are in session.
Proposals might focus on:
- What constitutes a community and how can it be induced to
- How does the speed and timing of communication affect civic
- What is the impact of technology on civic action?
- How can we overcome apathy in today’s world?
- What should be the role of volunteerism in today’s world?
- How can we promote civic action in the classroom?
The proposal should contain:
- A description of the event.
- How the event fits into the theme, "A Call To Civic Action".
- When, where, and under what circumstances the event will take
place. While exact dates are not necessary, you should check on the
availability of your proposed venue.
- Who the intended audience is – the entire campus, a particular
department or group of departments, an interdisciplinary group, a
particular class, students in their junior year, faculty, etc.
- How you plan to publicize the event (The convocation committee
is only responsible for coordinating the keynote event and
publicizing the series as a whole).
- Who is sponsoring the event. This should include the name(s) of
the primary contact(s) and also the department or organization under
whose auspices the event will take place.
- A budget.
The entire proposal, from title through budget, must be no longer
than 3 single sided pages. The deadline for receipt of proposals is
November 12, 2004. Award notifications will be sent out on or before
December 1, 2004. Please submit 8 paper copies of the
proposal to the Convocation Committee c/o Jack Croxton, Interim Dean for
Natural and Social Sciences, Maytum 8. Questions regarding this request
for proposals may be sent to Jack Croxton (Phone: 673-3173, E-mail:
Jack.Croxton@fredonia.edu). Members of the convocation committee
include: Linda Brigance, Lauren Carlson, Jack Croxton, Kathleen Gradel,
Karry Kazial, Karolyn Stonefelt, Jefferson Westwood, and Frank Williams.