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SUNY Fredonia Convocation, 2007-2008
Reflections of the Past

Request for Proposals
Convocation Year 2007-2008

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Recognizing that our world is constantly changing, it is important to reflect on how past and current events impact the future of humankind. What can we learn from past decisions as we try to address the various challenges that face us? What are the lessons to be learned from recorded history on a national and/or international level? What have been the most significant events, who have been the most significant people, and what can we learn from them? How have they shaped our world into what it is today? What have been the most significant changes in the history of the world and how did they happen? We invite you to explore the context and repercussions of past actions and/or events and to offer predictions of future directions that may occur. A total of $10,000 is available to fund appropriate activities. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

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 $2000 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:

  • Evolving international relations (colonization, multinational corporations, changing demographics, etc.)
  • Health threats (pandemics, famine, diabetes, AIDS, etc.)
  • The impact of technology
  • Variables that have produced a major impact on our physical and social environments
  • Scientific discoveries
  • Reflections on the role of art, music, and literature
  • Lessons learned from the past that should provide guidance for the future

The proposal should contain:

  • A description of the event.
  • How the event fits into the theme, "Reflections on the Past."
  • When, where, and under what circumstances the event will take place. We would like to spread the events out over the entire academic year. While 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.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Congruence with the convocation theme
  • Ability to generate attendance and dialogue
  • Quality of the event
  • Thoroughness of the proposal and reasonableness of the budget

The entire proposal, from title through budget, must be no longer than 3 single sided pages. The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 10, 2007. Award notifications will be sent out the week of April 16. Representatives of each funded project will be required to attend a meeting for coordination purposes on April 25 at 8:00 a.m. in the President's Conference Room. Please submit 9 paper copies of the proposal to the Convocation Committee c/o Jack Croxton, Chair of the Psychology Department, W357 Thompson Hall.

Questions regarding this request for proposals may be sent to Jack Croxton (Phone: 673-3129, e-mail:

Members of the Convocation Committee are: Linda Brigance, Lauren Carlson, Jack Croxton, Marianne Eimer, Mira Berkley, Tracy Collingwood, Abigail Losh, Karolyn Stonefelt, and Jefferson Westwood. The Convocation Committee's website is


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