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Request for Proposals, SUNY Fredonia Convocation 2010-2011

Convocation Year 2010-2011

Request for Proposals

Arthur Koestler once said, “Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”

The Convocation theme for the 2010-2011 academic year is FACES AND PHASES OF CREATIVITY.

We would like to celebrate creativity in all of its manifestations throughout the year and to engage in discussions of what it means to be creative. It is our hope that the entire campus will come together to celebrate the creative spirit, by sharing our creative works or by planning events where people can enjoy the creative works of others. We believe that our colleagues have much to offer on this topic and we look forward to receiving many “creative” proposals.

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 Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 semesters. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals. The goal is to fund more programs than in previous years. Therefore, 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.

Proposals could focus on themes such as the following:

  • What Does it Mean to be Creative?
  • What Role Does Creativity Play in the Various Academic Disciplines?
  • What is the Interdisciplinary Nature of Creativity?
  • What Does Current Research Tell Us About the Creative Process?
  • Celebrating Creative Activity on Campus

Activities might include:

  • Panel Discussions
  • Forums
  • Presentations or Performances
  • Displays

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Title and description of event
  • Explanation of how the event fits the theme
  • 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 final dates are not necessary, you should check on the availability of your proposed venue
  • Who the intended audience is-entire campus, particular department or group of departments, students in a particular year of study, faculty, etc.
  • A description of 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 the department or organization under whose auspices the event will take place
  • A budget, including all expenses and all sources of funds (if non-convocation funds are anticipated)

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

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

The entire proposal, from title to budget, must be no longer than 3 single sided pages; deadline for receipt of proposals is May 7, 2010. Award notifications will be sent out approximately two weeks later. A representative of each funded project will be required to attend a meeting for coordination purposes at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester.

Please submit your proposals electronically to the Chair of the Convocation Committee,

Questions regarding the proposal process or convocation matters may be addressed to Jack Croxton at 673-3123 or send an e-mail to:

Review examples of past requests for proposals:

Members of the Convocation Committee are: Michael Barone, Mira Berkley, Linda Brigance, Tracy Collingwood, Jack Croxton, Marianne Eimer, Karolyn Stonefelt, Denise Szalkowski, Jefferson Westwood, and Angela Barney.

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