Request for Proposals
SUNY Fredonia Convocation

TAKING RISKS: REWARDS AND REPERCUSSIONS
Convocation Year 2011-2012

Andre Malraux once said, “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.” The Convocation speaker this year is Karthik Bala, co-founder of Vicarious Visions and developer of the industry-redefining video game series, “Guitar Hero”.

Our objective is to explore the various ramifications of taking risks, at all levels. What is the difference between taking a calculated risk and being foolhardy? There are clearly examples of individuals who have taken major risks and had a positive impact on society. Yet, it is also the case that risky behavior can sometimes be extremely harmful. Risk taking has no doubt helped to advance our knowledge in the various disciplines. We hope that you will develop your own ideas regarding the role that risk taking has played in our lives and come up with an appropriate venue to share them.

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 Spring 2012 semester. Our budget for the semester is $2,500. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals. 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.

Proposals could focus on topics such as the following:

  • What does it mean to take risks and how has our thinking about the value of risk taking changed over the years?
  • What role does risk taking play in the various academic disciplines?
  • What is the interdisciplinary nature of risk taking?
  • What has been the positive impact of thinking outside the box?
  • How has risk taking made a difference in society?
  • What impact does risk taking have on our health and well-being?

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 semester). 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 November 1, 2011. 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 Spring 2012 semester.

Please submit your proposals electronically to the Chair of the Convocation Committee, Jack.Croxton@fredonia.edu .

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

Review examples of past requests for proposals:


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


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