SUNY Fredonia Convocation
Request for Proposals

A Time for Change: Shifting Paradigms, Creating Possibilities
Convocation Year 2012-2013

Margaret J. Wheatley once said that, “All change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.” Likewise, Anne Frank exclaimed, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Next year’s Convocation speaker is Jean Kilbourne. She is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critique of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She is also credited with introducing the idea of promoting media literacy as a way to prevent problems she views as originating from mass media advertising campaigns.

Next year we would like to explore the various ways in which we can produce positive changes in our lives and in our society. They could range from personal improvements to major paradigms shifts. What might be the impetus for change and how can we somehow make the world a better place? We should learn from the past as we look to the future.  What does the future hold for us and how can we create a better world for future generations? We hope that you will develop your own creative ideas for exploring future possibilities and making them into realities.

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 2012-2013 academic year. Our budget for the year is $5,000. 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 are examples of various significant paradigm shifts in the various disciplines?
  • What are the greatest challenges that face us as we look to the future?
  • How can various disciplines work together to create a better world?
  • What can we do as individuals to enhance our own lives?
  • What aspects of our world are most in need of change and how can we generate novel ways of creating change?
  • What would you like the world to look like in the future and how are we going to get there?

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 April 30, 2012. Award notifications will be sent out approximately one week later. A representative of each funded project will be required to attend a meeting for coordination purposes at the beginning of the Fall 2012 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, Dawn Eckenrode, Amy Fisk, Lauren Orlowski, Karolyn Stonefelt, Denise Szalkowski, and Jefferson Westwood.

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