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Bicentennial Proposal and Funding Application

Mission and Vision

The mission of the bicentennial celebration of SUNY Potsdam is to increase awareness of and appreciation for the SUNY Potsdam experience, recognize the rich history and service of faculty, students, alumni, emeriti and friends to the institution and the region, to successfully complete the $27 million campaign.

The goals of SUNY Potsdam Bicentennial are:

  1. to celebrate the mission and shared history of the College
    • to strengthen commitment to the College mission rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and excellence in teaching
    • to widely broadcast SUNY Potsdam?s importance as a leader in the arts and a center for academic creativity
    • to raise the College community?s consciousness about the institution?s mission, character and core values
    • to introduce to new state, national and international audiences
    • to showcase Potsdam?s commitment to a life enriched by critical thought, creativity, and discovery
  1. to recognize the achievements and service of faculty, emeriti, students, and alumni
  2. to successfully complete and publicize the $25 million campaign for Potsdam
  3. to define and launch the third century of SUNY Potsdam

The Bicentennial Calendar starts in July of 2015, and runs through July of 2016, encompassing a full academic year, the major milestone of Charter Day 2016, and two Reunion Weekends. We will welcome our community and friends to join us for the following College-sponsored Bicentennial celebrations and events, many of which will be further developed pending the acceptance of proposals from the Call For Proposals:

July 2015

August 2015

  • Opening Convocation and Picnic

September 2015

  • Crane Faculty Gala
  • SUNY Potsdam night at local restaurants, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce

October 2015

  • Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity: Reception and signing with campus authors, performers and creators.

December 2015

  • Crane Candlelight Concert

January 2016

  • Student Leadership Conference

February 2016

  • Snowball Gala Dinner and Dance

March 2016

  • Charter Day: Celebrating 200 years of higher education
  • Academic Festival

April 2016

  • Research and Learning Fair
  • Lougheed Festival of the Arts

May 2016

  • Party in the Plaza
  • Commencement

July 2016

  • Reunion Weekend

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Submission Process, Review and Awarding of Funds

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Bicentennial Organizing Committee, which includes representatives from all three Schools, other campus stakeholders, and alumni. In the first round of consideration, in July 2014, the Committee will select proposals which best meet the goals of the celebration, and develop a proposed final Bicentennial calendar based on these proposals. This calendar will be presented to the President?s Council as part of the final request for funding for the Bicentennial. Additional rounds of proposals will be solicited in order to capture the enthusiasm for the event that will build as publicity begins in earnest, and successful proposals from subsequent rounds will be supported by the Bicentennial Organizing Committee as funding allows.

Funding Parameters

The Bicentennial Organizing Committee will consider proposals based on their merits and how they fulfill the overall mission of the Bicentennial Celebrations, and will solicit funding from the College to meet a requested budget based upon the approved proposals. Therefore, the overall ?fit? of the proposals into the goals of the celebration will be the primary determinant of funding.

SUNY Potsdam Bicentennial Celebrations, 2015-2016

Bicentennial Event Proposal Application

All proposals for Bicentennial Celebrations are due to Jenica Rogers, Director of Libraries and Bicentennial Celebrations, by Friday, May 9, 2014.

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