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November 13, 2014



University Distinguished Lecture Series call for proposals

By Maria Beebe

The University Distinguished Lecture Series Committee invites proposals to bring visitors to speak at K-State via a highly visible platform. Visiting speakers may be prominent researchers and scholars or distinguished public officials.

The Office of the Provost has provided funding to support awards of up to $6,000 per lecture for the 2015 calendar year. These funds can be used to cover an honorarium, travel and lodging expenses for the speaker as well as other costs associated with publicizing the lecture.

Matching funds are not a requirement of consideration from the University Distinguished Lecture Committee. However, proposals providing some commitment of funds from sources other than those from the Office of the Provost will be given priority.

All divisions and units of K-State are eligible to submit a proposal. The committee is looking for presentations with a reasonably wide scope of interest that crosses academic disciplines. Departments are encouraged to collaborate with other units or departments to jointly sponsor a speaker.

Departments/units will be responsible for making all arrangements for the lecture and visit — including travel, lodging, processing honorarium and securing the venue for the lecture.

Proposals must include the following:
1. Topic of the proposed lecture and intended audiences.
2. Statement of significance of the proposed lecture to the sponsoring units and the campus community.
3. Curriculum Vitae or background history of the proposed lecturer.
4. Itemized budget that includes expenditures for publicity, travel/lodging and honorarium; and revenue by source indicating the portion sought from University Distinguished Lecture Series and the portion pledged by sponsoring units.
5. Accompanying letter(s) of commitment from the unit(s).
6. Detailed publicity plan.

Lecture must be scheduled for either the spring 2015 or fall 2015 semesters. Priority will be given to proposals received by Feb. 1, 2015. Proposals received after that date may be considered to the extent funds remain available.

Submit proposals to the provost’s office, 108 Anderson Hall. For further information, contact the committee chair, Maria Beebe at pappy@k-state.edu.

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