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For the record

October 4, 2006

Creative arts awards

The Arts Institute is now accepting applications and nominations for the following awards:

Arts Faculty Research

  • Arts Institute Creative Arts Award in the areas of art, communication arts, creative writing, dance, environment, textile and design, music composition and performance, and theater and drama.
  • The Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts has two awards available in the areas of art, communication arts, dance, environment, textile and design, music composition and performance, and theater and drama.

Applicants, if eligible, may be considered for both the Creative Arts Award and Baldwin-Bascom Professorship with one application (12 copies) and one set of supporting materials.

Arts Faculty and Staff Outreach

  • Joyce J. and Gerald A. Bartell Award in the Arts
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Achievement in the Arts
  • David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts
  • Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Student Awards in the Creative Arts; one undergraduate award and one graduate student award

Information about these awards, including eligibility, stipends and application procedures may be found at

Hard copies may be obtained by contacting Ken Chraca, Arts Institute associate director, at

The deadline for applications is Nov. 8. Questions about application and nominating procedures and other related matters should be sent to Susan Cook, Arts Institute executive director, at

Lectures Committee solicitation for 2006–07 lectures

The Lectures Committee is soliciting applications from departments, academic programs and registered student organizations for support of public lectures to be held during the 2006-07 academic year. As stated in Faculty Policies and Procedures, the function of the committee is to consider “requests for lectures of general interest that are not

primarily supplementary to or extensions of programs of instruction provided by colleges, schools or departments.”

Potential applicants should read the document “Policies and Guidelines for Requesting Lectures Committee Support.” To be considered by the committee, applications must conform to specifications in this document and must be submitted on current (2006–07) forms. Access this document and the support request form online at or call 262-3956 to request paper copies.

The committee reviews new applications once each month. Applications are due by the 15th day of the month. Refer to the schedule below to determine the time period for submitting a new request:

If the date of your proposed lecture occurs in: Submit your application:
December 2006 any time prior to Oct. 16, 2006
January 2007 any time prior to Nov. 15, 2006
February 2007 any time prior to Dec. 15, 2006
March 2007 any time prior to Jan. 16, 2007
April 2007 any time prior to Feb. 15, 2007
May 2007 any time prior to March 15, 2007
June 2007 any time prior to April 16, 2007

Applicants are urged to submit requests as early as possible to ensure funding availability. Applications for fall semester lectures are particularly encouraged.

If you have questions about the Lectures Committee or would like additional information, contact Joe Farrenkopf at or 262-3956.

Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee call for proposals

The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee is soliciting proposals for special projects taking place in the 2007-08 academic year.

Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5,000. According to the terms of the original bequest, the committee favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students. Knapp funds are not often used for purposes that can and should be supported elsewhere, such as from regular grants or research funding, from fees charged for performances or from the regular university budget. Nor is the committee inclined to support exhibitions or lectures because other campus committees (e.g., the Anonymous Fund Committee, the Lectures Committee) have them as a central funding target. The committee encourages registered student organizations to apply, but departmental/program co-sponsorship is required.

When considering requests for funds, the committee keeps in mind the spirit of the will of Kemper K. Knapp. Included is the following language: “In general it is my wish that such funds be used for purposes outside the regular curriculum of the university… to cultivate in the student body ideals of honesty, sincerity, earnestness, tolerance, and social and political obligations.”

A list of funding requests from last year’s call for proposals is available online at or by contacting the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty at 262-3956 or 133 Bascom Hall.

How to apply for funds:

  1. This fall, the Knapp Committee will consider applications for projects taking place during the next (2007-08) academic year. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 20. Please submit six copies of the application to: Knapp Committee, 133 Bascom Hall. Applicants should be aware that funds are limited.
  2. Please note that the committee has already distributed awards for the current (2006-07) academic year. However, in circumstances that necessitate taking advantage of special opportunities, the committee will consider applications for projects occurring in the spring semester of the current academic year.
  3. The committee will notify all applicants of its decision by the end of the fall semester (mid-December).

In your application, be as brief and straightforward as possible. A complete application will include the following items:

  1. A cover letter from the department chair or person principally responsible for the project;
  2. A description of the project that answers the following seven questions (under usual circumstances, two or three pages is adequate):
    • What is the basic plan of the proposed project?
    • Why is this an important project and how will it reach members of the university community?
    • How will it enrich its intended audience, especially undergraduate students?
    • Who is involved?
    • Which university departments or programs will participate in the project?
    • Is this a new project or one that the Knapp Bequest or other university sources have supported in the past?
    • Will other funding sources be expected to share costs?
  3. The budget page and a statement indicating when funds will be needed. Identify all project expenses and list all sources of funding, pending and already awarded. Requests to fund the purchase of large equipment must be justified. If the project involves the purchase of food, be aware that the Knapp Committee will not generally fund this type of expense without compelling justification. Each proposal should address the question of how the project would be affected if the Knapp request and/or other requests were denied or reduced in amount. If attempts to obtain other support have already been made and denied, please include this information in a cover letter or elsewhere in the proposal;
  4. A brief vitae (not more than one page) of the director of the project;
  5. Two or three letters of support, including one from the department or program chair if different from the project director as identified above.

If you have questions about any of the above instructions, please direct them to Kenneth Sytsma at 262-4490 or, or to Joe Farrenkopf, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, at 262-3956 or

UW–Madison Academic Staff Professional Development Grants

All UW–Madison academic staff with 50-percent appointments or more can compete for fiscal year 2006-07 Academic Staff Professional Development (ASPD) Grants Part II for conferences, training or other professional development projects that occur between Jan. 1-June 30. Proposals should focus on training and/or retraining to improve the academic staff members’ effectiveness in their current roles. A lower priority will be given to proposals designed to enhance a staff member’s ability to compete for other positions.

Authorized and funded in part by UW System, the program’s main objectives are individual professional development, improved program quality, improved institutional effectiveness and/or design for diversity. The funds can be used to send an individual to training or to bring a trainer to campus for work with a group of academic staff.

This program is sponsored and administered by UW–Madison, and half of the funding for individual projects comes from the staff member’s department. The Professional Development and Recognition Committee of the Academic Staff Assembly administers the review process by a committee of academic staff.

Applications must be submitted to department chairs or directors by Oct.13. Academic staff with split appointments who propose projects that are related to all units for which they work have to secure the endorsement of each employing unit. Applications that have been approved by department chairs or directors will be forwarded to the dean’s or director’s office and then to the Academic Personnel Office.

Application instructions are at

Contact Pam Bauman, Academic Personnel Office, or 263-7448 for more information.

Applications due to:

  • Department Chair/Director: Oct. 13
  • Dean/Director: Oct. 20
  • Academic Personnel Office: Nov. 3