ERIC Number: ED470467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-31
New Americans among Us: Public Event Planning for Community Colleges.
Weber, Gretchen Aggertt
This report contends that public events are effective ways for community colleges to provide a venue in which the burgeoning population of immigrant Americans may have a voice. The ten successful goals to successful public-event planning are: (1) determining goals; (2) selecting a date; (3) reserving facilities; (4) creating a student planning committee; (5) selecting a theme; (6) creating a timetable; (7) determining a budget; (8) publicizing the event; (9) enjoying the event itself; and (10) giving credit to contributors. This paper presents a plan for successful development of public events, including student plays, student speakers, student science fairs, student multi-media projects, student art exhibits, student story-telling, student forums, student inductions, student recognition ceremonies, or any event that features students. The author argues that virtually every new American in attendance will bring others to the event who will see their student modeling the use of a public forum as a means of expression. Step one should be considered in light of the goals of the college. Step two requires planning well in advance, and consideration of the schedules of students, faculty, and staff, as well as possible conflicts with other events. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Community College Humanities Association Southern Division Conference (Charleston, SC, October 31-November 2, 2002).