The University Lectures Support Request Form is now available online (apps.ohr.wisc.edu/staffdev). Please log-in with your Net ID and choose Submit Proposal | University Lectures Support Request Form. All information should be entered online and all documents should be uploaded in PDF format. Requests are due by the 15th of the month to be included on that month's ballot.
If you encounter any problems or have feedback/questions, please contact the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty at 608-262-3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitch Funds available to bring American business experts to campus
The William Fitch Scholarship Fund was created with the specific goal of bringing to Madison experts, especially businesspeople, to give lectures on the American free-enterprise system. The Lectures Committee has issued a special call for applications that specifically addresses this topic. While many of the same University Lectures regulations apply to this call, use of these funds is not charged against a sponsoring unit's credit for the use of regular Lectures Committee funds. In other words, whereas the committee normally supports at most one lecture per semester for any one unit, if the lecture topic meets the Fitch Fund's requisite criteria, the unit remains eligible to receive support for another lecture taking place during the same semester. The funding limitations normally associated with Lectures applications also do not apply to this call; the selection committee will consider all reasonable lecture-related funding to bring business experts to campus to discuss the free-enterprise system.
The University Lecture Committee is currently accepting applications for use of Fitch Funds through Janaury 31, 2017. When submitting an application, units simply note that they are requesting Fitch Funds in the Budget section.
Registered Student Organizations at the UW-Madison (i.e., student organizations formally registered with the Office of the Dean of Students) may request financial support from the Lectures Committee for bringing an outstanding speaker to the UW campus. Like any other University Lecture, a lecture sponsored by a student organization must take place on the Madison campus and be open to the public without charge.
This document outlines special instructions and procedures regarding sponsorship of a University Lecture by a student organization. General information about preparing and submitting lecture requests is presented in Policies and Guidelines for Requesting Lectures Committee Support. Both the Policies and Guidelines document and this document should be read before a student organization submits a request for Lectures Committee support.
I. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE STUDENT ORGANIZATION
As specified in the Policies and Guidelines document, a lecture request submitted by a registered student organization must be co-sponsored by an academic department.
II. INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CO-SPONSORING ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
The Lectures Committee encourages departments to give full consideration to proposals that student organizations bring to them for co-sponsorship of lectures. NOTE WELL: While the Lectures Committee limits academic departments to one lecture per semester, co-sponsoring a lecture request submitted by a student organization is not counted as a lecture request from that department.
The decision to co-sponsor a lecture
with a student organization is one the academic department must make. In
considering a proposal for joint sponsorship, the department is obliged
to assess the subject of the lecture and the speaker's qualifications.
Standard criteria stated in the Policies and Guidelines document (see
section IV) should be applied.
III. PREPARING THE REQUEST FOR LECTURE SUPPORT
A request for Lectures Committee support of a lecture co-sponsored by a student organization and an academic department should be prepared in the following manner:
The committee will consider the request
and will notify both the student organization and the academic
department of its decision.
IV. COORDINATION OF RESPONSIBILITY
When a student organization and an academic department agree to co-sponsor a lecture, the division of responsibilities related to the lecture must be clearly defined. Handling the fiscal aspects of the lecture and serving as the official contact for the lecture are responsibilities of the academic department. Responsibility for all other lecture arrangements are to be divided between the student organization and the academic department.
The Lectures Committee expects the
representatives of the student organization and the academic department
to keep each other fully informed of all developments so there is no
confusion about such matters as: corresponding with the speaker,
securing a room for the lecture, preparing publicity (including
information for the Lectures Committee posters), hospitality for the
speaker, and chairing the program.
Questions regarding sponsorship of University Lectures by registered student organizations, or Lectures Committee support for such lectures, should be addressed to 608-262-3956 or email@example.com