The University Lecture Series at Florida
Gulf Coast University exists to expand the world of ideas and creative
expression for its students, faculty and broader community. Distinguished
speakers of national and international importance visit campus to
stimulate intellectual engagement and inspire critical and creative
thinking on a wide range of topics of local and global significance.
By encouraging thought-provoking experiences and stimulating dialogue,
the University Lecture Series advances the University’s mission
to serve as the intellectual and cultural center of Southwest Florida.
FRAMEWORK AND GOALS
The University Lecture Series serves as a
university wide lecture series event that complements existing lecture
series events hosted on campus by faculty, student groups and academic
colleges or divisions. The ULS is an initiative of the Office of
the Provost and is coordinated by the University Lecture Series
Committee. The University Lecture Series goals are:
- To enhance the academic and cultural experience for the University
community and citizens of Southwest Florida;
- To bridge connections between the University and regional community
through meaningful dialogue and discussion; and
- To promote the mission and goals established by the University.
The ULS Committee is charged with planning,
coordinating and implementing the University lecture Series. The
ULS Committee is principally responsible for the ensuring the integrity
of ULS philosophy and goals, selecting speakers and serving on the
sub-committees tasked to implement the event. Final approval of
committee recommendations and decisions is granted by the Provost
and Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
The committee is composed of representatives
from across campus and the broader community. Members consist of
- Office of the Provost
- College of Arts and Science
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Health Professions
- College of Professional Studies
- Alico Arena
- Auxiliary Services
- Community Representative(s)
- Faculty Senate Leadership
- Multi-Cultural Services and Student Development
- Student Government
- Student Representative(s)
- University Advancement
- University Bookstore
- University Police and Public Safety
The ULS sub-committees are charged with specific
areas of responsibility related to the implementation of the University
Lecture Series. Currently, the primary ULS Sub-Committees and their
overall responsibilities include:
Serve as a liaison between the committee and Provost; receive
final approval from the Provost; serve as the point of contact
for ULS initiative and speaker; maintain ULS website; coordinate
VIP related events.
MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR):
Promote ULS event and speakers via media, print and press conferences;
develop and distribute PR materials and ULS program; conduct outreach
to community groups and university constituents.
EVENT LOGISTICS: Coordinate
and execute ticketing, parking, and venue plan; recruit, train
and manage event volunteers.
and secure funding for ULS via major gifts, donations, in-kind
services; coordinate and implement fundraising activities.
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH AND PLANNING:
Coordinate outreach activities to regional schools; serve as a
liaison to local schools and University faculty regarding integration
of lecture series into curricula; develop curricula materials.
Ad hoc committees may be established or committee
members invited on an “as needed” basis.
SELECTION OF SPEAKERS
University faculty, staff and students as
well as community members are encouraged to submit recommendations
for University Lecture Series speakers. Recommendations can be submitted
via e-mail, in writing to the Office of the Provost or through the
University Lecture Series web site at www.fgcu.edu/uls.
The University Lecture Series will host at
least one (1) distinguished speaker per academic year. ULS speakers
are leaders and experts in their field, discipline or art and may
consist of, but are not limited to, academics, politicians, performing
artists, authors, poets, activists, entertainers or athletes. All
speaker recommendations are considered by the ULS Committee with
final approval by the Provost. University Lecture Speakers Committee
recommendations to the Provost regarding final selection of the
ULS speaker are determined upon the following considerations:
- Speakers’ message and fit with University mission and
- Congruence with student learning outcomes and;
- Perceived ability to stimulate thought, promote and broaden
- National or international prominence of speaker;
- University constituent and community wide interest and appeal;
- Funding capacity
The University Lecture Series is a university
wide event whose funding is derived from a variety of sources. The
Office of the Provost has committed yearly funding to the ULS. Funding
is also generated through private and corporate donors, fundraising
activities and community partners.