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FYI: "Being Here" Festival and Contest

“Being Here” is an all-FYI event where we show, tell, listen, hear, and think through how we locate ourselves, in many senses of that term, in this new place. Held in the Science Center at the end of your first semester, “Being Here” provides a platform for new students to share who they are, what they’ve learned, and how it matters to others. Make a digital story, create a poster, curate an exhibit, develop a performance, display a set of findings, or compose a soundscape. Regardless of the medium, tell us about something about what being here means for you!

Awards will be given for those entries that best:

  • illuminate how social/cultural/physical location shapes the ways in which we understand different worlds, our place within them, and our relationships with others;
  • demonstrate a clear sense of purpose and audience engagement (taking into account that the primary audience is other students);
  • utilize the chosen medium effectively to communicate concepts, ideas, and insights drawn from their FYI courses

Entries can be from individuals, groups, or entire classes

  • Grand prize of $200
  • Jury prizes of up to $100 each (several may be awarded)

Prizes will be awarded at the FYI “Being Here” Festival in the Science Center Atrium on Tuesday, November 24th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. (i.e., during your usual FYI timeslot). You’ll discuss the festival content in your FYI afterwards.

Prizes will be awarded in the form of Turtle Creek Bookstore gift certificates. Only students enrolled in FYI during Fall 2015 are eligible for the grand prize; transfer and exchange students, as well as FYI students, are eligible for the jury prizes. By submitting a “Being Here” entry, you grant the college permission to publicize your digital story on the college web site and in college publications.