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Events Petition Process
Cultural Events Committee established in 1991 a petition process for
receiving cultural events credit for off-campus events. The process was
specifically designed to address the concerns of the nontraditional
and/or commuting student regarding the cultural events requirement.
However, this process is available to any Winthrop student who desires
to receive cultural events credit for an off-campus event. Events which
are submitted should be similar to events which have been or would
likely be approved as cultural events if they were presented on campus.
The committee will consider petitions for events attended within the
past twenty four months (two years). Events which occurred prior to that
time may be submitted only as part of a portfolio
submission or with special permission from the cultural events
event requires a separate petition (with the exception of petitions
relating to foreign or domestic travel experiences [see below]). A
completed petition will include the following items:
completed petition form.
proof of attendance at the event such as a ticket stub or receipt.
If there is no admission charge, then a program or brochure will
150-200 word (one-page) written report.
you are not sure if an event would qualify for credit and if you do not
intend to go to the event unless you are able to receive credit, then
you may contact the Cultural Events
Coordinator for advice at
you may submit a petition request in advance to the committee. You
should be aware that the committee only meets once a month, so if you
choose to submit ahead to the committee you should plan to do so well in
advance of the event.
for Written Report
report should be typed.
report should be 1/2 - 1 page long (150-200 words). Please limit the
report to one page.
report is designed to help the committee ascertain that you did, in
fact, attend the event. Therefore, the report should be personal in
nature. It should give your personal reaction to the event (whether
you loved it or hated it!). A plot summary, in the case of a play,
opera, or musical, for example is not necessary or even useful, but
your reaction to the sets or costuming or performance is relevant.
Tell us about the event and how you
felt about it. Add significant details.
report needs to be well-written. Check spelling, grammar, etc.
Spelling is particularly relevant in the case of a museum visit for
example. If you cannot spell the artist's name the committee will
doubt that you got anything out of your visit. Take notes during
your visit so that you can accurately write up the event later.
events credit may be obtained for travel within the United States or to
a foreign country. Travel within the United States receiving credit
should include a major cultural component (such as visiting museums or
historical sites with museums). A trip to Yellowstone Park or a cruise
to the Bahamas, while it would be an interesting experience, might not
qualify as a cultural event. Foreign travel could include "semester
abroad" experiences. One or more credits may be granted for such
travel experiences. A single petition form should accompany the written
report which should be more extensive than the one-page report required
of other petitions. Use as many pages as you need to effectively discuss
your experiences. Detail the things you saw and did, especially
those things which are of a cultural nature. For example, a report on a
trip to Paris might include the following: "I visited the Cathedral
de Notre Dame, the Sacre Coeur, and the Left Bank of the Seine. I also
spent the afternoon at the Louvre Museum where I saw the Mona Lisa and
many other famous paintings. I found the architecture of the new pyramid
addition to the museum very fascinating. I attended a performance of the
opera, Carmen, at the Paris Opera in the evening."
documentation for the trip should also be included such as a receipt for
a plane ticket or an itinerary. The committee will read the report and
will note the number of actual cultural things you did. A single
cultural event credit may be given for just the general sight-seeing and
experiencing of another culture.