Hi folks, I received this information about the COOL conference a few
days ago. The conference deals with so many different issues it could
easily be applies to the many clubs and organizations at UVM.
I attended this conference my sophomore year and was able to bring back
many useful ideas - ideas which have taken form. If anyone out there is
interested in attending the conference maybe we could figure out some
type of group transportation. It's best to register before January
(cheaper) so think about it now!!!!
"When I dare to be powerful-
to use the strength in the service of my vision,
Then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid."
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Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 12:09:37 -0400
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Subject: COOL Nat'l Conf. Announcement
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This posting is an E-mail version of COOL's (Campus Outreach Opportunity
League) 1996 National Conference Brochure that is on its way to via
snail-mail to COOL Members and Supporters. If you are not a member, or if you
would like to request a mailed or fax copy of this document please contact
the number listed at the bottom of the announcement.
"WHAT IF?: TRANSFORMING OUR COMMUNITIES TOGETHER"
1996 COOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE
The George Washington University
March 21-24, 1996
Since 1984, the Campus Outreach Opportunity League(COOL) has lead the way in
inspiring and training students in service. In these twelve years, COOL has
been the springboard countless youth organizations and powerful leaders into
the service field, both on and off the college campuses.
This year COOL national conference on Community Service, makes its way
to the urban campus of the George Washington(GW) in our nation's capital,
Washington D.C. Join us for three and a half intense days of asking tough
questions, challenging, envisioning and designing the future.
WHO IS COOL?
COOL is a national non-profit organization that promotes and supports student
involvement in community service and social change by helping students and
strengthen campus-based community service programs. Our mission is to
strengthen our nation through community service. Founded in 1984, COOL is
run by a highly creative and energetic staff of recent college graduates and
WHO COMES TO THE COOL CONFERENCE?
Students serving communities. Students addressing illiteracy, homelessness,
racism, hunger, health care, HIV/AIDS, urbane violence, drug abuse, domestic
violence, and other pressing social problems. the conference is A FORUM FOR
STUDENTS of differing political affiliations, cultural and ethnic
backgrounds, sexual orientations, physical abilities, faiths, and
socio-economic classes to come together in the challenge of creatively
creating and celebrating a new reality in out communities.
WHY DO THEY COME?
Students come to: acquire critical technical skills, discover new models for
organizing groups and programs, find new resources, teach each other, have
new conversations, challenging ideas, opinions, and biases, share hopes,
heroes, and plan or the future.
AT THIS YEARS COOL CONFERENCE YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO.....
* Listen to some of the top leaders in community service nationwide,
including the Honorable marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's
* Visit the Capitol Hill where you will discuss current social issues with
democratic and republican legislators, tour the House and Senate buildings,
and visit your own state's representatives.
* Participate in a Community Plunge, a one day service project, giving
immediate and direct service through community projects such as painting
murals and renovating playgrounds with students from GW's Neighbors Project.
* Lead or attend many of the 150 workshops on issues and topics like
coalition building, AIDS, recruitment volunteers, community service,
advocacy, cultrue and diversity, service-learning, grant writing federal
funding and legislation, starting a service program, the environment, the
critical elements of service, literacy, the arts and social change,
homelessness, and more.
* Explore the Opportunities Fair featuring exhibits by over 70 regional,
state, national, and international organizations. The Fair is open each day
of the conference and provides an opportunity to collect information and
resources to help your campus programs and to find out about graduate
programs and job opportunities.
* Discussion Panels and Open Forums on contemporary and controversial issues
related to service in our complex society.
* Identity Groups organized by race and ethnicity, religious and spiritual
identity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as on-campus identities
(community college, urban, rural, private, public) to discuss specific
issues, needs, and agendas.
* Attend the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a special
educational tour and discussion on human rights conducted by museum
* Dine at the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, a dramatic experience in the
inequitable distribution of resources throughout the world. "Draw" a fate
determining whether you will be in the 15 percent enjoying a gourmet meal,
the 25 percent eating rice and beans, or the 60 percent waiting for plain
rice and water. It's an unusual experience which you can recreate on your own
campus. (Limited to 500 people.)
WORKSHOP PROPOSAL & STUDENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
This is a great way to sharpen trainig skills and share your expertise. If
you want to present a workshop, submit a title and a 50 word, typed workshop
description. Also include this sentence and its completion, "At the end of
this workshop, participants will be able to..." Include your name, address,
day and evening phone numbers, organizational/campus affiliation, ideal
workshop size and any other relevant information by February 7, 1996. If your
are co-presenting a workshop, please indicate the primary contact person on
your application. (AV equipment will not be provided, so presenters should be
prepared to provide their own, if necessary.) For more information contact
the conference office at 202/994-2843.
Apply to give the student keynote address at the opening ceremony on
Thursday evening. The speech should focus on student service and the
conference theme. To apply, send a video or audio tape, and transcript of
your speech to the Keynote Committee at the Conference office by February 15,
SWAP SHOP AND IDEA BOARDS:
Bring T-Shirts, posters, caps, and other paraphernalia from your school or
servcie program to sell at the SWAP SHOP. Proceeds help fund conference
scholarships. This year COOL introduces IDEA BOARDS. Decorate a poster board
with pictures, brochures, and other items representing your campus program
and bring extra brochures to share. IDEA BOARD AWARDS will be given for
creativity of board design, strength of overall service program, innovation
of a specific project.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY:
GW is located in the Northwest section of the Washington in the historical
district of Foggy Bottom. In addition to the many attraction of the campus
community, GW is located just blocks from the "The Mall" which includes the
Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the United States Capitol, and
lots of kites and frisbees. In its 175th year, GW is celebrating its strong
connection with the community and hopes for the future of education and
Conference registration fee are kept low so that students can afford to
attend. COOL members receive an additional 10% discount on registration.
By Dec. 31,
$75 - Students, Service Corps Members
$60 - COOL Student Members
$135 - Non-Students (administrators, faculty, staff, etc.)
$110 - COOL Non-Student Members
By Jan. 31
$90 - Students, Service Corps Members
$75 - COOL Student Members
$165 - Non-Students (administrators, faculty, staff, etc.)
$140 - COOL Non-Student Members
By Feb. 28
$105 - Students, Service Corps members
$90 - COOL Student Members
$195 - Non-Students (administrators, faculty, staff, etc.)
$170 - COOL Non-Student Members
By Mar. 21
$115 - Students, Service Corps members
$100 - COOL Student Members
$225 - Non-Students (administrators, faculty, staff, etc.)
$200 - COOL Non-Student members
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Send a letter
outlining your community involvement, financial need, and efforts to secure
campus support by February 1, 1996. The scholarships are for fee waivers and
not for transportation. We can also advise you on alternative funding ideas.
Please call or write for a packet.
For a 5% discoiunt on the lowest airfares available, call Kenny from Me Again
Travel at 800/321-3711 toll-free, and in New York 718/852-9410, between 10am
and 6pm EST. Be sure to mention COOL to receive the discount. We also
encourage you to coordinate car, van, and buspools with other campuses in
Your registration fee includes five meals: continental breakfast on Friday
and Saturday, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday morning brunch. A list of
restaurants is included in the conference program. Enjoy the many festive and
ethnic restaurants found in the Foggy Bottom community which surrounds the GW
Area hotels are holding room for conference participants until February 7,
1996. We can only guaranty dicounted rates and availability on hotel rooms if
you make yor reservations by this date. All hotels are within walking
distance or accessible by public transportation. Indicate that you are with
the COOL National Confernece or give the confirmation # listed below.
Best Western New Hampshire Suites
Carlyle Suite Hotel
Days Inn Connecticut Avenue
Days Inn Downtown Convention Center
Doubletree Guest Suites - New Hampshire Ave.
The Governor's House Hotel
The Inn at Foggy Bottom
One Washington Circle Hotel
State Plaza Hotel (#7612)
The Virginian Suites
FREE HOUSING means sleeping on the floors inresidence halls, churches,
fraternity and sorority houses, etc. Bring a sleeping bag and leave your
valuables at home. Check appropriate box on registration form. Free housing
is limited and allcated on a first -come first-served basis. Requests must be
made by March 1, 1996.
Thursday, March 21st.
10am - 11pm Registration
1am - 5pm Community Pluge (Sign-up required)
2pm - 5pm Capitol Hill Visit (Sign-up required)
2, 3 & 4pm Campus Tours
3pm - 7pm Opportunity Fair
5pm - 6pm COOL 101
7pm - 9:45pm Opening Session
10pm-11pm Icebreakers/Meet and Greet
Friday, March 22nd
8:30am - 8pm Registration
8:15am - 9am Continental Breakfast
9am - 10:30am All Conference Forum
11am - 12:30pm Workshop Session One
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch
1pm - 5:30pm Holocaust Museum (Sign up required)
2pm - 3:30pm Workshop Session Two
3pm - 6pm Opportunities Fair
4pm - 5:30pm Workshop Session Three
5:30pm - 7pm Funder and Presenter Reception
6:30pm - 8:30pm OXFAM Hunger Banquet (Sign-up required)
8pm - 11pm Entertainment (DJ Dance)
Saturday, March 23rd.
8:15am - 9am Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 3pm Registration
9am - 10:30am Workshop Session Four
11am - 12:30pm Workshop Session Five
12:30pm - 2:45pm Lunch
1pm - 5pm Opportunities Fair
3pm - 5:30pm Workshop Session Six
5:45pm - 7:15pm Dinner
7:30pm - 8pm State of the League Address
8:15pm - 11:30pm Entertainment
Sunday, March 24th.
9:30am - 10:30am Continental breakfast
10:30am - 12noon Closing Session
TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
1996 COOL National Conference Office
The George Washington University, Office of Community Service
800 21st. Street, NW, Suite 427, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202)9-WHAT-IF or (202)994-2843