The CUNY Conference operates on a
shoe-string budget. The CUNY administration donates space
and services, we donate our time, and all the rest must come from
registration fees and donations. It has always been a major
goal to keep registration within the reach of students and junior
faculty -- they are the psycholinguists of the future and we need
them to be with us. But this means that there is always a
shortfall to be made up by donations.
We have been immensely grateful for
the generosity of other universities and private companies in the
past; we once more ask you to dig into your grant funds, or
approach your administrators to see what they can offer.
Contributions of any size are welcome. In the past, the
conference has received from $300 to $5000 from individual
institutions. In return, the sponsoring institutions receive
very public thanks on the website, in the printed conference
program, and at the meeting itself.
We are very aware that helping us
achieve this funding means work for you. To minimize your
effort, we have put together a draft letter (see right panel of
this page) with some suitable wording that you might find useful
as you approach your administration. Please feel free to
borrow some or all of it, or edit it to suit your particular
situation. If there is any other way in which we can help
you make your case, please let us know.
There are two other routes for
drawing funds into the conference kitty. An important one is
for participants to pay the corporate rate if at all possible,
i.e., if a grant or a faculty travel policy will cover it.
This rate reflects the true cost per participant, so it relieves
the burden on other sources. Also, this year for the first
time we are requesting individual donations to the conference
fund. If you, or anyone you know, is fortunate enough to be
able to give a hundred, or a few hundred dollars, we would be very
We look forward to seeing you in
March, and we thank you sincerely for your efforts on behalf of
the conference between now and then.
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