2020 Fall Contests for American Like Me

American Like Me:
Reflections on Life Between Cultures

SHSU Common Reader Fall 2020 Essay Contest

Appreciating Our History, Ourselves, and Each Other in Our Bearkat Community.

Students eligible: All SHSU students currently enrolled full time at Sam Houston State University in undergraduate or graduate master’s programs in the fall 2020 semester.

Prompt: As we read American Like Me, we might imagine our own stories, our encounters with our own American-ness, whether largely formed or in the process of being formed. Here is your opportunity to write your own chapter.

Who are you?
What is American like you?
Do you define yourself by your talents, by your faith, by your family, by your country?
How does your identity inform your thinking and your actions?
How does your identity work within our Bearkat community?
Exploring questions like these may help us appreciate our history, ourselves, and each other in our Bearkat Community.

Scholarships:

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Contest Details: Submission Deadlines and Details

5th Annual Mass Communications Film Contest and Virtual Film Festival: Diversity

Students eligible: All SHSU students currently enrolled students at Sam Houston State University in the fall 2020 semester.

Award Categories

Best Film $500 gift certificate from Amazon to be divided among group members. Laurels will be sent electronically to group members. A jury composed of SHSU faculty and/or professionals in the field will choose the best film in the competition. This award will go to the film that tells the most compelling story first and foremost. Other technical aspects will also be taken into consideration.

Special Award $500 gift certificate from Amazon to be divided among group members. Laurels will be sent electronically to group members. A jury composed of SHSU faculty and/or professionals in the field will grant the "Special Award" to the film that most closely incorporates the themes of the book "American Like Me".

Honorable Mention $250 gift certificate from Amazon to be divided among group members. Laurels will be sent electronically to group members. A jury composed of SHSU faculty and/or professionals in the field will grant one film an "Honorable Mention" award for the hard work, dedication, and passion demonstrated in the film.

Audience Choice Award $250 gift certificate from Amazon to be divided among group members. Laurels will be sent electronically to group members.

Contest Details: Submission Procedures, Deadlines and Event Details

American Like Me: Virtual Critical Thinking through Deliberative Dialogue

Students eligible: All graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in the fall 2020 semester who have read the book. Participants must attend the entire event to be eligible for the Critical Thinking through Deliberative Dialogue (CT-DD) scholarship.

Faculty, staff, and administration eligible: SHSU employees (faculty, admin, and staff) may compete as well. Participating employees will be randomly assigned to student teams. Participants must attend the entire event to be eligible for first and second place CT-DD prizes. 

Please fill out the application at the link below by midnight on Friday, October 30, 2020, to compete in the Fall 2020 American Like Me: Critical Thinking through Deliberative Dialogues (CT thru DD) event.

The CT thru DD event will be conducted on November 12, 2020 using ZOOM from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Participants must attend the entire event. The topic this semester (Fall 2020) centers on what it means to be patriotic.

Groups will use their critical thinking and deliberative dialogue skills to:
* evaluate information relating to a problem/question deriving from the common reader
* construct a plan to action based on available information and stakeholder input (plans to action are not necessarily about fixing a problem. They could be designed for greater understanding as well).

Groups will be created by the host of the event. Groups will largely consist of students, but admin/faculty/staff may participate as well. Group work will be submitted at the end of the event and be evaluated by a panel of campus judges. Submitted work will be evaluated on the group’s ability to assess information and create a path to action based on facts/information, context, hidden assumptions, and common values.

Prizes will be adjusted based on peer evaluations. We will strive to have at least one employee (staff, faculty, or admin) at each table with four students. One of the participants will operate as moderator.

Space is limited, so be sure to complete the application at your earliest convenience. Submitting an application may not guarantee admittance. Students who have attended Deliberative Dialogue Moderator training will be prioritized. An email registration confirmation/invitation will be sent to applicants by the end of the day, Friday, November 6.

Prizes:

First Place Team: $500 scholarship per team member.                  
Second Place Team: $250 scholarship per team member.

Sign up link: https://forms.gle/S44UGUE4dPgYa5Nn8