Everyone has a creative spark that can be nurtured and cultivated in a systematic way.
A process for creative problem solving, based on tenets and techniques of the Creative Education Foundation, will be used to foster creativity across campus. The Institute plans to implement creativity in the curriculum and campus life to prepare students to be leaders in the world. Creativity is not limited to the performing and visual arts, but is vital in every discipline.
- Creativity Award Contest: Open to all Adrian College students and employees, the annual award will recognize the best idea submitted for improving campus life. A stipend of $1,000 will be given to the individual or team that wins, and $10,000 has been allocated for executing the idea. Submissions may be made online or with hard copies in Caine, Ritchie, or the Institute for Creativity.
- Creative Problem-Solving Workshops: Dr. Ellsworth will conduct a series of workshops on methods and techniques used by highly creative people and particularly useful in tackling new challenges.
- Select Speakers: The Institute for Creativity will join forces with other Institutes on campus, including the Institute for Education and Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, to bring speakers to campus who focus on the importance of creativity in various fields.
On Friday, April 8th, 2011 President Docking delivered the annual State of the College address. Entitled “Unleashing Creativity”, this address was unique in that Dr. Docking brought forth members of the Adrian College campus community to deliver the address, highlighting creative ideas for the College.
Docking said “the beauty of creativity, as we all know, is its egalitarian nature. Everyone can be creative. It is a human attribute that knows no limitations because of race, religion, age, gender, or creed. It is only limited by each person’s mind.”
One of the ideas brought forth was the idea of the Creativity Award. This award will be given to the top idea submitted by an Adrian College student or employee, as evaluated by a selection committee. The submitter of the award will receive a $1000 prize and the winning idea will be funded up to $10,000 to implement on campus.
“The future of this institution, in my opinion, depends on creativity,” Docking said, “and our collective ability to devote ourselves, individually and as a community, to creatively re-imagining, reinventing, enhancing, improving and changing, in large ways and in small, how Adrian College does everything from educating students to recruiting talented faculty members to taking care of our grounds.”
- Contest is open now. Ideas must be submitted by March 1 for consideration for this year's prize.
- Contest is open to full-time Adrian College students and all employees on the College payroll.
- Anonymous submissions are welcomed, but may not be considered for the top prize.
- Group submissions are welcomed.
- In the event of duplicate submissions, time and date of entry will be considered.
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