Cultural Affairs Committee

Committee Function

Reporting to the President, the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series (CA/DLS) committee is responsible for overseeing the call for proposals and the selection of grant awards from several endowed funds, which are to be used to enhance the artistic, cultural, and intellectual life of the campus of the University of Maine.  These funds include the Arthur Lord Fund and the Class of 1934 Fund (this latter in consultation with the Dean of CLAS as per the terms of the bequest).

Grant proposals are reviewed four times each academic year by the committee, with submission deadlines falling on the last Monday of September, November, January and March.  Please see the Grant Application Guidelines link (above) for more details.

Committee Membership

Consisting of 12 members, the committee membership has broad representation from campus, including 7 faculty members (3 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1 from the College of Engineering, 1 from the Maine Business School, 1 from the College of Natural Sciences, Forest & Agriculture, 1 from the College of Education & Human Development), 1 administrator, 1 professional staff representative, 1 classified staff representative, 1 representative graduate student representative, and 1 undergraduate student representative. The Dean from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences serves as a non-voting, ex officio member of the committee.

Members are appointed by the President, based on recommendations made by the reporting unit to the committee, normally for a 3-year term. The chair of the committee, normally appointed by the President from the membership of the committee, serves a 2-year term. Term years begin on May 1st.

A quorum, consisting of a simple majority of the committee, is required to make grant decisions.

2015-2016 Members

Dean of CLAS (ex officio) — Emily Haddad
Administrator — Gretchen Faulkner (Chair)
Faculty (CLAS) — Cindy Erdley
Faculty (CLAS) — Greg Ondo
Faculty (CLAS) — Mazie Hough
Faculty (ENG) — Ali Abedi
Faculty (MBS) — John Mahon
Faculty (NSFA) — Alice Kelley
Faculty (EDHD) — Julie Dellamattera
Professional Staff — Heidi Carlow
Classified Staff — Katherine Crosby
Graduate Student — Anna Soule-Williams
Undergraduate Student — Taylor Kaulfers