[eDebate] Georgia Intercollegiate Debate Institute
Dr. Joe Bellon
Mon Apr 11 15:18:08 CDT 2005
>From July 31 through August 14, 2005, Georgia State University will
sponsor the first annual Georgia Intercollegiate Debate Institute. Our
official invitation and information form follows.
Camp Goals & General Information
The Georgia Intercollegiate Debate Institute aims to serve students
who will be debating in college for the 2005-2006 school year. Our
camp is strongly focused on building debate skills, with an important
secondary focus on generating usable argument files.
Students will learn in small (10-16 person) labs. Each lab will be
taught by at least one experienced coach and at least one accomplished
senior debater or graduate student. We will place students in labs
based on the level of their experience and understanding. Each lab
will study both traditional policy perspectives and
Students will be housed at the Marriott Renaissance Atlanta Downtown
hotel, the site of the 2004 GSU college tournament. Students will be
housed 3 to a room, with an option to purchase a 2-person room at an
additional fee. We will do our best to accommodate mutual roommate
Labs and lectures will take place on the GSU campus, a short MARTA
ride from the hotel. Students will be provided with MARTA cards that
allow unlimited use of the city's public transportation system during
The cost of the camp is $1000 for students who stay at the hotel.
Students who live in the greater Atlanta area may choose to attend as
commuters at a cost of $800. Both rates go up for those who send in
their deposit late (see "Important Dates" below). Students who want to
live in a double-occupancy room must pay an additional $225. We will
fill those requests on a space-available basis.
What the Cost Includes
The cost of the camp includes tuition, housing, a MARTA (public
transportation) card, all copying and printing costs, and a digital
copy of the camp evidence. We plan to make one paper copy of the
evidence per two-person team and allow the individual team members to
negotiate with one another about who gets which physical files.
The cost of the camp does NOT include food. There are plentiful
low-cost eating options around both the campus and the hotel, and
there is a grocery store within reasonable walking distance of both
places. If you have particular dietary needs, please let us know
immediately so we can come up with solutions.
We strongly encourage everyone to bring a laptop if they have access
to one. Wireless access is a big bonus. If you do not have a laptop,
we will have desktop computers available on campus for your use. The
hotel has high-speed Internet access (included in the cost of the
camp). We cannot provide you with a computer for night-time use.
We are raising funds right now for scholarships, but cannot guarantee
financial aid will be available. If you are interested in aid, please
include a letter explaining your need with your application, along
with at least one recommendation letter from a coach or other
knowledgeable individual. Include an estimate of how much of the
tuition you could pay if we covered the rest. We will prioritize
students from a UDL or rural background.
Note: a $100 deposit (along with your application form) is due by the
following dates to secure your rate:
Regular registration deadline: June1
Late registration deadline: July 1 (cost of the camp goes up $150)
Really late registration deadline: July 15 (cost of the camp goes up $200)
Students should plan on arriving at the hotel by 3:00 p.m. on July 31.
It will take you that long to register, check in, and get yourself
together before the first meeting and lab assignment, which will take
place Sunday evening.
All the festivities will be over in the late evening on Saturday,
August 13. Students should plan on leaving the hotel (or at least
being out of their rooms) by noon on Sunday.
What to Bring
1. The balance of your tuition payment. That means whatever your
tuition was at the time you sent your deposit, minus your deposit
(example, $1000 minus deposit = $900 balance).
2. Money for food. You might also want to bring money for incidentals,
entertainment, and so on.
3. Cool clothing. Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play and it
hits 96 degrees every day. Oh yeah, and it's not a dry heat ? not at
all. Pack clothes that will keep you cool, hats, sunscreen (if you
need it), and plan some way to carry water around with you.
4. A backpack or other carrying device. You will be commuting to lab
via public transport and walking around campus. Plan for it.
5. A laptop, if you have one. Wireless access is good. Try to bring a
jumpdrive (aka flashdrive, aka keychain) even if you have no laptop.
The hotel rooms have only one Ethernet port, so you tech geeks might
even consider bringing a wireless router to let everyone in the room
6. Office supplies. If you roll old school and need pads, pens,
scissors and tape, bring them. We'll provide basic supplies, but we
know how picky some folks are.
How to Apply
Fill out the following form and send it (along with your nonrefundable
$100 deposit) to:
Dr. Joe Bellon
Georgia Intercollegiate Debate Institute
PO Box 4000
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4000
Checks should be made payable to the National Debate Project.
You may also send your application form via e-mail, but do not forget
to send your deposit via regular mail.
Please feel free to e-mail me at debate.gsu at gmail to com with questions.
Name of Student:
Contact phone number for summer (specify cell, home, etc ? multiple
numbers are good):
Summer snail-mail address:
School I will attend in 2005-2006:
In 2005-2006 I will be a (first-year, sophomore, etc.):
I want to room with (specify full name and school):
At the workshop, I want to debate with (specify full name and school):
Number of years of debate in college to date:
Number of years of high school debate:
I would describe my current level of debate skill as:
My goals for attending this workshop are (be specific):
Also, for those who debated in 2004-2005, please provide a summary of
tournaments attended and your record at those tournaments.
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