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Bonner Congress Meeting 2014

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Bonner Congress Representatives from around the country will gather at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a mission to develop their Big Ideas, strategize about issues in their region, and learn from each other and national partner organizations.


Now in its fifth year, the Big Idea project prompts student representatives to come to the meeting with a range of ideas for improving and enhancing the Bonner Program and service more broadly in their campus communities.


The Bonner Advisory Board (BAB) will help lead Bonner Congress as student facilitators and organizers throughout the meeting. Founded in 2009, BAB carries the mission of planning and facilitating national meetings, organizing with schools in their region, and contributing to national initiatives such as the Monthly Student Newsletter and Bonner Blog. 


We want to thank Rhodes College staff for hosting and we cannot wait for Bonner Congress 2013!


If you have any ideas for Bonner Congress 2013, please e-mail josh@bonner.org.


If you would like to view last year's program, here it is: 2012 Bonner Congress


Bonner Love,

Bonner Foundation Staff









Regular Deadline is September 27th!


We will feature 1 hour long workshops on a variety of topics.


  • We are seeking workshops that provide skills, knowledge and leadership training for Congress Reps that will help them be successful with their projects on campus and in the community.
  • This is a great way to share a Bonner Program's Best Practices, exposing Reps to innovative ideas, models to take home, and other interesting topics.  
  • Workshops can be designed and presented by students, staff, faculty, and partners.  


Below is a workshop submission link.  You'll be asked to provide a title, description, and other information.  


If you have any questions, please e-mail josh@bonner.org


Deadline is September 27th, 2013! 


Arrival | Friday, October 18th

  • Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. There will be Memphis excursions starting at 4:00 p.m. Shuttles will be provided to Rhodes from Memphis International Airport.


Departure | Sunday, October 20th

  • Programming ends at 11:00 a.m. and sack lunches will be provided if needed. Shuttles for conference attendees will be provided as needed.


The recommended airport is the Memphis International Airport. Please consider these items along with this shuttle time when scheduling flights to and from the conference. For more information on the shuttles, and to schedule one for your arrival or departure, please go to the shuttle service page.



Like all Bonner Congress meetings, participants will be housed with the host students (in this case, Rhodes students) in dormitories and apartments both on- and off-campus. This is a free option and is automatically arranged when you register for the conference. Just be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow!



* Comfortable clothing and shoes. Casual is fine.

* Since Congress Reps will be housed with students, make sure to bring a sleeping bag or blanket and pillow.

* Toiletries. You'll be showing in dorm bathrooms.

* Energy and ideas!

* A piece of Bonner Swag!  We will be having a swag exchange at some point during the weekend.


Big Idea projects are one or two year projects for schools to accomplish using a mix of school, local, and national resources. Big Ideas are completely by individual schools to complete their specific needs, whether that means finding more partners or growing a community garden. Your Big Idea might be to host a school wide day of service or to improve a program policy.


The proposal submission deadline is Friday, October 4th!


For this year, each school team is required to submit a 500 word proposal detailing their Big Idea. Before submitting your Big Idea, each school teamMUST meet with a Bonner staff member to approve the proposal. Once your proposal is approved, you may submit your Big Idea Proposal by completing a Big Idea Proposal Form


Need assistance completing your Big Idea Proposal? Josh Blair, Program Associate, will host two interactive webinars where you can ask questions and hear feedback:

Thursday, September 26 at 12:00 pm

Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00 pm


If you are interested in attending either webinar, please e-mail josh@bonner.org with which webinar you want to attend and he will send you more information.


Below are a few examples of proposals from 2012-2013:










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