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Poster Proposal Deadline – Magic Spell

Thursday, July 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Poster Proposal Deadline – Magic Spell

By Paul Stavast, Director of BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures

I may not have received a letter to Hogwarts when I was 11, but I learned a very powerful incantation when I was in elementary school. Some call it “Finals”; I prefer to call it “Procrastinator.” It has been used on me by countless teachers, and I in turn have used in on students. Once affected by the spell, I’ve seen college students write lengthy papers in what seems like a couple of minutes and colleagues have materialized reports virtually before my eyes, among other mystical feats. 


Now this spell can only be used on some else. That is, you must cast it on someone else. You begin the spell by describing something that needs to be done. Follow this with a single word expressed emphatically—DEADLINE. Then recite a date in the near future, the nearer the more powerful the spell.  You can add a specific time to elicit a more focused response. Those bound by the spell immediately drop other projects and work feverishly on the task described.


This is a special kind of spell as it works both in spoken and written forms.  As an example, I hereby cast the spell on all those attending UMA’s conference this fall.


Poster Proposal Submission - DEADLINE! - Friday, July 8, 2016 at 12 midnight


Now I can sit back and watch as spell takes over and animates others to draft, rewrite, and then submit proposals for posters at the submission page


Remember, the Poster Session is an opportunity to share your research and/or projects in an informal setting. During the Poster Session, you will have a chance to answer questions and interact with Conference attendees regarding your poster. Share your stories, successes, and challenges with the Utah museum community in posters that present strategies and ideas for strengthening Utah museums, their programs, collections, and communities. For more information about the poster session, click here.


Paul Stavast is Director of BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, teaches courses in Museum Practices at BYU and currently serves on the Utah Museums Association Board.




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