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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: Inviting local students to the Retreat
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:37:57 GMT
On 13/04/2011 12:33, Mohammad Nour El-Din wrote:
> +1 - I believe it is a good idea.


In fact I think we should be doing this for all official ASF events.


> On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM, Noirin Shirley<>  wrote:
>> BCC ComDev - please keep discussion on the concom@ list. Committers
>> are welcome to subscribe.
>> We're about a month out now, and we're far from hitting capacity on
>> the Retreat. I'm confident we'll get more signups, but I don't think
>> we'll fill the hostel.
>> As I've been watching GSoC mails go whizzing past, it occurred to me
>> that it might be worthwhile as an outreach event, to invite some local
>> students to come along.
>> Say we reserve ten places, I'll get the word out to the local
>> universities etc, and we invite interested students to apply by
>> mailing a "personal statement" to [appropriate list]. (I need a better
>> term for the personal statement - but basically a letter/essay
>> outlining why they want to come and what they think they'll get out of
>> it.)
>> We review the personal statements, sort out any chaff, and then either
>> hand out the places (if there are fewer than ten) or pick by raffle
>> (more than ten good statements - I don't know how we would fairly
>> "rank" people on something so subjective).
>> I'm aiming it at students because I think they're likely to benefit,
>> hopefully easy to inspire/encourage, and definitely easy to contact
>> :-) If anyone wants to open it wider, I'm not objecting but also not
>> volunteering to seek other groups out.
>> Just a thought :-)
>> Noirin


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