The following is yet another email to an adminstrator.
I am not one to beg or be pushy but, at the urging of a colleague I trust greatly, I would ask that you reconsider my sabbatical for next year. A number of things are happening on campus right now that makes my proposed project very relevant, important and engaging to students:
a. Quite independent of my own interest in the topic, both ******* and ******** are seriously considering placing bee hives in the old orchard near Yons for the partial purpose of bringing the issues of sustainability and environmental concerns to the minds of those on campus. This project would be more effective if linked to a course that provided students with the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors connected to these issues.
b. The senior class is seriously discussing donating bee hives to ***** as their senior gift. This demonstrates an interest amongst students in the issues outlined in my proposal.
c. A Resource Analysis grad. student is seeking my help on his own research on bees.
d. One student is interested enough in the environmental and social issues surrounding the survival of honey bees to interview me for his journalism class.
All of the above indicate to me that a Bee focused Global Issues course would be both valuable and engaging to our students.