University at Albany
 

Important Dates

  • March 7, 2014
    Deadline for groups to submit videos
  • March 14, 2014
    Videos go live and fundraising begins.
  • May 17, 2014
    Totals and prize winners announced at Spring Commencement

Unite FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my group eligible to participate?
Recognized Student Association groups, fraternities, sororities, and athletic teams are all eligible to participate.  If you group does not fall under one of these categories, please contact us at unite@albany.edu to see if you are eligible.

What are the content requirements for the video?
Each group’s video should address the question “How could UAlbany Fund donations help your group?”.  Beyond that, each group is in control of the content of the video.  You can choose to be as serious, funny, creative, and entertaining as you wish.  We are looking for unique and creative videos.  If a key component of your group is singing, dancing, speaking, performing, etc. then you may want to include that in your video.

What are the technical requirements for the video?
Each video should be a maximum of 1 minute long.  It should be in H.264 video codec with an MP3 or AAC audio codec.  The maximum file size is 50MB. It should be deinterlaced video with 24, 25, or 30 frames per second.  Maxiumum 1500 kbps bitrate.  Square pixels. 

Do the videos need to be a certain length?
Each video should be less than 1 minute.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but it should be plenty of time to communicate a fun and unique message about your group, and what you could do with more funding.

Are there any restrictions on the content of the video?
We ask that each group refrains from using profanity in their videos. Additionally, please do not include copyrighted material (music, logos, etc.) unless you have written consent and permission from the owner to do so.

Is there a deadline for video submissions?
Videos should be submitted no later than March 7, 2014. However, groups should focus on getting their videos in as soon as possible. The sooner your video is submitted, the sooner it will be viewable to everyone, and the sooner you can start bringing in donations!

How do we upload or submit the video?
Videos can be uploaded anytime and are due by March 7, 2014. Videos will be submitted via the UAlbany Unite homepage. Videos may not be viewable immediately after they are submitted, as we will review each video and upload it to our video player.

Does my group need to do anything after we create and submit our video?
Yes!  Creating and submitting a video is just the first step. Your group should promote your video to your group members, friends, classmates, roommates, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, and anyone else. Your goal is to attain as many donations as possible for your group!

How can we promote our video?
You can promote your video by any means necessary. You should send emails, utilize Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, hold events, create fliers, and do anything else that you can think of to get people to view your video and donate to your group. You should drive people to the main website www.albany.edu/unite and you can also promote your specific video with the URL that we will provide to you after your video is uploaded.

Why do people need to make a donation to our group in order to vote?  Why can’t they just vote for their favorite videos without donating?
The overall goal of this program is to raise awareness about the great things that student organizations are doing, and to raise money for these organizations so that they can do even more next year.  Your group will receive the donations that are brought in for your group and will be able to use the funds next year. 

How can we get people to donate to our group?
Whenever you are promoting your video, you should also be encouraging people to donate to your group after they view the video. Videos can be viewed on our main site at www.albany.edu/unite and you will also receive a URL to your specific video. Gifts will be made through the UAlbany Fund’s secure online giving page at www.albany.edu/unitegift and you should provide both links whenever promoting your video.

Where does the money go after someone makes an online donation to my group?
After someone makes a donation to your group through the UAlbany Fund’s secure online giving page, it will be processed by The University at Albany Foundation.  Each group who creates a video will have a specific account set up to collect the donations that come in for their group.  The donation period will end shortly before the Spring Commencement ceremony.  We will announce the total donations brought in for each group at Commencement and also announce the awards given to certain groups. The donation money and award money will both be available starting in the Fall semester.

How do the cash awards work?  How are winners chosen?
The amount and number of cash awards will be based on the sponsorship that we receive from various areas of the University, and from corporate sponsors.  This information will be continuously updated as new awards become available.  Currently, we estimate that there will be over $10,000 in awards available for groups, but we certainly hope to grow that amount much higher over the next few months. 

When will my group receive the money from the donations and the award money?
Groups will be able to use their donation and award money in the Fall semester.  

 

 


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