NCA 101st Annual Convention

What Happens in Vegas Shouldn't Stay in Vegas!

Congratulations to Carole Blair and all of the individuals who contributed to NCA's Centennial Celebration in Chicago! I was so grateful to participate in this historic event by attending fascinating sessions, listening to inspiring tributes to our past(s), dining with friends, and, of course, meeting with our 2015 unit and affiliate convention planners. After celebrating our first century as an association this year, I am thrilled to have the privilege of planning for 2015 and the first convention of our next century.

As we turn our attention to NCA's 101st Annual Convention, let's think "out of the box" in terms of content, format, and, indeed, overall vision. In addition to engaging in meaningful sessions during our time together in Las Vegas, in what ways can we also envision our convention as a catalyst for partnerships, networking, dialogue, and activism beyond our annual meeting? With Vegas as a dynamic backdrop, I hope that we will be challenged to consider what awaits us in the dawn of our next century—the possibilities for our work to impact others within and beyond the academy... the potential of what we can do, collectively, as a community of Communication scholars. For this reason, I have coined the informal slogan for NCA—2015: What Happens in Vegas SHOULDN'T Stay in Vegas!

In the spirit of reflecting on what we can start in Las Vegas, the 2015 NCA Annual Convention will spotlight the Opportunities Series. Extending from the convention theme, "Embracing Opportunities," the six segments of this series will encourage us to push boundaries, explore possibilities, and think imaginatively about what can be and, perhaps, what should be: Opportunities for Pedagogy, Opportunities Regarding Research, Opportunities Regarding Service, Opportunities for Technology and Community, Opportunities Regarding Administration, and Opportunities Beyond the Academy. All of our traditional special series co-planners have also crafted creative calls (Best Book Club Ever, G.I.F.T.S, Preconferences, Research in Progress Roundtables, Scholar to Scholar, Seminars, Short Courses, and Teachers on Teaching), and I encourage you to participate in these unique forums for conversation and collaboration as well as to present your work as part of unit/affiliate programming.

NCA Convention Central opens on January 19, 2015. I'm excited for us to embrace opportunities, as individuals and as an association, during NCA's 101st Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 19-22, 2015!

Read the full 2015 Call for Participation.

Christie Beck
Christina S.Beck
NCA Second Vice President
Ohio University

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