NCA 101st Annual Convention
My heart overflows with gratitude to everyone who contributed to
and participated in the 2015 NCA convention. I am in awe of the creativity,
collaboration, and enthusiasm that energized events and sessions. As I read
through the program, I marveled at the sessions offered by interest groups,
special series, and affiliate organizations, and, thanks to member suggestions,
for the first time ever, our Annual Convention included the NCA Interest Group
Fair and the NCA Film Festival.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to this
year’s convention. Thank you to our submitters for choosing the NCA Annual
Convention as a potential outlet for your work and to our reviewers for
evaluating the high number of submissions that we received. Thank you to our
interest group, affiliate, and special series planners for organizing an
exceptional list of sessions. Thank you to all of our participants for
coordinating discussions, presenting research, sharing instructional ideas, and
mentoring newer members of our discipline.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked behind the scenes
to ensure the huge success of activities such as our NCA Anti-Bullying
Service-Learning Project, the Graduate School Open House, the Twitter Scavenger
Hunt (TSH), Club U21, and our first ever NCA Student Organization Party. I’m
particularly grateful to my assistant, Jen Seifert, and the NCA National Office
staff for their tireless work to ensure that the many moving parts of the
convention functioned seamlessly.
Thank you to nearly 30 departments for the donation of prizes
for Club U21 and TSH. I’m incredibly grateful to our generous sponsors— Ohio University Scripps College of Communication;
Ohio University School of Communication Studies;
Routledge Taylor and Francis; Pearson; and Bedford/St. Martin's.
Moreover, thank you
to the members of NCA for enabling me to embrace this tremendous opportunity of
serving as Primary Program Planner for the 101st NCA Annual
Convention. I’m beyond grateful for honor and privilege of working on the 2015
NCA First Vice President