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December 5, 2019


CSCA 2020 Undergraduate Honors Research Conference 

The 2020 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference (UHRC) will be held Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, during the 88th annual CSCA convention in Chicago, IL. The UHRC offers undergraduate students an opportunity to share their original research projects and provides a forum through which they can inquire about graduate study, meet graduate faculty, and interact with some of the leading scholars in the discipline of Communication. The UHRC features a graduate school open house and an awards luncheon.

The UHRC is open to students who were enrolled as undergraduates during the 2019 calendar year (spring, summer, and/or fall). Submissions must have been completed by those students (not coauthored with faculty) during the aforementioned year. Only completed papers as Word documents will be accepted as submissions. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (excluding references and tables/appendices) and must conform to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. The papers and corresponding contact information will be submitted through the online submission portal on the CSCA website.

Submissions must be received by no later than Friday, January 10, 2020.

Queries and submissions should be addressed to the current CSCA President:
Chad McBride


SSCA is Going to Frisco April 1-5, 2020! Learn More About the Venue

The SSCA Program Planning Leadership team visited Frisco, Texas, on September 25-26, 2019, for a final site visit to tour the facilities and to do a final walk-through for the "Disruptive Communication" convention.  The Embassy Suites and Convention Center in Frisco is a modern and beautifully designed space. Given the large, flexible space, we will have more concurrent sessions than in recent history, so divisions and interest groups have been allotted more slots this year.  

The room rate includes a daily complimentary breakfast and a complimentary evening manager's reception with wine, beer, and snacks.  A link to the hotel room block will be available in late November.  There are several exciting restaurants nearby, and the Star entertainment district (home of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility) is a short drive from the hotel.  We have arranged a Super Shuttle discount from the Dallas Fort-Worth airport.  A unique feature of the Disruptive conference is a designated Free Speech area (and time frame) for attendees.  Featured spotlight panels include: Disrupting Sports; Disrupting Death; Disrupting Pedagogy; Disrupting Diversity; and Disrupting Religion.  Artis Tyman, Senior Director, Communications for the Los Angeles Rams, will be one of several featured speakers at the conference.  

SSCA’s Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors College Deadline: December 13, 2019 

The Southern States Communication Association welcomes undergraduate researchers to submit their work for the Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference (UHC). The UHC supports excellence in undergraduate scholarship, provides opportunities for participants to network and exchange ideas with other scholars, and allows for the exploration of graduate study opportunities.  

The UHC submission deadline is December 13, 2019, and papers/projects will be submitted electronically:  

The annual SSCA conference will be held April 1-5, 2020, in Frisco, Texas. Please contact Wendy Atkins-Sayre with any questions at


Holiday Simmons to be Keynote for Western 2020

Holiday Simmons, M.S.W., is trained as a social worker and has experience in crisis response, conflict mediation, and somatics with a social justice lens. He is the Resident in Healing and Resilience at the Campaign for Southern Equality, and a Contractor with Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM). Holiday has nearly two decades of experience leading trainings on best practices for social workers, medical personnel and other services providers when working with LGBT people, and he appreciates any time spent with community members on grassroots workshops. Holiday has a private therapy/somatics coaching practice, performs various Indigenous healing practices from smudging to energy work, and coordinates teams of healers to create wellness spaces for frontline organizers, social justice advocates, and people most impacted by trauma and oppression. Holiday finds joy in most all things soccer-related, in nature, and in pondering what liberation feels like.