Thursday, July 31, 2008

Divisions and Committee Status

To update you on what's going on with sports divisions at the NCA (National Communication Association) and BEA (Broadcast Education Association):

Andy Billings of Clemson says things are "stagnant" in terms of creating a new NCA division on Communication and Sport. More than 100 sports scholars signed a petition to create the division, but according to Andy, "The NCA is currently dealing with concerns about the conference becoming too large and unmanageable and they see the increased number of divisions in recent years as potentially a corollary concern. NCA is now undergoing a process to determine a new way to establish divisions and, until they have cemented this process, they will not allow any divisional status requests to move forward."

Those interested in helping with this process should contact Kelby Halone at West Virginia University (

The news is a little brighter for the sports division within BEA. The division will be active at the BEA conference in the spring and is actively soliciting ideas for panels and presentations. Please note the August 15th deadline! The following is an update from division chair Mike Bruce at Oklahoma Baptist--

In May, I outlined a list of goals that would serve as the focus of our new division's executive committee. Now is a good time to update you on our progress on a number of those issues.

A draft of the division bylaws has been completed and is under review by the executive committee of the division. Once revisions are complete, the draft bylaws will be circulated to division members for review.

Steve Hill has been working to develop a web presence for the division. The BEA office is developing new division webpage templates, and our web-page is on hold until those templates are designed.

We are working with the festival committee to determine our involvement in the 2009 BEA Festival of Media Arts. We also are making plans for the 2009 convention. The deadline for program proposals (August 15th) is rapidly approaching.

To help connect prospective panelists and panels, BEA has instituted a new online "bulletin board" for "panelists seeking a panel" and "panels seeking panelists." You can view or submit to the bulletin board under the BEA 2009 link on the BEA website. We're looking forward to a great inaugural year in the sports division. Thanks for your participation.

The August 15th dead-line for BEA 2009 pro-gram proposals is quickly approaching. Program proposals of the following types will be accepted by the convention program chair:

•Invited panel/paper sessions: These are the standard convention format sessions with a moderator, 3-5 presenters and, if possible, a respondent (and sponsored by Interest Divisions).

•Invited plenary sessions: These panel or speaker sessions should be of broad interest to all convention attendees and would be scheduled in stand alone times. Of particular interest are plenary sessions related to the broad topic of ethics and how it cuts across various strands of broad-cast education, technology, production, news, and other relevant areas.

• Showcases highlight student work in which faculty have been involved. They should "show" more than "tell" and require preparation of audio-visual material be-fore the convention; these sessions are sponsored by interest divisions.)

• Technical demonstrations of hardware or soft-ware. Manufacturers or vendors of equipment and software bring in the latest communication technology to demonstrate. Often, faculty who have worked with the technology are included to talk about their experiences with the equipment/software in the classroom or lab.

• Workshops involving intensive training and professional development.

• Alternative innovative ideas for meaningful sessions, such as off-site tours or technical training.

The forms for submitting panel proposals can be found at this link.

There are also links for finding panels that are looking for panelists and panelists with topics looking for a panel.

We’ll give short profiles of your division leaders in the next edition of the newsletter. Here’s contact information for each member of the leadership team; it may also be found on the division’s official BEA web page, soon to be updated.

Mike Bruce, Chair
Oklahoma Baptist University
OBU Box 61240
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804-2590
Office: (405) 878-2351
Fax: (405) 878-2287

Rick Sykes, Vice Chair
Central Michigan University
School of Broadcast & Cine-matic Arts
181 Moore Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Office: (989) 774-3894

Steve Hill, Web Manager & Newsletter Editor
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Division of Communication
CAC 329, 1101 Reserve St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Office: (715) 346-3887

Rob Bellamy, Paper Competi-tion Co-Chair
Duquesne University
Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Office: Ph: (412) 606-5045

Wayne Hepler, Paper Compe-tition Co-Chair
Harford Community College
Visual, Applied and Perform-ing Arts
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
Office: Ph: (410) 836-4358

Tommy Booras, Festival Vol-unteer
Western Kentucky University
School of Journalism & Broad-casting
1906 College Heights Blvd., #11070
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1070
Office: (270) 745-6497
Fax: (270) 745-5835

Marc Krein, Festival Volunteer
Oklahoma State University
School of Journalism & Broad-casting
206 Paul Miller Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-4053
Office: (405) 744 - 6804


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