Western Kentucky University faculty and students participated in the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 13-17, 2016. Dr. Blair Thompson is serving as the second Vice President of the organization and is hosted the pre-conference which consists of two sessions centering on the conference theme for next year, “Create.” This theme focuses on how identities, relationships, culture, and organizations are created through communication. Additionally, Dr. Angela Jerome, Dr. Jieyoung Kong, and Mr. Clint Haynes made presentations. The Department was pleased to support students presenting at the conference including: Jessica Cherry, Daniel Chick, Natalie Webb, Charlotte Briggs, Peter Vawyk, Adam Wilkins, and Olivia Scheper.
Students and faculty also participated in the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) on April 6, 2016 in Austin, Texas. WKU’s own Dr. Jennifer Mize Smith, Dr. Laura Brown, and Ms. Heather Strode were in attendance this year. Dr. Mize Smith is the Marketing Director for SSCA. As marketing director she is responsible for 1) securing advertising for the conference program, 2) recruiting exhibitors, such as journal and book publishers to participate in the conference, 3) recruiting sponsors for the Undergraduate Honors Breakfast and other events, and 4) recruiting Institutional members. During the conference, Dr. Mize Smith promotes social media initiatives and encourages attendees to post about the conference via Facebook and Twitter. She also has contests and prize drawings to raise awareness to get others interested in connecting SSCA online. Dr. Mize Smith said that “Securing the program advertising is perhaps my most important task because that revenue makes it possible for the association to print a nice conference program.” Dr. Mize Smith is a great asset to the SSCA. In her five years’ tenure, she has generated more than $50,000 for the Association. For more information on the regional communication associations, visit www.csca-net.org and www.ssca.net.