Blair Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, serves as First Vice President of CSCA and has the responsibility of organizing and overseeing the 2017 Annual Conference. He served as program planner for two interests groups (education and basic course education for communication) before running for his current position. Dr. Thompson says he became involved in CSCA in graduate school along with many of his friends several years ago. Every year he looks forward to seeing those friends and sharing ideas with them at the conference.
The Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is a professional academic organization comprised of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors, and Communication professionals. The 2017 CSCA conference will take place March 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference consists of a series of presentations, including an awards ceremony and celebration of careers. Awards presented at the conference include undergraduate awards, graduate awards, interest group awards, and many more. When asked about the details of the conference, Dr. Thompson said, “The theme for this year’s conference is Create. This focuses on everything that is created through communication.”
Cathryn Ellis, an undergraduate assistant to Dr. Thompson, is spending her second year assisting in the planning process, but will attend the conference for the first time in 2017. “It will be really exciting to go and just watch the flow of the events, which sounds a little crazy, but because we will be putting in a lot of hours specifically planning and scheduling every aspect of the conference, it will be incredibly rewarding to see the hard work we have done on paper being lived out successfully,” said Ellis.
Madison Loyd-Webster, graduate assistant, has been assigned fulltime to Dr. Thompson this year to support his work.
For more information about CSCA or the upcoming conference, contact Dr. Blair Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/home_page.
~ Emily Mynatt, Student