NewsUpdated July 3, 2015
Welcome to the Alabama Communication Association. We're gearing up for the 2015 convention and a preliminary program can be found here (we're still finalizing the room locations). The convention will be held on July 18, 2015 at the University of Alabama. As we get ready, there are three things that we would like to share with you.
First, we would like to acknowledge and congratulate all the top paper award winners who will be presenting their papers at our top paper panel to end the 2015 conference. The two Bradley/Bryant Top Undergraduate Paper award winners are Brea Roper from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and Daniel R. Hughes and his co-authors from The University of Alabama. The Top Undergraduate Paper award winner is Matthew Roberts from The University of Alabama. The Top Faculty Paper award winner is Susan H. Sarapin from Troy University. Congratulations to all of these winners.
Second, we are proud to announce that for the first time the ACA is sponsoring a pre-conference event the Friday afternoon before the conference the following Saturday. The event is free to all participants who are interested. Dr. Jason Edward Black, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Public Discourse at The University of Alabama, will be presenting his African-American Heritage Tour of The University of Alabama Campus. The Tour covers key sites of African American history on campus involving the contexts of civil rights, segregationism, slavery, eugenics, activism, memory, and reconciliation. Participants are guided through popular sites such as Foster Auditorium (site of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door) as well as through lesser-known, and often hidden, sites such as slave quarters. The tour is framed through critical dimensions of remembrance and forgetting; deconstruction and reconstruction. The approximate length of the tour is one hour and involves non-strenuous walking. All those who are interested will meet in front of Phifer Hall (where the conference is being held) around 4:45 p.m. on Friday July 17, and the tour will begin around 5:00 p.m. All that we request is that if you are interested in joining the tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before July 10 so that we can make sure we have adequate materials for everyone.
Third, due to other events occurring on campus the Saturday of our conference, we will not be able to place signage around the campus. For detailed directions to Phifer Hall, where the conference will be held, and nearby parking lots, click here. We also have a list of local hotels for those interested in staying the night in Tuscaloosa.
Now that we have our top papers, we will be creating the program soon and will publish it on the ACA website as soon as it is ready. We want to thank many of those at The University of Alabama who are working with the ACA officers to make sure this is our best conference yet! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime. Also, we would like to encourage everyone to pre-register for the conference so that we can get a better head count for the luncheon. Thank you all for being a part of the ACA!