Alabama Communication Association
 

Convention Information

Updated July 18, 2013

 

The schedule for the Alabama Communication Association Convention is posted below. You can also access the PDF version of the program here. We strongly encourage preregistration. Registration and panels will be held in Morgan Hall. Most mapping programs will take you to N. Boundary Street, so here are the directions from that point. A campus map can be found in the PDF version of the program.

1. Continue straight on N. Boundary St.
2. Turn right onto King-Harmon St. (After “Becoming” statue)
3. Turn left onto College Dr. (3-way stop at Flower Hill)
4. Turn next left onto Wills Way
5. Parking will be available immediately

If you have not pre-registered, here is the registration and membership information. You will need to fill out the forms at the conference.

Membership Type Membership Fee Conference Registration Total
Student $10 $10 $20
Faculty/Professional $20 $20 $40

Registration includes lunch and cookie break.

We also encourage everyone to come to the business meeting in the morning. We will be discussing the naming of the undergraduate award and voting on a new vice-president elect, among other things.

Conference Schedule

7:30-11:30am

Registration (Morgan Lounge Area)

8:00-8:30am

1. Alabama Communication Association Business Meeting (Morgan 202)

Presenters:
Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama Jay Hunt, University of South Alabama
Gyromas Newman, University of Mobile
Ray Ozley, University of Montevallo
John H. Saunders, Huntingdon College

8:40-9:50am

2A. Communication and Change (Morgan 203)

Chair: Ray Ozley, University of Montevallo
Respondent: Gyromas Newman, University of Mobile

Locked Out: Race and Media Coverage of the 1998 and 2011 NBA Strikes
Daniel Sipocz, University of Southern Mississippi

Wrestling with the Bad Guys: A Rhetorical Critique of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Portrayal of Villains
Edward Robinson, University of South Alabama

What Losing a Daily Newspaper Means
Nancy Jo Maples, University of South Alabama

Policy, Profits and Higher Education Reform
Amanda Diggs, Troy University

Enjoyment and Involvement: Streaming Media versus Traditional Television Viewing
Samantha Slover, University of South Alabama
Fay Boudreaux, University of South Alabama
Darrell Johnston, University of South Alabama
Catherine McPhillip, University of South Alabama
Edward Robinson, University of South Alabama
Derrick Rogers, University of South Alabama
Greg Zieman, University of South Alabama

2B. Connecting State Associations to SSCA (Morgan 202)

Chair: John Saunders, Huntingdon College

Panelists:
Carl Cates, Valdosta State University
Monette Calloway, Hinds Community College
Dave Nelson, Valdosta State University
Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama
John Saunders, Huntingdon College

10:00-11:10am

3A. Emerging Communication Scholars (Morgan 105)

Chair: Mark Hickson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Respondent: Jason Black, University of Alabama

Harvey Milk’s “Hope Speech”: A Reframing of Equality
Riley McEuen, University of Montevallo

Is Diana Really That Dirty? A Rhetorical Analysis of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”
Bianca Scott, Huntingdon College

Change: The Component of a More Perfect Union
Jade Reynolds, Huntingdon College

3B. GIFTS (Morgan103)

Chair: Gyromas Newman, University of Mobile

Illustrating the Distinction Between Linguistic and Communication Competence: A Twitter-Based Activity for Military Students – Lauren McKenzie, U.S. Air Force Culture & Language Center, Maxwell AFB

Semester-Long Activity: Producing the College Campus Television Production - “WEEKEND WARM-UP”- Darrell Johnston, University of South Alabama

Using TV Shows to Teach Audience Analysis- John Saunders, Huntingdon College

3C. Communication’s Role in Relationships and Occupations (Morgan 202)

Chair: Sherry Ford, University of Montevallo
Respondent: Tiffany Wang, University of Montevallo

Faculty and Facebook Friending: Instructor-Student Online Social Communication from the Professor’s Perspective
Susan H. Sarapin, Troy University
Pamela L. Morris, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Fiances, Flowers, Families & Fights: Engaged Couples and the Dialectical Tensions Most Perceived During the Wedding Planning Process
Bailey Oliver, University of Alabama

The Experiences of Forgiveness among Married and Dating Adults
Pavica Sheldon, University of Alabama at Huntsville

An Analysis of Communication-Related Occupations in Alabama
Randall Dupont, University of Mobile

11:30am-1:00pm

4. Presidential Luncheon and Keynote Address (Stewart Retreat Center)

Chair: Jay Hunt, University of South Alabama

The Shifting Nature of the Field of Communication
Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama

State Associations: A Communication Dimension of "Think Global, Act Local"
Carl Cates, Valdosta State University, Director – Southern States Communication Association

1:20-2:30pm

5A. Rhetoric & Reform (Morgan 203)

Chair: Pavica Sheldon, University of Alabama at Huntsville
Respondent: John Saunders, Huntingdon College

A Confident Hope: Mayor Walt Maddox’s Speech on April 27, 2011
Jeremy Reid, University of Alabama

“Save Our Children”: Ethical Suasion in Anita Bryant’s Counter-Movement Rhetoric
Adam Sharples, University of Alabama

The Gettysburg Address: A Political Transformation throughout Time
Kathryn Slover, University of Redlands

Moral Turpitude in Context
Luke Buckley, University of South Alabama

5B. Messages and Social Media (Morgan 202)

Chair: Sally Hardig, University of Montevallo
Respondent: Jeff Walker, University of Southern Mississippi

The Battle between Managerial Control and the First and Fourth Amendments: Examining How Constitutional Rights and Values Lack Protection in Social Media
Gyromas Newman, University of Mobile

#Facebook Just #Tagged You in a #Post: How Social Media has Impacted Students’ College Experiences
Adrienne Gannon, University of South Alabama

The Largest Whale Penis in the Jungle and Other BIG Things: Toward Simpler Messages
Mark Hickson, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Narcissistic Slacktivists? Social Media Activism and Narcissism
Samantha Slover, University of South Alabama
Elise Ankerson, University of South Alabama
Luke Buckley, University of South Alabama
Darrell Johnston, University of South Alabama
Tanner Massey, University of South Alabama

2:30-2:50pm

Cookie Break! (Morgan Lounge Area)

Sponsored by the University of Montevallo Department of Communication

2:50-4:00pm

6. Alabama Communication Association Top Papers (Morgan 202)

Chair: Jay Hunt, University of South Alabama
Respondent: Brett Lunceford, University of South Alabama

The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s Role in Prayer at University Football Games
Whitney McMurtrey, University of Mobile

Should I Message Them First?: How Facebook Plays a Role in College Students’ Relationships
Kimberly Dyer, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Interpretation, Politicization, and Institutionalization: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Jeff Walker, University of Alabama

Justifying Prejudice: Exclusionary Apologia
Amy Mendes, Berry College

 


 

Future Sites

2014: Troy University
2015: University of Alabama

 


 

Previous Conference Information

2012 Conference Program (University of South Alabama)
2011 Conference Program (Huntingdon College)