GCA Hosts Annual Conference

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Georgia Communication Association will host its 78th annual conference at UWG on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21. The workshop sessions are free and the university and local communities are invited to attend.

Sessions topics will cover a wide range of subjects that will appeal to students, administrators and faculty at the high school, college and university levels.

Keynote speaker Dr. Kory Floyd, professor of health and family communication, is director of the Communication Sciences Laboratory at Arizona State University. UWG President Beheruz N. Sethna will welcome the conference audience at noon on Friday in the Campus Center followed by GCA President Pamela Hayward, who will introduce the keynote speaker.

Faculty, staff and students from a dozen universities and colleges will be presenters of a variety of panel discussions and workshops. Sessions include “Student Text Messaging During Class Time: Exploring Communication Issues of Attitudes, Etiquette, Experience and Policy,” “Leadership Traits Unique to Entrepreneurs” and  “Media Diversity Panel Presentation: A Dollar and a Dream, Diversity in Broadcast Commercial Advertising.”

UWG Mass Communications Lecturer Gail Reid will present “Communication Through the Lens of History: A Fulbright Journey” with a multi media presentation taken from her travels through the Czech Republic and Hungary. She will talk about the communication strategies and coping mechanisms used by both Czechs and Hungarians.

Georgia Perimeter College’s Paul Gustaud will moderate the Student Film Festival and Contest. That event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday in the Martha Munro Building.

The association has a diverse membership in all communication disciplines, including speech, mass and organizational communications, public relations and theatre.

Membership includes faculty and students at the high school, college and university levels, and to anyone else who is interested.

For a detailed schedule of the two-day conference, call 678-839-4942 or visit http://www.valdosta.edu/~cbeadle/GCA/conferenceschedule.html.