RCA's panels at the NCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, USA (Nov 2006)
RCA BUSINESS MEETING,
NCA, Chicago, November 13, 2004
Chair: Olga Matyash
Minutes: Nancy Jackson
Attendance: 16 people
Olga Matyash opened the meeting with a welcome and a short overview of the most recent RCA's international events and activities (the Rostov conference, summer seminar at the Social University in Moscow, and Hope at Luther conference in Decorah). She expressed her gratitude for the summer Hope conference and announced the next RCA conference will be in St. Petersburg, in 2006. She then asked for comments about the conference in Rostov-on-Don, especially any suggestion, comments, and lessons learned that might be useful in planning future conferences.
The participants agreed that the translators were helpful. Yet, the Russians and Americans need more time to mix socially, at lunches and other events. There might also be opportunities to discuss the papers that have been presented. Gail Mason added that the highlight for her was to visit a classroom, and suggested that next time we make arrangements for the Americans to visit and perhaps teach a class. Olga M. reminded the group that photos of the Rostov-on Don conference are on the website.
Debra Ueker and Moe Minelli offered to help coordinate travel for Americans and answer conference questions. It was suggested that list serve would be useful to coordinate ideas and questions.
Olga Matyash suggested that each person be an ambassador to invite others to attend the conference in 2006.
Barbara Monfils reported on the summer institute in Moscow. She said that the participants were excited about a program and links that were made. Students participated in e-mail exchanges an PR related material.
Olga Matyash presented the idea of a Center for Communication Education. She discussed a need in Russia to organize business and academic training. The center would provide coordination and support for research, training, materials and marketing of communication. This would be a hub for the regions, and provide administrative rationale that we could use for grant writing. Steve Beebe added that this idea would help scholars who are doing communication under different labels come together to pool resources, and to help identify and legitimize communication as an academic discipline in Russia. The center will eventually be self-sustaining, but initially it needs some funding, and Olga welcomed any ideas for getting funds.
Olga Matyash then brought up the question of "how to strengthen RCA." She suggested that more people need to get involved. More help is needed to edit and help with the website. She would like to have an American coordinator who could coordinate these functions. Steven Beebe is the International chair, Nancy Jackson coordinates the book project, planned the NCA panels for 2004. Steven Beebe said that there is a need for an executive director of the American side of the RCA, who would serve as a point of contact and an organizational facilitator. Steven Beebe moved that RCA establish an executive director. Michael Hazen seconded it. The vote was unanimous. Michael Hazen nominated David Williams, Nancy Jackson seconded. There were no further nominations. David Williams was nominated and voted by acclimation.
An East European caucus has been suggested for NCA, and if approved, it was suggested that RCA should join it.
Michael Hazen (he was the unit planner for 2004 and also will be the planner for 2005), discussed the RCA panels for this year. One was applied and the second was more theoretical. There will be a call for papers on December 8th for NCA 2005. He would like suggestions for ideas for programs. Next year we will have three slots, one for a meeting, and two for panels. We could have more slots if we need them by "appealing" for left-over slots or sponsoring a spotlight program. Donal Carbaugh was suggested as a possibility. We also need to recruit people that are known in the broader Communication discipline.
Unfortunately, none of the Russians who were supposed to be on the panels could come. Perhaps we should focus on bringing one person, and have that person also give lectures. We could also have them send their papers and we could read them. Steven Beebe suggested co-authorship between Americans and Russians. A call for co-authorship can be through the website and newsletters. A video presentation might also be possible.
We also need to promote links to Russians who are in the United States, who do not know about RCA. Suggestions included contacting the Fulbright office at SUNY, networking with ICA, and reaching out to others through CRTNET.
Katerina Tsetsura suggested that the RCA develop a stronger partnership with the ICA. Katerina volunteers to be a liaison for representing the RCA within the ICA.
Nancy Jackson suggested that the next RCA meeting at NCA include a social gathering.
The meeting was adjourned.