SNU Hosts State Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9.21.06
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

SNU Hosts State Convention

SNU hosted the annual Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, Communication Association (OSTCA) Convention Saturday, September 16th. More than two hundred high school teachers, college professors, independent scholars, and students gathered on campus to deliver presentations and conduct workshops in an effort to improve the discipline throughout the state.

SNU communication majors assisted throughout the day. Several served as greeters and provided directions for campus guests. They also attended the sessions covering an array of topics, including acting theory, rhetorical criticism, debate and forensics.

SNU professors Les Dart and Marcia Feisal assisted as panel moderators for two sessions, Laura Gering assisted in hosting the luncheon, and Melany Kyzer assisted with registration. Pam Broyles, OSTCA board member and chair of the SNU Speech Communication Department, served as host for the convention and received an award during the luncheon recognizing her hard work in coordinating the event. She was also elected Executive Treasurer for the upcoming year.

The keynote speaker for the convention was Dr. Dan O’Hair, professor of communication at the University of Oklahoma and current president of the National Communication Association (NCA). The NCA is the largest professional organization for communication educators and scholars with a membership exceeding 7,500. His address discussed the importance of applied research, an area of communication scholarship that seeks to find solutions to the most pressing problems facing communities and society. O’Hair, who has recently testified as an advocate for communication research at Congressional hearings, reported the impact that applied communication research is having in areas such as national cancer prevention and emergency disaster response.

When asked to give her general impression about the convention, Pam Broyles stated, “Everything went smoothly. We received multiple compliments about our campus friendliness and facilities. They liked us so well that we’ve been asked to host the convention again next year.”

For more information about OSTCA, visit http://www.ostca.org/.