ERIC Number: ED390081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Preserving the State Speech Association: A Noble Idea Whose Time Has Passed?
Reppert, James E.
One problem with state speech organizations is the lack of common sense sometimes shown in selecting the geographic locations of the conventions. The best solution is for the conference to be held in the middle of the state, so that attendance will be greater and representation more even-handed. Some have suggested the elimination of state organizations, but in fact they serve important purposes, such as tracking alumni achievements and maintaining institutional needs for speech departments. Further, the state speech organizations provide the main means of contact with other members of the communication field; they foster cohesion. Finally, they are one of the main vehicles by which communication professors publish their research. What could be improved about these organizations is the regular communication among the members. Emerging technologies such as teleconferencing or satellite downlinks are not that expensive to use. Association funds could be set aside for regular interactions among member institutions and departments. The point is that since the field in question is, in its broadest sense, about communication, it makes sense to stay on top of the latest technological developments. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Concerns; Professional Meetings; State Associations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).