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Louisiana Communication Association conference rescheduled for Oct. 4

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND Representatives of 14 Louisiana colleges and universities will gather at Southeastern Louisiana University Oct. 4 for “Communication Matters,” the 10th annual Louisiana Communication Association (LCA) Conference. Originally planned for Sept. 6, the conference was postponed due to Hurricane Gustav.

     Southeastern’s Communication Department is hosting the conference, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fayard Hall.

     “More than 50 college and university representatives will present their original communication research at the conference,” said Claire Procopio, assistant professor of communication at Southeastern and vice president of the Louisiana Communication Association. “Professors, graduate and undergraduate students will share their ideas in various panel discussions on how communication matters in our everyday lives.”

     Procopio said participants can register on the day of the conference at 8:30 a.m. in Fayard Hall. Registration is $25 for faculty, $15 for graduate students, and $10 for undergraduate students.

     Keynote speaker is Dawn O. Braithwaite, second vice president of the National Communication Association (NCA).  Braithwaite is the Willa Cather Professor of Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

     Her research focuses on how individuals in personal and family relationships communicate during times of family transitions and challenges. Braithwaite received the NCA’s Brommel Award for Family Communication and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences.

     Procopio said the conference lunch will have a “tailgate” theme. A quintet of Southeastern band members will lead conference participants to the War Memorial Student Union mall, where lunch guests will dine at picnic tables decorated with the mascots of Louisiana colleges and universities. Entertainment will be provided by University of Louisiana-Monroe faculty member Pat Hebert.

     The conference will also include a forum on service learning opportunities in the state. Panel participants include Jackie Tisdell, executive director of student development and communications for the University of Louisiana System; Stuart Stewart, executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact, and Jan Shoemaker, director of LSU’s Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership.

     Conference panel discussion topics include “Recovery Matters: Communication and Service-Learning in New Orleans;” Using the Latest Communication Technologies: iPods, Videogames, and Viral Marketing;” Communication Matters in the Newsroom;” “Interaction Matters: Smiles, Body Image, and Talking to Your Doctor; and “Communication Matters on Campus: Recruiting, Choosing Majors, Teaching Online, and Learning to Lead.”

     NCA is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education.  A non-profit organization of approximately 7,700 educators, practitioners and students, NCA’s purpose is to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.

     For additional information about the conference, contact Procopio at 985-549-2105 or

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