Minutes - March 19, 2011

Minutes of the NJCA Meeting

March 19, 2011, Bergen Community College, NJ 

1.   Call to Order.  President Gina Marcello called the meeting to order at 1:00pm.   

2.   President’s Report.  Gina Marcello welcomed all the conference attendees and praised this year’s conference.  

3.   First Vice President’s Report.  Mike said it was the first time NJCA was held at a community college.  The conference was well done and he thanked everyone who helped to make this conference successful.  He was glad to see a number of universities in NJ attending this year’s conference and looking forward to seeing all the people at next year’s conference.  

4.   Treasurer’s Report.  Hui-Min Kuo reported that NJCA’s current account balance is $10, 265.14.  The overall expenses occurred between April 2010 and March 2011 are $3, 696.77, which include: 1) 2010 conference expenses ($1,782.32); 2) Wachovia service charges ($15.5); this fee was removed after Hui-Min appealed; 3) website maintenance fees ($403.95); and 4) Taylor & Francis subscription fees ($1,495).  For the 2011 conference registration and memberships fees, till March 17 Hui0Min had received $4,700, including $3,300 via PayPal and $1,400 via checks.  Since some people registered after March 17, Hui-Min expected to receive additional fees for conference registration.  Overall, NJCA is in a good financial status.  

5.   Membership Director’s Report.  Todd Kelshaw was delighted to see many first time attendees this year.  He thanked student volunteers from Kean University, Montclair State University and Bergen Community College.  Todd estimated that the total number of people who registered for this year’s conference is between 115 and 125.  This year’s institutional members include Saint Peter’s college, The College of New Jersey, Rutgers MCIS, Rutgers University Department of Communication, and County College of Morris.   

6.   Journal Editor’s Report.  Due to family responsibilities Gary Radford couldn’t attend this year’s conference.  On the written report prepared by Gary, he noted that the Atlantic Journal of Communication (AJC) continues to attract high-quality submissions.  The most common editorial decision is “revise and resubmit.”  The journal’s acceptance rate for the past 12 months is 28% (17 manuscripts accepted out of the 59 manuscripts received).  AJC is publishing 5 issues a year and the fifth issue is dedicated to a specific theme and guest edited by leading scholars in the field.  The 2010 special issue focused on Race and Communication and the 2011 special issue will be devoted to issues in Health Communication.  The publishers Taylor & Francis have been very supportive to the journal and consider us a strong member of their stable of Communication Journals.  

7.   NJCA Website Report.  Rob Coles was looking to incorporate new technology into the NJCA website and anticipated to see new things on the web in the future.  

8.   Second Vice President’s Report.  Sheila McAllister-Spooner announced that the 2010 NJCA conference will be held at Monmouth University.  More information will be forthcoming. 

9.   Student Awards.  Christine Lemesianou was very happy to see many first time student presenters.  This year there were 22 graduate student presenters and 18 undergraduate student presenters.  Christine thanked all the final paper reviewers and presented the following awards:  The Undergraduate Top Paper Award went to Julie Buxbaum, Elizabeth Fella, Arash Nouri and Kathleen Ward, The College of New Jersey, for their paper titled, “National Newspaper Coverage of Mediated Children: A Community Structure Approach.”  The Graduate Top Paper Award went to Jaclyn Malley, Monmouth University, for her paper titled, “Facebook vs. Privacy: Do the Risks Outweigh the Gratifications? President Marcello praised Christine for spending tremendous time organizing and reading student papers.  

10.  Election.  The nomination committee presented a slate of nominations for the 2011-2012 NJCA Executive Board and invited additional nominations from the floor.  The following people were elected:     

2011-2012 NJCA Executive Board 

President                                 Mike Echols, Bergen Community College

1st Vice President                    Sheila McAllister-Spooner, Monmouth University

2nd Vice President                   Chris Caldiero, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Treasurer                                 Hui-Min Kuo, Rutgers University

Recording Secretary                Wenli Yuan, Kean University

Internet Relations Director        Robert Coles, Monmouth University                       

Membership Director               Todd Kelshaw, Montclair State University

Journal Editor                           Gary Radford, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Special Projects                        Christine Lemesianou, Montclair State University

Public Relations Director           Aaron J. Moore              

Member At-Large 1                 Anastacia Kurylo, Marymount Manhattan College

Member At-Large 2                 Chad Dell, Monmouth University

Member At-Large 3                 Marie Radford, Rutgers University

Member At-Large 4                 Carol Stavraka, Kean University

Undergraduate Student Rep.     Victoria Jordan                       

Graduate Student Rep.              Mary Nagy, Rutgers University

Corporate Rep.                         Katherine Dunsmore, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.

Community College Rep.           Gina Herrmann, Bergen Community College

K-12 Representative                 Jennifer Cifrodella, Chatham School District 

11.  Passing of the Gavel.  Gina Marcello turned the gavel over to Mike Echols 

12.  The meeting was adjourned at 1:25pm. 

Respectfully submitted,  Wenli Yuan, Secretary