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