Gannon University to Host 74th Annual Pennsylvania Communication Association Convention
Posted: October 10, 2013
Gannon University will be this year's host for the Pennsylvania
Communication Association (PCA) pre-conference and conference. The
74th Annual convention will be held Oct. 17-19 in the University's
Waldron Campus Center located at 130 W. Sixth and Peach
Representatives from more than 10 Pennsylvania universities,
including Robert Morris University, Duquesne University, Point Park
University and Penn State University among others, will accompany more than 25 Gannon students, faculty and staff in panel discussions and speeches. Students were given the
opportunity to write and submit papers prior to the event for a
chance to win a scholarship and debut their work during the
Some topics that will be discussed include: "Providing Clear and
Effective Communication to Online Students," "Communication as a
Liberal Art: Rhetoric in a Contemporary Age" and "Rhetoric and
Advertising in the Public Sphere."
Unique to the format of the event this year is the pre-conference, held Oct. 17-18, and made possible through a grant
provided by the Gannon University Schuster Fund for the Arts. The
theme will focus on "Albert Camus & Philosophy of
Communication: Making Sense in an Age of Absurdity," in honor of
the 100th anniversary of the birth of the philosopher of communication and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The core of the conference, however, takes place Oct. 18-19
engaging the theme "Communication as a Liberal Art: The
Historical Roots of the Discipline." The pre-conference and
conference are open to PCA members and the public through onsite
Gannon communication arts associate professor Brent
Sleasman, Ph.D. and assistant professor Mary Carol Gensheimer co-taught
the University's event planning class, which assisted in planning
and coordinating this year's PCA Convention alongside the PCA
Executive Committee. Through this experience, 11 undergraduate
students participated in the first-hand practice of skills necessary to plan an event such as this.
Sleasman has previously served on the PCA Executive
Committee as a member at large and vice president elect. He is
currently serving as the Association's vice president this year,
and will serve as President next year. He is also this year's
primary program planner for the convention.
According to the PCA website, the association is "dedicated to the
research in, ethical use of, and education for excellent oral
communication in every human activity, but especially those in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." Its purpose is to promote teaching,
scholarship and service through commitment to communication.
Gannon University welcomes you to interview our
honored, visiting guests:
Bernard Murchland, Ph.D., of Ohio Wesleyan University, is the
editor of the Civic Arts Review. He will be the chair of the first panel discussion "A
Dialogue with Albert Camus" Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Interviews will be available in the Haggerty Lounge immediately
following this time.
William Rawlins, Ph.D., of Ohio University, is this year's
recipient of the annual Julia T. Wood Award. He will deliver the
keynote address on "Providing Clear and Effective Communication to
Online Students" on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.
Interviews will be available in the Haggerty Lounge immediately
following this time.
Stephen Bronner, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, presents
"Communicating the Absurd" Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 to 11:45
a.m. in the Yehl Ballroom. Interviews will be available outside the
Yehl Ballroom immediately following this time.
Professors Sleasman and Gensheimer will be available for
questions and interviews in the Waldron lobby during pre-conference
registration, Thursday, Oct. 17 at noon
For more information about the event, visit the PCA here and Gannon University here.