A Message from the Vice President:
I am pleased to announce planning for the 110th Eastern Communication Association convention in Providence, Rhode Island is well underway. The conference will take place from April 10 – April 14, 2019. I would like to extend a personal invitation to our entire membership to participate in ECA 2019. The planning team is working hard to create an excellent conference experience for all of you and also opportunities to enjoy Providence.
Providence, RI envisions its future as the Creative Capital thus it is fitting that our 2019 conference theme is “Creating our Future.” I am asking our membership to work toward Creating our Future by working within local communities to use our knowledge and skill set to create a better future for individuals. To help our membership achieve this goal, the theme for the First Vice President Sponsored Panels is Community Impact. Dr. Jennifer Waldeck is the Director of Community Impact and will be coordinating the sponsored panels.
My vision is that we will build a future in which we use our resources to influence our immediate environments to create better education, to create an understanding of relationships and how to make relationships successful, to create organizational communication that is efficient and profit or service driven, and to create health care communication to increase patient quality of life and provider job satisfaction.
In addition to attending the conference, I would also like to invite you to enjoy the many exciting aspects of Providence, RI. Providence has a thriving food scene with a highly active food truck community. Dr. Julie Volkman, 2nd VP, is working with the convention bureau to bring the food trucks to the Omni Providence. I also invite our membership to enjoy the beautiful walkways of Providence and perhaps to take a gondola ride when taking a break during the conference. When walking around Providence don’t forget to look up! Providence has amazing murals everywhere you look. http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170426/street-murals-convert-ordinary-to-extraordinary
Another exciting bit of news is that we will be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. More information will be provided as we work with Attendee Interactive to develop a platform customized to meet our needs.
Finally, I would like to invite you to say hello to me so I can say thank you for your attendance and participation. Please introduce yourself if we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting. Make sure to visit the Interest Group webpages for Calls to see which call is calling your name! https://ecasite.org/aws/ECA/pt/sp/interest_groups