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03/18/2014

CSCA 2014 Conference - Reminders & Highlights

Hello CSCA’ers,

The goal of this email is threefold: 1. to remind you to register for the CSCA annual conference, if you have not done so already, 2. remind you to book your hotel room at the lovely Minneapolis Hyatt, and 3. to get you fired up about the great programs, both (a) academic and (b) social.

1. Register for the conference, please. The worms are all gone, as the early bird rate has now passed. However, to avoid the on-side registration fee, it is wise to register in advance for the conference here: http://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/convention_reg

2. The conference hotel is fancy and the rate is reasonable. In addition to spacious modern rooms, there’s a lobby fireplace the length of a wall, conducive for good socializing. And there are banana pancakes, good for sharing (please note, they are on the menu as a dessert item; but trust me, they’re an anytime food which pair nicely with coffee and/or viognier).

3a.  Take a look at the most recent program HERE -- there’s day-after-day of compelling academic programs. David McMahan has planned a thought provoking pre-conference about social media, presenting by the leading scholars in that field. There are 13 short courses, ranging in topics from documentary to debate, to provide us with new skills and information. And the program is full of creative research and pedagogy panels.

3b. Three words: Mill City Museum. CSCA has a rich history of presidential parties in unique and memorable locations. The tradition will continue, to honor Chad Edwards. The Mill City Museum is the site of the old Gold Medal Flour factory. It’s got everything: ruins (from a fire), a Flour Tower (of power) elevator experience, a test kitchen (with samples!), dioramas (it is a museum, after all), and fascinating exhibits that illustrate the history of flour production, distribution, and consumption. We aren’t the only ones who make learning fun; so does the Mill City Museum. And if I get my way, there will be dancing. The party doesn’t end there – we’re having a sock hop on Saturday, as well as the infamous CSCA pub crawl. Adam Tyma grew up crawling the bars in his hometown of Minneapolis; and this is his last year as organizer, so this crawl will be epic.

I can’t wait to see all of you in Minneapolis!

Sincerely,

Leah E. Bryant, CSCA 1st Vice President


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