Dr. Pamela G. Bourland-Davis, chair and professor of the Communication Arts department at Georgia Southern University, is currently completing her term as president of the Southern States Communication Association. Bourland-Davis said, “It has been an honor to represent the communication discipline in this role. SSCA was one of the first conferences I attended, and I’ve always valued the scholarship and friendships made through the association.”
SSCA promotes “the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication,” as stated on its website. SSCA has around 2,000 members from universities and institutions that have communication programs.
Georgia Southern University’s Department of Communication Arts has had a long history of supporting SSCA, and currently, Dr. Abby Brooks chairs the group’s Resource Committee, and Dr. Pat Wheaton will be moving into the role of chair of the Finance Committee. Faculty have also served as chairs of multiple divisions including public relations, mass communication, political communication, and argumentation and forensics. Of particular note, Georgia Southern has had students represented at the Undergraduate Honors Conference, based on competitive reviews of their papers, for at least twenty years consecutively.
Prior to this year, as first vice president, Bourland-Davis planned the Montgomery, AL, 2019 conference under the theme of “Conflict and Crisis at the Crossroads of Change,” which allowed attendees to explore a variety of communication topics especially those which aligned with Montgomery’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. And as second vice president, she
coordinated the Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference, held as part of the 2018 Nashville Conference.
Bourland-Davis has also served six years as the advertising and exhibit manager for the SSCA. She chaired the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and she served two terms on AEJMC’s Finance Committee. Other offices she has held were with the Educators Academy of Public Relations Society of America
and the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association. Currently she is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Public Relations Education and Journal of Public Interest Communication.
Georgia Southern alumnus, Bryce Hargrove was selected to be one of eight students nationwide to attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National meeting in Washington, D.C. as a part of the ASPIRE program. Hargrove, who finished his degree in PR with a minor in Theatre in December, attended the Region 4 festival in Spartanburg, S.C., in February where he participated with other students from around the region in the ASPIRE initiative.
Hargrove presented his proposal for an emerging theatre and then went through two rounds of interviews with guest selectors Mike Sablone, Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, S.C., and Peggy McKowen, the Associate Producing Director of the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The ASPIRE program is a joint initiative by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the League of Regional Theatres (LORT) through the Actors Equity Association Inclusion, Equity and Diversity program. The program seeks to develop future arts and theatre managers from underrepresented populations such as women and people of color. “The program is one of a kind in its function and goals,” commented Hargrove on the ASPIRE initiative.
While in Washington, D.C. Hargrove will attend workshops, meet with directors and producers from professional theatres, and work with the other seven regional representatives on developing programing for under-represented groups. He will be interviewing for positions in arts administration as well as fellowship and internship opportunities and grants.
Hargrove looks forward to the week he will spend in D.C. “Being able to take part in this fellowship is an incredible opportunity for learning and experience. I’m looking forward to the bonds I’ll form, the knowledge I’ll gain, and just having a good time. Theatre, performance arts, are things that are special to me and I’m excited to become a better representative of something that connects so many people.”
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The Performing Arts Center is excited to be partnering with Theatre & Performance to present Broadway favorite “Godspell” as part of their 2019-2020 Main Stage Series. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m., and will run through March 1.
In the first major musical theatre offering from Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.
Written in 1971, Godspell embodies the spirit of 70’s generations rock musicals. Since its inception, this show has toured the country and been a musical theatre standard in schools, universities and churches. Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, led by “Day by Day”, old favorites like “Prepare Ye” and “By My Side” will be easily recognized by audiences.
Godspell Director Lisa Abbott notes, “The magic of this show is the community it creates not just with the cast but with the audience as well. The message of the show is about acceptance and love and the cast and crew have enjoyed creating ways to tell that story with open hearts and open minds.”Tickets are on sale now at the PAC Box Office. Discounts are available for Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students.
The meeting is sponsored by the Department of Literature, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the College of Arts and Humanities.
To register, visit https://bcpsconference.org. For questions contact Joe Pellegrino at email@example.com