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President’s Corner
December 2016

Two weeks ago, the BEA Board of Directors voted to add BEA to the list of signatories to a letter to the Trump Administration drafted and signed by more than a dozen organizations representing professional journalists. The letter, with all of the signees (including BEA) is available here.

As the issue develops, we might find the need as an organization to address the importance of the role of the press in our society. Please let me or a member of the Board of Directors know if you have specific ideas on actions or activities that BEA can be involved in to further this cause.

It’s also the end of the year. While that means relaxation and a break for most of us in academia, it also brings a few other opportunities. The most important one for BEA is making sure you renew your BEA membership before December 31. And if you’re looking for a last minute gift for a colleague, introduce them to BEA and all that BEA can do for them to support their teaching, research, and service. (Okay, I’m stretching a little. But I do want you to make sure your colleagues know how much becoming involved in BEA can help them, and the start of a new year is a good time to start a new membership.)

With the end of the tax year coming, don’t forget that you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Peter Orlik Scholarship Endowment or the Kenneth Harwood Dissertation Endowment.
Finally, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the work of the BEA staff over the past year to help make BEA as successful and productive as it can be. Heather, Traci, and J-D have consistently been there to help all of us with anything BEA-related. Please join me in thanking the staff for all they do for us every day.

Happy Holidays!
Augie Grant