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This month, I’m going to ask you to do me a favor. This is my last President’s Corner, and I wanted to end my term as president of BEA with a specific request. I would like for you to find three ways to share BEA with your colleagues so that they can see the value of BEA.

Perhaps you have colleagues who are looking for peer review of their creative work. Make sure they know about the opportunities to have their creative work juried in the Festival of Media Arts, the Super-Regional conference in the fall, and the Journal of Media Education. Similarly, if they need their research or other publications peer-reviewed, make sure they submit their work to a BEA conference or one of our journals.

If they want or need training on new software or tools, make sure they know about the training opportunities at the Annual Convention in April and the Super-Regional conference in the fall. If they need to find out what new tools are available for production, they need to know about the free admission to the NAB exhibit hall that comes with attendance at the BEA Annual Convention.

But that’s just the first step. If you’re attending the BEA Annual Convention next week, please share your experiences on social media (#2017BEA). But also take the time to send an email or make a phone call to share your BEA experiences.

The reason for this request is simple—the more people who know about BEA and the services we offer, the greater our membership will be. And more members means we can provide more services to all our members.

So, let’s use the media we have to help grow BEA! Please share, and then share again, and then share a third time. Your colleagues will benefit from the information you’re sharing, and we will all benefit from a stronger BEA.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your participation in BEA over the last year. It has been the greatest honor in my life to lead BEA, and it has given me extra energy every day for the past year to know that there are so many members who gladly spend their time to strengthen the organization and the entire field of broadcast education. Please keep up the good work!

Augie Grant
University of South Carolina