In previous editions of this column I have highlighted the commitment BEA has made to showcasing innovative media pedagogy, academic research and creative scholarship at our annual convention.  In this column, I want to encourage our members to attend their geographic district meeting and at least one interest division business meeting. The district and division business meetings are essential to the effective governance and continued growth and innovation of BEA.

I mentioned in January that attendees no longer have to get up early on Tuesday morning to attend the district meetings. Instead the district meetings have all been scheduled for Saturday afternoon from 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM, immediately following the #BEAdvised Welcome and Organization Update session. These district meetings will wrap up the sessions for the day and precede the President’s Poolside Welcome Happy Hour.

The interest division business meetings are scattered throughout the conference program on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I hope you’ll plan to attend one or two of the division meetings that are most important to you.  I’ve listed the interest division business meeting schedule for your convenience below.

Curriculum, Assessment & Administration Division | Monday April 9th, 1;45 PM – 2:45 PM, Pavilion 1

Documentary Division | Tuesday April 10th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Pavilion 2

Gender & Sexuality Division | Tuesday April 10th, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM, Ballroom G

History Division  | Monday April 9th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Pavilion 1

Interactive Media & Emerging Technologies Division | Tuesday April 10th, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Pavilion 11

International Division | Sunday April 8th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Conference Room 4

Law & Policy Division | Tuesday April 10th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Pavilion 9

Management, Marketing & Programming Division | Monday April 9th, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Pavilion 2

Multicultural Studies Division | Sunday April 8th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Pavilion 3

News Division | Monday April 9th, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Pavilion 11

Production Aesthetics & Criticism Division | Sunday April 8th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Pavilion 10

Radio & Audio Media | Tuesday April 10th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Pavilion 3

Religion & Media Division | Tuesday April 10th, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Ballroom G

Research Division | Tuesday April 10th, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM, Conference Room 4

Service Learning & Community Engagement Division | Sunday April 8th, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM, Conference Room 4

Sports Division |Monday April 9th, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM, Ballroom G

Student Media Advisors | Monday April 9th, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM, Conference Room 4

Two Year/Small Colleges | Tuesday April 10th, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Pavilion 2

Writing Division | Monday April 9th, 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM, Ballroom F