Happy Spring 2019, SCJ! There’s something about spring—birds chirping, flowers blooming, temperatures warming.
OK, so we have a bit of time before the Polar Vortex vacates. Still, I’m ready to think spring metaphorically, especially about all things SCJ. And there’s plenty of new to tell you about.
Newly Elected National Council
As of our October 2018 Biennium, we have a new National Council and a new Executive Director. I’m so excited to have assembled this talented team who is ready to work for our SCJ advisers and student membership, and I’m excited to be able to tell you a little bit about the team here.
Returning Council Members
Executive Director: Andrea Frantz, Ph.D., professor of digital media at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Ia. Andrea just completed a four-year term as SCJ President and has served on the National Council since 2010. As Executive Director, Andrea will handle your every SCJ need—from inductions to awards. This also means our National Office has relocated to Andrea’s turf at Buena Vista.
President: Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., associate professor of Communication Arts at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. I have served on the National Council since 2012; this is my first term as president. I’ll be working with the team to develop new initiatives as well as to continue the mission of SCJ for all our members and advisers.
Vice President for Contest: Carrie Moniot, Student Media/New Media Advisor at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Carrie has served on the National Council since 2014. Carrie is our contest whiz and handles all of the logistics that make our free annual national contest possible.
Vice President for Communication: Shane Tilton, Ph.D., assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Oh. Shane has served on the National Council since 2014. Shane will oversee all of our communication efforts, including our new online monthly newsletter.
Vice President for Biennium: Sally Renaud, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Il. Sally is a Past President as well as our former Executive Director and has served on the National Council since 2012. Sally will lead the charge for planning our biannual gatherings.
New Council Members
Vice President for Special Projects: Brittany Fleming, Ph.D., assistant professor of digital media, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa. Brittany will be working to develop philanthropy and other community projects that our chapters can participate in from their campuses.
Associate Vice President for Communication: Lisa Lyon Payne, Ph.D., Batten Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Communication Department at Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. She’ll be helping to lead our social media efforts, so give her some likes and hearts!
New Logo, New e-Newsletter
At our biennium last October, students voted on a new look for SCJ. The new logo was designed by SCJ alum Justice Gage, a graphic designer in Los Angeles. We love the new look and hope you do, too!
You’ll see this new logo on all of our materials going forward, including our new monthly e-Newsletter. If you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so here.
New Online Contest Entry
No doubt our advisers and students have already experienced our new online system for the National Contest. We know change is difficult—but we hope that you didn’t experience any kinks. If you did, we’d love to hear from you as we continue to improve our National Contest with the goal of making it easier for you to submit great work for recognition. Our National Contest is closing soon, and we’ll be working to get entries out to judges next week. We plan to have results send to chapter advisers in late April, so watch your inboxes.
New Major Awards Nomination Deadlines
We’ve also decided to alter the deadline for our Major Awards nominations from August (when all our advisers are, rightfully so, at the beach) to April (when their heads are still in the game). We’ll remind you as we get closer, but please be thinking ahead to making your nominations for major awards by April 26, 2019. Award recipients will be announced at the beginning of the Fall semester.
What’s Not New
At SCJ, we will continue our mission of championing student journalists and the First Amendment. Now, more than ever, it’s important for us to support and defend the work of journalists.
SCJ-sponsored sessions at CMA
That’s why we’ll be sponsoring a few sessions at the College Media Association’s Spring 2019 National Convention in New York City. Details are forthcoming, but expect an opportunity for any SCJ members and advisers who will be at the convention to get together for some networking to continue the conversation we started in Louisville in October.
Your graduation headquarters
The spring semester goes by fast. Don’t wait to place orders for your SCJ graduation cords and to submit your nominations for Medals and Certificates of Merit. We look forward to seeing your ceremonies, so remember to send us photographs of inductions, graduations, and award presentations!
We’re here for you
If there is anything we can do to make your SCJ experience better, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us. And, please help us spread the word about SCJ. If you have colleagues at institutions without an SCJ chapter, please tell them about us—or put us in touch, and we’ll do the talking! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquiries, or you can reach me directly at email@example.com. I’m honored to be president of this important organization, and I look forward to serving its members as best I can.
Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., is an associate professor of communication arts at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Wotanis is President of the Society for Collegiate Journalists and adviser to The Wood Word, Marywood’s student-run online news outlet.