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Fall Conferences set for KU, K-State and Fort Hays

In a tradition that dates to 1919, the Kansas Scholastic Press Association again this year will host fall conferences for student-journalists and their advisers across the state. For the 14th consecutive year, advisers will have the choice to attend a conference at a university of their choice:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Keynote speaker Kim Green is the Journalism Education Association’s 2011 Yearbook Adviser of the Year. Green, a Master Journalism Educator, teaches at Columbus (Ind.) North High School.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Kim Green will also deliver the keynote address in Manhattan.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Fort Hays State University in Hays. The keynote speaker is yet to be determined. This year’s conference in Hays will again feature a combined workshop-conference format, complete with traditional sessions as well as hands-on workshops for students (See details on page 2)

Registration deadline for all conferences is Sept. 19.

This link will direct you to the online registration form, which is good for all conferences. You may register yourself and your students online, but you’ll still need to send checks (no matter the conference you attend) to the KSPA office. DO NOT BRING A CHECK TO THE CONFERENCE:

KSPA
317 Stauffer Flint Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

After KSPA has received your registration, you will get a confirmation from the on-site conference organizers. The confirmation from the conference organizers will include parking instructions, a list of hotels near the university you’re visiting, and instructions on how to check in at the conference.

Cost is $15 per person from member schools and $18 per person from non-member schools. If you are not sure of your membership status, call 758-864-0605 to check. Send a list of all attendees with your registration. We understand that you may need to substitute students after that date, but try not to add substantially to the pre-registration numbers. Arrangements at each site are dependent upon an accurate count of attendees.

THE CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS

University of Kansas

The Lawrence conference on Monday, Sept. 24, will be at the Kansas Union. Buses may pass through the KU traffic kiosks and unload passengers at the front entrance to the Union. Buses will then need to park in Lot #300, which is located at the Lied Center on the west end of campus. There is no charge for buses parked at the Lied Center.

Delegates driving cars may park in the parking garage adjacent to and just north of the Kansas Union. Payment is made at the garage when you park.

To see a campus map, go to http://www.ku.edu/visit/maps.shtml.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on the fourth level of the Union. You should reserve time to plan the sessions you will attend. Advisers will also be offered fresh fruit, coffee and tea at a 10:30 a.m. reception.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers should plan and pay for their lunches. The Kansas Union food court is on the third level.

If you have specific questions about the KU conference, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or [email protected].

Conference features:

  • JEA national Yearbook Adviser of the Year Kim Green;
  • Three dozen 45-minute sessions to choose from;
  • A special track for new and second-year advisers;
  • A swap shop and round-table discussions for yearbook and newspaper/web editors;
  • Critique sessions for a limited number of staffs;
  • A reception for all advisers, including a KSPA member meeting.

More details will be available online at https://www.kspaonline.org/fall-conferences/ku-conference/

Kansas State University

The Manhattan conference on Tuesday, Sept. 25, will be at the K-State Union. Parking details will be sent to you with your conference confirmation packet. The parking garage south of the K-State Union will be available if you drive a car. Buses may drop off students in front of the K-State Union and then park for free at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on the north side of campus.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the Forum Theater in the lower level of the Union. You should reserve time to plan the sessions you will attend.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers should plan and pay for their lunches. The K-State Union food court has many lunch options.

If you have specific questions about the KSU conference, contact Kelly Furnas, conference coordinator, at 785-532-7822 or [email protected]. If you have general questions about the fall conferences, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or [email protected].

Conference features:

  • JEA national Yearbook Adviser of the Year Kim Green;
  • Three dozen 45-minute sessions to choose from;
  • A special track for new and second-year advisers;
  • A reception for all advisers, including a KSPA member meeting;
  • Critique sessions for a limited number of staffs.

More details will be available online at https://www.kspaonline.org/fall-conferences/ksu-conference/

Fort Hays State University

The Hays conference/workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 26, will be at the FHSU Memorial Union. Parking is available on campus near the Union, and instructions will be sent with your conference registration confirmation.

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. in the Sunset Lounge. You should reserve some time to plan what sessions you will attend. Pastries and juice will be available for all registrants.

The keynote address will begin at 9 a.m. and all sessions will be completed by 1:30 p.m. Students and advisers are asked to plan and pay for their own lunches. The Memorial Union food court has many lunch options.

If you have specific questions about the FHSU conference, contact Marcella Marez, conference coordinator, at 785-628-4337, or at [email protected]. If you have general questions about the fall conferences, contact Jeff Browne at 785-864-7625 or [email protected].

More details about the FHSU conference/workshop are being sent in separate files with this e-mail/mail, but here’s a general outline:

  • A keynote address.
  • A reception for all advisers, including a KSPA member meeting;
    • Hands-on immersion sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing
      • These are two-and-a-half-hour sessions for a limited number of experienced students
      • Instruction sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing
        • These are 95-minute sessions for a limited number of beginning students
      • Critique sessions in photography, theme and design, and writing
        • These are 30-minute mini-sessions for experienced students to get feedback
      • Traditional instructional sessions on a variety of topics
        • These are 50-minute sessions presented by professionals, college educators and high school advisers.

Can you present?

If you have a great session that you’d like to present at any or all of the conferences, please send an email to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] and describe your session, including a short bio, a title, your intended audience and AV needs.

More specifically, we also need advisers to help lead two tracks especially for advisers:

  • First, you may share your expertise in a particular area with new advisers in a 45-minute session (or a double session of 90 minutes) as part of the new track for those advisers.
  • Second, you may want to help lead a discussion on what your school will do now that the state has approved a handful of funded CTE journalism courses beginning in 2012-2013.

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