Below is the March newsletter of our division. This comes as a timely reminder one month prior to BEA2016 in Las Vegas. This newsletter contains the list of Writing Division sessions, other special sessions, and the winners of our academic paper competition, faculty scriptwriting competition, and student scriptwriting competition.
The annual Writing Division business meeting will be Monday morning, April 18, 8:30-9:45a, in the Las Vegas Westgate Pavilion 3 (follows immediately after the 8:00-8:30 “mega meeting” of the interest divisions). This is an even-numbered year, which means we will hold elections. According to our division bylaws (section 8):
“Normally, the Student Scriptwriting Competition Chair succeeds the Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair, and the Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair succeeds the Chair, at the convention in even numbered years; so, the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair are generally not open for election.”
This means Marie Elliott will succeed Michael Whalen as division chair, if she accepts. For a few years now, we have had TWO co-chairs of the student script competition, and the one who has been co-chair the longest becomes the new vice chair / faculty script competition chair. That would be Antonio Zarro, if he accepts. The most-recently elected co-chair of the student script competition would remain in that position. That would be John McHale, if he accepts. We can then decide at the business meeting if we would like to elect a co-chair again to work with John on the student script competition.
Additional elections at the business meeting include:
- Academic Paper Competition Chair: this position has been vacant for a few years
- Secretary: Mary Beth O’Connor, incumbent
- Webmaster: Evan Kropp, incumbent
- Newsletter Editor: Ed Fink, incumbent
Our bylaws do not have term limits on these positions (maybe we should add them?), so the incumbents may or may not wish to be placed into nomination. Other nominations are always welcome, either in advance by email to the division chair, Michael Whalen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or from the floor at the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you all again at BEA2016. Please join us for the business meeting and the other division and special sessions, along with the King Foundation Best of Festival Awards Ceremony on Monday evening.
Read the newsletter here: