Faith and Communication Conference
March 23-24, 2012
Phillip Edward Wagner, Liberty University, Teetering the Line between the Punisher and the Punished—A Pilot Study of Graduate Student Assistants’ Cheating Prevalence and Perceptions of Academic Dishonesty
Michael Ray Smith, Campbell University, Fail Fast, Fail Cheap: The Daily Record’s Experiment with a Christian magazine
Edward Johnson, Campbell University, I am a Smart Guy
Harry Argo, Regent University, Social Networking Sites and Spirituality
Benjamin Toler, Bob Jones University, Echoes: An Exploration into the Appraisal of Beauty and Human Worth in a Theatrical Performance.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Registration noon-3 p.m.
Greeting 3 p.m.
Film panel 3:30 p.m.
Andrew Quicke, Mark Keuthan, Andrew Rosbury, Michael Boling, Regent University Faith in the Foxholes: A Historical Critical Approach to the Theology of War in Films
Dennis Bounds, Regent University, Call it, Fiend O: The Evolving Role of the Evil Antagonist in the Films, “The Dark Knight” and “No Country for Old Men.”
Michael Boling, Regent University, “The Book of Eli” as a Modernist Warning to a Postmodern Society
Mass Media Panel 4:30 p.m.
Bruce Kuiper, Dordt College, “The Pilgrim’s Progress:” How a Novel Can Affect An Entire Culture’s Communication
Pat Sawyer, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Soul Impressions: The Influence of Television and Music on the Soul.
Meridith Styer, Liberty University, A Critical Analysis of Angelina Grimke’s Pennsylvania Hall Address
Dinner at Hibachi Grill
Keynote address, Dr. Michael Graves, Liberty University
“Is My Nose any Longer? On Speaking the Truth.”
Gathering at the Smiths
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Greeting 8:30 a.m.
The Church Panel 8:45
Alyson Thompson, Liberty University, To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain: An Examination of Of Gods and Men through Schrader’s Transcendental Style
Julie Williams, Samford University, A Slice of Church History: A Couple of Missionaries Flee on the Titanic
Wally Metts, Spring Arbor University, What would Martin Luther Blog?
9:45 Break sponsored by Spring Arbor University’s Department of Communication Studies
Faith in Action Panel 1o
Marc Newman, Regent University, Nihilism Historical Optimism and Revelation: Rhetorical Approaches to the Apocalypse in film
Naaman Wood, Reconsidering Faith-Leaning Integrating Through Hunter’s “Theology of Faithful Presence
Paul Radford, Bob Jones University, Following the Way of Malick, Nature and Grade in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.”
Faith in Education Panel 11:15
Edward Edman, Liberty University, Learning Models: Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching I learned in Kindergarten
Rich Olsen, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Values, Policies and Department Culture
John E. Guiniven, James Madison University, The Penn State Scandal: Recovery Won’t Occur Until the Problem is Fully Faced
Presentation of Best Paper Award by Dr. Wally Metts
Your job is to register right now!
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The cost is $35. We will have dinner as a group Friday and the cost is about $13. Dinner isn’t included in your registration but we will have dessert plus a Saturday breakfast and lunch not to mention bottle water and so on during the day.
Here’s a picture of the registration site.
A few very uptown presenters have registered. For instance, Andrew Quicke of Regent, Richard Olsen of University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and John E. Guiniven of James Madison University have registered. Since they are on the job, the august committee of the Faith and Communication Conference will give them a gift, token as it is. But wait. You can get a gift too. Be one of next 15 people to register and I will reserve a gift for you. It is a surprise but I will tell you that even some jaded communication students cry, “I want one!”
Once you arrive, park near Kivett Hall. The address for Kivett is 113 Main Street, Buies Creek, NC 27506, and it is labeled “KIV” on the map below. Think “KJV” misspelled. See it? It is near the center left of this map below. Park in Lot “J,” which is the closest one to the Wiggins Library, near the blue line on the map. The J lot is in the lower, center of the map. Access it from Main Street. The Barnes & Noble campus bookstore and a Chic-Fil-A restaurant are in that lot.
We will have a registration table set up at noon March 23 in the first-floor hall of Kivett Hall. Kivett is the oldest building on campus but it is state-of-the-art for presentations. The building connects to the Wiggins Library, which is another architectural wonder.
Ms. Rebecca West and one of our communication studies students should be at a table ready to greet you and give you a name tag and so on. If you haven’t pre-registered, Ms. West can register you when you arrive but if you’re using a credit card, you have to go to the nearby business office and they close at 4:30 p.m. Alas.
The first presentation will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the one-and-only-one second-floor classroom, and we will have a series of presentations, a break, then another set of presentations. At 6 p.m. we will go to a nearby restaurant as a group. We will follow each other as a caravan. The restaurant is Hibachi Grill, 1112 W. Broad St., Dunn, NC 28334 and their telephone number is (910) 892-9988.
Dr. Michael P. Graves, professor of Communication Studies, will present a keynote address. The title is “Is My Nose Any Longer? On Speaking the Truth?” In addition to being a first-class person, the witty Dr. Graves is internationally known for his rhetorical insights. A prolific writer, his work is recognized for its keen interpretation on artifacts that speak to thoughtful believers.
After dinner, we will adjourn to my house for some light dessert. The restaurant is about 15 miles from campus and my house is about 20 miles from the restaurant. We will follow each other. Park along Trellis Court. One year we lost a neighbor’s mailbox to the parking so feel free to park in the undeveloped lot next to my house to avoid too many cars, not enough space.
My address is:
45 Trellis Ct.
Lillington, N.C. 27546
My cell phone is (910) 658-7900.
My PIN is 7777.
Saturday’s activities will begin with a light breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the hallway area of Kivett Hall. Kivett has a small conference room that may serve as the place where we will keep water and so on but it’s too compact to be used as a room for meals. Our first session will begin at 8:30 a.m. Around 10 ish, Dr. Wally Metts and his Spring Arbor University program will be our host for the morning break. In addition, Spring Arbor University will present an award for the best conference paper, which includes a plaque and a cash prize. (He may be available for expensive dinners and outings throughout the weekend.)
Box lunches will be served at noon. We will continue to early afternoon. We will have a boxed lunch in our second-floor classroom around noon. The conference will conclude around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where to stay
(Be sure to ask for any discount associated with Campbell University.)
Lillington (The closest town to Buies Creek, which has no hotels)
Take 421 S. Five minutes from Campbell. This hotel is offering a discount.
Microtel Inns and Suites, 300 East Cornelius Harnett Blvd. 910-893-2626
Dunn (12 miles south of campus, the classic unplanned Southern town)
Take 421 N. About 20 Minutes from Campbell
Comfort Inn Exit 72 off I-95 910-891-2511
Hampton Inn Exit 73 off I-95 910-892-4333
Holiday Inn Express Exit 73 off I-95 910-892-4400
Jameson Inn Exit 73 off I-95 910-891-5758
Fuquay-Varina (15 miles north of campus and quite charming)
Take US-401S to US-421S. 25 minutes from Campbell
Comfort Inn 919-557-9000
Holiday Inn Express 919-557-2009
Sanford (23 miles west of campus and a bit drab)
Take US-421S. 30 minutes from Campbell
The Hampton Inn 919-775-2000
The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham.
Have you written a book that you want to showcase? Let me know. See if your publisher will send a few for you to display. Perhaps you’ll be willing to donate one or two as a door prize. Please let me know.
Please let me know if you have a special need and we can help by preparing in advance.
If you arrive early March 23, consider a ministry of collecting others at the airport. Let me know if you’re game. Be sure to provide a cell number.
If you want to share a room, please let me know and I will work to connect people.
As I said, Dr. Wally Metts, the speaker who provided insight at last year’s invited lecture, will not only host one of the breaks to showcase Spring Arbor University’s dynamic program, his university will recognize the best paper with an award, a first for the conference. Thank you, Dr. Metts.
No doubt I have left out crucial information. Please send me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A firm Friday-Saturday schedule is in the making. I have spent so much time on the premium gifts for those that register right away that I have neglected to finish the schedule. It is coming.
All the best for a merry conference with a rich variety of scholars,
Michael Ray Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
P.O. Box 130
Buies Creek, NC 27506