I hope your summer is off to a great start! It’s 110 degrees here in Phoenix today, so I hope you’re taking advantage of the much cooler weather in So Cal!
I want to thank everyone who replied to the survey I sent out earlier. It is immensely helpful to find out everything I can before the season starts. Attached to this email is the tentative schedule for the 2015 Coaches Conference at Irvine Valley College. A few notes as you look it over:
1. Despite what may be intimated in the survey, the Pizza and Game Night will include more than just gambling games. For those of you who are not fans of Texas Hold-Em or Blackjack, we will have a wide variety of games (spades, hearts, catan, catchphrase, balderdash, and maybe even jeopardy!). We hope everyone will feel comfortable in joining us for this fun and exciting social event!
2. We are still accepting panels for Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. I encourage anyone (grad students, part-time coaches, full-time coaches) to contact me with your panel idea. These panels are a great opportunity to engage in a community-wide discussion on topics that are pertinent to the activity. If you see a problem that needs to be discussed, want to create a roundtable to devise strategies for the future, or just want to hear your colleagues take on a competition-related item, feel free to send it to me! Make sure to give me the names of anyone who will be leading it, the title of the panel, and a brief description of what attendees can expect to listen to and participate in.
3. For the social gathering at Lucille’s on Saturday night, I’d like to try and get a headcount for it as early as possible. As it gets closer to September, please email me if you will be attending. All 18 who replied to the survey committed to coming, so their should be a large group of us!
If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, feel free to contact me at anytime.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Instructor of Communication
Speech and Debate Team Director
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Grand Canyon University
President, Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association
2015 Coaches Conference Schedule
Friday, September 11th
3:00-4:15 Session I: Special Topics Discussion
A dialogue on the national IPDA community and the activity in PSCFA.
April Griffin, Cerritos College
Session IIA: Special Topics Discussion
Meet the Coaches:
An overview of the current job opportunities for all prospective coaches (graduate students, adjunct faculty), and a discussion of part-time coaching, equivalency, 25-hour rule, after-school academies, independent contract coaching. Also, graduate students will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Gary Rybold, Irvine Valley College
6:00 – Pizza & Game Night @ IVC
Saturday, September 12th
Strengthening the Connection between PSCFA and NCFA
Shawn O’Rourke – Saddleback College & April Griffin – Cerritos College
Session IIA-Special Topics
Electronic Ballots: A discussion of the benefits, drawbacks, and implementation of eBallots at tournaments.
Danny Cantrell, Mt. SAC
Session IIB – New Coach Orientation
PSCFA Executive Board
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break
Session IIIA: Business Discussions
Proposing New Ideas
Barry Regan, Grand Canyon University
Session IIIB: Business Discussion
Finance and Administration
April Griffin, Cerritos College
Rebuilding Ties With 4-year Programs
Roxan Arntson, Mt. SAC
7:00 Social Gathering @ Lucille’s BBQ in Tustin
Sunday, September 13th
9:00am-12:00 Voting Business Meeting