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ACE Update – May 2017

Message from the President: Life Deserves a Plan
Register for the ACE Conference by Friday, May 19, for the Best Deal!
Have You Picked Out Your Auction Item Yet?
Not a member of an ACE Learning Community network? Find out why you should be!
Journal of Applied Communications Update

Message from the President

Life Deserves a Plan

Read any goal-setting advice and invariably there will be something like “Picture the end result before you start” or something similar. That works with just about any work-related project – and in one’s personal life.

Do you picture a life well-lived? Here are some comments from retired ACE members, gleaned from their May ACE retiree newsletter and compiled by Retiree Director Janet Rodekohr.

Anita Povich: keeps writing and had another short story accepted for July publication in a literary magazine.

Chuck Woods
: shared a documentary film project he completed.

Lyn Jarvis: received the Robert O. Sinclair Cup Award from the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/UVM Extension.

Maxine Ferris: told about her book: “Let Love Happen,” a religious romance about a Spartan plant scientist, who is researching the Jatropha plant, and a Montessori Directress.

Terry Day: Organizing his thousands of .jpg files, editing two books, writing opinionated editorials and planning an 8,000-mile trip with his wife Ruth to visit friends, family and historic places.

Bob Kern: after writing his autobiography a couple of years ago, “I was moved to conclude that I could not have planned a career with as much fun, satisfaction, and my own sense of achievement as occurred in my life. And I have no doubt that AAACE and ACE were significant contributors to those pleasures”.

Professional collaborations – and just plain friendships – are developed through ACE and can contribute to a rich, full life. Perhaps all of us, when we look back over the years, will be able to write a paragraph similar to Kern.

If planning for retirement is on your radar, even if only a blip and years away, retirees will hold a panel at the summer conference called “Life Goes On: Planning for Retirement,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14. Presenters are Thomas Merrill, Linda Benedict, Judy Winn, Tom Knecht, and Janet.

I hope you will be able to see friends and collaborators next month in New Orleans. The committee has worked for more than two years planning the event, and I have watched with admiration as they contributed their considerable talents and their willingness to give such time to the association. As I’ve seen on various ACE New Orleans correspondences, from Cajun French – laissez les bon temps rouler!

 - Steve Miller, ACE President

For the best rate, register now for the ACE 2017 Conference

Early conference registration ends May 19, so register now for a great professional development experience.

This year’s conference has more than 60 breakout sessions aimed at reviving and refreshing your work skills and professional connections. Included are invited speakers funded by our Learning Communities to address topics of specific interest. Also, the conference’s three keynote speakers promise to be engaging and informative.

If that wasn’t enough to entice you, check out the conference menu. You don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy New Orleans favorites such as beignets, bisque and Bananas Foster. The essence of New Orleans will be infused in the conference from the opening reception to the hospitality suite. Located in the famed French Quarter, the historic Hotel Monteleone is quintessential New Orleans and just steps from more food, music and fun!

- Tobie Blanchard and Jennifer Alexander, conference co-chairs

Have You Picked Out Your Auction Item Yet?

When you pack for this year’s conference, we hope you bring something memorable for the ACE Silent Auction! This year we are planning a silent auction and will accept bids all day Thursday, June 15.

This event benefits the ACE Development Fund, with proceeds going to provide professional development opportunities for ACE members. Your donations support speakers for national ACE meetings, seed money for workshops, and grants to ACE members for research and professional activities.

Over the years, ACE Members have contributed original artwork, homemade limoncello, hand-crafted jewelry and home goods, maple syrup (the real deal!) and more. You never know what’s in store. Come see us in New Orleans!

If you don’t plan to attend the conference, consider donating a gift card that can be redeemed at a local establishment during the conference, or making a cash donation to the fund. To learn more, contact Donna Sheffield, development officer, at dsheffie@ksu.edu. Thank you for your continued support.

- Donna Sheffield, ACE development officer

Not a member of an ACE Learning Community network? Find out why you should be!

ACE Learning Communities are networks of professional peers who mentor each other and share and grow together. Whether you are a member of a Learning Community or not, plan on attending the Learning Community meetings at the ACE conference to learn more and get involved.  All are welcome to attend any and all meetings.

Following are the dates and times of LC meetings at the conference.

 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Leadership and Management Learning Community
 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
 Academic Programs and Research Learning Community
 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Social Media Learning Community
 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Diversity Learning Community
 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Media Relations and Writing Learning Communities
 5:15- 6:00 p.m.  Marketing Learning Community
 5:15- 6:00 p.m.  Instructional Design and IT Learning Community
 5:15- 6:00 p.m.  Publishing and Graphic Design Learning Community
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Electronic Media and Photography Learning Community


Thanks to all who served in a leadership role within your Learning Community! You have done a fantastic job over the past year, and it has been a privilege working with you. I encourage others to consider taking on a leadership role; you will find it both rewarding and educational. Most elections will be held at the conference meeting. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

- Mary Wirth, Learning Community Director

Journal of Applied Communications:  2017 Vol. 101, No. 1

Below are a couple articles from the latest issue:

Water use in Florida: Examining perceptions of water use based on visual images
Joshua M. Epstein, Lisa K. Lundy, and Alexa J. Lamm

Agriculture is often associated with large-scale water use based on societal perceptions and media portrayals. In response, the agricultural industry perceives that the public views it collectively as a heavy water user that does not preserve the quality of water, although many farmers do follow best management practices. Two online surveys were used to gain insight into both Florida residents and decision maker perceptions of various water uses. Both of these groups perceived the visuals of golf courses, vegetable farms, and public use to use a lot of water. These groups did vary in their perceptions regarding the water use of other types of agriculture. The authors note that understanding these perceptions is important because both residents and decisions makers play an important role in supporting water conservation efforts and legislation of water use. Recommendations from this study are to listen to individuals in these groups and engage them in conversation about water use.

A Case Study of Using Metacognitive Reflections to Enhance Writing Skills and Strategies in an Agricultural Media Writing Course
Tobin Redwine, Holli R. Leggette, and Brooke Prather

Writing is a foundational skill in agricultural communications, and integrating reflection into a writing course is one way to enhance students’ metacognition and metacognitive awareness. This study interpreted students’ metacognitive writing through periodic writing reflections in an advanced agricultural media writing course. Researchers found students think about writing skills, writing strategies, and transferability of writing strategies and skills. The authors recommend integrating reflection into writing courses as retrospective post-assessments. Adapting metacognitive instruction strategies in writing courses will enhance and encourage changing metacognitive patterns, which may further develop writing competence.

- Courtney Meyers, ACE Research Director

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