HPU and Triad Universities Host 12th Global Communication Association Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2017 – High Point University served as a primary host for the 12th annual Global Communication Association Conference (GCC).

Host universities also included, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Winston Salem State University, Elon University, Mazoon University College and Bayan College.

Each year, GCA invites the brightest minds in the field, both in academia and the industry, to collaborate and discuss a wide range of communication topics. “Global Discourse and Discord” was the theme for this year’s conference.

Esteemed international and local professors hosted various panel discussions throughout the weekend, all of which touched upon the “Global Discourse and Discord” theme. Three HPU professors lead panel discussions.

“It was a lot of work organizing the conference, but very worthwhile,” said Dr. Sojung Kim, assistant professor of strategic communication at HPU. “Four graduate students from HPU presented their research projects for the first time at the GCC, and six event management students were involved in the planning, organization and execution of the conference registration and food catering. As one of the main sponsors of the GCC, HPU faculty and students made the success of the conference possible. For that reason, I am very happy and appreciative of the opportunity.”

A highlight of the conference was CNN’s Emmy Award-winning journalist Jim Clancy, who gave a thought-provoking keynote speech. Clancy discussed the true meaning behind freedom of the press, and how it is essential to our country’s democracy.

“During the two-day event, they presented 45 papers on 10 thematically-organized panels,” said Dr. Yahya Kamalipour, professor of mass communications at North Carolina A&T State University. “As expected, the conference was a highly engaging, collaborative, and intimate scholarly event.” 


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