2008 @ Arkansas

2008 Inaugural Meeting of SECCA
June 8-10, 2008
Inn at Carnall Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701


The scenic college town of Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas, hosted communications professionals from Southeastern Conference universities at the inaugural meeting of the SEC Communicators Association. The conference was held in one of the University of Arkansas’ most historic buildings, the Inn at Carnall Hall, a former women’s dormitory that was extensively renovated and now houses a hotel, restaurant, lounge and meeting facilities, all situated directly on the beautiful University of Arkansas campus.

Message from conference organizer Tysen Kendig:

June - 2008

Now that we’ve all had some time to get back in the swing of things and hopefully return to our respective offices safe and sound, I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks one last time to those of you who made it to Fayetteville and helped make our first SEC Communicators Association meeting such an overwhelming success. Again, that success is due in very large part to our participants — your energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and sense of humor made for a dynamic few days and set a strong tone for the future. Look for a memento of your visit to arrive in the mail in the coming weeks.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us, you missed a great time that was as entertaining as it was informative. Countless ideas and laughs were shared, and I think many of us parted ways with not only a new network of colleagues, but also friends. Hopefully, you’ll be able to join us next summer when we convene at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (and thanks again to Melanie Moran for offering to play host to our second gathering).

While the experience is fresh on the mind of attendees, I’d like to ask one more favor: that you take two minutes to visit the following link and fill out a brief questionnaire on Survey Monkey about your experience. While we’ve received a flood of positive comments about meeting, sharing your specific thoughts and suggestions in this structured survey will do more than rate our performance here in Arkansas — it will help shape future programming, specifically next year’s event at Vanderbilt.

Also, let’s use this listserv as a communications resource between meetings. We now have 44 people subscribed to the listserv, including all of you who attended the conference this week. Please let me know if there are individuals in your office who aren’t receiving this listserv, but should be — and I’ll make sure they are subscribed. To post to this list, use a send-to address of:

For those of you who tinker with social networking tools, we also have established an SEC Communicators Association presence on Facebook. There’s not much content at present, but the forum has been created.

Thanks again for a memorable experience and a great kickoff to our association. I hope to see many of you again very soon, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s gathering in Nashville.

Tysen Kendig
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
University of Arkansas