N.C. State SCJ Chapter president Susannah Brinkley met with chapter adviser Martha Collins about plans for the 2009-2010 school year today. Together, they planned the calendar, which includes a variety of new
events that the N.C. State chapter will sponsor.
Brinkley and Collins would like to see the chapter morph into the honor society that it was intended to be. Plans to do so include making the society seem more elite with more formal inductions and awards ceremonies each semester.
A new year, a new calendar
The chapter will also participate in monthly events, which will include celebrations of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Free Speech Week during Oct. 19 to 25, SCJ Founder’s Day on Dec. 11, a panel discussion on copyright law and plagiarism in February (date TBA), and Sunshine Week during March 8 to 12. (Note: Sunshine Week is nationally celebrated during March 15 to 19, which is during N.C. State’s spring break, so the N.C. State chapter will celebrate it a week early.)
Each semester, members of the chapter will attend one extracurricular event of their choosing, whether it’s touring a local news facility, like The News & Observer or WRAL, hosting a discussion with local journalists or volunteering with a local high school newspaper or yearbook.
The N.C. State Chapter of SCJ has also agreed to host the SCJ Bienniel National Conference in March 2010. Details to be announced.
Collins and Brinkley also discussed changing the application process for new members of SCJ. Potential members can attend an SCJ information session before the application process begins. Once accepted into the society, an induction dinner will take place for all members. Applications will be due Sept. 4.
New members must pay a one-time individual initiation $30 fee in order to be recognized nationally as an active SCJ member. Also, all members, except new members, will be required to pay a $10 chapter fee each semester to cover chapter expenses, Brinkley and Collins decided. After acceptance, new member fees will be due Sept. 15. Inductions will take place Sept. 25. New member fees are required for induction.
Brinkley and Collins are excited for the coming year.