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Hotel Room Reservation Deadline is today, 9-13-10

JUST A REMINDER THAT ROOM RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY TODAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2010.

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association is being held October 13 –16, 2010, at the Crown Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-(800)678-4065 or by going to http://www.crownplaza.com/execcenterbr .
The Mid-South Group Identification Code is: MSA.

Due to a number of events going on in Baton Rouge during our conference, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to extend our reserved block of rooms past today.  As of this morning, we have filled 148 room nights (out of the 190 we said we would fill), but they will only hold the remaining rooms in our block until the end of the day today.  So, while they may not be available tomorrow, rooms are still available today at our contracted nightly room rates of:   Standard Occupancy – Single $115.00, Double $115.00, Triple $115.00, Quad $115.00, Plaza Rooms $169.00 for Double beds & King bed plus applicable State and Local taxes.

We expect yet another successful and exciting program of activities in 2010. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Sociological Perspectives: Essential Science to Understand Health and Eliminate Health Disparities,” and as you can see from the preliminary program (available on our website) there will be quite a bit going on.  Some adjustments are currently being made to the program, and we will let you know as soon as an update is released.

Conference Program and a New look for the MSSA Website

Greeting Members of the Mid-South Sociological Association,

First, I am excited to announce that Program Chair Roma Hanks has a preliminary program for the 2010 MSSA Annual Conference that will be held in Baton Rouge.  The program can be found on our website by going to www.midsouthsoc.org.  All questions or concerns should be directed to Dr. Hanks at rhanks@usouthal.edu

In other exciting news, if you go to our website you’re going to notice that we now have a new look and some additional functions.   This could not have been done without the web design expertise of Heather Hopkins who works at Augusta State University in Georgia.  I would encourage all of you to look through the site.  Take some time to see what’s there, and think about what else you would like us to include and how we’ve organized the information.  Send any comments, critiques, corrections and ideas directly to me at gongawar.timo@uwlax.edu

An important new function (one that you are seeing now) are the Announcements that will be emailed directly to you from the website.  Whenever the MSSA has news to report (like this one) we will post them to the website.  The post will then be sent as an email directly to the entire membership – in fact, I will be sending  this message as the first such Announcement to be sent by the website.  Since the emailed announcement will not allow replies, discussions will still occur on this MSSA Listserve.

Finally, please join me in thanking our outgoing Webmaster, Dave Witt, for all of his work on our website.  Through his efforts we were one of the first regional associations to create and maintain a website.  His support for this venture over the years, and as we made the recent changes, is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Take care,
Tim

Timothy B. Gongaware, PhD
Mid-South Sociological Association
Vice President

Reserve your room for the 2010 conference in Baton Rouge

Mid-South Sociological Association
Office of the Secretary-Treasurer
Jamie P. Baird
Morehouse College: Unit #140138 • 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404)522-2657 • Fax: (404)522-9346 • email: jbaird@morehouse.edu

August 12, 2010

Dear MSSA colleagues:

The 36th Annual Meetings of the Mid-South Sociological Association will be held at the Crown Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. The meeting dates are: October 13 –16, 2010. Our contracted nightly room rates are: Standard Occupancy – Single $115.00, Double $115.00, Triple $115.00, Quad $115.00, Plaza Rooms $169.00 for Double beds & King bed plus applicable State and Local taxes..

ROOM RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY SEPTEMBER 13, 2009.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-(800)678-4065. The Mid-South Group Identification Code is: MSA, or by going to http://www.crownplaza.com/execcenterbr .

We expect yet another successful and exciting program of activities in 2010. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Sociological Perspectives: Essential Science to Understand Health and Eliminate Health Disparities.”

The Chair of Local Arrangements, Dr. Thomas Durant, has some interesting activities planned for participants.

Roma S. Hanks, our Program Chair and President-elect, is in the process of preparing the Annual meeting. A summary program and additional program information will be available on the website soon. Also, the preliminary program and other meeting activities will be on our website, www.midsouthsoc.org. Visit the site regularly for updates.

The success of our meetings depends on attendance and participation of our members. I urge you to attend the meetings and stay at the Crown Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel. Please encourage those who are not current members of the Association, to join MSSA and participate in our activities.

An Annual Meeting Registration/Membership Application Form is on our website, but this does not mean that we have online registration. Please note that all participants must be dues-paid members of the Association and must pre-register for the annual meetings.

Hope you had a wonderful and productive summer.

Look forward to seeing you in Baton Rouge.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie P. Baird
MSSA Secretary-Treasurer

2010 Lyman Book Award nominations needed

The Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award

It is with great pleasure that we open nominations for the 2010 Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award.  This award was established in memory of Stan Lyman in order to honor MSSA members whose recently published work makes a significant contribution to the field of sociology.  Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for this prestigious award.  Keep in mind the following:

  • The book must be an original work (and can be sole authored or co-authored)
  • The work must have been published within the last three years (thus a book published between 2007 and 2010 is eligible)
  • Textbooks and edited editions are not eligible
  • The author must be a current member in the Mid-South Sociological Association, and must have been a member for at least three years.

Be sure to include the following in your nomination:

  • The complete citation for the book (author/s, date published, title, publisher)
  • Author/s contact information (email, affiliation, phone number if possible).
  • Publisher contact information (e.g., contact person, phone number, and ISBN)
  • A brief description of the book and why you believe it should be nominated.

Nominations should be sent (via email) to:

Dr. Thomas J. Durant

Louisiana State University

socdua@lsu.edu

or call at: 225-766-8233

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2010.

2010 Lyman Memorial Scholarship candidates needed

Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship
($1,000.00)

Eligibility requirements:

  • Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation in sociological theory, symbolic interaction, race relations, law, or ethics.
  • Applicant must be receiving the degree from an institution within the MSSA member states, or from an institution which has active MSSA student/faculty memberships.

Submission information:  Each applicant is to submit the following:

  • Letter of introduction which includes a brief discussion of how the applicant’s work reflects Stanford Lyman’s tradition within sociology
  • Description of dissertation research project, such as a research proposal – approx 5 pages,
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair which evaluates the dissertation project,
  • Timetable for completion of the dissertation and degree, and
  • Current vitae.

Deadline September 1, 2010.

The scholarship will be announced at the fall MSSA conference banquet, but the committee does reserve the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.

Applications may be sent by mail or email (jaeller@mtsu.edu — WORD only) to the following address:

Professor Jackie Eller
Box 126 MTSU
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

For more information contact Professor Eller by email or phone (615-898-2509.)

2010 Graduate Paper of Distinction submissions needed

2010 GRADUATE STUDENT “PAPER OF DISTINCTION” AWARD

The Mid-South Sociological Association – Baton Rouge, LA

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for the annual Graduate Student Paper Session and “Paper of Distinction” Award.  The award process is open to graduate students who are members, or become members, of the Mid-South Sociological Association.  Among the papers submitted, an award will be presented to any paper that is reviewed and evaluated as possessing a high level of originality and significant potential for contribution to the discipline.  If such a paper is so identified, the author(s) will be presented with a “Paper of Distinction” award at the MSSA Banquet.  The award will also include editorial review assistance from suitable persons so identified by the Vice President in coordination with the Editors of Sociological Spectrum.

Rules for the 2010 Award Process

Papers may be submitted by the graduate student or nominated by faculty, but in any case, each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter requesting consideration for the Graduate Student “Paper of Distinction” Award.  The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, telephone number, and email address (if available) of the author(s).  The author’s name and title of the paper should be included on the title page only.  The title of the paper must be repeated at the top of the first page of the text.  Additionally:

  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 25 double spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, reference, tables, and figures.
  • Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but no faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for award consideration.

Papers should be submitted as a Word document by email to Dr. Tim Gongaware at gongawar.timo@uwlax.edu by June 30, 2010.  If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact me at the email address above or by phone at (608)785-6772. 

To receive full recognition for participation, submission must meet deadlines and participants must present their papers to the 2010 Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advice prior to submission of papers.

2010 Undergraduate Paper Award submissions needed

2010 Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

The Mid-South Sociological Association—Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Mid-South Sociological Association invites the submission of student papers for its annual undergraduate student paper competition.  The competition is open to students in the Mid-South Region and to other undergraduate students who are members of the Mid-South Sociological Association.  A prize of $50 will be awarded for the best paper.  The authors of the papers selected will be presented with certificates of merit after presentations of papers at the 2010 MSSA Annual Meeting.

Rules for the 2010 Competition

Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter requesting participation in the undergraduate competition session.  The letter must include the title of the paper, author(s) of the paper, the school affiliation, the email address and the telephone number of the author(s).

  • The maximum length of an eligible paper shall be 20 double-spaced pages of text, not counting abstract, references, tables, and figures.
  • Papers may be co-authored with a maximum of three student authors, but not by graduate students or faculty.
  • Papers must not have been submitted for publication prior to submission for this competition.

Each of the submissions will be evaluated by a committee of scholars based on (1) originality, (2) contribution or potential contribution to the discipline, (3) clarity of arguments, and (4) mechanics (i.e. neatness, use of an appropriate format, grammar, spelling, etc.).  To receive full recognition for participation, submissions must meet deadlines and participants must present their papers at the 2010 meetings in Baton Rouge, LA (October 13-17, 2010).

Papers should be submitted as a Word document by email to Dr. David LoConto at dloconto@jsu.edu  by June 30, 2010.  If you have any questions regarding the competition, please feel free to contact me at the email address above or by phone at (256-782-5621).

Students are strongly encouraged to seek faculty advice prior to submission of papers.