Lee's Melton Named To Presidency Of Religious Speech Communication

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dr. J. Matthew Melton, dean of Lee University’s College of Arts & Sciences, assumed the office of president of the Religious Communication Association at their annual business meeting. The meeting was part of the National Communication Association Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Melton takes on the role after having served as second vice president in 2011 and first vice president in 2012. He succeeds Dr. Kathleen Edlemayer of Madonna University. As first vice president, Dr. Melton was responsible for organizing the RCA’s pre-conference and sponsored sessions for the national conference.

Between the pre-conference and the national conference, the RCA sponsored 20 sessions that included more than 80 scholarly presentations from various aspects of religious communication including film, prayer, preaching, recent political discourse, classical rhetoric and the debates surrounding the teaching of science and theories of evolution. 

Scholars represented institutions across the academic spectrum from large state universities to smaller privates. The association’s activities concluded with a banquet featuring keynoter Christina Beck from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Ms. Beck spoke on the challenges of civility and grace confronting rightwing and leftwing Christians in the aftermath of the 2012 general election.

The RCA is an interfaith academic society founded in 1973 by people interested in the study of all aspects of public religious communication. Among its members are teachers, students, clergy, broadcasters, scholars and professionals who share a common interest in religious speech, media, performance and other communication. 

The RCA is affiliated with National Communication Association, which conducts annual conferences for thousands of its members across dozens of disciplinary divisions and groups. 

Dr. Melton has been dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lee University since 2005. He has directed the Kairos Scholars Honors Program since 2003 and teaches in Humanities and Communication Studies.

Dr. Melton joined the Lee faculty in 1995 as a journalism professor in which role he guided student print media for ten years. He later served as the chair of the Communication Arts Department (1997-2002).  Dr. Melton’s wife Leslie teaches second grade at Arnold Memorial Elementary in Cleveland, and his son Nick is a junior at Cleveland High School.

For more information on the Religious Communication Association, visit http://www.americanrhetoric.com/rca/index.html.

Fringe Fest ‘14 To Conclude Lee’s Writer’s Festival

The Lee University Writer’s Festival will conclude with the ninth annual Fringe Fest, a presentation of original 10-minute plays.  The festival takes place Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre, in the Vest Building on Lee’s campus.  The theme for Fringe Fest ‘14 is “The Cosmos,” exploring everything from the minutia of everyday life to the mysteries ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Choral Assembles Present Concert With Sassy Brass Tea

The choral ensembles of Cleveland State Community College and the Sassy Brass Tea (formerly the Greater Cleveland Jazz Band) will present a concert this Friday at 7 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center on the Cleveland State campus. According to Karen Dale, Associate Professor of Music, “The concert will feature a variety of music taking us from the cold winter ... (click for more)

City Set To Move Ahead On Study For Light Rail System; But Some Council Members Skeptical

City officials are set to move ahead in applying for a grant to study setting up a light rail system in Chattanooga, though some City Council members are skeptical. Blythe Bailey, city transportation director, said it might cost $20 million to set up a system that would use the Missionary Ridge Tunnel to go from downtown to the Chattanooga Airport as well as the Enterprise South ... (click for more)

Funeral Arrangements Set For Renee Card Monroe, Killed Monday In ATV Accident

Funeral arrangements have been set for Renee Card Monroe, 60, who was killed, along with her two grandchildren, Reagan and Jaxson Cohen, in an ATV accident on Monday when their ATV toppled into a pond. A lifelong resident of Chattanooga, Ms. Monroe was an active member of Eastwood Baptist Church where she helped lead a small Bible study group. Ms. Monroe was an entrepreneur ... (click for more)

UAW Is Dropping Appeal Because Of Opposition

Let's tell the truth here: the UAW attempted infiltration of the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tenn. a couple of years back and lost. They appealed to the NLRB three times and each time the vote went against the UAW more and more.   When you consider the local political opposition, citizenry and worker opposition, sentiment toward the UAW is even more staggering in Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Clemson Prayer And Much More

Clemson’s football program, which has won 11 games in each of the past two years and was ranked 8 th in the nation after whipping Ohio State in this year’s Orange Bowl, has just been “blind-sided.” The Freedom from Religion Foundation claims Coach Dabo Sweeney and his staff are doing far too much “to promote Christianity to their student athletes.” Clemson promptly roared back ... (click for more)