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RMCA Virtual Conference, April 4, 2020

All information beneath the line below is the content as posted throughout the year. Because we were unable to host the 2020 RMCA conference in Colorado Springs, we want to make select papers, the Awards, and a Zoom presentation available to you on the original intended day. Follow the link above for the 2020 Virtual Conference. Thank you for attending! 



We regret to inform you that the Rocky Mountain Communication Association Board has chosen to cancel the 2020 annual convention in Colorado Springs.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, many colleges and universities in the Rocky Mountain region have announced that they are shifting to online instruction. We have decided to cancel in an abundance of caution, and due to the possibility that we simply will not have the resources to hold the conference. We will miss our annual conversations and celebrations, but we find it prudent to err on the side of caution.

We have asked those who had their papers accepted if they would like to post their papers on our website as a “virtual presentation.” Those that elect to do so will have their papers posted on the day we were to hold the conference, April 4. Those that do not elect to do so, and those who were part of panels, are guaranteed acceptance to next year’s conference.

 We also will post the winners of our annual awards that day. Please look for these posts on www.unco.edu/rmca/

 Thank you for your interest in Rocky Mountain Communication Association. We hope to see you next year.

Take care,

The RMCA board

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RMCA 2020

34th Annual Conference

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Pikes Peak Community College (Rampart Range Campus), Colorado Springs 


Activism Through    The Ages


It is our pleasure to announce the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s (RMCA) 2020 Conference, “Activism Though the Ages”on April 4, 2020. We are honored to have Dr. Lawrence Frey from the University of Colorado as our Keynote Speaker.

Social change does not spontaneously happen. It takes the work of people resisting the status quo and advocating alongside those whose voices have been marginalized. Although we often think of this change as happening in large movements, it also occurs through everyday conversations. Activism is also a large part of the work of Communication scholars, but as scholars we also look at how social change is made, and the 2020 RMCA conference invites us to examine how activism has manifested over time, but in particular, today. What type of language is used, and has been used, to bring about social movements? How do we embrace activism at work, at school, and in our everyday lives?

We invite paper submissions from all schools throughout the Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). Throughout our history, we have endeavored to create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty from community colleges and universities alike. We welcome diverse perspectives that characterize our region, its history, and its rich array of educational institutions and missions.  

Paper and Panel Submissions 

“Activism Through the Ages” is a wide-ranging conference theme. Papers may explore this theme from numerous intellectual and methodological perspectives. And, of course, submissions outside this theme are welcome as well and will be given full consideration. Please consider the following guidelines when making your submission. The submission deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Paper and panel submissions should be submitted to: https://rmca.submittable.com/submit

Completed Papers should be in the range of 2,500-7,000 words in length, excluding notes and references. Papers submitted to this category will automatically be considered for the following awards, as decided by the RMCA board:

  • Outstanding Four-Year Student Paper (undergraduate)
  • Outstanding Two-Year Student Paper (undergraduate)
  • Outstanding Graduate Paper

Panel and Performance Proposals should provide the names of each panel participant(s), indicate a clear and unified theme for the panel, and a brief abstract of each panel presentation (or a description of the performance).

Thank you for your interest in this year’s RMCA conference. We look forward to seeing you in Colorado Springs, Colorado!


Rocky Mountain Communication Association Leadership Council

President - Stephen Collins, Pikes Peak Community College
RMCA President-Elect and Program Planner – Beth Bonnstetter, Adams State University
Immediate-Past President- Leah LeFebvre, University of Alabama
Executive Director - Emily Stones, Regis University 
Communications - Thomas Endres, University of Northern Colorado
Board of Governors Liaison - Sherry Dewald, Independent Consultant