With the semester back in full swing so is the BCA. After a great summer, we are ready for the new school year and all of its opportunities. This year we are happily welcoming back our returning Chair Alicia Partridge, as well as our wonderful BCA Advisor Chris Kirk-Kuwaye. We have newly elected Ryan McKinley as our Vice Chair and Roman Kalinowski as our Treasurer. Our remaining student members for the 2012-2013 academic year are Erin Padavich and Julia Dilts. Our board will also include UHProductions General Manager Joshua Huaracha, KTUH GM Joshua Mandelstam and our much appreciated community members Miles Takaaze and Duane Shimogawa. We have successfully kicked off the year and are pleased to have been represented at the Chartered Student Organization (CSO) Installation Ceremony on August 29th.
We had a great evening mingling and celebrating with the other CSO leaders, we heard from inspirational keynote speakers about student involvement and most importantly we made a pledge to our fellow students. A highlight of the event for BCA was supporting the final speaker, our very own chairwoman Alicia Partridge, who left us with an encouraging and motivating word and dream of what we can do this year through our leadership.
Chair Alicia Partridge delivering her keynote speech
We closed the evening as we each lit symbolic candles representing the importance of inclusion, empowerment, conviction, competence, perseverance, accountability, and stewardship in our positions. It was a great way to start the term and we look forward to sharing more exciting news this year!
Julia Dilts, Alicia Partridge, Ryan McKinley pledging to work hard this year
Former BCA Vice Chair Erin Lau won top honors at the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival for the Best Documentary in the Sino-U.S. Student Shorts Program. Her film “Ka Pua” glances into the life of Elizabeth as her beauty is reflected through her sense of family and aloha.
Kudos to Erin from the Board!
During the upcoming academic year, representatives from the BCA and the Board of Publications (BOP), their programs, and their advisors will be meeting to give shape to a new entity — a single student media board. This media board will oversee KTUH and UHProductions as well as BOP’s Ka Leo, the campus newspaper, and Hawaii Review, the campus literary magazine, as well as Ka Leo advertising.
At a BOP strategic planning meeting in January 2012, BOP members and guests from BCA and UHProductions, committed to moving forward to bring student-funded media programs under one board.
What followed this decision was the creation of a Working Group to research the best practices, nationwide, of single media boards. From this information, the committee developed a list of pros and cons for creating a single board and then formulated recommendations about the feasibility and desirability of having one board for UHM’s student-funded media programs.
The Working Group consulted internally by presenting recommendations to the BCA and BOP boards and then held an open public forum to share recommendations and gather feedback, particularly from the programs that would be impacted. The programs’ main concerns were maintaining autonomy of the programs, especially in regard to programming decisions; keeping separate the revenue streams for each program; and ensuring the the new board would be fully informed about and supportive of the programs.
At their final board meetings in Spring 2012, the BOP and the BCA approved the move toward the one media board.