Thursday afternoon the Executive Council meets (Officers and Members).
Thursday evening the President’s Reception takes place. The President’s Reception offers a chance to meet people and talk to colleagues, while listening to excellent music and eating. The College of the Mainland’s jazz band will be playing, directed by Sparky Koerner. The reception includes a complimentary drink, cash bar, and excellent food. The 2015 President’s Reception will serve fried chicken tenders, BBQ cocktail meatballs, oriental egg rolls, as well as domestic and imported cheeses with crackers and French bread.
Friday morning is CCTE’s State of the Profession breakfast. During this breakfast the speaker will be Jerry Bradley. The menu is a full American breakfast including eggs, choice of meats, breakfast potatoes, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, herbal tea, and coffee.
After breakfast, panels begin. There are two morning panel times and each is an hour and twenty minutes.
During the morning on Friday the progressive break will have coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit juice, and pastries available.
The lunch break is after the two morning panels and is an hour and a half long. Attendees are free to go to lunch at the resort or nearby restaurants and a list of these will be available at the conference.
There are two afternoon panel times.
In the afternoon on Friday the progressive break offers coffee, tea, soft drinks, homemade cookies, and brownies.
Friday afternoon is the President’s Forum and the CCTE Business Meeting.
Friday evening folks are on their own to explore the area, but the local arrangements chairs—Steve Remollino and Gilchrist White—have put together three tracks:
Kemah Ghost Tour, including pirate lore and true crime scenes
On Your Own recommendations for dining and entertainment
Saturday morning is the TCEA breakfast. During this breakfast the speaker will be Michelle Hartman, a published poet and an entertaining speaker. The menu is a full American breakfast including eggs, choice of meats, breakfast potatoes, pastries, butter and preserves, orange juice, herbal tea, and coffee.
After breakfast, panels begin and there are two panel sessions before lunch.
The Awards Luncheon on Saturday features excellent food and the opportunity to celebrate with friends and colleagues. The Keynote Speaker is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author and academician.
Both TCEA and CCTE present awards.
TCEA gives an award.
CCTE’s awards have cash prizes and includes publication in the MLA-indexed, peer-reviewed CCTE Studies. CCTE offers up to six awards from the literature area, three from the rhetoric area, and two from the creative writing area.
In addition, the Executive Council of CCTE is charged with presenting the Frances Hernández Teacher-Scholar Award link to list of previous award winners for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service to CCTE. This prize was created by the family of Frances Hernández and awards $1,000 and a plaque to the recipient.
The conference officially ends with the Saturday luncheon.
A tour of the Johnson Space Center with half price tickets for attendees and their families has been arranged for Saturday afternoon.