Louis Katz on thu 2 apr 98
Thanks for your comments on the sound system. I will forward your
comments on the need for lapel mikes for panelists to Minerva.
One of the challenges in planning room and media usage for the
conference is keeping setups appropriate, but making things simple. Much
as we would like the media companies to be able to set up and take down
equipment and to be really good at making sure it works well, we can
not. The simpler our instructions to them, the fewer goofups we have.
This year our media company did better than last years. We cannot do the
work ourselves, hotel convention contracts don't allow for that. We
occasionaly have trouble with arranging for commercial exhibitors to
use thier own projectors and extension cords.
Checking media setups is my responsibility on the board, although
Minerva plans the setups and checks up on them for the large
presentations like the keynote, and closing lectures. The Keynote setup
was for rear screen projection. We had to turn around all the slides
right before it started and the AV crew had the projectors set up so
that only 2/3's of the vertical slides showed on the screens. We had to
move the projectors closer.
The focusing person for the keynote focused the first slide and went to
sleep. I stood on a ladder and focused the slided. Despite this, no
lunch and no dinner and a bit dizzy, I really enjoyed this lecture.
Despite checking the projectors and remotes at 8AM saturday morning they
failed to work for the Emerging Talent Presentations. I had some members
watching the projectors just in case, but they did not follow through,
and it took a while for someone to decide that they would advance the
slides when someone said "slide" on the podium.
I took about 20 minutes Thursday morning to get the lights in the center
of the demonstration room turned down so that they would not interfere
with the video screens. But I was amazed at how well the demonstrations
went. They are very hard to set up and run. Hats off to Piero and
Last year I said that I would push for a maximum of 2 cups purchased at
the cup sale each time someone goes through the line. Is this what
CLAYART NCECA members still want? Please feel free to email me directly
or post to the list. email@example.com
Pro: The two cup limit is more fair to purchasers
Con: We might sell a few more cups without a limit and the money goes
towards the student fellowships.
Please remember that the NCECA is member run organization. Proposals for
next years NCECA are due MAY1. If you want something , propose it. The
way presentations improve is when we improve them. We do act on
membership suggestions. The cup sale apparently ran better than it ever
has before. Most lectures were well set up. The bus tours finally
recieved more praise than complaints. I would have liked maps to
galleries, but putting them together is a task I would not undertake. It
would be a good job for someone trying to do something for next years
The board meets in late May in Columbus to decide on the program for
next years conference and handle general NCECA board business. Please
make your suggestionsfor next years NCECA by MAY 1. It is very
discouraging to say, "great idea, I can't get a vote on it until next
May". Breakout groups and NCECA Connections are decided in the Fall.
Michelle H. Lowe on fri 3 apr 98
Hi Louis and all-
>This year our media company did better than last years. We cannot do the
>work ourselves, hotel convention contracts don't allow for that. We
>occasionaly have trouble with arranging for commercial exhibitors to
>use thier own projectors and extension cords.
It has to be a gargantuan job arranging all this, I realize, and of course
there will be problems, it's heartening to see/hear that ongoing efforts
are made to make things better at future conferences. On the whole, I
really didn't see a *lot* of other problems with sound, in the sessions I
attended, except for the tone of all the systems being sort of "boomy"
which sometimes makes it hard to understand the speaker. And it
must be frustrating to have to deal with the hotel or resort's contractors,
hoping they have someone good.
>Checking media setups is my responsibility on the board, although
Thanks for doing the job Louis, kudos to you!
>The focusing person for the keynote focused the first slide and went to
>sleep. I stood on a ladder and focused the slided. Despite this, no
>lunch and no dinner and a bit dizzy, I really enjoyed this lecture.
hahaha the keynote, that was the first night right?
>I took about 20 minutes Thursday morning to get the lights in the center
>of the demonstration room turned down so that they would not interfere
>with the video screens. But I was amazed at how well the demonstrations
>went. They are very hard to set up and run. Hats off to Piero and
Thank you Piero and Minerva!
>Last year I said that I would push for a maximum of 2 cups purchased at
>the cup sale each time someone goes through the line. Is this what
>CLAYART NCECA members still want? Please feel free to email me directly
>or post to the list. firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought five was a lot, two seems fair. The cup sale did seem much
smoother this year, although I didn't actually go stand in line either
year. When I did make it through after the first rush, there seemed to be
more "nice" ones left than last year.
Not a whole lot was left overall though, that was good too.
I bought (a friend got it for me ;)a beautiful little porcelain mug by John
Britt with an exquisite blue celadon not one bit crazed...YUM. And only
I got Lori Gene's mug in the clayart exchange and it's a nice iron red
inside and on top with a matt white outside on the bottom, beautifully
pulled handle, thanks Lori!
And I got a Mel mug, Yahoo! I definitely need some more shelves.
One funny thing at the mug exchange, one woman (Pamela ?) brought two
rakued ray guns,
(they felt solid and looked like something from Star Trek) both with
beautiful copper luster glazes on them...and the story went that she was
detained in the airport on her way to NCECA, for TWENTY minutes while they
determined whether these were real weapons or not (guess they needed a
little excitement) hahaha
I photographed John Vorhies and Carol Sircoulomb each holding one, in the
people photos I put up. Photo does NOT do the guns' glazes justice, they
Mishy, still having fun...
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