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The WSCA Convention

“Come West for the Best!”

Western States Communication Association holds an annual convention, usually over Presidents’ Day weekend in February, at a location in one of our 12 western states. The location is selected 4+ years in advance by the Executive Council, upon the recommendation of the Time and Place Committee and with input from the Legislative Assembly.

Western’s conventions involve about 750 students, faculty, and practitioners experiencing close to 200 research papers, symposia, presentations, short-courses, debates, and discussions. During our convention, we also recognize and reward outstanding contributions to the communication discipline, to its scholarship and teaching, and to WSCA.

The convention begins with preconference(s) and workshops Saturday morning and afternoon. The Undergraduate Scholars’ Research Conference is Saturday, and the Graduate Student Workshop and Graduate Programs Open House are Saturday afternoon. The Kickoff Event and Welcome Reception are Saturday late afternoon/early evening.

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (until about noon) multiple panels are held simultaneously. The Keynote Speech is Sunday morning; the famous, not-to-be-missed Sock Hop is Sunday evening, and the Convention Luncheon is Monday.

The first WSCA convention was held in 1929 in San Francisco. Conventions have been held annually since then, except for two years during World War II. Future convention sites and dates are listed at:


The WSCA convention is where our unofficial slogan comes from: “Work hard; play hard!” We invite you to join us, and “Come West for the Best!”

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