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Business Meeting
October 6, 2006

The business meeting was called to order by Mark Roncace, Vice-President, at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2006. James Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Charlotte, welcomed the conference attendees on behalf of the department.

The minutes of the business meeting of October 22, 2005 were approved.

The vice-president read a note from Diana Pasulka, president, who was unable to attend.

John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the Association began the year with $759.74.  The Association brought in $170 in membership dues and spent $180 on student presentation awards to end the year with $749.74.

P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Six is nearly ready. The technical editor is finalizing the website, and the volume should be available in the next week.  Dr. Wilson called upon members to submit articles for the next volume and to serve as peer reviewers.

The vice president then presented the awards for student papers.  Awards went to

  • Chris Moreland of UNC-Wilmington, for “The Emperor Constantine’s Conversion to Christianity: An Analysis of His Motivations;

  • Sarah Rollens of UNC-Wilmington, for “Jesus as an Apocalyptic Prophet: A Case Study in Current Historical Jesus Research”; and

  • Ginger Stickney of UNC-Charlotte, for “Violent Faith: Construction of the Mormon Fundamentalist."

Elections for officers were held.  In accordance with the NCRSA by-laws, Mark Roncace, vice-president, was elected president by acclamation.  Chris Hoyt of Western Carolina University was elected vice-president and program chair, also by acclamation. John Brooks, whose four-year term expires in 2008, will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer.

The president called for nominations for the location of the next annual meeting. Fayetteville State University volunteered to host the meeting. The date will be decided after consultation with the host institution.  Dr. Tabor asked that the host take into account the Jewish High Holy Days.

Dr. Tabor also asked that the organization consider ways of increasing its contribution to the expenses of the conference.  Although his department was happy to host the meeting, it involved a substantial expense. Dr. Brooks explained that the minimal dues of the Association did not yield enough money to contribute meaningfully to the expenses of the conference.  Long-term members pointed out that the dues had not increased in many years.  Dr. Brooks moved that the Officers be charged to study ways to increase revenues, through an increase in membership dues and/or a conference registration fee and submit a proposal to the membership prior to the 2007 meeting.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Dr. Brooks also moved that the Association award one undergraduate and one graduate student presentation award.  This motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Dr. Roncace asked for a motion to thank the UNC-Charlotte Department of Religious Studies for its hosting and support of the annual meeting.  This motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  Dr. Roncace thanked Dr. Tabor and Dr. Dan White, Local Arrangements Coordinator.

Dr. White encouraged undergraduate students to continue their pursuit of religious studies as a graduate student at UNC-Charlotte.  The program has an application deadline of May 1 for the fall and November 1 for the Spring.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association


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