October 15, 2010
The business meeting was called to order by Joseph Osei,
president, at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010.
The minutes of the business meeting of October 17, 2009
The agenda for the meeting was adopted.
John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the
Association began the year with $1064.74. At its 2009 meeting, the
Association amended the by-laws to eliminate departmental dues and to
charge a registration fee for the annual meeting. The Association
brought in $20 in individual membership dues; however, registration fee
receipts and meeting expenses would not be finalized until after the
meeting. Brooks estimated that registration receipts would amount
to over $300. [Secretary-Treasurer's note: Registration receipts totaled
$370 and meeting expenditures totaled $619.73, for a final balance of
P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online
journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Nine was
still in progress. He called upon members to submit articles for the
next volume and to serve as peer reviewers. Articles should be submitted
by December 20, 2010 for review.
Katherine Zubko, program chair, presented the awards for best
student papers. The award for undergraduate students went to
Michael Walker. The award for graduate students went to Rob Young.
Elections for officers were held. In accordance
with the NCRSA by-laws, Katherine Zubko, vice-president, was elected
president by acclamation. No program chair was chosen.
The members discussed possible locations for the 2011
meeting. There was no volunteer. Jim McLachlan suggested
that the next meeting be held at UNC-Chapel Hill, if the Department of
Religious Studies there was willing. The members charged the officers to
pursue the Chapel Hill location and to identify a program chair. John Brooks, whose four-year term
had expired, will
continue to serve as secretary-treasurer.
In response to a request from East Tennessee State
University, the members voted to remove regional restrictions on NCRSA
membership and allow departments and individuals from outside North
Carolina to join.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
at 12:30 p.m.
John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association