Greetings of cheers and congratulatory hurrah to all our highly esteemed ICA Leaders, Officers, and members! The 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington, D.C. was an immersive learning experience for me, as Co-Chair of ICA’s Student and Early Career Scholars Advisory Committee (SECAC). It was an honor having met our ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer, the incoming, outgoing and past presidents of ICA. It was both an honor and a pleasure to have worked with ICA’s Administrative Leaders: Kristine Rosa, Katie Wolfe, Julie Arnold, Jennifer Le, and with all the conference volunteers. The experience did not only impress me, but also impressed upon me how excellent ICA is as an organization. It is because ICA is comprised of wonderful people who are excellent professionals from all walks of life, and from various fields of expertise: communication, research, business, education, and training, to name a few. The conference sessions were jam-packed with learning, filled with innovative ideas, teemed with lofty ideals, heaving with fruits of hard work, and inspirations; providing a blueprint for a highly humanized, progressive global community. That immersive learning experience sealed my ICA membership for a lifetime.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave me the vote of confidence to serve as the ICA Student Board Member that allowed me to serve as Co-Chair for SECAC starting 2019 to 2021. I am also grateful for having been selected as Junior Secretary of the Instructional Communication and Development Division in 2018.
At this crucial stage of dissertation writing for my doctoral degree in Communication at the U of the Philippines – Open U, I strive to work harder as I take a giant leap toward theory and model building. Having specialized and dedicated my endeavors in the field of communication, education, research, strategic planning and development, I have intently taken interest in analyzing the process of instruction (teaching and learning). Through more than a decade of continuous process of reflective research, I have developed schemas or models to illustrate how instruction occurs within the highly purposeful communication process. I am gearing toward defending a theoretical proposition: Instruction = Communication, and I hope it will find its breath of life within the vibrant fields of Communication, particularly, in the area of Instructional Communication.
As my work with SECAC has begun, I can clearly anticipate a very productive year working closely with my Co-Chair Sarah Cho ( U of Massachusetts, Amherst), whose visions and plans are visibly SMART! (Significantly, meaningful, attainable, radiantly transformative!). A partnership with the Power of Three. One + Two. As committee Co-Chairs, Sarah and work as one, and plus two, because above us are ICA leaders who oversee and support us, and an unseen master who lights our path. As starters, Sarah conceived of developing a SECAC Manual or Handbook Guide so, SECAC members and leaders can be well guided in performing their functions and roles. I, on the other hand, pushed for the documentation of Minutes of our Committee Meetings. Looking ahead, my vision for SECAC is visible in the vast horizon of opportunities that behold the gathering of more students and early career scholars during two eventful opportunities: 1) The Blue Sky Workshop where students and early career scholars explore their diverse talents and potentials that align with the mission, vision, and goals of ICA; and, 2) The SECAC Night -- ‘get together evening’ with vision sharing and/or cultural sharing activity to complement and make more meaningful the drinks, the food, and the music. These visions rest as dreamful aspirations, up and until they meet the approval for their realization. For now, I sincerely look forward to a wonderful and dynamic journey with all of ICA’s members, administrative leaders, and officers. With humility and gratitude, I shall serve!
Myrene Agustin Magabo
ICA-SECAC Co-Chair (2019-2021)