Cabrillo Hall, home of the Department of Communication and Theatre, was the site of the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference. Regular classes in Cabrillo were moved or re-scheduled so that all four classrooms could be used from 1:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for the concurrent presentations of research and papers dealing with the intersection of communication and religion.
Dr. G.L. Forward, RCA Councilor and local host chair, oversaw the planning for the conference with direction from the RCA President, Calvin Troup and 2nd Vice President, Janie Fritz, both from Duquesne University. According to Troup, the 2008 event was the best attended pre-conference in the history of the organization. "Everything worked out fine," said Forward, "but it couldn't have been done without the help of our department assistant, Suzanne Thomas, and a student helper, Brooke Simon, who was hired to work the registration room and keep tabs on things as they happened."
Dr. Kathleen Czech presented a paper co-authored with recent graduate, Alison Sanson-Livolsi. Current students Natalie Daugherty, Heather Michal, Christy Schmidt, and Chris Gutierrez also presented original research concerning students at church-related institutions.