Initially compiled by Alan A. Lew, RTS Chair, 1995-7; Last updated: 10 March 2001; 17 April 2011
BY MAY 15 - Submit the following for the July issue of AAG Newsletter:
(1) Announcement listing next AAG Conference Paper Session Topics and Organizers (if available)
(2) Announce Award Recipient: Student Paper(s), Roy Wolfe Contributions to RTS Award, John Rooney Applied RTS Award from the Last AAG Meeting
(3) Student paper competition announcement for Next year
- Also send this information to the RTS Webmaster to update the RTS website.
- A major reason for doing this is to give more exposure to the RTS group.
NAME is the recipient of the 1996 Roy Wolfe Award for outstanding contributions to the study of Recreation, Tourism and Sport Geography. The Roy Wolfe Award is named in honor of one of the pioneers in the geography of recreation. NAME's work in the area of TOPIC ...
DITTO for the John Rooney Applied RTS Award.
NAME#1 has been awarded First Place and a check for $200 for the Student Paper Competition of the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group for his/her paper entitled PAPER TITLE
NAME#2 has been awarded Second Place and a check for $125 for the Student Paper Competition of the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group for his/her paper entitled PAPER TITLE
NAME#3 has been awarded Third Place and a check for $75 for the Student Paper Competition of the Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group for his/her paper entitled PAPER TITLE
The Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers Presents its 199? AAG Annual Meeting Student Paper Competition First (or Second, or Third) Place to NAME, UNIVERSITY for "PAPER TITLE"
Chair - Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group
DATE (that award was made)
CITY, STATE (of conference)
AAG ANNUAl MEETING PAPER SESSIONS
- It is best to get some people at the previous year's meeting to volunteer to organize sessions on specific topics for next year's meeting. This will give you something to get started with. Others can be added later.
- Put announcement in AAG Newsletter soon after AAG - by June 1 for July Newsletter
- Request that abstracts & registration PIN be sent about 3 to 4 weeks prior to deadline to session organizers or RTS chair.
- The minimum number of participants that should be expected for a session is 50. A 70 seat oom tends to be ideal for most RTS sessions.
TIPS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF RTS SESSIONS:
- Remind people in the Newsletter and on RTSNET to send their abstracts either to a paper session organizer OR to you as the chair if they do not know where to send it. REMIND them to get their abstract in about 1-month early.
- Offer to cosponsor sessions with other specialty group chairs as much as possible. Most of them have their e-mail addresses listed on the AAG homepage (http://www.aag.org/)
- Organize a couple of discussion panels. People can serve on one discussion panel in addition to giving a paper, and they do not need to send an abstract for the panel. (Alternatively, people can serve on up to two discussion panels; they can be a discussant on an unlimited number of sessions.)
USING THE AAG ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CONSOLE
- Search for the keyword "tourism" or "recreation" in the abstract submission console.
- Create Session Topics that fit the range of papers that come up from the search.
- Email everyone who has submitted an abstract that is not yet in a session and ask them to consider participating in an RTS sponsored session.
- Email session organizers of tourism and recreation sessions and ask them to list RTS as a co-sponsor.
- I have heard that you can request specific day and time slots for special sessions by contacting Oscar Larson. I have never done this, myself, however.
- The AAG maintains a list of "Special Sessions" that are promoted in the conference newsletter. You need to ask Oscar Larson to spefically request that a special session be placed on that list.
AFTER THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM COMES OUT:
- Offer to cosponsor RTS-themed sessions that other specialty groups have organized.
- Suggest to the AAG that the RTS SG be listed as the sponsors of any loose sessions that the conference program committee puts together on RTS topics. They are usually very willing to do this.
- Note that it is possible to delete people and move people among sessions up until about 10 days before the start of the AAG conference.
Questions & Answers
> 1) As chair, do all the RTS abstracts and registrations come through me, then I send them on?
Session organizers receive the abstracts for their sessions and submit them directly to the AAG, indicating that RTS is a sponsor of the session. You will receive any loose papers that people want to put in an RTS session, but do not know where to send them to. You can then either send them to a session organizer, if appropriate, or create sessions out of them that you submit to the AAG. You will not see any of the RTS-themed papers that are sent directly to the the AAG. Those sessions are organized independently of any specialty group. (Note that starting with the 2002 meeting, it appears that everyone will register online and will only submit a registration number to the session organizers, along with their abstracts.)
> 2) If nobody, or only a few people, contact the people who have proposed special sessions, do I then fill up the sessions with other 'similar' papers and then come up with a name to fit the session?
See my reply above. Also, sessions can have as few as 3 papers in them, though
this is not recommended. I suggest trying to find a discussant if there are
only 3 papers. If there are fewer than 3, then I would recommend that the session
organizer get in touch with the RTS Chair to see what they can put together.
The AAG does not (generally) make any changes or additions to organized sessions.
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