History of MECA

Sept 30 - Oct 1, 1983

Jackson, MS

September 30 – October 1, 1983 marked the beginning of great era in the field of technology for Mississippians. This was the date of the first annual MECA conference, held in Jackson at the Coliseum Ramada Inn.

 

An excerpt from the first conference program:

“A group of educators met in Starkville, on February 19, 1983, to discuss the possibilities of forming a support group for computers in education. On March 26, 1983, the Mississippi Educational Computing Association was born. MECA is a statewide organization whose purpose is to provide the sharing and exchanging of ideas, techniques, materials, and procedures for all persons interested in computers in education including instructional applications, administrative applications and computer science education.”

 

Three others met with Larry Anderson in his office at Armstrong Middle School in Starkville to discuss the forming of the organization: Dan Brook, Tony Chandler, and Bill Rouse.

 

The next step was to invite leaders from around the state to a meeting on a rainy Saturday morning in March. From this meeting, it was decided -

 

  • An organization of this type is necessary.

  • The name of such organization should be

  • “Mississippi Educational Computing Association”

  • as it stands today.

 

It was further decided that the organization needed

some direction prior to being able to elect officers

at the initial conference so an Executive Committee

was formed with charter members as follows:

 

  • Larry Anderson, Chairman

  • Dan Brook

  • Tony Chandler

  • Clyde Hatten

  • Ronn Kimbro

  • Bill Rouse

  • Susan Purser

 

Interesting facts …

 

  • William Winter – Mississippi’s governor

  • Dr. Charles Holladay – Mississippi Superintendent of Education

  • Dr. Arthur Luehrmann – first MECA conference Keynote Speaker
    (he coined the phrase, “Computer Literacy”)

  • There were four hands-on workshop labs provided by 
    Apple – IBM PC – Radio Shack – Commodore

  • There were 18 exhibitors at the first conference

  • Attendance at the First Annual Conference = approximately 500!

 

“What fun we had in those days! We could not possibly have dreamed that technology would have come as far as it has, nor that MECA would become what it has become … The first program contained a list of all those who were Charter Members – the ones who supported the idea of MECA before there even was a first conference … GREAT PEOPLE! Among the approximately 93 names were: Frances Coleman, Dr. John Jordan, Susan Purser …”

Were you there? If you were, we’d like to hear from you … better yet, we’d like to see you AGAIN! Drop us a note and let us know who you are, where you are and what you are doing! Help us continue this trip down Memory Lane…

 

 

History contributed by Dr. Larry Anderson, NCTP

 

 

MECA Board

2020-2021 Board and Liaisons

Nashandra James, President

 

Stephanie Cotnam, President Elect

 

Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Past President

Marcine Freeman, Executive Assistant to President

 

Kellie Penson, Treasurer

 

Shana Celentano, Secretary

 

Alice Rainwater, Contest Chair

Erin Barrios, Board Member

 

Pamela Bracey, Board Member

 

Sharon Thompson, Board Member

Hope Elliott, Board Member

Jeffrey Coleman, Board Member

Sarah Howe, Board Member

Chris Graves, Digital Media Liaison

 

Wayne Eason, Treasurer Liaison

 

Chris Hill, CEU Liaison

 

Jeff Ellis, IT Liaison
 

Amanda Harris, Program Liaison
 

John Korzenko, AV Liaison
 

Marvin Adams, Programmer Liaison

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