News from Debate and Forensics

| November 28, 2011

Webster’s Debate and Forensics department was well represented at the National Communication Association’s 97th annual convention in New Orleans, La., Nov. 17-20.

• Scott Jensen, professor of Speech Communication Studies and director of Forensics, presented “Integrating a Speaking-Intensive Public Speaking Curriculum into a Learning Community of Undecided First-Year College Students.” He also participated in national meetings of Pi Kappa Delta as national tournament director and 2013 national tournament host and served as guest critic and respondent.

• Gina Jensen, adjunct professor and assistant director of Forensics, presided over two meetings as national president of Pi Kappa Delta, the nation’s oldest and largest forensic honor society. Gina was also a presenter on two panels: “As Our Voices Change: Transitions in Forensic Participation,” and “Strategic Planning 2.0: Alumni Relations, Governance, and New Programming,” and guest chair for the panel, “Voice of Evaluation: Shaping Judges’ Voices and the Effect on Competition.

• Adam Schneider, a junior speech communication studies major, presented on the panel, “As Our Voices Change: Transitions in Forensic Participation,” and participated in the Pi Kappa Delta national council meetings as a student member of the national governing board for the honor society.

• Tom Serfass, adjunct professor and forensic assistant, presented “Giving Lay Judges the Keys to the Castle: How a Framework Manual Helps Prepare and Inform Prospective Guest Judges About What They are About to See and Hear.”

Scott and Tom received Presidential Service Awards from Pi Kappa Delta. Scott was recognized for his work as national tournament director in 2010-11, and Tom was recognized for two years of service as coordinator of professional development on Pi Kappa Delta’s national council.

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