The Butler University Speech and Debate Team hosted a High School tournament on December 8, 2012. Eighteen High Schools attended from as far away as Evansville and as close as Fishers. There were 250 students plus coaches, and parents in attendance. Warren Central High School won the large school division and Burris Laboratory School won the small school division.
I would like to thank the College of Communication faculty, Dean Edgerton, Associate Dean Savage, Director of Debate, Dr. Casey Kelly, Mae Pierce, and the Butler Speech and Debate Team for all their support for this exciting event. Faculty and students gave of themselves during the last week of classes and that means a well run tournament and, hopefully, impressed students who will want to come to Butler in the future!
The speech team traveled to Transylvania University in Lexington, KY this past weekend. We did very well! Senior, Andrew Wray qualified for finals in Radio Broadcasting and won first place. He also placed 4th in Impromptu Story. Senior, Molly Kordas qualified for finals and then won Programmed Oral Interpretation. Sophomore, Marielle Slagel placed 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and Freshman, Mallory Duncan placed 5th in Impromptu Story. We are very proud of them!
Our next exciting event is the High School tournament we are hosting here on campus on December 8. We will be host to 18 Indiana High Schools and over 200 students.
Five Butler students traveled to Bowling Green State University on November 10. Junior, Marcus Harvey qualified for the final round and placed 6th in Poetry Interpretation. Junior, Ciara Williams placed 6th in Rhetorical Criticism. Maggie Smith, Tammy Nguyen, and Marielle Slagel competed in two events each. Our next trip is Transylvania University on December 1.
This weekend the Butler University Debate Team traveled to compete at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Making their way to the final round of the novice division, the team of Anthony Ranieri and Phillip Tock took second place honors losing on a very close split decision (2-1) in front of a panel of three judges. Remarkably, BSU was Tony and Phillip’s first ever college debate tournament and they represented the debate team and university exceedingly well. Join me in wishing them congratulations!
We traveled to the University of Cincinnati this past weekend. Marcus Harvey, Junior, placed 6th in After Dinner Speaking and Mallory Duncan, Freshman, placed 6th in Persuasive Speaking! GO TEAM!
We are traveling after Fall break to Ball State University for the Age of Aquarius tournament which will include speech and debate.
The Speech Team has already been to the University of Indianapolis and Western Kentucky University. We are traveling to the University of Cincinnati this coming weekend and Ball State after Fall Break! We have many new students including 6 Freshmen from majors throughout campus. Check us out this fall!
Our first house meeting of the year will be Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
We’re expecting and hoping to see new faces and returning members!
Come check us out at the Block Party on August 21 from 5-7pm! Sign-up for speech team and debate team. Meet our new Director of Debate, Dr. Kelly.
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Mary Perna Scholarship recipients: Marielle Slagel and Ciara Williams!
They are very thankful to be the recipients for the next academic year.
Butler University Speech and Debate team is excited to announce the addition of a full-time Director of Debate-Dr. Casey Kelly! Dr. Kelly will be instrumental in growing the debate side of the Speech and Debate Team. He plans on starting with Parliamentary Debate and then seeing what the students want. We are excited to have him here.