Monday, March 4, 2013

The Awards Keep Rolling In...

GTAs win Teaching Awards

Two of our Graduate Teaching Assistants have won disciplinary teaching awards this spring.  Audra Nuru (MA, University of Central Florida) has won the International Communication Association Instructional and Developmental Communication Division Graduate Assistant Teaching Award.  Her award will presented at ICA’s upcoming London convention. Amanda Holman (MA, University of Montana) has won the Central States Communication Association Cooper Award for a Doctoral Teaching Assistant. Her award will be presented at the CSCA luncheon in Kansas City in April. Both of these are prestigious awards.  The department is committed to excellent instruction and we are so proud of Amanda and Audra!

The Speech & Debate Team, soberly reflecting on their victory

UNL Speech & Debate team wins State Tournament

The UNL Speech & Debate team recently won the State speech and overall titles. The victories occurred at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s State Tournament on February 16th, hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This accomplishment is especially meaningful as the State of Nebraska fielded four of the nation’s Top 20 teams in 2012.  This marks the fourth straight overall State championship for the UNL team.  The team has also placed first in individual events for seven of the past eight years.

UNL won the speech tournament with 145 points, the University of Nebraska-Omaha placed second with 97 points, and Hastings College placed third with 41.5 points. In addition to the team awards, UNL students captured a total of four individual state championships.  Senior Patrick Sather of Bellevue won Poetry Interpretation, junior Josh Planos of Omaha won Dramatic Interpretation, freshman Grace Solem-Pfiefer of Omaha won After Dinner Speaking, and sophomore Reece Ristau of Omaha won Oratory.  By virtue of finishing as the top orator in the state in Oratory, Ristau also qualified to represent the State of Nebraska at the National Interstate Oratory Tournament to be help on April 26-27 in Shreveport. Louisiana. 

The Speech & Debate Team, wackily celebrating their victory

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