Cameron University’s much-heralded Speech and Debate team will return to the competitive circuit this academic year after a one-year hiatus. Experienced forensics coach and former collegiate competitor Katie Stringer has joined the Cameron faculty and will serve as the Speech and Debate coach in addition to teaching communication courses. Stringer was previously an assistant coach for the West Texas A&M University forensics team.
“Katie Stringer’s enthusiasm for speech and debate is infectious,” says Dr. Chris Keller, Chair, CU Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages. “Her experience as both a competitor and a coach provides her first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a member of a successful forensics team.”
“I have found speech to be a wonderful platform for students to express themselves and their beliefs, no matter the scope,” says Stringer. “Speech gives students a place to make their voices known and heard.”
Stringer invites all students who are interested in joining CU’s Speech and Debate team to contact her at 580-581-2555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She advises that the prerequisites for joining the team are simple.
“Team members must have a passion for speaking and a willingness to break out of their shell,” Stringer explains. “Students must be willing to follow the rules and regulations within the team handbook. Most importantly, they will need passion, drive, dedication and a strong work ethic.”
Cameron’s Speech and Debate team will travel to approximately eight tournaments this year and host two tournaments on campus.
Cameron’s speech and debate program provides contest experience in both debate and individual events. Debate consists of two divisions, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, where students face off in one-on-one competition, and Team Debate, which features two-person teams.
Individual events cover a wide array of styles, including Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Prose Interpretation, and Informative Speaking. Additional categories are Program Oral Interpretation, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation.
“Cameron University has an exceptional history of success on the national forensics stage,” says Stringer. “I’m honored to join the university to continue that tradition. In many respects, it’s somewhat daunting. I’m inspired by those who have led the Aggies to national team and individual titles. I’m confident that with hard work, dedication and commitment, we can add to Cameron’s collection of trophies.”
August 21, 2019