Southeastern News

Auditions scheduled for Speech and Debate students

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Art, Communication and Theatre will hold scholarship auditions for the Southeastern Speech and Debate Association at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Scholarships are available to current Southeastern students, transfer students with forensics experience, and graduating high school seniors who will be entering Southeastern’s freshman class in Fall 2016.

To schedule an audition, contact Dr. Randy Clark, Speech and Debate Advisor, at or 580-745-2556.

The Speech and Debate team is open to all full-time undergraduate students, regardless of major. Speech and Debate team members must be considered in good standing academically.

Southeastern competes at numerous state, regional and national competitions each year. The program provides contest experience in both debate and individual events.  Debate has two divisions: Lincoln-Douglas Debate for one-on-one debating and Parliamentary Debate, which features a two-person team. Individual speech and interpretative events include Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Prose Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, Communication Analysis, After Dinner Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation.

Southeastern’s Forensic program has been a member of the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament since 1930. Southeastern has been ranked among the top schools in Pi Kappa Delta’s national sweepstakes. The team has won one national championship at the National Debate Tournament, the precursor of the American Forensics Association.