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Southeastern speech and debate group competes in Pi Kappa Delta event

Representing Southeastern at the competition were Jacob Morrison, Hannah Nunley, and Hannah Barnett.

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Speech and Debate Association (SSDA) competed at Pi Kappa Delta’s 51st Biennial Convention and Tournament, March 20-24 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Pi Kappa Delta is a national forensics honorary that is dedicated to promoting excellence in speech and debate. Each year, the organization hosts a comprehensive national tournament that is among the largest tournaments in the country. This year, 77 schools representing 28 states with a total of 1,584 entries and 410 judges took part in the event.

From Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Jacob Morrison, senior political science major from Durant, Hannah Nunley, freshman political science major from El Campo, Texas, and Hannah Barnett, freshman communication major from Hugo, competed in Parliamentary Debate, IPDA, Interviewing, and the individual events of Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.

The debate team of Morrison and Nunley reached the quarterfinal round in Parliamentary Debate. There were 40 teams in the tournament field and the SE team reached the final eight. During preliminary rounds, the team amassed a record of 4 and 1. Morrison and Nunley also took home individual speaker point awards as well. Morrison also received an Excellent Award for Impromptu Speaking.

Both Morrison and Nunley are Tom A. Houston Scholarship recipients.
To learn more about Southeastern’s intercollegiate forensics program and SSDA’s tournament schedule, visit the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre website at or contact Dr. Randy Clark, speech and debate advisor at ext. 2556.

Southeastern, Cameron to host Storm Speech and Debate Tournament

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State and Cameron University forensics programs and the Oklahoma Theta and Omicron chapters of Pi Kappa Delta will host the Storm Classic Swing Speech and Debate Tournament Oct. 23-25.

The event will be held on the Southeastern campus.

The Storm Classic Swing is a revival of Southeastern’s former national Savage Forensic Debate Tournament, which was held for 26 consecutive years (1929 to 1955),  and after a brief interruption, continued into the early 1990s. The Savage Forensic was the oldest and one of the biggest college debating tournaments in the entire nation. At its peak in 1963, the national debate tournament hosted more than 45 schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Louisiana.

“We are very excited about hosting the Storm Classic Swing with Cameron,’’ said Dr. Randy Clark, assistant professor of communication and speech and debate team advisor. “We received a tremendous amount of positive feedback when the announcement first went out about the tournament.  Southeastern has a long and storied tradition in intercollegiate forensics and having the opportunity to reboot forensics competition on campus is important.  The competition will be fierce, but we want to compete against the best.’’

On Friday, October 23, Southeastern’s Storm Classic will sponsor a National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. On both Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25, theClassic Swing will sponsor a National Forensics Association, Lincoln-Douglass Debate Tournament running concurrently with an American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament in the following speech categories: Informative, Persuasive, Impromptu, After-Dinner, and Extemporaneous Speaking; Communication Analysis; and Poetry, Drama, Dramatic Duo, Prose, and Program of Oral Interpretation.

The three-day speech and debate tournament will take place entirely in the Russell Building, home of The John Massey School of Business.

Six students honored by National Forensic Honor Society

DURANT, Okla. – Six students from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University intercollegiate forensics team were recognized recently for their personal accomplishments and awarded a lifetime membership certificate, membership pin and honor cord in Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensic Honor Society.

The new members are Jacobi Crowley, Gwendolyn Harper, Anthony D. Hill, Jonathan Lucas, Allison Shafer and Dayton Thibodeaux.

An induction ceremony was held April 1 with special remarks delivered by Jacobi Crowley, a senior Special Education major and Southeastern football standout from Lawton, Oklahoma.

As an accredited member of the National Council of Forensic Organizations (COFO), Pi Kappa Delta has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Pi Kappa Delta members are eligible to participate in national and regional tournaments, conventions and caucuses; hold National Student At-large Officer positions; and join orders and earn credit points toward the completion of degrees.

In addition to conferring distinction on these outstanding students, Pi Kappa Delta cultivates articulate citizenship through the promotion of ethical, humane and inclusive communication and educational practices; supports comprehensive approaches to forensics pedagogy and practice; encourages the creation of professional development opportunities for forensic educators and seeks to expand access to intercollegiate speech and debate activities.